Re: Floating a Concept: Design Challenge V?
I've told this story before (I've told EVERY story before, shamelessly, and I'm known for it! ):
I borrowed a friend's Soling to sail to Nantucket from Cape Cod. It was a good sail with a young and (ahem) enthusiastic girlfriend during college years. We took her parents sailing after we arrived and it was blowing like stink. We were able to surf on the Nantucket ferries' wakes between the jetties and were sending up sheets of water drenching us all. Some fun!
After I sailed back to Cape Cod I unloaded and unrigged the boat and was going to paddle it out to the mooring not far from my friend's dock. I should have looked at the sky, but I was tired and sweaty and wanted a shower.
I got one.
A line squall, the white kind which turns the water's surface to foam, whipped into the harbor just after I shoved off and started to paddle with the boat's lone oar. When the squall hit the Soling heeled over about fifteen degrees under bare poles and much to my surprise, accelerated. She beam-reached right to the mooring while I enjoyed a cooling fresh water drenching. Impressive aerodynamics and lift on those appendages, I thought.
The Design Challenge V suggestion sounds like fun.
And hey! I commented on the CS23....
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”