Emilio Castelli

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  1. Emilio Castelli

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Yes, sailing and swimming. I thought it would be obvious. The Sir Francis Chichester Memorial Race is a single-handed circumnavigation of Alameda in Lasers. In 1967 Chichester, on the yawl Gypsy Moth IV, completed the fastest single-handled circumnavigation to that time using the clipper route. This Race around Alameda was first run in 1972, the year Chichester died. The course is around Alameda, in either direction. One of the challenges of the Chichester is passing underneath four bridges on the east and south sides of Alameda. Sailors have tried lifting their masts out. Others have tried sailing while heeled at extreme angles. The propulsion rules do get modified within 6 boatlengths of the bridges for the Chichester. Timing the current is key. In my opinion we should do more fun silly events like this to retain participation. Some sailors take racing way too seriously and some tend to leave the class if they're not doing as well as they expected. So District 24, under the guidance of "Il Grande Segretario" Stephen Aguilar has been able to put together a good calendar of racing events all over Northern California, including many lake events where everybody camps out and parties down! That helps retain sailors and attract sailors from other classes. E
  2. Emilio Castelli

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Maybe we should consider a biathlon event....
  3. Emilio Castelli

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Not hating the other folk's boat. Just expressing my personal aesthetic opinion in support of WGWarburton I happen to like RS and all it's doing for sailing very much.Like RS a lot more than any of the Laser builders. E
  4. Emilio Castelli

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    You might be in the minority but you're not alone. I find the Aero the ugliest of the four contenders for the Olympics. I don't think I could bring myself to sail such an ugly boat. E
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    For ILCA dinghies to exist, the class has to approve the name change. If there is no name change there will be no frand and WS will not use the Laser anymore because they run the risk of being sued. My hope is that now that LP is no longer an approved builder, the parties will meet and LP will agree to frand and be re-instated as a builder. If they do, we could possibly move forward keeping the Laser name and having multiple builders. This is just hope though; LP has not acted rationally in the past and I doubt they'll start now. E
  6. Emilio Castelli

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    That's why there will be a vote. If the class does not care about staying in the Olympics, all we have to do is vote against a name change. Personally I think having the boat in the Olympics is good for grass root sailing; we can get event boats cheaper and we can get very lightly used sails for half price (and I mean really lightly used). And you get to see how the boat can be sailed at top level. But if the boat loses Olympic status, life will go on. E
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Tracy is tired and needs a haircut. E
  8. Emilio Castelli

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    The goal is to keep the boat in the Olympics; WS requires multiple builders and FRAND. LP has so far refused to grant licenses to the Laser trademark so, in order to be able to have multiple builders, the name must be changed. A vote against a name change will force the boat out of the Olympics. E
  9. Emilio Castelli

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    It's a sturdy boat... https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/2019/04/19/#big-dinghy-little-crash E
  10. Emilio Castelli

    Laser C6 rig from the front page

    Richmond California. You should come out for the Master Nationals in July in Monterey (if you are a master) or for the Slalom in San Francisco. E
  11. Emilio Castelli

    Laser C6 rig from the front page

    Thanks. Yes, the goal is to get people out on dinghies. I sail out of Richmond and our fleet has been growing in the last few years. We encourage the Aero and M-14 to join us as well and we all share a glass of wine at our "debriefings". Are you going to Florida next week for the master events? I hear they're sponsored by a really good winery....Like all West Coast events.... E
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    Laser C6 rig from the front page

    You can get sails in the US They might not be stocked at your local dealer but the dealer can get them for you or you or you can order them on line a get deliveries within a week. Same with boats I guess though I've never bought a brand new one since event boats seem to be a much better deal. E
  13. Emilio Castelli

    Laser C6 rig from the front page

    Same to you. E
  14. Emilio Castelli

    Laser C6 rig from the front page

    Don't know where this is coming from but I think you should apologize. E
  15. Emilio Castelli

    Laser C6 rig from the front page

    This is just not true. The radial rig has kept many lighter and older sailors in the class and attracted many female sailors to the class. In the "good old days" there were very few females in the class. E (traveling, jet-lagged with time on my hands)