I've yet to hear about that. De-masts i know about were always weather ndition related. Mates parents yacht(8m/27') is mid 70's(thats what, 50 years old?) and mast and boom still havent broken. and his own racing yacht(10m/30') with is about 20 years old with a racing life is also still going strong. Masts dont 'suddenly' snap.I am a yachtsman and alloy masts and poles can just break. Its because aluminium "work hardens". It gets more brittle and then it will just fail.
They break under pressure, certainly. Alloy tends to tear and then snap off. I've broken a mast in a World Soling Championship of Queberon / France. I'm Australian, so I leased a boat. It was a few years old, and the mast had age hardened and become brittle. It's a known issue. Another Australian racing there was John Bertrand, and he also broke his mast in the same race. John later won the America's Cup, for the first time defeating the USA. The breeze wasn't very strong either that day.I've yet to hear about that. De-masts i know about were always weather ndition related. Mates parents yacht(8m/27') is mid 70's(thats what, 50 years old?) and mast and boom still havent broken. and his own racing yacht(10m/30') with is about 20 years old with a racing life is also still going strong. Masts dont 'suddenly' snap.
Sounds like lots of fun!Very interesting Melbourne. I certainly hadn't come across this issue and a lot of the yachts I've sailed on were older, so forgive me for thinking that its only in extreme conditions that mast go down.
But as I've said, I've not experienced it, and on some bigger races that were called off due to extreme wind conditions(47kts crossing the deck) there were de-mastings which could only have come from extreme conditions. Not in a light breeze you know.
Nice Jeanneau BTW very sharp looking boat, great sleek racing lines and twin idiot sticks.
Surprised not to see spinnaker winches on it though. I take it its doubling up on the sheet winches, must be why they're placed quite far back.
Certainly a nice boat to own, a real head turner.
Mates boat was a Europa 3000, fast as f*** in fact because we kept winning all our races they changed the handicap from IOR4 to IOR3 to let the others taste a bit of gin. We stopped racing after that. Pretty unheard of for whats effectively a 28'(9m waterline/10m on deck) to be a class 3. Thats more your classification. But you know how club racing is, its all funny handshakes
Good to hear from you. I trust your rib/ribs healed up ok. That's quite the injury to recover from at your age. I've never heard of this brand and I don't recognise the motor, but I spotted this on the CH White website. I also don't know if their handlebars are made using same cheese Tern use to make theirs. 3 gear hub? Daft. There are no decent pre-built mid-drive folding bikes available that I can find.Well a year on from being dumped in the road I still have the Vectron, Cannot say I am relaxed riding it as I never lean heavily on the bars now and check them regularly. The bars have not folded again.