30 March 2019: Swallow News
Published 14:23 on 30 Mar 2019
Pre Season 2019
North Sails Visit
The biggest sail loft in Europe! How big? Well in less than one half of the building they can lay out a J's (the very big one) mainsail and jib and a TP52 main and JV72 No 3 jib. They would initially be moulded in the dry desert heat of Nevada in North's new 3di carbon material, caressed by a spider man on a harness. Then the 'blank' is shipped (or air-freighted) to Gosport for finishing. How much you ask? The JV72 jib a shade under £40k. A complete suit sir? Well if you have to ask......
Back to the real (or almost real) world. The one-design department produces 600 Finn sails (mostly for Europe) a year in 5 different design variations according to helm weight and mast bend. Some will be discarded after just one (heavy airs) regatta. And then the rest - including Boomerang's flash new mainsail thoughtfully laid out for us to (closely!) inspect. Lots of Dragon sails too their overlapping genoa results in some boats having four new genoas per season and you thought we had problems!
Things to look out for: (1) Helix jibs The luff wire is dispensed with and an adjustable dyneema cunningham control alters the complete luff flow characteristics, all this aided by a fancy full length 6" panel (on a Merlin anyway). (2) CAD is old hat, North are now into wind tunnel and computer modelling accurately to assess original design and subsequent derivatives. How soon before the helm has to take a psychometric test?!
We (35 ISC keelboat sailors) were kindly hosted by three of their key personnel to whom we are most grateful (and for the grub too!).
Working Party 2nd/3rd March
Missive from Swallower Chris Creak (featured above in reverse perspective) follows. You will be delighted to know that most Swallowers qualify as 'younger and stronger' given the demading nature of the Swallow Dayboat!
Dear Class Captains
I am not sure that my last email reached you all so I am sending out another, if you have already received it I apologise.
The Jetty maintenance has to be on the 2/3 March as there is a wedding and the Ready to Race day on the next possible weekend 16/17th March.
It is essential that we are able to replace the rotten piles under the Mirror decking and this requires the younger and stronger members to handle the 6m lengths. We also need to continue with the replanking of the remaining decking, not quite such an onerous task.
The work will start at 09.30 each day and there is the usual incentive of a pint and lunch for those working all day.
Please urge your members to come and help, we have so many classes now , if each Class Captain turned out with just one other there would be plenty of volunteers.
It is essential that everyone planning to come registers with the office so I can have a good idea of how many to expect on the weekend.
I look forward to hearing from (you all).
Chris Creak (Hon Bosun)
Entries open in late March!
Richmond Park Walk
Ten brave Swallowers and partners circumnavigated same in perfect weather conditions on Sunday the 17th February before adjourning to the Plough Inn for a spot of lunch.
The picture shows the group admiring 'The Way' gates which stand on the protected view (10 miles) from King Henry's Mound to St Paul's. The gates were constructed in 2011 to celebrate the cathedral's tercentenary.
Dates for your Diaries
Fairford visit Saturday 9th March
Message from Richard and Carol: We are so looking forward to seeing you all on March 9th and showing you our beautiful church. John Betjeman wanted 'the lower half of The West Window of Fairford Church' as his 'luxury ' when he was on Desert Island Discs!!
I suggest that we either meet at Manor Farm Cottage at 10.30 when it is about 10' walk to the church. or meet at the church at 10.50
I will put out a dish in my kitchen for your £3.50 for the visit----
Love Richard and Carol
Ready to Race day Sunday 17th March
First Aid Course Saturday 23rd March
Support Boat Course Sunday 24th March
First Swallow Race Sarturday 30th March 14.10!!
Last updated 09:55 on 17 June 2021