Gavin's Skate was brought over from the Eastern States
when Gary Caporn decided to give it wings and erect a "Big Dick". The
whole concept of an asymmetrical spinnaker had caught Gavin and Gary's eyes and
they decided to give it a go. They, as do other Skate sailors, think that the
new look Skate would give the boat more appeal. Gary decided to go for a
retractable pole which differs from the Eastern States boat which have
permanently extended poles.
They started working on the
wings and the sleave of the "Big Dick" soon after building the bee
sting into the bow. The process of building a carbon pole and wings was new
to Gary but turned out fine.
Now he needed
something to extend and retract from that slender but solid sleave. He built
the "Big Dick". I was quite impressed with the size and stiffness
as it did not sag because of bulkage but was long and slender ensuring a
The deck was finally fiberglassed in
after 6 months of waiting. You can also see that the pole sleave is fixed in
now and the spinnaker shoot is forming shape.
Heres a picture of Gavin's mast top asymmetric