:captain: OK. Team.:biglaugh:
[SIZE=2]I thought it was about time I put my money where my mouth is and set some benchmark speeds for others to better.
Last Monday was New Zealands National Day holiday so a few of us went for a sail.
After the fun racing, a speed course was devised to try and find just how fast these toy yachts really go.
The course was 75 metres long ( approx) the wind was blowing 16-18 knots with gusts to 24 knots. The course was a broard reach, timed with a stopwatch by eye.
No claims are made as to total accuracy, simply suggestions as to the approximate speed as a guide to what we can expect from standard boats of each class.
The two boats involved were an AC15 flying a “C” rig, owned by Colin Anderson and myself with a Vickers V5 IOM. with “B” rig.
The best runs were AC15 24.69sec, IOM 30.46sec.
These roughly convert to 3 metres per second, 10.8 kilometres per hour, 5.83 knots for the AC15.
2.5 m/sec, 9 kph, 4.86 knots for the IOM.
There is a posting of a previous run with an AC15 by the guys at “Linton Sails” some time last year, where they strapped an IOM keel accross the deck of the 15 to get some righting moment and they achieved a higher speed.
I will do some research and find that speed to post here as a benchmark.
Well that is your challange now, stick it up the KIWI`s, cmon, have a go.:boxing: