Recent comments from Members

  • 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.
  • 07/03/2012 - 12:13
    In response to: Turbocoles rudder
    At what speed and angle of attack are those drag and lift figures given? All the figures I’ve seen suggest that while tubercules may offer some improvements over conventional foils: these improvements only materialise at large angles of attack (ie close to stall) and performance in typical sailing conditions is reduced. There have been a few keelboats using this idea but by and large it has only been successful on boats prone to broaching and spinning out downwind – the extra control and safety factor makes up for the slight loss in performance in normal sailing. This article suggests that performance is actually increased around the course – are there figures to support this?
  • 05/03/2012 - 11:16
    Probably not well... the point was rather than taking around 2 hours for the rescue authorities to leap into action, that that all-important time period could have been reduced.
  • 01/03/2012 - 13:46
    Tedious to watch even in "40kts" - still, hats off to the folk that have kept this relic in the Olympics for so long - amazing...
  • 29/02/2012 - 19:04
    Quote "It should be noted that the distress message emanating from this equipment gets through to the rescue services substantially faster than it does via the ancient COSPAS-SARSAT system from an EPIRB – which is significant if you consider an incident like the Rambler 100 capsize." How well does it work when it is underwater and pointing in the wrong direction?
  • 28/02/2012 - 19:59
    In response to: New F18 European circuit
  • 28/02/2012 - 05:26
    yeah, umm 25
  • 27/02/2012 - 13:21
    4m seas??
  • 17/02/2012 - 18:52
    Jangada Too is a J/109 and also completed the RB&I 2010.
  • 16/02/2012 - 15:29
    I have not seen the details of the incident, but can I be informed why the media boat and the specific race were not both chucked out?!
  • 16/02/2012 - 14:52
    So the RYA and Yachting Australia are leaving it to ISAF to add further punishment. But wouldn't a fairer outcome to both hearings have been to forgive Ainslie and un-disqualify him from those two races (he still missed the Medal Race) and do whatever the rules allow to punish the real culprits - the media boat crew and whoever authorised them. I strongly suspect ISAF should be punishing itself!
  • 16/02/2012 - 04:47
    my favorite Open 60...
  • 16/02/2012 - 04:47
    my favorite Open 60...
  • 16/02/2012 - 04:47
    my favorite Open 60...
  • 15/02/2012 - 17:23
    Okay, i'm going there...Jean, what's up with the MichDesFro??? Time for a haircut!
  • 05/02/2012 - 09:25
    Great article! I really love to drill down into technicalities. It is so interesting.
  • 03/02/2012 - 22:32
    Perhaps the Farr 40 class should consider why its numbers have been in decline well before the Farr400 and M38 arrived?