the 2013 Wayfarer Worlds photos
courtesy Gord Leachman, Allan Hallwood, Brendan Zamocj,
Iza Hansen, Ralph Roberts + Julia and Al Schonborn

  Sunday: Richard Hartley seminar

Uncle Al and his beloved W3854 are back home after the 2013 Worlds.
Only a quick trip over to MSC remains. Al wants to check out the action.

The Hartleys have sold most of the chartered boats that were used in the Worlds and ...
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... Richard is now giving a quick seminar to new owners and anyone else interested.
Richard's fine presentation was video'd but has a lot of wind noise, so I have summarized it below.
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Richard in full swing



Uncle Al's summary of
Richard's seminar

(Al's notes in green)
Only three kinds of wind: rough, medium (both sit on high side) and light. (crew sits in)
Only three "stations": beat, reach and run
Only four controls you have to worry about: board, kicker (vang), outhaul and (main) cunningham
  • board: beat > full down; close reach > up some (err towards too little board > boat should steer itself)
  • outhaul: usually fully tight (to black band); ease an inch if boat "sticking" in chop, i.e. power up if boat feels slow
  • (main) cunningham: "horrible tool", not often needed (or useful?)
  • kicker: the most important tool on the boat > adjusts main leech tension
    • upwind: only used if overpowered, or in gusts where main may need to be eased (enough vang to keep boom from lifting too much if wind needs to be spilled); in blow, crew plays kicker to keep top leech telltale streaming about 80% of the time (my ears doubtless deceived me, but I'd swear I heard Richard say, over the wind noise on the video, that if the telltale is fluttering excessively, it is saying, "You wanker! Ease the kicker!"?) while the helm  steers to the genoa; blow: more kicker > more cunningham, repeat as needed to depower to suit conditions: too much power = drag; ease main (and jib) as required to keep boat from heeling too much. (note from Richard Watterson:
      I think you did hear right re:Hartley tips for kicker adjustment.  I think it is right to ease kicker if excessive fluttering of tell tale.  "Fluttering"  is what happens as you add kicker and he recommended 80% of the time, this is opposite of "streaming" which happens when you don't have enough vang and the sail is too closely aligned with the relative wind and you lose power.  In this case he would say "if I see excessive streaming (i.e. no fluttering) the sail is saying 'you wanker, I need more kicker'".)
    • reach: enough to keep boom level; if top main leech telltale stalls > ease vang
    • run: Leo: enough vang to keep upper main perpendicular to wind (praise from Richard for this answer) (boom level, i.e. perpendicular to mast)
  • board - medium air: Richard prefers to use some board, especially in gusty, capsize-type conditions; he also feels that no board ends up requiring more (slowing) rudder action
  • board - blow: some board (1/4 to 1/2) adds stability and makes for easier steering; son, Mark, prefers the excitement of the "board full up" school of thought
Beat to reach or run in blow: ease some kicker to play it safe (ease main early to help boat to bear off!!! but Richard says to ease vang to depower main a bit first unless you feel very athletic)

Blowy reach:

  • board 1/2 to 1/3
  • golden rule in gusts: never luff up!! Instead, bear away (using eased main to assist)
  • son, Mark, prefers to ease for that extra bit of power and added thrill
  • cunningham: ease if you want added power
  • board -  some board even in medium air to reduce need for rudder action; 1/4 to 1/2 in blow > not enough to trip over
  • kicker: top batten perpendicular to wind
  • cunningham: OFF!
  • genoa: keep it pulling
  • crew weight: forward but move aft out of "Death Valley" if fear of capsize exists
Light air:
  • beat: board full down; no kicker; use adjustable bridle in order to centre boom to point without main leech hook; outhaul tight > fast exit for wind across main; no cunningham
Adjustable bridle: upwind - centre boom, ease bridle til top ticker flies > crew plays as conditions dictate

overall crew weight: in Mk IV especially, avoid sitting too far aft and dragging the transom except if fear of swimming becomes an issue

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