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  1. Running Tide pulled into Annapolis this morning after a 40 hour trip down from Newport. She is back in her old spot at Arnie Gay’s. They had 27 knots of wind and pouring rain coming down the coast. Doing 10-12 knots with a reefed main and a staysail. Nothing broke, just a few leaks. New engine runs fine. She will race to Newport in a vintage class (she is 52 years young) that allows electric winches.
  2. And here is a video during sea trials a couple of weeks ago: https://www.facebook.com/107751427455980/videos/171292378248442/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos Interestingly, in her original state some 30 + years ago, they tried a new taller aluminum mast , the boat became very tippy and the experiment failed. Now with a carbon mast and the weight reduction in the spar, she appears to be very stable. Of course, it is sailing sans genoa.
  3. Will check with one of the crew scheduled to do the race. Here is a video from last November of restoration, still in progress. facebook.com/107751427455980/videos/678439982871365/
  4. The boat has a new carbon mast (+10ft.), new sails, electric winches, AC, bow thruster, new electronics, etc. Nothing spared. My dear late friend Ray Brown was the navigator for many years. He was a heart surgeon and set up clinic onboard the boat for the wounded worriers of the fleet after ocean races. Understand that last Friday as the delivery crew was departing NEBW the new engine (Nanni) failed (crenkshaft) and has delayed the trip to Annapolis by about a week. The boat is scheduled to compete in the Annapolis - Newport race on 6/5.
  5. Here is another video of the zipper system used on a larger boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0bReWK_vsg I wonder if on a smaller boat (under 30"), light Velcro ties would do the job just as well and would not be sticky as a zipper can be at times? Here is a UK video on the Velcro system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ6DteTOZ7I&feature=youtu.be On our little boat we use this bag but it is mounted under the forward hatch and keeps the spinnaker out of cockpit. Also, no issues of the chute not filling on launch, especially in light air. https://www.youtub
  6. The image in SA shows two boats setting up for what appears to be a bear away set on starboard. In both the tack has been preset but the chutes are not packed and are hand held on deck to weather and aft of the jib. We make the hoist out of the forward hatch to keep the sail under control. In this SA posted image it appears that both boats are setting up for a bear away set on starboard. The tack has been preset and in both cases the sail is loose and hand held aft and to weather of the jib. We generally launch from the forward hatch or a bag to keep the chute under control . Query, when
  7. The boat landed flat on the port foil. The hole is obviously an impact blow, nice and clean, as opposed to a weight (battery) shifting and the skin could not bear the load. My guess is that upon impact and submersion of the port foil one of the rams or arms for that foil failed and pierced the skin.
  8. Have had a lot of experience with this type of sail and there are two axioms [1] you will inevitably want to use it to close reach and then point higher and [2] the sail will get trashed and wind up as raw material for crew duffle bags. We always ran it up the headstay foil, using either genoa or spinnaker halyard depending on circumstances. Running up the headstay provides greater stability. The key is maintaining flow across the sail and anything that maintains sail shape is a must. Even in the lightest chop the sail wants to collapse and it worthless unless it is flying. The time
  9. Classic Med -moor gone wrong when the Meltemi is blowing. This guy did not even have his anchor down!!! We chartered in Greece and went to Emioni for the night, a beautiful village but a crowded anchorage. The wind funnels into the harbor and the quay is dead downwind. Standard docking drill is to first align stern to at some distance, drop anchor and back straight into the dock, gently snugging anchor line whenever the bow starts to wander . You generally get only one shot when it is blowing . We saw a guy unknowingly drop his anchor into the dinghy that was was "trailing" and back h
  10. These modified boats are essentially sailing in PHRF so the rating considerations should not be ignored. The local PHRF regulations include a formula for sprit length and the handicap corrections. For LIS one band maxes out at TPS/J = 140% and the W/L correction is -3. When we added a sprit to First Tracks the design was specific to that rating band. The Trogear is available in fixed lengths and so the sprit cannot be optimized for rating purposes. It may be tempting to save a few bucks but when every second counts on the race course there is no reason to give away time before you even leave
  11. Here is a Trogear sprit on a Mumm 30. Located at CPYC in Westport CT. Not an elegant solution, somewhat short, but looks like it will work. Note the lashings, to keep it from falling? . Also without a deck or bow flange all side loads and torque are borne by the two mounting bolts.
  12. They were on starboard tack setting up to jibe and got nailed with a massive gust The spinnaker pole is pinned against the starboard rigging with the end most likely in the water since the guy released from the jaw. Missing is the next frame showing the rig going down when they jibe ( the chute pulling the stern around) and the boom slams over.
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