Polish Fleet Cup, Siemianówka, January 2022

Long awaited moment has come! First regatta in Poland with 40 DNs on the starting line happened on lake Siemianówka.

Crazy Saturday with wind up to 38kt in gusts. One race started in 30kt+ breeze on hard black ice! It was insaine! My GPS showed 110km/h in race mode! This doesn’t happen too often. Sailing was really on the edge.

We had 5 very challanging races. And quite substantial number of equipment fails. Two masts were broken in race #1.

I was having very hard time to sail fast. Mainly because I messed with sails and my flat sail stayed at home. Instead I had two FO1s with me;)  On black ice and strong wind no chance to compete with top guys.

Day two offered three races. First in strong breeze but the other two in 6-10kt. At this point everything was working fine and speed was there. 

Now time to re-sharpen my runners and regroup before next stop on the way to the  Worlds.

Practice weekend in Lithuania

As we struggle to sail in Poland I decided to go with Robert to Sweden for practice, R1 and R2. We had some doubts about wheather forecasts but nevertheless we booked a ferry to Karlskrona.  Same day a message popped out that lake Rekyva in Lithuania has reasonable ice and good wind forecast.  We rebooked fery for March SM and went to Rekyva. Forecast was right. We had great 3 days of sailing.  100km+ each day. 

25 Polish sailors showed up that weekend! 

Here is short footage:

Dynamic plank measurements

In my practice sailing in Żnin I was testing two full carbon masts. One each day. Both seem to be on a soft end of the range. My feeling was that my plank has a lot to do with how the mast performs.  When I studied my action cam recordings I felt I need to make dynamic load measurements of the plank.  This measurement was done last time long time ago so I had to find all accessories hidden in the boxes covered by dust. 

DN runner plank dynamic load measurement
DN runner plank dynamic load measurement

The setup is very simple. One important notice: apply tension/load with system built of non-stretchy materials. In my case steel cable connected to hunters’ digital scale and to dyneema wrapped around the plank.  

I used headstay adjuster to precisely apply load. The laser range finder fixed to the tripod was delivering precise continuous reading of deflection. Reading of deflection was taken after every 10kg load added from 0 to 120kg. 

Simple graph below shows interesting results:

DN plank dynamic deflection chart
DN plank dynamic deflection chart

Orage represents the plank that I was using for testing the masts. In some load range it is up to 10% stiffer than the other plank. I think I found the answer to my question. I should go with blue plank instead of orange.

Practice on lake Zninskie Duze, central Poland

It was a great surprice to everyone to open the season on lake Zninskie Duze in central Poland.  We enjoyed three days of sailing and hopefuly we will get one more tomorrow.

Finally full carbon masts got a chance to show their potential. I used the softest and stiffest one. There was not much to work on when it comes to fine tuning my boat as my current trim was almost perfect. More testing to come soon.

Full carbon is here

We had made an important decision early this year to introduce new full carbon mast. The first attempts were already made four years ago. Now time to bring latest product to the ice. Very exciting sailing week ahead.

It is great feeling to have so much dedicated team behind with ideas, technology and open mind. Thanks Moore Brothers and Jeff Kentski! 

Swedish Championship 2021

They made it! Swedish fleet organized nationals moved from March to December. It was a last hope weekend of 2021.

Day one in ultra light breeze. Gusts max to 5kt.  First race attempt cancelled because of exceeded time limit.  The other two attempts successful. I finished 17 and 9. Not what I expected but I knew what went wrong.  I put on short inserts hoping to suffer less in manouvers.  Runners were loud during sailing and that was clear indication what had to be changed.

Day two started with strong breeze with gusts up to 28-30kt. 

In the first race I was too much powered in my rig after light breeze from yesterday. Finished 5th. De-powered my mast and finished 3rd. De-powered again and finished 1st.  The next race was about left side being so much favoured that I rounded first mark in 9th place. The speed was there and I managed to recover to 4th. Last race I was far in the lead. At second upwind I sailed over something that destoyed my starbord runner’s edge and right after attempt to jibe I span like a junior sailor. What an experiance! I immediately dropped to 6th place and having good speed recovered to 3rd.  

Lake Ymsen offered great sailing venue again. Thanks Sweden.

5/5 on Lake Ymsen in Sweden

This time Swedish winter has delivered as expected. Initially we planned to stay 8 days but snow on Friday and light breeze for the weekend forced OC to postpone Swedish Championships by a week.  

December training on Ymsen in Sweden
December training on Ymsen in Sweden

We had great 5 days of sailing. It took a while to get used to icesailing again. From day 3 I started feeling very comfortable. Proper manouvers, boat handling just the way it should be. When I come to this point I start sailing instead of fighting my boat and body.

Plank jewelery

Awaiting for new full carbon masts from Moore Bro. allowed some extra time for finetuning runner plank details. This little add-on in connection with new tang design will make plank ends look really cool.

Airbrushing caps for runner plank tangs.
Runnerplank tang bolt cups
Out of the 3D printer vs painted.

To find out more go to Aerodynamic upgrades menu.

3-pad system

I just released new Tech Talk no.11 about plank to hull fixing part 2 of 3.

As promised I explain in details process of installing 3-pad system.

If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel fell free to download laser jet cutting drawings for free. Go to Runner planks & fittings menu for details.