Talk about “Ferris Buellers Day Off” – we had a big day out on the Nacra 20 well more like wipeout of the year! The Nacra was two-on-the -wire with the big black kite up. The speed log was holding 18.5 knots and we had Kuang and Julie on the Viper just meters off the bow! It was fantastic for the two boats to be holding these speeds and as mesmerised as we were with looking at the Nauteek Electronics screen, our world was just about to be rocked!
A huge plank, about as long as the 20 suddenly appeared lurking just on the waters surface and with absolutely no where to go, we slid straight onto it. I was waiting for a loud crack fearing the leeward daggerboard wouldn’t like that sort of treatment but then, the platform stopped, the nose pitched down and that sent poor Jeremy shooting forward into the drink.
Then it recovered, the bow picked up the spinnaker drew another breath and the boat shot forward again. Kool, except Jeremy was still attached to the wire and I was still in trapeze on the back of the hull but, not for long. Jeremy then came cannon-balling right the way back and clean took me out. At this point, we were still moving but loosing the steering caused a big round up and a nice swim. It really was like a ballet from WWF! Well we needed to test how the 20 is when on its side anyway! It’s easy enough, our 2 average frames easily had the big cat up and going again.
What was most amazing out of all that, the daggerboards only sustained a small chip on the trailing edge – that’s it! To say I was amazed, definitely an understatement! Built tough, I think so!
A word of caution to our other sailors.
This is the time of big rains and our king tides. When it rains as it has been, the Monsoon drains will clear and that means all sorts of items will be floating in the water. When you cross tide lines, be extra vigilant – don’t keep your eyes glued to the Speedo! This is the second time in about 4 weeks that this has happened. In the other case, a Taipan destroyed both daggerboards and cracked the dagger board trunk in a similar scenario – not nice!
We’ve had more good Northerly breeze that I seem to remember and today (Tuesday) was probably the first day of full NE breeze i.e. at 8am it was already NE and it stayed there the whole day as it oscillated between 8 – 15 knots – a nice day out!
While we’ve been ‘crash-testing’ the Nauteek, it’s proving to be a very good little tool with all sorts of info’ but I’ve also come across another bit of kit that I’ve got my grubby hands on and are proving to be very good as well – but more on those in future posts.
Get sorted now everyone… It’s going to be a good season.