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Sailing OzRacer RV in rough water – simple boat with two adults

This OzRacer mk2  has a number of changes from the original design, but Bob has pulled it off. The biggest risk is that the windsurfer mast might break because it is not meant to be supported in this way – it is meant to be held up higher by the arms of the sailor. Additionally […]
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Learning to sail course - hull trim

Learning to sail – building a foundation for Sail and boat trim.

In general I don’t like most sailing books and most sailing lessons.I think that a learner doesn’t need to learn many new words. Also because they don’t explain the correct principles in the beginning their explanations become really complicated.If you understand how to use a sail to get power – when it is at maximum power and when it isn’t it all becomes very logical.
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Goat Island Skiff going fast downwind with heavy load - Texas 200

Strong wind downwind in unstayed Cat Ketches and Cat Yawls – more safety and efficiency

John Goodman and I sailed the immaculate Goat Island Skiff he built from my plan in the Texas 200.The boat showed itself to be one of the faster in the fleet despite loading up such a short boat with food, water and camping gear for six days with little outside support.We played with sailing the boat by the lee – a method used by racing boats to gain both speed and control.I document the method here including a video showing how the angle of heel can be controlled using the mainsheet.
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The Canon – Tools for thinking about sailing and boat design – Books and Articles

One of the most important things as a designer or sailor is to keep an open mind, but also to be able to analyze things in light of real experience and prior knowledge. These are online and paper resources that force thinking in different ways.This article, after a bit of a spiel, goes on to give some great resources that “opened my eyes” at different times in my life.They focus on areas of structural design, sailing, sail aerodynamics and touch on a bit more.
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Setting up for performance – Balance Lug – Goat Island Skiff

John Goodman who recently spent 5 days semi racing a Goat Island Skiff in the Texas200 event got back to me with some observations and even some pictures of aspects of the boat and the sailing.I have responded with suggestions to make some further improvements. Between John and me there are some useful tips about setting up a boat for more speed.However the standard setup of the Goat is fine for most – it is still pretty quick in standard form.There is advice for both lug and sprit traditional rigs here.
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Goat Island Skiff Launching 3 – John’s CNC yawl version in Texas

John in Texas built his Goat Island Skiff from a kit made by Clinton Chase. They are experimenting with a yawl version of the Goat.They had a launch and a capsize by the dock.The boat is a great lime green. I used to have a lime green NS14 dinghy that I enjoyed so much some of the design input went into the goat.
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