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    Good Post-College Boat?

    There are a lot of good options out there. I am biased toward one of them as many know, but I'm not even going to name it since the bigger issue will be where you end up and how much traveling you want to do. If there are local fleets of a certain type of boat around, that's always a bonus, but if you have a job and money to travel (and a proper tow vehicle - some of the boats tagged above will require significantly more horsepower than others), that factor goes down a tiny bit and you can optimize toward the boat you like to sail the most. Always fun to think about but it's all just viperware...errr...vaporware for a couple more years. Go crush it in school first so that you can get the best job that you can and the rest will figure itself out.
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    Hank Buchanan, R.I.P.

    I remember that day when your rudder popped off. It was one of the increasingly rare times that season that we were ahead of you - we had a loose cover on, and my job was to keep tabs on the competition from the rail and report back to Dad. Suddenly I saw your bow pop 5 feet in the year and then slam down and the boat stopped, and I told the team we didn't need to keep a cover on anymore. We didn't know the rudder had fallen off until we saw Hank towing you back in. Must have been 1990 or so.
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    Eight Bells

    That is too bad. I always admired the mirrored hull graphics (an inspiration for the mirrored bow numbers I put on my IC dinghy). Hank built me a CR914 for model boat racing at LYC a number of years ago to help get me into the Class and was a pleasure to race with an against. Great guy.
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    Wanted - Viper 640

    Yes. Send me a PM.
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    Back to the HPDO, all good regattas take active event chairs, and for many years AYC had that in regatta founder John Wyles and then Carina, both of whom would post on SA about the event, email every class they knew about to attend, follow up early and often, etc. I sailed 505s with John for a few years and did the first HPDO with him, and several others. In recent years, I've done the event in Viper 640s. It's a good regatta but some things about the event had gotten a bit over the top for a dinghy event (i.e., for folks who go every year, we don't all need the same regatta shirt that we've gotten, or a fancy dinner at AYC). Regatta costs for what was originally a dinghy regatta had gotten pretty high. I don't want YCs to take losses on their events, but a lot of sailors would be thrilled with no shirts (or optional shirts / hats to purchase), kegs and hamburgers if it meant entry fees were a lot lower. Volunteer housing also became a thing. And for the several Canadian entries across a few classes (49ers, Fireballs, Vipers), that weekend is always Canadian Thanksgiving. Plus Annapolis Boat Show, plus holiday weekend, plus the huge growth of the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Regatta pulling away some folks locally (even non college sailors get roped in as boat reps, etc.). Vipers have almost always been the largest class at the HPDO since 2008, but our turnout was dropping a bit due to regatta fatigue. When Noroton YC approached the Vipers to ask if we would do our New England Champs there Columbus Day weekend 2018, we opted to bail on HPDO for 2018 and do something different (though NEs ended up being moved back a weekend by Noroton after it was on our calendar, and we added a new YRA Fall Finale at Larchmont YC Sept. 29-30 with a $0 entry fee) - our Noroton turnout is looking strong with low entry fee event that includes a sliding scale bar tab based on distance traveled, generously sponsored by the Noroton Viper fleet. Running a multiclass regatta is hard. Fleet captains and event chairs are crucial to drumming up turnout. John and Carina made it look very easy over the years, but the loudest applause at the awards was always reserved for them since every competitor knew them from their personal outreach. For fleets that hoped to attend, it doesn't all fall on AYC - each fleet is responsible for rallying its own people, esp. the local sailors in that fleet if they want folks to travel. You can't take turnout for granted - there is constant entropy as folks have kids, move away, have other conflicts a given weekend, etc. - you have to keep trying to grow your event (and fleet) if you even want to keep it the same size. Hopefully it'll just be a one-year hiccup for AYC and a chance to retool into something else that will attract high performance sailors.
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    Test Sailing the RS 21

    At least at Larchmont, there are almost no regrets about opting for Vipers as a one-design sportboat fleet. Not trying to knock the RS21, but I don't know clubs in WLIS that feel this way, and the largest Viper fleet in the country definitely does not, and is likely putting in an order for another container of new Vipers this winter. Todd is right that no boat is the perfect boat for every sailor, but that's why there are different classes. The Viper accommodates a much broader audience than people give credit, and other classes that claim anything otherwise in their marketing materials are off-base. We have everything from teenagers to guys who by definition only are senior citizens (in that they are forced to collect Social Security at this point), racing every weekend in all positions, the majority of the teams are coed, some sailing 3-up, some 4-up. It's proven to be an excellent light air boat (and there's a lot of light air sailing in our area), and a lot of fun in breeze. Best of luck to the RS21. Hopefully it sells on its own merits rather than making baseless claims about other classes.
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    Coming back from a serious disaster...

    Make it happen by Larchmont Race Week. There are a couple of funnier races now on the two Sundays that don't involve as much boathandling. Plus you can rate almost boat-for-boat with a Viper 640 and give us a good run in the Around Execution Rocks Race. There's an option for a slightly longer course this year if the wind is up to add G1 off Hart Island as a turning mark - it'll be good to see you back out there. - Peter
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    Test Sailing the RS 21

    Looks like it wouldn't be hard for a line to catch the throttle and cause some damage to the throttle - is there any way to cover that up while underway?
  9. Eye, I'm not sure that's a fair ask for any sailmaker to sail on a boat with sails he didn't have a hand in making/selling/designing. The drawing straws idea is creative, but I would never want to put those guys in that position where they end up looking at other sails and critiquing the design vs. just helping an existing person get more out of their existing sails. The North and Doyle guys in Vipers have been very generous in giving clinics though and don't discriminate with video / photo / other analysis based on labels on cloth. And I've definitely seen folks from North, Doyle and Ullman sail on boats they don't own that are not at the front of the fleet, but they are at least using their sails, and the owners aren't paying them to be there - just depends if it fits into their schedule and if you ask nicely. I've been pleasantly surprised over the years how if you just ask a sailmaker with enough lead time if they want to sail with you to help you get up to speed, how often they say yes, even if you're not a big customer. AFAIK, there are only two sailmakers in the Viper class that own boats and there are more than two guys from North, Doyle, Ullman, Quantum, etc. who are playing in Vipers, so good for them for being involved. Anyway, a digression. I'm happy to have pros in the game when they are helping others and improving everyone's game, without increasing the cost to compete, regardless of what Class they're in, and I'm grateful that some sailmakers have been generous in supporting the Viper Class in particular - they've done a ton to help me improve over the past 8 years.
  10. The sailmakers are beatable with all amateur teams. We are Exhibit A on that from last weekend. I don't care if sailmakers are there as part of their job. If they have pro friends on the boat, they aren't being paid because they can't be under class rules. Vipers have a very different culture on that end. There are a lot of reasons we sail Vipers and not J70s. Vipers are more fun to sail (and I hate reading about how a J70 is "more sedate" - the Viper is not a hard boat to sail, and there is significantly harder tuning involved to get up to speed in a J70 than a Viper. The Viper is an easy boat to sail well and it's not a scary boat to sail. 20 knots of wind is 20 knots of wind no matter what class you're sailing in. The biggest issue for us in not getting a J70 is cost and ease of transport. I sail J70s with friends from time to time. The quality of the racing is fine, but even for local stuff it's become a very expensive boat to prepare and campaign. Apparently there is now unlimited hull and foil fairing after years of debate over bottom prep, bottom paint, etc. No holds barred now - that's an expensive speedshop job, and you'll have to do it if you want to compete. No hull or rudder fairing involved in Vipers, and only very limited keel fairing that it seems like most boats have yet to do. Only one set of sails allowed per year in Vipers. No limits in 70s. My friends who are running mostly regional campaigns are still getting 2 or more sets per year to stay competitive. They also need to own a truck or similarly beefy car to move the boat around. I tow my Viper with a Subaru Outback, which wouldn't be able to tow a J70. None of this involves ripping on the people or the competition - there are good people and fast sailors in both classes, but the Vipers have managed their class rules much better over the years to create a game that I want to play, whereas the 70s have not.
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    You're right that we generally don't in WLIS since we have 30 Vipers and get to race one design, but I otherwise don't understand whatever point you're trying to make. The few times we've gotten the Viper out in PHRF in WLIS we've done just fine and haven't done ourselves any favors to argue that our rating should be changed, even though it's a bit weird on the M24 vs. Viper rating in WLIS as Streetwise notes. Not many M24s in the area and Vipers hardly ever race PHRF, other than the rogue day race around government marks for YCs that aren't too conservative and don't require Category C safety requirements in their NORs (which Vipers can't comply with - even if we carried all the necessary safety gear and found a place for it, we're not installing a bow pulpit), and don't have a B.S. minimum LOA requirement (which is frequently either 22 feet, 24 feet, or in at least one obnoxious instance, 21.5 feet). That limits Vipers to the LYC Around Execution Rocks Race (where Vipers have corrected out to first overall each of the past two years and where last year, nothing slower than a Farr 395 beat the first Viper across the line despite starting at the same time, granted, in what was almost the perfect setup for a Viper to wildly outperform its rating), the Port Washington YC Day Race, the Huguenot YC Mayor's Cup (sometimes), the YRA One Design Distance Race vs. Shields, Etchells, IODs and S Boats (which is scored PHRF), and maybe a rogue Friday night series, which I think is how the Viper rating in WLIS was set to begin with out of Riverside. Anyway, moot point since we get to sail one design and since other clubs don't allow us to play, but Tony, bring whatever you've got to Larchmont this summer for the Around ExRx Race and we'll see how it goes for you.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    The geography lessons have been the best part of Legs 4 and 6 for me. Fun to look at Google Maps and say "what is that thing I'm about to hit?" (or in the case of the Clipper Race, that thing I've been aground on for a few hours). Super interesting leg with the different paths. The folks hugging the Philippines will be at the top of the leaderboard for a few more days. We'll see if they can get across the Doldrums. And we'll see if it's worth sailing several hundred miles in the wrong direction for the hope of going downwind eventually...
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    Vanguard Vector

    Team Clark are the experts here. I sailed Vectors for a while in Summer 2001 and then a cameo at the 2002 Midwinters, and wrote about it all for Sailing World. That article is posted at https://www.sailingworld.com/racing/crash-and-learn-3 - crash test dummies learning how to sail a skiff. I later heard around the way that some folks were disappointed that it seemed like we overemphasized the boat's tippiness. That wasn't the intention - once we learned how to sail it, it was a ton of fun (it was fun even as we were learning, but there were a lot of things to learn about skiff sailing and there weren't many primers out there...for instance, how many people know that after you set the kite, the first person on the wire (to the extent both sailors were off the wire) needs to be the skipper, and not the crew? A bit counterintuitive, but after our 20th capsize within seconds of a hoist, we said to ourselves "let's try something different...and then we stopped flipping since if the crew hooked in first, you were going too fast for the driver to hook in while also keeping the boat on its feet). Fun concept, wish it had taken off. Ben Jacobsen, who sometimes posts in these forums, used to singlehand his Vector recreationally but it's a handful to do that and probably not recommended.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    How much of a speed difference do you think the hull polish really makes? The foils seem to be a 4% speed difference at the top end in foiling conditions but I can't tell if the polish / winches really do anything.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Please add me to the next round of standings. Thanks.