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Mike Cooke

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  1. I'd be surprised if this is the case for an international class. A measurer is a measurer at the end of the day - surely if they're approved by the class in a country it doesn't matter where the sails end up.
  2. Suppose it depends on how tall you consider the risks to be? I don't know of anyone personally who has completely lost a boat - even sunk ones have been recovered. I'm sure it does happen, but would you spend good money on the off chance? I wouldn't have thought any home policy would cover racing risks, but it might be worth a chat with a broker.
  3. I heard that their rudder was bent in the pitchpole and while they were able to bend it back it wasn't as good as new...
  4. It's worth having a look at some of the survival training the teams have to do. It's pretty terrifying in itself and shows quite how seriously they're taking it. Quite fun watching the marginal-foiling races. Realising you're sailing out of the front of the puffs is quite a watershed moment.
  5. North Face thermal gloves. Get the E-tip ones if you've got a touchscreen on your transmitter
  6. Tony Edwards in Sherborne is probably your closest bet. he's done a few boats for me.
  7. Wow - In the time it took me to write that post - nice work John
  8. I made an adjustable one - you can slowly wind on tension until you get the result you need.
  9. Start with a bit less kicker, if that doesn't do it, the bringing the rig forward slightly using the forestay might help. Start with some steadier conditions and see if it's doing the same further down the range.
  10. Fair enough - well, to start with is it doing the same things all the time? is it heading up or down in gusts? Are you sailing on a particularly shifty lake - it's quite a small and light boat will be easily knocked about.
  11. Have you got the right rudder on? The kit came with 2 rudders - one for static display and another for RC use - will make a big difference to balance/tracking in a straight line.
  12. Depends on enough stuff that you could probably write a nice book on the subject. If the boat balances vaguely nicely now and you alter the rake, to get the boat to continue to balance vaguely nicely you'll end up having to move the mast position to counter. I personally like a degree or two and then vary the mast position to find balance but I have a cassette for my mast to plug into and a lot of scope for moving. Yes to bearings, but I think only the top is really needed.
  13. I think a lot of this stuff does need thinking about before sailing can resume. Stuff like having a one-way system for the control area for starters to try and stop people bumping into each other. In one door and out another using facilities. By and large theres no reason why we can't sail and keep distance...
  14. Multis don't get a lot of love around here! Think Ian is coming over to the Mini40 Open at Gosport in early April.
  15. We had an excellent Slalom cup for foiling Mini40's at Gosport - at times we had half a dozen boats foiling apparent wind and trading gybes at some great speeds.
  16. Be interested to know what advice you've been given to cause such a U turn. The most limiting factor with multihulls is the choice of sailing water and having access to a Lee shore in case the worst happens. If you can find one, Hobbyking did a 1M tri called the Skate - other than being too bendy it was alright for the money.
  17. First up, check out the Mini40 Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Mini40Multihull/ The fastest boat in the UK is the Shinobi which there's a bit about here : http://www.aardvarkracing.co.uk/radio-boats/rc-foiler-tri/ Disclaimer: I make the Shinobi! Theres a 2 day championships at Gosport in about 5 weeks time, along with the 2 day Flevocup in the Netherlands in May which are the 2 main events in the Mini40 calendar...
  18. Depends how precious you are about weight - a good paintjob can weigh quite a bit, so getting rid of all the old stuff will go a long way.
  19. I actually question whether they're good at all at model scale - I'm going with them because thats what everyone does and while evaluating my hull designs it would be silly to mess around with non-standard rigs.
  20. From what I can gather, most of the fast folk use pocket luff for everything except A rig...
  21. RMG best winch, but I've got a PJ (larger of the two) winch in my RM which has been doing pretty well so far. Bit cheaper, quite a bit lighter too.
  22. Probably needs a new topic, but there's a good argument for a 1M umbrella class that everything fits into in the same way that the Dragonforce fits into the RG65 class. Increasing participation and a subset of 'class' trophies for the hard-liners would be a great way of getting more people involved - especially when it's so hard to get hold of the main classes in the first place. If the newcomers could 'run what they brung', when the bug bites they would be better placed to pick up competitive class boat rather than sitting on the fringes contemplating the price of a new IOM. RG100 anyone?
  23. There are plenty around that can do it. The 3dr Iris and Solo are the one's that spring to mind. They link to smartphones and assuming a good gps signal will track the phone. The Solo in particular has some excellent software for managing this and getting good flybys. As with above, if you are using near other people (250M I think) in public you need a drone license to do all this.
  24. I think it's fairly straightforward. If they want to film you in close proximity they need to be licensed. Then they'll have their own insurance and all the nonsense that goes with it. As most model yacht sailing seems to take part in public spaces you'd actually have a hard time stopping a drone pilot from filming you if they wanted to.
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