Today afternoon I challenged myself with simultaneous vacuum bagging of 5 planks. I use bagging for stiffening planks. In this year’s batch two planks are stiffened for junior sailors, one for myself and the other two for friends who gained a little during lock down 😉 My feeling is that with next lock down there may be more requests for vacuum bagging 😉
It’s about time to execute your ice sailing to do list and start preparation for winter. Here is my little tip on how to shim runners like a pro.
Every sailor should carefully inspect his runners after sailing not only checking for edge quality, shim tapes etc. but also for eventual delamination. It may happen that runner body exposed to extreme loads during sailing will delaminate from steel. Above picture represents this situation. You can see a very tiny gap between carbon flange and blade. If we fix it the runner it will be fine, if we continue sailing the water will be absorbed by the wooden core and body will begin to swell.
Here is quick and easy solution to fix it.
Take care of your runners at all time. Short glance costs nothing and saves a lot of problems.
If your runner unexpectedly doesn’t nicely snug into chock any more it may be too late for this easy fix and new tutorial will be needed. I hope not.
Great ice and great sailing conditions but no wind. The attempt to sail both events failed due to no wind. We manage to sail only 3 races in R3. Surprisingly I managed to win the regatta using the stiffest mast. And in order to make mast work I also reinforced my plank just before the event. The reinforcement was fundamental: initial bend was 48mm and ended up in 42mm. This operation forced mast to work more which was cruicial in light air. Racing in very light breeze with consisten 2, 2, 3 was big challenge. Usually light sailors have big edge on 90+ like myself. I also used a new hull that worked well. The next stop: WC/EC.
What a great opening of the season. At least in the last 10-15 years i don’t recollect a situation with 7 days sailed out of 7 day stay. 100%. Black ice. 500km+ sailed.
I managed to test soft and stiff mast together with different planks. Some interesting conclusions and new to-do list.
Waiting for ice in Europe.
If you liked my way of installing mast hound you may be interested to have possibility to 3D print a cart to slide fitting in the mast.
Feel free to download STL file for printing.
Download file here.
If you are using traditional hook system for attaching your cables to the mast here is an idea of how you can install the “nose” hound type.
Since some years this system is installed on all Moore Bro. masts. It greatly improves mast rotation and lasts forever.
In my previous post Mast hound look from inside you can see how the fitting looks from inside.
Last year I had a chance to see how in reality mast hound is fixed to the mast wall from the inside. Here is is the picture:
Before I enter the hound into the mast I apply 6 layers of glass biaxial 300g/m2. The purpose is to fill the gap between inner mast wall and hound. The result as you see is perfect. There are no air pockets and fit is as expected.
I will make a separate post on how to install a hound step by step.