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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Racer sponsorship

    This is "why not". Taxman says: you are having a laugh, now pay up. https://www.taxation.co.uk/Articles/2017/07/18/336684/cup-ahoy
  2. Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    They can stop stressing then. Hell will freeze over first.
  3. Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    I sailed the Europe at the time it became a Women's Olympic boat and what had been a happy niche class for lightweights of both genders faded away because a small number of sailors had multiple times the sailing time and budget of everyone else. I very much hope the Aero does not become an Olympic class.
  4. Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    Given the long-running legal shitfest concerning the Laser trademark holder, the various manufacturers, the designer and the class association, I sincerely hope WS would not touch the Laser with a 10 foot pole as far as adoption of a further variant as an Olympic class is concerned.
  5. Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    Europe is a lovely responsive boat but large amounts were spent by richer countries on spar development before it was replaced by the Radial. Aero feels a lot like the Europe but without that "the boom is trying to kill me" feeling. Would be a good choice IMO but not as a foiler. Waszp doesn't really seem to be getting traction.
  6. Team UK

    Poor Tony Langley, poor as a church mouse, only TP52-rich.
  7. Sailing & Racing in/near Manchester UK

    There was a well known owner who lived near Manchester and had a succession of Solent-based race boats. He made the journey 20-25 times a year and did so for at least a decade. It's a choice some people make. Would I? Hell, no.
  8. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    Thanks for the local input. The press piece suggests they hit a reef rather than sand. Is that likely? Plenty of people who race here (Solent, UK) will hit sand once in a while when creeping inshore to cheat the tide. It's part of the game. You don't expect the keel to fall off.
  9. Going on holiday somewhere warm has always been part of board sports. Nothing new there. It's never going to represent a major proportion of water time because most people just don't get that much holiday. https://www.statista.com/statistics/606772/outdoor-water-sports-activity-by-participation-united-kingdom/ kitesurfing barely registers and as someone with regular sight of a couple of popular board sports beaches, I'm certain the trend in numbers has been down over the last 5 years. I'm sorry to see that, anything that gets people using the wind on the water is good as far as I am concerned.
  10. Numbers around here are well down on a decade ago.
  11. Sailing & Racing in/near Manchester UK

    Hayling Island SC is a primarily a dinghy and small keelboat club. There is yacht racing but you wouldn't travel from Manchester for it. You are however correct that people travel from northern England for Solent racing, just not at HISC (which isn't in the Solent). As someone else has suggested, Pwilheli is a hell of a lot nearer Manchester than either the Solent or the Clyde.
  12. Oyster Yachts gone bust

    They really don't. That would be the 0.1%.
  13. Oracle Team USA

    It's equally amazing that 5 years on, people still try to put him straight. It's a waste of keystrokes.
  14. Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Maybe. On the other hand if either team were interested, why would the deal not have been closed months ago?