Shaping & planing wooden cores

My runner planks’ core material is samba wood also known as abachi. When you google for most common applications you will not find iceboat’s runner plank. Strange.

It is very light wood and easy in processing however it covers everything in dust even if you have dust collection system. 

The lightest wooden core ever was 2,54kg, the heavies 4,55kg. In average core weight oscilates between 3,4-3,6kg in most of the cases.

Moth sailing

I am happy moth owner since March this year. For a sailor dealing with traditional sailing for couple of decades moth sailing is whole different sailing experience. Very , very demanding class. I have only few more days sailing scheduled for October. 

The good thing is downwind is alike iceboat.

Icesailing is coming in fast!

Inhouse post curing ready

Before starting new batch of planks I decided to build a post curing box. In fact it will support both curing and post curing. Elevated temperature lowers viscosity and improves  resin flow.

But the real benefit is that I no longer need to outsource post curing. Now all can be done inhouse.

The box can accomodate two planks 😉 and it will occupy big portion of my small shop floor ;( 

If you haven’t seen my plank movie yet this is the right moment to do so.

Polish Championships 2021

Finaly sweet taste of victory! Consistent sailing in the top paid dividend. It was a big challenge to free up  my head from all bad emotions after epic fails in Warsaw Cup. I knew that in order to win any event I need to win with myself first. An extra week of no sailing helped a lot as well.

Photo: Gwidon Libera
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Warsaw Cup 2021

It was a painful experience on day one of Warsaw Cup. I was in the lead in race 1 and 4 and finished both after two laps. What happened? I have no idea. For sure I put a big smile on many faces including myself. The rest was just fine. Boat speed was great. It was a narrow 1.8km long race course forcing multiple maneuvers and unconventional strategies due to shifty winds.

Photo: R. Nowakowski
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Swedish fail

Early January 2021 Robert and myself could not wait for first ice in Poland. At the same time ice report from Sweden was very promising. We delayed the trip 3 times and  finally we found best weather window to enjoy sailing. And weather defeated us. All wind forecasts were wrong. Fellow snow showed up and after one day at beautiful Orsa Camp we decided to go back home. 

In sunny windless day we had fantastic skating. This is also part of iceboating.

P.S. Lake Orsasjon is on our black list due to unpredictable wind forecasts.

Caligula Cup 2021

Another challenging weekend on the ice. Caligula Cup is a kind of family business as my father Jurek, the owner or 7-seater Caligula ice yacht powered by Tornado sail and 45HP propeller has published notice of race. Jurek is running this event for teen years already. And each time starting line is filled with icesailing champions. Last weekend was no different.

Jurek & Tomek sailing Caligula, 2003
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