Stuart Coltart Puts The New Bouyancy System To The Test

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Stuart Coltart Puts The New Bouyancy System To The Test

Post by IDA » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:41 pm

The Dragon celebrates her 80th Anniversary this year and, hats off to the Technical Committees over the years for their continual review of the Class Rules, keeping the Class both modern and thriving. One of their more radical rule changes in recent years was an increase the mandatory built in buoyancy. After months of review and planning it is always good to know when something works in situ and not just on the drawing board. Petticrows were delighted to receive the following e-mail from Stuart Coltart after a blustery weekend of sailing on the Medway relaying his experience in his new 2009 Dragon....

"We had a serious broach on Saturday and were knocked flat for some seconds in a violent backing squall. The boat took a considerable amount of water but I am pleased to say that when she righted herself, she was buoyant, water was constrained in the centre of the boat and when Catriona went forward to get the spinnaker down, the boat remained stable both laterally and longitudinally due to the buoyant ends. Water was out of the boat in 3 mins with some pumping from us. We never felt in any serious danger but am quite sure that it would have been much less pleasant in an older boat."

...After spending a lot of time and effort to conform to the new Class Rules it is nice to have positive feedback from the fleet on the water.

Fiona Brown
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Re: Stuart Coltart Puts The New Bouyancy System To The Test

Post by Kraftwerk » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:50 am

Can you direct me to a photograph of this system? Thank You.

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Re: Stuart Coltart Puts The New Bouyancy System To The Test

Post by trw999 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:50 am

You can see what Petticrows said about it all at the time on their web site. Try this first:

http://www.petticrows.co.uk/news/new-rules-mods.shtml

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