Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Drake slalom fin

I got the 38 cm drake slalom DW (downwind) delivered today. Feels pretty flexible - similar to the vector g10 fins.

Left to right: vector volt2 42cm, drake slalom DW 38 cm, vector Rockit 34 cm, tectonics goldwing 30 cm.

Monday, April 4, 2016

GoPro Video from First Session

I wore a GoPro during the first session and uploaded to YouTube. The session had about 10 mph wind at the start, then light 5 mph wind, then moderate 15+ mph wind near the end. I sailed the 3rd generation Severne Raceboard 9.5 on the Starboard Phantom 377, and Alex sailed a 9.5 Overdrive on his Phantom 380.

Some stills from the video:

Sunday, April 3, 2016

First session was a success

First session of the year was good. Sailed 9.5 Raceboard 3rd gen on the phantom 377 and Alex sailed his R6 Overdrive 9.5 on his Phantom 380. Wind was 8-12 out of the south when we started but was forecast to shift. We ended with some good 15-18 mph out of the north working northeast.

Friday, April 1, 2016

2016 Severne Sails

Today I finally had some time to rig the new 2016 Severne Sails. Raceboard 9.5, Reflex R7 7.0 & 6.2, and Gator 5.7. The weather didn't cooperate enough to go sailing, but hopefully it will this weekend. The sails are ready. 

The 2016 Severne Raceboard is the 3rd generation of the Raceboard 9.5 sail. It got a bit longer for both the mast and the boom, so it's more triangular or less curve/roach. This results in a noticeably tighter perimeter for gen3, especially the top of the leech. 

The luff setting is now about 556 cm vs around 540 cm for gen2. These pictures are with the sail rigged on a 550 enigma mast. I want to try this first and then compare with rigging on a 530 enigma mast. Also, I need to use the sail a bit to wear it in before I can get the battens all the way dialed in. There are some wrinkles for now but those will get worked out.  

2016 Severne Raceboard 9.5, gen3

2016 Reflex R7 7.0

2016 Severne Gator 5.7

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Whitecaps are back!

Lake Winnebago was mostly open yesterday, and the rain overnight and wind has gotten rid of the rest of the ice on the south end.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Fond du Lac weather on SNL

Fond du Lac got some attention in a Saturday Night Live skit this weekend. "Know what guys? You can't tell what the weather's gonna do."

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New 2016 Severne Sails

I got a nice shipment from FedEx last night. I'm hoping to rig them this weekend... Too bad it will be in the snow.

9.5 Raceboard - new cut for 2016
7.0 Reflex R7
6.2 Reflex R7
5.7 Gator - this is the first Gator I've bought, so will be interesting to try it

FedEx shipment
Gator colorway
6.2 Reflex R7
A picture from seabreeeze of a rigged Reflex R7