The New A2

Well we got the new A2 spinnaker and it’s a beauty. What a difference it makes to our downwind legs. Our first outing was a real ‘practice’ in the middle of a race but I think we will sort it soon enough. Ballard Sails did the design and build locally which is something I wanted to do this time around. So far I’m very happy with the work and the service. This sail is right at the max allowed for us and really puts a good amount of sail out in front of the boat which the old Hood sail did not. It is more of a challenge to trim than the AP kite and that is to be expected. We also need to band this one in any kind of breeze but that’s OK by me because it is less likely to get away from us on the hoist.

After our challenging live practice in the SBYC Snowbird race 1 we put in 2 solid hours of practice. Gybe after gybe working on the timing of the outside gybes, something we’re learning to do. The new MLX spin sheets seem to work well too. Now I just need to fit some secondary winches to cut down on the gymnastics at the back of the boat and we will be in a position to start sailing a lot closer to our rating.


Above is a sneak preview of the new A2. Didn’t have a chance to get any full shots of the sail. Here’s Jacqui in front of the A2, she’s the person we have to thank for the cool color layout. Next time out hopefully we’ll get a full image of the sail.

Nice image Jan!

We got out last month for STYC’s last event of the year and Jan’s Marine Photography was on the water taking photos. There were several good images of Kinetics available but I liked this one the best. Many of the good ones were closeups of the crew at work. Thanks Jan. Can’t wait to get the glossy and frame it. Hoping we get some sunny shots with the new A2 kite from Ballard Sails next summer.


Pink Boat Regatta 2013

At last Kinetics is ready to get out on the race course again. This time for another of the Northwest’s benefit events, the Pink Boat Regatta. It has been taken on entirely this year by our own Sloop Tavern Yacht Club after the original guy behind it packed up and left the country. We really like to participate in the benefit events and I’m happy the boat is able to make this one. It is still a bit early but we need some more boats to enter and support this event. It’s tough to draw big numbers this time of year but hopefully the turn out will improve as the calendar ticks down to August 17th.

Here is a link to the fund raiser page for the boat over on BCRF. Team Kinetics races Pink Boat Regatta

The two faced main

After months of bad luck, mistakes and other strangeness the new main sail from Island Planet Sails is on the boat and working well. The whole experience was an interesting one. Some of the problems were mine, most were not. In the end I have a sail I’m satisfied with. Now we shall see how it holds up and performs. I will continue to leverage the huge savings I got by investing in other things needed on the boat and to offset my current travel expenses. That was the plan from the beginning and now I can finally put it to the test. The main is built using older tech called Structural Tape. An early version of the Tape Drive most people have heard of. I opted to go with an additional singled sided poly material on one side which makes the sail look different from port to starboard. While odd to look at it will increase its life span by quite a bit over a mylar only sail. The boat now prefers to be photographed from the starboard side!


Stranger than fiction

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for this weekend’s third attempt at uniting Kinetics with a new main sail. It’s hard to know where to even begin with the bad luck tale that describes what has taken place with the purchase, delivery, install, removal, return, re-delivery, re-re-delivery and pending reinstall of this main sail. In fact, even I have a hard time believing what has happened. So it is with a large amount of cautious optimism that I head back to Seattle this weekend to try once more to bring main sail and boat together as one.

Let’s hope Kinetics can get back to sailing soon instead of being marooned at the dock.

Back to racing

Fingers and toes crossed the main is fixed and ready to be shipped back to Seattle in time for STYC’s Three Buoy Fiasco on June 15th. I’ve asked that it be shipped the week before just to be sure. New Dyneema lifelines are almost all done being installed. The rig has been tuned by Chris Tutmark. The funky steering issue has been fixed by me (not without plenty of knuckle banging, head scratching, and, of course, swearing). There is still plenty to do before the boat is ready to race but it’s doable in a few hours of concentrated effort.

Should be able to make the first Elliot Bay Thursday night race on June 13th as well. My fingers and toes will be cramped by race day but I’m intent of making it happen this time! Come on wind, go away rain.

It’s the main problem

No Vashon Island race for Kinetics this year. Bummer. Boo. Sucks. C’est la vie.

The new main sail had to go back for rework. It was major rework and it went all the way back to Hong Kong and I was hopeful it would make it back to us in time but no such luck. With no backup sail we’re stuck at the dock. Looks like a good time to tackle some maintenance and upgrade tasks instead. Sorry crew. I’m as disappointed as you. Heck, I flew up from LA to do this!

The boat will be ready to rock the 3 Buoy Fiasco.

BRBR Review and Vashon Island Decisions

Well the BRBR was fun but not without its challenges for team Kinetics. We finished well back after being knocked on our ear most of the race. I got us off to a horrible start. Something we can fix with a bit more experience and by getting out to the course a bit sooner. We were over powered for most of the beat to the rock and it slowed us down I think and then not getting the kite up after the turn sealed our fate. It went up with a twist and then things just got worse. We need more time on the boat for everyone to feel confident with the equipment and the process. We’ll get there.

Vashon Island is next up on May 11th. We still need to decide if we want to do the short course from Shilshole to north end of Blake Island (47.560N 122.500W) or the slightly longer race down to Point Robinson (47.400N 122.383W). This is all dependent on getting the new main back in time and sorting out the other issues on the list from the BRBR. I think we should try to do the Thursday night Elliot Bay fun race if possible as we need the practice.