Article from Hyde Sails International the major sponsors for the recent Oz Goose Philippines National Championships. 17 boats, 45 sailing participants, 8 races. #sailozgoose #ozgoose
This is an initial set of class rules for the Oz Goose Class sailboat. They are to provide a framework for the upcoming 2017 National Philippines Championships. As this is a Philippines Sailing Association (PSA) sanctioned event we need to have a basic class rule available for competitors and measurers. The rule is purely aimed at keeping the boats simple and affordable.
The first National Championships anywhere for the Oz Goose Sailing Dinghy Class will be held this November in the Philippines. Hyde Sails International will be the major sponsor. We have 14 boats confirmed, but it is possible the fleet could reach 20. There will be crews coming from Central and Southern Philippines as well.
A set of wonderful Oz Goose construction images in CAD by Benjamin Shaw show just how easy it is to build. They will be hugely useful to help builders understand the relationship of the different parts during building
A nice video on step by step rigging from our 10 boat build in Cebu last year. It applies to many small boat lug and lateen rigs.
There are just a few knots to learn. Part of the reason is that because we can’t buy sophisticated fittings in the Philippines we have found simpler and cheaper ways that cut out a lot of expense. By replacing manufactured parts with spectra rope as far as possible. In Australia, the USA, Europe, UK it will save you a big bundle of money when you rig your lug rig boat.
Racing was cancelled because of strong winds. But all the geese were out on the water. Some did speed runs including some massive nosedives and impressive GPS numbers, others just sailed around.
Two consecutive weekends of sailing saw a big jump in the boat handling of the Philippines Oz Goose fleet. A huge amount of help from the Taal Lake Yacht Club. We were also joined by members of the National Paralympic Sailing Team.
Is bamboo a good choice for small boat spars? As a professional designer I can’t specify bamboo because of a huge variation in density, wall thickness and diameter. However I can recommend some guidelines for bamboo for the Oz Goose to help with experiments.
A very easy to build boat from local materials might be a solution for sailing clubs in the developing nations as well as the advanced economies. The Philippines has a track record of building 10 Oz geese for the equivalent cost of importing one Laser Radial. 10 to 20 participants for the price of 1.