Through injury I had to miss the Dinghy Show this year for the first time in…. well, I don’t know how long. It was very snowy in the week and I’m told it might have been a little bit quieter than usual both in terms of visitors and of course, in boats exhibited. Given how horrid the weather had been, a huge ‘well done’ to anyone who got there!
The Flying Fifteen Class had the World Champion boat on display.
I would guess that with much of the fleet now switching over to the new headsail design, there will have been a lot of interest in the new positioning of the jib tracks.
The taller aspect ratio sail gives a chance to try sheeting the jib closer to the centre line. The first trial site was on the onboard face of the vertical side of the seat tank, at the top edge. The traveller cars were not designed for this angle of pressure though and do not run smoothly in this configuration. Thinking has moved on, and Steve has moved his tracks now to the bottom edge of the 45 degree slope as you can see in this picture. Relative to the old track site a couple of inches up the slope the sheet position is a few inches forward.
Tip : I have just had my tracks moved to the same position! Future proofing, hopefully !!