Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
time to re-hoist it at the top mark. The main trimmer's position, directly for'ard of the helmsman, also works well. The main trimmer and helmsman share a footrest, so that communication is comfortable and the helmsman keeps looking forward. The main trimmer operates the sheet- winch in his/her forward hand while his/her aft hand operates the traveller and cunningham which emerge from the cockpit sole at the main trim position. LIGHT AND SPEEDY The day Boating NZ joined Menace – New Zealand’s only MC38 – on Auckland Harbour, it was blowing 18 knots, perfect conditions for this downwind machine. The race started with a long VMG downwind leg, during which Menace displayed her surprising speed. Considering that we were fighting a 14-foot deficit in waterline and significantly less sail area, we were still nipping at the heels of the TP52s. On the return, upwind leg to the finish, Menace was more evenly paced with the Ker 40 Icebreaker and we held them out in a tight and tense battle all the way to the line. Menace’s similarities to the modern TP52s extend beyond her looks. Like them, she lies flat in the water when on the plane; this is afterguard drops the kite. Like other grand prix boats, Menace is fitted with a central dropline system for the kite. Getting a gennaker below decks requires only a grab of a line that appears magically from a fairlead in the side of the cockpit. Inside the bowels of the boat, the line travels through a purchase system and a series of large fairleads before exiting the forward hatch and attaching to the middle of the kite. Once the line is pulled, the sail collapses inwards and is sucked below through the fairleads until it’s BOTTOM FROM LEFT: The helmsman shares his foot rest with the main sheet trimmer; The twin spreaders are swept well aft so that they fully support the rig. The running backstays are required only for tuning and changing the bend of the mast and shape of the sails. 18 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Tested_Menace_March14.indd 18 19/02/2014 2:30:28 p.m.
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