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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    The process is published... I think it's an open invitation. What other classes/builders would you hope to see? The invitation to tender was linked upthread, I'm not seeing anything there that arbitrarily excludes other classes. Is there a more accessible and testing single-hander that should be on the short list? Cheers, W.
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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    The shortlist for evaluation has been published for the men's & women's single handers. This is for the "Laser" event, not the new combined one described above. Laser, Aero, Melges 14 and Devoti d-zero. The Melges and Devoti look like outsiders to me... are there enough of them around the world for the submissions to be strong? Kim Anderson was at the Laser 4.7 Worlds yesterday (mainly to visit Gdynia, I heard) and reported to be very interested to see the 4.7s in action. Conditions there have not been wonderful so far but there's been some good racing. Lots of very good sailors in a very big fleet (280 boys from 42 countries, 158 girls from 35). Hoping the event continues to go well. The boat may not be perfect but the numbers are hard to argue against. Cheers , W.
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    Youth Sailing - alive and well...

    Yeah, I hear you! ... next year looks pretty rough... 4.7 Euros are in the middle of our exam diet, Radial Euros clash with a big school trip (years in preparation) and there are rumours the 4.7 Worlds may be in Canada... waiting to hear where the '19 Radial Worlds might be with more than a little apprehension! Cheers, W.
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    Youth Sailing - alive and well...

    Of course the 29er is a youth worlds class... but there isn't a major regatta in Gdynia for it, atm: In Gdynia there are Laser 4.7s (World Champs) and 49ers, 49erFXs and Nacra-17s (European champs), whereas the Youth Worlds will have Radials, 29ers & Nacra-15s.. (as well as 420s, of course). Hence my comment that the boats being sailed at Gdynia are different (in the case of the 4.7) and not even youth classes, in the case of the skiffs & Nacras.... Apologies if I was not clear... Cheers, W.
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    Youth Sailing - alive and well...

    No. The youth worlds will be different classes- Radials instead of 4.7s and the others are not youth classes: 49ers and 17s over 29ers and 15s. My daughter is there (Gdynia, not CC) with the GBR team. Stanno... is there an upper age limit for campaigning a 4.7 in Oz? In the UK it's been 15 up to recently and staying that way for boys but being raised for girls.... on the continent, they tend to stick with the rig for longer. Cheers, W. PS flying out next weekend. Maybe see you there...
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    Babe or Boat?

    On the internet, no-one knows you're a pig.
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    Asking a designer about changes

    Your logic is sound but I'm not sure there is a problem to solve... I've generally found that it's possible to persuade someone to show you around their boat and extract some detail about the pros, cons & quirks of ownership by the devious tactic of expressing mild curiosity... At which point an invitation and guided tour is usually forthcoming to the point that it can appear rude to decline... Maybe it's a bloke thing? Cheers, W.
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    Asking a designer about changes

    Unless you know exactly what your requirements are (which seem unlikely if you've not done a lot of sailing), then it would be a good idea to buy (or rent?) something fairly close to what you think you want, then get to grips with the compromises. It won't take very long to get a feel for what you really crave and then understand what you'll have to give up to get it. Most inexpensive boats (be wary of ones that are actually cheap, there's usually a good reason) will be old and will still be in use because they have a fairly sensible set of compromises that suit a good number of people (otherwise they'd already have been scrapped). It would help you a lot to get some real experience of what you gain and lose with the design decisions and how they impact your priorities. Apart from anything else, the resale value of a boat with unusual attributes is generally terrible (see "actually cheap", above), so you could lose a lot of time and money if it isn't perfect first time...
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    Asking a designer about changes

    Imperial... still in use here. One of the residual insanities of metrification is that we measure fuel use (in cars, not boats) in mpg: statute miles per imperial gallon (about 4.55l), even though we buy fuel in litres. Distances are still posted in miles, though, so there isn't an obvious metric alternative. US gallon is about 3.75l but both are, of course, eight pints.... so your pints are only 16 fl oz. Makes converting recipes just that little bit tougher. Most stuff is metric, though, which is vastly easier. Cheers, W.
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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    Template for submissions (limited number of entities entitled to submit) to the meeting in November has been published. Looking for input on Criteria for the event rather than on the class/boat. These need to be in by August. Seems there will be a trials phase, where competing boats can be compared against the points to be agreed below at that meeting. As predicted, this diverges from the accepted proposal (M22-18), which mooted retaining the Finn (without re-evaluation) and included a (strange) suggestion that the women's boat should suit a 70Kg sailor. There's a very similar template for the mixed double-hander event, which was also proposed to be retained (470). Would that be changed, I wonder? There's a huge international investment in the 470 class at the moment and kids sailing mixed crews in 420s on the pathway... would there be enough benefit to adopting another design to warrant the upheaval? Equipment Criteria for Mixed One-Person Dinghy: Boat concept: Foiling / Displacement (Non-Foiling) [delete the non-desired option] Same hull for Men and Women with different rig concept: Yes / No [delete the non-desired option] Single mast and sail: Yes / No (Multiple sails) [delete the non-desired option] Sail size for Men: XX-XX m2. Sail size for Women: XX-XX m2. Suitable wind range for competition: XX-XX knots. Athlete weight range for Men: XX-XX kg. Athlete weight range for Women: XX-XX kg. Builder / Class structure: Manufacturer controlled One Design / Measurement controlled Monotype / Registered Production Monotype [delete the non-desired option] Format proposal: Please, describe in detail the suitable formats for the proposed equipment criteria. Other Equipment considerations: Please, describe in detail.
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    Finn sailing

    Mainsail area: 10.6 m2 (114 sq ft) It's a big boat, with a big sail... so works better sailed by a big person. In strong winds a light sailor will struggle with it... in light airs a lighter hull would be more responsive to the sailor's weight... which is what a dinghy is all about... Try a Europe? Or an Aero? I would expect it to be more fun... Cheers, W.
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    How lucky are we?

    Youth boats this time... Oppy, Topper & Feva sailors trying out Radials, 29ers & 420s. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1932675433431077&id=110600672305238 RYA training course also running at the club in Wayfarers and Toppers... weather a LOT warmer this time. Cheers, W.
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    Youth Sailing Program Proposal & Budget

    I would refer back to my original post and seek to get parents involved in delivering the sessions. Especially if you can get the ones who can sail engaged. Parent's should help to get boats out, assist or encourage the sailors to rig and tune them (not do it for them), then help onshore (especially when the sailors are new to it). They can crew safety boats and any that have powerboat experience can help to drive, which increases your coaching options and reduces the number of coaches you need... eg... If you have small kids (say 8yo), session one involves them beam reaching out to a rib, then they get caught, turned around and sail back to shore... You need someone on shore to set them up, someone in the rib to catch and turn. If there's a big group, then some will go astray, so a second boat can wait downwind to catch them and bring them back while the session continues for the others. Parents should be around to field any kids that refuse to get involved (cold? scared? tired?), so the coach can continue teaching others and not have to babysit. They should also pack up boats, gear, marks etc... The atmosphere should be collaborative, with people pitching in to help. Once you have some sailors, get some informal racing going, with parents racing their own dinghies on handicap against the Oppies- short courses, average lap racing, Lasers to do (say) three laps against Oppies doing two (what do the mothers sail?), then results calculated against PY. In most cases the kids should be able to win against the adults much sooner than the adults expect!! Especially if you can hook into the regional racing you refer to. Pitch it as a sailing club at the school, not as school sailing. Try very, very hard to get one-design racing, so the parents all buy the same boat, just like the kids... whatever's popular in your area... RS200s? Aeros? Lasers? Enterprises? If there's a bunch of folk already sailing something nearby, try and talk to them about building that class instead of starting over... Be inclusive- make sure non-sailing parents see that they can help on-shore, get skilled up quickly (courses?) if they need to, and have fun getting involved... Key is to enthuse them! It's fun! It's exciting! All of us will be better people because of it! Summer jobs for kids, independence! leadership! self confidence! It's all a wonderful opportunity! Cheers, W.
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    Youth Sailing Program Proposal & Budget

    Where? Is this in a lawyer-friendly environment? Who would get sued if someone got hurt? If they came after the club, then it would need it's insurance to back it... that's probably who will you need to get approval from.... Around here, when sessions are scheduled or regular... e.g. they make it into the calendar, so that people know when to turn up, then they are effectively club activities... if you just arrange to meet informally with a group of parents that know each other, that could be different... you will still need to check the insurance of your safety cover, though... you can't rely on club insurance for a rib driver without ticking their boxes... and if it's a parent owned rib, again you will need to check it's covered for coaching, with whoever ends up driving on the day... Cheers, W.