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Posted by FWAL | Sep 30, 2015 @ 05:54 AM | 5,522 Views
The weather was warm, sunny and a gentle breeze greeted the competitors as they arrived on both Saturday and Sunday morning s for the last Ranking Event of the year. Predictably the tide or should I say reservoir was level with the first tier or beach! Which for our small yachts did produce some interesting wind conditions close to the shore due to the ramped and banked reservoir construction. However, the added height of the control area did give the skipper a far better perspective of the course, other yachts and wind lanes over the course.
Without going into too much detail my actual performance was the usual mixed bag of highs and lows. The good was often over shadowed by the bad and a promotion to 'B' fleet was instantly followed by a demotion to 'C'. Skipper error mixed with a bit of bad luck and at times poor rig tuning proved my undoing. I'm also coming round to thinking that my Edge design is slightly off the pace, my BRC winch isn't accurate enough and the rudder servo probably needs replacing for this level of competition so it's back to the drawing board and bank account.
Here are some photo's of the Edge 35 taken by Sue Brown of Catsails.
Posted by FWAL | Sep 07, 2015 @ 02:41 PM | 5,593 Views
The Sun shone and a light variable breeze swung around the lake. Five IOM races had been run and it was time for the competitors to have a nice mug of coffee and a chat prior to commencing the remaining 5 races. It was at this junction that I took the opportunity to maiden Rebel.
My primary concern was how she would sit on the water. This is the first time I have strayed away from designing and building IOMs. It is also a very narrow design for a RG65. I was therefore pretty relieved when I lowered her into the lake and she almost floated in the correct position but her stern is probably a fraction too low. Other than that everything else appeared to work OK. Although, I will be making a new sail for this rig but only because the film I bought has a natural curve in it due to it being on a roll and not in sheets....Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Sep 03, 2015 @ 11:23 AM | 5,350 Views
The carbon fibre decks have been fitted and the hull has received 2 coats of Epifanes 2K paint. Rebel has been on the scales and here's a breakdown:

Hull deck and fittings 220g
Fin & Bulb 555g
Bat & RX 63g
A rig 82g
Rudder 14g

AUW 934g