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  1. OneGoat

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    The event sails for an ILCA event had the ILCA logo on them. Has anybody looked at the rest of the boat? Any Laser starbursts on any of the rigging?
  2. When the International Olympic Committee organise a regatta, they put the Olympic logo on the mandatory event sails. When the ILCA organises a regatta, they put the ILCA logo on the event sails. The boats are supplied by PSA in a territory where PSA has the rights to brand them as Lasers. I'd bet pounds to peanuts there is Laser branding somewhere on the boats, and after the regattas, they will be sold off as Lasers. Re: attached image - ermagerd, they've banned the Laser name and renamed us the Olympic Single Hand Dinghy class! (2016)
  3. The "original vision" never considered the fact that the boat would go considerably faster if you bend spars and stretch sails way beyond their original design parameters. Once that had been established, you're not going to win races unless you can bend and stretch like everyone else. Extreme trimming is standard racing technique. That means brute force and esoteric techniques that are peculiar to Laser sailing, or it means mechanical aids like cascading vangs. And once we all know about the benefits of extreme trimming, things are going to break regardless whether you vang on mechanically or by sitting on the boom or kicking the mainsheet. Modern Laser sailing is nothing like the conditions the TGIF was designed for. Nobody predicted this. The original hardware wasn't appropriate for the new reality of club racing, let alone professional sailors training 7 days a week and flying around the world to win races by inches.
  4. Sail area is a self-controlling factor in skiff racing. If you carry too much sail, you swim. If you don't carry enough sail, you don't go as fast as the guys who carry more sail. Until they swim and you sail past them. How much is too much sail? Depends how good a crew you are. And that's how skiff racing remains a true competition of skill, not an equipment arms race. Anyone could go bigger if they wanted to, but you don't win races if you can't control it. So they don't.
  5. OneGoat

    Craigslist Finds

    I reckon this wasn't an original Laser gelcoat option. Somebody did this on purpose. Designed to induce uncontrollable nausea in opponents? Location - small Australian country town of Yinnar - says it all, for those familiar with the iconic Australian expression "Yeah, nah". ("Yeah"; yes, I have heard and understand your statement: "nah"; no, I don't agree with your statement or proposition).
  6. OneGoat

    Sunfish / Laser Innovations

    Whatever is easier to find. I understand they share a lot of content but also differ in other content. I think I have the earlier version. Haven't seen the other. I also have his "Fast Performance Technique" which is more about the sailor than the boat. Haven't finished either - I'm digesting slowly as I go. I trained in naval architecture (but never worked in the field - I spent 20 years in noise and vibration engineering (via fluid dynamics) before retraining in clinical audiology. So I probably have a more analytical reading of his material than those with less formal technical training. Some of HPS is quite heavy going... but with real lightbulb moments.
  7. OneGoat

    Sunfish / Laser Innovations

    Kent, as an aero engineer with a budding interest in dinghy design, you would absolutely devour Frank Bethwaite's books. A fellow aero man, his experimental work on 14' dinghies in the 70s through 90s has revolutionised skiff and is now heavily influencing modern keelboat design. Track down a copy of High Performance Sailing (of which there were two quite different versions). Not everything he explains will be relevant, but you're going to walk away much better informed regarding your Sunfish tweaks.
  8. OneGoat

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Victoria (Australia) State Laser championships are on this week in Melbourne. The astute among you might recognise Melbourne as the location of the Worlds this (southern) summer. And the Australian Nationals, also this summer. Huge season in Melbourne this year. This photo was posted by Vic Laser Association's Facebook page this afternoon. Is that a class-legal ILCA sail I see there among the class-legal Laser (TM) sails? The new world order... Interesting to have an ILCA here in Australia, where we still have a local trademark-owning Laser (TM) manufacturer. But I guess PSA is allowed to sell class legal boats and hardware under whatever brand names they and the governing body have agreed to.
  9. Are they certified and documented by the International LASER CLASS Association? They are "boats of the Laser Class". They don't have to be Laser branded boats. It's in the constitution. There was some discussion around this recently, you may remember it.
  10. That would be the International Laser Class Association. Laser Class, as legally distinct from Laser brand. Apparently. In some jurisdictions, at least. ILCA brand boats and Laser brand boats are all part of the Laser Class. And the lawyers are salivating over their retainer invoices.
  11. On my 14' catamaran, which I usually sail solo sloop rigged, I use a single continuous jib sheet. It's short (only marginally long enough to get the jib out for a run; cats reach faster downwind so running isn't a priority), and has no knots between the blocks so is less inclined to jam and tangle. So as long as I can reach a jib block, I can reach my jib sheet. Don't need to scoot over to the lee hull to find a loose sheet. Being a catamaran, she doesn't like to tack, and backing the jib helps immensely. So my tack process is to unclear the jib but hold it on tight, steer into the turn until the jib is backing, guide the jib to the other side (with the continuous jib sheet) while trying to keep wind flowing along it for some lift. Cleat the jib, wait for the main to cross and "pop" it's battens, then throw the tiller across and scoot over to the new windward hull just as it starts to lift (or later if I'm game for a roll-tack). Then correct the trim of both sails from my new sailing position. I haven't soloed a monohull sloop for a long time, but my approach would be very similar... just with less backing and waiting, on a boat that actually wants to steer through the wind. Short continuous jib sheet. Give it a try.
  12. OneGoat

    Light weight traveller block - is this new?

    Block-to-block is nearly 2" lower than using class-legal hardware. So you could run less sheet, or less traveller (even without a wafer-thin tiller), or break more masts with even more luff tension. I'll eagerly await the rule change.
  13. OneGoat

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    ...and then in the long term, we could put a more modern hull under the new rigs...
  14. OneGoat

    Intensity MK II Laser Sail

    Is Intensity doing hulls yet? Are they class certified? Are they inferior to class certified hulls?
  15. I wonder if it's a matter of how many Euro members bothered to vote, and which demographic they were. We've been told that every kid and every middle aged nobody who races Lasers at their local club is required to be a EurILCA member. There's a fair chance that most of them aren't all that interested in class politics. They pay their money and get their ticket to race, but leave the voting to the minority who really take an interest in class administration. Who in Europe voted? There's a fair chance all the European sailors asking questions at the Japan regatta voted. They didn't seem too complimentary of EurILCA's "plan for FRAND, no plan B" approach. They are the ones with skin in the game, the ones who race at class sanctioned and international events, the ones who might consider buying a brand new boat at some stage, the ones who might have Olympic aspirations... the ones who will be affected by rule changes. Mid fleet club racers in 10 year old boats don't need to care too much about the class rules. In USA and Australia, mid-fleet club racers aren't ILCA members, so didn't get to vote. In Europe they are ILCA members but didn't bother to vote. Green country votes... the Dr has suggested they would have been submitted as block votes by the local administrators. If at all. There was a lot of votes, but only a small proportion of members voted.