Recent comments from Members

  • 05/04/2012 - 09:42
    Totally agree with strongarm. This race has become a bit of a joke. Only two boats left sailing in this leg - and one of those stopped for repairs. Legs interrupted by shipping stages and half-delayed starts. No boats have finished all the legs without stopping for repairs - I thought we'd done enough of that the first time with the VO70s! Only six starters doesn't help either. I suppose the next race will go through the Suez and Panama canals so they can join up all the best marketing stopovers without having to risk real ocean sailing.
  • 05/04/2012 - 07:25
    From someone who was in Santander: The boat winning the races most often was the Mackay FX. The Aura was never the fastest, even when the most competent (lease incompetent) MNA sailors were on board it was always in the last 4. On the final day, there was a race between the FX 'team' sailors Molly and Alex on the boat they know very well and a couple of male Spanish 49er squaddies on the other FX. The guys won convincingly...
  • 04/04/2012 - 19:33
    Ahmen brother!!
  • 04/04/2012 - 19:05
    I am all for pushing the boundaries, and all for trying to improve an event, but lets be honest, this edition of the VOR is turning into a farce. legs finishing at 'secret ports' then being loaded onto container ships, mini start legs for the sake of the media, boats that are not up to the job. Every leg has been affected by at least one boat being damaged resulting in them in retiring or not starting the leg. Back to basics I say and to the Southern ocean and boats that are built to last.
  • 03/04/2012 - 07:04
    Which boats didn't come from production moulds?
  • 31/03/2012 - 08:45
    From Ross Hobson's comments - how very different these trials were compared to the IYRU "A" & "B" class catamaran trials in 1967 (when the Tornado was selected as an International class). Back then, the restriction was to one boat per class and performance over the entire trials, including reliability, was the defining measure. It was simple but effective, as the success of the Tornado would prove; a success only halted by the stupidity of ISAF in eliminating a multihull from the 2012 Olympic regatta.
  • 31/03/2012 - 08:44
    From Ross Hobson's comments - how very different these trials were compared to the IYRU "A" & "B" class catamaran trials in 1967 (when the Tornado was selected as an International class). Back then, the restriction was to one boat per class and performance over the entire trials, including reliability, was the defining measure. It was simple but effective, as the success of the Tornado would prove; a success only halted by the stupidity of ISAF in eliminating a multihull from the 2012 Olympic regatta.
  • 30/03/2012 - 17:05
    Were the trails fair?? - definitely not. A number of the dinghies were not from production moulds (as stated in the 'rules' of the trials) Some manufactures brought more than the 2 defined boats and hence got more evaluations in that those with 2 boats - and had their own professional paid sailors evaluating other boats (duhh?? hows that fair?) Some manufactures used bully boy tactics with their RIBs (which were not meant to be there) to take sailors off the boat they were meant to be testing and put them on their own boat, or blatantly preventing sailors sailing other boats Fair - NO Rigged - Possibly ISAF - weak in managing the event
  • 29/03/2012 - 06:43
    In response to: Contingency plan
    Barcelona to La Rochelle is in no way a "major" competition. what a pity for the sponsors who are getting no exposure since the end of the B to B.....
  • 27/03/2012 - 06:43
    I think it's time for the Volvo to admit they need to go for one-design. A boat very similar to these existing ones, but a bit heavier so it's surely strong enough not to break so easily. Volvo would supply the boats for charter and teams would bring their own sails. Or then the rule has to change so that it does not pay so much to build extremely light.
  • 26/03/2012 - 13:16
    Why dont they just ship it all the way to the finish and claim they've won.Whatever happened to a round the world race where you had to sail round. If they keep breaking the boats then it merely shows they are pushing to hard.Any fool can go fast and break a boat,seamanship is about knowing when to slow down.
  • 24/03/2012 - 18:30
    Fastest boat on the water is the Aura, beating the 49er etc on almost every part of the course. But, not having a professional sail team at trials (and outside the 'rules' of the trials)as a number of the other teams have, it makes it hard to shine
  • 24/03/2012 - 03:38
    I disagree with the final paragraph. C-class and AC composite technology is all very obscure and generally irrelevant to Olympic boats. What you should have written is that the Cherub is 70Kg rigged and ready to sail, making it easier for female crews to handle on shore and off, and very fast despite its relatively short length, making it cheaper to ship to regattas. I think Arup are providing precisely the piece generally missing from most development boat bids for Olympic berths: reliable logistic backing from a credible, major supplier. I would also like to know which of these boats is winning the races most often at the trials.
  • 22/03/2012 - 23:05
    love the Aura - has to be the boat of choice for the 2016 Olympics - and it is proving to be as fast if not faster than the opposition. Ross Hobson my totally unbiased few as Pete's V proud Dad ;-)
  • 14/03/2012 - 12:13
    5 Artemis Academy members and no Phil Sharp.
  • 13/03/2012 - 11:34
    " The 14 strong fleet that competed in that race is down a little this year with 11 boats taking part, but the level of competition is if anything stronger." There were actually 24 starters in the last race although only 14 finishers. http://www.thedailysail.com/offshore/09/48043/we-look-at-the-class-40-fl... The field certainly has good depth in this race from the 11 boats competing although the likes of Bernard Stamm and Giovani Soldini ensured there was plenty of competition at the front of the last race too.
  • 12/03/2012 - 09:48
    The boat is faster due to good design and construction. NOT due to the rig. When we were 2 boating with the Akilaria 2, we did not rake the mast. The boat is minimum weight, wwith a light mast, a low center of gravity, and an excellent build. Rather than complain, the class needs to get their rules in order, and close the loopholes before things do get out of hand.
  • 08/03/2012 - 12:06
    Just to clarify that Sail Arabia - The Tour was contested this year by nine Farr 30's and Courrier Dunkerque came from France having won the Tour de France a la Voile last year and won convincingly.
  • 07/03/2012 - 20:37
    In response to: Turbocoles rudder
    Thanks James
  • 07/03/2012 - 19:45
    In response to: Turbocoles rudder
    Toby Barsley-Dale from 50° North SES responds: I will have to go back to the designer for quantifiable data, but in a nut shell he is right, the advantage does come from reduced risk of stall. However this can be applied in two ways. Firstly, as in the case of the big boats prone to broaching, it has provided better performance from a rudder enabling the helmsman to maintain control. This can also be the case in dinghies which are known to be hard to control. One example has been fitted to an International Canoe and the owner said it resolved the control issues immediately. The other option is to use the extra grip provide by the design to reduce the section thickness of the foil and therefore end up with a foil with lower drag and enhance performance on all parts of the course. My own Hornet foil has been reduced from 23mm wide to 17mm. This could be taken slightly further on higher performance boats. I hope this helps in the short term.