mihnea

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About mihnea

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    Toronto & SD
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    Looking to crew in Toronto on a sportsboat

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  1. mihnea

    New imoca boats

    There's HB, all right.
  2. Just saw this and thought that most of the metal on boats could do with an upgrade: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90163915/a-new-kind-of-metal-grown-in-tanks-may-change-the-way-we-build-forever
  3. Regattas are a skewed view of the 'health' of the sport, as the same people may be going to a bunch of them, and those j70's numbers just mean that there are that many j70 owners racing - in the country. Here in Toronto, it's a slow-moving death. No young people are entering the sport at the crew level, and the owners are just getting older by the day. There are very few new boats entering clubs and races, to the point where it's been 5 years since I saw a new one on the line - and that was a 2nd hand First30. Yet old decent boats are also hard to come by, as they're either run into the ground by their existing owners before they sell them since the market is so small and they know the resale value isn't high, or have been sitting so long that they're just ready for the junkyard. It's almost the inverse of what you'd expect - instead of a huge availability of cheap, good boats, we get a low availability of shitty, rundown ones. This also has a knock-on effect to the club level, where because of low demand, they need to up their prices to stay afloat, making entry even that much more expensive! And motorboats are taking whatever is room is available, too. There are a couple of yacht clubs that do ok, but those are elite. The 'middle' market is slowing disappearing. The dinghy market is doing ok, though. People can't afford to buy and maintain yachts and are getting dinghies instead. Hopefully that'll keep the sport going.
  4. people make less money relative to before (middle class) everything is more expensive (cars, houses) there are more ongoing high-cost 'necessities' (smart phone, laptop, 4K TV, cable, internet, netflix, gym membership, kids' school, kids' afterschool programs) basically the middle class is changing and/or being squeezed out of money faster than it can make it, and the aspirational 'lifestyle' that is being actively marketed to it revolves around having gadgets, sending kids to expensive schools and being fit and healthy at a gym. there are no sailing ads on TV, or at least none that position it as an everyday thing to do, like running. a middle-class salary covered a lot more in the past than it does now. housing is 10x more expensive where I live (Toronto) than 30 years ago, while salaries have maybe doubled. even 5 years ago I would've afforded a boat and a house for the salary I make now, whereas now I can barely afford a tiny condo - no boat in my future. the way I see it, sailing made sense as a leisure activity when you had less lifestyle ads telling people what to buy, less technology to play with, and money and time to spend on stuff. now, it's back to being a luxury that even the few who actively seek it out have a hard time joining in (love sailing, but hate have having to crew on other peoples boats - I'm there for fun, not to be yelled at for some slower-than-utopic gybe on a 30 year-old boat sailed by 50-60 year olds in a 5 boat PHRF div 2 race in 10 ktn of wind). my 2c.
  5. mihnea

    RS700 Newbie Video

    oh, that sucks. hope you'll get it sorted out soon! as far as capsizing, I can't say I'm a king, since I'm still a complete chicken after having a single-handling skiff for 3 seasons now. I still don't venture out in more than 12kt winds, and probable spend way too much time in the boat
  6. mihnea

    what is it, dago?

    something I want, but will never justify to get
  7. mihnea

    How Does Buying a UFO Foiler Work???

    Everyone here is demonstrating good use of computer, internet and forums - to find trailer 1) apply knowledge towards local 2nd hand market websites, 2) buy trailer
  8. mihnea

    Where can you get solid boat reviews?

    I dunno - 2 years is a looong time to be thinking ahead in boat-buying terms, especially single handed skiffs. For example, 3 years ago I bought what can only be described as a mutated single handed skiff (the Quetzal - I have the blue boat), which is super fun! sailed it a bunch for 2 years, and this year... not once. Why? Whenever it was sailing weather I was either on other people's boats or getting a rental to go sail with my significant other. So now we're looking for a 2-person or bigger boat that we can enjoy. My point: wait until you have money to spend and then make a decision. What you want now may not what you want in 12-24 months from now. In the meantime, go out and get test rides and crew for people who have boats like the ones you like. Cats, as mentioned, are also fast and fun and are more flexible in terms of taking them out yourself or with others. edit: you mentioned light air - here in Toronto we're the capital of light air (we get excited about a 'heavy air day' when it gets over 16ktn) I would seriously consider a cat: they're pretty fast in light air, especially a 18. their sweet spot is 10-12, but singlehanded you can get it flying a hull in 8 with a bit of practise.
  9. this reminds me of playing in waves on a windsurfer - so much fun and sooo many wipeouts! I found that in wind where the speed coming down a wave gets me going way faster than where the sail can still work, I end up using the sail purely to balance against, not speed. Maybe holding the mainsheet directly in your hand (1:1) and balance the boat and yourself with it could work for this, too?
  10. mihnea

    rs aero

    I know Fogh Marine has been waiting on a container for a bit. I'm not sure how things work, but there are often delays at customs or ports. Our first container of Aeros we had to wait almost 10 full weeks in transit... took forever..... Now it's much fast, our next container of Aeros arrives next week after about 5 weeks shipping time. -- I also bought, uh, a lot of the production from the early part of the year, so, maybe blame me Glad our Canadian friends are getting on board. Hopefully some of you come to the gorge for North Americans. Going to be rad, sailors coming in from all over the country. Fogh Marine had a RS demo day this sunday and they had their RS Aero there (supposedly there's only 2 in Canada so far). Unfortunately traffic busted my plans (45min to drive 10mi/16km one way - mmm, no), so yet again I missed the opportunity to get on one. Spoke with them about getting one and the wait time is about 8 months right now. If you want one for next year, put your money down NOW! Yes, they're still waiting for the 1st container to get here with about 10 (already spoken for, of course) in 1-2 weeks time. Maybe we'll get see some OD racing in Toronto harbour this summer - it'd be fun!
  11. mihnea

    rs aero

    was just about to ask the same question - anyone local got theirs yet? Am very interested in getting one, myself.
  12. mihnea

    Old Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race yachts

    Now that the V70s are history it'd be awesome to see a separate V70 class race with a bunch of them. I guess Maserati or Groupama would win.
  13. mihnea

    rs aero

    would love to see one in SoCal in the 'flesh' - any chance to do so?
  14. mihnea

    rs aero

    I had a quick chat today with someone about the rig size, and at 160lb wet I think I'd got for the 9 given the lack of +15 kts winds around here. Here's why: When I windsurf I'm on a 8.8m sail 60-70% of the time, in up to 12 kn. My next smaller sail is a 6.9m, which I use 20-30% of the time in 12-18 kn. And the 5.5m I use 10% (once/twice per season) in over 16 kn. I usually end up sailing with the 8.8m sail from the sailing club where the dinghy is. Heavier people need to carry more sail in the same conditions - I know a 220lb guy that sails a 9.5m when I'm on my 6.9m, for example. The difference between us is about the same as my windsurf and the RS. In my simplistic math I think I'd be ok with the 9m RS in Toronto. It should be fine up to about 16-18 kts, same as where I would have to switch to the 5m windsurf sail. More than 15 kn wind speed is rare in Toronto: http://en.windfinder.com/forecast/toronto_island. I think that even with a 9 RS, planning will only be around 10 kts downwind and maybe 12-13 upwind, or about 2 knots higher than on the windsurf.
  15. mihnea

    rs aero

    How come the intro price is $1125 USD more in Canada than US?! Aren't they all made in the GB and shipped over? In Canada it comes out to about $8065 USD ($8795 CAD) vs $6940 in US. That's 16% more at these prices - a big difference. I guess having the Queen on our money doesn't mean much.