I used to race Marbleheads back in the late 80ís and 90ís. Then the class pretty much died and our club switched exclusively to EC12s, and I had no interest in them. I got out of sailing all together, big boats and little ones when my son was born 18 years ago. Then last year I started looking at the RG65 class. I liked it because the rule is very open, like the Marbleheads, but the boats are much cheaper and easier to manage. When I found out that the National Championships were going to be in Reston Virginia, an hour and a half away, I decided that I had to do it. After not sailing an RC boat for 18 years and not having an RG65, and the race being less than 2 months away, I realized I had to get moving. I talked to Craig of Breaking Wind Boats to get a Round Ranger hull and Eric Rosenbaum for a set of sails. The round Ranger is based on one of my all time favorite boats, the Roar Edge Marblehead. The Roar Edge is very narrow with low wetted surface. It is very quick in light air and very well mannered as the wind comes up. A fantastic all around boat. And the Round Ranger RG65 proved to be no different. The hull and bulb both arrived very quickly and looked great. I had never built a plastic boat before, but it seemed to make a lot of sense for the small size of an RG65, and I rapidly got the boat together, about a week before the race. My boat was definitely fast. Unfortunately, I was still a little rusty. But the race was a lot of fun and I was (re)hooked.
So when Breaking Wind announced that they were coming out with a new boat, I immediately contacted Craig to get a hull from him. Since it is still somewhat in development, the only way I could get one now was to offer to do a build log. Well, Craig bit and here it is.
Now, a racing boat is like a tennis racquet. It is a piece of sporting equipment. It should be as simple as possible. Everything that goes into it should be necessary, nothing extra. It should be built strong and reliable, but not overbuilt. Donít worry about aesthetics; if it is fast, it will look good. Try to fight the urge to put in a cool gadget or system. I have been down that road, and complicating a boat does not make it faster. It just makes it more complicated to sail and is another thing to break down. So, to sum it up, I am going to build this boat strong, simple and light. In other words, fast. OK, that may sound a little arrogant, but if you want a fast racing boat, that is what you do.