Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I Want One


Photos shamelessly stolen from Sailing Anarchy


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

More is too many.

Baydog said...

Geez-I've been out of the class for a long time, but I never saw this coming!

Sam Chapin said...

Come on folks. It is to show the three rigs. You should be able to tell which is which.

fat boy said...

But where do I stick my Rooster 8.1 rig?

confused of duluth said...

Let's see. One hand for the sheet, one for the tiller. How do I hold the second tiller?

even more confused of duluth said...

Hey, it's worse than I thought. There must be 3 sheets! I give up.

Joe said...

This is just a monstrosity. Have you no decency exposing the public to this creature of Hades?

Greg and Kris said...

[something about three-legged Laser sailors fits here]

bonnie said...

Just think how many more ways there are to get tied up in the sheets!

Thanks, Sam Chapin, for offering the actual explanation - I was genuinely baffled at what the heck that was.

Hey, Baydog, I see we share a favorite book! I never bothered listing mine but there is a pretty well-thumbed copy of The Terrible Hours on my bookshelf at home. Great book, isn't it?

Secret password:

Worsprit

Ha ha. Their schooner has a worsprit than ours.

Greg said...

Imagine all of the new wonky racing rules issues this would bring up.

Mal's Team Gherkin said...

You're drunk again, aren't you? hahahaaa

Zen said...

uhh

Carol Anne said...

Mal, yeah, the camera musta been drunk ... it's seeing double and triple.

Carol Anne said...

Uh, I forgot to add ... 3 sheets to the wind?

(verification word this time: platipas -- a Down Under misspelling?)

jbushkey said...

Is this really the best way to show the customer there are 3 different rigs? You get a really good look at that one in the middle don't you. How about having two masts off to the side with the other two rigs?

Tillerman said...

Well you could do that jbushkey. But I think the "3 rigs on one demo Laser" is a brilliant idea. I'm sure it attracted a lot of attention at that boat show.

Klove Hitch said...

Is this what they mean by 3 sheets to the wind?

Aggel said...

I saw that last weekend on the "Hanseboot" in Hamburg, Germany.
You could compare the different trimming systems very well in this setup.

Tim said...

I wonder how it actually sails?

Pat said...

So which is the foremast, main mast, and mizzen? I know Laser sailors routinely sail upside down, but I didn't know about sideways as well.

Or are the side masts the larboard and starboard rigs?

And, how do you figure out racing rules right-of-way issues when the sails are on different tacks simultaneously -- for example, if you sail the rig on port tack, starboard tack, and by the lee, simultaneously?

Who has right of way in these circumstances when two of these rigs meet each other?

Or are they just supposed to crash into each other and then assume the normally capsized position?

tillerman said...

Pat, I know you sail boats with three sails all he time so I'm sure you can figure it out.

The definitions of leeward, windward, starboard and port in the Racing Rules all depend on which side of the boat the wind is or, when sailing dead downwind or by the lee, which side the "mainsail" is on. Given that the three sails on this boat are three different sizes then I would have thought it obvious that the "mainsail" is the largest of the three, the full rig sail, the middle one in the picture.

I expect that downwind the fastest way to sail this boat would be "wing and wing" with the Radial sail on one side and the Full Rig sail on the other. Can't wait to try it!

Pat said...

Perhaps on that downwind run the smaller sail could be hoisted high on the center mast and allowed to fly a bit forward, serving as a sort of an improvised spinnaker. That would certainly give a Laser sailor enough lines to tangle with, plus watching the luff curl and trim the other sails would distract the sailor enough to appreciably increase the chance of wipeouts and collisions.

Now put a couple dozen of these boats on a short course convenient to spectators and there should be some real NASCAR-style demolition action.

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