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Monday, March 7, 2011
In 2010, SailNow donated the use of this Escape for a weekly 4-H Sailing Group and the kids preferred this sailboat over all the others available...
The mast base (roller-furler) rotates to allow reducing sail if the wind increases, or you can let out more sail area as the wind dies -- even while sailing !
You can purchase this Escape, ready to sail, complete with New Trailer for our "Pre-Season Price" of...
For more information or to see this Escape 12 in person by appointment, contact:
Bill Vokac's SailNow
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Sunday, July 18, 2010
Until fellow CLSA Members Alex and Lucy joined me on the MacGregor 25 last evening, I had forgotten how AWESOME it was to do an evening sail with good company aboard !!
It was a rare treat to have an experienced sailor at the helm !
(usually, I bring people aboard who are new to sailing...because, as a retired schoolteacher, I ENJOY introducing new things to folks.)
Anyway, I was able to bring out the cockpit cushions and lay down -- quite content -- and watch the clouds drift past my masthead. Of course, every once in awhile, I popped my head up like a gopher to confirm where we were on the lake and viewed lake traffic.
(not much that time of evening...)
Since I'm usually racing, and/or "tweaking" whatever sailboat I'm on (I average 6 of them -- one for every wind velocity and type of event), last nite was kind of a "warmup" and preparation for our annual Door County Cruise !
This year, we'll have 4 cabin boats from CLSA coming up to sail Green Bay -- from Ephraim to Excanaba by way of Jackson Harbor on the NE corner of Washington Island.
I may become a "cruiser" yet...
Friday, May 7, 2010
This technology comes from Lasers that are being used to anticipate a gust that would damage a wind turbine. If the Laser detects a gust coming that would be excessive, the blades are "feathered" to keep the blades from reaching an excessive speed.
This new device would be fun and useful to have aboard, if you have someone to use it while somebody else is steering...if you've got the "spare change" to invest.
Of course, during our SailNow sailing instruction, the first thing I teach is how to read the wind gust velocity, duration and direction by looking at the waves to windward to anticipate possibly having to "round-up" when the next gust hits your sails.
"Reading the waves" visually gives more information with sufficient accuracy to be useful.
Let me know what you think, or how useful this wind speed by laser device is if you buy one...
Bill Vokac -- firstname.lastname@example.org