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.
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.
I’ve finished drawing up the plans for the new all-in-one-document Oz Goose plans. Lots of work and sailing to optimise the boat. Available in the next few days.
Order sails for your Goose or OzRacer or PDRacer if you don’t want to make them. Available “off the shelf” from Duckworks USA – delivered promptly worldwide.
What we have learned by sailing and racing the sixteen (now 27 as of last weekend) Oz Geese in the Philippines. Some money saving simplifications and some tweaks that will give a lot more performance to most lug rigged (and other boats). There is nothing unusual in these methods, just a translation of regular racing practice in more conventional boats. Don’t scoff – you can say “I’m a cruiser” – but there are times when everyone wants or needs to get upwind 10 or 20 percent faster.
Why the Goose makes sense for beginning sailors through to intermediate. And how it is fun for experienced sailors too. 12.9 knots measured top speed and plenty of time above 10, yet a docile boat that moves well with a family or instructor plus two students aboard.
What size of outboard for a simple little sailboat. Gordo has a specific reply.
My name is Mike Coleman. I am 37 years old. And, I live in Greenville, South Carolina. Always being one to seek out the next adventure, I found boat building and sailing a few months back I am building a Goose to sail in several events over the next two years.