Freds Big Toephy
Any truth in the Rumour? or what really happened...... only you can decide
Once again a swift post onto the website makes for fun reading midweek!
As for Nitro sandwiches I like the idea but I didn't see any on the garage's chilled shelf.
However I can share my thoughts during the day some of which I said to a couple of folks but if it's useful to share wider then feel free..
The disadvantage of being late to the event is that you have less options if things go wrong. Having not sailed my ICE for a long while, I notice that the mast on the rig I wanted to use was split (lack of prior preparation!) so a rushed swap from a spare rig during the briefing meant it was working but not optimal as the donor mast was too long and hence when sheeting in, it pulled the rig forwards not just in. Never mind I'll have to survive the first race and tweak as I go.. Note to all footy swing riggers this is a common thing I see on other's boats so check yours! Does the top of the mast move forwards when you sheet hard in? It shouldn't.
The first race I recall folks were questioning which rig to go into but I stuck with the conservative rig choice rather than push with too much area, my mantra is taken from an old Pirelli advert ; "Power is nothing without control".
While starting averagely I went backwards making way too many tacks and making silly decisions and not pointing due to mast height. So after the race I trimmed 5mm off the base of the mast, but why change the boat for race 2 when it was the skipper errors that placed me where I did.
Race 2 was better for me as I remembered how to sail these tricky little boats, I still needed a lower mast so I made another tweak and I softened the rig a tiny amount with the breeze easing slightly.
Race 3 Still not a great start from the line so that has to go down as skipper error, boat wasn't fast so I made another very subtle softening of the rig. And flattened the main slightly to gain a better balance to the rig.
Race 4 another poor start and terrible first beat but she was sailing faster now.
Race 5 everything clicked and won comfortably.
Race 6 tangle on the start line saw me last away and still at the back at the first mark because I went the wrong side of the beat. Wind was getting up again and gusts merging to give longer spells of high winds so the rig was too soft. Recovered to 5th mainly on run and last beat.
Race 7 tightened rig again and tightened main foot a smidge seems to handle being over powered down wind better this way.
Race 8 happy
Race 9 could not catch Peter who got a great start. Peter was in smaller rig so I considered and trimmed the smaller rig ready but didn't swap.
Race 10 maybe I should have gone down as another poor start and I seemed to be on the wrong side of every shift.
Lunch! Time to reflect, reviewing my morning I decided to tack less and bear away on anything but the major shifts in the afternoon. Focus on clearer air off the start line.
This was the secret of my 'nitro-sandwich' afternoon! Starting mid line and knowing I was fast I could sail the first tack until I was clear and tack when able to. Then the boat speed works and everything becomes easy.
I figured by the last race that I had it in the bag so leant my hull to John Burgoine who was suffering radio issues so put his ICE rig into my hull and off he went. His rigs looked better than mine! Hence my retirement from race 16.
So there you have it, my thought processes through the day. It's great to have been out there again sailing these little delights. They really remind you of how diverse our radio sailing sport is.
"ICE Man" Rob Vice
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