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  1. You will probably readily find many clubs that have racing on a Sunday but most weekday sailing is likely to be ad-hoc and most evening series have finished by now as it is getting too dark too early. Depending on where exactly in the UK you will be will depend on if you find somewhere. You mention London, there are plenty of clubs on the outskirts (Queen Mary,SC, Datchet Water, King George to name but a few) who may be able to offer you a chance to get on the water.
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    Out of Control Laser

    On a reach in a Laser the vang should be eased. This helps the sail twist and gives a bit more clearance for the boom for the rocky moments (i.e. keeps it out of the water, once the boom end dips there is usually little chance of saving it).. Also (as others have said) play the main more and try to get your eyes out of the boat to see the gusts coming. Then ease just before they get to you. Finally try using less rudder and more of what we brits call the 5 Essentials to steer. You can turn a Laser pretty effectively using heel and letting the rudder follow rather than initiating the turn. The rudder is ridiculously short too and raked back, that is part of the issue as well.
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    Laser class rules regarding Cunningham

    I found the cascade style always ran out of travel before I ran out of pull. A fair few people have put a block with a becket at the top (with the primary going through the cringle and terminating at the vang attachment. the secondary then gets tied to the beckett, down to a block attached to the kicker fitting, back up through the block at the cringle before going off to the deck fitting. Gives the same purchase IIRC but a lot more travel.
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    rs aero

    The laser is an old heavy boat that in Australia at least suffers from shitty build quality, a supplier that doesn't support retailers, who supplies direct to customers, who has no structure in his pricing, not exactly playing the long game. In the rest of the world, the class is suffering from infighting in many areas. Crappy quality sails, and now they have changed the rig as well. Awesome! I agree on the Laser having many faults but it is still the boat than many a budding dinghy sailor will cut their teeth on and will do so for many years to come simply because you can buy an older boat that with a bit of work and a new sail is perfectly competitive for club level sailing. The retailing model in the UK is the same though. There are 1 maybe 2 'dealers' (how well they are supported i could not say) but most people buy direct from Laser Performance (I appreciate the we don't have the geographical issues that you do in Aus). As for the sail change, the new ones look good and seem to be lasting much better. Not so convinced on the composite top section in the short term though. I don't think any of the new classes (D-Zero, Aero or Melges 14) is likely to challenge the Laser for many years to come. I am guessing you have an axe to grind with GS though.
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    It isn't just me then... I thought I was special
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    No a question was asked and I answered it as I believe to be the truth (with regards to the way the Aero halyard cleats). Feel free to correct it if you think it is wrong. Anyway it is true about the D-Zero (but then again being an apparent paid troll I would say that wouldn't I, still waiting to be paid though)
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    The halyard is spliced onto a short piece of thicker line and that engages in a cleat at the top of the mast. There's then a boss on the side of the mast that you route the halyard around to another cleat on the front of the mast. If you get it tight it does not flap that I've ever noticed. The remaining tail then tucks into a sail pocket by the tack. All rather neat and simpler than I'm making it sound.Anybody figured out how to modify mast bend with this setup? Or is the mast layup designed to take this into account? Does what sounds like a wraparound halyard chafe against the mast as it flexes? Is the mast top cleat a halyard lock? On the Aero is it a v-cleat I believe. A halyard lock would work better IMO. That is what we have on the D-Zero and no chance of it popping out as long as you make sure the ferrule goes in to the lock properly when you hoist.
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    rs aero

    Is it legal? Kinetics are a lot easier. Don't know if you could do it in an Aero or Melges, but it is fun to stand on a Laser Bow and air row the main. Almost touching the water with the boom is fun. What would standing up in your boat be illegal. Nothing in the RRS to say you must be sat down in fact many performance classes end up with the cre standing on the Foredeck in light winds and following the jib round the front of the mast. Class rules may of course limit this but not in any boat I have sailed in (similar to the 'no hiking' in classes like the SB20 which are 'enforced' by having rails).
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Not sure how you work that out. Boom height on the D-Zero is more than a Laser so even a tall guy like me has no issues getting through even on max kicker (or vang as you like to call it).
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    F101

    Probably the same as people who say foiling is the way forward in sailing for everyone. For a lot of people and clubs foiling is not the way forward and is not practical. Foiling, in my view, will be a niche part of sailing.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    A royalty is payable on the sail to someone, that is the reason for the 'button' I believe.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    More to the point do we care?....... On another note.... LP have used strong arm tactics on the 'replica' parts issue. I know of one supplier who has stopped supplying them because another side of their business would suffer as dealers in the UK and US have been told if they deal with any company that provides replica or training parts they will have their dealership status revoked. Fair enough some might say but had LP not been so greedy on the price in the first place it would not be an issue. We were always told one of the reasons genuine parts were so expensive was because of roylaties that needed to be paid.... ya know the ones that weren't being paid...apparently.... I'll get my coat....
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    I think this thread can rest until we hear whether this is the end of the matter or a further settlement or further litigation ensues. If only.....
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    Not that complicated really. Even a self confessed numpty like me can learn to use one pretty quickly. On the Icon I used it on all legs except upwind. I am sure Blaze720 will tell me it should have been in use upwind though ....