The mast is touching the bottom and the leeward float hatch cover is submerged. By rotating the boat around the axis of the mast the hatch can be brought to the surface.

In In this trial by John Fairclough the mast is supported by a float. The boat is starting to adopt the ‘television aerial’ position. If the mast were on the bottom there would be less room under the boat.

In the incident shown left the rescue boat has just arrived, the helm is still in the water and the boat is already adopting the ‘TV aerial’ position

The helm has been taken aboard the rescue boat and the mast raised to the surface. No further progress could be made, however. Eventually the boat was dragged to deeper water where it could almost invert, the leeward float was flooded and the classic recovery attempted. The effect of the current filling the sail below the water complicated matters further, however, and even with a crewman aboard the boat could not be righted. A rope was then attached to the upper float and power from the safety boat used to pull the boat upright.


In shallow water unassisted recovery will not be possible. Use available assistance to get the boat onto its side (as opposed to the ‘TV aerial’ position) and then use the normal catamaran recovery technique which is to use a powerboat to pull on the upper float and thus drag the boat upright


After some less than stellar racing results in light winds I obtained a Monster Mainsail from L & R sails of Brisbane.. The sail was originally very hard to hoist due to excessive luff round and high friction. There is a fix for this - give me a ring for details.  The sail has a fashionable square top and is is great fun on light wind days. You are not over-pressed in 13 kts of wind. The sail generates lots of weather helm and the mast has to be raked forward aggressively to control this.; On the other hand, downwind the boat is in balance and does not carry lee-helm. In very light conditions it is hard to get the battens to pop as you tack.

Does it win races? A few; but it is not a magic bullet - don’t let them change your handicap! I would not, however, be without it in the light conditions which we seem to have had at our club for the last couple of years.

Tech Tip:

If you get a stone jammed in your daggerboard case when launching you will only be able to get it out by putting the boat back on its trolley and getting underneath it to prise the stone out……….. UNLESS you have obtained a very long screwdriver from Halfords or wherever which may enable you to get the stone out from the cockpit and thus get you to the start on time!