AYRS Zoom meeting - Saturday 12th February: Parabeam

  • 08 Feb 2022 13:48
    Message # 12584024
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AYRS Zoom meeting - Saturday 12th February 2022 at 19:30 London time

    For our February monthly Zoom meeting Kim Fisher will tell us about his experiments with using Parabeam and also how he is using Parabeam with a hull mould made by draping an elastic membrane over a ‘skeleton’ framework – an innovative way to quickly make curvy 3D shapes.

    Parabeam is a way of making a fairly lightweight fibreglass panel approximately 3mm thick with just one layer of reinforcement material.   It is a thick ‘spongy’ fabric and when you wet it out with resin the outside surfaces get fully impregnated but the central region is mostly air filled, so it automatically forms a kind of sandwich structure with a single wetting out operation. I had better not say more, or I will spoil Kim’s talk!

    The link to join this meeting is:

    This will be our pen-ultimate Zoom meeting for this Spring.  After a March meeting we will break off and maybe restart in the Autumn, but we will have to consider that over the summer.  Over the past few months our Zoom meetings have lost the popularity they enjoyed over 2019, maybe the need was only during the first stages of covid-19.   Having said that, arranging a Zoom meeting as just an informal on-line ‘bar chat’ as opposed to a formal presentation is very easily done, if there is demand for that we can certainly send out a monthly link for as long as even a handful of members choose to log on.   Maybe Saturday is not the best day of the week, do let us know your thoughts.  (email chairman@ayrs.org).

    RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show - 26 and 27 February 2022

    The AYRS will be on Stand F12 at the RYA show which this year will be held at a new exhibtion centre at Farnborough in Surrey.   Do call at our stand if you are visiting the show.  Our stand will feature a reefable two element wing-sail made by Charles Magnum and also a hydrofoil instrumented with strain gauges to measure forces. The wingsail is about 6m high so should make our stand pretty obvious..

    See this link for information about the show: https://www.rya.org.uk/events/dinghy-show

    Go to this link to buy tickets in advance of the show: https://www.rya.org.uk/events/dinghy-show/tickets

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