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    Southampton, UK
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    RS400 dinghy sailor. Follows Americas Cup, VOR, Vendee, Sydney Hobart.
  1. An AC team is significantly bigger than an Olympics team .... plus all the backroom boys. Lets get real. Total nationality is completely impractical and if forced, would limit to only a small handful of countries. It would just prohibit other countries having-a-go or at least have a competitive team. The idea in this global world is a non-starter.
  2. Exactly. And lets not forget that the J's use stored power also. They couldnt run those beautiful things without hydraulics and batteries now. Checkout Svea.. :-)
  3. General Thoughts

    I had the misfortune of going in that pub a few weeks ago. It is worse than dire. I am retiring to Mersea Island in a few years time anyway but hope I dont go near that pub.. Your post(s) has some fair points, if a little too articulate and lengthy for here. I wouldnt go on about language on here. This site is a very rough playground and you post at your peril. Ben did a great job. The boat had some speed issues which needs some post-mortem on for the next campaign - hopefully in the same boats so that they all get time to learn how to master these beasts better. I would bail out of this thread Simon if I was you ;-)
  4. Laser 2 vs Laser

    In the UK, in the late 80's, the Laser 2 was one of the most popular fleet boats around with a huge following and well attended nationwide circuit, sponsored by Freixenet at one stage. Then the 4000 came out and the top sailors migrated. I loved the 2 consecutive boats I had and had a ball and lived my life on the open circuit, and doing the Worlds at Lake Como, Italy. A great fun boat - simple, uncomplicated, sticky in light winds but a hoot in strong winds. By todays standards, its passe, but definitely worth having one for beach fun today.
  5. Team UK

    "Head in hands" in complete incredulity at this ridiculous uninformed bait-clicking post. I mean... Really?
  6. 420 vs 505 for beginner

    Interesting video. I used to be the Club Sailing Captain at that particular stretch of water some years ago, so know it well..... It is a tiny pond in the middle of the country. Nice and enthusiastic club but not a place to sail/practice a 505. The wind is far too variable and shifty there and the pond too small for a performance boat that needs to stretch its legs.
  7. 420 vs 505 for beginner

    I am not clear why the OP has limited the choice to 2 boats and why those particular 2 boats, though I understand why the 505 might appear on a "want" list as it is and always will be one of the most drop-dead gorgeous boats on the planet, even after all these years. I had one in my youth and lust after one every single day since - a) I cant afford it and 'b) I am not good enough to sail it properly. However, it really isnt a recommended beginners boat as has been more than described in previous posts. It will either scare you to death and make you leave the sport, or provide a very frustrating and steep learning experience - not necessarily the right one. Try other boats first at a local club. There are so many more suitable classes to look at. Accept that, if you do get the sailing bug after having learned to do it, then swopping classes is fairly normal to get to where you want to be. You may find you want to just go pottering purely for leisure, or cruising, or racing, or a bit of all. Then, and only then, will you be able to say what class of dinghy will then suit your needs. At the moment, you simply dont know. And dont forget your crew may not, in the end, share your enthusiasm for a high performance dinghy once experienced... Its not about you, its also about your crew. Will be interested in your final decision :-)
  8. VOR Next gen boat

    For me, I lost interest to a degree, when they increased the number of port stop-overs purely for sponsor reasons. It became less of a race and more of a Grand Tour with sprints between. Perhaps the next one will be better as a result.
  9. Vendee Globe 2016?

    That forthcoming low pressure for the leaders is looking a bit scary. Keep it safe guys.
  10. Vendee Globe 2016?

    Bump....I posted this many moons ago pre foil buckaroo and when I was very very impressed with Alex...now I am simply in awe. +1 Couldn't agree more Jack. He has really turned things around. After this race and if he can win he will become an all time legend inspiring so may sailors. This is really bigger than Everest in a way well done Alex.. P.S. Inside a mile between the leaders and one with a broken foil, what more do you want..? +2 I had a vague passing interest in the VG in past years. Now, with these foil-assist IMOCA's, a charismatic sailor (arguably) in Alex Thomson (and a non-Frenchie), a highly sexy boat in HB, some really great racing at the front, fantastic video footage - I am hooked. Perhaps the VOR should try boats like these and get some rock stars to lead ;-)
  11. Sydney to Hobart 2016

    Without wading through the whole site and this topic, could anyone enlighten me as to why Comanche isn't entered this year? She has been very quiet since the TransAtlantic crossing. Sorry if I have missed something :-)