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  1. tillerman

    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    But then there also this... https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=event&eid=1544 at the same location as the Worlds in December 2019. I really enjoyed the 2008 Laser Masters Worlds in 2008 at Terrigal and this is just up the coast from there.
  2. tillerman

    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Championships like this are one of the best things about the Laser Class.
  3. It's a difficult choice to make... Make sure you have trial sails in any of the boats you haven't tried yet. Carefully consider your sailing goals. Figure out which boat is most likely to align with those. Talk to as many people as you can in all three classes about the pros and cons of each class. Read everything that has been written about the boats on DA in the last year. Then just quit stressing and buy an Aero.
  4. Haven't sailed it for over 2 years. Tillerwoman says it has to go. Probably a good idea. Make way for another RS Aero in my fleet. Rule 32. The minimum number of RS Aeros you should own is three, one for racing, one for practice and one to lend to your friends. The correct number of RS Aeros to own is n+1, where n is the number of RS Aeros currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of RS Aeros owned that would result in separation from your partner.
  5. LOL. JQSABAA is the correctamply acronym.
  6. tillerman

    rs aero

    Marc Jacobi (current RS Aero 9 World Champion) is threatening to run a clinic on downwind sail settings and techniques for the RS Aero at Newport on July 6 before the Newport Regatta on July 7/8. Charter RS Aeros for the regatta and clinic are available. http://events.eventzilla.net/e/rs-aero-charter-at-the-newport-regatta-2138962724
  7. Go for it Gouv. JQTABAA is the obvious answer to about 50% of the questions on Dinghy Anarchy. Oh, and welcome to the dark side. It's good to have you here with all us other crazy Aerobians.
  8. tillerman

    caption contest

    Living the dream!
  9. tillerman

    rs aero

    Welcome to the RS Aero Class. For all new RS Aero owners please... 1. Join the class at http://events.eventzilla.net/e/rs-aero-north-american-class-membership-2138915381 2. Find details of Aero events in North America at https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=events&rg=North America. (More events will added to the calendar in the next few weeks.) 3. And if you're on Facebook, join the RS Aero Class North America group. Lots of news of events, sailing tips etc.
  10. tillerman

    rs aero

    Awesome day of racing in a gusty shifty north-easterly going east. We had 19 RS Aeros at the regatta at Massapog YC on Saturday along with 14 Sunfish and 11 Lasers. Top 5 Aeros were... 1. Marc Jacobi 2. Gareth Griffiths 3. Eric Aker 4. Chris Stow 5. Carson Turowski Full results are at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15985#_newsroom. Next up the Wickford Regatta on June 9/10. Looks like we will have a similar strong turnout of RS Aeros. Contact Marc Jacobi at USA@rsaerosailing.org if you want to charter an Aero and join us at Wickford.
  11. There is a simple tuning guide posted on the RS Aero Class website at https://www.rsaerosailing.org/docs/70705008(3).pdf There are a lot of other resources to help less experienced sailors on the class website. See for instance the Sailing - Top Tips thread in the forum. This includes some videos of the talks given by Peter Barton at training days in the UK which should be very helpful for sailors new to the Aero who are not able to attend a clinic or training day themselves. You can also find some Aero training materials useful to people new to the Aero on YouTube such as Marc Jacobi's talk on RS Aero rigging and sail controls at Newport in 2016.
  12. tillerman

    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    I suppose creating mixed events does mean that you can achieve gender equity without switching more events from men only to women only. And it also has the advantage of communicating to the world that "here is a sport where men and women can play together." But the mixed one person dinghy is clearly not as "together" as mixed doubles badminton, for example.
  13. tillerman

    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    I am all for gender equity in sailing. To me that means that just as many women as men take part in all kinds of sailing at all levels - which is sadly not the case generally today. To be critical of my own class for a moment, look at the recent RS Aero North Americans in Galveston. Only one woman entered and she didn't sail. And this in a boat which because of the three different rig sizes should have a strong appeal to women. Will having as many women in the Olympics as men be of some help in moving to gender equity at all levels of the sport? Probably. But why do the Olympics have this obsession with "mixed" events? Gender equity is just as easily achieved by having five events for women and five events for men. I am sure there must be a good reason but I am not getting it.
  14. Getting back to the original topic of this thread, results of the 2018 RS Aero North Americans are now posted at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/16097#_newsroom+results Congratulations to Hank Saurage - RS Aero North American champion in 2017 and 2018.
  15. tillerman

    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    This whole mixed one person thing only seems to make sense if it was done as the only way to keep the Finn in the Olympics and still keep the bureaucrats (with their gender quotas and preference for "mixed" events) happy.