John D

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  1. Look at the finishing list for the 41 mile 2017 Mug Race. Wind avg. about 15 with gusts recorded to the low 30's.= lot of shallow river chop. 4 demastings, loosened bulkheads, beat up crew etc.took its toll on the boats with an almost 40 % attrition rate In the dinghy classes the listed starters ( one E class & 2 C scows, RS 100, Johnson 18, Thistle, SR 17, Precision 18.5, Raider Sport and Sunfish) Only the J 18 and the Raider finished in the dinghy div, with the Raider, sailing singlehanded, finished the dinghy classes. Good on ya' D.Mackenzie! Recently, a Raider II sailed in a Dpn regatta which included 2 Aero 7's. In medium air and river chop the Raider took line honors in the 3 races. .. Hopefully, this will address some of the above comments. Getting to try one may still be a challenge. Contact the builder or Waters Sails. John D
  2. Mirage 236. 22" draft with dagger board up. Cassett rudder. Light air flyer, very solid boat. Rates 186 lotsa wins. PM for more. Sebastian Fl. In Pic,, finished ahead of 7.9 & SR Max in pic, corrected over M 24
  3. Thanks 5 0. I was look for results for regattas with aeros and Lasers. The Jan 22 results had it.
  4. Sure, all the time in the ninetys and before. More work for the R/C but helped level the playing field. Ratings for different wind speeds are published in the USS portsmouth handbook.
  5. Pm me the results if you can, or post them here....
  6. Last week end open class had 4 Bic's and 5 lasers to match against. Open bic avg. 116.07 vs Laser. Didn't keep track of wind speeds but range was 6 to 10. Margins grew wider as wind speed decreased.
  7. 505, not quite the boat to get fiancé started on. If there is a windmill fleet in your area, go for it. Great couples boat and very friendly fleet. Performance good enough to keep both racing and daysailing interesting. New built hulls are about 190 Lbs.
  8. Hurricanes, bugs, snakes, gators, no see'ums, warm beer, rude tourists etc. Not much good. I would stay away.
  9. Just a tip. I put a light layer (4 oz.) over the alum. before I start the carbon layup. Adds almost "0" weight. Oldest application about 14 years on a mast base sailed mostly in salt water. No degrading.
  10. Have to respectfully disagree about heat. I have straightened many masts, booms and poles etc. using heat. The process I've done is using a torch (Gas only .no oxy) blacken the area only to be straightened with carbon. Add oxy to the flame ( a lazey blue heating flame) to reheat the area till the carbon is burned off. After cooling slightly, straighten the area as required. This will work harden the affected area....not to full strength but close. Most of the repairs done were due to a failure of another system, mishandling or accident. If this was not the case here and the straightening were done cold then the stress levels are too high and the repair area will respond with a "snap" rather than just bending. Just normal use operating at lower stress levels will further the work hardening process. Works many time for me.
  11. Hey John D, thanks. I just picked up on that too. I guess I can get as high as "8" and looking it up guessing to local float maker uses the light stuff. I did not know the material changes shape... Why a narrow thickness limit...was thinking of letting loose a batch inside the mold, like in a narrow trough...but sealed atop with packing wrap to force into cracks etc...trying to balance prep labor and finish labor compared to doing in wood on stations etc. Very good, and thanks. Keeping the thickness to a minimum keeps less entrapped air out of the equation(less entrapped air means less shape change due to temperature). Also keeps cost down and less "springingness" out of the finishing procedure. Sureform files work pretty good.
  12. Did several hulls with two part (sprayed) urethane. The higher the density the better results (4 lb better than 2 lb) Make a wood buck to take up as much area as possible,using thin ply wood or whatever keeping the foam thickness to about 2 " or so . Be prepared to apply resin and glass ASAP after long boarding. With all the encapsulated air in any foam U use as the shapes will change with temperature.
  13. Promote what exactly? Yacht clubs should offer open handicap class dinghy starts? I am sure the clubs would if you could promise them a critical mass of boats. Chicken and egg. But if U don't offer it I'm pretty sure they won't come Perhaps they have filled up their race circles for the regatta Whose dreaming now but there are plenty of clubs who would love more participation. This is not the "Field of Dreams"... build it and they will come meme..... (AND Remember.... the they.... were ghosts!) Until the one design classes in your region decide that participating in a three boat one design race is not more fun then racing in a six boat handicap race.... you won't have any opportunities to add in 3 open class dinghies. The three open class dinghies will have to function as a class and show up at handicap races. with the three boats that they have. (That means that they have to ORGANIZE like a one design class and get the buy in and commitment from the sailors for a season schedule) Now... you could promote handicap racing to one design dinghy classes.. However, I am not sure how the National Sailing authority would have a role to play here... It will look like a zero sum game to most and the small OD classes would see themselves as loosing if the national sailing authority recomended such a course of action. Promotion must be at the local sailor level. One design class MEMBERS have to decide that handicap racing is a way to strenghten their class and not the kiss of death. The peice to figure out is.... In the UK.... how fixed are dinghy sailors on mostly competing in one design.... Would they prefer a three boat OD start/race over a 6 boat handicap race at their club? Would they pack their boat up and travel to another club for a handicap race? Is there a bit more lattitude in organizing dinghy racing in the UK. Severn Sailing Association is the strongest dinghy club in the mid atlantic region and they don't do handicap racing at the club.... their OD sailors just don't wanna. They will race small classes till the bitter end.. They certainly are not packing their boat up and traveling to a club one river down the bay and racing handicap there. They would also decline to offer a start to a handicap class because they value the leverage they have... (if you want to race dinghies in Annapolis... then you sell your boat and get one of the ones we use at the club) So, my question to you would be... Promote what.... and to whom..... clubs?, classes?, OD Sailors?. Open class dinghy sailors? Then of course... Who exactly should be doing the promotion.... US sailing..How about a new organization that will get the job done Builders Could help, RSA's, Clubs,Could help OD Classes, Could help Handicap class officials,An Oxymoron individual sailors.Could help? Why so many posts and threads re: no OD racing in my area, sailing diminishing etc etc. Not too many posts re our last regatta had too many entrants. Before writing I reviewed USS site looking for anything re openclass dinghy racing. .....I rest my case. I'm old enough to remember the red Lobster cup and other open class regattas that were truly memorable. I've participated in several Mug races with over open class 250 entries. Doing 22 minute W/L races in lasers is not everyones cup of tea. I dearly love my present club but with lasers, sunfish and the only double hander being a 420 we are waining. Not every single hander wants to sail a laser or every couple wants a 420 or lighting. They want to sail their boat. Why don't we fucking get it! In my view, these essentially people issues are much more difficult then the machinery of getting a handicap table that is accurate and fair.
  14. +1 Mambo My point has been that the US is lacking an organization to promote and administer any dinghy handicap system. I hav'nt seen USS doing that.. Using the communication and data crunching tools that exist today and adding a little intregrity and common sense.we could create an environment that would increase numbers in small boat racing and improve the general sailing scene in the US. PROMOTE is a big part of the equation.. There are too many areas where open class dinghys are considered lepers so the folks just don't show up. In truth, an increase in open dinghy classes would increase OD racing too. The RYA model could be a good place to start.
  15. Byte II or some of the later classic moth designs would work.