I don't know if anyone has noticed the new sails from speeds with the tapedrive system. They look quite pimped, but I noticed a thread on the MR page which has suggested that they are illegal, as the tapes are considered to be secondary reinforcement outside the area where this is allowed. I think they are awaiting clarification from the RYA about this. This also means the boat that won the sailjuice series was technically out of class. Will our rules permit these sails?
Finally got 3529 on the water today, named by my daughter as "Cat in the Hat" Launching with the winged rudder was easy, coming back in was a pain, as it quickly floats up and makes steerage very hard. We had a lee shore and a F4/5 as we came in this afternoon. The Fit out by P&B is excellent, and all worked apart from the dangly pole that came apart after about 15 seconds, but was an easy fix with 50 pence worth of string. Talk about fast upwind though, we had a range of conditions today, and were burning away from reasonably well sailed lasers and an RS200. Hard to tell if the trim tab is making a huge difference, but we pointed higher than everything else. Downwind was more difficult to tell as we were well away from the rest of the fleet by that stage. This is an awesome boat, and got so many admiring glances, and much interest in the wings etc. And some reasonable moans about the handicap given the speed we had upwind. Andy 3529