Doris goes Sailing
by Gavin Atkin
Doris the dory
Here's some pictures of
me sailing Doris
this afternoon. The wind ranged from F2 up to F4; what you see
here is a time at the end of the afternoon when the wind fell
back to a steady F2 and I decided to try the boat with its new
60sqft spritsail but without the ballast, which I regard as
In this condition the boat is
livelier but distinctly less stable - getting out a few yards
off the beach without filling the boat is quite tricky, and
I may decide to use the pontoon jetty in future! It's significantly
easier to get in and out with the ballast in place.
sailing on her ear
Some of the pictures here show
Doris sailing on here ear in the approved fashion for dories.
This is an unfussy position for sailing this boat: it neither
pulls up-wind like a racing dinghy, nor does it try to run off
downwind. What's more by the time the boat has heeled that far
it's dory hull has stiffened up nicely, particularly if the
ballast I mentioned is aboard. Notice also the near complete
lack of a wake with this boat - even when sailing at near hull
speed it's almost spooky how little wake it produces.
almost no wake
Right up into the F4 range, Doris
proved that she will plug well to windward all day; she's not
fast when sailed close, but she's certainly in the same league
as many other boats on our lake in terms of upwind ability .
One change I am planning is to
move the mast aft by a couple of inches, as I still think the
weather helm is a little too light, which I think is causing
a few problems in going about - I missed stays three times in
an afternoon's sailing, twice when the boat had no ballast and
therefore had less momentum to get round. Another planned change
is a retaining clip for the rudder, which is quite deep and
when it grounds it can cause the rudder to lift off one of its
pintles. And another is a new longer peak sprit, as the current
one is a little short and doesn't give quite the required power
- you can probably see that in the photos. I think that's enough
changes for now LOL!
a good second outing
All in all it was a good second
outing. I spent a long time working my way to windward against
the sea breeze up a narrow channel, and had an excellent fast
run home in an F3-4, before playing the with boat without its
ballast as the wind fell to F2. It's really not bad, is it,
for a boat that can also row? Well done Doris...