6 metre race

August 30, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

20 august 2017-third sunday of the month


sunny warmwind generally.south west force 2-3

there was a temporary.hording extending south west from near the clubhouse about 50 yds.this exaggerated the conditions on the pond .at times channelling the wind .increasing the speed .while if the wind veeredto the west .the pond was blanketed sometimes almost to a calm .on the beat to the first mark .choosing witch wind shift to tack was critical.places were tightly contested .racing was enjoyable .12 races were held altogether

those racing from time to time included leslie,grant,hugh,richard .jim was away on holiday .odd was in norway .grant had to leave early .richard sailed the last 4 races.

we had a distinguished sailing visitor who was watching the sailing for some time .after asking if he sailedhe said he did .on further conversation it turned out to be chris steel .helm of new zealand gc32 class 32 footer foiling catamaran in the uk for the extreme sailing series event in cardiff  on the 25 to 28 august .there are some photos on the extreme racing website of the team preparing at cardiff .chris says will be live on you tube .chris had beenpart of the reporting team at the america’s cup .and was able to give insight on new zealand win  .main factor was sophisticated foil control system handeled by a dedicated crew member .all otherboats had foil controls as manual add on to the helm the forward keel foil .only one kept immersed at the time had controls for pitch angle and cant .the stern rudder foils wich were immersed all the time were controlledfor pitch independently .to counter the wind’s heeling force .the windward rudder foil could be pitched to lift downward relative to the leeward rudder foil.the helm needs global management of the boat throughout the race .trying to combine this withthe demanding task of controlling the foils to fly the boat most effectively at maximum speed was a distraction .watching the races you can see the other boats dipping there bows  in the water periodically .losing speed and at all other times genereally lacking co-ordination.the new zealand boat sailed smoothly with top performance throughout .

the next class of boat for the americas cup will be decided by new zealand they may choose a monohull .wich chris favours .he has raced a lot of monohulls over the years.including the 33 foot international one design.based on a successful six metre in the 1930s. if they choose  a monohull .it will be a high performance design.this would be close to the basis of the cup for competition between seaworthy boats .watch out for interesting developments .


race 1 hugh,lelie,grant

2 hugh,leslie,grant

3 hugh.leslie,grant

4 leslie,hugh,grant

5 leslie,grant,hugh

6 hugh,grant.leslie

7 leslie,hugh

8 hugh,leslie

9 richard,hugh

10 leslie,richard

11 leslie,richard

12 richard,leslie

see you at the next first sunday in september




1 metre race

August 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

sunday 13 august 2017 -one metre race


sunny hot wind force 1-2 variable from leg to leg with little indication of direction .as soon as the wind direction was realised  and the sails sheeted at optimum .a boat would get moving but the wind would shift without warning .there were frequent changes in lead over the course

those racing from time to time were leslie,odd,grant,ted,jim,john


race 1 odd ,leslie

2 odd,ted,leslie

3 odd grant,leslie

4 odd leslie,jim

5 odd grant,jim

6 odd,leslie,grant

7 odd,jim.grant

8 odd,grant.john

9 grant,leslie ,odd

10 odd,leslie.ted

11 odd,leslie,jim

six metre race as usual next sunday third sunday of the month



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