Early Australian C Class cats

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Gary Baigent, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Steve Clark
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    The first C Class wings to "work" ( that is to say go sailing for a whole season) were Nylex and Patient Lady II. I think it was the summer of '71. The PL wing was a restanding wing on a turntable, and it fell down in September after the whole year. Nylex lived on, so I give the tie breaker to her. The Coyote wings were Jim Hanson's interpretation of the Nylex wings. Legend is he scaled them off a 3x5 photo. There were several, and they were fast in a breeze, but didn't have the grunt necessary in light air to keep up with either the super light Aquarius or the double slotted Patient Lady wings.
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  2. Gary Baigent
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    Thanks Steve, you'd be more in touch with that US history than me. Here's a shot of the original Patient Lady plus a couple of PL2 (from an old Yacht Racing) - the 4th image you may not have seen.
     

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  3. Steve Clark
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    The infamous Banana Rig.
    The idea was to match the curvature of the spar to the sag of the leech and thereby manage twist without breaking the boat in half.
    Lady helmsman did the same thing with better effect.
    The wing in the picture with Dave and Tony isn't the original turntable rig, but the first double slotted wing.
    I do look younger.
    SHC
     
  4. Gary Baigent
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    Off topic a bit, but still Australian; I also dug out this shot of the Lock Crowther Bullfrog when Ian Johston and Cathy Hawkins came over to Auckland and had a friendly grudge race here with the top kiwi multihull, Split Enz, a 40 foot Given cat (record holder for many years of the Coastal Classic) - which the Aussies won ... but the Split Enz crew sailed all suffering from the 'flu, which detuned them a bit. No excuses, the tri was faster in the gentle, sweet conditions the Waitemata provided..
     

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  5. trimaraner
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    More blasts from the past! Thanks Gary. Sure brings back the memories. I sailed with Ian and Kathy a few times and raced her with Rod and Lyn subsequently when she was renamed Australia's Child. Great boat. Shame the present owner is'nt interested in racing. She is now known as Current Sunshine, he has a sporadic blog under that name. Also a big cheers to the original Split Ends crew who were kind enough to take me along on a few races whilst I was building Avatar in NZ. Hey I'm dying to see that weapon you are putting together over there up and sailing but as you say, it's not really a B24 replacement, but it sure is a beautifull example of Kiwi ingenuity. Cheers and good luck.
     
  6. Gary Baigent
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    Newspaper clip on Helios.
     

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    Is the boat on the right the Coyote of which you speak?
    (Boat on the left is Signor G)

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  8. Gary Baigent
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    Tom, I think that Coyote is a later version. The one I'm remembering, had no 50/50? split rig.
    Steve Clark says I'm wrong in thinking Coyote 1's hard rig predated that of Nylex, and actually was influenced by the Australian cat's wing design.
    And now this rig on Coyote looks surprisingly like the Helios rig in profile.
    I will eventually find the picture of Coyote's wing beside the swimming pool - I've got far too much collected stuff in boxes and folders; needs to be culled ... but then change my mind because, never know, could be more useless information.
     
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    Information is never useless..sometimes.it just needs to be collated to be useful
    posted by grasshopper relevance cycles- a non profit for prophets...
     
  10. Steve Clark
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    According to what I know, US 93 was Coyote V. Designed by Jim Hansen and owned by Ned Damon. The picture is taken at Roton Point before the 16th ICCT in 1980. Unfortunately the boat was in many small pieces a few days later. I'm not sure what broke first, but the consequences were catastrophic.
    The finals saw PLV defeat Signor G 4-0.
    SHC
     
  11. Corley
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    Corley epoxy coated

    I found this article in a box of papers from 1988 it's about "Yellow Pages" the Edge II, C Class. Not much technical detail but interesting anyway.
     

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    FcH C-Class cata

    Book on ICCT and ICCCC

    Very interesting prints, is it possible to get one for the book I am writing, I am looking for sail plans for theses C-Class, I redraw all, see my blog
     
  13. Gary Baigent
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    I'll try and do a better scanning job, FcH - although the prints here were carefully worked on, they're still not great. Tell me which one you want. Cheers.
     
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    FcH C-Class cata

    Many thanks, Gary, the print with the tittle :
    CClassCrowth
    You can send me to
    fracheval@free.fr
    Do you have any plans of C-Class,
    I will send you some sail plans I draw for the book
    Best
     

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    My father-in-law, Bill Steane, built a solid wing sail C class in 1967. Van Allen Clark built his full wing mast boat about the same time. Neither was successful, but serious thought was starting to be put into wing design by Dave Hubbard and others. The Patient Ladies were the result.

    Lohring Miller
     

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