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Trapezing tip… photos show it all


How to trapeze, as demonstrated by Macca and Alice. Get down low! If you sight through your toes you should be level with the deck. Also, you’ll see that Macca’s forward shoulder is tipped downward – this makes it a LOt easier to look forward and all it requires is, changing your foot position on gunwhale oh and getting your ankles together.

What’s the fuss about?
Well we’ve been experimenting all season and two bits of kit made it easy to see the difference. One was the Nacra 20 with its Tornado style adjustable trapeze system (very slick and very expensive). Two the Nauteek Tactical Electronics.

Macca gave us a target speed upwind on the Nacra 20 “aim for 11 knots uphill”. So the Nauteek was velcro’d to the 20’s boom and the speed histogram and speed display were easy to see. The 20’s a powerful boat, so for lightweights to be able to achieve the target speed was going to take all sorts of trickery!

Setting of uphill we easily ran into the high 9’s (9.8 etc). A bit of downhaul on and a little rotation in – into the 10’s. Lowering the trap’s got us another knot of boat speed – and just shows how much the extra leverage is really worth! Every once of leverage is just like free speed, go low. Getting more speed consistently did require us pulling the boards up about 20cm’s but that’s part of it too!

Get adjustable if you have too, there are a few ways to achieve it. On the F16’s we favour the non-adjustable variety for weight/complexity savings and just set the trap’s way low. The sooner you get used to it the better. On the Nacra 20, a couple of hundred grams extra aren’t going to make any difference plus there’s so much real estate to cover (fore and aft) that it would be impossible to be efficient without it!

REMEMBER: Trap high to “fly” but low to GO!

About prosailing

In Southeast Asia a long time and all the while, sailing cats. But the cat love-affair began when I finished building my first catamaran at age 15... "never again". After building 2 more Formula 16 cats in Malaysia it's really 'never again'. Now we have a large fleet of high-tech speed machines including the Nacra 20 Carbon. Then we decided to spread our wings a little more and imported the Corsair Dash 750. Now we are well on the way to establishing a Coastal One Design Dash Class. As a test bed, we had 4 Dashes take part in the Neptune Regatta and now the plans are rolling out.


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