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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    I invite you all to join us at the Laser District 7 Championship at Duck Island Yacht club on September 8 and 9. Grassroots? I started this fleet 5 years ago, and we have a growing Thursday night fleet, have hosted some of the biggest regattas in the district, and have a good showing of young sailors in only a few years. In fact, the winner of our summer series was a high school student. Maybe the major regattas are not getting the participation they once saw, but I believe with a lot of hard work, the local scenes continue to grow and thrive and offer opportunities to sailors. If you want to join me this weekend at a really cool regatta, sign up at Its worth the entry fee for the shirt, drinks, and food alone. There will also be some great racing!
  2. Hey Everyone, Our Laser Regatta in Westbrook CT at Duck Island Yacht Club is coming up on September 9th. Early registration ends tomorrow, so if you want to save ten clams, and get some free beer, sign up. Notice of Race and registration information are available at I will say that Long Island Sound in September is pretty spectacular. Warm water, good breeze, and a great crowd. Hope to see some folks from out of town!
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    Dinghy Distance Race 2017

    Hard to believe it is #7 already, looking forward to it!
  4. Benja

    VOR 2017-18

    Hong Kong announced as a stopover -
  5. AP would have been nice in that situation, but overall an excellent day to go around the island.
  6. Benja

    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    The link doesn't work for me Sorry, this should work:
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Looks like a fun regatta....just sayin: - District 7 Championship
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    newbie bowman tips

    When you douse the jib, roll it up forward into the pulpit. When you trip the pole, make sure the starboard jib sheet is flicked off, and the port jib sheet is put over the new outboard end of the pole.