Ph.D Racer Rope | Custom Racing Rope
Get Your Ph.D. from Yale. Performance handling. Delivered.
"Ph.D. is light and grippy, perfect for the mainsheet on my foiling Moth, where every ounce counts. Yet it's strong and secure enough for the mainsheet on my 44' performance racer/cruiser."
—Jonathan McKee, two-time Olympic Medalist, seven-time World Champion
Grips in your hands comfortably, making sheets easier to grab, hold, adjust, and control. No more wrestling with hard, wiry ropes.
Grips winch surfaces securely, so you can use fewer wraps to control loads more easily; release more smoothly and cleanly; and minimize slipping, catching, and stuttering.
Grips and holds highly loaded knots and hitches.
Glides through blocks faster and more smoothly for more effective trimming, tacking, and gybing. Ph.D. even glides around shrouds and other high-friction areas more easily than standard sheets. Enables much smoother A-sail gybes.
Glides when released without kinking or hockling. There's no bulky core-and-jacket combo to hold a show-stopping twist!
Splices quickly and easily— in under 3 minutes... honest.
Ph.D. Splices in Under 3 Minutes.
This eye splice is more than twice as strong as a knot!
Tools Needed:• Fid*
*See chart to select the right fid length.
Measuring and Marking the Eye
- Mark the rope at one full fid length from the tail end (1).
- Form the eye to the desired size, laying the rope's body alongside the tail.
- Mark the rope's body (2) adjacent to 1 and again (3) adjacent to the rope's tail.
Closing the Eye
- Tape the rope's tail to the fid's angled end as smoothly as possible.
- If using a closed thimble or hardware, place it in the eye.
- Insert the fid into the rope's body at 2, running the fid down the core.
- Push the fid's tip out through the side of the rope's body at 3.
- Pull the fid and the rope's tail through the rope's body until 1 and 2 come together.
- Mark the tail where it exits the rope's body (4).
- Grasp the tail, and slide the rope's body up the tail toward the eye about 3 inches.
- Cut the tail at 4 at a 45-degree angle.
Burying the Tail
- Grasp the eye, and smooth the splice down the rope's body to draw the tail end back up into the rope's body.
Whipping or StitchingThis splice is more than twice as strong as a knot — even before whipping or stitching!
A brummel or whipping will help to prevent no-load separation.