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  1. It's shocking you never see other sports deal with this every cycle. "We need to run 836m, not 880, cause it's faster for TV viewers!" "We're dropping the butterfly because nobody swims that in real life" Here is a Finn & Star Sailor's Rebuttal: 1. Align with Olympic Agenda 2020+5, including relevance to the youth, innovation, universality and participation of the best athletes Another nebulous word salad, the youth are more focused on playing Fortnite on their iPads than on the pinnacle of niche sport; the best will always strive for excellence regardless of event
  2. With the VG you also had the luxury of being able to check in at your leisure over the course of 70+ days after highlights had already been compiled. A 24-48hr race isn't going to have the time to create favorites or cultivate human interest stories and you'll see the best programming after the fact even with premade graphics and every shred of media being blasted across the twittersphere.
  3. Ah yes, Team "USA" with an Aussie driver and a Limey trimmer. I'm surprised the most recent American gold medalist (christ thirteen years ago?) hasn't been mentioned, I heard she was in discussions with Team S&S before they folded...
  4. Is this the boat you got for free if you bought a case of coors?
  5. In case anyone's interested, spring cleaning has found quite a few used Finns on the market ranging from $300 for boats that need some TLC to $16k for professionally prepared, podium-ready boats. http://www.finnusa.org/adverts/
  6. As far as hardware limitations go I think the blocks are all Harken Black Magic 75's so 5000-7500lb MWL (seems really low?), the German mainsheet is functionally a 4:1 so 0.44% stretch is pretty much negligible on a winch that's constantly being trimmed, even with 2:1 the margin is pretty great for shock loading, no? Tapering might be an option but the taper would be so short that I wonder if it's even worth doing. 11-12mm seems to be the winner, I'm not married to Warpspeed but that was what we discussed with the chandlers
  7. The issue we are having is that it is difficult to trim the main because the line is already too big (14mm?) and does not ease smoothly through the tunnels, so bigger is not an option.
  8. Winches are Harken 50-something ST's, so 8-16mm tailer jaws. 11mm seems to be pretty close to MWL and smaller than the 14ish mm that was already there
  9. I am in charge of building a new mainsheet for a 52' offshore race boat (think TP52), with a "German/Admiral's Cup" mainsheet system (a la Farr 40) The old mainsheet was somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of an inch, very stiff and inflexible, and almost too big to ease through the line tunnel under the deck. What is the appropriate line diameter for this application? The Harken calculator with my ballpark numbers at 45kt said the boom loading would be somewhere around 17000lb. If that is doubled up then do I look for a MWL around 9k, or have the redundant safety margin of 18-20k? The dif
  10. Big boat for big boys. Most competitive Finn sailors are 90-100kg and 1.8-2m tall, "ILCA" guys are nearly all 80-83kg. The Laser (et al) is great because it's relatively simple and easy to mass produce, leading to big fleets, and great competition because it (was) relatively cheap and easy to obtain so more people race them. The Finn is more complex than the Laser, not only are there multiple different designs of hulls, masts, and sails, but there are fine-tuning controls like the traveler, the movable centerboard pin, the mast gate, and then custom mast bends and sail cuts to suit your w
  11. could it just be material differences between polyester and technora? polyester has more give to it so the sail will be less stiff but last longer, technora will have a better but more brittle flying shape.
  12. Wood Raudaschl for $500 http://www.finnusa.org/advert/1972-raudaschl-wooden-finn/ 180 is a little light, if you want to go back to drinking beer and eating cheeseburgers it's okay Michael Kennedy is the NorCal VP, shoot him a line at norcal@finnusa.org. Alternatively, I think there are a few boats that will be coming up for sale this summer (Vanguards and Lemieux)
  13. If required by the NOR/SI's. I guess if you live in a big tidal estuary?
  14. International Finn Class RulesEffective date: 2018-06-11 PAGE 11C.5BOAT EQUIPMENT C.5.1FOR USE(a) Mandatory(1) Anchor and anchor warps if required by the Notice of Race and/or Sailing Instructions. (b) Optional(1) Electronic or mechanical timing devices.(2) Magnetic compasses having no electronics.(3) One electronic self-contained compass, using magnetic input. If electronic, the compass may have only heading and timing functions. The display letters and numerals shall be not more than 30 mm high. The display may show only the following:•heading (damping may be adjusted manually), •headi
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