Sail flattener topic

Ian McDonald posted this 29 August 2020

I thought the article in the Spring magazine about the sail flattener really interesting. I understand its being unofficially trialed at Salcombe.

If I get the agreement of other Solo at Blithfield, would I be ok to trial this myself? Its a low cost modification , clearly outside the current rules.

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Ian McDonald posted this 02 September 2020

I think from the lack of interest, this is not a proposal that is going to get sufficient interest to get a rule change.

Perhaps missing out those two mega windy days a year is not too bad.

Is there anyone using the B rig in crazy conditions? Is it more user friendly than it looks?

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Bill Hutchings posted this 02 September 2020

Hello Ian, I have used both B plan types of sail the current loose footed is a bit better, than the bolt roped boom version. I am a light weight 9.5 st 6ft 62 year old . I do join in with some open meetings and championships. I have opted to sail B plan in windy conditions knowing that i will get a good sail , better than no sail after travelling and overnighting. The down wind legs are fine and i dont lose out much, but the long up wind legs are really slow and frustrating watching most others disappear! I have retired from races so as not to delay the next start, as i have been so far behind!! If you do get a sail cut down i advise you on getting a window fitted in it. I do go cruising and the B plan is great - i have had a old full sail fitted with reefing lines which also works fine for pottering. Enjoy Regards Bill Hutchings

Ian McDonald posted this 02 September 2020

Thanks Bill. The difference in upwind speed is perhaps to be expected I think my short term plan is get out and do some more practice in windy conditions with the full rig. And to keep my knees together for a bit longer with more miles on the bike.

A few years sat in the armchair of an Osprey has made me too soft!

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