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  1. This is just not true. Give me a good Opti kid and I can teach her to be a fantastic FJ/C420/J22/J70 sailor in a couple of days. Never actually met any good O'pn Bic sailors. No fleets to grow in, the boat is unstable in any breeze, and it's not technical. The Opti has fleets to get good in, can be sailed in serious breeze, and is very technical.
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    Illegal C420 at Nationals

    The latest: Matt Wake, the owner of Sturgis, stole over $600,000 from parents and youth sailing groups, by knowingly selling illegal boats. He has now gone out of business. He "sold" the Opti part of his business to Rob Simmons, who was complicit in the illegal boat sales. Simmons Boat Works will now sell you some Optis. None of the parents, youth, or youth groups Matt Wake stole from has been offered anything. They are just out their money. These are not rich families. These are regular families trying to get their kids in to the sport. The rich folks are over there in the i420. These are folks to whom $10K is a big sacrifice. They didn't know the boats were illegal. They were just buying a boat. And Matt Wake stole their money.
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    Sturgis Boat Works unreachable?

    Matt Wake, the owner of Sturgis, stole over $600,000 from their customers by selling illegal boats. He had options, but he decided to fold. He "sold" part of his business to Rob Simmons, who was complicit in the theft, and who is now doing business as Simmons Boat Works.
  4. My kid is 13. He is a racer out of Optis, now in C420, J22, J80, 29er, F18, you name it he’ll sail it. He starts to complain if it’s been over two days off of the water. And he think the AC is boring. I try to make him watch, but he tells me it’s not racing and after watching a few minutes he’s out. He just now, today, found footage of the 90s IACC stuff on YouTube. He was excited - was showing me how cool it was. Then he spent all day watching that and the 12 meters. He tells me it’s racing. It’s what he does, he gets it. It’s exciting to him. He’s asking why they changed it and all I can say is TV dollars? Just reporting out. We all went and saw the American Magic presentation and it was cool as shit. But I won’t be able to make him watch the racing. He just doesn’t care. He’ll be watching videos online of what he can actually relate to and do. Other experiences with actual sailing kids?
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    Illegal C420 at Nationals

    No. That’s called being middle class and saving your money. Sure they aren’t working at Walmart, but they aren’t east coast finance guys either. there are classes were you can buy your speed. The C420 is not supposed to be that.
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    ongoing concerns

    The employees were there, and they are nice guys and I feel bad for them. They just say ‘Matt is handling it’. But Matt is handling it by ignoring everyone.
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    Illegal C420 at Nationals

    it is absolutely not true that parents who bought these boats are all rich or knew what was going on. There are several that I know for a fact just bought what they thought was a solid class-legal boat. This is not about rich league daddies gaming the system. This is about regular sailing families trying to bring their kids into the sort the right way. And the builder mislead them and then lied to them and is now completely ignoring them. In the middle of the season. Matt Wake either knew he was selling boats with new unapproved construction methods,, or he didn’t. Which is worse?
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    ongoing concerns

    Yeah they are here at Hyannis, a 120 boat C420 regatta, selling gear, employees pretend to ‘call Matt’ but that’s not real. They even told an affected parent that it was all ‘Scuttlebutt rumors’ and ‘not settled yet.’ Okay. At this point the word is out to parents and coaches - if you do business with Sturgis you are a going to get screwed.
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    Stanford sailing coach gets probation

    I’m not doing your research for you bro. Look it up you’ll find something like 50% of profs come from about 5 schools.
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    ongoing concerns

    Sturgis Boatworks sold cheater boats to kids without telling them. And now they are bailing on the kids. They aren’t returning phone calls or emails. Sure some of these kids are rich. A lot aren’t and make sacrifices to get here. There is a commonly held standard as to what these boats are. If you want a faster lighter boat that will crap out in two years the i420 is right over there full of rich kids. Sturgis let us down by knowingly changing the rules without telling us, and is now ignoring the families who they screwed.
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    Illegal C420 at Nationals

    Sturgis is now not returning phone calls or emails to affected families. Sure some of those families have money. A lot don’t. Helluva a way to stand by your product. They won’t even make excuses, just silence. The class is firm - these boats were built illegally and are not one-design. The idea that Matt Wake didn’t know what was going on is a joke. Imonce you know what to look for it is blatantly obvious. They changed it on purpose, didn’t tell the customer, and are now letting them hang out to dry.
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    Stanford sailing coach gets probation

    It’s the PhD that matters. But it is hard to get into the elite PhD programs from a second rate school. Like I said, there is a train and the earlier you get on the train the better.
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    ongoing concerns

    I don’t know about the mast - but it is true that LP and ps2000 rudders are no longer interchangeable.
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    Stanford sailing coach gets probation

    Thing is, if you want to be a high-level Scientist, you have to come out of one of the elite schools. That’s just facts. So it’s not about self esteem or money for a lot of us. It’s about doing Science, and there is absolutely an elite school train you have to get on these days.
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    Stanford sailing coach gets probation

    So my kids are busting their asses in school and in racing, trying to get into a top academic/sailing program. My daughters first choice was Stanford. We know this guy, have talked with him many times, not being melodramatic but we held him up as one of the good guys in a shitty corrupt system where all your hard work can come down to a crapshoot or who knows who. But you’re right I’ll just tell my daughter to rethink her outlook on the future. What the fuck dude?