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Jimbo, i have just sold my Carbon all singing all dancing road bike.  Purchased a lovely Titanium bike.  Should help my poorly back and really is a bike for life.  Its sat in my office winking at me.  Whispering.  Why drift around on a muddy ditch when we could go and smash some hills!!!  Only one answer really...Up early Sunday morning for a bike ride then off down the club to remember which way round my sailing boots go on.
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Originally posted by Null

In true Russ format, first time out in the zero this weekend and we have 3 knt gusting 5 forecast!!!!  Making me think i should go out on my new bike instead....But no I need some practice before the winter super series!!  

Yes, same problem at GWSC this weekend. First opportunity to sail the boat. A whole day of handicap racing for single handers py>1001 as part of annual club champs event to be sailed and decided on the day and sod all wind forecast. May well just pop down and unpack the boat then go home and keep my brownie points powder dry for another day!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote kneewrecker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 14 at 3:11pm
Originally posted by Null

Only one answer really...Up early Sunday morning for a bike ride then off down the PUB to forget which way round my sailing boots go on as I sink a 4th or 5th pint of Old Hooky.

FTFY  - it's a non sailing forecast mate, sorry.
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The rig really is small! How do you post pics from an iPad?
try again!

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By getting the URL right possibly?!  Wink
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this is way too hard! The address keeps changing when I copy and paste. Hey ho.

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Well...I suppose I better update the world as to my first sail in the D-Zero. ...

 

All week I have been like a child excited about going sailing again. For the first time in years may I add.  I checked the forecast towards the end of the week and it looked dyer.  I also remembered Friday afternoon that I should insure the boat.  I have been so busy lately with work that I had completely forgotten about it.  Still £95 to insure boat, trolley and trailer with 2 claims in the last 5 years, I thought was pretty damn good.  Anyway I digress.

 

I arrived at the club far too early Sunday.  It just showed how little I had sailed there in recent years.  I was completely out of kilter with the sailing schedule!  So I sat with a cup of coffee and watched what little wind there was switch off.  The river looked like a mirror (if Mirrors were Brown and filled with sh*t) Anyway.  12 30 came and it was time to get rigged.  Still no wind, but nothing was going to stop me now.  First race was part of the autumn pursuit.  There was so little wind we only had 3 solo's a K1 and myself out.  Solos started in at least some wind whilst myself and the K1 started in virtually nothing.  I managed to get through to second, but couldn’t quite catch the lead Solo.  Second race was a personal handicap thing.  Only 3 of us bothered but I was 12 minutes ahead of the other boats so won by a handsome margin.  In fact I was packed up and changed (amazing how quick it is to pack away) before the K1 finished.

 

Now I have never been known to be a particularly good sailor.  Especially in the light stuff, but it was amazing how well the zero ghosted along.  I had my weight well forward next to the mast,  which actually lifted the transom beautifully.  Albeit It is a little more cramped up there than down in the spacious cockpit.  Standing up and healing the boat to leeward helped in the lulls, but because I am so much heavier than the complete all up weight of the boat it can get a little wobbly when hugging the mast.  In terms of set up, I used the standard mast foot and rake position.  I also found I used just enough outhall to give the sail a nice shape.  I would of liked to use more in these conditions but it was so light the wind wasn’t strong enough to even give the sail any shape.  I found that sheet tension was critical.  Its very easy to over sheet in the light.  However for context it was so light I wouldn’t normally bother sailing in these conditions.

 

But still I am so happy with the boat.  It is just breathtaking.  Really looking forward to sailing her over the winter in some big breeze.  Especially racing more D-Zero's as we seem to of developed a really nice passionate bunch of early adopters!

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Blimey, don't post things like that - the PY number will be 969 before you can blink...

Great to know it is a modern boat that works in the light stuff - it is a side of things that was ignored all through the 90s and 00's, much to the sport's detriment.
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Cheers Rupert, I wouldn't say its particularly spectacular in the light stuff.  What boat is?  But you can really lift the transom and the pointy boy just looks so efficient.  Its a little slower to tack in the drifty conditions of this weekend compared to something like a solo and the lack of weight means you stop just as quickly as you get going.  But i am pretty impressed.  I think with a bit of practice and understanding of what works and what doesn't with the rig, it wouldn't show itself up against more traditional classes in the drifty stuff.  

It really is a good all round boat.  For too long now i have been sailing oats optimised for certain conditions.  Its nice to be able to enjoy sailing across the wind range.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kneewrecker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 14 at 11:50am
Originally posted by Null

It really is a good all round boat.  For too long now i have been sailing oats optimised for certain conditions.  Its nice to be able to enjoy sailing across the wind range.

You say that with some assurance after one sail in no wind?  Hmm....   Wink
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