Training:  Sailing a Hobie 16 one-up

Its been 4 weeks since putting the furling jib on the Hobie 16 and this is my appraisal. Basically this is an enhancing technology not a disruptive technology.

Week 1 25 - 30 knots 2 foot wind chop. Didn't get the furler working properly on the first attempt while rigging single handed in a 25 knot 30 knot on shore breeze, went ok on the water until some righting practice and my fitness called an end to the day.

Week 2 Glam 18 - 20 knot Noréaster. Fun fun fun. no problems in three races Big loose on a speed run afterwards! More righting practice!

Week 3 15 knot variable southerly. Rigged one hole further back things just keep getting better.

Week 4 5- 15 knot gradient Noréaster shifty and patchy. Boat performed best yet.

Frankly at 90 + sailor here's the upside;

1. Cheap and reliable Being over powered means it is about the sailor not the wallet. Basically you get a free motorbike (In comparison) and you have a boat that will get you to the finish line if you can get it there as long as do some basic maintenance!

2. Looking at VYC optimum weights are all 80 kilos or less even on boats that can't sail in a real breeze 25knots +

3. Does not take away from standard fleets 90 kilo crew weight minimum and a 2 minute yardstick penalty at PBSC plus the degree of difficulty naturally restrict the concept.

4. Rigging/ Unriging with furler is easy single handed by just attaching the jib while the mast is on the deck and using the jib halyard.

Note 1. I am not recommending you buy a motorbike with your savings it is for illustrative purposes only.
Note 2. I am not recommending you sail in 25 knots if you cant handle it. But at least your boat can!

So get the bloody boat out of the garage and stop having to worry about finding a 30 kilo crew! Come down to PBSC and see if you can win a beer off me!

Written By: Andrew Nelson      Date: 30/10/2016      Start Boat Duty:

Training:  Hobie 16 Front Casting Repair

If the boat is glued you will need to cut the casting off, be careful not to damage the pylon or crossbar.

Do this on the ground not on the trailer so you can shimmy and shake the boat when reassembling to avoid binding.

Remove all the old glue and debris from the pylon and crossbar.

Use a slow setting glue. Remember the boat is not aligned until the casting is all the way down. So you need to twist and shake the boat a bit to find the sweet spot. Use slow setting glue so you don't get stuck. Pun alert.. It will probably need some persuasion for the last inch or so. As soon as assembled return to the trailer so that glue dries with the boat on a squared up frame. Unless of course you have bent your trailer..

Let the glue set for a week and you are ready for the next lovely little 25 to 30 knotter that comes your way.

Written By: Andrew Nelson      Date: 02/08/2015      Start Boat Duty:

Training:  Sailboat Righting

There will be compulsory righting clinic before the Marathon next week. Even if you are not sailing you should attend this if you can't right your boat immediately with no fuss. Time will be posted a latter date depending on the start time for the marathon.

It is a technique...

The important thing to remember is that you use the wind to blow yourself back upright. Even if you have to swim the bow around a bit. Do it. You are wasting your time trying to pull the boat back up against the wind,184/

Written By: Andrew Nelson      Date: 07/03/2015      Start Boat Duty:

Training:  Starting and the Pin end

The second in a series of training sessions about stuff that matters. Session 2 is about starting and the Pin end. Here is a link to the document that accompanied the session. Starting and the Pin end

On course report by Andrew Nelson:  I noticed it documents all my ''deliberate" errors from the on the water session.

1st Start Strategy "Run the line" Would have worked well except it was the wrong end of the line and the wrong side of the first work.
2nd Start Strategy "Dip Start" Would have worked except the red mist came down and took on the Tiger and Travis and we all ran out of room. All OCS
3rd Start ""Port Tack and Gybe onto Starboard. "" Would... have worked except the red mist came down and we took on the Hobie 18 Both OCS.
4th Start Tried option 3 again. Worked well crossed line on starboard as Because we were moving were better able to manage the wind shift.

Summary Wining the pin is a risky strategy. Especially on a difficult line like yesterdays with a massive tide pushing you through the line. Practice and confidence in your own strategy are paramount.

Written By: Andrew Nelson      Date: 11/10/2014      Start Boat Duty:

Training:  Boat Maintenance

The first in a series of training sessions about stuff that matters. Session 1 is about boat maintenance and preparation, including things that are best adjusted before leaving the beach. Here is a link to the document that accompanied the session. Boat Maintenance Checklist

Written By: Andrew Nelson      Date: 27/07/2014      Start Boat Duty: