Eight Bells: Ian Farrier:
Ian Farrier, a visionary multihull designer best known for his folding trailerable trimarans, died at age 70 on December 10, 2017.
Ian Farrier first started sailing multihulls virtually by accident, being a twenty year old New Zealand engineering student and monohull sailor, looking for a keelboat to do some offshore cruising.
Nothing suitable was available, but then an unfinished 30-foot trimaran was advertised, and this was purchased after some research. After two years of hard work and rebuilding, his first multihull was launched in 1969.
It was not a perfect multihull, but it was reasonably fast and forgiving. However, some design limitations were apparent, and co…
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Volvo Ocean Race: Trouble lies ahead:
(December 11, 2017; Leg 3, Day 2) – After a fast and furious opening 24 hours of Leg 3, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet were today enjoying a brief moment of respite as they cross a high-pressure ridge. Speeds throughout the fleet had dropped to around 10 knots as the ridge of lighter breeze impeded their path south.
“We have to cross a ridge, and they’re always difficult to cross because it’s a transition between two areas of wind in a high pressure system,” Dongfeng skipper Charles Caudrelier said. “We’re trying to leave the high pressure at its southern end to catch the low pressure below but these conditions are always difficult. The wind is very shifty, very light. We are luc…
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