3 months ago
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
Hi Phil and well done. A great video. We are out of lockdown in the majority of Australia and borders have opened, thank goodness. A question, I have noticed that a lot of your boats do not have the traditional Wee Nip sails, in that the large pocket at the front is now a simple slip on type pocket, or fitted like the yellow boat with yellow sails with the rings etc.
I was given a few meters of a heavyweight mylar paper and have been experimenting with different sails, the current one being fitted to the mast with rings (small zip ties). I sailed it against the fleet last weekend in a swirling light breeze and it did reasonably well, especially after some tuning and in spite of the weight of the material used.
My query is that I noticed the yellow sail was cut into a triangle shape, without the rounded shape on the back. Was that a benefit? Mine seems to bend or twist in that area and not form nicely, possibly causing issues on the water. Not helped by the weight.
I will put up a couple of images that show it and see what you might think. I might be better off cutting into the triangle.
Any thoughts gratefully received.