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In Topic: Team NZ

21 November 2016 - 09:00 PM


BAR is clearly the one to beat, consistently able to sail aggressively, fast and fight back when things go wrong.  


If the Cup goes to the UK (and that's still a big if) BA and Martin Whitmarsh said there would be a 100% Nationality Rule inserted for AC 36 so no more shopping for Spithill to other Teams winning the AC. Percy & Brittle from AR would likely come over to BAR to defend it and the Kiwis but especially the Aussies could have their own Team with Spithill, Slingsby and Langford heading a complete Australian Team.




Would like to see this sport be more encouraging of all people, so need to have mixed crews on every boat too (plus the 100% nationality rule).


It is the characters that make it interesting and this would give it, imho, give add much to this.



In Topic: rs aero

19 October 2016 - 11:48 PM



Any Aero sailors visiting Australia will be supplied a boat for these events at no charge





If I were to plan a trip to Australia to include one RS Aero regatta there - which regatta should it be?




If you love coffee then please note- Melbourne is where the world's best coffee can be found :-)

In Topic: How Does Buying a UFO Foiler Work???

23 September 2016 - 01:42 AM


I thought that Dave Clark was just tying to get investment money so that he could find a manufacturer and begin manufacturing the UFO. So, I was surprised to find out, in another thread, that the UFO is way further along. It seems that commercial production has already begun, or is about to begin. I guess that would mean that we could start buying the UFO by the end of this year???!!!!


Insofar as I had my heart set on buying an RS700 next Spring, this is terrible news because it creates chaotic discord where there was previously peaceful harmony. But nonetheless:


What are the purchasing details? Do we buy straight from UFO headquarters and they ship it to us? Are we supposed to go through a local distributor? What kind of trailer do I need for it?


This is so awful - like having to choose between two gorgeous girlfriends back in high school.

Wow, this is awfully public. 

For the sake of novelty, I'll answer these questions in reverse order. 


I now submit myself to the storm of justified "buy an ad" comments. In my defence, he very clearly asked.







As far as I am concerned neither you (DRC) or SC need to buy ads here, you both add way to much to this website with your openness and your passion for sailing.


I think the best way to put it is like this.


Happy sailing,



In Topic: How to get youngsters back into sailing? - from the perspective of a y

22 September 2016 - 01:22 AM


... sparking their imagination, and getting them interested.  Most of that happens for social reasons - the people look like fun, the parties look fun, racing looks fun.




Maybe the old farts (like me) need to empower groups of kids and then just back off and let 'em have fun.




In Topic: How to get youngsters back into sailing? - from the perspective of a y

20 September 2016 - 09:39 AM

And fast boats are at something like a 50 year low in popularity in the UK, and the vast majority of folk who do time in 29ers in their teens who stay in sailing move on to slower boats. Back in the 90s I predeicted that right now we'd be seeing a huge boom in high performance boats with all those folk trained up in fast handling techniques, but we have exactly the opposite. I don't pretend to understand why, but I have to accept that's what is happening. 



Perhaps the reason is--> you are a P.O.M.E.?  ;)