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Kestrahl last won the day on November 14 2017

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  1. I recall it was NZ on air or one of those websites some time ago, but can't find it with google. I was going to share it with some cruising friends who haven't seen it. I actually have a copy and could upload it to youtube, but then I mite get my account banned for copy write violation!
  2. Sailmakers use Acetone and MEK to clean polyester sails before packing. But It won't remove the glue from old sail numbers, at least not in a timely manner! We always just put talcum powder on them.
  3. Is there anywhere online this can be streamed ?
  4. Didn't Icebreaker (Kerr 40) have keel issues in the Noumea race a few years back, where they had to stop at Norfolk Island and get off.
  5. It is expensive... Maybe a little overpriced. Incidence and Elvstrom are the two biggest users and I think get the best deals on it. NZ sailmakers pay more due to the shipping, going though the local dealer etc. Most of the seconds grade hydra-net finds its way to NZ and Aus which makes it more affordable, but more likely your sail is going to lose its shape due to issues in the weaving/finishing.
  6. It is a German invention and they actually sell a lot of these in Europe for exorbitant prices. It just shows you what good marketing can do. Really its just a little more forgiving than a well designed regular spinnaker, if you don't mess the lines up. But doesn't do any greater wind angles, doesn't lift the bow, still needs a spinnaker pole on a mono-hull to be stable etc.
  7. Its an impossible question to answer as it depends on the conditions the sail ends up being used in. I did UV testing on different dacrons which had some interesting results, just from UV alone some dacrons these days would only do around 20,000 miles ( 65% daylight sailing, 35% night sailing ) in the tropics before they tear like tissue, and this is only from UV and not fluttering or actually using the sail sailing, so real life would be less. I suspect some companies are using yarns from China without any UV inhibitors. A good dacron sail should do at least 50,000, and Hydra-Net a lot more. DP had a Hydra-Net sail they were showing off at boatshows which had done over 200,000. Of course none of the woven sails hold the shape that great, but most cruisers are okay with that as they spend the majority of the time reaching and running. Our spectra cruising laminate mainsail only did around 10,000-15,000 before the you could tear the taffeta with your fingernails, but it still had a good shape for racing and no de lamination.
  8. Bavaria 47? Be interesting to know what happened when it comes out.
  9. Kestrahl

    Wright 11

    Raced against and met the owners of Tuxedo Junction a few years ago in Tonga. This one was foam sandwich construction with rod rigging etc and very quick, with a very nice interior. The downside was they didn't have a very comfortable trip to Tonga, but then beat all the 50fters doing the local races - on line.
  10. Could be Alex Cuthbert he has been using the drone filming some of the yacht racing in Lyttelton
  11. Kestrahl


    Came across this https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1974/custom-bruce-farr-masthead-sloop-3499621/?refSource=standard%20listing Almost giving it away.
  12. A wet sail on the grass lawn may become dirtier than when you started.
  13. Try vincewilliams@xtra.co.nz or Alex Bruce on facebook. I have a copy of the latest class rules. You can email me Phil@lytsails.co.nz P.S. our sail designs won almost every nationals in the last 10 years including the last one.
  14. There is also two Young 8.4s in Singapore. SF Two and can't remember the name of the other one. Both original with lifting wing keels.
  15. Pretty sure it was Ran Tan, back in its early Wellington Days, because two guys I know were on board delivering it at the time.
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