Category: Tuning

Tuning – Up & Go

Introduction Up ‘n Go (formally “Kasara”) was built in 1989 by Cavalier Yachts in Sydney before the factory and mould were burnt. She is a “Lead Keel” version of which only a few were made. As far as the S80 Class Association is concerned, lead keel and cast iron keel boats are treated the same…



Tuning – Intrusion – Behind the Velvet Curtain

For the two Range races on Saturday the 5th of March the writer sailed in the mast position on Intrusion, our current State Champion. The official reason for this was so that I could write up an article for use by the S80 Association on their web site, but the true reason was to spy…



Maintenance & Repairs

Masts The S80 Association of Victoria have spare mast sections, which have been purchased from the Western Australian S80 Association. These sections are stored locally and available to Association members. This is often the quickest way of getting a mast replaced as there is no need to wait for manufacturing and transportation lead times. Please…



Tuning – Mast Trim

The mast is the single most important ingredient in having good boat speed, having it tuned correctly will make the boat fast and easy to sail in all conditions. The mast used is a sheerline section and should have the minimum size top section. The Spreaders are minimum length 800 mm. The distance from spreader…



Tuning – Rig Control

  WINDSPEED OUTHAUL CUNNINGHAM BACKSTAY 0-8 Knots In 40-50mm from MAX No Tension Very Soft  8-14 Knots In 20-30mm from MAX Remove most wrinkles  Firm 14-20 Knots MAX OUT Remove all wrinkles  MAX Backstay 20 Knots and over MAX OUT Very Tight MAX Backstay   Backstay tension plays a major role in Sail control and…



Tuning – Mainsheet & Traveller

Staff of North Sails Melbourne raced “Flying Circus” in a variety of conditions and successful regattas, including state titles over a number of years in the 1980’s. They compiled a tuning guide which was passed onto Don and David Collins when they purchased the boat in the mid 90’s. Don and David have kindly offered…