Thursday, August 27, 2009

Out Of The Mould

The first Holroyd rudders are out of the mould and ready for on the water testing. It is an very exciting time for us. We are happy with the results so far and can't wait to get our full set of Holroyd foils out there. See photos of the first rudder straight out of the mould.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Moth Worlds 2009 Underway

The 2009 International Moth worlds have started with practice races completed and the real racing underway. With a smallish fleet of only 47 boats, it still has cast a large audience with people watching the events from all over the world. The fleet consists of top level sailors, with many olympians and world champions entered. Racing in the gorge has proved to be difficult, with strong currents and high winds and many many gear breakages all though the fleet. Its going to be a interesting regatta. In the Assassin we have Chris Steele, a previous optimist world champion, who is getting it all together very quickly (having only sailed the moth a couple of weeks before leaving for the worlds). He suffered some gear failure in the US nationals week but luckily many people have been helping him and the others out. Thanks to Devin Bader, Kevin Hall, and John Barlett for all your help. Its verification of what a great class the international moth is with sailors helping other sailors. Also sailing the Assassin is Devin Bader and Anthony Boscolo both from the US. Good luck to everyone competing at the 2009 Moth Worlds.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Not quite ready but we are there. 26.3 knot peak (25.8 10 sec average) against the gorge current there was a little oops. With a brand new boat straight of the box, our Darren special temporary rudder foil had some issues, dislocated itself. Impressed by the speed, but are a little afraid of our soon to be released Holroyd foils - Rudder foils are currently being built and the main foil is about to have the mould machined. Rudder mould looks great, see the sneak preview below.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Almost there with our newly designed Holroyd foils. The rudder mould is due tonight and the centreboard mould is about to be machined. We were lucky enough to get Giovanni Belgrano, legendary composite engineer, to sort that side out.

We have three boats at the worlds this year, currently with our temporary foils but are hoping to get some rudders over there before the worlds start. We will see.

Its been a long winded process with several holdups out of our control but we are happy with the end result, they are looking spectacular and was well worth the wait...