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  1. Mozzy Sails

    RS800 Video

    Longer video, with a bit of split view this week. Trialling out new trapeze elastic routing for myself, with the aim to have the wires a little further out to make them easier to grab as I launch myself over the side! Also trying a new gybing technique when I got out on the handle rather than hooking in to the hoop then taking up the slack as I got out. When the wires are low it seems a lot easier to grab for the handle rather than reach down to the hoop. The downside is you have to wait for the crew to hook you on. Going to try lower trapeze handles in the coming weeks and hopefully a shorter length between handle and hoop will make hooking on possible by myself even at the back of the rack. Anyway, I hope that's of some interest to you, well done if you made it all the way through to the end!
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    RS800 Video

    We're using Rooster EasySplice for the control lines, I think it's an english braids manufactured rope. It can be made continuous with no change in diameter. EasySplice Video Sheets we're using Rooster AllSpec Pro, which again I think is an english braids rope called D-Racer 16. It tapers really nice, comes in nice colours and the dynema core is colour matched to the outer.
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    RS800 Video

    I think the range would be just about workable if you did every splice as short as possible, the trouble is we have to change the position of our racks depending on crew righting moment. This means the spare line in the system can be lost as the control lines are lead out wider. The easy way to accommodate that is to put a longer strop in through the eye in the sail (the first purchase in the system). This system you can extend that strop by 4-6 inches and still have plenty of range. Plus, it's only one extra block too, so it doesn't add loads of friction. Finally, the issue with easing the downhaul is that its not until you have eased kicker and main and sailed for a seconds downwind that the bolt rope moves up the track and all tension has gone from the system. The problem we were having was we'd ease the downhaul before the mark, then have to ease it again after hoisting as the sail had moved up and was now under tension again. A well lubricated mast track helps but until you'd full eased the main it's not going to move up completely. A strong release elastic means you can let off a load of downhaul and the bungy will hold the block up proving slack for the sail to move further up as you bear away and hoist (sorry if that's awkwardly explained).
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    RS800 Video

    This tips video is super simple, but massively effective. Get your downhaul working as intended! I think t would be pretty relevant to any dinghy using lots of cunningham and a bolt rope / mast track. Like many skiffs the downhaul / cunningham is critical in RS800s for anything over 15 knots and once above 20 knots you will want to be cranking it on as hard as you can. The difficulty is that the standard 2x2x2 (8:1) cascade struggles for range and friction in the bolt rope leaves many sailing downwind with tension still in the cunno, de-powering the main when max power is wanted. This is the third in a series covering the simple improvements and renovations we made to RS800 1144 to make get her systems working smooth and reliable. Comment if there is anything else you'd like to know.
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    drop the drops

    Plus, it's not really a penalty for those who turn up every week. As those who do turn up all the time have the opportunity to take more risks and can discard more instances of bad luck, especially once they have a series in the bag and can then take a few flyers in the hope of improving on previous scores. Those unfortunate enough to have to use their discards on 'life' know they have to bank a result almost every race.
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    drop the drops

  7. Mozzy Sails

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    So the laughing stock of mixed single hander is out, and replaced by offshore mixed. It makes sense, and represents a format already familiar in our sport... I think it will be an amazing media event during the Olympics but the cost will be a big sticking issue for smaller budgets. Plus the question of how qualifying will work.
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    Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    I think any member or even the board (or a whole host of people like NMA / class associations etc.) can make submissions to the equipment and events committees. These are debated and voted on before being passed to the council as recommendations. Council then votes on the recommendations.
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    Team UK

    It's eastern Solent in a north - easterly breeze breeze. Horse Sand fort at the start of the video. Reaching back toward Portsmouth harbour entrance. In the last shot before it cuts to the INEOS logo you can see South Parade Pier in the far left of shot and Langstone Harbour Entrance in the far right. In all their videos they've gone for this heavy teal low lights and washed out highlights. I think it's just the colouring preference of their video editing guy, but it does wash out the horizon a bit. The video is also 60fps which creates a weird feel. I think it's slowed down to half speed. I've seen them out training in this area quit a bit before. In fact I'd think they'd train there mostly as it's out of the way of the Cowes small boat traffic. I don't see anything weird about the waves, you often get an easterly swell as it hooks around the eastern end of the IoW. No idea if the spray is doctored. But it seems odd to do so. I think they have spy boats following them anyways, plus there's plenty of un-doctored amateur footage too.
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    Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    Various new linked submissions here Kite board associations propose a format for their mixed event. WS Board submit that the criteria for the mixed double-hander should closely match the 470, to limit equipment change. In same submission they also propose that mixed single hander be replaced with offshore mixed keelboat. Finally they also give a description of the relay format for the kite-surfing. Fun-board association propose that the criteria for windsurf selection be altered to describe a foiling windsurf. Then the Musto Skiff Class Association submit that the criteria for equipment for the mixed single-hander selection be change to describe a Musto Skiff type boat.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    But I'm not, and I've not heard other people say its dumb. I think there needs to be a mens heavyweight . What I object to is that the finn lobby (but also kite and windsurf too?) would rather vote for an event that is clearly bulllshit and not even explained what it is than lose their slot. What concerns me is that the finn lobby would consider that mixed event as 'acceptable'. The problem with all your mixed classes and women's single hander is that I'm not sure there is the participation to fill the boats. I also think that has a very heavy focus on single handed events. One of the key aspects of sailing is the team work. I'm most miffed about the kitesurfing. I just don't see much of it happening as course racing. In fact I don't really see much wrong with the line up we had.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    IOC really doesn't seem to be forcing this. They're happy with the gender balance and are positive about media improvements. These changes are being driven from within WS in order to drive participation. But, the problem is, instead of selecting events that are well thought out and represent sailing and then letting the classes battle it out to prove they are the best equipment for those events, we have this weird voting system where hundreds of proposals, seemingly unvetted, are put forward and the lobbyists play politics until the most unworkable solution is found, as long as that solution doesn't rule out the lobbyists class. The submission that got put forward and selected from the Romanian NMA introduced kites, kept windsurf, kept the 470 and kept the finn (with the excuse that mixed but separate events are good for countries which for cultural reasons can't let mean and women mix). It seems, maybe I'm being sceptical, that it was chosen as it was only way everyone could get out of the room without losing their spot. What it failed to do was identify events that represent sailing and would be suitable for the Olympics. I really like the finn, but it seems the people lobbying for it would rather it be involved in nonsensical format than not at all. Should the blame be laid at their door? Or is it the system that's broke?
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    2017 Rules Rule 69

    I often wonder where race abandonment fall in to 'proper actions' for a PRO duties. It' is after all very much a judgement call on what is 'unfair'. I can see if they have a safety issue they could abandon, or a class has a minimum wind speed, or none of the boats make the time limit to a mark or the finish. Or usually a race is abandoned if there is some error that would likely end up with lots of boat requesting redress and there being no satisfactory correction (i.e. a mark moves / sinks and no replacement can be made. But at what point is a shift / drop in wind unfair? Abandoning races because of large shifts or drops in wind doesn't seem to tally with the RYA case 1982/17 either (though obviously UK only). This finds that insufficient wind is not proper grounds to abandon... so surely a wind shift isn't sufficient either, unless specified in the SIs. Having said that, abandonment when the wind drops to zero or when there are big shifts often seems popular with racers and it can turn races in to lotteries. But really if that's the will of the class, they should put some sort of criteria for it in their event SIs.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    The whole thing is a mess. How could they allow a submission that doesn't even specify how the event will run to be voted on? I thought the whole point of the new event / equipment selection process was to vote to get events nailed down before getting embroiled in the politics of which classes are dropped / selected. Unfortunately, all the class lobbyists were playing politics at the event selection, so naturally, the submission to get voted through is the only one in which the lobby groups of pro-kitesurf, pro-470, pro-windsurf and pro-finn could still be included... even if no one has any idea what mixed windsurfer and mixed single handed actually mean!
  15. Mozzy Sails

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Yeah, from a 29er sailor / parent /coach point of view, the RYA will seem to go hand in hand with Olympics, and much of the money comes from UK Sport from the lottery based on medals. But the RYA is a lot bigger than just that. But, it would certainly decimate the performance side of the dinghy sailing set up. The problem with the plan to role kit out to emerald fleets sailors is that not many of them are buying new equipment. Most are buying second hand from the gold fleet (with the exception of sails). Unless you are proposing to give it them to test? The second problem is that there is a lot of bouncing around between fleets, switching out parts if you make gold fleet could be a bit of a pain in the arse. Third problem is that there aren't really many true WW in the 49er fleet. Most will be battling for funding and sponsorship so even down toward the back they're not going to take a risk on new kit. Most have a season of regatta to get a good results to get funding before having to give up, so they're not going to risk kit. The final problem is that lower down in the fleet lots of boats are changing crews and ownership very often. It would be hard keeping track of who had which parts unless they were very easy to tell apart visually. This makes measurement difficult, but also just tracking down what's happen to stuff to get feedback. You probably know much of that because it's why you struggle to get people to try new kit. But I don't feel you'd find any more joy targeting lower down the fleet for trial mules.