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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Practice sailing, November 30, 2013

Practice sailing with the TRYC at the Corinthian Sailing Club today, winds started about 11mph and built to a steady 15, with gusts in the low 20's. RG-65's and IOM's raced on a staggered start on a long course. 

Roo and I brought out IOM's to practice for the next week's LUF Cup. Here he sails his IOM Tenacious:

Tenacious is an old Byerley designed Forte, and pretty good in a breeze. Unfortunately, we need to engineer some some more rudder throw into her, as she was a bit tough to turn in the upper A-rig conditions. Roo sailed her pretty well nonetheless, and sneaked in a win when his two comrades fouled each other at the reach mark, or as he says, "a win is a win Dad!" Sailing my boat later, he creditably sailed to two seconds, good job!

Brought my Tempest, Juno out and enjoyed a pretty good day in the upper A-rig, with two 1st, and the rest seconds. 

Juno is a pretty balanced, mid-range boat and went very well today against a Lintel and a Britpop. With the big gusts I went ahead and set my close-haul a touch looser, with some twist at the main top to help dump the over-powering gusts, and she ran fast and hands free on the beats. At Eric Rosenbaum's suggestion I added a touch more topping lift to add some similar curve-off in the jib. That proved to be a good suggestion, and after that I just enjoyed a rare (for me!) treat; concentrating on my actual racing and strategy rather than the boat itself. Chuck and Wolfie provided good racing competition and it was a pretty good day. 

Roo shot some video, its a bit shaky but here it is:

You can see Wolfie's yellow Britpop port tack Chuck (red Lintel) and I (white Tempest) shortly after the start, and a tight race to the mark. Chuck and I roll over Wolfie downwind, and we jockey tightly around the mark with Chuck in the lead, and me close behind. I break tacks with Chuck beating to the finish, he covers, almost too loosely. I make up some ground but he wins by a few boat lengths. A close race all the way, and typical of the day!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Nine...Test Sail!

The "Peck" hit the waves today, with generally good results!

Here's a few pictures to commemorate the occasion:

Andy & Peck before the big launch!

And she's underway!

The rig seemed to work quite well...

The Penguin graphic looks neat on a beat!

The intrepid crew! Floats!

The Good:

1) Boat trim was excellent, she sailed very true and easily on the beats. Once she put her shoulder into it, it was virtually hands free. Speed seemed good, but it's always good when you are alone!

2) Running rigging worked just fine.

3) It floated!

The Bad:

1) After a pitch pole, she tool ALOT of water. Not sure if there is leak, but suspect areas are the hull patches, mast tube (I think water ran down the tube into the hull), and the epoxy in some hull egress points like the rudder control rod and some screw holes. This will require some careful checking, but doesn't seem to be joint related.

2) The flooding apparently ruined the sail control winch...

3) The running rigging line is too stiff and thin, will need to be replaced.

All-in-all, a good maiden voyage, back to the shop this week to finalize some standing rigging and rig control settings, confirm water-tight integrity & replace a servo, and then, hopefully, a maiden race next weekend. Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Eight

Just about finished! A few more items; jib slot control, boom attachment, and deck patches...the rig is lightly constructed and tied, once I confirm everything works it will be properly finished up. Stay tuned!
USA-50; "Peck" nearly ready for christening!

Roo and Peck, with their new boat!

Andy inspects the latest work...

Peck! Get out of that picture! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Seven

Another update...the first running rigging plan didn't work properly, so a new type of line and slightly different internal attachments should provide an adequate remedy. Hopefully, on the water in a few days!
Rig layout, note luff curve without backstay...

Second try at removeable keel, expoxied 4-40 screw in fin.

Drain plug...

Rig fit, main sail added!

Looks good so far...

Running rigging failed, try again...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog...servo test!

Servo test of rudder and sail winch, some minor adjustments, but good enough for a "proof of concept"! More importantly, it all seems to work...

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Six

Swing rig, radio box, and more!

Crossbar expoxied in place, the aluminum tube just protruding will ride on the bearings.

Complete rig kit from Eric Rosenbaum!

Internal spar, the rig will fit over and ride on the bearing.

Servo tray expoxied in place; winch arm held by two screws to test clearance.

Battery and servo compartment, rig glides easily on bearings...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Five

Continuing progress...
Deck fittings, rudder tube, mast tube, and swing rig, test fit!

Test fit of swing rig, ready to glue parts...

Rudder post, rudder will fit snug against hull when finished.

Nice alignment of keel, rudder, and mast...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Four

Coming down the stretch, the hull is complete! Next we will install the servos (all ready nestled in the board), and the electronics and connect the rudder. Then it's time to add the deck fittings and build the rig!

The penguin, made from .003 thin vinyl sign material...

Peck poses with his namesake!

"Put your flippers in the air like you just don't care!"

Clean looking profile.

In profile, will add the rudder soon!

Nice symmetry, looks good!
Deck markings; the Peck battle cry and national no.

View from astern.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Three

A few pics updating our progress on the Peck!

...a few minor flaws, but they'll be covered by the Penguin graphic.

Servo mount ready to be fixed in the hull.

Peck inspects his namesake...

...and approves the Penguin graphic draft!

Name and Hull Numbers added...may have to adjust a bit.

Better view of the bottom, note the bulb cant.

What a comeback, congrats Team USA, nice try Team New Zealand!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Race video; ODOM National Championship...

As usual, look directly at Youtube for better resolution...

A few pics from the ODOM Nationals...

I don't sail the ODOM (One-Design One-Meter), but they are a popular boat, particularly on the west coast. The Trinity River Yacht Club hosted the class National Championship this weekend and Roo and I went out for a look. Beautiful weather and a nice event!

A Start at 2013 ODOM Nationals...

I went down to the club to check out the 2013 ODOM Nationals the club was hosting, beautiful weather! Here's a start...(the video is in better resolution at YouTube itself).

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Two

Here's a series of photo's cataloguing construction of Roo & I's boats to date:

Fin trimmed to proper depth & bulb epoxied in place.
Simple use of gravity to get a straight keel box.

Checking arrangement of hatches before attaching deck.

Deck goes on!

First coat of paint.

Testing deck fittings and mast location.

Second coat, deck painted.

Roo and Peck  inspecting the parts.

Adding the sheer planks to hold the deck.

Test of the Penguin graphic, the boat will be white and blue below the water line.

Peck the Penguin admiring himself!

What a ham!