Ceilidh Composite Technologies will be presenting the new Merlin Rocket mast profile during the RY Dinghy Show 2020. Together with our colleagues at Synergy Marine, who are presenting their new OK dinghy staff will be available during the weekend to discuss all aspects of carbon masts.
The past months, Ceilidh has been developing a new mast for the Merlin Rocket class. This class has an ‘open’ rule for various parts, so that new designs have the room to develop without tight restrictions.
The prototype mast is designed and manufactured in a similar fashion to all our dinghy masts, with an integrated sail track and aerodynamic ‘teardrop’ profile. This enables us to have more control over the fore-aft bending of the mast without influencing the sideways bend.
Working closely with sailors in the class it was clear that the best masts were made from High Modulus carbon with an outer diameter tube of 45mm and a bare weight of 4,6 to 4,8kg.
By using the teardrop section it is possible to increase the lateral stiffness due to surface area while reducing the outer diameter of the mast, thus making the mast more streamlined with less windage. The section has a width of 40mm, 10% smaller than all other masts, while still coming in a a meagre 4,52kg bare weight – Lighter and thinner!
The stiffness is in the same ballpark as other designs but there is still room for increasing the stiffness if required. First the mast will be tested to see if our concept generates the expected performance.
The sections will be most suited to a range of classes and a profile has also been commissioned to use as a gaff spar on a classic racer.
The initial batch of masts will retail at €3200,00 including VAT ex. works in The Netherlands. Shipment to the UK is about €150,00 including VAT. For further information please contact our offices or get in touch with Andy Davis at HD Sails who has assisted us with the details and specs of the mast.
Ceilidh Composite Technologies produces round flagpoles in various different lengths (1000/1200/1500mm) and diameters (25/30mm). Each flagpole is clear coated. The poles are delivered with a ‘Delrin’ plug to suit your flagpole holder. The sleek design is sure to complement the stern of your boat.
Recently a C-Tech FD mast was dropped off by a Dutch sailor for some repair work after a windy race. Below the pictures of the mast before and after repairs. By sleeving the two sections together and then removing the damaged layers one-for-one the mast can be repaired with little or no change to the bending characteristics.
The 2019 Splash Worlds took place on July 22-27 in Kamperland, Netherlands. Though the Splash is not a class sporting carbon masts, other products and services proved their usefulness during the week.
Congratulations to Finn Snijders, who clinched the title in the very last race and another outstanding performance by Jules van Raaij, who ended third. Both were sailing with the Ceilidh vang system and halyard, confident that both give them more flexibility in changing their setup mid-race to adjust to changing conditions.
However, there is more to winning a race than equipment. Ceilidh Composite Technologies also provided coaching for the sailors of Splash Team Zeeland. Knowledge of the area and conditions proved to be essential: where other teams were struggling, Team Zeeland was able to sail well consistently thanks to constant updates on tide and wind situations. Focus on race preparation and tactical awareness coupled with an analytical approach to the mast and sail combination teaches the team members ‘skills for life’ within the coaching program.
This year, the Soling European Championships were held in Torbole, Lake Garda. This year saw the introduction of carbon masts to the Soling class, as developed by Ceilidh Composite Technologies and ‘Group Orion’.
Four challenging days with both light and heavy winds made for an interesting and balanced championship. Congratulations to Eki Heinonen, Gabor Helmhout and Matias Heinonen of the FIN 46 for winning the Europeans with the Ceilidh Composite Technologies mast.
With the OK Dinghy World Championships beginning next week in New Zealand the fleet sailed a Pre-Worlds during the weekend of 2-3 February. This event is always useful to get an idea of how the different mast /sail combinations are working with most of the top sailors in the class taking part.
Our congratulations to Jan Kurfeld (GER) who won the event, closely followed by Nick Craig (GBR) in 2nd both using Ceilidh Composite Technologies PRO masts.
For further information on the Worlds please use one of the links below.
Event website including results and notice board: 2019.okworlds.org
Wakatere Boating Club website: www.wakatere.org.nz
Having placed 2nd at the World Championships earlier this summer Fredrik Lööf from Sweden has won the European Championships after a thrilling final day of racing. After changing material supplier after the Worlds, Fredrik has been working together with Ceilidh and Green Sails to find the best combination to suit him. Racing was close, with 3 sailors challenging at the top in the great conditions of Bandol. In the last race Fredrik pulled away to secure his first title in his class. Congratulations.
Congratulations to the medal winners at the 2018 Finn World Championships which just finished in Aarhus, Denmark.
Especially rewarding for us was the return of Pieter Jan Postma to the Finn fleet. Having approached us exactly 90 days before the start of this event to work together the team has further developed a new concept of mast performance and control which had given us some success in 2016. At that stage the sailmakers were struggling to keep up with our developments which came too close to the Olympic Games.
With a short but intensive preparation together with PJ, Ed Wright, North Sails UK and Dinghy Racing Centre this time the performance improvement is marked. Our thanks to everyone involved for the enthusiasm, belief and confidence in our design. Also our thanks to the sailors for keeping us on the edge of our seats for the last week.
We are looking forward to the next stage of development to support our sailors during the selection process for Tokyo 2020.
The Ceilidh Composite Technologies OK Dinghy mast dominated the recent OK Dinghy World Championships 2018 held in Warnemünde, Germany. With André Budzien (GER) taking first place after a very closely fought event (Taking Gold with the tiebreaking last race win) our masts were used by 7 of the top 10. The mast has been developed to suit each sailmakers requirements which helped to ensure 3 different sailmakers were represented in the top 10. This year has seen the introduction of our PRO mast, which with added High Modulus material to modify the response of the mast in wind and waves. While this mast suits the more physical sailor our standard mast proved also to be a race winner.
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