Had the chance to put not just one, but TWO Gemini tandems in the water this weekend at Low Head while Ben was visiting for Christmas.
Saturday was pretty grey and lumpy so we had another go on Sunday - even got a boat ride from George out into Lagoon Bay to get some up close action shots. Polaroid filter on a short, fast lens made for some wicked snaps.
Thanks to the Hyde family for the extra crew and a top notch photographing platform.
Great snaps Sam.
Sorry I missed all that :-(
And I thought we were the ones having fun at Bell Buoy!
Great pics Sam.
Awesome! So what did the sailors think of the board's abilities of getting up on the plane? Easier or harder? Was the extra volume and length good at getting it up and going quicker than a conventional board? It looks really long and wide so I'm guessing stability wasn't too much of an issue? And top speed? It looks like it might be a monster to try and get going with much speed, but there's double the sail area .... I suspect turning would be a very interesting process.
Hi Marty, we've had the Gemini mkII for 5 years or so now, picked up the mk1 only a few months ago. Planning: realistically they need about 15knots depending on sail area and based on crew weight, but with a 8.5 and 9.5 sails on board only the wallys and foils get up and going before us. There's no lurch out of the hole like a shortboard, they dawdle through the transition burble and eventually you feel the release...then they feel like a freight train.
Speed: We've GPSed the mkII at 24.5kts but the river we sail in becomes riddled with swell and chop above 20kts wind so we get pretty nervous about snapping the boards. Given flat water and some toying with fins I suspect you'd go high 20s.Turning: Communication is key, to turn upwind the front sailor luffs, vice versa for downwind. We always put the bigger sail and sailor on the back. If there's more than a 3sqm discrepancy between front and rear sails the bigger sail will struggle to sheet in all the way without turning the board into the wind.
Tacking: The mkII has an extra foot between masts so tacking is much easier than on the mk1, none the less on both boards the aft sailor has to wait for the front sail to swap sides before starting their walk as there is little to no space between the clew of the front sail and the mast of the aft. By the time the rear sailor swaps sides the front sailor has dragged the board back onto a reach heading.
Gybing: Front sailor....WEAR A HELMET. Serious trust exercise unless rear sailor can duck gybe (i cant, especially not with 9.5m). I tend to lay my mast aft and pass the boom over the front sailor's head as I flip. Haven't hit anyone yet....fingers crossed. We haven't held the plane around the corner yet, but have gotten tantalisingly close (sails were flipped when we dropped off ).
That sheet, is where it's at.
So much fun.
Making shore your Bro has the survival skills for the catapult , is a must, weight till you get air.
Yeeah ha .