The good old Nacra 5.8 was out working hard today and looking at the speed it was generating, was actually hard to believe its 14 years old, including the sails! But new sails are being shipped in so she’s about to be brought up to date with the latest in Nacra MNX sails. Soon she’ll look as spiffy as those new Nacras in the boat park.
We didn’t clip the Nauteek on but it was certainly fast and it was definitely the best breeze of the year! What was real nice was sailing in ‘old school’ Wild Thing mode, ah the good old days when we didn’t have spinnakers to double the horsepower in the rig. Surprisingly too was that it still steers pretty nicely.
Fourteen year old sails are definitely way out of shape now so can’t wait to strap on the new ones and see what a difference it’ll make. The new sails are the obligatory squarehead variety so that’ll make the big boat easier to manage mind you, we’ll probably have to pump up the mainsheet purchase by an extra 2 points or so!
It was good to go out and prctice ‘old school’ techniques and seems so easy to rig up just 2 sails these days. I’ve noticed a big difference in the feel at the tiller when you put all the crew weight aligned along the rear beam but still see a lot of people sail big hairy downhills with the weight stacked along the side deck!
But I’ve got more plans for this platform… I reckon a blast up the Malaysian coast will be in order, soon as we can sort out some paper work issues!