Monday, 29 October 2012

More pics and lessons learned

 Arno upwind the third race
 Mischa upwind in race 3
 Nathan keeping the boat flat in tough conditions
John Dowling in the up mode
All pics and (c) by Samuel Harris

What did we learn in Islamorada?
  1. Top 2 had t-foil rudders
  2. Top 3 are sailmakers 
  3. DNA dominant brand (6 in first 10, 13 in first 20, 33 out of 105)
  4. DNA World Champion, GM Champion and Junior Champion
  5. Steep waves made it hard to get the boat on foils downwind
  6. Only Mischa made trapezing downwind  work for him in this harsh conditions
  7. Too many mast breaks
  8. Some board breakages
  9. No split fleets yet
  10. Andrew Landenberger new IACA president
What will ARC do:
ad 1:  We will supply t-foil kits from January on for the 2012 and 2013 DNA rudders
ad 2:  We can supply your DNA with a DNA OEM sail (high clew, membrane)
ad 3: We are still producing 2 boats a week and have just delivered DNA #150
ad 4: Congratulations to Mischa, Murray and Blair
ad 5: T foil rudders, board raising lines
ad 6: Mischa Master Class in Murcia end of February (dates to be announced)
ad 7: More reinforcements at critical area
ad 8: New infinite element analysis for boards
ad 9: Two courses in Barcelona, please not 140 boats in one course
ad 10: We hope to see a more pro-active class management and will support Landy where we can

What can you, the sailor do:
ad 5: Open the traveller more, raise your boards and sail the boat light footed
ad 6: Practice, Practice, Practice
ad 8: Board breakage can be prevented by bending your knees at landing, by easing some sheet and slightly  luffing. Even solid boads break if you do not unload the boards.
ad 10: Keep the spirit of the development class alive by supporting innovation and getting rid of unjustified fears

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