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Posted by FWAL | Feb 07, 2014 @ 10:50 AM | 3,747 Views
12 Soarers, 1 Powered glider, 1 I.C Trainer, 4 IOM hulls 2 complete race ready IOM's a couple of power boats and some spare wings all took off today on their first stop over before they are based at another Hangar/Port. It's a daunting job thinking of moving the furniture and packing away all the day to day household items but the workshop! 1 day so far and I've feel like I've only scratched the surface. Although, it will all be worth it as in just over a week when the dust has settled I'll be in a new house which is within a 5 minute walk of the slopes. It's currently 10 mins by car. I can also start from scratch setting up a new workshop and storage systems as I have a nice scratch build project and a couple of kits which need completing.
Posted by FWAL | Feb 02, 2014 @ 02:33 PM | 4,180 Views
Had numerous short races today. Would have had plenty more if I hadn't left Nigel's receiver at home and had to back to get it. Simple one lap of a windward, leeward course each leg 50m long. Short line and three IOM's taking part. Isis, Cockatoo and my Edge. Overall the racing was close and for the majority of the races the positions reflected the experience of the skippers with Doug who only started last year not quite managing to get on the start line on time. Nigel and myself jostled quite often with the results off the start being very equal. From then on it depended on which shift to tack on or if you stuck it out how good the next big lift would be! The Edge went to wind very well. I might just tweak a little more weather helm out of the rig but not a lot as today she appeared to be sailing quite high. The runs were OK until the stronger gusts came down the lake which had a bigger affect on the Edges trim than the other two IOM's. Only once or twice did she actually nose dive but generally her bow buried slightly which didn't look that impressive but I was still in control and she would just cary on running. I'll just have to get used to this trait as I'm not building another IOM anytime soon.