Shroud Termination

A recent question on the upper shrouds came from Stuart Austin, rebuilding USA 440, a 1969 Dubdam.  Stuart writes, "Rule 62 states that the lower ends of the shrouds should be "impossible" to adjust while racing. How do you achieve controls that can be tuned conveniently but still meet the rule?"

The rule references the "lower end" which is referring to the teminal attachment of the shroud to the chainplate or whatever hardware affixed to the boat. This does not refer to the critical adjustment mechanism that lengthens or shortens the upper shroud.  The rule is stating that the attachment point of the shroud may not be movable while under way.  The effect of this is that on an FD, you are not allowed to move the shroud fore, aft or athwardships while racing.  To be sure, many boats allow for this type of adjustment to be made between races. 

Approach to FD Sailing

We are assembling information on FD sailing techniques - an overview of how to approach FD sailing, describing initial rig setup, sail interaction, foil balance, and the general idea of crewing and helming. It will also serve as an introduction to the detailed sections.  Come back and check it out!.  You will be able to add to the ever growing knowledgebase.

Trailer "Brake-through"

Hey Tim;

Looking through the old Trapeze magazines, my favorite parts were where FD owners would show their upgrades... mine isn't a speed increaser, but safety.

I'll be the first to admit it... I hate trailering at night. The lights are weak, they flash like they're anemic, and I end up putting reflectors all over the place to make the boat more visible.   Goofing around on ebay looking for trailer lights, I stumbled across a number of products that allow the lights to run directly from the battery in parallel instead of in series.   I bought one for a screaming deal ($12) and installed it on my Volvo.

The difference has been nothing short of amazing.  The lights are as bright on my car, and when the brake lights come up they can actually be seen.  Blinkers FLASH, not go from dim to a little brighter.  It's done amazing things for my confidence other people will see me at night, more importantly see my boat behind me.    Again, just my 2 cents here.


Coming soon: An introductin to the FD genoa, including genoa selection, clew attachment, rig rake, telltales, genoa cars, sheeting, luff tension.