Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - LEADERBOARD

Doing something different

by Mark Jardine 1 Sep 2020 13:00 PDT
Doing something different: My first attempt at making sushi © Mark Jardine

I'm a great believer in the philosophy of learning something new every day and this weekend has given me ample opportunity to do exactly that. I made sushi for the first time (see the results above) and sailed down a tiny creek at Keyhaven which I hadn't been down for at least 35 years; both were semi-successful!

2020 is the strangest of years for so many reasons but has been rewarding in many ways. I sailed the Scow with my youngest son in my local club's 'Commodores Cup', and over the two days we had an absolute blast on the water. Sunday had a gusty North Easterly, which provided shifts aplenty and great battles with Andy Ash-Vie (the founder of Harken UK, who my son referred to as 'The Dark Lord'), while Monday found the Race Officer in a sadistic mood, sending us on an 'adventure' course, with the upwind leg utilising a creek called Stivers, which is less than three metres wide in places, upwind and against the tide...

However, this race proved to be one of the most fun sails I'd had in a long, long time. As my son said as we excited to the Solent, "Dad, we did 45 tacks down that river!" (he's got a head for numbers), but we were made to think every step of the way. We worked out the balance between tacking too often and running into the mud, when to point and when to sheet off.

Not content with the 45 tacks taken earlier, Andy took the course to extremes. Returning from Mount Lake there is a very thin northern channel which can be sailed at high water. Andy decided that taking this was the only way to overtake us, even though it was upwind. His tacks sometimes lasted a mere five seconds, but he made it. Not enough to take the win, but an achievement in itself and a great demonstration of just how fun adventure sailing in dinghies can be. Below is a (crude) illustration of the course we took, with the initial part of the course in red, Andy's 'northern channel' route in yellow, and our much longer route in blue.

All in all, it was a great weekend for learning new things and one of my more memorable sails, in a year that has been peculiarly full of them.

The problem though, now that I'm approaching 50, is that every so often vital pieces of information that I used to know seem to get pushed out in favour of this new knowledge and memories... I'm a great fan of The Simpsons, and Homer fell victim to this in style, as you can see in this video.

Fear of flying

When it comes to perceived knowledge, Dougal Henshall is the master of finding out more about the history of sailing, often overturning what was the accepted truth about the origins of an innovation. His latest work looks at the history of foiling, with some surprising findings, stretching back 150 years!

Within this must-read article is a boat from the 1950s called 'Monitor', which bears more than a passing resemblance to the AC75 monohulls set for the 36th America's Cup. The boat had an on-board mechanical computer to control the main foils, reportedly broke the 30-knot barrier and was looking at completing foiling tacks!

Also unearthed are photos of a powerboat which used a 'forwardly extending and hydrofoil moving means'. otherwise known as the wand that is seen on all current Moths and many other foiling dinghies to control ride height.

Unsurprisingly this article has already been read thousands of times since being published on Monday. It's an extraordinary read and one which you'll need to devote a considerable amount of time to digest. Highly recommended though!

Events happening... and not

In the UK and Europe various events have been taking place with capacity turnouts.

The 51st La Solitaire du Figaro is under way with 35 solo skippers racing in their Figaro 3 yachts. In Weymouth the ILCA 7, 6 & 4 UK Nationals took place (that's the Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 in old money) and the RS Aero UK Nationals took place in Eastbourne. Huge congratulations to the clubs and classes for organising the events in a Covid-safe way. It's no mean feat to get everything in place to allow racing to take place.

Australian events are suffering from the state border closures, meaning many national events scheduled for the foreseeable future are being rescheduled, or replaced with regional variations.

In the USA, the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis took place with 78 teams enjoying three days of great racing.

We're continue to receive news of event cancellations, but clubs are continuing to see bumper turnouts in their activities - one of the positives to take from the testing time we're all going through.

America's Cup hotting up

While we haven't yet seen them on the water, the first glimpses of the second boat builds of the teams set to contest the 36th America's Cup have been released. Currently shrink-wrapped and on their way to Auckland, New Zealand, it's expected that these will significantly move on from the first boats.

There's a must-watch video here of Devonport kiteboarder Nick Reeves (17yrs) lining up against the two AC75's sailing in Auckland.

Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com are the places to find your fix of sailing news around the world. Please keep us posted with your events, big or small, via club@yachtsandyachting.com or editor@sail-world.com and we'll tell the sailing community about your activities.

To everyone who sends in reports, and to all of you who read them, thank you.

Mark Jardine
Sail-World.com & YachtsandYachting.com Managing Editor

Related Articles

The best race of the PRADA Cup so far!
Nail-biting and agonising racing sets sailing fans hearts racing For those who got up early in the UK to watch the match-up between INEOS TEAM UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, it was nail-biting and agonising, with the anticipation only built by the repeated delays. Posted on 23 Jan
Camaraderie
A core principle of most sailors' lives As sailors we're incredibly lucky to have two events happening on the world stage which are able to take place in the Covid world. Posted on 19 Jan
Prada Cup, PATRIOT's near-sinking, Vendee Globe
The latest newsletter from Sail-World's David Schmidt in the USA It seemed as though just a few weeks ago, most of the sailing community was beginning to sing dirges for Sir Ben Ainslie and INEOS Team UK. After this weekend, that crooning has clearly ceased. Posted on 19 Jan
Mike Horn on his recent expedition to Greenland
An interview with Mike Horn on his recent expedition to Greenland and Svalbard I checked in with circumnavigator and explorer Mike Horn, via email, to learn more about his recent expedition to Greenland and Svalbard. Posted on 19 Jan
Shirley Robertson on her media role at AC36
David Schmidt checks in with the two-time Olympic gold medalist I checked in with Shirley Robertson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and an internationally respected journalist, via email, to learn more about what it's like to be part of the media team that's providing commentary for the 36th America's Cup. Posted on 18 Jan
The aftermath of Patriot's massive capsize
The external damage is obvious, but what else is broken? The PRADA Cup so far has been enthralling and day 3 saw the drama ratchet up to 11 when a vicious squall hit Patriot as she went for a tack then bear away at the final mark, had an issue with the port runner, went for a leap, then crashed down hard. Posted on 17 Jan
Bob Fisher - The second Wise and Witty Man
A key influencer in the world of sailing Key influencers in the world of UK dinghy sailing, like London buses, can often come in twos, with the best example of this being how the development of the sport here was driven by the shared presence of not just Jack Holt, but Ian Proctor. Posted on 14 Jan
Dawn Riley on Oakcliff's Helix map to the Olympics
An interview with Dawn Riley on Oakcliff's Helix roadmap to the Olympics I checked in with Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing's executive director, via email, to learn more about Oakcliff's Helix roadmap for Olympic hopefuls. Posted on 12 Jan
Speed = Smile on the Dial
Four articles and two events in play at the present, continue to captivate us all around the globe Flying Nikka, the MW40OF Offshore 40 footer, I feel the need…, and David Henshall's The Greed for Speed are unequivocally all about this very subject. Of course, there are also two events in play at the present, the Vendée Globe and America's Cup... Posted on 10 Jan
Jack Knights - Witty Wise Man
Sailing lost the sailor, innovator, journalist 40 years ago 40 years ago in early January, the sport of sailing lost one of its keenest and most observant commentators, when the UK magazine 'Yachts & Yachting' columnist Jack Knights died suddenly at just 51 years of age. Posted on 7 Jan
C-Tech 2020 C-Tech 728x90 BOTTOMHighfield Boats - Sailing - FOOTERJ Composites 2020 - FOOTER