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  1. Skaf

    j105 class health?

    Box end wrenches are handy as you can string them all together and snap shackle them to the stay to keep them onboard.
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    College-level class on sailing

    We ran a learn-to-sail club program as an adjunct to the race team that worked really well. Sailing team members who were also qualified as learn-to-sail coaches ran the program for interested students for a nominal fee using team resources (boats etc). We were able to cover expenses, coach wages, and have something left over to put back into the team budget. Don't recall if we were ever able to coach anyone from the club level up to team caliber, but we definitely got a bunch people great exposure to the sport every fall. As faculty members I think the best thing you could do is drum up support from within the administration for the school sailing program (be it team or club) and then volunteer your time to it! I'd bet you get more new people to stick with the sport by putting them in a boat than by putting them in a classroom.
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    J105 Symmetrical Kite

    Would rather doublehand an OD J105 with lots of jibes versus a jury-rigged too-small symmetrical kite on a 105. Just saying.
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    i14 rebuild

    The I14 fleet (at least the Toronto fleet) has a saying: "All boats are for sale". BWR is absolutely right, you just need to know who to talk to. Re: Perth 2020 boats, I would always advise against buying any boat sight unseen. Also, container space is generally at a premium and paid in advance, so you have to be pretty sure of what you're going to do before you do it. Best thing to do is take up BWR on his offer to help connect you with interested sellers. His brokerage fees are very reasonable!
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    i14 rebuild

    Tracy & Ez sold their boat and she now sails back up in Toronto as CAN618. (Only know because I almost bought her myself). There are still a few other boats around NE, and with a great I14 venue like it has, Newport would be a great spot for a resurgence. Just need someone to spearhead the effort!
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    Don Green passed away

    Learned to sail in Hamilton Harbour and knew only of the legend. Closest I got to him was having Sharon take a great photo of me (profile photo) thousands of miles away decades later. But knowing world-class sailing had roots in the same water I did played some part in fueling my passion for the sport. Don would never and could never have known but maybe he does now.
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    505 vs. 470

    For "which boat" type questions I always say get whichever has a local fleet that's better for you. Better meaning proximity, activity, and people. You will learn more if you have other people around, who sail regularly, and are nice people to learn from, than if you try and figure it out for yourself!
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    Kingston Ontario regatta advice

    Hahah. Monday nights at Stages nightclub at Princess & Division Streets. It can get pretty wild.
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    Kingston Ontario regatta advice

    Has anyone briefed @WGWarburton about Beach Slam yet?
  10. Skaf

    what's your top boatspeed in a J boat?

    High teens SOG on a 105 in SF. Into an ebb tide so even faster through the water!
  11. Skaf

    FTFP : love/hate

    Rather than a discussion about a hat rule (that really isn't a big deal, come on guys) shouldn't this be a discussion about how legit Theresa is? Not enough women in the sport, much less on the leaderboards and in the high ranks of big YCs.
  12. Skaf

    Trapeze harness recommendation

    I got years of great service out of my Gul Stokes. I bought a Gill nappy style one a few years ago when the original Gul spreader bar broke and hated it - I went back and replaced the spreader bar on the Gul and did a few minor stitch jobs on the webbing, and it still works as my backup harness today. Switched to a semi-custom Bigfoot with the gybing hook at the end of last season. Definitely not looking back! Can't say anything about the Zhik. So these are my thoughts based on 15yrs or so, mostly in the I14: Gul Stokes: Best choice for those seeking minimum expense. Easier on your anatomy and when combined with a wetsuit with a zipper, being able to pee without undressing (or having to wash out your wetsuit afterward) is quite nice. Worked for the longer, light wind days back in Toronto. However without a crotch strap it's difficult to get enough of the shoulder strap tension required for proper (low, straight back, horizontal) trapezing form, meaning it requires more core muscle activation (= more tiring) in the bigger wind. Gill: I will sell you mine, which has about two days' worth of use on it, for a song... if that tells you what I think of it. Bigfoot: Tough on the anatomy on shore, have to undress (or wash out wetsuit) to pee, but can't beat the comfort and support on the wire. Compression shorts (underarmour, etc under the wetsuit) help with the anatomy issue. Once you're on the wire, it's very comfortable, loads of support and the gyber is particularly helpful for looking ahead/upwind for puffs etc. Durable construction and materials that shouldn't need repairs for a while. Pricey but worth the money if you're going to be using it a lot.
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    2018 I-14 Worlds

    Let's just say that. with the big breeze last week, a lot of corners were banged...
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    30 J105s Signed Up for BBS

    That's pretty spectacular. Just locals so far too - anyone coming up from So Cal?
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    2018 I-14 Worlds

    Montage video from VR Sport. These guys did a great job. Congrats to Tom & Andy and everyone else who battled it out all week. Thanks also to Del and the RYC race committee, who executed a flawless regatta.