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  1. Blaze720

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Well Done RS Aero .... Not my sort of boat but it is a brilliant product overall and by far the best being considered (and yes I have sailed/raced three of them!)
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Life is too short for this sort of thing – it is looking like an indulgent or unnecessary diversion. One where there will never be a ‘last word’ as long as people keep responding. If you don’t want to take part in a particular format for any particular reason best known to yourself well that is just dandy - and if you do well I guess ditto. Class racing is great .. alongside other alternative formats and they are not mutually exclusive. ‘Each to their own’ ... nuff said ?
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    So it seems 'fairness' can be just about anything you want it to be then !! So there is nothing wrong ( ...er 'unfair') with development classes throwing money at development, and gaining (arguably unfair) advantage ? So there can be nothing unfair in anything else or alternative racing format by extension as you know what you getting involved with etc etc . So to complete the circular argument there can be nothing wrong with handicap racing either. It is not only 'fair' because as just one individual you, he, or she 'say so' .... You know the rules, format, implications in advance with handicap racing just as you do with other formats ... and are not forced to participate. Heck nobody is even trying to persuade the 'unconvinced' so why do some still deride the 'fairness' of others ? ... or is 'fairness' simply something 'we' pratice and is 'unfairness' something those deluded 'others' just do ? ... You can't have it both ways.
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Well, define fair? ..... Well it ain't ever found in development class racing for a start using the same logic. In additon single class racing in anything other than 'issued' totally identical boats/sails can be similarly considered 'unfair' as well - ideally all should be from the same production batch, age etc etc .... so what is ever truly 'fair' in that glass house world of the total purist ? Lighen up ... nobody is forced to race in multi-class handicap races. Don't like it ? Move on and out of the way of those that do recognise it has a very valid place alongside other modes.
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    Looks like a Aussie Manly Graduate (NS-14 hull). You are absolutely right - It is loosely related but that is another story - but it is larger at 6'4" x 14'9" (1.93m x 4.49m) is a pure hiker in this form and as already stated it has a centreboard. A fair bit more volume is involved to carry a regular sized crew (though racing snakes can depower it fine if they must !). It still has an incredibly easily driven hull character so does not need a vast amount of sail to get a good wiggle on - in any wind. We are still working on the rig but the helm balance is great already so it is all about attention to detail and refining it now. It can 'point' up plate glass if needed ...But no rushing this bit it has got to be as good on all points of sailing - far too many developers have done so in the past and sometimes it well .... definately 'shows'. Inevitably a 'slow burner' for sure , but there are few short cuts to this stage, however it is looking like all the time and effort is nicely coming together now. You will know when we are finished but not too much more will be released in the meantime ....
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    The crickets have gone quiet ......
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    crickets? If you must .....
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

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    F101

    If we were talking about a Catamaran or any other reference with a proven system that works better, it's worth talking about - but not this. But then again we are of course .... and even proven variants of same from the same designers .. on foiling cats. Additional complexity is only usually worth employing in engineering terms if it is needed, the rest of the time of course the optimum design route is inevitably the 'KISS' one.
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    F101

    Control feedback and effects can vary enormously from structure to structure and are not necessarily easy to totally generalise about. As has been suggested already while there are some general principles to consider the real world is usually much more complex. One structure may has tendancies where control oscillations can quickly arise and increase in frequency / magnitude while others dampen things down just as quickly. Proportional only control feedbacks have obvious limitations and full P+I or even PID is not fully practical without today a bit of processor power and a bit more sensing that possible with just a simple 'wand'. So not very usable with small boats unless a lot more 'technology' was introduced / permitted ! So if your structure itself is more 'stable' (tolerant) across the range of conditons life can be easier allround. I'm sure todays Moth setup is a long way towards optimum after the huge amount of practical experience there .. for the Moth. It may even be optimum on some other structures as well. The question though is whether it is as needed or essential to provide good or appropriate control with all other structures with their very different characteristics and behaviours. It might simply not be a question of 'either/or' at all Camber inducers or 'not' ?..... rotating masts or .not' ? (or maybe over-rotating ones ?).... daggerboards or centreboards ? ... fully battened or 'semi' fully-battened ? One hull or two ? (or even 3 !) The list is seemingly endless. The point is that all these are choices or options that do 'work' with good application.....
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    F101

    This looks like a non-argument ... 101 is a one-design and ultimate speed never was the key objective. ALL classes are sets of compromises. You could just as easily point out its weight to suggest it is possibly 'sub-optimal' and half a dozen other issues. But I'd be pretty certain it is plenty fast enough for its target market and pretty damn fast in absolute terms as well. If it is also simple and relatively forgiving that cannot be a bad thing. It may be ideal for those who currently regard the Moth as not on their radar at all. For that matter I'm sure some here could point to the Moth itself and suggest 'sub-optimal' compromises have had to be made there as well - to keep within its class rules. For example the 11 foot limit which has been twisted over the years and eerm .... perhaps 'adjusted' in less than a few subtle ways - rudder gantries and other extensions etc over the bows for instance. Are these admissions that the 11 foot idea was 'sub-optimal' in the first place ? Would it matter in the slightest anyway ? Foiling itself is very much a small minority interest at the moment. If it is to grow long term beyond relative token numbers it needs for additonal foiling classes to become established, prosper, and attract new blood. Some foilers and 'wantabe' foilers themselves can appear on this forum and others to almost be their own worst enemies !! Good luck to all of them would be my own take ....
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    F101

    The F101 uses the same approach as 'Whisper' ... seems to go fine to me. Same wand approach and you can see the family similarity easily enough. Have a look .......
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    Think we'll leave you guessing ....
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    Blaze720, What is the sail area of the Rondar 'Icon' compared to the Cirrus Icon? The new all epoxy Rondar boat is fairly different to 'Icon' although there are some visual similarities. It does carry a smaller sailplan as well as has been confirmed previously and features both a higher boom as well as reduced overall mast height. The full specification is very closely tailored to feedback sought and received by Rondar in N.America where they have both manufacturing and distribution channels already. Inital production will commence in the UK for N.America and the US spec boat will, in parallel, also be trialed in the UK for potential introduction there and very possibly mainland Europe in time. No doubt when ready Rondar will confirm the full specification ..... and yes the name as well !
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    There is something rather satisfying in beating (often relatively over-canvassed) craft with something a bit more subtle and less powerful but uber-refined. Make it light, very easily driven and refined and you simply don't need lots of 'additional' sail area, expense or complexity. It means you can take almost anyone out racing, beginers, large, small, old, young, novice, expert, or whatever and bring them back smiling ...... and keen to get out there again as soon as possible. Not for everyone, granted, but get it totally right and these type of boats are a joy. But then we are a bit biased ..... But we want YOU to try one soon and make up your own mind ....