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  1. i mentioned it once already... Fireball. great for light weight crews, and there are a few in Tampa at Davis Island YC
  2. There's Fireballs in Tampa. You should get a Fireball
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    The VX Evo

    The apple/pc argument is a perfect metaphor, actually. Well said!
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    The VX Evo

    agree that laser and exo occupy very different parts of the sailing world. in terms of the aero taking down the laser, not in the next few years. gonna be a while until there's a healthy used boat market.
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    The VX Evo

    do you think the fact that it costs almost $18k new have anything to do with it? (serious question)
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    I mean I assume it would make the rig somehow more adaptive to different weight ranges (since they are canning the Finn?) but not exactly sure how they'd do that
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    when you say 'with a new rig'....
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    wow that is pretty darn cool. too bad it fell apart.
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    Dinghy racing whips major ass and many people come to it with no great aspirations but I think the point is that there will be people who get into sailing because they want to go to the Olympics someday and there will be people who want to semi casually race, and others still just like sailing around, and there’s space for everyone. So why get rid of Olympic sailing if it might bring in more sailors? A good fleet needs people of all levels and ambitions to remain active and competitive anyways.
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    Dinghy Racing Is Fucking Awesome!

    i like this guy
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    1. The Olympics includes sailing because it's an important sport for many nations. People work very hard and it's an incredibly physical and mental exertion. Why wouldn't they want it? I don't really see how questions 2&3 are really relevant, you're not forced to do either of those things. It means a lot to some people to see their nation do well at international sports, and since the USA doesn't really do anything to support Olympic Athletes from a federal funding level, they need support from fellow sailors and businesses who want to see them do well. So if you want a reason to support someone who wants a medal, you could think about it that way. I have a hard time believing that Olympic status is hurting class numbers in any way. I think it could really only benefit them. I have no idea how much losing sailing as an Olympic sport would affect participation but i'd hate to see it go. In my mind, it does legitimize competitive sailing. It makes me so happy to see articles about one design sailors in magazines like Sports Illustrated, when it happens. And I doubt that would happen if it weren't an Olympic sport. I just wanted to know where you were coming from! I like the idea, actually, but why not do what they do Laser sailing anyways, have both a Masters medal and a Standard medal. The Laser, in my opinion is the BEST Olympic class boat because it's so relatively inexpensive. Sailors from very small nations can (and do) compete at the Olympics. There were 46 countries represented at Rio in the Men's Laser, and 36 countries in the Radial Women race. No other sailboat class had above 26 entrants. The RS:X had 36, I think, which was the next closest.
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    explain pls
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    half of olympic sailing is fundraising, finding sponsors and paying to have your really expensive equipment shipped around the globe. It also seems like you have to be a standout at a young age to get on olympic track. maybe not, but that seems to be how most olympic sports are now.
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    Fleets for Nationals

    well as long as we're posting old videos!
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    Fleets for Nationals

    yes there has been a massive falloff. Dunno about the other two fleets you mentioned but I have some experience in the Fireball. There were 8 Fireballs at the US national championship this past year in Clearwater. And I think 3 of them were Canadians. As I think has been stated before on this site, the class really started to die off once homebuilt boats lost competitive potential on a national/international level. Those Winder plastic-fantastic boats are able to be so much stiffer and lighter in the ends than any homebuilt woody could be. I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons, too. Americans seem to have lose interest in the class, which is unfortunate because I think they're awesome boats. For contrast, there 53 boats at the UK nats in 2017 and 85 at the European champs. Still pretty popular in Europe it seems!