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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. 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.
  2. Any news?
  3. 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 (https://www.melges.com/?p=news&id=3072), 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.
  4. +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.
  5. I signed up for the Melges 14 newsletter last year. In the email Melges sent out in February, they wrote that "Last year we built over 100 Melges 14s! This year is shaping up to be another great year for the new fleet with lots of 14s already in production. We recently shipped out 3 of these speed machines to Japan, and in the current production line we're building 10 bound for Germany."
  6. One big advantage the Melges 14 has over some of the other small single handers is the roomy cockpit that gives plenty of leg room. That is the main reason why I would like to give the Melges a go sometime this summer. I am 6'4 and I do not like yoga. So leg room is high on my list. lonbordin wrote a great review of the Melges 14 and RS Aero a few months back: http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=173996&p=5342976 I hope both boats will be successful in the US.
  7. I am not sure whether the weight comparison is correct. The German sailing magazine "YACHT" lists the "all up weight" of the Melges 14 as 54kg and compares it to 80kg for the Laser, 45kg for the RS Aero and 61kg for the Devoti Zero. Yacht issue 8, 2016.
  8. The specs seem to be comparable to a Topper rather than a Laser. Topper specs from https://www.toppersailboats.com/the-boats/#topper Length 3.40m Beam 1.20m Crew Capacity 1-2 Racing Crew 1 Weight 43kg Construction Injection moulded Polypropylene Sail Area ex spi 4.2 / 5.3m2 Mast & Boom Coated aluminium Blocks Stainless Nylon PY 1313 / 1377 Level Novice-Expert
  9. The RS Aero class rules are available on the rs site: http://rssailing.com/uploads/files/032015/55156bd871174931ff000009/original/RS_Aero_Class_Rules_V_1.3_March_2015.pdf?1427467223 Section C.1.4 is interesting. "A competitor shall always have the right to use a smaller sail during a handicap series without disqualification." That basically gives a reefing option during a multi event series.
  10. Pete, on the videos you mention a few times that one of the 9 sailors weighs 98kg. Could you comment a bit on the weight of the 5 sailors? Are they in the weight range of Laser 4.7 sailors or below that?