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  1. 10thTonner

    Will we ever see Half Ton Racing in USA again?

    I’m doing 1/10 ton racing for years now.
  2. 10thTonner

    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    It takes a lot to send 36 tons surfing, but that one day, right in the middle of the Atlantic, the waves were perfect. I had already taken her to 20.somerhing, but when it was the Italian‘s turn, he caught a set of three or four waves in perfect sync, accelerated more and more without losing too much in the throughs, and... 24,1. In a Swan 65!
  3. 10thTonner

    Collapsing buildings

    Cardboard is perfectly ok. It's not a maritime building, y'know?
  4. Heard a story about the old BMW M5: the slots at the sides of the hood were for cooling... not the engine but the CPU.
  5. 10thTonner

    Commercial Ship Admiration Anarchy

    Some years ago I got a tour on the one in Sassnitz. Crew told me these boats are designed to survive a full 360° roll. The bad news: they are rolling so much, that you always think they are about to go 360° anytime. Even the most seasoned seadogs get seasick on these. Still impressive, pourposeful and admirable. And the piggyback tender is cooler than cool.
  6. 10thTonner

    12m Australia KA-5 for sale

    I sailed an Optimist in 1977. I think its rudder was bigger than that one.
  7. I remember pouring two litres of oil into a Citroen (a friend lended to me) before realising that the black drop at the tip of the stick was just a plastic design thingie - the oil itself was brand new, colourless, and almost invisible. Had to call the assistance to pump out the excess oil and lost almost four hours on my way to Austria.
  8. 10thTonner

    Tilting the mast forward?

    Sick idea: has anybody tried to also tilt (or rather: cant) the mast to the side of the spin pole? Should separate main and spinnaker even better. Then of course one would have to heel the boat the opposite way to bring the center of effort back over the center of the boat (less rudder angle).
  9. 10thTonner

    Whatever happened to triangles?

    Is also gybe lead mines downwind, but it’s rather for seeking the wind lanes and avoiding to be blanketed than to actually find a better wind angle. Stars may be different because they’re faster.
  10. 10thTonner

    Whatever happened to triangles?

    Ok, I was exaggerating a bit to make a point. The faster the boat the more you have to play the shifts downwind. Stars are a good example.
  11. 10thTonner

    Whatever happened to triangles?

    Reaching legs were interesting for boats that didn't like to reach. Symetrical spinnakers usually were optimized for running. So what do you do with that big fat balloon up when a competitor tries to luff you? This is where it got tactical. And fun. W/L coureses (with downwind gates) are cool for assy boats that actually don't like to go ddw but rather would like to reach. Tacking downwind, you have to play the shifts just like on the upwind leg, just inverted, and the lifts and headers are much harder to estimate because of the stronger apparent wind. This is where it gets tactical now... A reaching leg in a Melges or J/70 regatta would be almost as boring as a running leg for Dragons or Meter Yachts.
  12. 10thTonner

    Tilting the mast forward?

    I think it really gets down to course and rolling stability. I had to move the rudder considerably less as soon as I flopped he mast. (The Dragon is one of those old-school boats you have to constantly "steer under the rig" to counteract rolling.)
  13. 10thTonner

    Classy women sailing

    Mom Line - that earns her 7,000 GNAR points on the radness scale.
  14. 10thTonner

    Tilting the mast forward?

    That makes sense. The boat rolled much less with the rig forward and I didn’t have to move the tiller as much to keep her straight. (That’s a big barndoor rudder in the Dragon.)
  15. 10thTonner

    Tilting the mast forward?

    Ok, I've read the fraculaton thread. As fas as I understand it, fraculation just means letting the curve out of a bent fractional rigged mast and then a little more? What I am talking abut is tilting the whole rig as it is about 10 to 15° forward. In the dragon, the mast is stayed stiff and never alters its curve, at least between 5 and 20 Knots. (Forward swept diamond spreaders, inline upper and lower shrouds, runners...) It sits on a joint on the bottom, then goes through a slot in the deck, where it is held by two pushers / pullers. After rounding the top mark, I let go the puller thingie that pulls the mast aft at deck level, release the runner, and finally ease the headstay to tilt the mast forward up to the mark that the rigger had left on the deck. The forestay with the rolled-up genoa stays completely slack for the whole downwind leg. At the leeward gate, I first pull on he puller-after and the middle man tightens the runner. (You have to be very careful with the genoa halyard - if you have it too tight, the whole power of the running backstay will now be transferred not to the forestay but to the genoa luff. Best way to destroy a sail.) Solings also do this, just differently. They have swept-back spreaders, but the "chainplates" are rather little tracks on deck that let the shroud attachments slide forward and back so the mast can tilt an even bigger angle.