I didn't achieve my one goal, finishing higher than mid fleet. There are no real excuses, I just wasn't good enough to get there. Don't get me wrong though, I was quite happy with the regatta, it was a great venue, good competition, good new friends and strengthened old friendships...but I didn't get my goal.
Let's break it down, starting with the good points.
- Boat handling, mainly gybing (relative to the others around me)
- Downwind speed (relative)
- Downwind tactics (relative)
- Was picking my way down the gusts quite well, which is surprising for an ex river heron sailor.
- Finishing all laps in a few races
- Finished all races I started
- Cannot be on second row and expect to finish well without exceptional speed, tactics and a bit of luck. The few races I got away reasonably well off the start line the better the result.
- Upwind VMG
- Can't point, can't keep pace
- This was atrocious and I can't pinpoint any one solution that will fix it.
- Lee helm was present at suitable heel angles.
- Sail is probably flogged and mast is soft (low leach tension)
- Mainfoil is "ok" but probably needs to be replaced and/or shifted forward
- I need to hike harder, longer. (Although was much better than at Mornington, I could atleast walk properly the day after a big day on the water.)
- 4 races a day was a killer (Definitely improved since Mornington though.)
- Arms and hip flexors were flogged after the first race each day.
- Had been doing gym and pilates to improve these for most of the year. Definite improvements but still not good enough.
- Boat prep (minor issue)
- Dyform side stay had busted a couple of wires at the chain plate and I noticed it just prior to launching on day 3. Probably would've been fine but decided to jury rig a Pearson spare to fit my boat and got on the water for the last 2 races of the day. Once I made it to the start line the wind and waves were fairly big. There was a bit of carnage amongst the fleet and I didn't really want to risk the rest of the regatta for 2 races, so headed back in to replace the stay properly (fine, I got the wimpies). Shout-out to Toowoomba Tom for the materials and help with the new stay.
- Generally my boat has stuck together quite well. I haven't really broken much on the boat since purchase, except for a ripped out gantry pintle tube which was easy to repair. I'll take the stay issue as a general maintenance lesson.
- Strength (arms, hiking)
- Starts (just fucking get in there!)
- Fix minor issues
- New stays
- New tramps
- Polish foils
- Stiffen mast and/or new mast
- New sail
- Move cb case forward after exhausting all other avenues
- Hopefully the foil and rig mods take care of this.
- New main foil and control system
- Pimp existing hull
- Consider new hull with existing bolt-ons.
Congratulations to the homebuilders, tinkerers and oddballs, I think you make the moth class.
|Ahead of Markla|
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|Pushin' it to the limit!|