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  1. dogwatch

    Team NZ

    https://www.playersvoice.com.au/grant-dalton-race-that-changed-my-life/#mKqOhJ95ecbfEeZg.97 Good piece, worth reading, thanks.
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    Teams?

    That was my point. I do not approve of hunting whales.
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    The Future of One Design

    I used to "work" (i.e. volunteer) for a SMOD class association and negotiated rule changes with the class rules holder, which in our case was the MNA. They'd only agree changes if all of their technical department, the class association and the manufacturer agreed. In practical terms it is next to impossible for a manufacturer class association to take actions with which the manufacturer does not agree. For starters, the manufacturer owns drawings and specifications which are essential to build the boats and are referenced in the class rules but are only available to the manufacturer(s). Usually this works out. The manufacturer and the class association both want the class to succeed. Laser is however an Awful Warning of what can go wrong.
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    Teams?

    Good luck to them and one thing Norway is not short of is kroner. https://www.backpackerguide.nz/7-whales-and-dolphins-in-auckland/ "More than 22 species of whales and dolphins can be seen in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf," My recommendation to the whales is to stay well away from those Norwegians.
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    the shower creep

    I don't know him. As I said it is 15-odd years since I last saw him.
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    the shower creep

    Outside SA there's no sign of this story, including "Isle of Wight county press. Friday April 6th 2018" from which the clipping is supposed to come. The "right to be forgotten" applies to search engines, not to the original content. Excuse me if I find this just a little puzzling and am so far hesitant to join the lynch mob. FWIW I have met James Gair a couple of times but that was 15+ years ago and I've no interest in defending him if he actually did what has been stated.
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    the shower creep

    Well, not really as Gair's company isn't an RYA-recognised school and he is no sense "representing them or delivering their services". This is about the commercial Yachtmaster endorsement, which the RYA is delegated to provide and allows the holder to skipper a yacht for money. That's assuming these reports are in fact true, of which I remain uncertain.
  8. dogwatch

    The Future of One Design

    I sailed in such a class for a while. It's a fun game but the cost premium is for a minority. At least 50% higher than a similar SMOD.
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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    You may be right but I reckon that the Aero 5 sailors in my club are mostly 60-65kg.
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    The Future of One Design

    If you consider keelboats there are quite a number of French-built SMODs too, in fact outside J-Boats, probably the major builders of keelboat SMODs are French. And X-Yachts, maybe less than historically. So not all Anglophone.
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    The Future of One Design

    Outside the Olympic classes and the issues with Laser, are we seeing "increasing dissatisfaction"? I don't hear a much dissatisfaction with what's going on with the UFO and RS Sailing has 1000s of happy repeat purchasers. A monopoly is the expected reward for the not inconsiderable cost of bringing a new OD to market with enough volume to succeed. Let's be careful what we wish for.
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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    Aero 5, around 60 kgs at a guess. There are heavier people sailing them but if the competition is very fit then lighter would be faster. Very dynamic to sail, yes if you watch one sailed well in waves the helms are working very hard. One of those boats that is easy to sail but hard to sail well.
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    Second US Team

    Yes they could. However as it is a design competition, that doesn't seem a very realistic proposal.
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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    I think the time to shoot holes in the event is when the details have been put forward. Which, so far, they have not been, Not the SA way, I know.
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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    Plenty of other sports have relay events.