Monday, August 3, 2015

The D or "Dammit" Course Revisited

Tillerman just posted about planing RS Aeros and courses designed for planing singlehanders. This brought to my mind the D course I modified* for just that and the unintended but humorous results when I sprang the D Course on the unsuspecting Classic Moth fleet at their 2013 Nationals (hence the moniker "Dammit" course).

* Tillerman points out that what I've "designed" here is really a Harry Anderson course, a course that has been around for eons -  and he is right - but the D course is a Harry Anderson with modified reaching legs. (See Comments)

I still think the D course has potential. For hiking, cat rigged singlehanders the fastest planing angles seem to be just below a close reach, or a course slightly lower than 90 degrees to the wind. I remember as a PRO back in the 1980's running a Chesapeake Bay Olympic training event and the Europe dinghies had something similar, though if my memory serves, they ran their close reach into an extra mark about 1/2 way between the windward and leeward marks. When the southerly came up, on that reach, the Europes really scooted.

The D course has a curly-cue rounding at the leeward mark. A starboard rounding might be better but I have found that racers are so attuned to going around marks-to-port that they get confused when you change this up.

I offer up the D course details in the following PDF. I'm always interested in what other racers or RC thinkers may come up with in designing planing courses for hiking singlehanders. I think one of the keys is to come up with the angle to the true wind your singlehander is sailing when it is planing the quickest. Data anyone?

Pug Ugly - The Scow Mini-Transat 6.5

Dave Raison, in his latest scow Mini Transat 6.5, won the Mini Fastnet this past June. There are now other scow Mini 6.5's appearing. Swiss Simon Koster put one together he has named eight Cubed after the number he sails under. Included below are some photos of his new creation.

Make no bones about, these sailboats are Uglee.....High freeboard on a scow shape is not pretty. Simon Koster waved the ugly stick even more by making his cabin top very blocky.

From the The Simpsons, a quote by bartender Moe before he underwent plastic surgery.

"I've been called ugly, pug-ugly, fugly, pug-fugly, but never ugly-ugly."

I'll go with pug ugly. I like scows. I like different. I like that, with these shapes, form follows function. Some would call these Mini 6.5 scows cute. (Can you call a sailboat cute?).

From this bottom-up, bow-on angle, combined with the paint scheme, eight Cubed appears to have the bottom of a rubber ducky bathroom toy.

Ah! That's more like it. The familiar wide arse of a Mini-Transat 6.5.

You can see the odd split, blocky looking, almost comical cabin house with forward facing window in this photo of eight Cubed hanging in the shop before the initial launch.

A video of the start of the Mini-Fastnet. Winner David Raison in #865 with the distinctive blue jib can be seen starting about 56 seconds into the video and then at 2:20. 8-Cubed shows up at the 1:43 mark.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Music Index No. 3

For Music Index No. 1 click here

For Music Index No. 2, click here.

Music Indexes are mostly for my benefit. They allow me to easily reach back into Earwigoagin's archive to listen to some of the music I've tucked away here. After all, this is a personal collection.

This is Music Index No. 3. I add another Music Index every 50 or so songs.

You can see the links for Music Index No. 1 and No. 2 at the top of the page.
  1. Jason Derulo: Ridin' Solo
  2. New Villager: LightHouse
  3. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers: Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts
  4. Iron and Wine: Boy With a Coin
  5. Bo Diddley and Tom Petty: Mona
  6. Lucky Uke: Come On Feel the Noize
  7. Dinner Belles: Till the Dawn
  8. World Order: Machine Civliization
  9. Black Crowes: The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down
  10. Loose Marbles, Meschiya Lake: When I Get Low, I Get High
  11. Bon Iver: Skinny Love
  12. U2: Angel of Harlem
  13. Black Moth Super Rainbow: Sun Lips
  14. Bellowhead: New York Girls
  15. Horace Henderson and his Orchestra: Smooth Sailing
  16. Collective Soul: Shine
  17. Rockin' Sydney: My Toot Toot
  18. Club 8: Everything Goes
  19. Black Eyed Peas, Sergio Mendes: Mas Que Nada
  20. Shakira: LOCA
  21. American Babies: Dance All Night
  22. Bon Iver: Holocene
  23. George Harrison Tribute: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  24. John Mellencamp: Pink Houses
  25. Quelqu'un and Lorenzo: Lay Lady Lay
  26. The Youngers: Heartbreaker
  27. Noah and the Whale: Love, Love, Love
  28. Bonzo Dog Band: Give Booze a Chance
  29. Roots, Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe
  30. Asaf Avidan and the Mojos: The Reckoning
  31. Burning Hell: I Love the Things that People Make
  32. Maylee Todd and Doctor EW: I Can't Go For That
  33. Marc Cohn: Silver Thunderbird
  34. Andrea Vercesi: Lifes a Long Song
  35. Joe Cocker: With a Little Help From My Friends
  36. Etta James: Hoochie Coochie Girl
  37. Slocan Ramblers: Coffee Creek, Wild Bill Jones
  38. General Public: Tenderness
  39. Scott Bradlee Loves Ya: Burn
  40. Scott Bradlee Loves Ya: Roar
  41. Ylvis: The Trucker Hitch
  42. Tape Five: Pantaloons
  43. Bob Dylan: It Must Be Santa
  44. Everybody (A bunch of bands):This Train is Bound For Glory
  45. Passenger: Hearts on Fire
  46. Adam Baldwin: Love You With My Eyes Closed
  47. Lee Fields and The Expressions: You're the Kind of Girl
  48. Old Steamboat Blues
  49. Mandolin Orange: Boots of Spanish Leather
  50. Gregory Alan Isakov: The Stable Song
  51. The Barr Brothers: Love Ain't Enough
  52. Seven Handle Circus: Take On Me
  53. Santana: Soul Sacrifice
  54. Tuba Skinny: I Got the Blues

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Offsets For A Three Plank Modified Fragniére Classic Moth

Plans de voiliers classiques Moth, Plans de dériveur classique Moth.

Sometimes I can't help myself. I'll sit down at the computer and push the lines of an existing Moth design in another direction. This is one of those creations. I took the Fragniére design, the French design with the transom bow, and made it a three planker. (Three planker means if you look at the 1/2 model, the design consists of three plywood planks - never mind that the bottom rocker plank is actually one contiguous panel when whole.)

Why? Because I can. I would expect this design to be somewhat quicker offwind but slower upwind in a chop and light air. No plans to build this anytime soon as I have enough projects all ready.

Here is the PDF file of the offsets. Click on the pop-out icon on the top right (hover your mouse pointer over the top right corner to find it) to get this into another tab where you can print or download the file.

Another modified Fragniére (it looks like the transom bow doesn't match the plans). A recent build in France. I like the purple hull color.

Offsets for my other modified French Moth design, the Zippy can be found by clicking here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Header Photo: Aussie Historical 10-Footer - White Knuckes

The classic Aussie 10 footer is the only other class (other than the Classic Moth) to be featured more than once on the header photo. This photo embodies a facet of the sport that is a combination of crazy balls-to-the-wall, close-to-the-edge racing whilst sailing on a beautiful all-wood classic dinghy.

The lines to the Aussie 10 footer are also classic; a deep, roundish hull with enough flotation to accommodate three grown adults and a big rig in a ten foot dinghy.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Classic - Classic Moth News Short

Voiliers Classiques Moth, Dériveur Classique Moth.

A Moth European Championship sailed in Algiers, Algeria (at that time a département - administrative region - of France - see Tillerman's comment). Looks like the late 1950's, early 1960's. We can see the transom-bowed French Fragniere Moth design as well as the scow bowed Nantais design. (The British Queen Mother makes a short appearance at the beginning of the video.)

Further French Moth stuff here.