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About tillerman

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  1. tillerman

    Laser C5 Rig

    ILCA announcement today on new rig development... http://www.laserinternational.org/blog/2019/01/21/information-for-ilca-members-about-new-rig-development/
  2. tillerman

    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Pretty sure I was the first to use the word "idiot" on this thread - to describe myself - some irony and self-deprecatory humor intended. I am way too modest to describe myself as a visionary or iconoclast. I'm just a contrarian who got tired of following the herd.
  3. tillerman

    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    You could be right.. but it's not always so. I sailed a Laser for over 30 years, had been the local Laser district secretary, and sailed many regattas locally plus several Laser Masters Worlds, several Caribbean Midwinters in Cabarete etc. etc. I was having a good time but I couldn't resist looking at more modern single handers which were launched, and wondering if they would be more fun. Then when the RS Aero came out a few years ago I tried it out, decided it would be more fun than the Laser, and persuaded a couple of friends to join me in buying Aeros. Our home club ran the first RS Aero regatta in the north-east US, and only a few weeks later I sailed in the RS Aero NAs at the Gorge with over 20 boats. Since then we have developed an RS Aero regatta circuit in New England, I have been back to the Gorge to sail RS Aeros, sailed an RS Aero regatta on Lake Garda, sailed a few Aero regattas in Florida in the winter, and am part of a growing RS Aero frostbite fleet locally. There is more than enough RS Aero one design racing going on locally, nationally and internationally to keep me happy... and the list of regattas just keeps on growing every year and so does the size of the Aero fleets at those regattas. So for me, the new game is more fun than the old game... partly because I find the Aero a more exciting boat to sail than the Laser, and partly because being part of the start-up of a new class has in itself been an exciting and rewarding experience. But I admit I wouldn't be so positive about the change if the only Aero owners in the north-east were still just me and my two buddies. Bottom line, the idiot who decides he wants to sail something different from whatever everybody else sails at the club is only an idiot if his new class doesn't take off.
  4. tillerman

    Laser C5 Rig

    The Australians/Asians are working on some designs for new Laser rigs. LP is apparently working on some different designs for new Laser rigs. On the video the ILCA President says that we don't see the future for the Laser as "white sails on aluminum masts." Sounds like the class and the major manufacturer all see the need for change. Knowing the Laser class my guess is that the change will be introduced very slowly. But it seems inevitable that 10 years from now the Laser will be a very different boat from what it is today. Will the class split into two tribes - Classic Lasers and New Generation Lasers? Who can tell? If it does there might still be more people sailing some flavor of Laser than there are today.
  5. tillerman

    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Because idiots like me get it into their heads that it would be fun to start a new class at the club instead of sailing one of the current accepted classes. It's actually pretty easy to persuade a few other people to follow the idiot and sail the new class. People like novelty. I started a Laser fleet at a club in the early 2000s. It was going well for a while but it died out after I left the club.
  6. tillerman

    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    People may prefer class racing but there are so many classes that if the club allows any class to sail then you end up with a large number of classes each with only a small number of boats. If club members really want class racing then they need to agree that the club will only allow a very small number of classes and stick to that rule.
  7. tillerman

    Laser C5 Rig

    "Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad."
  8. tillerman

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Thanks sosoomii. Sounds like they are looking for a Southern European venue in February, March or April 2019. Bids fron MNAs are due by December 14th. Not sure what is in it for the hosting MNA, but WS is promising promotion for the venue which should be some kind of incentive.
  9. tillerman

    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Intersting that Melges is not listed as a brand of boats they sell on KO Sailing's website.
  10. tillerman

    Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    No. In most classes the Nationals are open to any sailor so the majority of the sailors there are amateur weekend warriors with full-time jobs so they don't have the time to train with the intensity that Olympic sailors do. And in many classes the Worlds are open to any sailor, or with entry qualifications that are well within reach of the average amateur sailor - so again they just don't have the time to train like Olympians do. There are exceptions of course...
  11. tillerman

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    No proposal for some new boat in the Olympics or the return of some old boat in the Olympics is ever dead. There's probably a campaign somewhere to bring back the Firefly as an Olympic Class.
  12. tillerman

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    There's no such thing as sailing. The word is now used to describe so many things that it is essentially meaningless. It doesn't need water - example ice sailing and land sailing. It doesn't need wind or sails - example Titanic sailing. It doesn't need people - example autonomous robot sailboats. It's not even confined to the surface of the planet - example solar sail propelled spacecraft. It's meaning is now so watered down (no pun intended) that it can mean almost any object moving around, using some means of propulsion, anywhere. If aircraft carriers and cruise liners and spaceships and robots can "sail" places how can sailing possibly be an Olympic sport?
  13. tillerman

    Rumors Floating: LP selling out??

    The parent company of Performance Sailcraft Europe bought Vanguard in 2007, and the combined company became LaserPerformance. https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/136000/Gavel-acquires-Vanguard A bright future was promised... “Combining these well respected companies from the two continents is incredibly positive for the growth of dinghy sailing. The enlarged group will be able to provide more resources to promoting and growing the sport” said Chip Johns. On hearing the news of the acquisition the Laser Class President, Heini Wellmann, and Executive Secretary, Jeff Martin made the following comments: “We welcome this development because it will both strengthen and simplify the one design aspects of the Laser class. It will also help to further develop the class throughout the world and in particular has the potential to further the growth of and participation in the Laser class in emerging nations.”
  14. tillerman

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    It ain't over until the Finn sailor sings.
  15. tillerman

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    There are RS Aeros in 51 countries spread across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania.