Traveling to a regatta
Fall Project Anyone?
No it’s not a foiling project yet…..
A few pictures may help better than words. Fairly rustic work but gets the job done. Removing the foam, putting rudder blade downhaul tubes for line, and converting to boom end sheeting are three very good improvements.
Removing all the foam could be done in stages starting with the area behind the rear doghouse to the transom.
Tip-after removing the foam, cutting through the bottom of the reinforcing fiberglass tubes can be done easily with a 1″ spade bit on a cordless drill using the bottom of the hull to help guide the drill bit through the fiberglass tube. These holes will allow water to drain easily. CLICK ON FIRST PHOTO TO SEE SLIDESHOW.
Items needed besides those pictured include fiberglass cloth, polyester resin or to keep the fumes down if working inside, use epoxy resin,carbon fiber (if you have it) to reinforce any joints or deck undersides, bondo with short strand glass fiber (if using polyester resin, if using epoxy get some microballoons or some easily sanding filler to make epoxy thick for finishing work), sand paper, clothespins or other suitable clamps, gloves (latex or plastic and work gloves, throw away paint brushes to apply the resin, acetone, scissors to cut cloth, dust mask etc. probably forgot some stuff too. Wear your dust mask when digging out the foam as there will be a lot of glass fibers floating in the air and wear long sleeved clothing as the fiberglass is very irritating.Don’t forget to reinforce with fiberglass the aluminum plate and carriage bolt heads that you spent time to square the holes with a small file to fit properly through the plate and the gudgeon on the outside of the transom. The plate should also be fitted in place with a layer of bondo between the plate and the transom. Use layers of glass to reinforce the transom and run the glass along the hull sides to the corners and over to the plate as well.
It was a smokey start to the 2017 N.A. Championship in Osoyoos, BC. Most of the west, from California to BC was plagued with wild fires in their forests which had filled the air in the Okanagan Valley with thick smoke.
The first day of racing was in smokey and generally calm conditions and only one race was completed, however a strong breeze arrived in the early evening. Day two started with a sprinkling of rain, building wind as well as almost smoke free conditions, this allowed for 5 races to be run. Day three returned to calm conditions which kept sailor on shore — fire fighting water bombers took over the lake as they made pass after pass scooping water from the area in the race course.
Full results have not been received, however the top three places are:
1st – Don Snell (Newell Sailing Club)
2nd – Hamish Ferguson (Newell Sailing Club)
3rd – Mike Sonnie (Newell Sailing Club)
Notice the water bomber in the background.
The results of the 48th Canadian Nationals: 2017 Seaspray Nationals
We had 8 Seasprays out with a couple of new participants, Jesse Kittleson from St. Mary’s Sailing Club (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Aaron Neifer from LNR, Alberta were able to come and take part in the racing. Both participants will be on the Seaspray Association membership and hopefully will consider attending the North Americans in September in Osoyoos.
Don Snell defended his title again with Hamish Ferguson placing second and Mike Sonnie in third spot.
A total of 10 races were sailed over the 3 days. Temperatures were in the mid 30’s on Friday and Sunday so with lighter winds on those days made for challenging conditions for hydration. Saturday served up some ideal Seaspray wind conditions and more moderate temperatures where four longer races were completed.
Hope to see you all in Osoyoos in September.
As much as I marvel at how fast these BIG cats go as well as the advancements in design, it just doesn’t seem to be sailing. I’m not sure how many remember the first on board, live feed in the 12 meter monohulls, but hearing the creaking and groaning the boat was making as they headed up wind in heavy seas was real racing and it left you with a sense of how hard it was.
Foiling cats race in Cardiff.
Some seriously funny computer advice to lighten up a depressing, rainy, winter day here.
Similar that feeling you got the first time you decided to try a port end start and it worked!