It is not just the Pommies who sail their Solway Dory canoes, or the US guys in their beautiful Bufflehead boats. Canoe sailing is alive on mainland Europe as well.
This weekend was the Kanu Segel Criterium from Kanu Verein Hanseat in Bremen. It is now held for six times, and same as last year, about 20 boats came in all sorts and varieties. Many folding boats (faltboote), with the guys from Faltbootsegel 3.0 leading this pack, Canadian type of boats, traditional sailing canoes who have been sailing for over 70 years and two Artemis boats, of which I built one over the course of this winter.
The event is fun. We paddle from the canoe club to a small lake. There, we sail a kind of triangle, and most people kind of not paddle when they sail. There is a kind of startline, and after the three start signals given more or less at the same time we are off. Normally several boats capsize or sink because they put too much sail on, didn’t test their stuff, or were busy drinking bubbly wine.
After the windy conditions of last year, this year was more moderate. There was about 9 knots of wind. Just perfect for my sail combo and the little plank I got to hike from. Sorry to Michael Storer I messed up the visual appearance of his mainsail, but I needed a small jib that I made selftacking to get sail balance, and for a little but more power. At 20 euro for two jibs and a mainsail I couldn’t resist, and the jib seems to like living on the front on my boat.
Amazing to think that just last year I came as a spectator, and now to be back with my own boat, with already lots of trips done in the canoe, and lucky enough to take home the “Hauptgewinn”. Looking ahead for more.
I’m thinking now of adding a rig that clears the many bridges in Friesland, a lug rig, with as high a top as would be doable on a 3 meter mast, with many reefs, and maybe a little gennaker just for fun. It would be fast to hoist and drop when going under a bridge.With that rig, it must be possible to do well in distance races such as the Grouster zeilmarathon, a 42 kilometer trip around Friesland, starting and ending in Grou. Should be interesting…
Lots of tacking and gybing on the Artemis sailing canoe I built this winter. And, it is glorious weather!
Windmills are put in the video just for show. Lots of things on the boat need refinement, many ropes shortened, and I sawed off a bit of tiller on the day, think I have the right length now.
But, basically, it all works! It was quite difficult sailing, with gusty and shifty winds on a small stretch of water. One capsize, just after I started, I really want to find a way of getting less water in the boat, probably bigger tubes on the sides.
This wednesday from, from our lokal online magazine came around, resulting in a nice article on In Dokkum
It resulted in the first guy on a SUP entering for the RAID extreme. He sounds quite serious, as he did 220 kilometers nonstop doing the Ëlfstedentocht on a sup. Heavy!
Not sure how SUPs cope with waves though, but he may be able to take a sheltered route on the Lauwersmeer…
[on with building now, the last parts are hard! Working hard today, maybe sail tomorrow…]
I’m coming out.
This has always the been the plan. The RAID extreme is a go. Adventure racing on the Lauwersmeer, Netherlands. Route of your own choice, craft of your own choice. Just don’t bring an engine. 24 places still available, so be quick to take your spot and start training!
Not sure if I can, so stay tuned 😉
Some big decisions made, such as where to put the mast, and stuff bought. Here’s the latest update on the Artemis project; codename Wolf.
- You buy yourself a nice mandrel, in this case a 5 euro cupcake tray. It was great fun going around the shops in town looking for a nice shape to make deck eyes of. I was actually looking for forms to make blocks of ice, but those forms have all gone fancy these days. Then you treat yourself to one of those nice carbon kevlar pieces of cloth. It will work with plain carbon or glass or kevlar too. On the photo everything is in place ready for wetting out.
2. Cut the cloth, and wet it out with epoxy. I made some forms earlier, so I stuffed them in, with some plastic foil in between. Experimenting a bit, I clamped a few of them, some weight in another, another just left. There didn’t seem to be much difference on ways of clamping. I drilled two guide holes in the form on the bottom right to keep consistent on where I put the eyes in.
3. Next step is cutting the cups to size (do it when the epoxy is still green), drill a hole through the middle of the cup, stick the dyneema line through the hole, fray the ends of a line of dyneema.
4. Glue the whole thing together, a good dollop of epoxy is enough. I used silica and filleting blend as filler for the epoxy (two versions). I found that making the cups very shallow gives the best results, otherwise the eye gets to heavy (12 grammes instead of 5-7 grammes). I made them about 4 millimeter deep. Enough to tuck all the ends of the dyneema strand in.
5. There you go, you’ve made yourself something beautiful!
6. Testing. I glued to eye to an old bit of wood, then put a stick through it, and stood on it (my weight is 72 kilo). The eye I tested was a first version made with glassfibre on the outside, with not enough epoxy on the inside. I loop came out when I started to jump on the stick, but I couldn’t get the dyneema strand to come loose. Good enough for me. I’m counting on 80 kilo of break strength, but the guys from West got to a minimum of 240 kilos. Good enough for me.Here’s a shot of the eye in use to connect to my hiking strap . It feels scary to hang on to a 5 gramme deck eye, but it is holding so far, and I’ll report it if it breaks. But sure to test yourself, as each design and way of fabricating will be slightly different.