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  1. So I'm on the search for a new boat after sailing my "Lazy E" 15' Dinghy for a summer and being happy but not thrilled with it's performance. (Check out the old topic I made about it here for some pics/video ) But I don't think I'll be too happy with the little dinghy in the future. Sailed a Laser in about 18-20 knots this weekend and holy cow have I been missing out on performance. It was an old, beat up one with multiple Canadian flags sewn onto the leech for some reason... and I still got screaming downwind at around 11-12 knots, wiped out a couple times planing. Holy freakin shit it was amazing. Only problem is, I can't really carry any camping gear on a boat like that, and that's a big deal considering my plans (R2AK 2019? Other longish distance regattas & Races). I was wondering if anybody knows of a cheap (budget maybe $3000?), fast single-handed boat that can deliver performance close to that, while carrying my 175 pound self plus from 10 to 100 pounds of gear. I would also really really like it to be car-toppable or trailerable behind a small car. My little "Lazy E" did quite well for what it is, but I simply don't have the weight to keep it upright in much over 15 knots, so it's a huge disadvantage. Ideally I'd love to be able to keep up with the local sailing club's keelboats over a whole course but that's asking a lot I was looking at the potential of a Sailing outrigger similar to Wharram's Melanasia (https://www.wharram.com/site/shop/building-plans/ethnic-designs/melanesia) or maybe Gary Diekering's Ulua (http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/garyd/ulua.html) with a rudder attached. Something like a Wayfarer/CL16 would be great on the single handing/capacity side but not so much for performance. Any ideas at all?
  2. Just read in Yachts and Yachting http://www.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/americas-cup/kiwis-reveal-new-full-foiling-monohull-americas-cup-class-design/ The wait is over! We now have confirmation of what the next America’s Cup class will look like – and foils are very much a feature. Here’s what Emirates Team New Zealand had to say in a statement issued this evening (20 November) along with some exciting first visuals… An exciting new era in America’s Cup racing has been unveiled today as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America’s Cup is released illustrating a bold and modern vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts. The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating a wide range of monohull concepts. Their goals have been to design a class that will be challenging and demanding to sail, rewarding the top level of skill for the crews; this concept could become the future of racing and even cruising monohulls beyond the America’s Cup. The AC75 combines extremely high-performance sailing and great match racing with the safety of a boat that can right itself in the event of a capsize. The ground-breaking concept is achieved through the use of twin canting T-foils, ballasted to provide righting-moment when sailing, and roll stability at low speed. The normal sailing mode sees the leeward foil lowered to provide lift and enable foiling, with the windward foil raised out of the water to maximise the lever-arm of the ballast and reduce drag. In pre-starts and through manoeuvres, both foils can be lowered to provide extra lift and roll control, also useful in rougher sea conditions and providing a wider window for racing. An underlying principle has been to provide affordable and sustainable technology ‘trickle down’ to other sailing classes and yachts. Whilst recent America’s Cup multihulls have benefitted from the power and control of rigid wing sails, there has been no transfer of this technology to the rigs of other sailing classes. In tandem with the innovations of the foiling system, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are investigating a number of possible innovations for the AC75’s rig, with the requirement that the rig need not be craned in and out each day. This research work is ongoing as different concepts are evaluated, and details will be released with the AC75 Class Rule before March 31st, 2018. The America’s Cup is a match race and creating a class that will provide challenging match racing has been the goal from the start. The AC75 will foil-tack and foil-gybe with only small manoeuvring losses, and given the speed and the ease at which the boats can turn the classic pre-starts of the America’s Cup are set to make an exciting comeback. Sail handling will also become important, with cross-overs to code zero sails in light wind conditions. A huge number of ideas have been considered in the quest to define a class that will be extremely exciting to sail and provide great match racing, but the final decision was an easy one: the concept being announced was a clear winner, and both teams are eager to be introducing the AC75 for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021. The AC75 class rule will be published by March 31st 2018. More reaction on this announcement coming soon… Although racing performance has been the cornerstone of the design, consideration has had to be focused on the more practical aspects of the boat in the shed and at the dock, where both foils are canted right under the hull in order to provide natural roll stability and to allow the yacht to fit into a standard marina berth. I like this concept very much. Competetive, spectaculair, fast and beautiful.
  3. we were going around 14 knots downwind when another boat broached just ahead of us, we pulled up higher and higher until we were nearly broaching ourselves. The gennaker trimmer had no idea anything had happened so he kept responding to the skippers commands to let the sheet out with: "why?? the kites flying awesome!" we were able to narrowly avoid a collision thanks to the great steering and cool head of our skipper! top speed was 15.8 kts on that run. The close call starts around 1:00 minute
  4. Foredeck Shuffle

    Singlehand 49'er?

    I'm considering a purchase of a 49'er to single hand. I had wanted a Musto Skiff but the only one to be found sold. And since the local sailing scene requires sailing fast boats in Portsmouth and not one design I'm not willing to fork out for a new boat, it must be used. I have plenty of boat repair skills though I'm looking for a better than average, fast skiff. Why do this? Because the wind here is much less than ideal throughout the summer. A few years ago in preparation for the 505 Worlds being held in Annapolis this year I downloaded 20 years of weather data from what I figured was the best place to do so, Thomas Point. Many pivot tables and an eventual upload into a database later I learned a disheartening truth, Annapolis spends 80% of its existence in 8 knots or less of breeze. A year later I did the same for Cove Point near Solomons out of curiosity and the results were nearly the same. I have owned and raced 505's and a lot of other dingy experience, including some time single handing to work out details of the boat or just to have fun blasting around. A two person boat is often a lot more fun with just one on the deck. I so dislike going slow that after a few decades of sailing I would rather go in and put my boat away and enjoy the evening in a more civilized manner than drift around. I am moving to Solomons where like Annapolis the doldrums prevail during the more fetid days of summer, so I want an over powered boat. My goal is a boat I will have a lot of fun in when it blows 5kts, have my hands seriously full in 10kts, struggle to stay upright in 15kts, and do not even bother to go out in 20kts because drowning sucks. I have spreadsheets to back up this theory, I will still be sailing 70-80% of the time and having a blast. I can always go grab my Laser with a full rig when it blows above 15kts. If you are fit, determined, and prepared to put in practice and maybe alter the boat a bit to bring lines back to a better position on swivel cleats or what ever I find efficient, can you single hand a 49'er? This is a serious post. I was chasing down a Musto Skiff in Newport before I posted this. The MPS is gone and no used ones are for sale in the US at the moment. I considered a multi-hull like an A-Cat but the local club has ruled out all multis in their club rules, NOR, and SI's. Otherwise I'd buy an A-Cat and call it a day. I also considered a UFO but it looks like it does not fly until 8kts, which is too high a wind speed for the Chesapeake Bay. And no, I do not care about OD, not even a little, that is what a Laser is for. I will alter the boat if need be to make this work though I would try and keep anything I do reversible in a few hours, but that is not the end goal. The goal is to go fast and have fun. Fuck one design, fuck rules, fuck the shitty rating I will likely be given, just speed and smiles. Self abuse, injuries, and frequent damage to the wallet are expected. Other personal details include a weight of 89kg / 196lbs and 1.6m / 6'. Your advice, tips, documented experience, angst, hatred, pity, envy, and just being rude, commentary are eagerly anticipated.
  5. ChadTWilson

    The Pulse 600 Saved My Life

    Well, the new trimaran by Corsair saved my sailing life anyway... In short, I found myself without a fleet in my early 40's asking the question "what's next?". I learned to sail at age 7. I won my first national championship at 11, was a four year letter at USMMA with a few national titles in hand by graduation in 1997. After college, like many others, I continued to sail lasers and V15s though many of my fellow collegiate sailing competitors went into full time Olympic campaigns. I qualified and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 & 2008 to showcase how much better the full time campaigners became over the years. For my personal fleet, I traded usage of an S525 for a J22 along the way and raced it for 13 years. I ended up with a J30 that my wife and I enjoyed overnight cruising on but now with three kids, two boys 9 & 6 and a girl now 3, the contentment and solice the J30 brought my wife and I does not quite do it for all of us. One day about three years ago, the owner of the J22 Green Flash called requesting his boat back. We originally traded boats because we were both moving simultaneously, I left my boat where it was in Port Arthur for him to use, he left the J22 in Houston for me to use. Sadly, I delivered Green Flash back to Port Arthor and the two of us decided I would donate the S525 along with some cash from him to the sea scouts. I looked around for a new fleet and was not pleased with the state of the sailing world. It was the new age of the handy sport boat with new fleets popping up every six months. I went to a regatta that had 8 fleets of sport boats under 30 feet none of which had more than 6 boats and I could only think "this could be an awesome regatta with 50 boats on the line but instead it is a whole bunch of mini-regattas going on simultaneously, yipee, what is wrong with this picture?". I had no intention on waiting for one fleet to take over the others which may take years and didn't care to buy a boat that propaganda dictated "that's where the competition is going." Watching the sport get stretched so thin was depressing and, frankly, I just wanted to go sailing again, have fun and go fast. After much research, I bought the Corsair Pulse 600 last spring and can't say enough good things about this boat. I have raced it with my family of five, single handed and with an experienced crew or two . I have hit 25 knots with three experienced crew and I have returned to port at 19 knots with my 6 year old attempting to do flips on the windward trampoline. One Friday afternoon, I left the office, splashed the boat left the dock at 2:45, went sailing came back put the boat away and left for home at 5:07 after logging 21 miles of blasting around Galveston Bay in my button down shirt and slacks. For the first time in a long time, I am excited about just going out for a sail. The boat is fast while staying within the envelope of control and comfort. Over the last year I have had the opportunity to push the limits of the Pulse 600 and have become more pleased with my decision to purchase it each time. The boat rounds up when it should and plows through pitch-pole situations just as the designers intended. It weight 992 lbs rigged and trailers at 90 mph with no problem. You can take my word this boat is fast and easy or check this out this fast replay of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Rum Race #2, an 11.3 mile, staggered start with fast boats starting last and everyone theoretically finishing the triangle course at the same time. TEAM AMERICA 142 is the green track leaving the dock when the first boat is rounding Mark #1. https://www.facebook.com/chadtroywilson/posts/10213254384977377?notif_t=like&notif_id=1497797056038278 And a first attempt of some on board footage, admittedly not the best but it doesn't suck either So the message here goes to all those Anarchist who may be contemplating suicide of their sailing life, THERE IS HOPE and it is the Corsair Pulse 600.