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  • Sails & Aerodynamics • Re: Request for collaboration
    Hi Robert, Sorry you lost your typing, this reminds me that when writing more than a few words to an internet forum it is best to first enter the text into a separate app then copy and past it to the forum website! I like to use the free Notepad++ app for that kind of […]
  • Events & other announcements • JRA meeting
    Message received from the Junk Rig Association (contact: volunteered to organise this year’s AGM in the UK, it has been held in New Zealand for the last two years and I would be thrilled to have a good turnout.This will be during May Spring Bank Holiday (Sat 25th - Mon 27).It is most likely […]
  • Events & other announcements • Catalyst 54
    Available through, but if you've not bought a subscription you'll have to buy the password to open it.Paid-up members can download an open copy through the Forum, see Posted by AYRS Editor — Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:44 am
  • Sails & Aerodynamics • Re: Request for collaboration
    I just lost two hopurs of typing a reply, because the system logged me out before I clicked on "Preview", then didn't take me backl to what I had written after I logged in again. I have to see when I have time to write this again. Probably a week or so.Statistics: Posted by Robert […]
  • Sails & Aerodynamics • Re: Request for collaboration
    John Perry wrote:Robert, I guess that what you meant to say is the the torsional strength of individual beams makes a negligible contribution to the torsional STRENGTH of the whole structure. Strength and stiffness are different properties! (and both are important in boat designing)Probably. I had assumed that if the structure is designed to impose […]

Optimization of the length of a Surf-Ski Kayak

This project has been undertaken with the aim of finding a method by which the length of a surfski kayak can be optimised in terms or having least possible resistance. Surf ski kayaking is a highly competitive international discipline that takes place on open ocean, it differs from other forms of kayaking because of the lack of regulations regarding the length of the boats. An aim of this work was to determine if the boats on the market today are fully optimised in terms of having a length with least resistance. Through use of software that incorporates thin ship theory as well as skin friction data from ITTC ’57 it was possible to calculate the wave making and frictional resistances for a series of lengths of Wigley hull forms with constant displacement and beam. This allowed a total resistance to be calculated for each length which in turn leads to an apparent ‘optimum’ length. In terms of boats currently available, it appears from the results that they have indeed been optimised effectively however only for a small weight range of user. A conclusion of this work is that there may well be scope for manufacturers to produce boats better suited for other weight ranges of kayaker or paddler as they are more often known.

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Multihull Capsize Recovery

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.

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AYRS NWUK Local Group – Winter meeting – 10th December 2016

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.

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The Split Junk Rig

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.

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