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Europe Halyard Solutions

By Steve Cockerill 19th October 2021

I started this project wondering how to make a reliable Halyard using Rooster's Zero  (UMHwPE heat treated and solution dyed) equivalent to some of the best Dyneema® on the market.  Luckily I had some expert help from Derek Clark who was happy to share some of his work for the RYA, and together we tested and made a solution for the Europe. I have had one on my boat since March 2021, sailed in lots of breeze over the season in my bid to win the UK Europe National Championships just 25 years since my last title. On inspection the...

How to Change your Mylar Slot Gasket with 3M Tape

We did it... I was inspired to track down the tape that was used to win the 470 gold at...

By Steve Cockerill 14th April 2021

Need a Premier Hull Finish? - Use SpeedSIX HydraPRO

Field application of SpeedSIX HydraPRO SpeedSIX HydraPRO comes if two handy sizes either a 100ml tin (enough for most dinghies)...

By Mark Harper 14th April 2021

Ronstan Orbit Lashing Blocks and Attachment Methods

Ronstan’s latest range of small 20 and 30 mm diameter Orbit blocks are designed to be used on dinghies and keelboats and are versatile enough to be used in most applications where strength, weight and friction-free running are important. The design of the range is based on modern ropes to secure with the elimination of heavy rigid shackles.
By Steve Cockerill 14th April 2021

Competition Entry #1: Keep Your Burgee On

I sail at Combs Sailing Club in the Peak District. It's a reservoir surrounded by hills so gusty winds and capsizes are inevitable. I got fed up with righting the boat and finding the burgee staff with no burgee on it.....
By Steve Cockerill 14th April 2021