Travellers tip #3 Rudder play:
“The next time you are in the dinghy park go around the other Flying Fifteens and see if you can move the bottom tip of their rudders. If you can there will be movement between the rudder bushes and the rudder stock. This is bad when sailing, as the rudder will vibrate and upset the flow of the water across the rudder causing drag and slowing you down.
The solution is to replace the nylon bushes which are found top and bottom of the rudder tube. I would recommend that you replace one at a time starting with the top bush and see if that solves the problem. To get the bushes out first try and tap them out with a long shafted screwdriver and if that doesn’t work you may have to use a junior hacksaw blade and wrap tape around one end to form a makeshift handle and cut saw drafts in the bush all around but be careful not to damage the rudder tube you will then be able to pull the bush out with a pair of long nose pliers.
You can then clean off the inside of the tube with fine sandpaper, apply a spot of epoxy glue and replace the old bush with a new one that you will be able to purchase from Pinnell and Bax. While you are attending to the rudder bushes you may also check that your rudder fits snugly to the hull. If there is a gap of over 6mm then you are again upsetting the flow of water across the rudder which slows you down. You can either push the rudder further up through the rudder tube or you may have to reshape the flange of the rudder. Either way make sure that the rudder then rotates freely without scrapping the hull”.
Helm, Bobby Salmond, ƒƒ202.
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I’ve just heard that the first day of racing at the nationals is deferred because of high winds! More on that tomorrow.
Live Tracker and Video Feed !!
Yes – there is going to be a live tracker and video feed so the folks at home can watch !!! Fabulous!!!
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(GBR Heroes, Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett leave the Marina)
Tricky day on the water today. Light winds and big seas! Geoff and Tom Bayliss showed the other Brits how it’s done!
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So everything is through except the weight reduction! Interesting!!
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The East Coast Flying Fifteen Championships on 17th & 18th September @ Burnham on Crouch
Details : http://royalcorinthian.co.uk/event/3005939/flying-fifteens
Burnham is a great place to sail, and importantly a very different to the normal ff venues, the hospitality is rather good too…the RCYC has an excellent chef, an excellent river frontage bar, we have the RYA award winning Race Officer Edwin Buckley who’s also the Endeavour RO and very used to giving top quality racing , so we have the whole package…just need the boats, so go on, reply and say you’re attending!
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PS for those that book early they will be rewarded with a cheeky little glass of something rather good before the supper on the Saturday night!
Enjoy your summer and see you in September
The Irish Association have published this guide to the 2016 Ballot. Interesting.