You can’t keep a good man down … or a good boat for that matter. The OzRacer that won is the blue boat.
It is almost more impressive because the whole local fleet is new – a local initiative for family groups to build their own boat and that allows them to attract visitors too!
Second was David Whitworth who was one of the many people responsible for building a local fleet of Ducks
And the last placegetter won the best trophy – a sail kit from Polysail International to help them terrorise the other local boats next season.
That’s four world titles in the last five years to the OzRacer – two in the OzRacer Mk2 and two in the OzRacer RV
Be aware the Oz still needs some minor mods to match the PDRacer class rules. The last two worlds have been won by boats that were modified to fit their rules precisely.
The winds were very light for the three races, which can make it a bit statistical about who gets some wind and who doesn’t, however Rick had a clear win in all three races by clear margins showing that boat and crew were working effectively.
The boats are milling around prestart race 1. There is a bit of current that makes sailing in such light wind challenging.
This is a photo Rick took just after he crossed the finish line in the first race
And here is the photo from the 3rd race
And the participants
Oh … and Rick was using a racing sail to the OzRacer design – there are sail making instructions in the plan. Because of time constraints and reasonable prices Rick had Dave at Polysail International made a special Oz style race sail. Polysails sells polytarps, materials, full sailmaking kits and finished sails. They have two different kits for regular PDRacers and for OzRacer rigged boats The OzRacer RV is in the foreground.
But if you don’t want to race no need to modify the Oz for the PDRacer rules.
The advantages of an efficient boat, because
- It doesn’t cost any extra – maybe an extra 4 hours building time.
- If you are doing things right it will sail brilliantly
- If you do things not so well the boat will tell you
- It is lighter and more fun to sail
And you will have a whole bunch of admirers including people who know sailing backwards … because they can SEE the differences. Another way is if you are self designing a Duck then the OzRacer plans (90 pages at $20)can show some great ways to improve your boat so it really sails.
You can see more about OzRacer – the $20 plan
There are two versions of the Oz –
the OzRacer Mk2 for singlehanded and more towards club racing … though it will take a second person on left
And the OzRacer RV for more family oriented sailing on right – two adults can fit comfortably and there is a bigger somewhat cobbled together but good sailing 12ft Goose Version that can take two adults and two kids.
Lots of articles on improving and handling your PDRacer or OzRacer