Spring 2021 – Regattas, Foils, Trailers

REGATTAS

Last year’s Championships were all cancelled but planning has started for the 2021 season — assuming vaccinations are complete, virus spread is halted, and Public Health Orders are removed.

From our US host club for the North American Championship:

Hello sailors,

Thank you for your response to my poll on our 2021 regatta. Very few of you wanted to skip for a second year and are hoping for a try this year. The EYC Board is assessing the situation on a regular basis and based on the current outlook for the summer, they have decided to slowly work towards an opening up of the EYC grounds towards the summer, subject state mandates. With that, our event schedule is compressed into a few months. The good news is that we have reserved the weekend of: August 7 & 8 for the 2021 edition of the “Live on the Edge” Multihull Regatta!

We will monitor the state mandates and will only put the Regatta on if it will be safe for all who want to attend. I will let you know when we open the registration, for now reserve the date. I look forward to seeing you again in August!

Roeland

EYC Multihull Fleet

So our tentative Regatta dates for 2021  
These are possible only if things progress, borders open up and all things go back to normal.  

July 10 ,11th  Prairie Wind Regatta at NSC Lake Newell Alberta
Aug 7 ,8th      Live on the Edge Multihull Regatta  Eugene Yacht Club, Fern Ridge Reservoir, Oregon  Our NA’s
September 10,11,12th or 17,18,19th  Osoyoos??  Canadian Nationals ??

FOILS

Two cedar rudder blades, 5/8″ thick by 4.75″ wide and 24″ long. 

If you build rudder blades make sure the grain is perpendicular to the chord (stronger).  Although you can’t see it clearly the left blade grain is perfectly perpendicular to the chord.  These boards are meant for a smaller rudder head than factory.  The cedar came from Windsor plywood sourced from a dump bin of clearance boards.  If you can’t find ideal boards with the grain running the proper way you will have to rotate smaller pieces of cedar and edge glue them to get a board with perpendicular grain.  For additional strength add fiberglass layers or even some carbon fiber with fiberglass and epoxy resin with a final paint coat to stop UV degradation of the epoxy.

Recently while poking around Princess Auto I found some carbon fiber 1/8″ thick boards approximately 5″ by 12″ for $35 each. 

One board will make one rudder head (two pieces).  The white block is a machinable nylon and can be cut with a table saw and drilled easily.  That nylon block is holding the plates together (with two bolts) and connects to the boat gudgeons with the 4″ SS bolt.  The two SS rivets on both sides of the top of the rudder head hold the aluminum bimini tubing (available from canvas shops) on the top of the plates.  The third rivet holds a piece of puck board on the inside of each plate that fills some excess dimension between the plates and is a friction reducer for the rudder blade.  There are three SS bolts with SS washers to help with strength.  The rudder blades are made with cedar and reinforced with carbon fiber.  They are about 24″ long by 9/16″ thick and 4.75″ wide.  The tiller arms will be the next smallest dimension of aluminum bimini tubing that fits perfectly into the rudder head tubing.  You will have to bend these to suit your boat.  Use “eye ends” and “jaw slides” available from the canvas shop to make your cross bar and tiller stick work and also be adjustable.  Why do we do this…the whole setup will weigh considerably less than the aluminum casting rudder head assembly, much larger sized tubing that the factory built boats come with.  It will be set up with through hull rudder blade downhaul line and shock cord rudder blade uphaul cord to make it all work nicely.  It will take some time to make all this and you have to accurately drill your holes (drill press) and be as accurate as possible to make everything work and look nice. 

TRAILERS

Remember the trailer to the ABOVE?  Well it was too high to get the boat up there easily so it now looks like the picture on the BELOW.  Although you can’t see it, the plywood storage box has a vinyl roll top covering.  This makes the storage unit a lot more weather-tight and the storage box is more accessible with the increased top access.  If you travel a lot with your boat make sure the trailer suspension and lights are working properly.  Keep your boat snugly tied down to the trailer.  Check your bearing when you stop to see if they are heating up.  Look for metal fatigue cracking close to the hitch coupler and suspension attachment points.  Keep your speed down when trailering to spare the trailer tires and bearings.  Make sure you check air pressure in the trailer tires and the spare tire as well.  Carry a properly sized wheel bolt or nut wrench.  

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