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Astus 20.2 in the Mug Race

Posted by ROBERT SANBERG

Astus 20.2 in the Mug Race

Here is a submission by one of our Astus 20.2 owners. The Mug race is a very popular sailboat race in North East Florida. It has been organized for well over a half decade by the Rudder Club. It is a distance race on the St Johns river going from Palatka to Jacksonville. This is a perfect fit for the Astus 20.2 and this year myself and a friend of mine Steven decided to give it a go. After preparing the boat for a few days, ensuring things like having fresh layers of Hullkote and that the centerboard gasket was...

WindRider Supports Adaptive Sailing in Sandusky Ohio

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WindRider Supports Adaptive Sailing in Sandusky Ohio

WindRider is proud to support the ongoing efforts of Adaptive Adventures, who in conjunction with the Sandusky Sailing Club in Sandusky, Ohio, will be bringing a new Adaptive Sailing program to Sandusky Bay and the local region. The program, designed to make sailing accessible for children, adults, and veterans of all abilities, is modeled after the same highly successful program started by Adaptive Adventures in Denver, Colorado. In just two seasons on the water, the Denver program was able to help hundreds of sailors of all ages and abilities gain access to sailing with its fleet of 6 WindRider WR17 AS trimarans, and has since...

WR17 Sailing Adventure in Saskatchewan Canada

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WR17 Sailing Adventure in Saskatchewan Canada

ELBOW RUN 2015 - The Lake Diefenbaker Experience We extend an invitation to all WindRider enthusiasts to join us for our third Lake Diefenbaker WindRider Experience. This is a 5 day sailing/camping trip, offering excellent day time sailing along with communal cooking and evening campfire camaraderie. Lake Diefenbaker is a man made lake extending 140 miles from Saskatchewan Landing in the west to the Gardiner Dam in the north east where the lake continues as the South Saskatchewan River. With over 500 miles of coastline, there are many excellent beaches that are suitable for lunchtime breaks during the day and wilderness...

The Everglades Challenge in an Astus 20.2

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The Everglades Challenge in an Astus 20.2

We were a little slow off the beach but we learned a bit in the process and should be able to simply roll it off the beach with inflatable rollers next time. Once in the water, we flew through across the Tampa Bay crossing and headed South once in the Gulf outside of Anna Maria Island. We had a solid 15+kn NE wind and we were sailing SE at a steady 12-14kn with all sails up. The leeward ama would completely submerge without any drama at all and after a while we stopped sheeting out when it happened and the...

Disabled Sailors Need a Better Option

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Disabled Sailors Need a Better Option

A recent decision not to include the WindRider AS trimaran in the Paralympics is very disappointing given our more cost effective and inclusive product. There is a better choice to advance and increase participation in sailing, especially sailing for people with disabilities - the WindRider AS sailing trimaran.   With many years of experience serving this community and hundreds of disabled sailors already sailing the WindRider AS trimaran, only minor modifications were required to develop the racing models WindRider AS1 and WindRider AS2 for the Paralympics.   Here is the recent proposal to set up active grassroots sailing and organize...

Sailing after Age 50

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Sailing after Age 50

Sailing After Age 50 and Beyond According to industry specialists, at least two-fifths of the owners of recreational boats in the United States and more than half the members of many boat clubs are over the age of 50. There is no age limit to sailing, as many of us who have sailed since childhood know – still, aging mariners cannot deny that traits like physical strength and agility can change quickly in our later years. We may be less sure-footed on boats that are moving up, down and sideways, and if we end up going for a swim, hauling ourselves...

WindRider AS1 at the Paralympic Trials

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WindRider AS1 at the Paralympic Trials

Here is a write up by Erwin Jansen who is leading the AS1 effort for the paralympics. Last year’s decision that sailing was not to be part of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo came as a huge disappointment for the sport worldwide. Sailing offers disabled people unique opportunities to participate in sport with many varied disabilities competing on equal terms. The main reason stated was that only sports widely and regularly practiced in a large enough number of countries will be considered for inclusion in the Paralympic Games. So it is time for a change, and we at WindRider believe...

4th of July Boating Song Mix

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4th of July Boating Song Mix

What makes a perfect 4th of July?  Friends, family, red white and blue everywhere - burgers, brats, beer, flags, sparklers, fireworks and more!!  What about the music?  Make sure to entertain your guests or just get yourself in the mood to celebrate the 4th with some of these great songs! America the Beautiful – Lee Greenwood Born in the U.S.A – Bruce Springsteen Independence Day – Martina McBride America the Beautiful – Lee Greenwood Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly  - Aaron Tippin Song of the South – Alabama Southern Star – Alabama            ...

Astus 20.2 Trimaran pictures and update from a new Owner

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Astus 20.2 Trimaran pictures and update from a new Owner

Sailing every day this week in Tarpon springs. I'll send you some now pics taken with my good camera.  Iove the versatility of the boat. I launch it and handle it like a beach cat when I need to with a light feel and fast acceleration and sail it like a much larger sailboat when needed.Had some 6 people on it at the same time. Have it parked tonight At a marina between two 40 footers.... But it's the only boat people stop and look at! Similarly it draws as much as a kayak so we got in some secluded...

RAVE V Update from The Foiling Week

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RAVE V Update from The Foiling Week

Johnny Fullerton writes on behalf of Foiling Week at their blog post : “Foiling Week 2015 came to a close last weekend after a five day festival of foiling in superb conditions at Lake Garda. The weather really turned it on for three days of fast and furious foiling with Lake Garda an eclectic mix of foiling craft. The sun came out every day and the pristine clear waters off Malcesine proved a big hit for the visiting sailors. The early morning Peler from the North switches off around lunchtime to make way for the afternoon Ora from the South which blew...

Racing Results

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Racing Results

Gib Charles Wins 2017 Mutineer Nationals Gib Charles, a long-time Mutineer and Buccaneer sailor from Union Sailing Club in Colorado, won the 2017 Mutineer Nationals in his Nickels Mutineer “Blue Heeler”.  Gib out sailed six other racers to take the 1st place trophy in the Gold Fleet.  Dave Tonkin and his daughter Ava from Tampa Sailing Squadron in Florida took second place in “Kraken”.  Dave’s boat is the newest Nickels Mutineer in the world, having been manufactured in March 2017.    The Silver Fleet winner was Chloe Lawson sailing Scurvy Dog out of Browns Creek Sailing Association in Alabama.  Chloe is...

RAVE V - Designer Notes by Clayton

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RAVE V - Designer Notes by Clayton

The design of transportation systems is inevitably a matter of trading off desired features or parameters in the process of optimization.  The more importance placed on performance, the more profound the trade-offs will be.  I was invited to comment on a conceptual sailing hydrofoil trimaran intended to introduce some new and not-commonly-seen technology.  This was at the inception of the Rave V development program.  Apparently my comments and suggestions carried some merit and I was invited to join in on the design process. The initial baseline for the vessel was for the use of “V” type foil systems with “sonic...

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