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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. Unfortunately there aren't many options around Boston to store a dinghy rigged. When I owned an F18 we kept it in my driveway in Cambridge or backyard in Arlington and just trailered to events. Most of the other Boston area F18 guys keep their boats at Sail Newport. I just finished up grad school at MIT- you can't really keep a boat there. The Nacra 17 that is on the dock is a current MBA student's, and it is just there for a short period this fall (sailed it the other day, fun times). Some of the team members also keep Lasers, but that is about all. If you are interested in racing dinghies in Boston I would recommend a racing membership at the MIT pavilion- Tech racing and team racing all summer long for a very affordable price. My wife ran the jr sailing program at CPYC for a couple summers, and it is a great club with great people. We also sailed Interclubs there for a winter. The problem is the tidal swing is very large, so no ramp launch option. You need to either store the boat on a cradle on the dock (not sure if this is available during the summer), or hoist launch. Space on the pier is also extremely limited. Another option to consider is Eastern in Marblehead. I remember the storage rates being very affordable, but it's a bit of a drive depending on traffic.
  2. At MIT we have a fleet of Fireflies that have been updated with cassette rudders, Gnav vangs, and an improved jib sheeting setup. I think they are a fantastic boat for team racing. Here are some photos from the Charles River Open Team Race: http://sailing.mit.edu/gallery/index.php?/category/90 You might also want to look at the Zim 15 for inspiration, the design brief is almost exactly what you have described: http://www.zimsailing.com/zim-15.html
  3. I'll be between Postdocs then, could be fun. I might have some contacts with a motorboat down there, will look into it. -Jeff Dusek
  4. I would encourage you to talk to Scott and Alice with Pro-Sail Asia. I have spent a lot of time in SIngapore over the past few years for school and they have really helped me get on a variety of beach cats and tris. Great people.
  5. Lots of good events in New England. For this summer we had/have: Volvo Ocean Race Stopover: Newport, RI Madison Regatta: Madison, CT Wickford Regatta: Wickford, RI Statue Race: Sandy Hook, NJ Newport Regatta: Newport, RI Hyannis Regatta: Hyannis, MA BBR/US Sailing Multihull Championship: New Bedford, MA New England 100: Bristol, RI Roton Point: Rowayton, CT HPDO: Rye, NY All events here: http://usf18.com/events/eastern-area-f18-events/ Feel free to get in touch if you have question. I am the New England fleet rep, although I haven't been out much this summer due to finishing a thesis. Several good used boats available, including in the Boston area. -Jeff Dusek
  6. Nacra Infusions were 1,2,5,7,8 Goodall Design C2s were 3 and 4 Hobie Wildcat was 6 Cirrus R was 10 Easton/Burd also won two races on the Falcon but had rudder breakage which knocked them out of contention
  7. Tomko and JC are both fantastic F18 sailors, but JC certainly has more time in the boat, including racing one design at Eurocat which would make a huge, huge, difference with the learning curve. Anytime you can line up with another boat is invaluable, especially the top European guys.
  8. I would expect it to look underpowered with Gunnar and Peter on board!
  9. Is this targeted for the ISAF youth worlds boat? Otherwise I don't see the goal.
  10. US dinghy market..........What US dinghy market??? Newport RI, heck Narragansett Bay - sailing capital of the US - Total # of active adult Dinghy classes = 0.0000 From NYC to Marblehead, they are hard to find There are pretty good 505, A cat, and F18 fleets. I had a V15 for a while when I was interning in Newport, enjoyed the Tuesday TRing but underwhelmed by the boat itself. I have an F18 now and love it. Edit: missed the post earlier about 505s etc.
  11. Who says you need to use the self tailer?? You absolutely don't have to, and for distance or short handed racing having the option is great. Just my personal preference, not a criticism of the boat.
  12. Got the Raw 30 launched Saturday here in Singapore, sailed her yesterday. I'm in town for my graduate work, so offered to help Scott and Alice get her on the water. My impressions- very nicely built- everything is carbon, even the companionway ladder! The sails are also very nice, although we need a stiffer top batten for the main. Didn't get to use the screecher yesterday, but the top down furler on the kite is very nice. Layout was straightforward, although I might not have chosen self tailing winches for the kite sheet, just from a safety perspective. The Marstrom mast and boom are gorgeous. We had 12-15 knots of breeze when we headed out, sailed from Raffles Marina upwind to Johor Bahru, then back. Upwind the boat tacks easily, and we saw 12-13 knots of boat speed. Setting the kite is simple with the top down furling, and gybing is easy as long as the trimmers time the ease/trim correctly, just like any big assymetric. I thing we saw around 17-19 knots downwind, but we were using a gps app on a tablet for speed, and that was with current. Got to helm for a while both up and down, and the helm is very light upwind. Downwind she accelerates easily and can load up quick, so you just need to stay ahead of her. Overall, very sweet ride.
  13. On the F18s we completely release the rotator downwind, which fully rotates the mast. Having the mast centered, or the cunningham on is generally a recipe for bad things.
  14. On the F18s we ease Cunningham and rotator when the kite is up to preserve the mast. In light to moderate I might not ease the rotator on the infusion, but in breeze or on the c2 the mast does scary things if you don't ease. To depower dropping traveler should be ok as long as you keep the sheet tight. Then again, this is an 18 with a an aluminum stick, so things may be different.
  15. I'll be in Miami Dec 23 until Jan 1- would love to go for a sail if you will be around!