It was on the 27th of July that we launched Kvark. Ever since I have promised more media of the event. I finally managed to gather all the pictures and videos and put them in a single folder. The day was a special one and so seem to be all the pictures. I wont thus filter most of them and will present them here as a hypergallery of the launch of Kvark. I will later, as always, edit the video clips into a single file and perhaps even produce a melodramatic slide-show of the construction photos. Alas, here is the gallery (pictures taken by Villem, Raivo, Ülle and I):
That took two hours. Now I’ll get to the videos.
Two days ago I ran aground for the first time in my life and the boats life. It happened very unadventurously right at the yachtclub. There was a strong breeze blowing straight into the port and I failed three times to get the boat to sail. I simply put the rudder too far port with too little speed and the boat stalled, causing it to drift downwind. I learned from no mistakes and repeated that three times. The boat ended up standing on its keel. But people of the Saadjärve yachtclub gave us a friendly tug with a powerboat and we were off. Today the wind was also into port but I had learned from my mistakes and easily made way. Still sailing with polytarp! Still going good. This morning the wind was about 5 – 6 m/s. She goes upwind rather well with the mainsail up, at least 45 degrees relative to the wind direction. She prances a bit from side to side when sailing fully downwind. With both sails up, she can actually hold course. This is an ice feature but we need to explore it further, as we both had practically no sailing experience before starting the build of the boat. The learning curve is steep, I say!