This month provided the opportunity to finalise the ‘Pringle’ (US1m) project. The construction of the storm rig was necessary for sailing in the UK, although I am not expecting to use the complete set of 4 rigs in the US, to have the other options available when I do come to race would be sensible. Sailing the prototype in wind speeds above 20mph was actually encouraging in terms of performance and reliability. The sailing conditions provided a good test for the shroudless rigs, as the high modulus carbon mast was more than capable in the strong gusts. In addition, I was able to measure the sailing performance of the boat and confirm the rig, keel and ballast are all positioned correctly.
In the last 6 months we have built up an overall US1m package and been lucky enough to test the concept in all weather conditions. The class rules promote development with few limitations, so I explored what was possible during my previous visits to Florida. Inspired by using the best ideas from different classes, I gradually came up with a hull of the same theme as for an IOM. However, my rigs are constructed using configurations from the Marblehead Class. The opportunity to use the best ideas from 2 other classes and incorporating them into this project, might be considered a step up as we push the innovation boundary. The final proof will always be racing on the water. As we continually wait for international travel to resume, construction for a carbon ‘Pringle’ hull will begin, in anticipation for the boarders to reopen before September.
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This month, work has continued in the background with 1 x RG and 2 x IOMs being constructed. This has contributed to slow progress on the Sushi (IOM) Building Kit development. We hope to recover time once the new ‘Sushi’ centre deck moulding has been finalised and produced. The scheduled launch of ‘Sushi’ for test in April is still a realistic target.
Meanwhile, I have been busy refurbishing rigs on my personal ‘Rubix’ (IOM). It was once said, that putting fresh sails on your boat can be better than purchasing a new IOM. So putting this into practise, I decided to replace my existing sails, which are between 3 and 6 years old, for fresh sails (not new ones) in much better condition. Plus, after some maintenance carried out on my goosenecks, where previously I had been experiencing a loss of tension to the leech side of the mainsail, I am hopeful these changes will provide more performance gains to my IOM when racing starts again. In addition, I have managed to put together my own little racing kit package, which will help me look after my equipment better when I am travelling. For many years, I have used sail bags to cover my rigs, which are not a problem when sailing locally, but for longer distance travel especially when racing abroad, a sail box will protect your rigs much better from damage. It is likely a similar package such as this could be made into an option for skippers, when constructing the new ‘Sushi’ (IOM) in the future.
Sail and Keel boxes are produced by Ian Davidson, with more information at the link: https://taylormadeyachts.com/rig-boxes-keel/
Now we are into the new year there are many projects to continue with or revisit. Therefore, what can you expect from us in 2021.
We are working on our first IOM ‘Home Build’ kit, which in the future will challenge the likes of the ‘Alternative’ and the ‘Corbie’ designs. Presently, we are still at the embryonic stages of developing the kit. Additionally, it has been 6 years since I last delivered a design into the IOM class. Therefore, much work is still to be done to prove the use of our kit process, as well as also proving my new ‘Sushi‘ (IOM) design. Good progress is being made so far and we hope to see the launch of ‘Sushi‘ in the spring. Once we have a settled construction process for the building kit, we will publish further details in the summer.
Work will continue on Pringle (US1m), despite not being able to test the boat against other designs due to international travel restrictions. Progress is being made to create the first carbon version of this yacht. All this will be in an effort to hopefully compete for the first time, in the US1m Championships in September.
Last year a lot of development work was carried out revising the Sonix (10R). At the time the class World Championships had been suspended for 12 months, so using the time wisely we set about making some significant changes, such as reducing the freeboard and slightly shortening the overall length of the hull. Unfortunately, as news broke on the cancelation of the 2020 World Championships, we took the decision to shelve further development. In the coming months, we will return to produce and make available the revised Sonix (10R).
Finally after a significant wait, I wish to announce our webpage for ‘Seabird’ (6mtr), design by Dave Hollom is now live. Building slots are available from April. For details please go to the link: ‘Click Here‘