North Sails MC Scow class leader Allan Terhune was joined by North’s top sail analyst Eric Doyle, aka ‘the man who is obsessed with making fast sails faster’ for a solid week of MC Scow training on Lake Eustis in Florida.
Thank you to Lake Eustis Yacht Club and Commodore Dave Moring, who welcomed the duo and provided support as well as the perfect facility for sail testing. The MC Masters champions Matt Fisher and Lisa Fisher, as well as Sean Bradley, Ken Felis, Al Haeger, and Chris Kubickek and others also joined in the fun, making it a successful week of test trials for North MC Scow sail designs.
The main goals for the week were to test the new 2021 MC Scow product line, including the brand new “M” design – the Magnum, and warm up for the upcoming regatta with all minds open to continue to learn as much as possible about sailing the boat.
While Allan was sailing, Eric was busy observing all the action from the powerboat and together they made important conclusions about fine tuning the sails. For instance, In light air the main must be trimmed hard enough to bend the mast, but not too hard because it closes the leech and will stall. “This is a very tricky balance between luff curve and broad seam in order to go through the entire wind range with very few controls and adjustments,” said Eric. “It’s important to understand the level of details involved that affect sail design, and how crucial it is that the sail is fast in all conditions.”
Allan had excellent race finishes, with a 3rd, 2nd, and 1st at the regatta, proving that the work done during the week of training paid off. “This is my second MC event,” said Allan. “I learned a lot about the sails and the boat this past week at Lake Eustis, including rake measurements, board angles, and shroud tension. I am excited to share what I learned with the gang.”
MC Virtual Happy Hour
Allan and Eric hosted MC sailors on Friday, February 5th, for an informal virtual debrief about what they learned this past week in Florida.