The last test with Strider was a tough lesson for me. Wind from west at 20 knots and something more, short waves result of the
July 22, 2013 special date for me and Strider. The launching. After almost two years finally Strider is in the water. With a not exactly
Do one or more holes in the hull below the waterline is the most delicate operation that I have taken into consideration for Strider. So
I imagined myself in the middle of the ocean in calm, without wind at all and with the sun beating down, then I imagined upwind
I am conscious (probably not completely) than it will be tough and the many obstacles I may face, also beacuse i am immune to sea sickness and my experience is limited.
But I strongly believe to succeed and will invest all my resources and my energy in realizing this dream.
Was 1986 and on a sunny spring day I realized that I would find my answers in the sail. Gianfranco, Lydia and their son Michele Ciacci came to visit my father and told us the adventures of their last six years on a sailboat, the “Seagull” which from Chioggia brought them to Australia. Their eyes illuminated with joy and enthusiasm dazzled me and I understood.
“Strider” is an Invicta 26 built by Taylor of England in 1968, so it’s older than me. The keel is long, a feature which should ensure a remarkable stability of route, with transom hung rudder. The displacement of 5130 lbs is considered heavy, with 45% of weight in the keel means that it behaves very well even in rough seas. The pencil is to E. G. van de Stadt famous designer active in the ’60s and ’90s and provides an excellent overall balance without sacrificing performance.