A CheeseHead

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    Racing, mostly, but some cruising in the Med, Caribbean & Pacific haven't been all that bad.

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  1. A CheeseHead

    1972 ½ Ton regatta, Florida

    Some time in April of 1972 the ¼ Ton and ½ Ton folks sailed a major regatta in Florida - and I vaguely recall it was the Nationals. Most races were in Biscayne Bay, around the buoys, but there was a ~100-miler round trip from Miami north and back. Folks sailing were Peter Barrett, Dick Deaver, others were Ted Jones and John Berrtrand. Any old farts about who (1) remember this series, (2) recall the dates, and (3) who some of the designers were?
  2. A CheeseHead

    Annapolis Performance Sailing - OFFICIALLY DEAD

    We used to bum rides out to Lands' End on Elston on the days before the Mac race, and we called it 'Money's End". Then Gary Comer discovered he had larger margins selling soft goods (first, just duffel bags) ... no more chandlery. That's life in the marine parts game. :-(
  3. A CheeseHead

    rs aero

    Got it. Nevertheless, if the boat designed for beginners isn't particularly robust, one might reasonably suspect that the pricier boat would lack the same weaknesses. The Zests have shown a propensity to losing their rudders, and the designs of the rudders appear to be pretty damned similar. In a mild defense to my college's sailing program, we take pains to teach folks not to attack the pier at full speed ... and are reasonably successful at that. To be fair, the reason we've bought the Zests is because the built-to-be-bulletproof MIT dinghies are costing too damned much. Once the Harken brothers stopped building the club's boats, prices have climbed startlingly.
  4. A CheeseHead

    rs aero

    How about (1) same manufacturer and (2) notably cheaper price point? True, it was. Nevertheless, the issue of what's to be the little boat for future Olympics remains an open issue. My view? The way the sailing Olympics are going ('medal' races, drop Rule 42, drop the boat for large athletes, adopt an offshore event) can only mean the eventual death of sailing Olympics. Back when I was racing a 470, (yes, in the 70s) we used to say that the Worlds were a better, more competitive regatta, and we got one every year. That's even more true today. Admittedly, less prestige ... but that may well be changing.
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    rs aero

    I teach @ a large college sailing club which bought a fleet of RS Zests for the newbies, and we've had two (fairly truncated) seasons on the boats. I do not know how they compare with Aeros, but the Zests have weaknesses in tiller/rudder construction, outhaul loop, and means of securing the rolled sail. That, and they're pretty hard on the knees. What say the folks who run this thread? As to attaining Olympic status, I'd say RS should pray to be turned down. I have watched the 470 become more expensive and less durable over the years, and move from large & active fleets in the early 70s to .... small and not-active fleets. Topping that off, is the class decision to allow all kinetics when there's more than 8 kts of air, dumping Rule 42 altogether. I fear Olympic sailing may be the death of sailing.
  6. A CheeseHead

    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Yes, it did lose in the equipment evaluation ... but here's an assessment of that assessment: https://optimist-openbic-sailing.blogspot.com/2019/05/evaluation-of-singlehanders-by-world.html "Verdict: Highly Questionable Scoring" That's about the most charitable verdict imaginable. ISAF thought the Melges, being 1" longer than the Laser ... was too big. Bonkers, says I. Both the Aero and the Melges are orders of magnitude superior to the Laser in ergonomics and construction quality. Frankly, not being 'suitable' for the Olympics might be a major positive.
  7. "The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles, Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch ... And I don't like anyone very much."
  8. A CheeseHead

    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Well, consider how the Laser got here. One Design & Offshore Yachtsman organized "America's Teacup" on Geneva Lake (it is the town that's called Lake Geneva) in 1970. They tested relatively cheap dinghies for rowability, compared capsizing, rigging, and raced them. Bruce Kirby's "Weekender" did good, tied with the "Banshee" and got re-named for its pains. There weren't many competitors back then (I sailed Tech dinghies and a Butterfly), so yes ... the fast boat is what folks gravitated to. Now, the competition's a tad stiffer and I don't much complain that there's more choice. Nowadays I mostly sail and teach what my college sailing club owns. That means Techs, Lasers, Bytes, and RS Zests ... for beginners. The Techs were heavily modified from the original MIT design by Harkens to survive the way they get used and abused by a large collegiate sailing club, but they are no longer cheap (nor built by Pete & Ole). The Zest is a new acquisition, and so far I am not all that impressed by the build quality (though I have not a clue how it compares to the Aero in quality). So when I finally decide to wave 'goodbye' to my ~1980-vintage Laser (mahogany cb and rudder) - mostly because it'd cost 2X what I paid for it & its trailer to bring it up to present rigging specs - I'm looking at what's built down the road from me, and that's what Buddy's shop is selling.
  9. The boat I've been cruising on for the past decade (owned by former competitors in the Intl. 470 class) was last in the Sea of Cortez, and I foolishly volunteered to help bring it to California. Instead of the Baja Bash, we did the "clipper route", sailing SW until we found the knock and tacked. Unfortunately the main decided it had enough after the tack, so we used the headsails & the iron genoa to get to Ensenada, thence to Long Beach where a used sail was acquired. I didn't know how f*cking cold the Pacific was (warmer than Lake Superior in August, though). The purely downwind stuff they do in California never held that much interest for me, despite the fact that they pretty much all end with palm trees.
  10. As a Certified Olde Fahrt, I do it for both reasons. I got started offshore with the SORC in 1971. I made a list, back then, of the races I hoped to be able to sail, starting with the Chicago-Mac, the Trans-Superior, the Bermuda, then the Fastnet, the Hobart, and the South China Sea. I've managed 10 Mac races, the Super-Mac, the Trans-Superior, and I sailed the South China Sea race when I was 68 as nav/tactics. Now I'm 79, and I ain't holding my breath to get invited for the others.
  11. In approximately 30 minutes we shall be joining my sibs and their spouses (our children are elsewhere, conducting themselves as independent adults, for they are all approaching - or exceeding - 30 years). After a couple of hours of talking bollox (we do that, y'know) we shall make short work of a turkey and several pies. HTH.
  12. Got it. The Irish are going to unify against their common enemy. Ditto the Scots. Are the Welsh getting all restive again? Oh, and it won't be Little Britain. Maybe Little England. If they're lucky. So what's left, Mercia reclaiming what was theirs? If Wessex rises, I'm going to have to reconsider my leaving the Commercial Square Bonfire Society after 15 years of carrying torches and blowing things up. At least we Yanks might be capable of electing ourselves out of the hole we're presently in.
  13. Not me. Never was good enough to back up Ian Drury.
  14. Too right. I did miss it, and a good thing. More political pissing contests.
  15. If Trump is re-elected, I'll have a damned sight more to worry about than getting into France.