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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • C-Map October 2010 Update

    If you sail the east coast out of anywhere from Grimsby to Lerwick, and use C-Maps, the North and Baltic Seas chart MW4 / EN-M019 has been extended to include your coastline.

  • The big Henri Lloyd sale is on

    Genuine 25% off all Henri Lloyd Phantom and Shadow ranges, 20% off the Blaze Jacket

  • Laying Up

    Almost as scary as helping your wife through childbirth is watching the travelhoist, crane or trolley lift your pride and joy from the water at the end of the season. How much should you be involved in this process? You will find most yards these days allow you to spectate but not take part, and this is fair enough unless you happen to be a rigger or a crane driver. They are after all responsible should anything go awry and their insurance premiums and charges reflect this. Perhaps the most useful input you have is to help make sure the fuel and water tanks are close to empty and that the slings are positioned correctly. Empty fuel tanks of course give bugs a better environment, so make sure you give them the Grotamar treatment. Just as cars have jacking points, so boats have correct slinging positions, and if these are not marked on the deck then they are usually at the interior bulkheads, providing the greatest stiffness. If your boat is placed on the hard and supported by jack stands instead of a cradle, then the slings are going to be right in the way of where the jack stands should go – at the bulkheads, so some shuffling and re-adjustment will be needed. Hulls are designed to be supported by water, not by pinpoint props which can create deformations if not placed properly. As for your insurance cover, do not let it lapse over the winter period. Claims can arise whilst ashore from a variety of possibilities, including fire and theft, vandalism, damage by vehicles, ice or storm damage. There are increasing levels of outboard motor and deck gear thefts, and it’s more important than ever to remove such items or adequately secure them. If propellers can’t practically be removed, check that the boatyard itself has good security. Rising costs have also increased the risk of fuel theft (which isn’t covered by most policies), so as well as emptying main tanks, portable fuel containers should be removed from lockers. Once ashore, reduce windage and ensure tarps are properly secured to help protect against gale damage. Removing all your valuable equipment and leaving drawers or lockers open should also reduce the temptation to thieves and therefore the likelihood of break-ins. Canopies, dodgers and sails split by the wind is a common exclusion on most policies, so it’s advisable to remove them to a safe, dry environment. You may also send your sails to us. We will check them over, repair where necessary, and clean so they are in top condition for the new season. Our sail loft is just the place for winter storage. Where your hard standing is exposed to weather always try and have the mast taken down. Indeed, you may find some yards insist on it (not normally without good cause). Not only will it reduce the risk of vibration fatigue – it will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to inspect the rig thoroughly. Should you find a rigging problem, contact us for a quote for repair or replacement. Another precaution is to take particular care if you leave battery chargers or dehumidifiers running over the winter period. A number of devastating fires have occurred as a result of electrical faults on shore-powered devices. You could also consider temporarily mounting an automatic fire extinguisher. Keeping your boat dry over the winter is sensible, but you need to be sure that any dehumidifier is well secured, has a clean filter and adequate drainage. You should also remember that you must still check on your boat periodically or pay someone to do it for you. If you ventilate the boat you may just end up heating or drawing moisture from the atmosphere. If you plan to have a heater running as well, use a low load tube heater just to provide a small amount of background warmth.

  • Have you tried taking your car satnav for a walk?

    You have driven to an as yet unvisited place. Maybe you leave your car in a Park 'n Ride place on the outskirts, or stick it in a multistorey you just happened to see on the way in. If you remember you load the current location as a favourite in the hope you can find your car later in the day, then you walk off. I find my satnav, a moderately recent but now unsupported Navman, is completely useless at walking pace. It seems to need to be moving at 10mph just to find which way is up. If I have entered a destination I want to visit it is incapable of working out a sensible route as it frequently starts with the impression that we are already going in the opposite direction. I never had this problem with a handheld GPS. My old Garmin 12 could find north if I was crawling on hands and knees. How does your car satnav perform if you take it for a walk?

  • Given these days the availability and relative low costs of AIS radar systems,

    it's not easy to understand why ships are still colliding around our shores, most especially when you consider the hazardous cargoes they carry. The YM Uranus was carrying pyegas, a type of gasoline, when it had an incident involving the steel carrier Hanjin Rizhao off the coast of Brittany last Friday. The crew of the Uranus abandoned the ship in the lifeboats and were later picked up by a French helicopter. A tug took the ailing ship into Brest, and luckily there was no sign of pollution. Monday, the Greek tanker Mindoro collided with a Cypriot container ship the Jork Ranger 19 miles off the Dutch coast. The Mindoro was carrying kerosene otherwise known as jet fuel. Although some kerosene leaked out it evaporated quite quickly and the remaining fuel was pumped to an empty tank. It is understandable in this case that the 25 crew did not take to the liferafts, not with a 5m gash leaking jet fuel into the sea alongside the ship! Are these incidents the result of overworked and unqualified crew, or poor and perhaps faulty equipment? This kind of thing should not be happening at all in the 21st century. How hard can it be to design an automatic pilot with collision avoidance built in?

  • Quantum Racing lift the TP 52 World Championships in Valencia

    Such was their points cushion this morning that only one of these two boats could win the world title. Quantum Racing had three points margin on Matador. After a long delay waiting for enough of a settled breeze to allow racing, Matador were immediately set on the back foot when they were over the start line. The Americans did a good job herding and covering their rival out to the port tack layline, and Quantum Racing rounded WW1 in eighth with Matador ninth. At the leeward gate Quantum Racing went to the right hand gate mark and Matador to the left. Alberto Roemmers Jr team managed to get first into a sharp left hand shift that got them right back to the Americans, but while they split at times down the final run, there was nothing else Matador could do and Quantum Racing crossed the line to take the title. TP52 World Championship 2010 Final Results 1. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3+1+4+7,5+2+19= 31,5 points 2. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5+3+5+1,5+3+2+8= 33,5 3. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1+2+7+6+10(DSQ)+4+5= 41 4. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2+4+1+9+7+6+4= 41 5. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8+6+2+4,5+4+3+2= 41,5 6. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4+7+9+3+1+5+3= 42 7. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6+5+3+10,5+5+8+1= 51,5 8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7+10(DSQ)+6+12+6+7+7= 72 9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tom Wilson (GBR), 8+7+9+8+8+13,5+8+9+6= 76,5

  • Two Russian born lads who won a Nobel prize this week may change the face of sailing forever.

    Andre Geim and Konstantin Nosolev are both Physics professors at the University of Manchester. They have isolated a new material called graphene, the thinnest material at one atom thick, but 400 times stronger than steel. This superstrong lightweight material sounds ideal for our sport. As it is transparent, it going to give sails an entirely new look. Presumably it will bond well with carbon since it is yet another form of carbon and so lead to even more lightweight spars. And as soon as somebody figures out how to blend it into a rope, well forget Dyneema and Vectran! Andre was the winner of the Ignoble prize back in 2000 for levitating frogs using a magnetic field. Wonder what he's working on now?

  • TP52 World Championships in Valencia - day 1

    Russian entry Synergy won 2 of the 3 races yesterday to take an early lead. The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia. Such is the organisation on the Russian boat that the new helmsman Eugeniy Neugodnikov had never raced a TP52 before, and this was only his 4th day on the boat! The Team is of course International with Kiwis Rod Dawson as tactician, Chris Main as trimmer, and Italian Francesco Mongelli as navigator. 1. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1= 7 points 2. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3= 7 points 3. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2= 10 points 4. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5= 11 points 5. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4= 14 points 6. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6= 19 points 7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8= 20 points 8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7= 24 points 9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tony Langley (GBR), 8+7+9= 24 points

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