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  1. I got a pair of the high cut zhik boots but the weight of them proved a bit too much for me, especially after a capsize. By the end of an intense training session of tacking and gybing on the sound of the coach's whistle (hardly 10 seconds apart!), my feet felt like they had monkeys clinging onto them. In the end I got the zhik low cut ankle boot which comes with draining holes (circa 2 millimetres diameter). They drain well and are working great for me. I use them in the kayak too and for windsurfing.
  2. Sailing often to a nearby uninhabited island, I am always interested to see what items the tide has deposited on the shoreline. On my latest foray, I found: 3 tennis balls, beach towel, beer bottles (empty), a huge tangle of fishing line, a piece of a cargo ship door, a wire lobster pot, a four-person tent frame and a boogie board. I usually bring something back to civilisation to help clean up the place. I got to thinking that if I was a castaway on the island, or if I needed to stop off there to make an urgent repair to my sailing dinghy using found objects, I could probably get by
  3. Thanks very much, everyone! I have read and re-read all these comments and look forward to experimenting with these tips when going downwind. I plan to also pay more attention to my vang and cunningham. I will check out the rooster video, too. I sail in Sydney so the water is pretty warm all year round (compared to where some of you guys are sailing!) Having said that, I still always sail with a wetsuit, even just a light one, plus my life jacket. fishnchips
  4. Thanks for the tips! I normally tie a knot in my mainsheet so it doesn't let the sail out too much past 90 degrees. I had never thought of letting it right out...! I have read that yachts in the southern ocean etc have a drogue that they can throw out the back which acts like a parachute. I wonder if Laser makes a drogue? (just kidding)! fishnchips
  5. Probably a dumb question, but... For occasions when the wind is getting up, I would like some tips on how to go downwind at a slow pace. In stronger winds, I seem to go faster than I would like! The ways that I can think of to slow down my downwind runs are as follows: 1. Sheet in, being careful not to accidentally gybe; 2. If the sail is out on the starboard side, then I could turn to port and take some pressure off the sail that way. And vice versa... 3. Lower the centreboard a bit, perhaps? yours slowly, fishnchips
  6. @Ilama: that is a very cool gift!!! @ Admiral Hornblower: keep up the great work! you have lots of talent!
  7. Enjoyable thread! I recall taking a couple of seasons off from sailing. When I did finally get back in a boat, the muscle memory was still there for tacking and gybing, though I had forgotten to look out for gusts until one of them came along to remind me! Maybe, lakedude, the treetops may give a handy indication of the winds? Maybe there is a little bit of rotor going on at lake level? Where I am, I take note of the odd moored boat pointing to windward, and also usually there is a flock of sitting seagulls pointing to windward. One other thing to try, lakedude, is to experiment wit
  8. Looking for recommendations of a skiff suit or wetsuit trouser with a fly (also known as a relief zip, etc) to wear while dinghy sailing. cheers and thanks, Mr fishnchips.
  9. @Admiral Hornblower Lake Pymatuning looks like an excellent place to sail! Thanks for posting :) I googled it and dropped the street view pin onto the Hartstown Road bridge and took the liberty of enjoying the view from afar ;) @fastyacht I love the idea of dinghy camping in a nice spot for the night! I will think about it in the summer when the days are long. Here is a photo of my local sailing area in Sydney Australia. Lady Robinsons Beach is nice for swimming, kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing, too. I learnt to sail on Georges River on Lasers, RS Feva, Envy, etc. There are p
  10. G'day all, this is my first post! Aside from racing around the buoys, I am wondering if any of you have any stories to tell about going places in your dinghy? For example, sailing to a distant shore for the first time, or perhaps you have a favourite river that you like to explore a lot, or perhaps you tack and gybe your way across a waterway to buy breakfast on weekends, or perhaps you like going to an island (uninhabited or otherwise), or maybe you sail somewhere to meet up with a friend or family, or maybe you sail somewhere and camp overnight, or maybe you sail to and from work everyd
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