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  1. So with the worlds coming up in Annapolis at the end of the month who is in with a shot at the title? What kind of conditions will Annapolis deliver at the end of September?
  2. So my family just bought a 34 ft sailboat in Mission Bay (San Diego). The previous owner, unfortunately, sold his dinghy before we bought the boat. So we're in the market for an inflatable dinghy with an outboard we can use when we go tie up in the bay or go on trips to Catalina etc. So I'd love some advice from more experienced folks as to what makes a good dinghy for those purposes... I'm assuming hard bottom is the way to go? Is bigger better (9.5 ft vs 11ft or more)? What about HP? I see a lot of 4.5, 6 HP for sale. I also read this guy's advice saying 15+ as a minimum... (http://www.frugal-retirement-living.com/sailboat-dinghy.html). Typically (2/3 of the time) we'd probably just have 2 people needing to be in the boat, but it would be nice to be able to take 4. Looking forward to seeing what folks think...
  3. Hey Everyone, Our Laser Regatta in Westbrook CT at Duck Island Yacht Club is coming up on September 9th. Early registration ends tomorrow, so if you want to save ten clams, and get some free beer, sign up. Notice of Race and registration information are available at http://americanregatta.com/diyc/regatta.php?regattaID=103. I will say that Long Island Sound in September is pretty spectacular. Warm water, good breeze, and a great crowd. Hope to see some folks from out of town!
  4. Hello, At my local club there is much debate over the optimum course for fair racing between different boats (e.g. RS200 and a Laser). We use the handicap py system. Thanks
  5. Hello fellow sailors! I am thinking of buying a 5.90 meters (19 feet and 4.28 inches) dinghy with a Honda 150hp vtec four stroke 2005 outboard. The problem is that i lack experience with outboard motors. My questions are: Is it a reliable motor? Has anyone occured any problems with this motor? And finally whould you recommend it? Thank you in advance
  6. 420 vs 505 for beginner

    Hi guys Some background: Im new to this forum and to sailing. My wife and I are very interested in learning to sail. I found a few local dinghy sailing clubs and was planning on taking some lessons and renting a dinghy thereafter, but I met a keelboat sailor the other day, and he suggested that I just buy one and learn to sail it then. To get back to my question, what would you guys suggest to be a better buy? 420 or 505? I would be looking for something that I could use to learn on, but that would still be useful once we get better at it. I am rather tall, about 1.9m and together we probably weigh +- 160 to 170kg together. It would also be a bonus if I will be able to sail the boat by myself on the days shes not available to join, obviously not at a racing standard, but just so I can get out onto the water. As you guys can probably gather, I dont know much yet. The 505 I can buy is about half the price of the 420, but I know that the 420s are popular here as a training dinghy for double learners. I have no idea to what level either of them are kitted out, all I know is that they are both in good condition and have all their sails and a few extras. Thanx in advance guys
  7. New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

  8. Hi, I have an old Laser 2, but am no sailor. It had one piece cast spreader on the mast and I broke it. It appears to be so out dated that no one I have found seems to be able to help or advise on it. The mast is 2" wide and 2.5" long. Can someone please advise me with a way to replace the spreader or add a new spreader bracket that will fit, or even a similar boat that uses the same size mast that I can get parts for. I need to bring this boat back to life. Thanks for your time Dry and Depressed.
  9. Hello there! I am a sailor from Hungary and I've created an app be interesting to you all. It is completely free right now and I'd love to get some feedback! The app is available on both iOS and Android, and it has a lot of interesting functionalities. It allows sailors to keep their sailing diary on their phone, searchable and always organised. It can store all the repairs and jobs that need to be done on the boat, as well as keep track of sails. What I think is the most exciting: You can register on www.saillogapp.com as a coach and connect with your sailors online. You can see the trainings of your team and review their diary entries. This could be an excellent teaching tool for young sailors! Sailors can get extra, personalised feedback from their coach after training. It has been beta tested by a Hungarian team with much success, as it helps young sailors remember their coach's feedback. Have a look at it and if you have any questions or suggestions, please message me! More details here: Website
  10. Hi, I'm sailing a large regatta out of SDYC in mid-July. It is in the ocean near Point Loma, in FJs, and I hope to win it. In my previous experience, it's always been a tricky venue and I've never won there before. I know that if I know what to look for, I can succeed. How have you done well in San Diego? What should I look for to sail well? I would appreciate anyone's help. Micky
  11. Dinghy Distance Race 2017

    The date for the 7th annual Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race has been set! (Attached is the NOR) It will be May 6 this year. At little bit earlier than in the past, but due to scheduling conflicts, it has to be the first weekend of May this year. We had over 50 registered and 48 starters last year. I hope to have at least the same number, if not a few more. Also hope to have more breeze than last year. If you are interested in sponsoring the race, let me know. We don't want to raise the entry fee, but are hoping to give some more money to the Pettipaug Youth Sailing Academy this year. You can also find us on FB. I will post a link later as I cannot access FB at work. I just wanted to get this out. I hope to see a bunch of you there. Dan
  12. I just got my hot little hands on an emergency legislation bill that could ban hiking and trapezing in the People's Republic of Maryland. If you want to severely damage competitive dinghy racing and also impact keel boat racing, please do nothing. Otherwise, a letter to your delegate is in order. Read all about it: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/bills/sb/sb1147F.pdf
  13. The facts:- I weigh 245 lbs (111 kgs/17.5 stone) and I'm 6'5" (183 cm) tall.- I'm 48 and fit.- I've sailed most of my life, grew up on beach cats.- I currently sail a Force5 and a C-scow. I've got an E-scow under repair.- I sail on a shallow lake with swirly non-existent winds. We say come for the fun and stay because the wind died and you can't make it back to the dock. I'm looking to get a single hander that fits. I'm going to keep the Force 5 as that's the only local single-hand OD fleet. When I race the Force 5 I call it boat yoga... think uncomfortably leaning in the majority of the time. Always tough to watch the fleet sail away on the downwind legs. Additional notes:- Boats with traps sit on our beaches for most of the sailing season.- Catamarans sit on our beaches for most of the sailing season. - You might see windsurfers and kite sailors twice a year, maybe.- The Thistle is king here, they can sail in a drifter. - For several years a Buccaneer 18 was my single handed dinghy (no kite.). - Days that there's any breeze will most likely have massive shifts. - I prefer to launch off of the beach rather than use the hoist. - I prefer to leave my boats mostly setup to minimize setup time and maximize sailing time. - I predominantly sail by myself. - I tend to be hard on my boats. - I do like to go as fast as possible, who doesn't. - Not looking to try to wage a OD campaign, although it would be nice to be able to drive to a couple of regattas a year. Boats I'm looking into are: - Tasar (no future, jib) - Contender (the wire and light air... don't think so, there's a fairly nice one for cheap nearby, sexy boat) - RS Aero 9 (that is one shallow cockpit and I'm sure when I shift in the boat it will respond, so lightweight. Looking to demo soon. Nice SA/D numbers even with my heft.) - Phantom (I don't live in the UK. Don't seem to be any in North America. Not building one. Seems to fit all my requirements though, bummer.) - Melges 14 (untested, shallow cockpit, hoping to get a demo sail soon, next Johnson 18??? I'd actually like to support Melges!) - Megabyte (seems a fit, never seen one or sailed one) - MC Scow (to have to use the hoist and move 420lbs around on the trailer every time, by myself, would really suck. Class is hot in the region. They stay on the beach in 20+kts?!) - Finn (I'd love to own one... I think there are less than a dozen in the entire mid-west) - IC (Never sailed the canoe... does it work in light winds under heavy loads? Some pretty good buys out there...) I can spend ~8k on a new boat less on a used boat so probably no VX-Evo in my future. S.A. am I overlooking a magical dinghy? Any issues with boats in my short-list for my size and venue? Thanks!
  14. As many US Sailing Team fans will already have noted, two-time Aussie gold medal crew Malcolm Page was named new US Sailing Team Director today. A college dinghy and team racer who came to the team after years as a magazine publisher, Adams was charged with what may have been an impossible task for someone with his experience level; to bring the US Team back from its dismal, zero-medal performance in London and make a real impression in Rio. Despite what seemed like a good plan for Brazil, the team's 2016 performance was only tolerable in comparison to the 2012 debacle, and something had to change for the next quad. To hear Josh's early plans in a 2014 interview with Mr. Clean, click here. Fortunately, US Sailing finally did what we've been begging them for a decade - quit hiring your management consultant and magazine publishing pals from New England for this essential job, and find someone with a proven history of winning - even if you have to headhunt them from somewhere else. Enter Mal Page, who aside from being the most decorated dinghy sailor in Aussie history, may be the only sailor to ever win a gold medal with two different skippers. Page walks away from one of the toughest jobs in sailing - Marketing Director for ISAF - to take on another extremely job, but one he's uniquely prepared for. We say this not because Page has led a big team to success; we say it because he was part of one of the winningest olympic sailing teams in modern history, and a very clever lad. Perhaps more importantly, he comes from a decade worth of training under the world's best olympic sailing coach - Victor "The Medal Maker" Kovalenko (pictured with Page, above). While it's too much to hope that Victor will defect to the USA as part of the deal (Kovalenko has famously turned down some huge international paydays to stick with his adopted homeland downunder), Page should have all the tools he needs to recreate the winning culture enjoyed by the US Sailing Team up until the past decade. You guys always come up with the best questions, and I'll be speaking to Mal tomorrow morning for this week's SA Podcast. What do you want to know about the team, the plans for Tokyo 2020, about Malcolm in general, or whatever? Post here.
  15. I was given an inflatable dinghy that was abandoned at a sailing club. The owner has passed away. I'll be getting some paperwork so that I can list the boat as abandoned and legally title it in my name. The boat has registration numbers from another state painted on it using that black, Hypalon-compatible paint. I'm sure my reg. numbers will be different. Is there a way to get that stuff off without damaging the inflatable hull tubes? If the black paint can't safely be removed, is there a white Hypalon-compatible paint? I could paint a white block over the old reg. numbers, and then paint new numbers in black on the white block. Any other ideas I'm missing?
  16. 2017 Dinghy Distance Race

    http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=180300 I posted in Dinghy Anarchy, but want to post here as well due to higher traffic. This is a fun, "run what ya brung" type of regatta. It is open to any centerboard/daggerboard boats. We have had over 30 different types of boats during the 6 years running it. From Lasers to Cats to a Connie. If you have something in the back yard, bring it down and we will figure out a handicap rating for it. Last year there were 48 starters and we are hoping to have at least the same number this year. This is a great way to tour the beautiful lower CT River valley. The long course goes from the Goodspeed Opera House/Bridge, almost to 95, then back up to Essex. We also plan to have great food for the after party again this year. We also will keep with tradition and give photos from that day on the water for trophies. Dan
  17. Wanted: 29er cover

    Does anyone have an extra 29er cover on their hands? The homemade cover I'm using right now isn't quite doing the trick for the winter. Defrosting is killing more time than I'd like before going for a sail If you've got one let me know what you want for it and hopefully we can make a deal
  18. Help me ID, quick!

    So I've been looking for a dinghy needing some TLC, and I found a boat not too far away that the guy is almost giving away. I'm trying to identify it to check the history of the boats, parts availability, etc. It looks sort of like a 420 or a Mutineer... can someone help please?! The guy is moving early next week and I have to decide by then. Hull is apparently in good shape, no cracks or leaks. Serial number appears to be VBW1021VM8 or VBW102TMM84? It's hard to make out. It kind of looks like a 1984 Mutineer possibly?
  19. I just read the "How to increase the number of sailors post" I think the post is good and relevant, yet fails to address the correct audience - Young adults (my generation and younger) Its pointless if 30+ year old men argue about how to get the youngsters on board, when most of them don't know how they think and see sailing. Now with my 23 years I might be a bit older than the target audience, but i think the issues I had to get into sailing are pretty representative... So here we go: Two months ago I (a student at the time) looked to buy a dinghy. I wanted it to be fast & exciting, not to hard to handle and relatively cheap (under 2000 us$). People recommended me mainly to get a moth (fast and exciting but way to expensive and harder to sail) or a super old laser/hobie (Cheap and easy to handle) And THIS is exactly where the problem lies (at least it did for me) When people see a moth flying over the lake on Youtube they think: WOW This is the coolest thing ever! Gotta try it out... until they see the pricetag of 25k $ and that there's nowhere to try this out. Then they see that for under 2000$ the only thing that they could afford is a buying a beater laser from the 1970s or joining a club with lasers from the 90s... everybody except the diehard crazy will say this is lame and look into buying a new Iphone instead. Solve this and you get growth back in the sport faster than ever Now how do we solve this? I'm open for suggestions/ideas/criticism
  20. Optimist History

    While in a conversation with a friend about how inferior the optimist is to the sabot (I live in California), we began to wonder how the opti spread along the east coast and how it ever replaced the sabot. It's crazy to me that people would use a boat with such a small sail in the light California breeze. But somehow it happened. So how did it happen? I'm really curious how the opti got to be as popular as it did. Thanks guys!
  21. TLDR: Where can you get in detail and unbiased dinghy reviews? Most magazines beat around the bush and don't compare between models Full post: So a few months ago i was looking to buy a sailboat (old thread) It had to be: - cheap - fast I wanted to find a boat easy enough for a beginner to handle, but exciting enough to get me hooked and speeding over the lake here in Switzerland. Eventually I bought a really old beater 470 for what little money I had at the time... and boy it got me hooked (pics here). I go sailing at least 3x a week and sail it solo 90% of the time, cos it's hard to organize peeps etc. Since then I graduated university (mech. engineering), got a job, didn't become a responsible adult (unfortunately), you know...the usual. Now i have money and I plan to buy a new dinghy in a year or two (2017/2018 season). If money permits of course. But where the hell do you get good dinghy reviews that are not biased, don't beat around the bush and actually compare different classes between each other instead of throwing around words like "fun", "fast" , "light" or my all time favourite "innovative". So desperate and tired I came here to leach from the wisdom of you crazy folks at SA. I'm looking for reviews/info/advice on the following boats: Reasonable options: RS 500 RS 100 RS aero less reasonable options: Musto Perf. Skiff WASZP Moth PS: Yes I've been on the manufacturer's website, No I need actual facts not marketing bullshit...
  22. RS Venture vs Vanguard Nomad

    I'm in the market for a large dinghy to do some trailer sailing with the wife and young kids around the Jersey Shore and lakes nearby. I was originally looking to bring home a new RS Venture but that is getting close to a $20,000+ proposition. What I liked about the Venture was the large with bench seating, modern self bailing cockpit and bowsprit to fly and Asymmetrical Spinnaker. I was also looking at the Flying Scott as well but suspect that I would be flying the traditional spinnaker a lot less often with kids. Then I found a local listing for a good condition Vanguard Nomad which seemed to have a lot of the same design intent at the Venture. The lower price of getting a good condition used boat feels a really compelling but I can't find much about the Nomad and how it sails. http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/55894 Pros: Boat seems well taken care of by previous owner Already includes added cost items like an outboard motor, anchor cleat, etc. Unknowns: How does she sail? Discontinued, could I still find parts? No one design designation - I don't think that will be a particular problem for me given this boat's mission What else should I be thinking about here?
  23. Lake Erie Options

    Hi all, I'm a novice sailor living in Cleveland. I first learned to sail about 10 years ago but don't have much experience. I'm looking to get a dinghy that I will sail on Lake Erie. I'm a heavy guy at 260#. I'll mostly sail alone. Looking to get something used. I'm wondering if anyone has advice about what to look for and what to avoid particularly given my weight and Lake Erie. I don't mind a wet ride, but I don't initially want anything that is too difficult to handle if conditions get rough. Any and all advice appreciated! DC
  24. Fireball Dinghy

    ]Hi All, Thank you to many of you who helped me identify my boat. Well, after a 12 hour round trip to Worcester Mass and back, she is home despite my prayers the entire way that the trailer would mysteriously unhook itself and end up under a fast moving tractor trailer. My boat, which I was told was free ( i know no boat is ever free) and ready to sail, is either ready for a chainsaw on bulk trash day or a major overhaul. I am not sure which I would really like to do. Thoughts...suggestions... pics below. Thanks Amy soft spots in deck, layers of house paint, backstay attachment ripped clean out of deck, chine damage, ripped deck, weird patches in wall next to spinnaker chute, did I mention the layers of house paint?
  25. Hey, Has anyone thought of using a microcomputer like a raspberry pi or arduino to gather data while training and/or racing? You can get the new Raspberry Pi platform for about 45$ and sensors for 5-40$. You could potentially set up a system that would utilize, gps, accelerometers, digital compasses, thermometers, and ultrasonic range finders that could gather and store data for examination later. You could even hack a kindle and have an awesome large custom screen to view real time data while you are sailing. For some more money and effort you could incorporate wind instruments, strain gauges and fixed cameras. I see this as a more flexible solution for small boats, seems like faster large boats may have a better budget for things like the tactic systems. Paying 400+ dollars for a velocitek doesn't seem like a great value when i have an old kindle and for under 100$ i can get a raspberry pi, gps chip, compass chip and a battery. especially when that system would be up-gradable with any number of sensors that id like. I don't have a lot of experience with coding and building electronics but am i crazy to think that this would be a valuable effort? -ryan