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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. RS700 Newbie Video

    High Flow: I've had the boat for about 1 year, and I've probably taken it out sailing 20 times. In my opinion, it's totally doable for anyone who is (1) fit and (2) is very very confident in a Laser or Aero. I've been out in 10-15 mph winds now numerous times, and feel OK in those conditions. Of course, I'm sailing in a small inland lake, so I can't get into too much trouble. It's true that I still look like an idiot while sailing the RS700, but it's also true that I've had many very long, stable upwind and reaching runs where I'm trapped out on the wire and having an absolute blast. So, yes - you can learn it well enough on your own to have lots of fun and feel like you know how to sail the boat. But to put it in perspective, I was bringing up the rear of the fleet when I sailed at Wurstfest. The biggest thing is time in the boat. If I sail two weekends in a row, then the third weekend I feel very confident in the boat. But if I miss two weekends of sailing the RS700, then when I hop back in, I feel kind of scared and jittery. So, it seems to be all about time in the boat and in safe conditions. The biggest asset to have is no ego. I've had drunk redneck boaters ask me: "are you sure you know what you're doing?" because I'm flopping around on the boat, especially during launch and landing, which are the most difficult. But as long as you can get through that initial humiliation, there's a promised land of fun on the other side.
  2. RS700 Newbie Video

    You know, I do that "shackle-the-top-of-sail" thing w/ my Aero. Good to know it's possible to do the same on the RS700.
  3. RS700 Newbie Video

    Oh - that was you w/ the UFO and the delightful little kiddo, and you and your husband (boyfriend?) were sort of drawing straws as to who got to sail the UFO first. Wonderful to meet you! You looked great on the UFO. I want one now too!!!
  4. RS700 Newbie Video

    Good on ya!!
  5. RS700 Newbie Video

    My bowsprit got stuck in out-position. I couldn't get the kite down. Had to jump in the water, stuff the kite into the sock by hand, and go back to shore w/ my tail between my legs! Took several stiff kicks on land to get the bowsprit to retract.
  6. RS700 Newbie Video

    Winds tomorrow look OK. Winds Sunday look terrifying (for an RS700 or your crazy IC). My goal is to simply cross the starting line of each race. I already know I'll DNF each race!
  7. RS700 Newbie Video

    OK, I don't know what any of that means, but I'm going to YouTube now to try and figure it out. Thanks!
  8. RS700 Newbie Video

    Me too.
  9. RS700 Newbie Video

    Great! I anticipate DNF in each of my races, but it will be fun nonetheless.
  10. RS700 Newbie Video

    Have a laugh w/ your Monday morning coffee. Stuck centerboard ...
  11. Sweet spot for wind

    RS Aero or Laser: 30 - 35 mph and big seas RS700: a very very steady 13 mph, with flat water
  12. 2017 Centerboard Circuit of Texas

    I signed up for Wurstfest Portsmouth Dinghy with my RS700. Looks like a UFO is signed up in that race as well. That will be fun to watch!!
  13. RS700 Newbie Video

    Thanks Frank. It was good advice from you and others that got me this far. Couple questions for you: At 230 lbs, I feel as though I capsize the boat to windward very easily. On this day (as most days for this lake), the wind was gusty running anywhere from 5 to 15 mph. At a solid and steady 15 mph I feel as though I can stand out on the bar OK. In fact, in my last trip to Corpus Christi I took the boat w/ me and had a great time in a very very steady (both in direction and strength) 13 mph winds. In those conditions, I ventured out onto the bar (unfortunately no video) and felt comfortable crouching in when the wind dipped slightly. But in such radically varying wind from 5 to 15 mph, I feel like I'm going to be continually caught out on the bar when a lull comes, and inevitably capsize to windward. So, I try to play it safe by trapping off the gunwale instead. Am I just being a chickensh*t, or is this an issue for real RS700 sailors as well? Do you think, at 230 lbs, I could make the seal entry work for me in higher winds? The thought of having to learn the athletic hurdle over the bar does not sound attractive. I foresee some face bashing into the hull whilst I try to learn that nimble technique. Just thought I'd ask.
  14. RS700 Newbie Video

    Well, it's kind of embarrassing i guess, but at 230 lbs she comes up fairly easily w/ me just standing on the gunwale. no leaning out required. :-)
  15. Pond Sailing for Practice?

    There's a number of videos showing RS Aeros sailing on very small rivers in the UK. I mean, they are seriously like a stone's throw in width. And yet those crazy Brits have regattas on these tiny rivers. So, you can certainly make it work w/ a Laser or Aero.