Author Archives: Bruce Beca

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Speed Check – NEW SPONSOR ALERT!!!

Category : Uncategorized

Following on the back of very productive sea trials and a handful of quality races, vitamin B racing and Fast Fibres is please to announce we have found a great start up sponsor in New Zealand local water sports outfitter nzsailing.net for our new H20 foiling cat

Big thanks to Mike and the team at NZ Sailing for coming to the party. We’re looking forward to signing the boat for our new sponsor and sharing with you our experiences. Watch this space. #H20 #nzsailing.net #Fast Fibres #foiling

With the summer season here we can’t wait to get some new gear from nzsailing.net on board for our races and sailing at home and away!


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Race 2 Summer Series TYPBC

Today was amazing! With the exception of a poor start, we were soon on the heels of those cats leading the small but handy fleet of Tornado’s. Before long we had overtaken all but one, Phil and Tom proving hard men to take down. But some perfect foiling conditions and some handy crew work from Mathew saw their lead evaporate and Vitamin B took the lead just before the Tepuna mark rounding.

Vitamin B racing led comfortably upwind until we touched hit the bottom in the shallows of the upper harbour resulting in some minor damage to the rose joints of the rudder system, while not race ending, the damage was enough to impede upwind performance (altering the A.o.A) which saw the tornado’s back in the hunt. With the finish line in sight and a comfortable lead, it was then the mainsheet beckets turn to give us grief – failinging only 1/2 a mile before the finisih, leaving me scrambling to jury rig the system to get us home. Vitamin B finished a disappointing third place in an other wise exciting race. There were many foiling ride lastly over 40 seconds and one great ride lastly over a minute with only the smallest of touchdowns before we were up and flying again.

I have to replace those damaged rose joints and give the dagger boards a good wet sand but the boat did perform very well for the second proper race, with lots of exciting fly time.

Stay tuned for some damage photos and the fix and upgrades to follow


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H20 gets her new gennaker

Category : Design/Build , Testing

 

This weekend was the first opportunity to try out the brand new gennaker from Doyle Sails Tauranga. The cut was really nice and suited the lighter air at the start of our second race. We didn’t win the race, far from it, but we did learn a lot about the set-up of the boat, what worked and what didn’t. I have a list of things to change, or modify already.  I’m pretty certain these little mods will make a big difference making boat handling a little easier and allowing for better boat trim, reducing drag and increasing speed and stability at the same time. Click HERE to watch our Video of the H20 “Vitamin B” with her new gennaker while foiling and later crossing some pretty rough water at the harbour entrance (wind against a big tide)


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Congratulation Cook Motor Racing and Wairua!

Category : Design/Build

 

A huge Congratulations to all the CMR team who, just set a new record at Bonneville Speed Week!

The streamliner named “Wairua” backed up the first run with a second run confirming a new world record of 260mph. The really good news here is that there is much more power to unleash from the hybrid V8 2.0ltr engine, which could push this car into the 300 mph range. Fantastic stuff from the Kiwi crew. Fast Fibres was a major contributor to the Bonneville/Wiarua project, designing the body and optimising the aerodynamics. A blend of composites were used to achieve form, strength and safety. Modular construction was employed as there is a requirement to remove different sections of the body for regular service. Click the CMR Facebook page for more.

 


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Ready to Race

Category : Design/Build , H20

This week I got back from Mt Ruhepahu just in time to fit the new gennaker to the H20. There is racing scheduled for this weekend and I’m doing my best to make sure the boat is there in good form. The forecast is for 8-12 knots from the N.E. Favorable for trying out this new down wind sail from Sam and the team at Doyle Sails Tauranga, thanks Sam! The sail is a perfect fit and so its onto some sheet splicing and bungy adjustments today to finish the gennaker setup.


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Welcome to Fast Fibres

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Welcome to our new site. Fast Fibres web site, a fresh face in the composite world. Take a look at our new design, a cat’ based on America’s Cup Technology but with a difference. Our goal is to help D.I.Y. boat builders, sailors or anyone interested composites to build this stunning performance foiling catamaran for themselves, at home in there own workshop. Interested? Keep reading!

We’re currently working on a plan book which will soon be for sale. To compliment the plan book, Fast Fibres will make available to purchase other parts to like foils, rudders even a mast if you need one. With our help you could even fit our foils to your existing cat’ or trimaran platform, contact Fast Fibres who can help you today.