Hi all, Apologies for not posting over the winter time! We have both been quite busy! The sailing hasn't stopped for us over the winter!
We have been competing in the Dun Laoghaire frostbites since last October in the RS400. We have also been doing a small bit of 1720 sailing which has been great fun and we have been learning a lot from this! The 18 foot skiff is also due to be put back in use in the coming weeks so plenty to look forward too.
In terms of the RS400, we plan on doing all the regional events again this year and are going to give each one everything we've got. Part of our self-development over the winter has been through the use of a Go Pro which is a great tool to see when things went right or wrong and also make for some good Facebook profilers too! However, it is at best awkward to get a good shot that captures everything going on in a boat.
With this in mind, Sean has used his Mechanical engineering skill to develop our very own Go-Pro mast mount! The design itself is simple, there is a rounded bit at the back which slides up the mast just above the sail and a small hole which the halyard goes through to keep everything stable. This design can easily be printed on an Ultimaker 3D printer and if anyone wants the CAD file just comment below and I can email it to you!
The footage produced from this is great! Everything can be analysed including starts, tacks, gybes, hoists, tuning and much more! Here is some sample footage below. One thing we spotted in this is a small bit of negative bend at the top of our mast. We tuned this out for the next week and saw huge leaps in the boat upwind performance!