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    Racing/family dinghy

    OK, here is my recommendation for you: Flying Junior California is the state with a number of very competitive Club FJ regattas, the boat is well within your budget, and you can easily take one or two unexperienced friends for an afternoon sail. The University of Iowa Sailing Club has a fleet of FJs and uses them for learn to sail classes. One instructor sails with two newbies. The big thwart/bench in the middle of the boat can accommodate two big adults and the skipper is in the back. An FJ becomes surprisingly stable with additional crew weight.
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    Baggy Sails

    I just assumed the sails are not class legal based on my experience with buying class legal and non-legal Opti sails for the kids. Class legal Opti sails have an official tag attached to them. Just having the right dimensions is not enough. No tag, not class legal. But I might be wrong. The Albacore class rules state that ... G.2.2 CERTIFICATION (a) The official measurer shall certify mainsails and headsails by signing and dating a certification mark located near the tack and writing the sail area of the jib near the tack. Any Albacore sailors who know how this process works? Can you get sails certified after you purchase them?
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    Baggy Sails

    If you are sailing in a mixed fleet with Optis you probably do not need class legal sails. Intensity sells Albacore sails for a very reasonable price:
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    Need help/advice with Catalina Capri 13

    Sailing a Laser on a lake with light winds, I often leave the boat on the dock for a break. I have a bow line, take out the daggerboard and put it in the cockpit (it is still attached to the hull with a tight bungee) and make sure the mainsheet can run freely (disable the ratchet mechanism of the mainsheet block). That way the boat can float and does not tumble over the board. Oh, and I ensure that the vang is eased. Alternatively, I put the boat back on its dolly, pull it in the wind shadow of a tree and untie the figure eight know which attaches the mainsheet (that basically takes the mainsheet off the boom and lets the boom do whatever it wants). Again, make sure the vang is eased.
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    Sailing “bucket list” thread

    Sailing any Laser regatta with my four kids on the starting line. If I ever get there I will know that I successfully got them excite about sailing beyond the Opti years.
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    Dehler OD 30

    Well, the German Yacht had it 10 days earlier...
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    Link to the rules:
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    Seascape D2 aka 14

    Kristian, What is the design crew weight for the two-up mode? Is it in the 280-320 ibs (127-145kg) range? Similar to a Vanguard 15 in the US (and maybe an RS 200)? Thanks!
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    J70, cheating and pros

    Too funny. Today's press release from Melges is almost identical;-)
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    All up weight of a Laser?

    In their 3/2015 issue, the German sailing magazine "Yacht" tests the RS Aero and Devoti Zero and compares the all up weight to some other dinghies including the Laser. They list the all up weight of the Laser as 80kg, the Aero as 45kg, the D-Zero as 61kg, the Finn as 140kg.
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    Kids with helmets...WTF

    At this year's O'Pen Bic North Americans, helmets were required. See page 2 of the NOR:
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    Laser 4.7 in North America

    The average wind conditions where you sail make a big difference. Our daughter sailed an Opti until age 12. The spring she turned 13 she had 130 ibs. and we send her to junior camp with a club owned 4.7 rig on an old Laser. Two days in, her coach switched her to a Radial rig and she has been sailing a Radial ever since. We sail on inland lakes with average winds in the 0-12 range. My impression is that the 4.7 rig is popular along the coast where winds are stronger on average. On lakes, kids tend to move from Optis to Radials. And there is a lot of light wind lake sailing in NA.
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    Any news?
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Here is an observation: Based on reported RS Aero regatta results, all three rig sizes are actually sailed, but the 7 rig draws the majority of sailors and has the deepest fleets. Watching the video from day 2 of the Melges 14 midwinters (, I only spotted one mid-size 7 rig, no 5 rigs, almost all boats used the large 9 rig. So, maybe the Melges rather attracts the larger sailors whereas the RS Aero rather targets the Laser crowd.
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    Best Laser Hiking Pants

    +1 on the fit. If you are close to a shop try them on. If not I highly recommend that you pay close attention to the size and measurement charts of the different brands. I was looking for hiking pants and a wetsuit for my 13 year old daughter last week. She grew a lot last year, but she is still not close to the built of an average adult (her hip is a size m, her waist is between sizes xs and s). So, I ended up ordering from Zhik for her for the simple reason that the Zhik stuff is very stretchy. It worked out perfectly and stuff fits her well.