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Everything posted by Bill5

  1. Thanks Xeon. But I do think PN is a reasonable indicator of speed, and what everyone asks when a “how fast is it” question is out forward in DA. I know the numbers tend to rise and fall marginal amounts based on reporting of results, etc, but I think the Laser variance has been quite small - and is based on results from over 28,000 races. Your point is right on in terms of sailability with the new gear. That, and durability, have been what has driven every change. None were done to make the boat faster.
  2. Bill vs Bill. Bill wins every time. But I remain curious, Wess, as to what class Bill can buy a 25 year old boat and win without upgrading. And what one design has remained unchanged since the first one hit the water? UK guys - has the PN for the Laser jumped over the years as the result of changes?
  3. Read your last sentence calling for notice of changes. Perhaps “vote” was too strong of a word on my part. What makes a Laser obsolete? What are your expectations? A guy in our club (Laser returnee) picked a slime green Laser from the 70’s. All original - red shag, the works. Do you actually believe he should be able to launch and win with no updates? In what class can you do this? Must be lots of edibles in Wess world.
  4. The local dealer is selling Zims. If I was in the market, I would buy from him. I would buy from him if he was selling ILCAs from the UK, Argentina, Poland, Australia, Thailand or Italy.
  5. Well, there was a photo of one with a cleat on backwards while still in the shop. And there was one with a leaky bailer that Robbie spoke to. The And then there was Julian B’s glowing report and reference for the builder. What other comments based on actual experience are there? I phoned a friend and he couldn’t help. He must be an idiot.
  6. I saw a guy from Quebec have his dad sit on the end of his boom before leaving the beach. Good for the first beat...
  7. Oh I see. So back in the 70s you think they should have taken fixing the mast step to a vote.
  8. I didn’t care. I was 15. Still don’t. And I am, um, older than that.
  9. In the earliest days, I think I saw as many mast step failures as busts tops.
  10. Not like today, though. You can turn the rig inside out!
  11. The only change I would have backed off was the vang. No problem with the purchase, but a stopper at block to block (or just past) would have saved a bunch of top sections, and perhaps reduced the need for the carbon top. The balance are either durability or simple efficiency related. Nothing that changed the performance of the boat.
  12. That would be the single best thing that could ever happen ... for the Aero.
  13. According to this, there is a partnership. https://sail1design.com/zim-sailing-profile-big-news-just-released-at-institutional-sailings-go-to-company/
  14. Those rigs won’t be relevant on a global basis for quite some time, if at all. With the revitalized class and multiple builders, the ILCA has stability. Had the class blown up with the Olympics and LPE shit show, there could have been an opportunity for new rigs, different construction methods and a lot of other changes. But ILCA did a great job salvaging matters and the class is way stronger than when Rasta was holding the cards.
  15. Ya...bit of fun. I guess I should have put thisto avoid confusion
  16. Hah! Cheap, knock off ILCA’s! Deep, deep discount prices. Limited time offer - builder near banko. Shit-built boats trading off a great name. Wess won’t even buy one. Buy an Ovington ILCA and don’t fall for this scandal!!
  17. Huh? We know your builder of choice is Ovington. Not sure what health care systems have to do with all this. Have you been drinking again?
  18. We all knew Wess liked the UK boat - that’s what he bought (or is buying). The real question is will he sell all the ILCA stamped gear and replace it with generics?
  19. IMHO, the availability of high quality used boats is a key to grassroots success. Maybe in Wessworld all the grassroots sailors buy new, but not in these parts. With all the new boat availability - thanks to ILCA - this will create a more abundant supply of quality boats for grassroots sailors that don’t live in Wessworld. A big win. Wess - are you ok with Italian, Polish, Thai and Argentinian boats? Or do they not meet your standards?
  20. Point being we tend to be pretty myopic this side of the pond. But that’s because our selection is so limited in terms of boats with widespread, active racing activity. In any event, it is never a fair comparison with Europe. Their reality is much different than ours.
  21. I would probably try to get in a Solo regatta. Had one as a kid and had a blast learning a lot about rigging, tuning etc. Aeros are cool, but really just a Laser update. I like the challenge of boats that have more than 4 adjustments. Or a Phantom because they look way cool and are really fast. Or an OK. Or...
  22. Viable if you live in Europe. Maybe you should move there, Wess! Plus - in Europe you also have the choice of a number of singlehanders that have massive regattas. Expensive boats, but if ILCA is demon spawn in your mind, than that shouldn’t be an issue.
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