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New F-22R Launched in South Africa

Peter How has just launched his F-22R on Gariep dam in South Africa and writes:

Hi Ian

Most of the bugs sorted out now, including the jib furling. Upwind it points well and sails almost
at the same speed as the apparent wind on my handheld meter.

Sails hands off in a straight line. Folding the floats on the water for docking on the trailer each
day is very easy. The low weight and wide mast cord make it risky to leave out next to a jetty with our Karoo
winds (60 knots downdraft measured at Oviston down the lake last week).

Single line reefing working well from the cockpit, and friction not too high, but a lot of rope. Mast
rotating OK, but needs a little help sometimes, or lubricant on the stainless ball. Mast seems very stiff,
and I don't think that I can get much bend from tightening the diamonds. Little bit of centre board and rudder
hum starts from about 8 knots boat speed upwards.

Gross weight of trailer combination is 1100Kg (2420lbs), and sailing weight of boat is 725Kg (1595lbs),
including the 9.8hp outboard.

Very comfortable easy to sail, and very fast. Got it up to nearly 14 knots today.

South Africa

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