Friday, March 15, 2019

Header Photo: Champion at Work

The following header photo is of perennial Classic Moth champion, Floridian Jeff Linton, rolling downwind in his modified Mistral design, Mousetrap. I must say that Jeff is one of the most approachable, laid back, sailing hot-shots I've ever come across. He is also one of the few hot-shots (maybe the only one) that is comfortable doing a program where he will personally build his own racing craft out of wood; one of the reasons you can still find him racing his own build Classic Moth.

Jeff controlling two competitors upwind in the recently completed 2019 Classic Moth Midwinters.

Len Parker

And another photo of Jeff from the 2011 E-City Nationals.

Len Parker

I'm trying to catch up on items I have conveniently put on the back-burner on this blog.

Here are the Results of the 2018 Classic Moth Nationals - about 6 months late:

Skipper Races Hull Design
Joe Bousquet 1,3,1,1,1,[3],1 Swiss Dunand
Mike Parsons 2,1,2,2,2,2,[2] Mistral
John Zseleczky 3,2,3,3,3,1,[3] Y2K Mistral
Zach Balluzo 4,5,5,5,4,5,[8] Y2K Mistral
George Albaugh 5,4,6,4,7,4,[9] Europe Wood (Gen I winner)
Erik Albaugh 7,6,4,[8],8,7,4 Olympic Europe (Gen 1)
Sam Moncia [8],7,8,6,6,6,6 Olympic Europe (Gen 1)
Dan Janeway [9],8,9,9,9,9,5 Ventnor (Vintage winner)
Josh Kiggans 6,9,7,7,5,DNS,[DNS] Mistral
Bill Boyle 10,10,10,10,11,10,[12] Abbott (Vintage)
Don Hewitt 11,11,12,11,10,[13],11 Connecticut (Vintage)
C. Hatcher 13,13,[14],12,13,12,7 Post Ara (Vintage)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

2018 MASCF

I've mentioned this several times before; this blog is not about timeliness. Here are some photos from the 2018 MASCF (Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival) held six months ago, October, 2018. MASCF is hosted by the CBMM (Cheasapeake Bay Maritime Museum) and is a good event to see what the non-racing boffins are coming up with, particularly the plywood DIY crowd. On the Saturday, when I made it over, there was little wind, but the on-shore kibbitzing was good.

There are a lot of riffs on the design of the basic Bolger Brick. There is the Puddle Duck Racer. Maybe the most popular is Michael Storer's OZ Goose. There was a larger, 3.6 meter, version at MASCF, promoting the formation of a racing league for these types.

You can't complain about the cockpit space on this small boat!

Definitely a paddle and oar day.

Another simple flat bottom design is the DC Dinghy. Posts on the DC Dinghy, here and here.

David Gentry does skin on frame boats. He designed this very pretty Chautauqu sailing canoe

David writes that he raced Chautauqu in the 300 mile Everglades Challenge. No way the blogmeister would even consider doing such a long trip in such a small boat.

John Harris, the ever prolific and out-of-the-box thinker, owner, and head designer of CLC boats, had this interesting craft, Pingu on the lawn of CBMM. From his writeup on CLC' website:
"Thus the subject design, the Nesting Expedition Dinghy. At 10'6" x 42", it's designed to be the smallest possible boat that will sail and row well, sleep a single person, and carry a week's worth of supplies. The bow and stern are removable, and stow in the 6-1/2-foot middle section. At worst, I can stash it in my little garden shed. At best, I can ship the thing to Europe to cruise the French canals."
For a more complete description of Pingu Click here.

Two leeboards, and a narrow, deep hull. Looks to me as definitely a flat water cruiser.

A mostly traditional, lashed up, proa, shared the lawn with Pingu.

Jim Thayer designed a commodious dink, the Wee Punkin, back in the 1990's. He did an improved version, the Punkin Eater, which showed up at the 2018 MASCF. Build is lapstrake sides married to a smooth bottom.

A really odd, but cool in its own way, circular cockpit.

A flattish hull shape.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Classic Moth Design and Builds; Winter 2019

What's happening in the Classic Moth world in the winter of 2019?

Frenchman Bertrand Warion has designed and has in the molds, a cruising Moth designed for hopping around the rivers in France. The Bertrand Cruising Moth is overbuilt compared to a racing Moth (as would be expected). Bertrand envisions encountering lots of debris; logs, trees, cows, couches coming down the swollen rivers, given the increased rainfall. Global warming has blessed some parts of the world with rain and more rain.

His plans show a simple low-Vee design with a keel strake protecting the forward third of the hull. A nice rear seat completes this laid back design.

Substantial stringers and keelson show this Moth is designed to take some serious abuse.

Brit John Butler was a serious designer playing the narrow waterline International Moth design game in the 1970's and 1980's. Now that John is in his 60's (age) he has designed a stitch and glue Moth he says will;
  • Fit the U.S.A Classic Moth rule (non-wing).
  • Fit his somewhat increased girth since his young International Moth racing days.
Pics from Facebook.

Here is John's 1.5mm mock-up of his stitch and glue design. Note the flat bottom and intermediate chine in the aft third of the hull.

The German Tiger Moth was a modification on the Swiss Dunand Moth. Pics of the plans showed up on Facebook. Compared to the Dunand, the German Tiger Moth has narrowed the front sections and rounded the aft sections. There is also some very slight hollows near the chine. (I wonder how they build this?)

Finally the Dragùr "Disco Volante" Moth. A very simple scow design from 1958. Not a race winner but  would be a very simple build and still fun to sail.

And finally, Mark Hughes put these very credible Classic Moth hull lines out there.

Header Photo: The Australian Sailfish; ICWDR 2019

The previous header photo is from the 2019 ICWDR regatta; Emma Milton on Australian Sailfish 2192, Apsu, going into a jibe on a very narrow scow with very little clearance under the boom. I can't do any better than the description offered by Kiwi Neil Kennedy (who built an Australian Sailfish and sailed one for a while).
"The moment of truth before a full blooded, square-run gybe on a Sailfish. The bow wave almost level with the deck, a hand full of mainsheet, knees braced, tiller angled behind the back, ready to fling the boom across while remembering to hit the deck as the boom whistled across, all the while hoping that a sudden gust didn't arrive just as you heaved on the main sheet ! It was even more fun in a Sailfish as there was nowhere to brace yourself so... get it right!! or slide off the deck into the deep blue... laughing!
Ninety something, Jack Carroll, one of the original designers of the Sailfish, got out in his original Sailfish, Debonair.

The fleet on the Inverloch beach.

Beating among the sandbars of the Inverloch Inlet.

Greg Barwick sends along this report. Twenty Sailfish showed up at the ICWDR and Sailfish are now being built around the globe. Read more below.

I've put a post up with abbreviated plans for the Sailfish up on Earwigoagin but best to go to the original source for the Australian Sailfish plans.

Some other Earwigoagin posts about the Australian Sailfish.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Finn World Champ Whaling on it in Big Breeze

I just wrote that the 12 Foot Skiff was the hardest dinghy to sail in the World... but the Finn, ahh! the Finn. Watching the Olympians race this cranky, old, singlehander, big sail with long boom, in a big breeze, you just can't help to marvel at the skill, the physicality, the training to do this in close to thirty knots of breeze. Swede Max Salminen performing for the back deck cam at the 2018 Finn Europeans.

This isn't the first time I've featured Finn videos on Earwigoagin (not by a long shot):

Friday, February 22, 2019

12 Foot Skiff - Drone Footage

I've read that the Antipodean 12 Foot Skiff is the hardest dinghy to sail. I won't doubt it. A short dinghy is always twitchy; two wiring is always tricky; no limit on the sail area just ups the ante. Here is a short drone video of a 12 Foot Skiff jib-reaching back and forth. Even without the assymetric spinnaker up, you get a good feel for how on the edge this dinghy is, how much skill she requires from the crew, as she blasts along.

Earwigoagin has featured the slightly more sane 12 foot Cherub dinghy in several posts:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Permission to Fail Spectacularly: 1968 Yellow Duflos Moth

Dériveur classique Moth, Cannes 1968

These grim set of photos (recently popped up on FB) were taken in the aftermath of Race 3 of the 1968 Moth Worlds in Cannes, France. From the lead-in paragraph of the race report:
"This was the day the hard weather enthusiasts had been waiting for. The wind was screaming through the rigging as the boats were being readied on the beach. The lighter helmsmen were soon in trouble as the boats sailed out of the harbour and hit the full face of the wind. One of the first out, Jean Paul Ladermann (Swiss), in a brand-new, bright yellow Duflos, got caught in irons tacking to avoid a motorboat, and, before he could bear off, was hurled against the vast concrete boulders of the breakwater by mountainous waves. He managed to escape injury by scrambling up the rocks, but within seconds his brand new boat (uninsured) was broken into a hundred pieces. Our heart went out to him, and it certainly did nothing for the morale of the rest of the fleet as they tore out of the harbour past this grim witness of the power of the elements. Marie-Claude was also overpowered at the harbour entrance, but righted again and battled out to the start. After lengthy delays, to allow the battered fleet to get to the start line, the wind steadily increased from 20 to 30 knots and it rapidly became a battle for survival. Eventually only 24 out of the 47 entrants reached the start line in a fit state to continue."
Eleven would finish this race. Photos of some of the survivors returning past the infamous breakwater.

Australian Graeme Lillingston won the race. Graeme was using the higher aspect Aussie rig on a scow hull.

American Bob Patterson (who was a teenager in 1968) has this recollection of the race:
"I remember it well. I sailed my Patterson Shelley 2720. No air tanks. Two Elvstrom bailers worked overtime to keep me floating but one kept closing as I would come to the top of a huge swell and the chop would hit the bottom hard. I had to kick it open. During one kick the handle came off and the chute was gone, leaving a rectangular hole [in the bailer]. I was reaching so I rode a wave all the way into a sandy beach. I scavenged an abandoned Moth hull for a replacement and got back in the race. Finished 10th."
The elder-Mothist, Bob Patterson, with his restored Shelley (built by his father, Carl) at the 2015 Brigantine regatta.

The Other Punch Dinghy

Writing of the Dunand/Fragniére design Punch singlehander for the 1960's IYRU trials reminds me of the other Punch dinghy I have in my files; the completely different 3.3 meter Punch dink designed by Brit Roger Stollery in the mid 1980's. Roger Stollery has been a mainstay in model yachting design for many years and is probably best known for his refinement and proselytizing of the swing rig. To put it simply, the swing rig consists of a 'super' boom that carries both the main and jib; allowing the jib to be automatically trimmed and also automatically rotated out downwind.

Below are some scans of a brochure that Roger sent me in 1987 that explains the concept in more detail:

The irrepressible Dylan Winter caught up with a Punch dinghy on his sojourn around the waterways of England. Let's roll with his always witty videotape.

The Punch dinghy is a simple dink for simple tasks. That's all you need to know.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Header Photo: Gwen 12's at the ICWDR

Photos from the 2019 ICWDR (Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta) held over the Australia Day Weekend (January 26, 27 2019) have been filtering into Earwigoagin Central. The previous header photo features the Gwen 12 class, another Australian Classic Dinghy class that is making a concerted effort to find and restore old boats. Four Gwen's showed up at Inverloch with Grasshopper, the Gwen in the header photo getting the Best Overall Award. From Andrew Chapman:
"The Best Presented Sailing Dinghy was won by Rod Mackintosh’s Gwen 12 ‘Grasshopper’ sail number 2846. Rod... traveled from South Australia to sail with the other Gwen's. When he acquired the boat it was covered in thick green paint and since then it has been completely restored with clear finishes all over. The Inverloch and District Lions Club Perpetual for the Best Overall boat at the regatta, which is selected from the category winners, was [also] given to Rod Mackintosh’s Gwen 12 ‘Grasshopper’."

Kiwi Neil Kennedy offers up this description of the header photo in "Strine" slang. (It would be nice to have definitions for all this, but with second thought, we'll leave it all to the imagination.)
"As the Aussie's would say " Strewth cobber, ... here is a header photo of two "old Galahs" in a Gwen 12 thinking they were 30 years younger as they get set for a downwind blast. Of course 30 yr's ago they would have been lean and tanned, wearing a footy jersey and shorts, with bare feet, and after blasting around the bay, would have returned to the beach where they would have had two Shiela's in minimal bikinis equally tanned lying on beach towels waiting for their blokes with cold beers ready and waiting in the "esky" for the boys to "scull down" while they derigged and contemplated the evenings activities with the Sheila's, knowing that they were "good sorts" who liked a drink or two and with the usual approach of Aussie girls in that era " if you want a "root" to round out the nights entertainment "just ask !! I kid you not, I lived there for four years and I remember well; " with more than a smile or two."

More photos. No. 1905 is Wayne Fry's Scud IV.

No. 1941 is Toby Leppin’s recently restored 1960’s Gwen 12 Avenger. From Andrew Chapman: "Avenger won the Gwen 12 Challenge Cup. Toby sailed with crew Geoff Rippingale using the trapeze and setting the flat cut wire luff spinnaker...

Simon Wilson in Chaos Restored

Toby Leppin and Geoff Rippingale upwind.

Back in my International 14 days, when we saw such a relaxing photo, especially with the spinnaker being ready to be deployed, we said the crew was pausing to make the skipper a cup of tea.

I've commented before in Earwigoagin about the seeming complete die-off of the single trapeze performance dinghy - a puzzlement to this old fellow who remembers large fleets of Fireballs and 470's and Flying Dutchman in North America. (The 505 soldiers on but at an almost professional level.) I can't think of a better plywood project for a single trapeze, spinnaker dinghy than the Gwen 12.

From Drift Media, the 2017 Dinghy Show on the Glade. (I'm not sure this happened this year.)

ICWDR 2017 SEGMENT5 from drift media on Vimeo.

Apologies, but Andrew sent me photo attributions for these Gwen pics but I've mixed the photos up to the point I'll have to wait for Andrew to set me straight.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Music Whenever: Lord Huron "The Night We Met"

I've usually done a music video for Valentines Day - a day late this time. For the dark side of love, another bittersweet, lost love song; "I had all and then most of you, Some and now none of you"

I am not the only traveler
Who has not repaid his debt
I've been searching for a trail to follow
Take me back to the night we met
And then, then I can tell myself
What the hell I'm supposed to do
And then, then I can tell myself
Not to ride along with you
I had all
And then most of you
Some and now none of you
Oh, Take me back to the night we met
I don't know what I'm supposed to do
Haunted by the ghost of you
Oh, take me back to the night we met
When the night was full of terror
And your eyes were filled with tears
When you had not touched me yet
Oh, take me back to the night we met
I had all
And then most of you
Some and now none of you
Oh, Take me back to the night we met
I don't know what I'm supposed to do
Haunted by the ghost of you
Oh, Take me back to the night we met

If you want a more upbeat love video I refer you back to Earwigoagin's archives.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The "Punch" Dinghy design for the 1960's IYRU Singlehaded trials

While I am in the midst of covering some of the European Moth design history, mention must also be made of the entry of a Moth type, designed by Mothists Dunand and Fragniére, in the IYRU singlehander trials of the late 1960's. (Three sets of trials, three different locations, Weymouth, England 1965; La Baule, France 1967; and Medemblik, Holland 1968, with the eventual winner being the Contender.) She was called Punch and it appears that she was initially designed by B. Dunand and then the project was taken over by Fragniére for the last set of trials. Punch showed up at the second trials in La Baule and, with her low wetted surface, was the fastest over twenty three entrants in a light air regatta.

Looking at the sections of Punch, as she is turned over on the beach at La Baule, it appears she wasn't an extreme-V hull but rather a semi-circular hull. (The IYRU had initially specified the sliding seat as the only permisable hiking out aid, but allowed trapezes after Elvstrom showed up at the first set of trials with his Trapez singlehander. Still most competitors stayed with the sliding seat - with the exception of the Contender.)

Yachts and Yachting, September 29, 1967

For the last set of trials at Medemblik, surprisingly, Punch was well off the pace. Punch was hamstrung by a very high hull weight. The IYRU had specified hull weight based on sectional shape (a sort of scantlings restriction); the wider, deeper shape of Punch had to weigh more than the narrower, lower freeboard type such as the Contender. Three competitors, the Unit, the Jeton, and Punch at the weather mark at Medemblik:

Yachts and Yachting, June 7, 1968

Hubert Raudaschl, a Finn sailor, designed Jeton, which, in the last set of IYRU trials of 1968, took over the round hull-shape, low-wetted design mantle from Punch and finished second to the Contender. Below is a photo of Jeton at La Baule. She sported these weird set of folding seats that stored flush to the aft deck and individually swung out when needed. It was a feature that definitely would have needed to be changed out if she had been selected. In 1970, the Jeton hull was flattened out and re-purposed as a two man, main, jib, spinnaker dinghy.