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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Polish Fleet Cup 2021

Finally first sailing in Poland since March 2019! Big cold coming from east locked most of our favorite lakes. What a great 5 days of intense sailing with Polish top sailors crowned with Polish Fleet Cup over a weekend.

Photo: Mazury24.eu

Lots of sailing, from sunrise to sunset every single day. I tried new Moore  mast, new planks and new hull.  Busy period and  no pressure – this is what I needed. And this is what I got. 

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Knee steering fixture

Steering with your knees is nothing unusual. Telescopic type of tiller is straight and requires  additional fixture to be grabbed by the knees. This is just another idea of how it could be done. This piece od DN jewelery is 3D printed with carbon fibre filament making it very strong and super light with only 34 grams (1.2 oz).

This particular fixture is designed for 34mm in diameter tiller pipe but can be customized to any desired cross section. In my case it is used for Vaiko Vooremaa’s hull.

Email me for details.

Boom jaws design 2021

Stop watching this post if you think plywood boom jaw works just fine for you. I agree, in most cases it does.

But this is a part of DN jewelery and this tiny but important detail has to look good too. And it does.

Go to Boom jaws menu to learn more.

Aerodynamic sidestay adjuster

Covid kept me locked for 14 days. This is a side effect of having extra time. And this is not the only project I’ve beed working on 😉

At speeds greater than 100kmh aerodynamics start to play a role. This is my upgrade for sidestays adjuster. 3D modeled and printed shell accomodates standard adjuster. Vinyl carbon foil adds a great look.

And this is how it’s made:

Plank protective pads

This is must have for every plank. It protects the plank against spikes. And there are many ways to do it. Some use rubber, some use all sort of plastics. I like it to offer supreme protection and cool carbon look;)

To build my pads I use:

  • 2 layers of glass biax 300g/m2 +45/-45
  • 2 layers of carbon twill 200g/m2
  • Final width is 30cm.

The outer layer is peel ply. This will leave rough anti slippery surface once you peel it off. 

Notice small wood blocks hanging on both sides serving as weight to bend laminated edges for perfect fit. 

MMA adhesive. Of course!

This is how I press it and wait for adhesive to cure. Wooden block prevents middle part from being lifted as sides are compressed. 

DN Tech Talk | 04 vacuum bagging tips

The next DNTT04 is out! This time few tips and ideas for those of you, who would like to start or master vacuum bagging technology. 

All my planks since very beginning are made in vacuum infusion which is a level up process compared to vacuum bagging. Highest quality and consistent results are possible thanks to controlled process. 

However vacuum bagging is the best method to modify your plank. Vacuum helps to press wet layers of reinforcement and evacuate excess resin from your laminate if you try to stiffen the plank. This is a must know method if you think about modifying your plank bend characteristic.