Mar 25, 2009

Biplane Rig cat II

Radical Bay 8000 from Schionning Designs: "The biplane’s main advantage over more conventional rigging systems is that it splits the required sail area into two smaller, equal-sized units and places them on each hull rather than the centre of the craft, as on conventional catamarans. The boat becomes much easier to handle, but more importantly, the rig’s centre of effort is significantly lowered, making for a much safer boat (the threat of capsizing, a cat sailor’s worst nightmare, is dramatically reduced)."

Mar 24, 2009

Multihull Design: Things to come - Arkona 45mts Tri

Futuristic design from Groupe-Simon , folding rig-mast Trimaran.
Stylish lines and design innovation.

New Ashby Sailcraft/Gel-tek A-Class

Ashby Prototype 2009 Victorian State Titles , although I must say Glenn right now would win any regatta with any a standard A-Class...

Mar 22, 2009

Farewell Tornado

High quality sailing images from Argentinean Tornado crew Lange-Espínola
Sadly no more chances for them. Santiago will surely retire, he is 47 and Camau is pursuing politics new grounds.
Now From the new created local F18 fleet, Argentina must form their successors... really a hard task.

Mar 21, 2009

The SIG45 sea trials

Best racer-cruising cat out there...

Mar 19, 2009

Capsize Recovery

Nice system for recovering from capsize, used also in smaller beach cats.

Mar 8, 2009

Patagonia Cruising

Patagonia Argentina, yesterday...

Pablo Querol from Puerto Madryn, Argentina is sailing his RC since Dec 2006. Before sailing cats, Pablo and his friend Felipe Tomassi (Pandiani´s crew in his Puerto Montt-Ilha Bela cruise in two Hobies 21) were making this type of of cruise with windsurf boards along the Patagonian coast.
This weekend Pablo made Madryn-Puerto Pirámides-Playa Unión (Rawson) without any support. Conditions down there can get pretty hard.

The cat is a modified Racecat F18 platform:
- 2,90 width beams,
- 8mts mast,
- roller furler for Jib
- roller furler for Main with a rotating boom and
- Dacron sails.
- Wings

In Puerto Madryn you have constant wind ranges from 20 to 40knots , so having a stable paltform is a must, the boat is also laminated with extra reinforcements.

He is training for a bigger cruise next year, maybe all down to Ushuaia.

Here is Pablo in managing breaking waves and strong winds a year ago.
I think wave piercing cats are doomed in this conditions, here you need that extra reserve volume up front.