So here are some shots of Peter Hyndman’s GIS “Gruff” at speed with me at the helm.
They were taken last year at Mooloolaba, Queensland.
The wind was a little strong for one person, but it did allow for good speed on a reach.
If I had been cruising I would have taken someone else with me to quieten down the boat or put a reef in the sail to reduce its size.
This video is dedicated to all the people who think that a boat has to have $3000 of ball bearing blocks to go fast. This boat has a total of 5. And none have ball bearings!!!!
This is why small boat sailing is dying as a pastime – the “powers that be” don’t think of the entry level – even a little kids boat like an Australian “Manly Junior” is almost $8000 because they think that winning should be at all costs – rather than keeping entry level boats simple and accessible as they were intended to be originally.
A Manly Junior following the original intent would cost little more than around $1300 to get in the water. This is true of almost ALL the other boat classes that were intended to be simple and cheap in the ’60s.
The Goat is a 16ft boat that costs a third of the amount to get a little 8ft racing boat on the water. Go figure!?
If the water had been a bit more open … we would have gone faster still.