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In Topic: What's the hardest dinghy you've sailed?

22 February 2017 - 10:56 AM

Carbon I14 was pretty tricky.

Narrow hull and used to get over powered really easily on the jib, dig a wing in, stall on the wing and capsize.


The low riding moths look like a bit of a nightmare though!!!





Tried a low riding moth, at 330mm hull width with an aluminium mast, in under 6 knots of wind.  Not impossible but had to really take notice of what was going on and couldn't expect it to just happen on demand.


No nightmare, just a great challenge!    :)

In Topic: Team NZ

30 January 2017 - 08:13 AM


But nothing beats five days of a test match... 8)


Except rain.




or bowling underarm  ;)

In Topic: Oracle Team USA

05 January 2017 - 09:52 PM

Interesting in the tech Tuesday talk "the jibs flatten with increasing wind pressure".  So they make the edges stretch more than the center?  Anybody got anything more than that?  Cool approach, could be a "trickle down" benefit to us mortals?

At a price! 😳

In Topic: Team NZ

21 November 2016 - 09:00 PM


BAR is clearly the one to beat, consistently able to sail aggressively, fast and fight back when things go wrong.  


If the Cup goes to the UK (and that's still a big if) BA and Martin Whitmarsh said there would be a 100% Nationality Rule inserted for AC 36 so no more shopping for Spithill to other Teams winning the AC. Percy & Brittle from AR would likely come over to BAR to defend it and the Kiwis but especially the Aussies could have their own Team with Spithill, Slingsby and Langford heading a complete Australian Team.




Would like to see this sport be more encouraging of all people, so need to have mixed crews on every boat too (plus the 100% nationality rule).


It is the characters that make it interesting and this would give it, imho, give add much to this.