Trip Start May 13, 2010
9Trip End Oct 04, 2010
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For three days last week we engaged a German man called Werner to give us some tuition on sailing Dragonflies
Richard too benefitted from a refresher and got some valuable tips specific to Dragonflies and related to getting better sailing performance from our boat. However, the winds were light for most of the time and it was disappointing that we didn’t experience conditions which in any way challenged us. The last day was miserable, cold and wet but at least there was some reasonable wind that day. We have learned that these boats perform at their best with no added weight and we can’t really hope for consistently high speeds when we have the boat weighted down with cruising gear. We have added many kilos in equipment such as solar panels, dinghy and outboard, water maker, fuel cell battery charger, computer, plotter and all our personal gear including folding bikes, clothes, books, manuals, food, wine, beer etc and water and fuel as well. Without all this excess weight, no doubt the boat would reach the optimum speed of 24kts much more easily! However, we have found that unless we get a strong wind of over 20 kts, we don’t often exceed 10 knots – None the less, we have yet to be overtaken by a monohull under sail!