Monday, 15 October 2012

3446 and 2427 sail together

Well, the two Minisails shared water at the Yachts and Yachting forum open meeting on 13th October.

I used the GRP Monaco with the new blue stripy Morgan sail, and my son used the  wooden Sprite with the year old R&J sail for the 1st 3 races.

With light and shifty winds, and a difference in helming experience it was difficult to tell which set up was better. For the 4th race, I used the Sprite, and certainly found the hull more to my liking - higher volume meant less shipped water on the roll tacks and a higher angle of heel to windward on the runs without too much of the deck under water. The R&J sail appeared to have a little more power, but a tendancy for the leech to hook more.

The Sprite will be going under cover this week, but the plan is to carry on testing the 2 sails on the Monaco over the Autumn, to provide feedback owners might find useful.

I hope more photos will be published on Yachts and Yachting from the weekend, as there were camera people out in safety boats. Meanwhile, here is one of the 2 sails together on the shore.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Packed up and ready to go!

Ready for the Yachts and Yachting Forum Open Meeting - Minim on the bottom, Dotted Minim on the top on mt home made double stacker!

Made it home from the club, hopefully it will make it to Broxbourne and back on Saturday!

New Morgan sail has first outing!

A quick dash down to the club this morning (9/10/12) saw the first raising of my new (and Morgan Sails' first) Minisail sail.

A snug fit onto the mast makes pulling the sail on a little more difficult than the old sails, but pays massively once you start sailing, with no floppy bits of cloth on the sleeve.

My initial impression is of a very nicely cut sail, quite old fashioned in some ways, with little cunningham tension needed on the fairly flat entry, fullness coming from the outhaul tension, which should suit the Minisail, as too much cunningham tension would probably rip fittings out of some of the boats!

The concave leech isn't obvious, but does reduce the amount of hooking. However, I think Kicker tension is going to be vital to get the sail setting correctly. 

Oh, and the blue is a very nice shade!

Photos below hopefully show the sail to good effect. Thanks to Tim Hopes for taking the pics.