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Sailing with Giants

Started by Tim Gatti, 05 Dec 2011, 10:33

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Tim Gatti

The things they get up to at Aldeburgh YC on a cold Sunday morning in December!
See below for pic of John Chalker and his son Tom in their Baggy Trousers 'Red Herring' N3434 taking on the might of Peter Wilson (one time N12 sailor) and his crew on board his 8 Metre rule yacht 'If' during the penultimate AYC Winter Handicap Series race yesterday. Awesome.

There can't be many venues running handicap racing with this range of boats.
Well done to John and Tom for getting out there and sticking it out for nearly two hours in the bitter cold.

Tim Gatti

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Great Pictures Tim. "If" weighs about 130 times as much as a 12 foot national and is over 4 times as long yet we beat her on handicap!


Reminds me of doing the Birkett Trophy at Ullswater, never really fancied calling Starboard on any of the big boys knowing their quick tacking ability!!


It was very cold indeed on Sunday certainly at Yeadon but it must have been warm down South cos the chap on the big red giant of a boat is wearing shorts!


No Howard, he is just a drunken idiot!


The two pics above are good illustration of the lee bow effect slowing the windward boat, allowing the leeward boat gradually to pull clear ahead.  It would be interesting to reverse the positions of the two boats to prove this theory ...!
Mike D


"if" will out point anything on the river and is starting to tack onto starboard. They try to avoid ploughing the mud on a falling tide.

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