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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Learning Curve

All packed up after the Victorian State Championships, ready for the long drive back to Sydney.
The event was run with great efficiency so that we were able to have seven races over three days leaving plenty of time to enjoy the great atmosphere ashore.
It is interesting to reflect on the places that our sport leads us to visit and the diverse people it gives us the pleasure of meeting.

Jason Waterhouse sailed Paradox faultlessly to a standard well beyond what would be expected of anyone new to the class.

It was apparent however that we simply did not have the speed to match the top boats in this very competitive fleet.

Our task now is to analyse the wealth of data we collected over the regatta and draw the conclusions that will allow us to make the necessary changes.
Initially we will check that our predictions match our measurements for the settings that had been identified as optimum. Depending on how that goes we will evaluate the possibility of making changes to some aspects of the overall geometry.
As always, the process is one of elimination given the number of variables involved.
The boat behaved well, beginning to transition onto the foils in the brief periods where the wind exceeded the predicted takeoff speed (the regatta was a light wind one overall).
However our speed was not what it should have been so we must acknowledge that and proceed to address it.

As always we will share our findings as development continues.
This is the nature of the game and such lessons are steps on the path to our goal of creating a competitive, high quality production A Cat that is a joy to own at a great value price.




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