An open offer from Lincoln Mc Dowell…..tuning and technical help

Lincoln has sent me an email, see below, he has as you can read made an offer to help tune up your boat, offer advice.

This is done in the spirit of be open and wanting to help the class grow, it is very generous and a great opportunity to share your thoughts with someone that has a depth of knowledge.

Lincoln and David are the RED ANT people……speak to them about the F3 and the range of carbon booms, masts and sails they make and used at the worlds.

Lincolns email to me…….

I would like to post that I would be more than happy to assist anyone with advice measurements or anything that could help improve M class sailors.

Even guys wanting to build there own boats, no need to use any of our stuff. I would really like to improve standard of racing in Aus.

I have no knowledge of Waliki boats so can’t help there.

I was trying to help as many as I could in SA at the┬árecent titles. ┬áBut feel I could’ve done more as these opportunities don’t come around that often.

I have reviewing photos from the comp and I can see setup issues with many of the boats. Sail settings were not right.

My F3 from worlds is now is hand of Nigel Winkley and he just finished 2nd in German Nationals. He shortened the fin slightly and he felt it went much better in light air.


Marblhead Nationals : March 2015 ADELAIDE

The Marblhead nationals will be held in Adelaide, March 11, 12 , 13th 2015.

Perth will be hosting the nationals in 2015 for all other classes, but due to the poor take up in our class South Australia have been given the opputunity to host the event.

We have started the process and have located a very exiting venue, more of this as this devlops, we expect the event to well attended , given we had 17 boats for our recent State championships.

so…..get in now for your cheap airfares, hook up the trailer or start saving your fule money.

Get your new sails ordered…….

Check out the weather in March……it,s great in Adelaide

Brad wins the RM Worlds

Well the worlds has been won by Brad Gibson, no surprise really, we have all seen Brad and watched him take a regatta apart with his great sailing skills and the part we don’t see……he puts the time into his preparation.
He did not seem to have sailed a new design, he sailed the Grunge design that he sued for the previous worlds and the British nationals.

He sailed as part of the British team with the GBR insignia on his sails…..but we know he is an Australian !!

Final three places: Brad Gibson 30 points Graham Bantock 55 points and Ante Kolacevic 61 points

Our guys, Lincoln, David and John did well. Lincoln ( 22) and John (24 ) they both had there good moments and some not so good, as did the whole fleet, David finished in 45.

Well done to them for making the effort and undertaking the expenses to be there and keep Australia on the map

I am sure there will be stories to be told, I did hear that Lincolns and David’s boats where damaged in transit, I am sure there is more to this…..
John sailed his Waliki Scalpel, which as has been reported demonstrates that there is still life in some of the older designs, in the right hands these boats are in with a chance and do sail well. A quick look at the articles Brad has written in the English blog about boat prep is all part of the answer.

I have also seen that a small group has been formed from those that sailed in worlds, they will start the process of brining the Marblehead’s together, allowing us to improve our growth. I am sure they will put some ideas about improving the design parameters of the class out for discussion, Lincoln is a part of this group, so we have a voice.

We need to get more boats out at club level, encourage those that have boats in the shed to come out. The class is growing again in Europe, Britain and in the States…..maybe we can have a larger group at the next Worlds ??, Not sure where this will be.

British RM nationals : Brad Gibson again

Brad GIbson is British RM champion, for the third year in a row.
Check out the British RM blog for details

Hope our Aussies are ready for the worlds…..

With Winter upon us it seems very quite, the Queensland guys have had their first championship and Melbourne is at the end of the month…..any other news ?