True North

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    AERO’s D Day Liberation Invasion

    Lindy, out of curiosity, why are you so intent on Laser bashing? Is that food for your soul? Putting the Laser down helps your Aero case, I guess. Why even mention Lasers in your regatta post other than to put them down? I'm sorry you had such a bad Laser experience. They have their quirks -- like every other boat on the planet. I'm 60, too, and the Laser remains a fun platform for me. We don't travel much in our fleet, but we will have 21 or 22 boats out this weekend for a regatta on our lake. And I even plan on sampling an Aero over the 4th. If I turn out loving it and buying one, it won't be because of your continual trashing of the Laser. Good luck in you NAs.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Randy, I wrap duct tape around the top of the wand to prevent having the wand fall out unintentionally. Two wraps max, and easy off at end of day if you leave a tag on it.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Wow! That is panhandle country, and about as far from Cali as I can imagine. And have you splashed the Mach 2 in our fair state? If so, where?
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    AERO’s D Day Liberation Invasion

    I had to miss due to work, but my understanding is that it went well. Blowing pretty hard, and everyone was using borrowed boats from the club hosting the event. One boat got damaged when an extension got separated from the tiller, and the boat wound up on shore in the confined spaces, so racing got cancelled thereafter. By all accounts, it was really fun. People were blown away about the weight, or lack thereof, of the boat compared to Laser. Not sure we are all going to ditch the Laser, though.... That said, we hope we will get to go back in the future, perhaps under more sedate conditions when we won't be stressing over boats.
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    AERO’s D Day Liberation Invasion

    The Laser fleet at White Rock in Dallas is the most consistently active in Texas. We average about 15 boats on any given Wednesday, but 20 boats are not uncommon. The record for our Wednesday night fleet size is 33, so we are attempting to top that this season. We have benefited from having younger, former college sailors join our ranks who come to us primarily through our loaner program. Our fleet has two boats that may be borrowed to entice new members. This has been very beneficial to the club as those younger folks who come to the club through the Laser are now getting involved in the Flying Scot fleet as well. The Flying Scot fleet at Corinthian Sailing Club is one of the strongest in the country, so it's a good situation. Club's happy, Lasers are happy, and Flying Scots are happy.
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    AERO’s D Day Liberation Invasion

    Gouv, I don't think it's quite that dramatic. The person who is hosting the event at the new sailing venue, Viridian, is a member of the Laser fleet at White Rock. This is a chance to get the White Rock guys over to see the facilities and have a fun time. That is not to say that the Aero isn't the end all, be all; for all I know, it is. What I do know is that the Laser fits what we have going on at White Rock. And it's a pretty good thing....
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    Easter Laser Regatta

    FANTASTIC pics! Chapin, Young and Kern. That's a trifecta.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Lifesave's setup is wonderful. Two minutes from Rush Creek.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    I am up for anywhere, but I prefer a lake where the mast doesn’t get stuck in the mud. Ray Hubbard is a really good venue as it’s built north/South and the prevailing wind is southerly; however, when fronts come through, it generally goes northerly. Less chop when it’s from the south, and a lot when from north. Again, up for anywhere that weekend.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Stand alone event IMO. I want the improvement coaching brings. A regatta would cut down too much on coaching. And we SHOULD have some WIND!
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    2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    How do we pay dues? Couldn't find it on site, but I am a known computer idiot....
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    My thoughts watching the vid (bear in mind I have sailed mine a total of FIVE times!). I think you're too close to the wind trying to get foiling. I have my best results when starting on a super broad reach. You're on a close reach, and that doesn't give you enough wiggle room. You did a GREAT job of bailing when the weather hull was the first out of the water. The boat won't foil when the weather hull is out first, or rather, I can't get the boat to foil when the weather hull is the first out of the water. If you can try starting out on a broader reach, I predict you will be flying all the time! Once the boat is foiling and stable, you can then start experimenting with trying to get to weather. Love the video!
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    How Does My New Boat Not Have a Boom?

    A Class — you’re absolutely correct that I erred in making a definitive statement in an area about which I know nothing, which (among many things) is in this case developments in multihulls. I am a Laser guy, so my comment was from that perspective. I do appreciate your setting me straight. You’ve pointed me in a new direction of learning, and learning is essential. I will also work on being more precise with my language.
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    How Does My New Boat Not Have a Boom?

    Martin, the Weta class is in the midst of a discussion within the US as to whether and when to allow a traveler to allow for better sail performance while racing one design. The bottom line is that ditching a boom negatively impacts performance, but for some classes, like the Weta, safety and ease of handling were thought to outweigh performance compromises.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Digging around in pics and found several from my trip to RI in November 2016. Decent shots of the first prototype, the green Probe, may be found on this FB page: UFO Foiling in Texas. Needless to say, the boat design has come a long way from its rather humble beginnings as a mash up of Laser spars, spare parts, and one incomplete Moth hull.... The boat we sail is many iterations removed from Probe, and many of those iterations may be seen in the pics.
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    2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    Yes, Michelle, this is the thread. I will be going to Hefner in the near future as that is one of my absolute favorite lakes. Do you have any Laser activity there?
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Charlie, to Bad Andy's point, cold in Texas has a completely different meaning than that in more northern climes. While my UFO is in drydock having some mast repairs done, I have sailed the Laser several times with water temps around 40°, air temps around 29°, and attendant wind chill when it's blowing 15. All ropes, blocks, and ratchets have frozen along with any water that may be in the boat. As you know, that is really cold for these parts! I have been wearing the following which has kept me toasty: 3 mm neoprene longsleeve shirt, dry suit, 3 mm neoprene 3/4 Rooster hikers, life jacket, spray top over life jacket, Aigle boots, polypropylene balaclava, helmet, and the key for me, Rooster Aquapro gloves. I have never been able to get my hands warm, but these do the trick. Rod Vela sells them: https://www.velasailingsupply.com/rooster-aqua-pro-glove/ I wear the hikers over the dry suit to keep my lower body warm. I intentionally got the Rooster hikers on the large side to wear them this way. My normal hikers are SEA 3/4 airprene, which I wear when it's not freezing. I also wear the spray top over the life jacket to give me a bit of extra insulation. I have been fully immersed in this get up, and while I would not want to spend the afternoon in the water, it has served me quite well. I am certainly motivated to get back on the boat! I can't say enough good things about the gloves.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Would love to, Charlie, but still working!! Ha ha!!
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    2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    Good catch, Ortega!! Autocorrect strikes again!! I know you’re a RACER and not that abhorrent other “R” word.... Lindy, your regatta sounds like a blast!! Should be a ton of fun! Now if I can only wrest away control of the tune-age to ensure a good mix of The Gap Band, KC, Wild Cherry, and the like, that will make it even better!! Ha ha!! The Laser youth don’t let me near the noise maker, alas....
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    2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    DCYC is a fun place to sail small boats. It's on an arm of Lake Lewisville that doesn't get too much motorboat traffic, which is great because the rest of Lake Lewisville is about the most dangerous lake of which I am aware for people boating while drunk in boats that will do 80. You don't get that where DCYC is. I took a trip up there for the first time in about 30 years, and getting to the lake is now more difficult because of the explosive growth of Little Elm, but once you make the turnoff and get to the club, it's a really nicely appointed place. The clubhouse has been replaced since my last visit and is very nice. Don't know about regatta management, but it's really a nice facility. I am sure the club would enjoy whatever fleet or group attended.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Dex, sounds as though you need to buy a present for yourself!!
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    https://www.sailmagazine.com/boats/best-boat-winners-2018 Congratulations to Steve and Dave Clark on the notice.
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    Texas High Performance Singlehanders Multiplying

    UFO no. 5 is so in!!! First step is finding out to whom the boats belong (you account for the majority!!).
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Kind of irritating that the 12 year old in the promo pic is making that boat fly as I can only in my dreams!! Ha ha!!