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04-05-2013, 10:58 AM

Segel Reporter.com reports on a massive 90' scow that Reichel/Pugh has conceptually designed for down hill
offshore race like the Transpac:

(course translation from German to English courtesy microsoft translator)

Reichel / Pugh designed a 90-foot scow for the Transpac Races 2000 miles from Los Angeles to Hawaii. It is sailed downwind to 95 percent.

"Can the two percent share of close-hauled courses at this regatta is negligible for the optimum design actually" says Ioannis Moatsos by Californian design office Reichel / Pugh. "A possible long water line to power, light weight and dimensional stability are interesting."

Therefore, Californians for large downwind bash have developed a 90-foot maxi with Scow-like bow. "A conventional bow with hot water inlet is at a downwind blast only once pushed deep inside. Lack of buoyancy to the bow then pushes a long time in the water. The boat must be controlled and reduce sideways is desirable. In addition, the ride is a wet affair. "A scow, however, remain sabove the water and uses the energy to slide easily across it" advertises Moatsos for the concept.



Plattbug mini shows the potential

The objection that scows with their own flat foredeck only for inland waters with plain water, he disagrees. Raisons David success with "Teamwork Evolution" at the Mini Transat 2011 show, put the potential in the form. "Think of it maybe hard to imagine when you see getting used to the awkward bow. But the shape has several advantages. Because a Scow front starts as wide, it has next to more dimensional stability of a beneficial water line when the boat heels.

A Scow sailing then no more "downhill" as a wedge-shaped hull, "says Reichel / Pugh design engineer. Furthermore, increasing the dimensional stability of the scow-form to the boat to live on less and less ballast draft. Both would aide in reducing water resistance.


Flying saucer for the next record

The concept is for the next distance record for participants with immovable ballast and completely by hand (without Motor winches) sailed boats and the victory of the so-called 'Barn Door Trophy'. This idiosyncratic trophy, a carved wooden panel was 2011 from Reichel / Pugh 74-footer "Belle Mente" in 6 days, 19 hours and 44 minutes - also a record - won.

The best time for boats with moveable ballast made two years earlier, the R / P design "Alfa Romeo" (ex. "Shockwave") in 5 days, 14 hours and 36 minutes. Californians, with their so-called "Sleds" (carriage), especially light Raumschotswundern, have long been in issue. The 90-footer is well below the prescribed limit of 100 feet regatta. This is a compromise in favor of smaller sheets and sails, making it possible to trim to manual winches with a smaller crew.

Scows are familiar with Reichel / Pugh since 2004. Back then it was the Melges 17 design. Of course, the form also has drawbacks: For fast sailed on windy courses in moving water, the boats excel. But there is correspondingly large crew and weight to brace the voluminous forecastle.


What to do with the flying saucer?

The sideways rotating bowsprit on the plateau-like bow will help to push the flying saucer in the low-wind zone of the stationary high pressure area midway along the south. This works when the bowsprit like a far forward an attached Pole is tilted to windward. The bar, which the innovative Naval Architects have raised so many times before in the California to Hawaii, could be raised again, this time in a saucer.

The question remains, what do owners and crew after the victory of the "Barn Door Trophy" with the flying saucer. Good chance that they call in San Diego at Reichel / Pugh and say, "Greta boys, it has worked! We will fly back with the trophy. You can now do the return trip back to California? " The slog sounds painful.


Charlie Tuna
04-05-2013, 07:35 PM
Is that for reals?