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opti of the day

optis

AP Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis

several Optis sailing in Greece with the USS George H.W. Bush in the background.

my boys learned to sail in an Opti – but they never had a sight like that over their shoulder!

via MSN Image of the Day

harken h150

I was just browsing online for some new rigging to get for the Minifish that I bought in November, and came across a nice little video that Annapolis Performance Sailing just created that talks about the Harken H150 cam cleat and some of the accessories you can pair with the H150.

the H150 is a great little cam cleat that I have used before with my Sunfish if I want the option to cleat the mainsheet.  my setup includes a Harken carbo ratcheting block – the 57mm H2135 on a stand-up spring – that controls the tension on the mainsheet.  I mounted the H150 cam cleat on the turned down lip around the cockpit of the Sunfish.  the picture below is before I installed the stand-up spring, but shows the H150 mounted on the cockpit lip.

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this position is important for a few reasons: it keeps the cam cleat mostly out of the way, and it makes it fairly difficult to reach that far into the middle of the boat to cleat off the mainsheet when you are hiked out in a stiff breeze.  some sailors/racers like to install a cleat on each side of the cockpit near the outer edge of the Sunfish, but these can hurt your legs if you ever are hiked out and forward enough that they get in the way.

the reason to avoid cleating off your mainsheet in a medium to high strength winds is that you lose the ability to quickly spill the sails if you are hit with a quick puff of breeze.  it is recommended to learn to sail with the mainsheet always in your hand, controlling the sail and making minor adjustments with the wind.  if you were hit with a large gust of wind with the mainsheet cleated, it could cause you to flip your Sunfish and take an impromptu swim!

a note for newer Sunfish with the rolled gunwales – the cockpit trim makes it difficult to install the H150 on the cockpit lip.  you might be able to figure something out, but with my newer Sunfish, I just installed the H2135 and the standup spring, and skipped the cam cleat.  either option works!

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HT: APS Stern Scoop blog

mast walk: like a BOSS

Alex Thomson walks up the mast of his HUGO BOSS — all 30 meters! and then dives off it into the ocean. very very cool.

via @alexthomson99

oh, father of the four winds

load it full screen, crank up your volume – and enjoy this one:

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear

Page & Plant can still rock ‘n’ roll.  ain’t no denying.

“the sailor’s bonnet” by The Gloaming

this is a beautiful instrumental song by an Irish folk band called The Gloaming. the song is titled “The Sailor’s Bonnet” and this version was filmed at Christchurch in Cork, Ireland, in December of 2012.

The Gloaming are on the awesome label Brassland.

 


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