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    The Future of One Design

    At some point too there comes a point where the number of the second hand boats available is capable of supporting demand, or at least suppress demand for new boats to the point it's uneconomical to build them. Type 1 OD the builders get around this by continual minor innovation (Merlin Rocket) in the same way sail makers make incremental changes to sails in OD classes. Or they build to a high standard at a premium that will support a margin on the the labour and materials involved (505). The issue there for type 3 is that class associations generally act to protect the value of their existing boats. ... Aussie interest in 14s dropped off about the time they merged the rules didn't it?
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    The Future of One Design

    Most none SMOD classes are classes of the third kind these days aren't they? Or at least a lot of them made the transition in the move from wooden to GRP construction or when a builder decided to stop building boats and the class bought the mold.
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    Olympic sailing, is it still the pinnacle?

    It's also the wrong question. The question is whether competitive sport is relevant any more.
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    Olympic sailing, is it still the pinnacle?

    Good on ya, self serving or not (outside the UK) many people are saying the same
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    NYYC One Design

    There are the class rules and then there's the bulk purchase deals done to equip the club owned boats.
  6. Round here the proceeds from Olympics are _only_ spent on Olympic sport. Great care is taken to 'ring fence' it and stop it for being used for anything. The national Olympic council wont hand out the cash unless it is. In sailing there was some plundering of the rest of the sport going on but that has been stopped by what amounted to a grass roots rebellion. Now there's a sailing foundation attempting to hoover up any private and corporate sponsorship for sailing there might be out there.
  7. You think kite boarding clubs will pay subvention to the NMAs like sailing clubs do?
  8. I hope not but from what I've seen so far WS seems intent of making kite boarding as impenetrable and boring to watch as possible. Course racing on small courses? God all mighty. Mambos vid from France is awesome, if only the Olympics was somewhere like that with that many competitors, show casing the best of a sport...
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    US Sailing Olympic Submission for 2024

    "so the team race team has to be made up of sailors in the other classes" Oh that's OK then. Hey, I got an even better idea. Lets have a sailing triathlon too! 4 crews a country. Fleet race for the first round. 2 flights of 2 boat team racing for the second round. Final round of match races. Score the lot high points, most points progresses. You'd knock 3-4 of those out a day on a single course and have the whole thing done for 64 countries inside a week.
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    How to build large format display

    To update fast enough it doesnt flicker badly
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    How to build large format display

    It would be interesting to try. Would say ventus would need tweeking so it limits the area of the screen updated tho. Doable though. Open cpn might need more than a monochrome screen?
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    US Sailing Olympic Submission for 2024

    The self serving in terms of team racing doesn't look like it will get far. What are they axing? 3x single handers and 2x double hander. And athlete numbers have to come down by, what, 30 (?). 4-6 on a team racing team. The kite boarders submission is more fun.
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    How to build large format display

    Really cool to see an iInk display make the market. Makes a lot more sense as a way of running the sailracer.net APP connected to a Raymarine or Garmin set-up. We have samples from their supplier and we're not convinced it can handle the refresh of large digits event at 3Hz. Then there's the power draw. So they've done really well to get the sailracer.net APP working on it. Fair play. Seems to be a ground swell of challengers coming through looking at news ways to do things suited to different users. About time things got shook up a bit.
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    How to build large format display

    3x4 inch transreflective TFT. Aiming for launch in the winter.