Tuesday, January 24, 2017
____________________________ FIRST SAIL __________________________
Compared to the Starling, tacking is a lot easier because of the higher boom clearance and as the central sheeting system has no part of the mainsheet aft of my sitting position there is nothing to get tangled around my neck or shoulders when tacking or gybing.
The sense of spaciousness in the cockpit is palpable. I can move around easily and when running flat off downwind I can sit on the side decks as opposed to kneeling on the cockpit floor as I had to do in the Starling as my weight had the tendency to capsize the boat to windward.
Although there wasn't a lot of wind for this trial sail, in the gusts I get the sense that even in a fresh breeze I am not going to have to go through the contortions of an Olympic gymnast to keep the boat upright.
Moving 'Slipstream' and her beach trolley on and off the road trailer was easy enough and because the wheels of the beach trolley are pretty much at the trolleys central balance point the whole outfit is light and easy to wheel around.
Hopefully all these happy signs mean that I am going to be able to sail 'Slipstream' well into my dotage........ and happy is the operative word ...... when I came ashore I had a smile on my face much, much, much bigger than Texas.
.................... Oh, and I nearly forgot, 'Slipstream' and all her many sisterships are in every Zephyr Class owners opinion definitely the best looking small centreboard sailing dinghies ever designed.