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Re: Ooohhooookkaaayy, you think you've tried some greasy sailing??

I'm thinking he has no problems sailing into a slip

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Re: Ooohhooookkaaayy, you think you've tried some greasy sailing??

Here is a link to an article in the local newspaper about this video Telemarksavisa - I all verden, kan dette gå bra?

Google translate for those who don't read Norwegian https://translate.google.no/translat...%2F5-50-108899
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Re: Ooohhooookkaaayy, you think you've tried some greasy sailing??

C'mon, no spinnaker?
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C'mon, no spinnaker?
Yeah that video is just begging for a solo symmetrical spinnaker launch...

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Re: Ooohhooookkaaayy, you think you've tried some greasy sailing??

Great video.

Back in my dinghy-sailing days on a local lake, I used to love doing that, weaving in and out of the various bird-nesting rocks and islands scattered around.. and scaring the tripe out of people casually strolling past arm-in-arm (the last thing they expected to see was a 14' dinghy creeping silently along behind them only inches from the path!). ..but I never had as big a play-ground as they do in that video.

It is REALLY GREAT FUN and a real test of skill and nerve, but you do have to have worked out a course beforehand, have a good handle on wind direction (and a gentle breeze) and be really, really comfortable with your boat and the way it handles. To do this at all you also need to be sailing a shallow-draft dinghy with a good range of sail movement and quick-raising centreboard and rudder. Fairly vertical sides also help by making it easy to see your waterline all around. The secret is to keep the boat moving always.. if ever you stop, you're history.

I was doing it in an Impulse dinghy - a Laser dinghy would be okay also, but the curved sides make it harder to see where you're going.

Anyway, if you're a dinghy-sailer and get a chance in your area - don't knock it till you try it!!

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Re: Ooohhooookkaaayy, you think you've tried some greasy sailing??

I would need rub rails made of tire tread...
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I would need rub rails made of tire tread...
Actually, no.. it's not the rub rails that would hit first but your chines. Very, very few rocks and channel sides are precisely vertical (they all slope outwards at varying degrees) and it's for that reason that this 'rock dodging' is even possible.

As I mentioned and as the video shows, the key is to keep moving. Your bow wave (even a small one) reflects off of the rocks and helps keep you centered in the channel. If you stop (usually because you've misjudged the depth and grounded the centreboard!) you're in big trouble and might even find you're now wedged in and can't get going again: a somewhat embarrassing predicament, to say the least.

..so the last thing you want is rub rails made of tire tread.

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Re: Ooohhooookkaaayy, you think you've tried some greasy sailing??

FWIW: There's at least one "scenic tour by powerboat" company in these parts that makes a buck out of roaring through a narrow gap between rock faces at +30kts for the thrill of their passengers. That only works because the pressure of the bow wave causes the boat to ride up and through a seemingly far-too-tight passage.



Same concept, different speed.

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Re: Ooohhooookkaaayy, you think you've tried some greasy sailing??

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And a new meaning of Local knowledge and Restricted Maneuverability.
In the immortal words of Oliver Optic, "Any fellow knows just
where the bottom is, but he don't always know how far it is from the top."

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