In the Forum at https://www.ayrs.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=37&p=2727#p2727 If you’re not already registered on the Forum you will need to register and beRead more
New Years Resolutions
AYRS relies on the members writing about their experiments and ideas so YOUR No.1 Resolution is to write and let us know what you are doing. Then we can publish it in Catalyst which helps you get your monies worth!
You can also do your bit by encouraging other members to use the forum which means members can get something in between issues of Catalyst.Read more
Several hours of presentations of members’ projects were interspersed with chat over tea/coffee breaks together with a mid-day break for our packed lunches.Read more
Multihulls can be light and fast but cruising ones must never capsize: They stay inverted.
Single hulled yachts can be self-righting and seaworthy, some large and small ones can survive storms and work to windward in gales but to be quick they need deep weighted keels and a wide hull. Built in buoyancy can avoid sinking but they are outperformed by multihulls.
Can a multihull be seaworthy? Could one work to windward in a gale or sail on when mid Atlantic breakers flatten her? What about an automatic system for capsize recovery? Could a multihull heave to in heavy weather and work slowly to windward like a Contessa? Probably not, but perhaps it could be as seaworthy as the offshore racing fleet.
As is now the custom at our Winter Meeting, members arrived just after noon for a 12.30 pm start. There were seven members and four of their wives present. Three apologies from absence were received from Roy Anderson, Steve McKenna and Colin Weir. After a short introduction, a Buffet Lunch was served which was enjoyed by everyone (thanks Col). Amply fed and watered, the Ladies retired to the conservatory leaving the Gents in the lounge to have their ‘official’ meeting.Read more
Catalyst 51 is now available through the Discussion Forum. You will first need to register on the Forum if youRead more
Back in 2002, AYRS Member Slieve MacGalliard was looking for a way to improve the one weak point of the modern western Junk rig – the windward performance. His conclusion was that camber is needed right to the luff of the sail, a feature that is difficult to achieve with the standard rig, which is normally pulled aft. One possible idea was to build a cambered rig with a lot of sail balance forward of the mast and split the sail in way of the mast so that the camber would be the same on both tacks and not distorted by the mast.Read more
AYRS announces Catalyst No 49 … … is now available, and can be downloaded from here. Online members will shortlyRead more