Merrily Against the Wind & Frostbiting

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  1. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Re: Merrily Against the Wind: The Adventures of a New Fleet Captain & District Secretary

    Updates:

    The Laser fleet added another member. We are up to 5!

    John found a stray TV controller with a mystery button. The “Video 1” readout is now cleared. :eek:

    John and I joined the board for the Leukemia Cup 24-Hour Endurance Race and attended our first meeting last night. The organizer, AJ Savage, has been working on the idea for over a year. He finally got approval from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association and got a permit from the city of Columbus. The latter was the bigger hurdle.

    I’m doing a write up that explains the event as a competitor would experience it. When we’ve hammered out the details, I’ll post it. One impediment is that our board RC specialist is off building houses in Mississippi this week for charity. In the meantime, there’s an update for the Sticky on the event at this thread: http://www.laserforum.org/showthread.php?t=3513
     
  2. calicosine

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    ah ha the mystery remote, what was it for a vcr? congrats, i know that would have driven me nuts.
     
  3. Merrily

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    It was a Sony TV remote. Maybe that's what happened to me. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Merrily

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    Re: Merrily Against the Wind and the 4.7 Rig

    I snapped up a 4.7 rig that was for sale here on the forum. I figured that for $100, how could I go wrong for a mast and a sail, even if they were in poor condition. However, the seller said they were in good condition. The rig came with his boat, he had never used them, and he was cleaning out his garage, apparently.

    Mind you, at 160 pounds, I don’t need a 4.7. I got it to share with the fleet. I hope to encourage the lighter sailors (80-120 lbs) to get out to try a Laser. I also have this fantasy that if it’s blowing chains off dogs, that I’ll have the nerve to rig the 4.7 and take a spin, even if literally.

    So the UPS man brought the long package, I wrote the COD check on good faith, and then opened the box as the deliveryman traipsed back to his truck. The mast and sail both looked like they had a lot of life left in them to me, and I was thrilled. There was even a set of battens.

    Then John came in and said with consternation, “The mast is bent!”

    :D
     
  5. LPW

    LPW New Member

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    I think the bottom sectoin of the 4.7 rig is ment to have a bend in it. Someone else should confirm/disprove this though.
     
  6. Merrily

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    Yes, it's my little joke. The mast is supposed to have a bend in it. ;)
     
  7. sailor327

    sailor327 New Member

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    The 4.7 rig is designed to have a pre-bent bottom section. I thought it was weird to when i first saw it.
     
  8. fishingmickey

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    Re: Merrily Against the Wind and the 4.7 Rig

    Hi Merrily,
    Yes the 4.7 mast has a bend in it. You can see it in the bottom right hand corner of the diagram.
    http://www.apsltd.com/Tree/d90000/e88189.asp
    Regards,
    Fishingmickey
    150087/181157
     
  9. lasersailorvbc

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    Yes, the 4.7 rig is made with a pre bend, so your fine.
     
  10. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Re: Merrily Against the Wind and the 4.7 Rig

    There once was a mast with a bend in it,
    As a 4.7 it had plenty to commend it with,
    It was my little joke,
    So please stop with the posts,
    Or I will go over the deep end of it! :eek:
     
  11. LPW

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    sorry- i didnt realise u were joking!:rolleyes:
     
  12. sailor327

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    yah i didnt see the second page with your post on it saying it was a joke:eek:
     
  13. Merrily

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    Oh! I wondered what was going on. Thanks everyone, for reading my stuff, anyway. I am really looking forward to trying out the little sail on a blustery day.
     
  14. fishingmickey

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    Hey Merrily,
    I wonder if you straighten it a little perhaps you can have a 4.8 or 4.9 rig...
    Fishingmickey
     
  15. Merrily

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    Merrily Against the Wind and a Fantasy Trip Through the 24-Hour Endurance Race

    I hope to have the NOR tomorrow. The Chairman of the race needed to open a checking account for the event, so soon, my precious, soon. Here's something unofficial to tide you over.

    A Fantasy Sail Through the Leukemia Cup 24-Hour Endurance Race at Leatherlips Yacht Club

    It is 10 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and you are at Leatherlips Yacht Club for the Open race. You have arrived early and have either spent the night at a local motel, camped on the clubhouse grounds, or slept at home, and you are rested. You know what lies ahead, and you want to bring home a trophy. There are several possible ways to win, and regardless, you know that you will feel like a winner by making a contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association with the sponsors you have gathered.

    There are many different Portsmouth handicapped one-design boats on the line, a lot of them covered with the allowed advertisements. All the advertisers had to do was to make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association.

    You are stoked because you picked the fastest boat at your club. You feel lucky because you have a large team with which you can trade off sailing duties, but there are actually teams on the line that intend to sail the entire race without rotating to new crew and with few breaks. There’s even a lone crazed Laser sailor. Twenty-four hours in a Laser? You don’t think so!

    You’ve prepped by sailing the course and fixing the positions of the buoys in your GPS. Yes, this is an unusual race that allows electronics such as GPS to make the night sailing safer and also cell phones to communicate with shore crew. The half-mile legs go around north-south marks in the center of the narrow reservoir, with a slight triangle offset to enable the scorers to count the laps from the club dock.

    You’ve successfully vied for a good starting position and you are off, back-winding your opponents and taking the lead. You congratulate yourself. This is the best $35 (food and souvenirs are separate) you’ve ever spent--quite a bargain for 24 hours of sailing for the entire team.

    You continue to sail smart and in the ensuing hours see quite a bit of excitement as the wind comes up in a storm. Fortunately for those who capsize, the safety boats provide support as needed. The one boat that damages its equipment is able to get ashore and do repairs and replacements. You are assured that everything but the hull can be replaced on the boat in event of breakage.

    Food is available to buy on shore from vendors, but you choose to stay afloat and someone tosses you bagged sandwiches from the dock. You are so hungry, so they seem like the best sandwiches!

    You get into a great rhythm, then before you know it, it’s time to trade off with your other team members. They are all eager to lay hands on the tiller and sheets.

    The scorers on the dock have written your times for each lap, and your appointed team member has reviewed the number of laps recorded and signed off on it, as required a number of times throughout the race. Even the lone Laser sailor has shore crew that signs off on his laps on his behalf. (Note, if we cannot find enough volunteer scorers, each team will be required to provide one person to do a 2-hour scoring stint.)

    You nap in your team tent. As night falls, you rotate back to your boat, and turn on the port and starboard lights that you’ve added to your dinghy. Others break light sticks to illuminate them and then tape them to their boats. You are happy that reflective tape is on the marks.

    You are also glad that food and water continues to be available all through the night and safety boats continue their patrols. You and your team pile on the laps.

    Your senses are heightened in the cool night air. You catch the scent of night blooming spring flowers, the soft gleam of the lights on the dark water, the splash as the hull glides along, the snap of sails from afar, the yell, “Starboard!” of a skipper a hair’s breadth away. Then boom, he rams you and yells, “Protest.” You’re not sure whose fault it is, so you quickly do a 720, and you’re on your way again. Better that than a Protest at the end of the race in the morning and a potential loss of 5 laps from your score.

    The dawn is greeted by the barking of hyenas and monkeys from the nearby Columbus Zoo, and it seems that before you know it, it is day. You catch the aroma of a hot brunch from the clubhouse. Many people are gathered on shore to see the finish and to watch the awards ceremony. And buzzzz, you finish!

    You safely land and with great satisfaction, give and take the fruits of your labor ashore.












     
  16. WestCoast

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    hehe, LPW, it does indeed, and Janet knows it. But you can imagine her husband coming in and thinking they had a bent mast on their hands.


    Our meeting went very well, we're adding a Radial start to our weekday racing, and there is a lots of enthusiasm, etc etc. Should be fun times, we're going to try to get 65 Lasers on the line for our summer weekday invite in June. oh man!
     
  17. Merrily

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    Merrily Against the Wind and Preparing My Boat

    Preparing my boat

    Our first club race is this Sunday. On Tuesday John cut a hole in the deck of my Laser to install the port that we bought. He used a drill to start the circle, and then cut the rest with a jigsaw. It came out very well. He decided to protect the edges of the foam with epoxy, and that is still curing. Then we figured out that it takes at least 7 days for the 5200 marine adhesive to cure. My boat is not going to be ready to sail on Sunday, so I’m going to use John’s new (to him) boat. I hope that when we stood out in 15 degree F temperatures and evaluated the boat this past December, that we didn’t miss any critical damage. We’re bringing it home from storage tomorrow.

    I also examined my centerboard today and there is a big ding on the bottom leading tip, with a chunk sort of gouged out but still hanging on. I’ll file that down, and I bought some auto body filler today to smooth it over, like the instructions said that came with the boat. Hmmm. . .I wonder how long that takes to cure?

    The weather is only just warming up so that we feel like doing this work now.
     
  18. Merrily

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    Hey, tomorrow's the big day, with our first club race of the season. I'm stoked!

    We finished preparations at the club. I raked leaves, lots of leaves. Others put the docks in with the aid of a very large crane. Also, we picked spaces for our boats. I got the same one for my Laser that I had last year. It's very near the Laser dock. Yippee!

    I realize now that there were several books on Laser sailing that I wanted to read, and it didn't happen. Time to begin again. I have Dick Tillman's book, and we tried making the PVC outhaul sleeve, but our 2 inch plastic pipe is not the same size as his two in pipe. :confused: It just won't fit over the boom.

    I also got Positioning: The Logic of Sailboat Racing, by Stuart Walker, as recommended by Tracy Usher. I've discovered that as hard as it is to be out on the race course and figure things out, it's even harder to read about a race and figure things out. Easy stuff for physicists though.

    Last, I've only made it part way through Dave Perry's Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing. I may not always be dead last and have clear air in my mark roundings, so it will be wise for me to get through this. So I have an April Fool's Resolution--a rule a day. How hard can that be?
     
  19. sailor327

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    Another GREAT one design sailing book is Winning In One-Design by Dave Perry.
     
  20. Merrily

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    I'll put it on the To Do list. Hope they have it at the library.

     

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