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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 😉
And this is how it’s made:
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 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.