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    rs aero

    The Aero 5 seems to be very popular with teenage girls at our club and very good they are too. Often beating good adult sailors and last year one of them was the top placed in the Bloody Mary from our club (something like 22nd, but could be wrong on that). Another of our club girls was at the Aero worlds in Australia.
  2. In the UK, apart from the Finn, the other heavyweights boat is a Phantom. There are a few in the US, but dont expect one design racing there.
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    what is it?

    D-Zero with a new rig?
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    I can't understand how the Laser scored highest for performance, when the accompanying text doesn't seem to support that.
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    Mythical Front Page Upgrade

    From the UK none of the video or picture links work anymore. Even picture links in the forum don't work.
  6. I happened to be in La Grand Motte at the Catamaran show this past week and learned of the Bavaria bankruptcy during the show. As a boat builder myself, I am sad to see any builder, even competitors, go down. Boat building is a very challenging business and it is too easily forgotten that when a company goes down so too do a lot of good people. 

    I have a strong feeling that Nautitech will survive just fine, or be sold to a business group or competitor pretty quickly. I was, however,  struck during the boat show how similar today they are to the Lagoon's, Fountaine Pajot, Leopard and Bali cats in terms of interior volume for length. They are all clearly competing on price for the same type of buyers. They sell on interior volume, features and cost per foot.  What's clear is that unless these builders have a ready path to some charter program or charter sales outlets  (boat as a business, hurry up!) they cannot achieve the level of production required to build efficiently enough to compete in this space. So they all craft a range of arguments to compete against each other, most of which are pretty minor that I can see. Nautitech was arguing that they were faster their competitors, hoping to grab a bit more of the private market that actually hopes to do a bit sailing. While I have not sailed on many of these newer ones, as a designer it is not so difficult for me to just look at the hulls and the volumes inside to see that the current Nautitech's would not be appreciably faster than their competitors. 

    It is my hope that the Bankruptcy of Bavaria will be resolved quickly and the company can get back on its feet and that Nautitech remains in business for years to come. In the end, those of us who have been in this business for years form a bit of a builder's bond. We compete against each other, but we also respect each other, because we realize what a challenge it is to design and fabricate boats of any kind. 

    Phil Berman, Balance Catamarans