Aero, what's an Aero? I'll never understand how sailboats are marketed. The Megabyte is the perfect singlehanded sailing dinghy (at least on San Francisco Bay). But alas, she has become another in a long list of boats that have fallen by the wayside. Mind you, there might be some hope for the old girl, yet. She appears to be on life support over at Zim Sailing.
The Truc 12 is simple, has beautiful lines, and appears to sail well. I'd love to take one out for a sail. Unfortunately, I have never seen one in the United States. So it looks like I'll just have to continue to daydream..unless someone out there has one and wouldn't mind letting me take a spin.
note: this boat has been on my mind since 2009....also, I'm a sucker for wooden boats.
Orange deux? $60! A dinghy that was desinged for San Francisco Bay. I love Bay boats (Cal 20s, El Toros, Olson 30s, Wylie Wabbits, etc).
Yeah, I know, some troll out there will tell me that it's only worthy of scuttling and being turned into a reef. My question to you is, have you ever sailed a Banshee? If you haven't, shut the f#ck up!
The film above documents Frank Dye's second major sea passage, a Norwegian Sea crossing from Scotland to Aalesund, Norway, Dye and his crew, Bill Brockbank, narrowly survived four capsizes and a broken mast during a Force 9 storm. In Ocean–Crossing Wayfarer (1977), written with his wife Margaret, Dye recalled the scene: "It was impossible to look into the wind. It was screaming and the tops of the waves were blown completely away, feeling like hail. Within our limited vision the whole sea seemed to be smoking. Just to see such seas break away on the beam was frightening – 25ft of solid water, with another 12ft of overhanging crest above it. It was only a matter of time before we got one aboard."
When the inevitable happened, both men hauled on the warps, frantically trying to pull Wanderer through the crest: "She rose gallantly, but it was an impossible position: she seemed to be rising at 60 degrees and there was still a 15ft crest curling above us. Down it came and we were driven bodily under. With ears roaring under immense pressure, and swallowing water, I fought back to the surface, only to find Wanderer was lying bottom up."
After three more capsizes, Dye reflected: "Possibly we were the only people alive to have taken an open dinghy through a Force 9 gale, but we felt no elation, just a reaction of wetness, coldness and extreme tiredness." The pair recovered the mast from the sea, made a jury rig and went on to make landfall in Norway without further incident.
Team Hafren is made up of two sailors, Phillip Kirk and Jeremy Warren, from Thornbury Sailing Club in Gloucestershire, UK. The team set sail on Saturday May 31st with the aim to sail an open boat around mainland Britain in record time. The current best is 76 days and the target is 60 days. They intend to demonstrate self-sufficiency and good seamanship, and in the spirit of sailing adventurer Frank Dye (1928-2010), reaffirm that a Wayfarer dinghy can undertake extended offshore passages safely. Phil and Jeremy seek to foster good will between sailing clubs and leave a trail of TSC pennants in clubhouses around Britain.
The direct distance is 1500 miles and the plan is for approximately ten hops of 200 miles. Each “hop” is three days, with two nights spent at sea. Going clockwise from Weymouth, up the Irish Sea, west of the Isle of Man, they’ll drop into Northern Ireland(mission accomplished) then off up the west coast of Scotland(they're currently sailing in the Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland). This will take in the formidable headlands of Cape Wrath and Duncansby Head, sandbanks of the Thames Estuary, and the familiar headlands of the south coast.
To learn more about the challenge and to follow Team Hafren's progress go to their website or facebook page.
I remember back in the day when "Dear Sir" would rail against my beloved Force 5.Like many Newport tychoons who reach a certain age, he's being tempted by a younger filly. It will be sad to see "the kindly old Grand Dad" sucumumb to the siren song of the youthful vixen.She's a harlot sir, after your money!
Photo of two Laser 4.7s (Via Shoreline Sailboats) - Semper fidelis!