After a weekend on Committee Boat duty and another weekend when the racing was blown out it was nice to get back on the water in the OK Dinghy. Absurdly, the skipper of “Beastie” banjaxed their knee again so was not available only weeks after getting back in the boat, leaving the MBK lining up at the start as the only OK Dinghy on the line again. We’ll have to wait a while yet for Trevor’s boat to be ready!
With the competition in PY fairly thin on the ground the plan for the day was to concentrate on the starts and on trying different tune options for the mainsail – and to see if we could get a good race against the Dublin Bay Mermaids. Despite being 17ft long Mermaids are about the same speed in all but power planing conditions downwind so it all worked out pretty well. We had a couple of nice matched beats upwind and a couple of leeward mark roundings with them and the you-never-know-what-they’ll-do-next IDRA14s.
Two races on the day and an abandoned (and resailed) 2nd race meant a good workout and a lot of ground covered. The beats were only .75km long but plenty of laps and that abandoned race meant a total of 25km of sailing on the day was a good return to action.
So…on to the learnings on the day….
Starting was decent but not great, with poor line holding and pushing too close on the first start. The OK Dinghy won each start fair and square, especially when the main Mermaid took a timed run, overtook the OK Dinghy on the line but sailed clean over and was called back to restart.
Upwind the main focus areas were two. Getting some idea of how the P&B main works and trying to sail the boat FLAT. The P&B isn’t a perfect match for the mast but it’s close. It seems to tolerate higher track positions than the old North did, even though the leach seems equally closed on both sails. And then on the last beats FLAT was the main focus. It’s impressive how differently the boat handles when it’s sailed FLAT to when it’s sailed merely flat. It was possible to sail preposterously high and (slightly) slow as long as you were FLAT. Low and fast was harder to achieve and stay FLAT so we need to get depower settings for that scenario too, but the high mode was great for tacking under boats and blowing them off. That’ll be very useful! GPSAR may come in handy to do some VMG calculations. High and slow might be really handy!
The videos are mostly for analysis, looking at the GPS track and the video, so they’re long. But any feedback is welcome from anyone with the patience to look! Just a pity that the camera is still on narrow view. Wide angle lets you see a lot more.
And the abandoned Race 2…where we chased the Flying Fifteen fleet half way out into Dublin Bay before figuring out that there was no gybe mark.
As for the results, wins in PY in both races.