Seafly 181 Gazelle

Martin Gandy sails Seafly 181, “Gazelle”, in North Holland:

“We had our maiden Dutch voyage last week on the Ijsselmeer at Makkum (Friesland). Fairly light winds as you see. Handy to get used to her again. Lovely. Here are 3 pictures taken last Thursday. You can see we are leading the fleet heading South!! Go 181 Go!! Hope these [photos] are of interest. The Dutch sailing fraternity appear intrigued! What the devil is that?”
Martin Gandy (4th June 2017)


“I have recently regained possession of “Gazelle”, Seafly 181, which was the boat that my father-in-law taught me to sail in the late 60’s early 70’s at Seasalter. She is now based in Makkum, North Holland, and will sail on the Ijsselmeer next year 2017. I have inherited the boat from Chris Bates in Dittisham Devon. Hope you can use this to update the picture of Seafly 181 whereabouts.”
Martin Gandy (November 2016)


Previously…
“We have recently started racing a Seafly in Devon. The boat No.181 was in pretty shabby condition and we have been slowly trying to strengthen it up and improve it’s performance.We need a bit of help. We have managed to get to the point were the boat doesn’t break every time we take it out, but we are looking for tips on tuning etc. to improve our performance. I know the boat can perform better and rather than do everything by trial and error I wondered if any Seafly racers out there could share their wisdom. Last outing we placed a track on the back of the fore-deck to improve the sheeting angle of the jib. We are racing mainly against Lasers and we had been sailing 10° below them. Even with such a simple alteration we improved our performance remarkably, coming very close to the same beating angle and not far off in terms of boat speed. Any help gratefully received.”

Craig, Dittisham, River Dart (July 2015)