But in the mean time the class has now officially decided to let the wings measure in at the Worlds, and that takes some worries of our plate for the time being....
Yesterday marked the first day I spent a couple of hours sailing with the wing. After a morning session with my soft sail I took Wing #1 out for a spin. For all you Wing newbies out there, here are a few high lights of how it feels and what it does:
- Weight wise it's really similar to a standard soft sail rig, so the dynamics are pretty similar (inertia)
- You only really play with two controls: Main sheet and camber and on both there is hardly any load (my hands were really happy about that)
- It was pretty shifty and gusty (5-12 knots) and it was really easy to change gears by just adjusting the camber of the sail (one small line with almost no load on it). The Softsail guys kept on having to work the vang and cunno.
- Boat handling is a lot easier because you have more space to get across the boat, A LOT more space.
- Speed wise the wing is performing well upwind in anything over 10 knots, but we haven't quite figured it out downwind.
- Rigging and De-rigging takes 2 minutes
- It looks cool
We are currently giving Wing #3 the finishing touches and when Bear arrives back from the Sydney-Hobart, we should be able to get all three wings out at once. Should be a good look.
In the mean time the rest of the fleet hasn't slept either. There are canting rigs out there, some more chopped off foils, crazy wand systems... the list goes on.
On the water, Scott Babbage and Nathan Outteridge are looking quick around the course.
Time to get up and get some cereal in me. It promises to another long day in Belmont!