Raptor passenger




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Published on Jul 18, 2011

My first attempt at carrying a passenger on my Raptor's sidecar. No problems until the lake (Ullswater) became choppy, then the foil kept clipping the top of the swell and splashing up into my passenger's face. The seat with backrest I rigged up on the sidecar was comfortable but impermeable, which didn't allow the water to drain away, so my passenger ended up sitting in a pool of water. The fact that she wasn't wearing a dry-suit didn't help... I removed the foil at the first stop and this eliminated the problem. GrahamD sailed with us from the Ullswater Yacht Club to the southern end on the lake and back.

Carrying a passenger led to a wet ride on a port tack (on a starboard tack the ama and iakos were clear of the water) and only then because I didn't react to the conditions in the best way possible. Removing the foil was one solution but on further thought I'd probably have been better just deploying my foil when on a port tack (to hold the ama up, out of the water) and retracting it when on a starboard one.

This is the opposite of what would be required if sailing solo in similar conditions. This is illustrated in another video (http://tinyurl.com/3n3bdem), where the ride was wettest while sailing on a starboard tack, when the foil was deployed (to hold the ama down, into the water). The foil is so efficient that it resulted in the waves hitting a lot of the outrigger structure, leading to the spray.

I always feel that the foil adds so much drag that I try to avoid its use when possible, but maybe it would have helped rather than hindered me at Ullswater. If conditions had become more severe, I'd have been able to cope with them better with the foil still attached to my Raptor, rather than under Graham's spraydeck!


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