A round of thanks to Chuck Francis for the following...
"The only information I have on rig tension comes from an Edel
association newsletter dated July 20 1980."
"Tuning-540-The uppers and forestay should be very tight with the mast
raked about 20 cm back when measured at the foot with a plumb bob from
the head of the mast. The lowers should be somewhat less tight with
about 1 inch of flex to allow the mast to bend and spill air in heavy
665-The uppers and forestay should again be very tight with the mast
raked the same 20 cm aft. The lowers should only have 1/2 inch of flex
as the adjustable backstay can be used to alter the mast shape to spill
"These tips come from Bernard Lasporte at Edel, who has many years of
racing experience with Edel France."
And GCooper wrote:
"I keep the shrouds quite tight and the backstay is adjusted for race conditions: tightest for heavier winds and upwind legs of the course and looser for light winds and downwind legs..."
From the Edel association newsletter 1 Oct 1984 , an original article quoted verbatim including title.
At the time of publication it was sent to 99 owners even though most were prospective members. Membership in 1984 was $20 and included the newsletter. They were trying to get in contact with Edel France to get some support and speculated on getting money together to put buy the molds and put the boats back into limited production (sound familiar?)
"A look at how it was"
The first Edel association met at the Edel plant on Thursday, February 28, 1980; 35 people attended and enjoyed a 45 minute tour hosted by general manager Ron Brooks.
The heavy membership from Toronto made talk of regattas pertinent. With a national association this will be more difficult. The first officers elected were Dave Morrison, Commodore; Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Treasurer; Ted Dobinson, race committee chairman; Bill Wheeler, race coordinator for Cook Bay Yatch Club, Sally Carrol for the Detroit area and David Cross for Port Credit. Any member know those names?
For cruising members, the newsletter solicited notes on voyages they may have made which could benefit current members. Good Idea! Send notes, we will write them up.
For racers, Edel Canada was to have the boats rated for MORC. We don't know whether this was done.
Maintenance wise, there was a note that an improved gooseneck for the 665 was available (keep in mind this is March 1980). Will anyone who got one of these (exchange) please let us know what the improvement was?
The association did organize a regatta in the Detroit area. In charge, then was Jim Barnett (phone number deleted) and Bill Watt (# deleted). Anyone know these Edel owners? They had the right connections because the regatta was to include a pool party with a bar-B-Q sponsored by Michelob beer. Local accommodations for out-of towners was arranged. The second annual regatta was held Aug. 30-31 at Nesbitt's Marine, Guilford, Lake Simcoe, about 35 miles north of Toronto.
A sail trimming seminar by Jay Hansen of Fogh Sails led to the publishing of some sail trimming tips:
Wind speed 0-4 knots
Tighten outhaul and cunningham to move draft forward; put traveller out slightly to avoid stalling the sail on the lee side and allow more twist to the sail.
Wind speed 5-14 knots
Ensure top batten is parallel to the boom; loosen the cunningham slightly; medium tension on theouthaul to move the draft halfway back; center the boom with the traveller.
15 knots and over
Ensure your sail is quite flat so tighten cunningham and outhaul to move draft to the first third of the sail; allow the leach to open and try to (achieve?) 15% heel as optimum; move boom out with traveller and allow more twist to the sail to spill air.
For racers, Dave DeEyre of regatta Yachts in Port Credit (then) was racing his 665 in weekly races and doing very well. With a 170 per cent genoa it was rated at 20.1 LOR and was beating C&C 25's and a number of Alberg 30's.