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tedrules

Single Handed in VX One in 20 knots

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I took my VX One out by myself on Sydney Harbor on Saturday and the breeze increased to over 20 knots. It was a bit of a slog upwind but still manageable. Downwind with the kite up it was a lot of fun. I hit 16.7 knots

 

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No problem. I will spilce the hoist & douse into the footage tonight. You will see that i have a very long tiller extension (1.5m or 4'11'') that i wedge against the foot chock in the centre of the boat when hoisting & dropping

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TD, when it comes to sailing I like to think that I am more than just a little crazy. For my first sail in my new boat we had the kite up when it was gusting 35 knots and when we were sailing home upwind it was gusting 40. Wait until you see my next plan.

Hyerstay, hoist & douse footage is currently uploading to youtube. I will post it in about 10 hours.

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Still not sure where this boat fits... but if you want to come up to the Balmain Regatta on Sunday we would give you a run in Super 30's , open Skiffs , yachts down haroubr, yachts non spin, cant get you into Classic Yachts , but it would be a classic..

 

Entries balmainsailingclub.com.au

 

PS... great job,,, its a great boat.

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Thanks for the invite!

I did look at doing The Balmain Regatta, but it is about where we fit.

Maybe next year with a fleet of us.

 

Regards,

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That is HIGHLY impressive. Probably not doable on many other boats of this performance. Lends alot of support to the optimum all around weight being 300-400 in my opinion. Same as the Melges 17 really. Cool!!!

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No fear of inversion. It's awsome.

 

Not just good engineering, but really high quality carbon parts from southern.

 

Downwind you can Completly blow the gnav and reach like a sob with the main flogging if need be -even in big breeze.

 

 

 

Ted,

 

I know the VX has a stronger mast and more rake in the spreaders than the Viper, but looks like you are sailing with basically zero leech tension.

 

No fear of inversion?

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In a breeze I just crank on the caps and lock in the lowers pretty tight and put a bit of tension on the check stays that go to the top of the GNAV. Last Friday I gave the rig a bigger workout than anyone else is bound to. I sailed up the coast from Sydney toPittwater in 25 knots & 10 foot seas. Check out the video on the front page of SA now.

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Awesome! As an aside, I hope you had all appropriate safety and communications gear on your persons in those conditions.

 

I love my Viper 640 (WRX) but I keep looking at the VX One (STi)...

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