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Didi 38 top scores in Table Bay Classic Regatta
My timing is improving. It is only 5 months since my last quarterly newsletter. I may yet manage to split a year into 4 quarters (maybe sometime in the New Millennium).
Didi 38 scores tops in Table Bay Classic Regatta
My own Didi 38, "Didi" (ex "Black Cat") top scored in Racing Class 1 of the Table Bay Classic Regatta sailed over the weekend of 15th and 16th May, hosted by Royal Cape Yacht Club. Saturday was blown out by a SE gale gusting over 50 knots and was followed by light S to E winds and flat seas on Sunday, conditions in which the Didi 38 is very fast.
We set a good base for the regatta by being the only boat to see that the wind had backed 45 degrees in the last few minutes before the start of the first race. Hitting the start line at almost full speed, on time, at the pin end and on port tack, we sailed straight up the lay line to the mark with no interference from starboard tack boats. Most of the fleet had to sail the length of the start line to reach the lay line before taking up the chase, only the 64ft "Merlin" catching us before the mark.
The big new dixdesign.com website is now no longer so new. It has been widely received as one of the best online boat design sites and marine resources in the world. We are now receiving over 2500 visitors a month, small by corporate ecommerce standards but large in this field. Numbers are growing around 5% per month.
"Video on radius chine plywood
A video showing the hands-on process of building a boat by the radius chine plywood method is taking shape in parallel with the progress of the boat which is the main star of this movie. Jon Lunn in UK is building his Didi 40 (Didi 38 with extended stern) inside a plastic tunnel on a tennis court near London and his building experience is being recorded by a professional cameraman. Between them they will be producing the video, which will be available toward the end of 1999. When ready, you will be able to buy it direct from Jon or through our website. I envisage that it will be a very useful reference for builders using this method.
Mount Gay 30
My Mount Gay 30 design is now complete and ready for building. The design went through a few structural metamorphoses during the design process, each time simplifying the structure a little more. The end result is a boat which will be competitive with the hi-tech designs yet is lo-tech in its structural concepts. It puts competitive fleet racing within the realistic reach of an average handyman builder who does not have a bottomless wallet.
TLC 19 for Turkey
Remember the little boat in which Anthony Steward sailed around the world? In that boat he set the record, which still stands today, of being the only person ever to have sailed around the world in an open boat. His hull was the plug off which the hull mould was made for the TLC 19 trailer sailer, a great little family weekender and round the cans racer.
Challenger dinghy for amateur builders
A design which I drew a few years ago is now to be available to amateur builders. It is the Challenger, which I drew as a 13ft lapstrake dinghy for Sentinel Boats of Hout Bay, South Africa. They owned sole rights to the design so I was unable to market it except through them. They have taken the step of commissioning GRP moulds for her, at the same time extending her to 14ft and will in future only be building her in that form, as a small sister to the 18ft Explorer.
Shearwater 45 for USA boat shows
The Shearwater 45, which is so beautifully built by Acheson Yachts, is soon to be seen in USA. Richard Acheson has recently returned from an exploratory marketing trip to East and West Coast USA and reports that she will initially be shown on the Newport Show in Rhode Island. The Annapolis Show in Maryland will probably follow.
Articles via electronic media
We have some articles on our website, as a reference service for visitors. They are part of a larger library of articles which I wrote for magazines and which have been available in hard copy form for a long time. We are now introducing them for delivery by either email or on 3.5" disk at reduced prices, allowed by these more cost effective delivery methods. The articles are supplied as html files, with photographs as jpg files and diagrams as gif files. This allows them to be viewed on the buyer's web browser, exactly as if they were on a website.
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