The Pornichet Select is the first solo mini race of the season here on the atlantic coast. The weather forecast predicted eastertly and north-easterly. predicting not very stable and cold but with quite a bit of reaching.
We had 70 boats on the start line, fairly crowded, and passing the offset mark was a stressful moment in 15kn of very shifty breeze with all those boats around not manoevering very quick in single handed mode.
My first adventure started when I borke one of my winchhandles and lost the other one overboard an houre later 😦 Not a good situation on a prototype where the keel is canted by a purchase system wich is poyered by a winch, and adjustable rig yhich has to be put under tension again when adjusted. I figuerd out that i could put sheets from one cockpit winch to the other and stand on the sheet in the middle to tension it, so manoevres just got a bit longer with Simon jumping around on a sheet in the cockpit after every sail adjustement.
Only 24h later i remembered that i took a paire of vicegrips with me, my new winchhandle problem was solved, felt a bit stupid for not having come up with that idea 24h earlier 😛
Half way through the race after a good catch up on a reaching leg up to the 4th position I got myself tangled up in a lopster pot in the middle of the night, the line has cought just qbove the keelbulb, i couldn’t get rid of it by sailing backwards so I had to find a way to the line and I was not very keen on simming in the middle of the night on my own. I did not have anything long enough on board to get down to the line, so I Extended a mainsailbatten with my boathook and some tape. Finalement I was able to get to the line and cut myself free. Only by daylight I could see that there was still a bit of that lobster buoy hanging off my keel, that explainded my lack of speed after the incident.
With a big lack of sleep and light upwind conditions the end of the race was complicated as I havent figured out my speedproblem in those sort of conditions yet and on top of that I was not that fresh anymore in my head. sometimes halucinating a bit and cerainly not alone in my head all the time. I lost auite a lot of places by going slow and being on the wrong side of a left shiftm I ended up in 12th position.
Resume: some good points in there for shure an improvement from last race but still some work to do!
What is next:
Traing and testing in Lorient and deciding on the adjustement to improve upwind performance, as well as a stability test to be able to optimize the keel weight
I want tho thank all the sponsors and supporter of Eight Cube for this season!
Simon SUI 888
As some of you already know, I could not resist the tempation to sign up for an other Minitransat last December 🙂 There was that feeling that I haven’t got all there is out of Eight Cube yet, so I put her in a boatyard (to be exact meragitee so not just any boatyard). The primary aim was to improve the allround abilities of the boat and make the boat more reliable. I got rid of my L-Foils and replaced them by good proven daggerboards to gain weight and improve lightwind abilities of the boat. The ruddersystem wich made some problems on the last transat has been partly redesigned to improve the reliability. Along the way I have repainted the deck as the nonskid solution we chose at the beginning didn’t age well at all, so the deck has gone a bit brighter aswell that I can keep walking around barefeet even when the sun is burning down on it.
A rulechange would allow to fit foils to the boat which are wider than the 3m width of the hull so we started looking at DSS solutions (Dynamic Stability System) but for now the budget is to thight to do these sort of modifications even though the gain in righting moment looks very promising.
If everything goes well 888 will be back in the water next week and we will start training immediately!
The first race of the Season will be the Lorient Bretagne Sud beginning of April 150nm doublehanded together with Axel Trehin who sailed the last Minitransat on 716.
Wie einige von euch schon wissen konnte ich letzten Dezember nicht wiederstehen mich nocheinmal für das Minitransat anzumelden mit meiner Eight Cube 🙂 Da war dieses gefühl dass ich noch nicht alles aus der 888 rausgeholt habe, also gieng es in die Werft (nicht irgend eine sondern Meragitee in Port la Foret). Das Ziel war das Boot allround fähiger zu machen und die Zuverlässigkeit zu erhöhen. Ich habe meine L-Foils durch gute getestete Schwerter ersetzt um die Leichtwindfähigkeiten zu verbessern. Dazu kam auch noch ein neuer Decksanstrich nach dem der alte Antirutsch gar nicht gut gealtert hat, ich habe provitiert das Deck etwas heller zu machen dass ich auch bei brennender Sonne im Passat noch Barfuss unterwegs sein kann 😛
Eine Regeländerung erlaubt Rumpfanhänge die über die Rumpfbreite von 3m herausragen, wir haben begonnen eine DSS Lösung (Dynamic Stability System) zu studieren, im Moment ist aber das Budget für eine solche Modifikation nicht vorhanden, auch wenn das potential gross wäre.
Eight Cube wird nächste Woche wieder ins kalte Nass gesetzt und das Training beginnt gleich danach.
Die erste Regatta wird die Lorient Bretagne Sud anfang April sein 150 Meilen Zweihand zusammen mit Axel Trehin welcher das letzte Mini auf 716 gesegelt hat.