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    Olympic sailing, is it still the pinnacle?

    So you agreed with my comment and provided more evidence to back up my view then call the comment "naïve at best". I don't get it. Maybe it is my naivety.
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    Olympic sailing, is it still the pinnacle?

    The point is that a class being in the Olympics results in no one who does not want to go to the Olympics sailing it. There is testing yourself against your peers and then there is entering a contest that you have no chance of winning before we even factor in talent. The disparity in equipment that goes beyond training hours is immense. What would your sail budget be as an individual to compete in a 470 on an equal footing. It would not be 1 set of sails a year on a rolling replacement scheme that is for sure. This is before you buy a boat to train in and a boat for major events assuming you want your A boat to last more than a year.
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    Olympic sailing, is it still the pinnacle?

    To give one example. Why sail a 49er when you have a job and maybe a family when you are going to get whipped by a small group of sailors paid to sail. Your 200-500 hours a year sailing versus there 2000 hours sailing or in the gym just won't cut it. You can buy a musto and get similar performance, lose £3000 over 2-3 years and sail against good sailors who all also have jobs. Our elite funding structure in the UK as replicated in many other countries kills Olympic classes. Hell not even the waszp could survive the five ring circus with healthy local fleets.
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    what is it?

    Probably a bit daft to leave a boat with no keel on the hard with the rig up. Hoping for sub 20 knot breeze for the year I guess.
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    US Sailing Olympic Submission for 2024

    I like how everything he chose had fuck all to do with what the vast majority of sailors in the world sail. If they want gymnastics they should get down with the 14 year old chicks. This misses the point that most Olympic venues would be no good for half the proposed events with lack of wind and waves.
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    Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    It was probably best you did not quote the great laureate.
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    Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    I am guessing you took the learn to write yourself option.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Here is a crazy idea. Fund your own lifestyle. Does everyone want to chip in for some SB20 sails for the Europeans next year so me and my mates can go racing. No did not think so.
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    Sailing & Racing in/near Manchester UK

    There is a lot of lake sailing in this area. The sea has a big tidal range in this section of coast.
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    opti's (sic) rule

    I think this boat sums up sailing at present. £2500-3000 depending upon options for a rotomoulded boat with some alloy extrusions and the odd bit of injection moulded plastic and a sail worth a tenner. If this was not for people with too much disposable cash this would be £1000 tops. When you can buy a new optimist for £3000 keep it for 10 years and sell it for £700-1000 then this looks like pretty bad value. Basically a little bit faster because it is a little bit longer. Good news is you can pick up a 5 year old one of these rotting in some ones garden for about £200 if you are into this sort of thing. You wont win anything though as its hull underwater lines will be as bent as and 80s met cop.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    That fishing boat crew will be loving the extra hand Rimas could give on the way back to port. Then they met Rimas.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    It is a bit like listening to some of Donald Trumps tweets. Rimas and the Don have a lot in common except wealth.
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    opti's (sic) rule

    I think a number of people on this thread think that we should just give 10 year olds international moths. This would spice youth sailing up no end. Hopefully the dimwit suggesting lasers will find out that your average 10 year old is not heavy enough to right the fucking thing let alone sail it on his own kid and not a group of unsuspecting kids. Maybe the clue will be when they can't move it on the shore as the boat and trolley weighs two to three times that of the sailor.
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    what's it for?

    I am guessing a club with moneyed members will not be interested in sinking about £350,000 for a fleet of 10 club boats for week night racing. I am not seeing why this is anymore that a £20k boat including options. Going to be fun for everyone hiking off the back of this bus with no footloops.
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    "Sailing" v "Yachting"

    A class is not bad because a small group of idiot parents lose sight of the important aspects of raising their child. The above story is a tale of ridiculous expectations, disposable cash and a lack of any sense of realism. Maybe you should have told your mate to get a grip and saved him some cash but deep down I am guessing that he was not such of a mate. If this family were not doing sailing then the kid would have been doing any number of other heavily coached activities.