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Mark Taylor

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  • Birthday 19/02/1959

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    Troon Marina, Clyde
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    Sonata and dinghy racing (RS300, Flying Dutchman & Hornet)

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    Saraband GBR 8314N

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  1. The bottom end of Saraband's luff rope sits just above the bottom of my cutout........when lowering the main I have to remember to flick it to one side or the other to make sure it doesn't drop into the lower part of the luff groove. I am always surprised that when I bang on the cunningham that I don't have an issue with it catching on the lower edge of the cutout, but in 17 years, it hasn't, yet!! One thing that might help is that quite a few of us have dispensed using the tack pin and now have another heavy duty slider that drops into the mast groove. That enables the headboard to get to the black band without over-tensioning the luff, although be careful you don't over hoist it past the line. That will then lift the tack 1-2" and you have sorted your problem. On my Goacher main I found I had to have teh slider tied about 0.5" off the luff rope otherwise it pulled the tack too far forward Particularly on the Goacher main it makes the tack area of the mainsail look a lot better, removing for example that line that is going down left to right in your picture, just below the existing luff slider. Some people have a light line that ties the now free floating tack down to the tack pin, others including Steve Goacher himself, just let it float free, sliding up and down the groove as required. Hope that helps. Mark Saraband 8314N
  2. Masthead aerial and tricolour light on Saraband have both wires internal to the mast. Took a bit of juggling to get them down but mostly pulled down using a line pulled through mast with main halyard. Bottom 2 feet was the hardest, as teh main halyard came out about that far above mast step, so had to drop a mouse down the last bit. I taped the two wires together inside the mast but probably wouldn't do that next time as it meant I had to remove both when I had to replace the VHF aerial wire after it snagged when dropping the mast and got broke too short to solder a repair.
  3. Sidney......can I also suggest that you post this on the Facebook pages Sonata Sailing and also Sonata Sailing Scotland as I think (hope!) you will get a faster response as those pages are read more frequently by current and past Sonata sailors. best regards Mark
  4. Its on Facebook on both Sonata Sailing & Sonata Sailing Scotland Steve Goacher / Catherine Hartley have also been emailing those who have expressed interest so suggest you contact them as well. Hope that helps Mark
  5. For those not following the Facebook thread on this, the Inlands will be at Windermere on 10th and 11th March and looks like we could be into double figures for an entry, which is great given the time of the year!! Thanks to Steve Goacher for getting this arranged
  6. I can't find the proposed dates for the two weekend event that will be the 2018 Inlands Championship.......can anyone help me??!! I have some other commitments already in February so keen to either get crew confirmed or not! Thanks Mark
  7. Oops....forgot that the spinnaker halyard is the one rope I have on occasions led differently if by myself. I just take it out of the mast cleat and then straight down to a block at the foot of the mast, then back to the cockpit. Having said that, I don't always do it as it is easy enough to get to teh mast and flick it off.
  8. All Saraband's are 8mm dyneema and have proved fine. The sag in the forestay means that I periodically have to chop off some of genoa halyard as I get some chafe off the side of the genoa sheave housing, which does look quite smooth so not sure what else I can do. I just make sure I get the genoa halyard over-long so it has lots to be cut-off! I use Spinlock XS (I think!) clutches which are advertised as the right size for the halyards but in reality have some slippage, especially on the main. I have had to thicken the halyard where it is held by the clutch Mark
  9. Saraband is also set up with cleats for the kicker and Cunningham that can be used from the rail, plus the pole up haul is on a swivel cleat near the base of the mast. I often sail singlehanded and thought it would be an issue, but it isn't......I just make sure I have long enough tails on all the ropes so they reach the cockpit. I have also seen other boats where they have small eyes at the aft end of the coach roof that make sure the ropes are more securely located, but I haven't felt a need to do that. I would suggest you just get out there and sail your boat "as is" as that will work fine when singlehanded and better when fully crewed with people on the rail. Mark
  10. Thanks Luke....just need to get the logistics of 3 boats from Scotland to Thorpe Bay / Weymouth / Medway for 3 consecutive events!! regards Mark
  11. Luke, Thanks for the early notification of dates etc. Is it too early to advise if craning in is on the 19th or 20th and secondly, can boats on trailers be left at Medway YC a few weeks beforehand? Reason for questions is we are finishing another nationals at Weymouth on the 19th! Thanks Mark
  12. Chris, Can I also add my thanks for you taking the chair and also to Joe for the work he did. Similarly Martin Hartley has done a great job looking after the technical issues and keeping his patience with the RYA! I haven't done much Sonata racing in the past few years due to work and dinghy commitments but hope to get back out in 2018 season. Saraband has however been used by a number of crews at Tarbert and elsewhere and I think this is something that others should consider.........there are lots of young and older potential Sonata sailors who can be trusted to race your boat if you cannot be available yourself. In my experience they always look after the boat, it comes back clean and with no damage. Insurance companies are fine with it so long as it is not a charter. With regard to events...... 1) The £100 bursary is a nice to have but has never been the decider on whether I decide to race or not. More importantly for me has been if there is sensibly priced (or free!) craning for visitors or a decent slipway if it is a fresh water venue. I really think we need to select those venues that get that sorted for visitors......in my experience Strangford, Sunderland, Whitby and Scarborough all got this right.....the Rhu (Clyde) lifts were expensive with little flexibility by the marina and I haven't sailed at any of the south or east coast venues to make any comment on those. 2) Personally I would suggest we stop the £100 bursary for the majority but increase it to £200 for anyone transiting the Irish Sea, in either direction. Someone suggested we should retain a bursary if there are a number of younger sailors and I could go with that idea. 3) I like 4 day nationals but accept that effectively you still need to take the Wednesday and Monday off if travelling.......which rather diminishes the case for not having the older week long format. Renting houses also easier on the week long events. I will go with the majority on this but probably would favour the week long format. Technical Issues..... 4) I typically sail with 2 male / 2 female and as such probably have less weight on the rail than many boats. Steve Goacher did once suggest that I should consider sailing 5 up, but that just gives me another crew to find plus increases the costs of travel, accommodation etc. As I have got better at sailing the Sonata it is possibly less of an issue than before, but there is definitely an issue at top end of #1 genoa but when the gap to changing to the #3 is too big. There are certainly times when I wish I had a #2 (not allowed) or that the #3 was re-designed to be a more powerful sail than currently allowed.........making it a proper blade #3 rather than a glorified working jib! My 3/4 tonner, now sold, had a much easier transition from heavy #1 to blade # 3 with no noticeable gap in performance. Other boats have updated their rigs and if properly managed and with due notice to allow people to budget for purchase there is little disadvantage to the fleet....for example the Flying Fifteens have decided to change their headsail and have ended up with a boat that looks better, goes well and apparently with lower sheet loads etc. We are ideally placed with Steve Goacher as our Technical Officer to manage such a trial and then adoption. There is one Sonata on the south coast that has adopted a new blade #3 sail, supplied by Sanders, and sheeting to existing genoa tracks. This has resulted in a very favourable IRC rating when taken as the largest headsail. The owner, who's name I forget, reported that the boat sailed very well with it. 5) Two crew for racing seems to me to be a good idea and as others have said, carries little or no advantage in almost any of the conditions we race in. Communications 6) I own race a number of dinghies and the two that are doing well at events and bringing in new members (RS300 and Hornets) seem to have the balance right......the websites provide technical information, classified adds, event calendars and information etc. The Facebook pages provide an unregulated forum for banter, abuse, chivying of attendance at events, loaning of equipment, provision of floor space for travelling crews etc. Both mediums are actively used and updated but have different purposes. In contrast, The FD class has a much more tightly controlled website and Facebook environment, with posts moderated before posting, removing much of the banter and also delaying communication. It's not the only reason the class is failing in the UK but it certainly isn't helping...... The Scottish Sonata Facebook pages were started by the Old School team ( I think?) and have proved a great forum for getting people aware of events, sorting out boat loans, crews etc. I would encourage the wider UK class to have a similar approach to the RS300 and Hornets communication, particularly the RS300, ......an active website to discuss formal / technical matters and the Facebook pages to create a wider social media presence for our class. regards Mark Saraband 8314
  13. Goacher Sails sell ready made tapered spinnaker sheets which will address the concerns you have.....thick enough to hold / light enough not to affect the sail trim. They would also advise on suitable block size. PS....well done buying a Snotty!
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