The SK2 arrives and the 2015 Winner team is announced.
Introducing the SK2Swing keel sailing comes to the global sports boat market. In partnership with Sk2, Pinnell & Bax are proud to announce the SK2.Following on from a number of months testing and developing the rig and layout in partnership with Sk2 and Selden, the team at P&B have finalised the sails and Ovington boats are busy building the hulls.This 5.6 metre sports boat is launched from a trolley just like a dinghy and gives sailing for either 2 or 3 crew. The SK2 features a swing keel (or canting keel) that was first brought to mainstream attention when the Volvo Open 70 class boats used it in the 2006 around-the-world race.
Following on from a number of months testing and developing the rig and layout in partnership with Sk2 and Selden, the team at P&B have finalised the sails and Ovington boats are busy building the hulls.
This 5.6 metre sports boat is launched from a trolley just like a dinghy and gives sailing for either 2 or 3 crew. The SK2 features a swing keel (or canting keel) that was first brought to mainstream attention when the Volvo Open 70 class boats used it in the 2006 around-the-world race.
The keel works as movable ballast. When sailing the keel is canted to windward allowing for greater performance. The result of this extra righting moment is that the boat can carry increased sail area, the main and jib have 20 sqm between them. The laminate sails have been configured with a square topped mainsail to maximise the area and encourage dynamic gust response, the jib features a positive roach supported by vertical leech battens which allow the sail to be easily furled. The sail area is more than doubled when the 26sqm kite is flown.
This asymmetric kite has been designed with a high clew position to give good visibility. The sheet loads are surprisingly light with one hand being enough to trim the kite even in 23 knots of breeze.
The boat is, in our opinion, beautifully balanced and an awful lot of fun to sail. For those that are going to the Datchet flyer on Dec 13th/14th the SK2 will be being sailed by Sail loft manager Dave Wade and P&B South director Ben Mcgrane.
Following this The Sk2 will be touring around the country for those that wish to have a test sail.
The next date is at Grafham Water where it will be available for a test sail on the 27th of December before competing in the Grafham Grand Prix on the 28th. The boat then moves to Queen Mary sailing club on January the 17th and 18th and is available to sail at any time from Warsash or Hamble. For further details please call Oliver on 01604 592808 or e-mail directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Winner team announced for 2015
After weeks of working and sifting through the applications for the prestigious 2015 P&B/ Winner optimist team the decision has been made.
P&B and Winner boats wish to thank every sailor that took the time to apply. As always the standard has been exceptionally high and there are a number of sailors that we will be monitoring over the next 12 months with a view to the 2016 intake.
However the three sailors selected for the 2015 season are;
For those that sail Optimists or follow the reports Vita needs little introduction. A member of the historic all ladies 2014 P&B/Winner team, Vita has had a hugely successful year. Nominated for 2014 Youth Sailor of the Year in the Y&Y awards, Vita also took the UK Optimist 2014 national champion title. (following up from her UK junior title last year) and placed in the top 35 at the World Championships in Argentina. (The best result by a British sailor for a number of years) http://www.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/articles/yachts-yachting-awards-2015/
Starting the season strongly William won the Optimist spring championships at the age of 13. And continued his rise with a 3rd at the 2014 Inlands, an overall win at the 2014 Irish nationals (Junior fleet) and has finished the season as the number one ranked Optimist sailor in the UK.
Julia came to sailing 4 years ago at the age of 9, Julia’s rise has been phenomenal. From an initial ranking of 77th in 2012 to 6th in 2013, Julia is currently ranked 5th at the end of the 2014 season. Her track record of success this season includes being selected for the Europeans team. Her level of consistency has been second to none. Further results include 2nd at the 2014 inlands (1st lady), 3rd Brit at the 2014 Uk Optimist nationals and 6th (1st lady again) overall at the end of season championships. Pinnell and Bax are proud to sponsor these future stars. Winner in Denmark are hard at work building and putting together the customised winner 3d Star boats for the start of the new season. The team sailors will then be invited to the team Clinic in Denmark on February the 28th where they can collect their new boats.
Check the P&B, facebook page later today to enter…