The Canadian Nationals took place today at Summerland B.C. with 7 boats competing for the coveted title of ‘Canadian Champion’. Pictures are posted. We had a beach start over a triangular course that was 4.2 kms long, and, well, I won. A testament to the fine design of Michael Storer.
Canadian National Puddle Duck Race With Rick well in the lead.
Tim; Having sailed a regular PDR (sail with little or no shape, plywood boards with only rounding on the nose and taper on the back CLR and CE in dubious locations)then sailing my Oz boat, I can say there is no comparison.
The Oz feels like a Porsche and the others feel like a 74 Pinto with bald biasply tires. I am no sailing expert, but it would not be hyperbole to say my boat was more than twice as fast as the second place boat. It goes where it looks, points better than 45 degrees, accelerates immediatly after tacking, and is less
stressful to keep under control.
That video clip that MIK has where he is spinning doughnuts in a tight circle? I was doing that around one of the bouys! Try making 5 or 6 laps of a 10 foot diameter around a stationary object in a non-Oz boat. I think the $20 plans are the best deal out there.
PDR136 and 311 (Canadian Champion)
Here are pics of the building process – Rick built the OZ PDR in about 10 days working evenings and weekends. The new one is the wooden one (of course). Click on image to see more pics.