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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 18 at 8:29am
Rules are a bit silent on trapeze wires... so that's possibly a no, but people do use different things. Are tacking sticks the tubes that at from handke to hoop?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote E.J. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 18 at 8:01am
Would you be allowed to used a tack stick on the 800? it seems like that would allow you to grab the handle but still hook yourself on.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 18 at 6:09am
Longer video, with a bit of split view this week. 

Trialling out new trapeze elastic routing for myself, with the aim to have the wires a little further out to make them easier to grab as I launch myself over the side!

Also trying a new gybing technique when I got out on the handle rather than hooking in to the hoop then taking up the slack as I got out. When the wires are low it seems a lot easier to grab for the handle rather than reach down to the hoop. The downside is you have to wait for the crew to hook you on. 

Going to try lower trapeze handles in the coming weeks and maybe a short distance between handle and hoop will make hooking on possible by myself even at the back of the rack.

Anyway, hope that's of some interest to you, well done if you made it all the way through to the end!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Nov 18 at 10:13am
This tips video is super simple, but massively effective. I think it would probably be pretty relevant to any boat which uses a lot of downhaul and has a mast track and bolt rope. 

Downhaul / Cunningham is critical in RS800s in anything over 15 knots and once above 20 knots you will want to be cranking it on as hard as you can. The difficulty is that the standard 2x2x2 (8:1) cascade struggles for range and friction in the system and bolt rope leaves many sailing downwind with tension still in the system, de-powering the main when max power is needed!

This is the third in a series covering the simple improvements and renovations we made to 1144 to make get her systems working smooth and reliable.

This video covers:
- Take- up elastics
- Getting 8:1 with maximum range 
- Release elastic

Comment if there is anything else you'd like to know!



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 18 at 9:46am
Something about this just seems quite satisfying to watch...

Charging down the harbour with just a few other boats out end up on a converging course with a solo. First we try to push it high, but eventually have to drop. 

Just after the drop the crew comes out and takes the main, just as a gust hits. The very small amount of leeward heel, and that the main is at the end of it's run and tight n the take up elastic means the rudder loads up and breaks free. Quite interesting to see the amount of fine spray it kicks up and how much the stern of the boat slides sideways. 

Luckily the main gets dropped pretty quick and with not kick screwing up into the breeze de-powers us... would have been a different result with kite up. 




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Yeah, think there was a bent mast after bumping it on the winner. 

It was perfect Fireball weather! Outside the main channels was pretty manageable. 

I actually think it would have been a cracking sail just after mid day. The squall blew through revealing perfect blue skies and 20 knots. Plus the tide changed which flattened the chop right off that was just in front of the club house. 

Photo from the race box anemometer just after we got ashore



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"only a couple of solos chose to go out" 

....... and I understand only one returned with a serviceable mast!

Well done for going out; the Fireballs debated it long and hard and then even longer still until we realised we were out of time and were going to miss the start anyway.


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We got out yesterday despite the weather warnings. Forecast was coming down all the time in the second half of last week, so it looked do-able, but could get challenging if we got caught in the back end of the rain.  

We got an extra coffee at the club, as the wind had increased sharply from 15 to 20+ knots and we wondered if it would continue building on that trend. But after 30 minutes of discussing which WindGuru model was correct it seemed to have stabilised around 20 knots. Plus the rain had stopped so we rigged to go out. Club racing was still on although only a couple of solos chose to go out. We didn't race, but just went for a sail up and down enjoying the near full tide in the harbour. 

The trickiest bit was just next to the club, with a strong incoming tide meeting the fresh northerly it kicked up quite a chop. But we sailed through that and did a few windward-leeward laps over Pilsey Sands to the south of Thorney island in mostly flat water. 

The boat handling was fairly ropy as I was trying a new gybing technique, plus we'd moved where my trapeze lines are routed to... probably not ideal to be changing things up in this weather, but it was our last sail before the inlands and I was keen to test it all out.   

Anyway, we got out and back with no capsizes or breakages, and a relatively controlled return to the leeward shore by dropping our main. Just as we were de-rigging it got really fresh and they 40 knots on the race box! Glad we missed that.

Short but sweet clip, enjoy! 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Sep 18 at 11:53am
Sorting out the off boom sheeting with elastic take up, variable system length and single splice adjustable strops. 

The RS800 off boom sheeting came in in 2017. It really makes the boat for us, however, there are some things you need to get right for the system to work well. 

1) It must be 3:1, which requires quite a long sheet. This can get washed out of the boat, which at beast is irritating, but as worst cause capsizes when you can't ease the sheet. An effective elastic take up solves this issue.
2) Split strops aren't allowed. So the sheet must terminate on the block at the bridle.  This means strop height is critical to getting the boom centred and the leech tight. We have a single adjustable splice which alters both sides together, making quick changes possible and always keeps the bridle centred. 
3) Tie the jib sheet to the main sheet with a clove hitch around a bite in the mainsheet. This is secure knot, but can be slipped along the mainsheet easily. Moving the knot toward the end of the mainsheet lengthens the system. 


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