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    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.
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    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.
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    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...
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.”
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    It ain't over until the Finn sailor sings.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    There are RS Aeros in 51 countries spread across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania.
  9. Story of my life!
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    The RS Aero was launched at the UK Dinghy Show in March 2014.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    There should be some more RS Aero regattas in Florida posted soon, including the Sarasota Sailing Squadron One Design Midwinters in March.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    It is true that you can't race in a 50 boat RS Aero fleet in your part of the world...yet... but nobody says you have to stop sailing Lasers at local regattas if you buy an RS Aero. Starting a new class in your area and helping it to grow and expand is something that is very rewarding in its own right. Somebody is going to kick-start the RS Aero Class on the Chesapeake Bay. Why not you? Details of upcoming RS Aero regattas in North American can be found at https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=events&rg=North America. Most of them have charter Aeros available. Go to one (or more) of the regattas in Florida this winter with your girlfriend and charter RS Aeros. You won't regret it.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    There's been a lot worse criticism directed at World Sailing volunteers including the first person on that list - Scott Perry. https://isafcorruption.wordpress.com
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    As far as I can figure it out there is a Working Party who makes a recommendation to the Equipment Committee who makes a recommendation to the World Sailing Council. The Working Party is Scott Perry (Vice President), Yann Rocherieux (Chairman, Athletes’ Commission), Dina Kowalyshyn (Chairman, Equipment Committee), Jurgen Cluytmans (Equipment Committee), Ana Gamulin (Constitution Committee), Carlos de Beltran (Director of Technical & Offshore) and Jaime Navarro (Technical Specialist). Source is http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/BoardRecommendationtoCouncil-[24422].pdf I was wondering what happened to Carlos Beltran after he retired.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    The info about RS Sailing's plan to have two new rig sizes for the Olympic RS Aeros was reported in the last paragraph of post #11 in this thread.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Ian Bruce's original brief to Bruce Kirby for the boat that eventually became the Laser was... And yes, the vang was 3:1. Perfectly adequate as long as you stood up in the boat and bounced on the boom as you tightened the vang.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    There is some insight into the technical categories on the scoresheet in this article. https://optimist-openbic-sailing.blogspot.com/2018/05/singlehanded-dinghies-for-2024-olympics.html So how would you score the 4 candidates against these requirements?
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Someone should build a fleet of D-Zeros in the USA. I agree. Why not you @dgmckim?
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    2018 RYA Portsmouth Yardsticks RS Aero 9 - 1019 D-Zero - 1029 RS Aero 7 - 1068 Laser - 1098 RS Aero 5 - 1129 Laser Radial - 1142 No published RYA Portsmouth Yardstick for the Melges 14.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Last I heard was that RS Aeros have spread to nearly 50 countries, including many European countries, Australia, New Zealand and a bunch of countries in Central and South America and Asia. Of course it doesn't yet have the global penetration of the Laser class, but it's doing pretty well for a class that's only 4 years old.
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    2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    Best invitation to a regatta, EVER.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Thanks torrid. While I am tempted to root for the RS Aero against all other classes in almost any ranking, I do have serious concerns that gaining Olympic status wold actually be a backward step for the class. I see the Laser Class has come out fighting, citing among other things the number of countries which participate in the Laser Olympic qualification events and questioning whether any of the possible Laser-replacement classes could achieve anywhere near this number by the time the qualifications for Paris 2024 start. http://www.laserinternational.org/blog/2018/10/03/saving-the-sport-of-sailing-in-the-olympics/
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    This really isn't hard to figure out. The Melges 14 , D-Zero and RS Aero are clearly superior boats to the Laser. And of these three, the RS Aero is now being sailed in many.more countries than the Melges 14 and D-Zero. So the answer is obvious. The World Sailing bureaucrats will chose the Finn.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    When are they going to make a decision? I need to know whether I should be training in my RS Aero or my Laser for Paris 2024.
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    Flying Scot Price

    https://www.supplychaindigital.com/technology/ups-appoints-walmarts-scott-price-new-chief-transformation-officer