We had two very thoughtful boats at the Dinghy Show.
As you’d expect, Steve Goacher and Phil Evans’ new boat was full of well thought out and delicate refinement based upon their well proven cockpit design. Always innovating, Phil has fitted a little refinement to the kicker which I just adore.
Steve told me he lifted this idea straight out of his Merlin. Like the centre console controls he can now haul his kicker in from any angle. You see, Phil has fitted little red fairleads just above the cleat.
Phil has also arranged to save a bit of string and a few tangles by making the kicker control line endless. Phil, a God of Splicing and other things, (have you seen the triple tapered spinny sheets?) has done a splice that is so good it took me ages to find.
I must ask Phil how they get on with the length though. It seemed pretty generous to me, and it was long enough to use it from hanging out on the stern tank – which was maybe the idea……
This in from Steve Goacher today….
The Fremantle Doctor kicked in with a vengeance for the first two days of the Regatta, and for a couple of days prior to the event, building to well over 20 knots and in the relatively flat water it gave champagne sailing conditions – albeit somewhat diluted by large volumes of seawater!!
Downwind sailing pole 30 degrees off the forestay and fully hiking was absolutely magic.
Morning race conditions today with a south easterly off the land – for champagne now read builders tea… Very tricky, large swings and strength variations. We go back to afternoon races for Wednesday and Thursday with a dubious forecast for the Doctor who now might not do his rounds before the end of the regatta, and followed by a final race on Friday morning. We are expecting another shifty day tomorrow, with light to moderate winds. SOPYC are doing a great job of the regatta – lots of stuff on their website.
For all you lucky members of the Scottish Fleet, Steve Goacher is coming up to Tayvallich to run a Flying Fifteen Masterclass! It is scheduled for Saturday
evening 25th February 2012 at Tayvallich Sailing Club – just seven weeks away…. Luck of the Scots or what!!??!! Stick it on your calendars right now!! These are the details we have at the present:-
- S Goacher Master class part 2
- Location – Tayvallich Sailing Club – Argyll Scotland – sat nav post code to follow
- Date Sat 25 February 2012 – 18.30 hrs
- Illustrated talk – including screening of original master class video
- Boat preparation
- Sail design
- Sailing in different conditions
- Compass work
- Race strategy
- Feedback on Australian Nationals – other experiences
- Q + A session
- Entrance free –
Now shall I check out if there are cheap flights from Gatwick ….?!
There was a superb double feature about Ben Ainslie in the Evening Standard a couple of weeks ago. Good recognition for our sport…. did you see it??
Well, not quite in the same league 🙂 …. but now we have our own star, Steve Goacher, in the Guardian….. (no smirking there, and no checking for misprints either !!)