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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    I noticed that. J/70s and Viper 640s were the two biggest classes last year. I also see that the name was changed in 2017 from High Performance Dinghy Open to simply High Performance Regatta, "to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats. " http://www.windcheckmagazine.com/american_yc_high_performance_regatta_is_october_7_8
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    Seriously! I was surprised too that we (Aeros) were invited to the regatta this year. In years past the NOR used to say it was only open to boats with a D-PN of 86.3 or less. I guess the Aero 9 just squeaks in below that but Aero 7s and 5s wouldn't have qualified. Still, thanks to AYC for inviting Aeros this year. Too bad it had to be called off. Maybe the regatta needs a new name?
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    If an active, enthusiastic RS Aero sailor like my friend dsolnick didn't hear about this regatta (which is practically in his back yard) then we clearly do need to improve communications to sailors about upcoming RS Aero events. In the interests of helping others to not miss out on future events, here is some information on where details of RS Aero events can currently be found, and on the status of the RS Aero class in North America. RS Aero events in North America are published on the international class website at https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=events&rg=North America. Anyone can have a regatta posted here by sending details to Peter Barton, the International Class Association Manager at manager@rsaerosailing.org. Anyone wishing to see details of upcoming regattas should consult this page. The HPOD has been posted on the class website at the link above since June 24. It was mentioned at a class meeting at my home club earlier in June and I took the initiative to get it posted. (I am not a class officer and was not planning to go to the event.) The RS Aero Class North America was established at the beginning of this year as part of a legal entity that serves as an umbrella for all RS Sailing classes in North America. The contact details for the officers of RS Aero Class North America can be found on the international class website at https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=contact (scroll down a bit.) RS Aero sailors can sign up to join the class at http://events.eventzilla.net/e/rs-aero-north-american-class-membership-2138915381 There is also a Facebook group for RS Aero Class North America for more informal communications. So that's what exists. I am sure our class officers would be interested to hear directly from dsolnick (or others) any constructive suggestions on ways to enhance class communications to members in future.
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    Gay Test

    Comfort? Nobody sails a Laser because they want to be comfortable. Rule #4. You sail a Laser because you like pain. The sooner you appreciate this fact, the happier you'll be.
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    Gay Test

    Here are some more views of the mystery boat without the - ahem- distractions of the original shot.
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    Gay Test

    There is a clone of the Laser widely sailed in Russia called the "Luch" - Russian for "ray" as in ray of light. The Ukrainians wanted to build some Laser-like boats but didn't want to make Luchs because it is a rip-off of the Laser. (Apparently Ukranians care more about IP law than the Russians do.) So the Ukrainians decided to build a boat which would not be the same as the Laser or the Luch, which would use new trends in design and technology, and which could also serve as a training boat for sailors who wanted to sail real Luchs or Lasers later. They came up with the Ultra. Now I don't think the boat in the notorious photo actually is an Ultra - the shape of the transom is slightly different, but I strongly suspect that its origins are similar. You can find the full story about the Ultra at https://fd-cs2830444.prom.ua/p620159752-yahta-ultra-shvertbot.html There are many photos of the mystery boat racing with Luchs or Lasers at https://www.facebook.com/wiwschool/ And the original photo that stirred up all this discussion, along with many other photos of Luchs or Lasers racing with the mystery boat can be found on the Facebook page of Ольга Кашаева
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    We seem to have a difference of opinion here. Some facts might help. Has anybody on this thread bought a new Laser in North America in the last year? If so, did your local dealer have a Laser in stock when you were ready to buy? If not, how long did you have to wait for the Laser? Did anybody decide that the Laser supply situation was such a "complete and utter disaster" that you went off and bought some other boat instead?
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    "Everything is practice." - Pele
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    You are right. Everybody knows...
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    The man without whom there would be no Lasers. Congratulations sir! http://sailinganarchy.com/2018/09/07/the-man/
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Several US dealers are offering Lasers and sails and other parts on their websites, and the sail numbers I see in regatta reports seem to be climbing steadily upwards.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Hurrah for spark plugs.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    What??? I thought it was OK to say kind things about the Laser (and good old Bruce Kirby) as long as you were mean and nasty to Global Sailing, Laser Performance, Mr. Rastegar and especially the ILCA? Good luck to Benja and the DIYC Laser fleet and all the sailors at the Laser District 7 championship this weekend.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    OK. You win. The Laser class is obviously in a death spiral. Be part of the future, not the past. Buy a Force 5.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    https://sailing.laserinternational.org/site/event-site/93/entrylist 373 entries from 45 countries for a Laser Youth Worlds.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    302 entries from 25 countries for a Laser Masters Worlds, including 14 sailors over 75! In spite of all the Blow Torch legal shenanigans, the Laser Class is thriving. And Laser Masters sailing is probably not going to be affected by any decisions about whether the Laser is in the Olympics or not. This is why it is such nonsense for people to talk about newer single-handed boats being "Laser killers" or "dethroning the Laser."
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    If being in the Olympics is such a big deal, why aren't more people buying new Finns?
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Yes - the Melges 14 and the RS Aero both had about 25 boats at their Midwinters in Florida this year. Decent but not outstanding. Long way to go to "dethrone" the Laser, whatever that means. But I don't think the people sailing the Melges 14 and RS Aero really care about dethroning the Laser. Speaking purely for myself I am enjoying sailing a more modern boat than the Laser and am pleased to see a good RS Aero regatta circuit developing locally (New England) and internationally. If others are having fun sailing Melges 14s or Devoti D-Zeros or VX Evos or Lasers or Force 5s or Sunfish then good luck to them. There's room for everyone.
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    Racing Rules of Sailing, poster

    Oh dear!
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    Classic American Dinghies

    Hoffman was an Austrian who made German cars cool in America. I still don't think you would describe BMWs and Mercedes as classic American cars.
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    Classic American Dinghies

    But they are not classic American dinghies. Saying they are is like saying the Porsche 911 is a classic American car just because it is popular there.
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    Bend in Laser mast Lower question

    I know more about less, and less about more, than more or less most folk. But I have broken Laser top sections, bottom section and boom, and bent top sections and a bottom section. (Not all on the same day.) I never saw any signs that any of them were about to occur. I attribute the cause to using them for sailing. Shit happens. When I used to write a blog about Laser sailing, writing about a Laser spar catastrophe was always a good topic for a blog post on a slow news day. RS Aero sailing is very dull by comparison. In almost four seasons of Aeroing, I haven't broken or bent any spars yet.
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    Bend in Laser mast Lower question

    They do bend sometimes. Happened to me once. It's just one of those things.
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    Start line technology musings ...

    GPS controlled self guiding, maintaining station marks are a real thing. http://www.marksetbot.com