A light to moderate wind from the Orme end of the lake, the threatening rain clouds held off for the morning and the temperature was a relatively tolerable 7C, fingers were notably a bit stiff today.
The West Shore lake was busy today with both LlMYC and Colwyn Bay Model Boat Club using the lake. Classes sailed by LLMYC included 2 x dragon force, 3x v36r, 1 x R36r, an IOM with reduced draught.
Vane Sailing: A number of 3 boat heats were undertaken with Dave’s Batman “Skimma” being notably fast to windward and Gareth’s “rrrRed” (Mike Dann Design) sailing well downwind. Nicks beautifully restored classic 36r was somewhat off the pace today, some adjustments were made to the set of the sails and his performance seemed to be a little better. Gareth’s upwind problems were traced in part to a problem with the guy spring on his vane gear preventing the vane from toggling to the correct sailing angles. This had been the cause of very inconsistent sailing performance. Removal of the spring in question confirmed the hypothesis.
Radio Sailing: Alan’s two Dragon Force – one with standard sails and the other with Alan’s own sails both took to the water for the first time today. The standard sails were found to be a little fluttery, and did not produce the same power or stability as the new sails. No formal racing was undertaken on this shakedown/maiden voyage. Alan also brought his John Simpson designed IOM which he has modified with a very short fin, problems with rigging and rudder control limited the days activities. Eric brought down his recently acquired Vic Smeed designed R36r, which with it’s strong hard chines will be interesting to see sailing as he gets chance to finesse the rigging somewhat .
Next Meeting 09:30hrs – WEST SHORE LAKE – Sunday 15th December 2013 – Bring a boat and have a sail, or come on down and have a go.