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Old 06-08-2015
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Default 6 metre World Cup - La Trinite sur Mer, France, June 2015

Back today from a rather long trip with some great sailing and thought I would summarize the whole thing.

First, the class. 6 metres are divided into 'Classic' and 'Open' classes, basically before/after 1967. Open, or Modern, boats look like miniature versions of the 80's AC 12 metres, mostly with wing keels, trim tabs, etc, while classics look like, well, classics. There's also a sub division of 'rule 2' classics from the early 30s which still sail with wood rigs and white sails, due to changes in the rule they are lightning fast in light air with lower wetted surface, but rather tippy in the breeze. Classics start 5 minutes after moderns and usually the front 5 classics overtake the back couple of moderns.

La Trinite was the venue this year, a cool little sailing town right on the Atlantic but sheltered by the Quiberon peninsula. We shared a dock with the enormous trimaran Spindrift, ex Banque Populaire, like 125 feetish. It kept trying to sail away with the dock every time the wind came up. There were over a dozen class 40s, the brand new Safran Open 60 was on our dock, and a bunch of famous boats like the Newick tri A Capella and Loick Peyron's 'Happy' there also. Very awesome.

The fleet was strong with 23 classics and I think 21 moderns or something.

There was a two day warmup regatta, which was cut to one day due to high winds (when they say high winds in France, they tend to mean it). Warmup was won by Eric Jespersen's Llanoria team in the classics, which is supposed to be bad luck?

Worlds started on Monday. It's worth noting that the rules require the OCS boats not be hailed until 1 minute after the start, which makes an OCS VERY expensive. Llanoria sailed with very conservative mid line starts, on Gallant we opted to go digital, all or nothing. It cost us in the first race, not with an OCS, but we got piled up at the boat, had no lane, did many extra tacks, and worked our way from an 8ish position all the way back to 17th in the first race. Not a good start. Lessons learned, we went out and won the next two races. Llanoria ended the day in 2nd place with a 5-2-2, Gallant ended the day in sixth with a 17-1-1. In the modern fleet, Vancouver's Steve Kinsey sailed Blade to lead after day 1, which surprised a few people as the boat was a bit of an unknown.

Tuesday was another day blown off for high winds. We spent the morning tweaking our rig and then went touring in Lorient where the bases for all the big offshore teams are - Groupama, all the Mod 70s, all but two of the original Pen Duick boats, Commodore Explorer, lots more. Very cool.

Wednesday was the calm after the storm, light air which Gallant is known to suck at. We sat under postponment until after lunch, then got a light sub-10 knots from almost the opposite direction we had sailed in before. Gallant started off with an OCS, where we managed to sail back up to a 17. Fack. We then posted a 2 and a 3, and with the throwout kicking in, we managed to move up to 4th overall. Kind of a surprise. Llanoria posted a 4-1-4 for the day and stayed at the front of the fleet. Blade fought to get the boat powered up early on and took a 6-7-2. Gallant protested a German boat and should have easily won to move up a point, but some politicking ended up with us not pissing off a boat that might come to Vancouver in 2017 for our worlds. It came back to haunt us later.

Thursday was the last day of racing. A boat called Flapper had been leading the classics but they melted under pressure late in the regatta and quickly found themselves in 4th. The Llanoria guys saw this and began to focus on keeping second place Titia (GBR) under control. This left Gallant free to sail for the win also and we did our best in very light air, taking a 4 and then a 1 in a shortened near-drifter. We missed out on second by 1 point (that protest, d'oh!) and first by 6 points, so both those 17s are still rubbing most of us the wrong way. Llanoria sailed very well the last day and after winning the first race, took a 6 while covering the only boat that could still beat them. Llanoria takes the classics trophy for the regatta, Gallant third.

In the moderns Blade continued to battle their light air settings a bit and ended up third as well. The last race in particular was like Vancouver, only one side of the course worked and a lot of guys got hung out to dry. This boat was a total wreck last year when the guys started sailing it, so it was very impressive they ended up where they did.

The fleet was chock full of pro and olympic sailors which meant that any mistakes were costly and the feeling of success with a win was very rewarding. Gallant at full speed pulls a stern wave higher than the transom and we had a couple of awesome hair-on-fire runs that we won't forget soon. There is a considerable effort under way to get a few more boats in town before the 2017 World Cup which will be hosted at RVYC, so hopefully a number of Vancouver sailors will get a chance to participate. Check out the north american and world websites for more details, pictures, etc...

http://www.6mrnorthamerica.com/

http://6metreworlds.com/
^there will be a ton of cool photos including heli shots linked from this site soon.
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Very cool Schnick! Now the question is, where's the sign up sheet for 2017!
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Schnick - congrats - and thank you for the write up, very cool!
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Nice writeup, Schnick.

If I read correctly, it looks like 50 percent of the overall podium positions at this international event were taken by BC boats?

That's a nice testament to the level of sailing talent we have here.
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That would be correct.
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If anyone is interested, there are a lot of 6mr of varying vintage advertised here: http://www.6metre.ch/market_place.html

One of the more interesting ones is Prince Alfred (la Difference) the Elvstrom/Kjaerulff bulb bow design. Built in the mid-70's. Allegedly fast off the wind but slow upwind in a seaway for obvious reasons. But the bulb might just work upwind as well in the relatively flat waters of EB.

Bulb design has come a long way since the mid 70's and if you could build one tuned to expected EB conditions, you might have something. Wondering if you could have multiple detachable bulbs (of neutral buoyancy so trim and measurements don't change) so you could attach the appropriate one for the forecast each day.

Here are a few photos of Prince Alfred. The first one is at launch with the builder B. Barnett and the next ones are how she is today with her probiscus lopped off.
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I'm pretty sure any of the boats at Royal Van could be bought for a good deal right now if you wanted to join in. St Francis 9 is current North American champ and a past world champion, and New Sweden is a hull sister to at least one of the podium boats at this year's worlds. Ca Va could be bought and could be a Classic contender when the wind is up (she's quite long), and has just come out of a refit that I suspect cost more than what the boat could be bought for. Not sure if Saskia is for sale but at the right price I would not be surprised. Also recently refit.

Blade is coming directly back to Vancouver in the next couple weeks - these boats fit in a container which is nice. So the fleet will continue to grow. All of these boats are only available to someone who will keep them local and build the racing.
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Schnick, what was the deal with the bow on Blade (Bladerunner)? Even though she is a 1986 or so Howlett design, it has a very post 2000 IACC look to it in profile. Although in a more recent bow on photo it looks much finer in section than a Davidson type bow would have.

IIRC correctly you mentioned before thatit was a repair of sorts. You would think they would have repaired it to the original shape or was this more of a psyche job since it doesn't appear to have the fullness required to make that type of bow work. Also, would probably be hard to measure in as a 6mr if the bow sections were made fuller.
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My understanding is it is a straight-up repair. The boat had a collision in the post-Davidson-bow era and they just filled it back in with a straight line rather than rebuild the knuckle. It does look exactly like a V4 IACC boat when you see it on the water. Blade is pretty cool, it's quite a small boat next to the others and I think it will be wicked fast in Vancouver conditions. After they took a 3rd and were in contention to win, we are considering it the benchmark boat for all the local moderns for the next two years, which is nice to have as we were kind of flailing about with SF9 last summer.
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It certainly gives her an IACC look rather than a 6mr. This one is in contrast to the type of bow Howlett usually employed on his metre boats which tended to have a more rounded bow knuckle.
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