I expect that somebody else more qualified than me ( … how are you angus ? ) will write a detailed report of birkenhead 2008 event.
top scorers were the boats best skippered, best tested, and best fitted ( sails, foils, hardware and so on )
a good design is only a single ring among a long chain of several factors
due to the fact that weather condition changed suddenly from nothing to 30 kts, to nothing again ( not to mention showers ), a “broad band” boat was a must. Boat designed for light or heavy weather were penalized
may be on a more regular race area, results would have been different
( may be not )
the “top question” : which one is the best design choice ? is still awaiting a final answer.
there is still a lot fuel to boost many other beer and pub discussions about this point
Folgore ITA 5
Somebody else than me should write comments about her, anyway :
Immediately after morning tests, sail servo refused to cooperate with my international effort. Rudder servo has been much more “proactive” clearly understanding the primary importance of its role.
To put it simple, all races have been sailed as a single channel rc
Fixed setting of sail was about 20° from longitudinal plane, enough to go upwind, but not enough to go downwind properly.
Even with such heavy handicap, I have been impressed from her windward speed and balance.
Without doubt her “look” has been discussed a lot
After a bit of tuning and refitting, I will try to test her on the internet course
… stay tuned …
folgore ITA 5