Sunday, 27 September 2015

Another great day kayak sailing at Exmouth

Launching from Orcombe Point, it was a bit of a hard slog against wind and tide, but eventually I made it into the protection of the estuary. Here is a picture of the new mainsail, you can also see the oversize rudder which has been a great improvement for sailing performance.

Later on returning to the sea front the wind piped up which lead to some exciting sailing:

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Improvements on my Trimaran Kayak setup

Recently I have built a slightly larger rudder for my Scupper Pro for kayak sailing. The rudder is slightly balanced by having some of the area forward of the rudder pintle. This reduces significantly the pressure required on the foot peddles.

I have also recently added a new mainsail. I went out for a sail this weekend to test both the rudder and new sail and was very pleased with the results

I am having alot of fun with my trimaran setup for the Scupper Pro at the moment and have decided to carry out the following improvements over the coming winter:

  • Work out furler reefing system for main and mizzen
  • Build new improved amas with a little more buoyancy and longer akas
  • Rebuild my mizzen mast step as the original is showing signs of wear after 6 years
  • Renew the mizzen sail, 
Happy kayak sailing!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Kayaking on the South Devon Coast

I have been doing a little more Kayaking with my good friend John Holden recently. We had a good trip on the water today:

Here is a pic of John on a training paddle. The headland behind is called Straight Point, and is best known as the location of one of the Royal Marines firing ranges. John informed me that he spent many a day on that range getting up to mischief when he was in the Marines!