Charleston’s Ned Goss has been playing around with high performance boats for a very long time, spending the past decade working as a pro Melges racer, running Ocean Sailing Academy, and now coaching the College of Charleston offshore sailing team. He’s done major time in the Fireball, the 49er, and now a new Mach 2 Moth. Ned is also a past Velocitek Speed Challenge Winner when he served as trimmer and boatspeed guru on Team Ardor / CREAM at 2011 Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus Christi, TX. We’re extremely excited to announce that Ned is now the fastest dinghy sailor in the world!
He hit 36.6 knots according to Goss’s Velocitek ProStart! With files verified by both Bora Gulari and Velocitek, a very typical 18-25 knots of Charleston sea breeze allowed Ned to hit a peak speed of 36.6 knots, with a ten-second average of 35.9 knots. “I really didn’t believe it until I sent my entire ProStart back to Velocitek so they could verify everything, but now I think 40 knots is very much possible on Charleston harbor,” Ned told us. “This is pretty much a bone-stock Mach 2 with no work at all done either on hydrodynamic or aerodynamic fairing, which is clearly a big issue at over 40 mph,” he said. “That info, combined with the fact that I had adverse current on my record run, makes me think that 40 knots is just around the corner.”
Here are the GPS Action Replay stat’s from Ned’s Record Run:
Ned took a moment to check in with us and talk about his setup:
Wind speed: 18-22 gusts to 25
Wind Direction: SSE
Sea state: Dead flat at start of run
Weight: 202 lbs.
Boat: Mach 2
Mast: Mach2 / McConaghy stiff single hound for 3 shrouds
Sail: North H-13 (new 2014 North Americans)
Upright: Standard Mach 2 vertical, painted but not that fair
Horizontal: Small version, with no filler or fairing on flap
Rudder: Medium standard
Tramps: Low drag with air bladders inflated (for newbies and borrowers)
Cunningham: 6 to 1
Vang: 36 to 1
Instruments: Velocitek ProStart
Camera: GoPro on tiller (Not turned on… My bad…)
Hiking straps, booties, farmer john, PFD, rashguard: Zhik
Prod/spreader: set 90 degree to mast for power
Vang/Cunno: Boom slightly less than 1.5 Shakas from backstay (cheese wire)
Rig tension: Pull forestay on to hand tight. When sailing the leeward shroud goes loose quite a bit!
Time in Class: 2 years
Breakfast: 2 cups of coffee with French Vanilla creamer and 2 English muffins with butter and Smuckers strawberry jelly. Although that day I might have had Honey Nut Cheerios.
“I’d never have the time or support to sail a Moth if it weren’t for a few people: Greg Fisher and the College of Charleston for letting me sail when the wind gets up, for Zhik for tons of great gear that keeps me smooth in the air even when I am not. For Danny and Jackson Davenport for replacing all my destroyed sunglasses, to Alec and Charles at Velocitek for the stuff that records the speed and tells me where and when to tack, and of course to the entire US Moth Class for all their help and coaching at numerous events around the country.”
Here’s Ned’s GPS track overlayed on Google Maps:
And we’ve mined the raw GPS data to show you when things started to get interesting:
Reprinted with additions with permission of Sailing Anarchy