Sunday, June 28, 2020
__________________________ WINTER SERIES _________________________
The crucial factors that have contributed to better performance are:
- The boat now weighs 59kgs down from 64kgs - a weight saving of 5kgs. A light boat is a fast boat.
- New carbon fibre foils are half the weight (3kgs) of the old wooden foils (6kgs) and are a very accurate commercially produced aerofoil shape. The boat steers better, points much closer into the wind and the feel on the helm is light and balanced. The small bucket I felt we were always towing has vanished.
- The hull has been repaired and faired, capturing the true shape of the hull minus any corrugations and imperfections.
- An adjustable mast step allows various raking angles to suit various wind conditions.
- I am now using a 'TacTic' digital compass which makes the detection of wind shifts a doddle. I should have had one years ago. The tactical usefulness of such a compass cannot be emphasized enough.
- Adjustable hiking straps makes fine adjustments during or between races very easy ensuring more comfortable hiking positions.
There are a few more tweaks that I will do to squeeze out a bit more boat speed. Overall I am pretty pleased with the performance. I haven't produced a super yacht, rather I have produced a level playing field. Slipstream is now as up to date as any of the other 'flash Harry' Zephyrs racing. The winning difference will now depend on the nut holding the tiller, time on the water and a fair old wodge of luck.
The next race in the series is in a fortnights time at the Marsden Yacht Club - I'll be there.