Bruce Hudson

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About Bruce Hudson

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    One design sailboat racing. Lasers. ILCA. Kirby. Fair play.

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  1. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    I'd take that - in fact, I'll go so far to say that it is a goal of mine!!
  2. Bruce Hudson

    It sucks to not be sailing

    I confess to being a good news Charlie. I can only bear to write about it because I'm pretty sure I have this sucker beat. Still a long road back to fitness.
  3. I can see a ton of problems in doing what Rastegar is attempting to do, made worse by how he is attempting to do it. I'm left perplexed as to why anyone in their right mind would support the Laser Class. (Not who would, by why if they could think it through, they would.) Things have slowed down because of the pandemic - and its to everyone's advantage that the time is spent reflecting on the best way forward, particularly those who appear to be supporting Rastegar in his latest endeavors - like those in the Netherlands...
  4. Pretty sure the situation in the Netherlands will blow over soon enough. There is a small group that runs the class association who aren't very popular with the majority of sailors I spoke with, though there was some ambivilance. The majority of people in the Netherlands I spoke directly with at the time of the vote were critical of those running the class association and supportive of ILCA. Very few were not. I predict that if they survive the next year or two, there might even be two class associations for a while, and there will be a new ILCA representation, necessary for ILCA events. It will be irrelevant for most club sailing.
  5. Bruce Hudson

    It sucks to not be sailing

    For me, the last time I was on a sailboat was in 2017. The last time I raced was two club races in 2016 in busted club Laser. I won both races. Here's why I haven't been sailing: https://medium.com/@BHudsonWrites/hello-medium-world-489ec4509227 And here's part of the reason why I'll be sailing soon, likely to be in 2021: https://medium.com/the-innovation/can-an-anti-inflammatory-diet-help-covid-19-sufferers-28557ff6df6f
  6. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Handbrake works.
  7. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely positively ILCA

    ILCA 6 Results, 97 entries: Top 5 Overall Ali Young (8 pts) Hannah Snellgrove (12 pts) Ben Elvin (24 pts) Arthur Farley (26 pts) Finley Dickinson (31 pts) ILCA 6, Women Ali Young (8 pts, 1st overall) Hannah Snellgrove (12 pts, 2nd overall) Matilda Nicholls (27 pts, 7th overall) Daisy Collingridge (21 pts, 8th overall) Chloe Barr (48 pts, 12th overall) ILCA 6, Youth Arthur Farley, Under 17 (26 pts, 4th overall) Finley Dickinson, Under 19 (26 pts, 5th overall) Kai Wolgram, Under 17 (26 pts, 6th overall) Matilda Nicholls, Under 21 (27 pts, 7th overall) Drew Barnes, Under 19 (40 pts, 10th overall) ILCA 6, Masters Ben Elvin, Apprentice Master (24 pts, 3rd overall) Jon Emmett, Apprentice Master (43 pts, 11th overall) Jimmy Carter, Grand Master (146 pts, 36th overall) Rob Cage, Grand Master (146 pts, 35th overall) Ian Gregory, Master (155 pts, 40th overall) Note: no GGM entries
  8. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely positively ILCA

    The only Kai I know is Also, Kai is Maori for food.
  9. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely positively ILCA

    Agreed, I made an error.
  10. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely positively ILCA

    UK ILCA 4/6/7 Nationals Total entries: 200 ILCA 7, 51 entries Elliot Hanson (6 pts) Michael Beckett (8 pts) Sam Whaley (17 pts) Joseph Drake (22 pts) Daniel Whitely (23 pts) ILCA 7 Masters Nick Harrison, Grand Master (70 pts, 13th overall) Mark Lytle, Grand Master (76 pts, 16th overall) Tim Law, Grand Master (109 pts, 24th overall) Tony Woods, Grand Master (111 pts, 25th overall) Alan Davis, Grand Master (118 pts, 26th overall) 1st Great Grand Master: Michael Hicks (126 pts, 28th overall) 1st Master: Bob Cudmore (141 pts, 30th overall) 1st Apprentice Master: John Pitkethly (185 pts, 40th overall) ILCA 6, 97 entries: Top 5 Overall Ali Young (5 pts) Hannah Snellgrove (7 pts) Arthur Farley (11 pts) Ben Elvin (13 pts) Finley Dickinson (16 pts) ILCA 6, Women Ali Young (5 pts, 1st overall) Hannah Snellgrove (7 pts, 2nd overall) Matilda Nicholls (17 pts, 6th overall) Kai Wolgram (18 pts, 7th overall) Daisy Collingridge (21 pts, 8th overall) ILCA 6, Youth Arthur Farley, Under 17 (11 pts, 3rd overall) Finley Dickinson, Under 19 (16 pts, 5th overall) Matilda Nicholls, Under 21 (17 pts, 6th overall) Kai Wolgram, Under 17 (18 pts, 7th overall) Drew Barnes, Under 19 (25 pts, 11th overall) 1st Under 16: Sebastian Kempe (50 pts, 17th overall) ILCA 7, Masters Ben Elvin, Apprentice Master (13 pts, 4th overall) Jon Emmett, Apprentice Master (25 pts, 10th overall) Paul Brotherton, Master (74 pts, 29th overall) Rob Cage, Grand Master (82 pts, 35th overall) Jimmy Carter, Grand Master (88 pts, 39th overall) Note: no GGM entries ILCA 4, 52 entries Oliver Allen-Wilcox, under 17 (9 pts) Jack Graham-Troll, under 16 (9 pts) Freddie Howarth, under 16 (11 pts) Terry Hacker, under 17 (20 pts) Max Steele, under 16 (31 pts) 1st under 19: Ben Tylecoat (31 pts, 6th overall) Full results: ILCA 4 and ILCA 7: https://www.sailwave.com/results/WPNSA/2020_UKLA_Nationals/ilca7and4.htm ILCA 6: https://www.sailwave.com/results/WPNSA/2020_UKLA_Nationals/ilca6.htm Report: Yachts and yachting: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/231098/UKLA-ILCA-7-Nationals-at-the-WPNSA-overall
  11. I think the 1976 Bronze medalist in the Tempest coined the phrase "No excuse to lose". (At least that was the title of his book many of us read).
  12. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    I know the Wikipedia record says "Laser Radial" but I'm pretty sure in those early years the women competed in a Laser Standard.
  13. Bruce Hudson

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    I recall Marit Soderstrom (SWE) in the 1980s was enormously talented. During her time as #1 woman, the only woman in the world that could get close was Lynne Jewell (USA)... I recall Sue Conroy (NZL) was also in the hunt good back then (Both Lynne and Marit sailed in the 1988 Olympics with Lynne taking gold and Marit silver.)
  14. Bruce Hudson

    Stable Dingy for New Sailor

    Apologies if its already been said above - but don't write of getting a Laser - even for the start phase. Easy to sail with a 6 year old. There are plenty available everywhere, plus are simple. If you get stuck, there are plenty of videos to teach you rigging and technique. If you capsize they are easy to right, and easier than a lot of the boats mentioned above. You are more likely to sell it easier than other boats, and often for a similar price to what you bought it for. And there are local fleets most places. Lasers are light enough to move by yourself... loading and unloading etc. Some of the other boats can be hard to launch... Once you have spent a season learning the basics, don't be afraid to switch to something else. After a season, you'll know a ton more - and you'll have seen what's on the water in your locality... Be mindful going into your new boat type/class how much time you want to spend setting it up, how much time learning the ropes, and how much time sailing. Simpler is usually better when you are starting out. No matter what you get, try to get something that has a local fleet. That way you can get advice locally, more likely to source parts, and generally have less hassle. If you want to learn fast - then race! Don't worry if you don't finish the first few races - that's not the point - it is to learn! Racing forces you to think about things you wouldn't normally think of. Just one afternoon will accelerate your learning which will contribute long term to your sailing enjoyment... ...and often the more experienced will sail next to you before the start and freely give you great tips! If racing isn't for you - that's fine too - there are no rules - have a go!