No. 41 - November 1980



Don Anderson


"And they all went around in a big happy bunch,

Looking for nice tender moose moss to munch."


is what Dr. Seuss said about Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose and his friends. Perhaps we can't say that about T22 cruising types. But maybe we can say:-


"We all go around in a big happy squadron,

In waterways pleasant for cruising and dawdling'."




Jacques d'Avignon


In the June issue (no. 40), there is one minor technical point that I disagree with. Page 6, top line, John Charters suggests tying a knot in the antenna coax. This is very bad technical practice. Coaxial cable should be run without knots and with the least amount of sharp bends as is possible. I suggest wrapping tape around the coax to enlarge the diameter. Knots, NO, NO, NEVER: The reason is that the strain put on the coax by a knot may cause the centre conductor to migrate through the insulating core and get very close to the outer shield. This will change the impedance of the transmission line, increase your SWR and decrease the efficiency of your transmitter.




John Charters


I have been using a "Flasher" this past summer. We spent six weeks on the east coast, and probably used this sail more than any other with the exception of the main. It is almost as efficient as the Spinnaker but without the hassle, and at about one third the price.


Does a stock Tanzer 22 with working sails, with the addition of a "Flasher", become a racing machine? Well, almost! To be 100% competitive, when all is said and done, you still need a No. 1 Genoa and a spinnaker. It's time we allowed the "Flasher" in lieu of the spinnaker.


Not everyone is prepared to layout a lot of money just to go weekend racing. Spinnaker and gear costs about $1,600. If you add a No. 2 Genoa, and a 10" winch handle, you are up to $2,000. A "Flasher" will cost you about $350 or maybe less. Even if you only have working sails, this extra $350 is going to put you in contention. Upwind (except in a drifter) the working jib is almost as good as the Jenny. The first year that I had my Tanzer 22, we raced with working sails only, and did pretty well, at least to the windward mark. Off the wind, depending on the angle of the apparent wind, a "Flasher" should be almost equal to a Spinnaker. Obviously, "Flashers" are not quite as fast, other­wise all the I.O.R. racers would be using them. Dead down wind, the "Flasher" will probably loose a bit to the spinnaker because of its smaller area. Nor can you double slot.


There must be many new Tanzer 22 owners who have kept away from racing just because they have felt that without a spinnaker and a Genoa they don't stand a chance. We need these people out racing. We used to have forty Tanzers on the starting line at our National events: this year at CORK we had eighteen! I am going to ask the A.G.M. to allow "Flashers" for those members who do not have spinnakers. Do I have your support?




Garyth Nair, no! 1496, finds that . . .  "the red lights in the cabin and the cockpit locker (to preserve night vision, though they make us look like a floating house of ill repute) have proved a real boon. They came in very handy in an overnight sail to Block Island in this year's circum-navigation cruise of Long Island . . . "




M. Nicoll-Griffith


To my mind, cruising comes first, and racing is the icing on the ginger­bread, for those of us who wish to race.


It seems to me that we should try, each year, in each fleet or region, to have a T22 meet (call it a Tanzeree?) which has both cruising and racing elements. Could leaders organize Tanzer Sail Weeks that start with a six day cruise, and finish with two days of racing? Look: the first thing is to find a body of water that all would enjoy. How about your lake? (On the Rideau Canal you can row to the Opera.) Have a local T22er, your host, identify 4 or 5 interesting places, maybe 8 or 10. Then there can be scheduled cruises through the 'best', and all sorts of other cruises for those with different preferences.


Friday night, meet for measuring, coffee and donuts, already knowing most of the people who are going to race. Not a lot of high pressure stuff: A cruising division, please, for main and working jib: and a racing division with the genoas and spinnakers to give the cruising types something to think about. Let's use the 720 rule, so that a tiny error isn't that important, and have a throw-away race, so every­one just sees our best side. Afterwards, we could show pictures of last year's cruises, and put the champion on the spot. Find out how he sheets his Genoa, how he always guesses the wind right, where he bought his new mainsail and what's wrong with it.


Surely we've got questions we want to share: We'd like to see the changes others have made to their boats, and learn about each other's lives. Dick and Jane Silver of Lake Massabesic, N.H. sell wood stoves and have a center-board that rattles. Judy Johansen of Warwick, R.I. teaches school and serves white wine in her cockpit. Wouldn't it be nice to meet the owners of the boats at East Greenwich? All are keel/c.board. There is no. 1638 (no name), no. 538 Sea Beach Express, and no. 1191 Dream Weaver. Fred Bogar has Key Limes out his back door, and sponges out front. Who else is there on your lake or bay?


When we organize a meet, let's have a place and a role for any T22er who wants to come. Here are some things people like: picnics, theatre, forts, woods, ruins, bonfires, swimming, amusement parks, movies, birds, quarries, bulrushes, sponges, lobster, yachts, l2-meters, low-priced gear, flags, guitars, cruising clinics, power outlets, fireworks. What's on? Be a host: Phone your Regional V.P. and tell him what you have to offer for 1981.


Let's enjoy our boats. Let's stay in touch.