Steve Clark

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About Steve Clark

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  1. Steve Clark

    C-Class Little Cup news

    I couldn’t figure it out. It happened on the final Stbd tack of the previous race, and I didn’t pay much attention. When it happened after lighting up in the next race, I figured it was a bit of weed . Sometimes little knicks on the leading edge cause things to go foamy, so if the edge got chipped during a weedclear, that might have been the reason. In any event, it stopped shortly there after and didn’t happen again.These things get pretty fussy sometimes. SHC
  2. Steve Clark

    C-Class Little Cup news

    I have to say it again. These boats are terrific fun to sail. Yes they are a lot of work, but DAMN! I also have to thank Trevor for guiding me around Lac St. Louis. In our part of the world the rocks sho w themselves twice a day. In Quebec they not only hide, but can move from one year to the next due to ice. There are many places which look like they would be fine places to sail, where you will tear the boards out of your boat. So having Trevor to keep me off the bricks contributed significantly to my enjoyment of the weekend. Thanks Bro. SHC
  3. Steve Clark

    C-Class Little Cup news

    It takes me time to figure things out. I particularly did not want to lose the ability to iceboat in sub foiling conditions. If I have to surrender a few knots at the top end to maintain a few knots at the low end, I may be willing to make that deal. Particularly if I can drive really hard downwind and not be concerned about crashing or going over the handlebars. As she sits right now, Aethon is really very polite and predictable. I could sail her without any practice with a crew that had never been on the boat and quickly feel that I wasn't going to make an expensive mistake. After 4 days, I would feel pretty comfortable in most conditions. I was happy that I could transition from fast foiling to old school wild thing when necessary. This may have been entirely because of the difference in the wings, But not dragging the big lifting surfaces through the water has got to help. SHC
  4. Steve Clark

    DC Designs

    The key trick is to put the rudder into the tru;k, but don’t push it down. This makes things pretty easy. You can actually steer a bit, and the whole mess will pop out if you ground or hit anything. Over the years I have found this as easy as anything else. SHC
  5. Steve Clark

    The new sailing twin skin setup

    I haven’t made the inverted tip super twist thing work yet. To date my fastest set up has been to reduce camber to the minimum and ease the sheet. This may be because without a good seal to an impervious trampoline I don’t get the COE to drop as much as the AC designers report. Reducing Angle of Attack reduces the lift coefficient which reduces induced drag, so ideally the wing gets more efficient the less hard you sheet it. SHC
  6. Steve Clark

    The new sailing twin skin setup

    I have owned and built plenty of wings. They aren't easy, but they are so much better than sails that you are willing to put up with it. The only people who deny this are people who haven't sailed with a good wing. SHC
  7. Steve Clark

    How Do You Fly Your Flag?

    You can stitch the flag onto your mainsail. or you can install two small grommets ( brass ones sold at Home Depot) on the leach where you want to fly your flag. It is then possible to sail without colors. Small sail boats often cannot use an ensign staff because there is too much stuff going on ( booms, sheets, etc.) when we sailed the Tempest internationally, it was usual to have a small ensign flying from the backsay for tha sail out to and in from the course. We felt this was appropriate nationalism and just yachtie enough to be cool. SHC
  8. Steve Clark

    Byte Aluminum Top mast section, same as laser?

    The dimensions are the same, but the Byte topmast is not legal for Laser racing. SHC
  9. Steve Clark

    DC Designs

    Brett and others who may wish to build the Machete hull shape out of foam and carbon or some other method other than the CNC cut plywood kits. I have prepared a CNC cut file for external forms into which pre laminated panels or foam sheets can be placed and taped together. SHC
  10. Steve Clark

    V15 Bow stiffening

    There certainly is a " King Plank"on centerline of the foredeck. SHC
  11. Steve Clark

    V15 Bow stiffening

    Vanguard 15's would never win a medal for stiffness. This was a cost constraint, because foam core is bloody expensive. As a result we settled for the minimum acceptable stiffness and kept the boat light. 30 years later we probably would have made different decisions. On the other hand, the Zim 15 which had almost the same design brief but with " the things people said they wanted" like a tapered carbon mast, more sophisticated controls and a much stiffer hull has sold almost none. This tends to confirm that price is king. SHC
  12. Steve Clark

    DC Designs Simon putting his self completed Maas Super String Theory though some paces. He should have some more vang on to limit how much twist he gets when he dumps sheet. This will modulate the rolling. Nice look isn't it? Not Foiling, ICs don't do that, but not many monohulls do this either. Wayne, the 100 kg isn't a problem, the "lardiness" may be. There are many big boys sailing in the IC fleet, on different designs. The long narrow hull carries weight without many of the negatives of shorter fatter boats. But, a level of fitness and ability is required to react fast enough when things get interesting. SHC
  13. Steve Clark

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Let's keep a little perspective, in the not so recent history, if two boat finished an ocean race. Within 12 hours of each other it was considered epic. These are longer races than any of the "classic" Sydney Hobart, Bermuda, Fastnet, Trans Atlantic or Transpacs and the fleet is finishing within a few hours of each other. These boats are fast enough and dynamic enough to make these last minute dramatics possible. The traditional finish line at Newport is a bearing off of Castle Hill Lighthouse, about a mile seaward of Ft. Adams. They used to start the Bermuda Race at Brenton Reef, which is about 3 miles out. Either could reasonably be considered where you leave the Atlantic and enter Narragansett Bay. More recently ocean races have started between Ft Adams and Rose Island. This trend started with the BOC Race in '82 ( I think). And the finishes have been off the Fort. These few miles have added some additional risk the events. So much of coastal racing around these parts depends on when the tide turns and where you are on the course. There are tide gates that open and close, if you get though them you are styling, if not nourish nuts are in the brambles. In one Annapolis Newport, a 40' yawl was swept backward onto "The Butterball" and sank. I often have the anchor ready and have used it more than once. Once anchored to prevent being flushed, we saw the entire fleet closing on us with spinnackers set in the new sea breeze. We could no nothing but wait and only beat them home by a few minutes, correcting to DFL. So this particular shit fight is part and parcel of finishing early in the morning in Newport. It is complete chance whether you finish drifting in the fog at dawn, or basting in at 20 knots in mid afternoon. It is just a matter of timing, no different than the weather pattern during a championship. It isn't necessarily unfair, but you hate it when it fucks you. SHC
  14. Steve Clark

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Newport, one of the great deep water ports in the North Atlantic can be brutal. In The Great Days of Sail, the captains would have hung out and waited for the tide and not tried to climb the hill of water, but "sport" makes you do stupid things. If the fleet had been 6-8 hours later, the boats would have steamed past Castle Hill doing 20 knots in a thermal southerly under bright sunshine. Once again, sport makes you do stupid things. Maybe the Scallywags will finish in what we refer to as "Chamber of Commerce Conditions." A bit of a reward for finishing at the right time of day. Plastic bags on the keel, Charles please. Shit happens. Going into Hong Kong, Vestas caught a whole damn fishing boat on the bow....... SHC
  15. Steve Clark

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Called it. What happens in Newport in May. Fog will burn off by the time the drunk girls wake up. SHC