These are just a few videos I took while we were tuning Fred's rigging for his race last weekend.
For those that already know the Opti, skip them, (and go read about religion, politics, dog on boats, Gloval warming or the other interesting stuff going on here) for those that have never seen an Optimist glide thru the water, here's your chance. If you just like to see sailboats move in the water, this is for you, too. Enjoy. CD this was mainly for you to show Chase.
The first video was shot after he got out of the marina, he gybes. One thing you will notice is that his head is allways ready to duck. With experience one learns to "read" the boat and wind, and you feel the gybe, even if your eyes are not looking at the boom.
Leaving the marina and starting to sail faster, a downwind run and a gybe.
YouTube - Going Out
The next video is also interesting, it shows the boat accelerate as the wind blows and fred pulls the sheet slightly to prevent wind spillage.
Watch closely and listen to the wind, you will see that as the wind increases, the boat speed also increases, and the boat starts planing. At this stage, the center board is out to decrease drag, and the boat becomes unstable. To see how unstable it is, you can see Fred rocking it towards the end of the video to get a feel for the control at that wind and boat speed. He will use that later on the down wind legs.
YouTube - Optimist Accelerating
The last one Fred does a few down winds and upwinds so we can have a look at his sail and settings. He almost runs into us so we can see it closer, not because he can't sail...
Here you can se the Opti move, a pretty snappy boat for its size, but at the same time wonderfull for beginners.
YouTube - Looking at sail after triming it
Thanks for watching, I have a few more but its too late and i have to go.