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    Laser C5 Rig

    But the manufacturer doesn’t care how many boats are sailing, they care how many are selling. If your fleet of 40 year old boats withers away, so what? It won’t lose them a penny.
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    Laser C5 Rig

    I think that post ^ is naive. Firstly no one in their right mind routinely carries their Aero. It is way easier to pull around on a trolley. But more importantly, Laser don’t particularly care about you. By your own admission you, and countless others like you, sail a Laser but have never spent a penny with them. If you buy a second hand boat and a replica sail you are not doing much for their bottom line, save the indirect impact of creating demand for used goods. Lasers could be sold for less, but why bother - they are still cheaper than the alternatives and outsell them too. They can cut the price if that will increase profit.
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    Laser C5 Rig

    Is the Laser C5 an officially sanctioned international development for the Laser (with Rastegar’s backing) or just another aftermarket rig? The video isn’t clear - the ILCA president says he doesn’t see the future as ali spars and white sails, but doesn’t go as far as to endorse this specifically.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Dates are part of the bid to host process. https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/212503/MNAs-invited-to-host-sea-trials-for-Paris-2024 I’m not sure what is in it for the hosting MNA.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    I know, but then who gets to decide if kiting boarding is sailing? It’s a wing in the water and a wing in the air, it’s also an exploitation of different velocities of air and water - and yet some traditional sailors would not count it as sailing, and wouldn’t expect it to be governed by World Sailing. If I had to pick a definition, within the context of the sport, I would say it is “controlling a vehicle propelled by the wind”.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Yes, but people in the navy are ‘sailors’. So they are entitled to define it too, and wouldn’t include anything about wind. It is a word with various meanings depending on the context.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Is the Musto Skiff proposal definitely dead?
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Hate to say it, but the Titanic sailed across the Atlantic. Well, right up to the point when it didn’t. But not a sail in sight.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Rubbish, Giles Scott would be plenty competitive in an Aero 9. Ainslie, Percy, Scheidt, Goodison and many others have shown they can win in a variety of boats with nominally different optimum crew size. If we are to have weight divisions, they should be proper weight divisions not just a crude ‘heavy weight’ excuse. Heavyweight boat should have a weight band, say 95-105kg. What about cruiser weight, bantom weight, feather weight, mdidle weight classes? They all need representation too.
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    JS 4.7 Sailing trials, Downunder

    The point I was trying to make is that there is plenty of choice for the kind of person looking for something similar to, but not, a Laser. Seeing as the video posted shows it being sailed with a Laser rig it seems reasonable to assume that this boat is aimed at that sort of person.
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    JS 4.7 Sailing trials, Downunder

    This is surely too late to market? I don’t know the availability in Aus, but the Aero/Zero/Melges are all in the Laser replacement market and building fleets right now.
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    Racing/family dinghy

    Sorry I don’t know what cats there are in California, but there must be a number of Nacras or Hobies that would suit. Best try the multihull forum.
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    Racing/family dinghy

    A cat fits this bill far better than an RS200 or 400. Something around 16-18ft.
  14. I’ve had a Zhik the last 12 months and it does seem to suffer more than previous ones from this. Or maybe I’m just more barrel shaped than I was.
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    Team UK

    Sorry, didn’t mean to downvote... I thought I was agreeing with you Nav - GB is an island (the big one). Maybe you just like to argue with your own shadow. However, GB is also used to mean England, Scotland & Wales, I.e. UK excluding NI - by which terms includes IoW. That’s not just lose talk - here is what Ordnance Survey say: “Great Britain is the official collective name of of England, Scotland and Wales and their associated islands. It does not include Northern Ireland and therefore should never be used interchangeably with ‘UK’ – something you see all too often. Here at Ordnance Survey, we’re responsible for mapping Great Britain, which is why we don’t make maps of Northern Ireland.” Perhaps it’s a bit like defining “skiff”, meaning something very specific to some and something more general to others.