Today I sailed the pole race from Manly sailing club which is a seven mile race from Beach to Pole and return.
On the first short reach I was worried I had the battens too tight as there wasn't much wind and the top batten didn't pop, but with a bit of breeze the boat very quickly accelerated and with a bit of centreboard up the TIWAL got on the plane. I held onto the Zephyrs for a while, but in the light patches they pulled away from me.
Around the first Mark then upwind for 3 1/2 miles sailing in 6-10 knots. I had the small sail on and I had plenty of power. I was using the controls through the puffs; playing with the outhaul, vang and the cunningham. I sailed towards the shore hoping to find some extra breeze there to make up some ground on the Zephyrs but it was a no go. It looked nice there - flat water but not as much wind. It was a warm, humid NWer with rain clouds that didnt produce breeze, only seemed to suck it away. It was one of those few occasions when heading to the shore wasnt the best course. Of course the local Zephyr sailors seemed to know this - should have followed them!
Downwind, unfortunately the wind died to 5 knots so the TIWAL wasnt given the chance to show its lightweight speed but it was pleasing that with each small puff there was a pleasant humming noise and slight vibration as the boat got on the plane.
Overall, it was good sailing the boat with plenty of power. I put plenty of shape in the battens before I left the shore which was perfect for the conditions. The adjustable battens will provide me with a bit of learning as I have never played with batten shape like this before.
Today I took the T3R out for a quick sail in a moderate 6-10 knots. There is a bit more rigging time to adjust the battens for the conditions and to rig the ropes which adjust the sail shape - but I imagine I will get quicker at this. It took me 35mins from boat laid out and the sail already on the boom.
It was around 6 knots and I was out on the hiking bars (at 55kgs that is usual for me) and then I looked up at the sail and had a bit of a wow moment. How can I describe the joy of trimming a really good looking sail? Well, its good! The material is a soft laminate with full battens so it will last a long time. The battens are adjustable so you can choose your sail shape for the conditions.
I lined up against a couple of lasers who were racing and to my surprise I held my height with them. Despite more wetted surface of the TIWAL I was able to stay the same height as them. No doubt the longer, well shaped centreboard and rudder helps; as does the stiffer rig and the sail shape.
I need to test it in stronger winds yet and I'm looking forward to that!
Go TIWAL - we have a product fit for racing now!
No storage space for your yacht, no towbar?
Ever wondered how to enjoy being on the water without all the hassles of getting a towbar or paying for boat storage?
Here at TIWAL we love getting on the water quickly and easily too. With a TIWAL Inflatable Sailing Dinghy the boat unpacks quickly from two bags, rigs in 20 minutes so you can enjoy getting out on the water more often, and in more places.
You wont believe just how easy it is!
John from Wellington says "I have great fun in my Tiwal 3. It's much more comfortable than the Laser I owned years ago, and it's sporty enough to be plenty of fun in a moderate breeze. I've just upgraded to the Tiwal 3R. It's gonna be awesome!"
Right now, we are offering a TIWAL dry-bag with your purchase so you can set sail with your valuables on board.
If you would like to get on the water more often, give me a call and I will organise the right setup for you.
Recent meet up in Sydney with a few owners. 7th May 2023.
I'm fortunate in that when I was a child I spent time in the Malborough Sounds with boat only access - ie no car, so being on the water became natural. I also learned to listen to weather forecasts, learn about tide, figure out what clothes were needed, how to manage waves, how to look after a boat, tie knots, use tools, navigate to different coastlines or beaches.
I recently sold a TIWAL to someone who grew up in the middle of a country with no land in sight. But now he lives near the ocean, hoping to bring up his family to be capable both on land and on water.
Did you grow up in the middle of the country - have you considered sailing as an achievable capability or is it something that you have never considered at all?
There are many sailing schools or if that is too expensive, there are boat owners who always need crew. You need only turn up at a marina on a race day or check out crew wanted sites. You need to know how to listen , follow instructions and ask questions. You will learn so much in one day! (If you can't swim, wear a life jacket).
The TIWAL is a simple boat - once you have set up the boat the first time, there is no need to tie any knot other than a figure 8 knot, and the parts click or slide together. The boat is simple and comfortable enough to be able to give everyone a go in it. Even the most unenthusiastic about sailing might find this a fun experience. The only issue is you might never get to use the boat yourself!
Why tow when you can stow? Tiwal fits snugly into a medium sized sedan boot, SUV or camper van load space. No more towing or backing a trailer when launching. In just 20 minutes from boot to briny you can be sailing a boat with all the lively qualities of popular monotype class dinghies. In addition you can sail alone or two up, teach the children sailing independence at beach front, estuaries or navigable rivers.
Check www.tiwal.nz to get your TIWAL delivered in 5 days to NZ or Australia.
Or email email@example.com to book a sail. Sailing lessons offered (NZ only)
The TIWAL NZ fleet had a great day at Maraetai on Saturday 26th November. The weather was great and we started the day with lots of fun and laughter with an assembly race, followed by beach starts, short races, a shared picnic and a longer course in the afternoon.
Congratulations, John Rusk, from Wellington, for winning the TIWAL Cup!
On Sunday a few hardy sailors braved the slightly wet conditions at Royal Akarana Yacht Club for a harbour course.
Thank you to the owners for making this a special weekend. We are inspired to keep the events going over the summer and look forward to more days on the water together.
Thank you also to the supporters of TIWAL, Rob Dickson, Anna Wirth-Hogan and Tim Hogan, who helped us on the day.
Thank you very much to the sponsors:
Maraetai Sailing Club
The Gibbs/Lane Family for the support boat.
and Catherine Henshaw for the trophy!
Here is an update from France:
Tiwal is going to be 10 years old this year! 10 years of adventure, joy, challenges, but above all, 2,500 Captains in more than 50 countries.
In 2012, Designer Marion Excoffon took on a crazy challenge: to fit a sailboat into two bags and send it off to sail on all the seas of the world.
And now, 10 years later, it's a team of 10 people and more than 50 suppliers, working together to spread the pleasures of sailing, with a range of four boats. We want to go further, and we have more surprises in store for you for the coming years! A big thank you to all those Captains for their confidence in us.
Have you found your ideal sailboat yet?
Check out this article in the latest Yachting World magazine:
In it you will find a review on the The TIWAL 3R - an exhilarating performance sailing dinghy.
The original TIWAL 3 is already an award winning sailing dinghy, and now the new super charged model is another step forward in realising your sailing dreams.
Send me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an order form so you can get your TIWAL delivered to your door!
TIWAL Australia and New Zealand
+64 21 611 623
Sir Peter Blake could inspire self-belief. To handle oceans, waves, spray, wind and cold all the while imagining the next the next big wave, the next sail change or the next strategy with unfailing optimism.
Sir Peter Blake was well known for leadership, teamwork, adventure, commitment, tenacity, self-belief, loyalty, integrity, and the pursuit of excellence.
He was a great role model to many Kiwis like myself. A passionate sailor with a big presence, he had a memorable handshake as many professional sailors do!!
He shared his stories by talking into a microphone as he lived and breathed the ocean; the exhilaration of sailing the waves, and the raw emotion of the ups and downs his team as they battled against the element in around the world racing. He died defending his boat while researching the effects of pollution in the Amazon.
He had great trust in his team - he picked crew who were ready to be part of a team and who could work together in the most challenging conditions.
You can hear a little of Peter Blake here: https://www.nzedge.com/video/sir-peter-blakes-record-breaking-win/
If you are busy and could do with more work life balance, send me a DM and let's chat about finding your ideal boat.
Or email email@example.com or book a sail in the TIWAL Inflatable Sailing Dinghy.
The fast, fun, stable TIWAL packs down into two bags and gets you on the water in 20 minutes for hassle free sailing.
Are you looking for more power, are you at full power or are you overpowered?
Check in with the wind conditions and make changes to your sail trim for an invigorating sail or a relaxing cruise.
⛵️ Are you looking for power? For very light winds (0-5 knots), sail with an open 'twisted leech' and for light winds (5-8 knots) tighten the sail gradually as the wind increases.
⛵️ Are you at full power? Depending on your bodyweight you may reach full power from 8 - 12 knots. This is wind the sail is designed for, so pull in the sail and go!
⛵️ Are you overpowered? When you can’t keep the boat flat by using your bodyweight then start easing the mainsheet in the gusts, using sail controls like vang and cunningham(downhaul) to help flatten the sail.
Tip: Stick a ribbon to the end of the top batten in the sail and aim to keep the ribbon flying 80% of the time. Stick some telltales (bits of ribbon or wool) one third of the way along both sides of the sail to help you trim the sail.
For smooth sailing or an adrenaline-filled ride, check out the TIWAL Inflatable Sailing Dinghy.
Check www.tiwal.nz to get your TIWAL delivered to your door in Australia or NZ.
To get your TIWAL Inflatable Sailing Dinghy delivered to your door in Australia or New Zealand go to www.tiwal.nz
The fast, fun, stable TIWAL packs down into two bags and gets you on the water in 20 minutes for hassle free sailing.
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The TIWAL is an awesome adult learn to sail dinghy! I am offering sailing lessons starting October (Auckland, NZ) so check here: https://lnkd.in/g-NhbSCw
Let’s connect: Melinda Henshaw
TIWAL New Zealand
Once when I was an inexperienced moth sailor trying to come ashore in Sorrento, VIC, I had to sail downwind at speed while dodging anchor lines and moored boats. It was a ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ situation as I had a whole fleet behind me and no time to hesitate. And, I had to get back to shore somehow.
Like any challenging points in life sometimes having a simple way forward and a few tools up your sleeve makes the difference.
If you or someone in your family has lost confidence in your sailing ability somewhere along the way then the following words are for you.
Do you want to get back to a place where you find pleasure in planing downwind on waves, or making the most of good weather, relax time and time for good internal reflections?
Fear of failing to get the boat off the shore on the first go, of looking silly or having to be rescued are fears we all have when starting out.
Here are a few steps to get you moving forward again (so to speak).
⛵️Get a wind pennant :
Try one of these exercises each time you go sailing:
⛵️How is your exit from the shore going to look?
- Examine the angles from shore and imagine how you are going to get upwind.
- You will need to be moving forward before you try to point upwind.
- Take into account the amount of space you will need to sail in a sideways direction across the wind.
- Allow for a little sideways slip as the boat gets to full speed.
- Tack only when you get to full speed. If you try and tack at half speed you will end up stuck into the wind or ‘in irons’ and sailing backwards.
⛵️When you are on the water practice coming to a stop near a stationary boat or mark in the water. This is like a ‘man overboard' drill so it is great to practice anyway.
⛵️Practice sailing in circles talking to yourself as you turn - I’m reaching, I'm bearing away, I’m sailing downwind, I’m gybing, Im luffing up, I’m reaching, I’m sailing upwind, I’m tacking... and so on!
Practice stopping 20 metres out before you come ashore.
- Stop the boat by letting the sail go and turn slightly into the wind.
- Have a good look at the angle you want to come at the shore and imagine sailing that angle and how you will stop.
Are you on the right gybe to turn the boat into the wind and stop?
Have you lifted your rudder up a little?
Will lifting the centreboard a little help you slip sideways to land in the spot you want to land?
I fail to do a perfect landing all the time, and but luckily that particular landing at Sorrento turned out to be just perfect (and the sailor following me just happened to be world famous. - a moment in time I wont forget!)
Recreational sailing has just blown up beyond your sweetest dreams!
TIWAL Inflatable Sailing Dinghy.
Bring your new sailling pal and potter around in bays, anchorages, and lakes. The ideal training yacht.
Contact us at www.tiwal.nz and get the TIWAL delivered to your door in Australia, NZ and the South Pacific.
Sailing brings me so much joy. Whether carving through waves competing for a world championship or helping a disabled teen gain confidence on the water, out on the water is my second home.
This should surprise nobody. I have competed in 14 World Sailing Champs!
Sharing my knowledge and skills enables others to experience the same thrill and sense of achievement and it gives me the connection I need with people.
Sailing has so much to offer, as a sport or pastime. Harnessing natures forces, awareness of the natural environment, feeling the wind on your face, motor skills and physical abilities, creating speed and balance, pushing comfort zones, managing risks and enjoying adventures. Sailing dinghies, being small and close to the water, get you in touch with nature directly. Using practical, hands on skills and your senses, you make the boat travel fast to where you want to go. It’s a wonderful challenge.
From an early age my family’s support allowed me to travel the world and compete at an Olympic Games. Steering a boat fast was somehow natural for me.
My most valuable development as a person and a yachtswoman has come from the sailing community right here in New Zealand.
Coaching a huge variety of ages, abilities (and disabilities) in sailing and yacht racing and skippering crews in national keelboat events has been so invigorating.
And now with a new sailing technology I’m developing a new sailing community: the TIWAL community.
I enjoy championing the new and very practical TIWAL Inflatable Sailing Dinghies for a few reasons:
⛵️Convenience opens the sport to more people
⛵️Creates new adventures
⛵️Share a craft with multiple age groups brings generations together
⛵️Pack up and go to enjoy hassle free sailing wherever you find water
🧳Your boat has become your luggage - its wonderful!
When I’m not sailing or sitting at my desk, you will find me swimming, at yoga, the gym, or hitting a tennis ball; but I really come alive around sailors.
My customers include the young, old, women, men, old salts, beginners, families, grandparents or solo adventurers.
I love inspiring people as they expand their abilities at their own pace.
Can I help you?
If you want to get on the water in 20 minutes with our easy-care, low maintenance inflatable sailing dingy. Book a sail today and have the TIWAL delivered to your door.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find your ideal sailboat.
When you take the kids out with you sailing, do they know what to do in a capsize?
It can be a good idea to practice a capsize in shallow water before you take them out so they know a few key things. This gives the kids a fun, memorable introduction to capsizing and sailing.
So what they could come away with is:
- Capsizing is fun
- Stay calm
- Swim out from under the boat
- Stay with the boat
- Swim around to hold the end of the centreboard
- Pull down on the end of the centreboard until the boat is righted
- The boat will turn so the bow is into the wind (by itself) and stop
- Climb on
Aim to give confidence from outcomes of the practice such as:
They can swim under a sail or out from under the boat.
The boat is there to give them something to hold and climb on.
Holding the end of the centreboard will increase leverage.
The sail will flap and the boat will stop once righted.
They can get back on by themselves - give them a few tips on how to do this.
Now is the fun part where they can look forward to a capsize!
Warning: Kids may wish to capsize and swim all day rather than go sailing!!!!
Check the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l63Zhgvk3gg
To find out about choosing your ideal sailboat, inspirational sailing stories and sailing tips, sign up here: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/m8v8v7
Book a sail or contact us to find your local agent. The TIWAL is perfect for everyone in the family for hassle free sailing.
Author, Melinda Henshaw, is an ex Olympic sailor and is a member of NZ Marine Association and the Boating Industry Association of Australia
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.