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|Wylo II in the West Indies
|"I was pleased
to discover that the hull form is certainly not slower than a round bilge
hull, while sailing in company with three round bilged bermudan rigged
yachts up the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. They ranged from 32' to
36', and in a week or so of long daylight passages, anchoring every night,
"Wylo II" beat them all in the end. The wind was around 25 knots on the
quarter. She has proven to be a remarkably stiff boat under sail, and rarely
heels more than 20 degrees, even going hard to windward. Of course, with
enough wind, she will heel more than this, but then she needs a reduction
in sail area to perform at her best. This ability to sail well at a small
angle of heel means that she is less tiring to her crew on passage.
"Wylo II" now has many thousands of miles under her keel, having sailed from New Zealand
to England via Australia, Torres Strait, Indian Ocean, South Africa, Brazil,
West Indies and Azores. As a cruising home for us she is ideal. In the
Indian Ocean she did 2,400 miles in 17 days, best days run was 175 miles.
Returning to New Zealand via Madeira, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Marquesas
and Tahiti her best days run was 190 miles during the 33 day passage from
Panama to the Marquesas. This passage included almost 1,000 miles to windward.
Though we have worn out a suit of sails during her 33,000 mile circumnavigation there
has been little drama at sea and no design problems have shown up. She
has weathered 10 gales at sea up to force 10, off South Africa and in the
Bay of Biscay, with no real bother."
|For those wishing to build their own "Wylo" write to Nick Skeats
at: c/o 21,The Avenue, Brockham, Betchworth, Surrey.RH3 7EN,England.