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  1. sailwriter

    Best Race Committee Boats

    Sounds ideal, and comfy enough to attract volunteers.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    Yes, that's why those high, comfy RC boats may be nice for the Signal Boat staff, but not for competitors. I do dinghy fleet's. They must be able to sight from the non-start side, through the orange flag, over or through the RC Signal Boat to the windward edge of the start pin and to something beyond. Yes, the skipper usually has to stand. For dinghies, the big RC boats also cast a significant wind shadow. Tougher to find volunteers on those big boats, though! Dave Ellis
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    Yes, point taken. Don't want the flag in the spotters' line of sight. Besides, that flag is noisey right above those gazing eyes. I worked for a decade with the writer of that RC Manuel. When you say she did everything by the book, it was literally so. Dave Ellis
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    I've been doing RC work for 30+ years, including 10 years paid. Never heard of the orange flag being the highest. Only that it must be visible. Show me. Dave Ellis
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    Yachting One of a Kind Regatta circa 1984

    I also have the article but not the results. Spent an afternoon going through, literally, 50 years of magazine, newspaper and class newsletters. No joy. I've been PM'd numerous times. But not lately. Maybe I died and didn't notice.
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    Yachting One of a Kind Regatta circa 1984

    File is too large to attach here. PM me, if you want the 1970s results.
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    Yachting One of a Kind Regatta circa 1984

    I have clippings from the 1980 OOAK in New Orleans and the 1985 at Long Beach, CA. Looked for them, but just moved, so there are many boxes to go through. So far I've found a couple pages from the Yachting mag 1985 article, but not the finish table. I do have the page of finishes for the 1977. Unfortunately, they printed the finishes with a grey background, so does not copy well. I'll see if I can enhance and copy it here, later. Meanwhile I'll keep looking. Problem is, going through all this history I keep stopping and reading. Dave Ellis
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    RS Aero 5, 7 & 9 US portsmouth rating

    We use, for our well-sailed Aero 7 rig in the fleet, based on input from several quasi-official sources and one very well known Aero sailor: 89.8 for all but 0 - 4 winds, when it goes to 90.3. This has proved to be working well for us. Dave Ellis
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    Sold the FrankenRaider a year ago. The Raider that I'm selling now is a late 2017 new boat. I rigged it, not the factory. Class legal, but set up more like a Snipe or Windmill. I'll miss this boat! But time and tide wait for no man. Dave Ellis
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    Go or No Go

    I have been rethinking after the loss of 6 sailors in a Fairhope Yacht Club race a couple years ago. Really big lawsuits now ongoing. A few weeks ago I moved our usual Saturday racing to Sunday afternoon. Made the decision Friday afternoon. One guy howled. Saturday a nearby marina was devastated by 80 mph gusts. Went right through our race course. Sometimes it pays to be cautious. Dave Ellis
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    Eligibility to Race

    Totally agree. As a race officer I hesitate to change any RRS and then only by referring to it by number. If there is a collision involving injury or worse, let the worldwide standard rules go to court, not me! Dave Ellis
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    Eligibility to Race

    Check out Davis Island Yacht Club in Florida's NOR and SIs for their Thursday Eve racing. Was in response to a case(s) of the above. Dave Ellis
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    Dinghy Racing Is Fucking Awesome!

    Dinghy racing also can be a social equalizer. After the 1980 Windmill Nationals I overheard a Doc snort, "And the winner was a damn janitor," eh eh. Windward-leeward courses have taken some of the challenge away. The Mug Race, 35 miles up a tidal river in Florida is more of a challenge. I've got ten more years of dinghy racing than Gouv. This Mug race was my last. RC work and 'Cup holder boats' will suffice. Nice to go out with a win! Dave Ellis
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    The VX Evo

    They promote heavily. No, not through SA. Bui any serious sailor in the SE of America knows the Mug Race. I'll start a Mug race thread next winter. The banning of canoes came from some unseaworthy open paddling canoes one year that gave up without checking in. A long search with many agencies involved. Same with windsufers. I was able to prove the International Canoe to be a viable racing sailboat. Ya'll.come. But no interest. Sail a canoe for 7 to 10.hours straight with no break? Hard enough single handed on the very comfortable Raider. Boats came from TN, AL, SC, NC and from one end of FL to the other. Apparently I am slated for RC next year. So, will promote! Dave Ellis
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    The VX Evo

    I'm traveling, so more later. Briefly, light upwind at start, 8:00 am. Evo and RS 100 got good starts. But I was able to quickly pass. On the first dogleg turn it paid to work the left, North shore. They did not. I was surprised to be faster and higher than the EC 22 in 'sitting on the deck' light air. Beat them to the midpoint Shands Bridge. Right after the bridge the wind died for the fastest catamarans, allowing some of us to catch right up. Had a great battle with Hobie 18s, Astus tri and some 70-something rated keel boats. For about an hour the wind freed for a tight, then beam reach. Planing conditions, but a bit tight for a screecher. They fell off to leeward where their wind later died. Gnarly gusts from aloft and veered made for some roundups for some, including the EC 22. Passed him again. Finally the wind steadied to around 5 and required a few tacks to the finish. I finished five minutes after the EC 22, about a half hour before the EVO. If the Evo had been assigned an 85 instead of 83 he would have moved up a few places in fleet, but not in class. Looks like a great boat. Would have been different with a 35 miles broad reach. Dave Ellis