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Congratulations to Sergio Vela, who placed third at the European Spring Championship, using retrofitted Paradox 2014 steering system. Full results here. Image source: Circolo Vela Arco www.dariovalenza.com
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Some images looking back on a year of regrouping, transition and growth: Production L rudders, proven at the A Class Catamaran Worlds  Mould for experimental T rudder elevator with junction bulb.  Part of extensive R&D work on appendages Rudder gudgeon assembly with ‘between races’ rake adjustment Experimental gudgeons with ‘on the fly’ rake adjustmentvia tiller...
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Here is an extended mix showing some early runs with experimental control system foil configurations.Though there is still vast untapped potential, these sequences give a flavour of what is surely to come.Everyone who tried it commented, through a persistent grin, that it is easy and feels secure. As often repeated on this site, the goal...
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Lots to report as we continue to test over the winter…  We are working on the next-generation Paradox A Class Cat design for the 2015 season, resolving the details for all new tooling to be created in-house at a new facility.  Now that our new expanded production facility is operational we can tackle such jobs...
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Using Paradox rudder blades retrofitted to his customised DNA platform, Mischa Heemskerk dominated the first Dutch event of the 2014 season at Muiderzand with 5 bullets out of six races. Skilfully balancing in good foiling trim, the instant expertly captured in a nice still image.Remaining in this trim requires very active control.Image copyright Jasper van Staveren...
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Some thoughts on our recent testing with heave-stable ‘acute L’ foils (L/V for short).This experiment had one aim: To prove that a simple cheap upgrade is possible to convert existing A Class catamarans to stable foiling without major structural modifications. The story so far We knew from previous testing that L/V foils give stable foiling....
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One more post on appendages. Then we can look at other areas of development such as aerodynamic tailoring and control systems/ergonomics. Glenn Ashby balancing nicely on J foils and Paradox rudders.Photo by Rhenny Fermor of www.sailingshots.com.au Steering systemThe new kinetic techniques used to promote early flight, combined with much higher top speeds, really put our...
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With the A Cat Europeans and Australian Nationals coming up, it is a very exciting time in the class. Paradox will not be at these events as we are well into finalising the production design that, as you will see very soon, is a totally new boat with most key concepts re-visited. Looking back at...
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Some quick snaps of the last shell just out of the mould.We are building a series of 10 Katana Marbleheads using a special hybrid cloth.The red bits are Kevlar.No change in structural properties, just a different and unique look.We will keep the boats in stock so grab yours today! www.dariovalenza.com
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This week we started production of tooling for an improved rudder design for Paradox.Design work from here on in is entirely in-house. Considerable drag reductions should be possible through increasing the efficiency of the ā€˜Lā€™ surface.  This is achieved by improving the aspect ratio of the horizontal foil. Increasing the aspect ratio dramatically reduces induced drag....
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