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by george
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Building at 14 at home
Replies: 4
Views: 1746

Re: Building at 14 at home

Doable but plenty of work. Archie and Katie's boats were meant to be home built, but we had access to all the facilities at green marine, and very generous friends who knew how. When they couldn't help we paid up for guys who also knew how, largely as they were going to be pretty special and we didn...
by george
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sail development
Replies: 8
Views: 2571

Re: Sail development

Great to ask, but in truth there is just as much, if not more development in rigs, just less easy to market and less obvious. Bounded by the rules, of course, which prevent deploying the kite on upwind legs / flying jib off the bowsprit. 14s are quite sufficiently powered up upwind, so the extra are...
by george
Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: Rules Discussion
Topic: UK rule proposal on wind strength and mainsails
Replies: 20
Views: 8967

Re: UK rule proposal on wind strength and mainsails

my experience (limited) with the Hoff's stumped rig: the smaller sail area is undoubtedly easier to use when inexperienced or under weight: -in weymouth we were too light (135kg), and Richard had only sailed a fourteen once before, for a 1h warm up in August. With reduced rig our tacks worked, corne...
by george
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Rules Discussion
Topic: 25kts
Replies: 12
Views: 7183

25kts

At the worlds there was discussion of using the rules to encourage our ability to race in 25kts+.
Has the discussion moved on at all?
Hopefully the Hoff's stump will be out more this year - first impressions were good though.
by george
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Physical loads on I14?
Replies: 9
Views: 2821

Re: Physical loads on I14?

Don't worry. The loads for the helm are so low that many helms have even started growing breasts, and Archie is often seen in a dress. Katie was third at the worlds with top results even in the windiest races. Tina second at long beach. Neither are very big, but their crews are/were both very big an...
by george
Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Worlds insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: Worlds insurance

This must be encountered by all US boats for all non-US regattas. I suspect your best solution will come by asking locally. Sydney was AUS$10,000,000 so a solution would have been found then. There are many uk companies, but i have no idea if they would insure non-residents, and would fleece you for...
by george
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The new B6
Replies: 705
Views: 107332

Re: The new B6

We had a 505-like system originally, but it didn't seem to make any differnce to how the mast behaved upwind, so i took it off and lead the trap wire directly to the tip.
I am tempted to copy the B6 higher take-off as it is somewhat simpler to have both wires together.
by george
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The new B6
Replies: 705
Views: 107332

Re: The new B6

Looks sweet in the pics. Well done all.
How are you supporting your topmast or is it totally free standing? I'm tempted to remove my runners (helm trap wire) but haven't yet dared!
by george
Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mainsail measurement and voting
Replies: 24
Views: 4682

Re: Mainsail measurement and voting

My comment about the new rule allowing sails to exceed 7626mm was not meant to be interpreted as a problem. The problem is exactly the same if an angle is used instead. Ways of defining and measuring the height of the sail have been circularly discussed for the past 4 years and got nowhere. Complica...
by george
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mainsail measurement and voting
Replies: 24
Views: 4682

Re: Mainsail measurement and voting

Nothing spurious about distinguishing headboard from top batten. they are different things. as it happens we don't use headboards any more so really there's nothing to worry about.
by george
Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mainsail measurement and voting
Replies: 24
Views: 4682

Re: Mainsail measurement and voting

what really pisses me off is that this is no longer a rule proposal. IT WAS VOTED IN. The fact that this happened a year ago, and we are now half way between the "decision" to delay it's introduction, and the next worlds without anyone actually doing anything to sort it out, represents an absolute d...
by george
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Rules Discussion
Topic: mainsail rule question
Replies: 29
Views: 8453

Re: mainsail rule question

Anyone know if this problem has been resolved?
by george
Tue May 04, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mainsail measurement and voting
Replies: 24
Views: 4682

Re: Mainsail measurement and voting

A long leash for you, Archie, but only if you wear your studded collar.
by george
Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mainsail measurement and voting
Replies: 24
Views: 4682

Mainsail measurement and voting

Bit of a rant here i'm afraid. I wasn't at the worlds - sorry all, sounded great, but work is work... I have been waiting since Cowes POW / pre Germany for something to be done about the mainsail head dilemma. It remains that mainsails which measure can be used illegally when hoisted normally on the...
by george
Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Rules Discussion
Topic: mainsail rule question
Replies: 29
Views: 8453

Re: mainsail rule question

Hi all. I thought this was all settled, but I see that the rule change re mainsails has been delayed. What is the concern raised by the World Council?