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Post Options Post Options   Quote iiitick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 14 at 2:55pm
Originally posted by balladsailor

Great display of Bytes sailing in WIND at Haversham last weekend!

Great Gordon. Who won? and how is your back?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote blaze720 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 14 at 2:57pm
The S'Nova has a lot going for it .... good fleets, reasonable hull etc etc.  The weak link if there is one is the rig/sail.  We had very similar issues just after the Blaze was launched, it was not then as easy to depower as many neeeded, and had the delightful tendancy to get into that 'stable but stalled' orientation if care not taken... from memeory this was always a right pain when trying to hover in the last minute before the start gun !  Added to that the battens did not allow easy 'feathering' upwind in gusty conditons as the luff was held up in the breeze .... when in fact you wanted it to partially collapse when you eased the main quickly.

However the cure is easy - just develop a semi-soft version of the sail.  You might sacrifice a tad in the light stuff for a hell of a lot of benefit the rest of the time.  It would work and is relatively easy to retro-apply to the fleet ... if they wanted it and went for it.   

The 'tough' can usually get most rigs to do what they want or can overcome any minor vice ... but they are rarely the majority. 

Now before some get a bit over-excited and start all that 'frothing at the mouth' stuff I'm NOT saying bad manners of the type described are inevitable with all fully battened sails.   (There are pelnty of ther variables involved).  But one of the more recent trends seems to have been away from fully battened to semi-battened (a mix of full width and leech ones) from the RS800 down.

Mike L.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balladsailor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 14 at 10:31am
1 Rick, 2 Mile Radford, 3 Rachel Moore
Rick's report now in Y&Y.  Back is much better thanks.
Seems that sailing is the best therapy!
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