Posts Tagged ‘Orlando’

We are still away on our travels and I found an unwatched computer 🙂 so am taking my chance for a quick update. The Orlando NCR regatta weekend was great fun and very well run by everyone involved. I’ll have some photos and thanks to add once I get home. Racing wise I had an average Saturday and a decent Sunday which pulled me and Pond Sprite up into 5th place overall, out of 23 starters. So I am pretty happy with that. Pond Sprite went well, especially in the lighter wind races when she came through the pack for good finishes from bad starts… in other words the boat is better than I am.

Friday gave me a chance to get some more testing time too on a new design called Dragon. Dragon is a ‘long’ fairly narrow design in the current style and is also my test bed for a new style of una swing rig I have been working on which I call the OPUS rig. In the fresh breeze I was very pleased with the rig’s performance and ability to react to gusts etc. OPUS and Dragon drew some nice comments, more about this new rig and boat along with photos next week when I am back on the boatyard computer.

Until later,


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Well the ‘Orlando Twins’ are coming along nicely. Both have been finished in spar varnish over the ply hulls and deck with the balsa hatch covers being spray painted in off white, lead bulbs to match. One of these boats is for sale and I just put details of this at the web site. Click on the ‘Specials’ link on the contents page at www.scalesailing.com

I am fitting my Spektrum DX6i radio control with tiny (3 gram) AR6100 receiver in the boat. I have sailed with this radio quite a bit now and radio range is as much as I need with a footy even with the shorter range receivers such as this one. Next I need to sort out a range of rigs ready for the event. I have three ‘A’ size rigs so far and need to build a small ‘B-rig’ in case the wind gets up strong. I like to use a small ‘A-rig’ rather than the rules specified ‘B-rig’ in windy conditions but over a two day event it is just too risky to go with a small ‘A-rig’ and lose the choice of a larger rig if the wind drops. So I will make the biggest ‘B’ I can! 

Only two weeks away now and I must admit I am getting pretty excited about our trip down south to race and of course holiday.

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