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Headsail Trim on a Reach

Photo #1

Photo #1

Dan Newland offers up some ideas on outboard sheeting when reaching.

Here are some photos I happened to stumble into when I looked at PTSA racing pictures.  The pictures illustrate why you need to go to outboard sheeting when reaching.

Modern high aspect, low clewed jibs/genoas work well going to weather but suffer on a reach. When you crack off your headsail on a reach what happens is you twist off the top of the sail reducing power while the clew continues to line up with the inboard track. if you switch the headsail lead to the outboard rails, the leech would be straighter, the top less twisted, and with more headsail working, you have more power.

These photos illustrate this point perfectly. Photo #1 shows the headsail cracked off for a reach. The top of the jib is luffing and not pulling much at all.

Note in Photo #1 that the mainsail isn’t twisted off like the jib. This is because the vang is on. Photo #2 shows better trim with both sails having matching twist, the leech of the main mirrors the leech of the headsail,


By |2014-05-26T15:29:19-07:00May 19th, 2014|Racing Skills|0 Comments

Round The County Race, 2013

Dan Newland Reports on PEGASUS’s Race in the 2013 Round The County. Photo’s by Sean Trew.

PEGASUS at RTC 2013. Photo by Sean Trew

PEGASUS at Round The County, 2013. Photo by Sean Trew

This years’ RTC was an interesting contrast between what should have been and what was.  It should have had decent wind Saturday with light winds Sunday but reality has its own agenda.   The County Race (RTC), it is an annual race that races around San Juan County which comprises all the major San Juan Islands like Orcas, San Juan and Lopez Islands plus the nearly countless smaller islands, rocks and reefs of this under water mountain range between the US mainland and Canada.  On even years, it goes around the islands clockwise and on odd years like this year, goes counterclockwise.  The total distance is about 65 miles overall with the first leg Saturday to Roche Harbor at 34.3 miles and the halfway /shortened course mark at 17 nautical miles from the start.  The second day starts off Mosquito pass near Roche Harbor, is 16.4 miles to the halfway/shortened course mark with 31.4 miles for the full distance.  The race is so popular that the fleet is limited in size with this year at the typical maximum of 89 boats.

The San Juan Archipelago

The San Juan Archipelago

Our day on board Pegasus XIV began from Anacortes Saturday morning having delivered the boat there the day before.  We left the dock at 7:15 and with the current behind us at 2 knots, we were able to cover the 8.5 miles pretty quickly for what should have been our start at around 8:50 at Lydia Shoals, a bell buoy off the SE corner of Orcas Island.  The wind was from the east at 9-12 knots and the weather was hazy but not overcast so it promised to be a great day of sailing.  By the time we reached the starting line though, it had already shown signs of lightening up with lulls down to 6 knots and dropping while also swinging north.  The wind was atypical in that it was 180 degrees from the normal southerly direction which meant an upwind start for this years’ counterclockwise direction.

By the time the first start was to happen for the slower boats in PHRF divisions 2 and 3, the winds were so light that few boats could maintain station going against the current from the south and the light northerly and that included us in Divisions 0 and 1.  The winds finally picked up a bit and the first divisions sequence was started at about 8:50 but so many boats were over the line early, they were called back for a general recall.  The start #1 redo was delayed a bit for more wind which finally did materialize so the next sequence did get off without a hitch.  The next two starts went off without general recalls a bit after 10:00 so we had a race!  We were fairly conservative as were many others since being early would have been deadly against that current had anyone had to return for a restart.  Some of the local boats went in shore on a long starboard picking up a lift on the port tack and crossed ahead of those of us that went out for more current but it was a long race so a few seconds would mean little in the overall scheme of things.


By |2013-11-22T12:07:25-08:00November 15th, 2013|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Get the Crew Out and Practice

The man with the parrot on his head would like to point out it is a sparrow.

The man with the parrot on his head would like to point out it is a sparrow.

From Dan Newland

We are doing a practice rather than a race since races seldom allow you the luxury of talking through maneuvers and letting everyone become familiar with new positions and new maneuvers.  As I said in the past, a common problem with a practice is the lack of focus and having clear goals for what it is about.  Going out and hoisting a few beers/spinnakers has limited benefit since it is generally what everyone has done before but stating the goals of the practice and who is doing what is a lot more professional.  No baseball or football team practices by scrimmaging only and they don’t just show up on game day and play ball.  Each practice day goes through fundamental training WITHOUT the pressure of competition.

The key is to have the crew autonomous and able to work things out themselves.  The coach isn’t in each huddle nor should the skipper be talking everyone through every maneuver.  With this in mind, I would strongly suggest that everyone go out and do some practices that are well structured with clear goals in mind so that everyone knows what they are practicing to achieve and can work better as a team when it counts.

an example of Dan’s practice plan follows the break.


By |2013-08-17T08:35:04-07:00August 17th, 2013|Racing Skills|0 Comments

Robert the Parrot Goes Sailing

From Dan Newland.

Here is a Jim Donovan’s Yellow Naped Amazon parrot boating on the scale model of the 6 meter sport boat he is building.  This bird LOVES to sail and loves water sports!  Here are some more with him sitting on his custom made Harken parrot perch on board our boat, Pegasus XIV during the Wooden Boat Festival. And eating from a spoon, he is pretty amazing with his spoon or fork!  Robert is a great bird that loves to talk, especially when sailing.  The last picture shows the 6 meter sport boat Jim is finishing up (but it has taken a back burner to the 90′ racing yacht he is managing/designing in Anacortes).

More of Jim’s work can be found at his site, www.jpdonovandesign.com.

By |2011-12-15T19:53:39-08:00December 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dan and Mike at The Northern Century

From Dan Newland …

Here are some pictures I took of the “Northern Century Race” Mike and I just did.  It’s a 100 mile race from Anacortes to Pt Roberts, then Hein Bank and back to Anacortes.  We tanked it and finally withdrew Saturday night after 23 hours, 18 miles to go and facing a building ebb against us with no wind.  We had already sat 4 hours slating in no wind and 3 knots of current going backwards and sideways between the southern part of San Juan Island and Victoria where the current sounded like a running river (this is no B.S., it really made a rushing sound!) and swirling out of control in eddies and whirlpools.  We had waves from the Straits 3 miles away where it was blowing 20-25 kts to make us more miserable. Another few hours without sleep having been awake for 40 hours didn’t sound very good so we bagged it.

It was the most challenging race I have ever done and there was so much local knowledge that we were like babes in a manger.  Not a clue!  But about half of all the racers dropped out. Thinking about it now with a little distance, I’ll probably do it again.  I was pissed not to finish but it was a beautiful sail Friday night.  Warm with beautiful skies and all around, surrounded by the San Juan Islands.  Gorgeous.

The race had trackers on each boat and here is the attachment to look at the tracks. On the “Yachts” tab at the top of the page click on “Show track” and it will come up for the selected yacht.  Very interesting!  In particular, look at Madrona vs. Emma, 2 boats that were 4 seconds apart at the finish with Madrona going through Cattle Pass.  A gutsy move to be sure! Where we apparently went wrong was going between Sinclair and Guemes Island since other than that, we were right along the same path as the winners like Icon and Emma.

So we didn’t finish, but we had a  SPECTACULAR night’s sail.  It was gorgeous and pretty well pegged the meter for stunning. Finally, Anacortes YC did a great job.

By |2011-09-01T20:21:42-07:00September 1st, 2011|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Dan Builds Some Models for His Talk, Alden Gets Some Missing Lines

Dan Newland On
Boat Design, Basics & Structures
NW Maritime Center, March 28th

6:30 PM

By Dan Newland
Here are some pictures of a project I did to support the 2 classes in boat design I’m giving in the next few weeks. One talk is at the NW School of Wooden Boat building next Tue. the other is for the Port Townsend Sailing Association at the NW Maritime Center March 28, 6:30 PM.

I built 3 boat models, all of the same scale and with similar WL length to illustrate the effects of overhang and waterplane area on boat motion and real vs. calculated hull speed.

By |2011-03-22T09:51:07-07:00March 21st, 2011|Club News|1 Comment

Moore-phing Into Another Decade, The Moore 24: Still The Classic

Thanks to Josh Greene for pointing out this history of the Moore 24 that first appeared on the web site Pressure Drop here.

2010 Moore 24 Nationals brought 30 boats to the line.

Article by Jeremy Leonard of Surf City Racing

It’s a bright, sunny afternoon in early October 2010 and a fleet of 30 Moore 24s are sailing their North Americans out of Santa Cruz Yacht Club. I’m in the hills above Santa Cruz and I’m standing in a redwood grove on the spot where the plug for a boat named Grendel, the predecessor to the Moore 24, was almost destroyed. Grendel was designed and built by the legendary yacht designer George Olson with his friend Wayne Kocher in an effort to capitalize even further on the success they had had with a previous boat named Sopwith Camel.

According to John Moore, one of the partners in Moore Sailboats at the time, “George got his inspiration for Grendel from a drawing that he saw in a Herreshoff book. You know how it is looking at the line drawings in a book? It’s to scale. They just eyeballed the drawings I think.” Grendel was designed by taking the mathematical data from the lines they drew from the book and plugging them into a computer that was the size of a house located at Cabrillo College, making Grendel one of the first sailboats to use a computer in the design. John’s brother Ron adds, “George was in love with this model boat that he had, it had these apple-cheek bows, and that’s what he put onto Grendel.”

To read the rest of the story of the Moore 24, the 2010 Nationals, Ron Moore, George Olson, and the early days in Santa Cruz, birthplace of the West Coast sled, click here.

By |2010-10-08T10:01:06-07:00October 8th, 2010|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Some Thoughts on Building Low Weight Structures

From the always active mind of Dan Newland …..

Hey guys.

I was using this table when it occurred to me that perhaps you could also use these figures.

Attached are some real, measured weights I’ve kept for when I need to do calculations, (the exception are the foam cores that are calculated).  Many came from laminate samples or real wood pieces that I have and commonly use around the shop.  It occurred to me that maybe you could use this but if not, I will assume the delete button works well and it can go into the Ether.  Anyway, I try and keep the samples and do honest weights when I can since I always am a bit suspicious of some assumed weights.  So these are for the most part real world weights based on parts that I have weighed but of course the wood can go up or down.  Still, it is valuable to have, sorry if it is hard to read.

By |2010-10-04T07:31:40-07:00October 4th, 2010|Boat Maintenance|0 Comments

Swift? Surely not!

Pegasus fighting for a spot on the line

Pegasus XIV does the 2010 Swiftsure race

The 2010 Swiftsure was many things this year but fast wasn’t one of them.  It had a few moments of excitement but the word was “Well, it’s never like this…”  Swiftsure normally starts with an upwind leg, the price you pay to have a good, solid downwind finish.

Oh that it were so this year.

On the other hand, we can’t say we weren’t warned. Our weather briefing Friday started with “It looks like great wind at the start with this high offshore but sometime during the day, it will move over us giving us light and variable winds.” Ugh.


By |2011-07-18T10:27:06-07:00June 13th, 2010|Racing out of the Bay, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A New Open 40 Gets Hatched

California Condor, a new Open 40 designed by Jim Antrim and Built at Berkeley Marine recently launched in the Bay Area

California Condor, a new Open 40 designed by Jim Antrim and built at Berkeley Marine recently launched in the Bay Area

Dan Newland helps finish a new Open 40.

For 5 weeks this spring I was in the Bay area working on the build of a new Open Class 40, “Condor” or more properly “California Condor.” I was originally going to be there for 1-2 weeks to design and build some of the detailed finish composite work but they liked what I was doing and they were far behind schedule so I was invited to stay as long as I could. After 5 weeks of 7 days a week and 10-12 hours a day, (300+ hours in 5 weeks time) plus needing to do some work for some other customers, I had to get back so I came home before the boat was launched.

The boat is 10,000 lbs with a 4000 lb lead bulb at the bottom at 40′ LOA and 15′ wide. Now THAT is WIDE! (Pegasus is 37′ but only 10′ wide for comparison). They carry so much sail they had to go with square headed mainsails (otherwise the height of the center of lift becomes so far aloft it heels the boat excessively).

I find it fascinating that after all these years of increasing the height and aspect ratio of racing boat sail plans, we are back to gaff rigs and bowsprits!  These “fat head” mains could only be possible with the light, super stiff and strong carbon fiber tube battens...in other words, "gaffs".

I find it fascinating that after all these years of increasing the height and aspect ratio of racing boat sail plans, we are back to gaff rigs and bowsprits! These “fat head” mains could only be possible with the light, super stiff and strong carbon fiber tube battens...in other words, "gaffs".

The width of the boats and high speed shapes tend to make for very flat sections with really high wetted surface so interestingly, their speed in light air is only so-so. And heeling them over actually increases wetted surface so it is better to trim them down by the bow.


By |2011-07-18T18:56:14-07:00June 7th, 2010|In the Yard|0 Comments