Originally Posted by GBurton
The topic is "full keel". Am I the only one who is on topic lately? All it takes to raise the ire of some posters is a simple post pointing out that the only full keel boat in the rally is sailing quite well thank you.
Yes you are right. The boat has even went up on the classification and is now in 13th on compensated. To be on that position regarding bigger boats and to be only in 13th on compensated that means also that it is a relatively fast boat (with a high rating), certainly a very fast boat for a full keel and one very well sailed (they are cruising not racing).
I was curious about the boat that I did not knew and found out that the boat was built for a long time and only the first versions were made of wood. The designer Arvid Laurin designed a new boat in fiberglass in 1960:
"In their search for a suitable plug, they chose "Casella II" an Arvid Laurin design - which had participated in the Transatlantic Race from Bermuda to Gothenburg n 1960, arranged to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of GKSS (Gothenburg's Royal Yacht Club). Her owner - Yngve Cassel - was approached and for a fee he agreed to have his boat used as a full-scale mould
Somehow Arvid Laurin got wind of this plan and pointed out to MFI, that it was not recommendable to build a glass fibre version of an old design, when he could draw them a better and faster one, especially designed to take advantage of the flexibility of glass fiber construction. MFI agreed and Arvid Laurin set out to do something quite new to him, drawing a 32' boat that would not be built of wood but in a much more flexible material allowing curvatures that previously had been impossible."
The last versions used cored hulls for superior stiffness and less weight. A very interesting boat that should have been very fast in its days and that today if well sailed can still have a relatively good performance. A nice one too:
I saw also that the boat has been used extensively for offshore sailing and have circumnavigated several times:
Regarding the Corona, the one that is doing the ARC. here you have the boat blog:
They are not young, but great sailors no doubt:
Corona Aq seglingsblogg