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by Fredthecharlie
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: Thorpe Meeting Nov 5th
Replies: 0
Views: 1

Thorpe Meeting Nov 5th

Only two weeks to go Remember your packed lunch
The venue is Thorpe Village Hall TW20 8TE
For those who use maps Thorpe Village is between Staines and Chertsey
by Fredthecharlie
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: Southampton Boat show
Replies: 0
Views: 60

Southampton Boat show

I went yesterday and as usual there was lots to see, I got the impression that motor boats predominated in particular RIBs and small sports boats. there were plenty of small boats to look at and few sailing cruisers up to about 6m then there seemed to be a gap until 10m length too many to look at in...
by Fredthecharlie
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: Thorpe meetings
Replies: 0
Views: 130

Thorpe meetings

The Thorpe Village Hall has been booked for 5th November 2017 and 21st January 2018 As usual the hall will be available from 9.00am to 5.00pm Members and non members are all welcome; remember you do need a packed lunch but tea and coffee will be available. Contact for event is Fred Ball fball@ayrs.o...
by Fredthecharlie
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: Plywood
Replies: 0
Views: 230

Plywood

I visited an exhibition about Plywood at the V&A today and can recommend it to any one intersted in Plywood, its history, manufacture and uses; if I've worked the system properly there should be a short report and photo attached.
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by Fredthecharlie
Sat May 06, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: Human powered Flight meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 429

Human powered Flight meeting

There is a Human Powered Flight Meeting/Competition at Lasham near Basingstoke 15th-23rd July Flying normally takes place shortly after daybreak and finishes at 9.00 am as it is a busy airfield with gliding the main activity but commercial planes land for servicing etc. There are opportunities to se...
by Fredthecharlie
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Sails & Aerodynamics
Topic: Flow round a wing
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Flow round a wing

A very nice demonstration!
by Fredthecharlie
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Technical Papers for review and comment
Topic: Howard Fund
Replies: 23
Views: 3131

Re: Howard Fund

Hello The photos seem to suggest you have built the boat itself but the rig appears to be a model, I find your project very interesting but feel that the boat ought to be sailed with a conventional rig to establish its performance before moving on to the new rig. There are lots of novel features des...
by Fredthecharlie
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: RYA Suuzuki Dinghy Show
Replies: 0
Views: 383

RYA Suuzuki Dinghy Show

Brief report on the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017 As usual there was a lot of interesting thing to see; the main theme appeared to be “Foiling” the display in the foyer consisting of Wild Bear (see Catalyst 51), an In international Moth and an example of Waszp. AYRS had a stand shared with BTAC and as...
by Fredthecharlie
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: Cordless Canoe Challenge at Beale Park
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Cordless Canoe Challenge at Beale Park

Just in case any member wants to enter the rules have been changed and there will be two events. I found them difficult to read on the Watercaft Magazine web site so I have read them and interpreted them as:- On Saturday 3rd June it will be a race around a course including three 180 degree turns, th...
by Fredthecharlie
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Boats
Topic: MicroTransat
Replies: 13
Views: 2351

Re: MicroTransat

Thank you for your interpretation, I agree that the boat mass will be increased but hopefully its weight carrying ability shouldn't be affected; I think that having considered your thoughts a high density bulb and an enlarged volume of the immersed hull might be better it should certainly produce a ...
by Fredthecharlie
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Boats
Topic: MicroTransat
Replies: 13
Views: 2351

Re: MicroTransat

My thought was that it would not increase the displacement but would provide a righting moment when the ballast bulb came out of the water, ie at about 80 degrees heel, it would increase imersed surface area however.
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by Fredthecharlie
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Technical Papers for review and comment
Topic: Howard Fund
Replies: 23
Views: 3131

Re: Howard Fund

Thank you for the explanation, if I understand it properly it means that th rudder mout swings to the leward side of the boat and offers the benefit of twin rudders using only one.
FCB
by Fredthecharlie
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Technical Papers for review and comment
Topic: Howard Fund
Replies: 23
Views: 3131

Re: Howard Fund

Sounds interesting, I look forward to seeing the full details but what is meant by oscillating rudder?
FCB
by Fredthecharlie
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Boats
Topic: MicroTransat
Replies: 13
Views: 2351

Re: MicroTransat

Microtransat some thoughts from the Thorpe Meeting This subject was discussed at the meeting, but better preparation by providing delegates with the rules I think would have produced more ideas. It was generally considered not to be a one man project because of the wide range of skills needed to com...
by Fredthecharlie
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Members Sales and Wants
Topic: Wanted Drawings of Manners Trifoil
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Wanted Drawings of Manners Trifoil

An Australian has contacted me to see if he can obtain a copy of the Eric Manners design Trifoil also known as Flying Wing circa 1961. Does any one have a copy of plans tucked away? or know of contact details of Eric Manners family (I presume he passed away some time ago the phot I have seen in the ...
by Fredthecharlie
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Gossip & other snippets
Topic: London Boat Show
Replies: 0
Views: 645

London Boat Show

Just a quick note, I visited the Show yesterday and as usual there was lots to see and | have made a not of some interesting things you might miss Hobie Mirage Drive you can now select forward or reverse Stand B089 http://www.hobiecatcentre.co.uk Dah di Dah Publishing A series of little waterproof t...
by Fredthecharlie
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Gossip & other snippets
Topic: Trailers, a warning
Replies: 1
Views: 636

Trailers, a warning

Rust.docx
Please find attached a few words and a picture to remind you of the importance of checking trailers properly.
by Fredthecharlie
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: AYRS Annual General Meeting, 22nd January 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Letter from Mike Howard

Graeme has received the attached letter from Mike Howard to be discussed at the AGM
Fred
by Fredthecharlie
Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Gossip & other snippets
Topic: Autonomous ships
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Autonomous ships

It won't be long before we all need to have AIS receivers I have read reports of Large cargo ships being built with a view to no crew, trials initially with monitoring by a crew on board and later with just computer observation from shorebased offices; presumably after that, let loose on their own w...
by Fredthecharlie
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Members Sales and Wants
Topic: Minisail needs good home
Replies: 0
Views: 509

Minisail needs good home

AYRS was left a Minisail by Su Lewis who passed away a few yeaars ago for members to use for experiments, the hull is fibreglass and about 13 feet long, looks a bit like a Fireball, I think it is the Monaco version and has centreboard, rudder, sliding seat and spars but no sail. It's been at the end...
by Fredthecharlie
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Gossip & other snippets
Topic: Kite surfing
Replies: 1
Views: 774

Kite surfing

I've posted this here as a well known writer doesn't think kitesurfing is sailing ie he doesn't feel that kitesurfing should become an Olympic sport. In June of this year the Bridge family set some "Round the Isle of Wight" records; Guy (16yo) went round in two hours 32 mins, and 25 second...
by Fredthecharlie
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Gossip & other snippets
Topic: Flettner rotor ship
Replies: 3
Views: 1711

Re: Flettner rotor ship

Nice picture but can't find details such as date and place, the link seemed to want me to play games.
Fred
by Fredthecharlie
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Events & other announcements
Topic: London Area Meetings
Replies: 0
Views: 874

London Area Meetings

AYRS will be holding a meeting at Thorpe Village Hall on Sunday 6th November 2016 starting at 9.00am. As usual you need to bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee will be available. Our next meeting there will be on Sunday 22 January 2017 and will include the AGM; your chance to influence the future of...
by Fredthecharlie
Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Beale Park Boat Show 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 781

Beale Park Boat Show 2016

The Beale Park Boat Show was as usual interesting and enjoyable, Kim Fisher's boat Quill was on our stand and attracted quite a lot of attention.
Lots of boats using the lake under sail and power (human, steam, i/c, e/c, electric including cordless.
I hope to write a full report in due course.
by Fredthecharlie
Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Speedweek 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1208

Speedweek 2015

The results of speedweek can be found at http://www.speedsailing.com
Alex Powell with Awol was fastest boat.
I note that Malcolm with Nimbus was fastest boat on one of the days
by Fredthecharlie
Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Innovation award at Speedweek
Replies: 0
Views: 1078

Innovation award at Speedweek

At the AYRS meeting on Wednesday 7th October I awarded Malcolm Barnsley the Innovation Award retrospectively for Sail Rocket and also for endeavour, in the last two years in spite of illness he has built 3 small trimarans one of which Nimbus a 12ft inclined foil stabilised version he was sailing in ...

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