The whole trend of the results is towards improvement and it is indeed as Frank Bethwaite posits in his book High Performance Sailing, that jib sail rigged boats are more efficient than single sails. The sail drive, that is the drive that is actually pushing the boat in the direction you want to go, has increased by some 25%, the height of the centre of effort has been lowered by 6 or 7% and the drive/heeling ratio is improved.
These results are encouraging, so who will be first to turn them into practice?
Sea Cows (JimB)
The GOSSIP has been very good this year with well-written yarns. The coastal meets in Wales and Scotland have provided most of the interest, I think.
As F&M (Foot & Mouth Disease - Ed.) put a damper on things last year, the coast gives a fresh dimension. Sea cows are immune. Some of the creatures sighted made it sound like a Capt. Cook voyage of discovery - bottle-nosed dolphins, porpoises as well as rock climbing, tidal and toilet considerations all gave an extra dimension to our freshwater forays.
Apart from the gulls and midges I only saw a seal, the first for me. I had been lost in the enjoyment of my new boat (on Sunart, I presume - Ed.) so I did not see it until it was only a few yards in front; then I realized it had a face and was watching my approach. It submerged with a swirl and I sailed over the spreading ripples. I wonder what it thought of my three new bottoms as they passed over? (I hesitate to suggest, Jim; answers on a postcard, folks, and a bottle of beer to the winner.) To return to my opening remarks, the GOSSIP will only be as good as we make it, so keep writing. Roy will sort it out. (!)