This article is republished with the kind permission of Bob Wells, from his excellent IOM UPDATE newsletter (March 2011), available here. Bob is a member of the well respected Seattle Model Yacht Club, and his newsletters are must reads for skippers of IOM's, and several other classes. Thanks Bob!
“The most interesting boat of the event was undoubtedly that of Michael Scharmer (GER 09). His design "Scharming Mk VII" had a number of unique points, not least being a wooden mast and wooden booms, with fittings consisting almost exclusively of just steel staples, line, and bowsies. Scharmer started in "E" fleet, but by the end of the event was in "A" fleet as the top GER skipper and had clearly developed the tune of his rigs very effectively indeed.”
I read this before I had any intention of joining an IOM fleet. I was so impressed with his design and performance with the wood mast, that I remember his name to this day. As in the last newsletter I have no insight to these boats or Michael Scharmer beyond what I see and read in the Internet, but that won’t stop me from noting my observations.
|Michael Scharmer and his distinctive Scharming Mark-XVC at GBR Nats. The minimalist form is something like you see in a Philippe Starck design. Photo © Hanneke Gillissen|
Her twin at 2010 Euros – Notice her flat deck/sheer line & lots of depowering twist off-wind. Photo © Hanneke Gillissen.
GER 09, a Scharming Mark XVc on the right. I included this photo to illustrate how skinny this design is. The A-rig sails are from Cellophane fabric, supposedly from a florist? It appears Michael makes his sails. Photo © Ingrid Bluem
An older sister: Here is a slightly earlier Scharming design iteration at the ’09 Worlds in BAR. It has a rounded hull form with a flat deck. Same wood mast of course. Photo was downloaded from the Barbados regatta hosts’ web site.
Michael Scharmer does it his way with his own skinny boats. Salute! Photo © Hanneke Gillisse