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  1. Just posted Episode 10 with 1979 World Champ Steve Taylor. A few good ones (Howard Hamlin, Mike Martin) since this thread last got bumped. Listen here.
  2. Cool, thanks. I've been doing it about right then.
  3. Thanks. Do you go front to back with earlier grits?
  4. This is a great thread, and timely as I'm about to travel to a few regattas which is when this stuff happens for me. The thing I've never gotten nailed down is in prepping the leading edge of the blades. Obviously it's very easy to sand along the leading edge, perpendicular to the water flow, and it's very difficult to go the other way. It's also very easy to introduce unfairness (even if it's of very minor degree) if you sand front to back along the leading edge. So what's the best technique for that? Thanks
  5. There are plenty of people in the class who have worn big (current) kites who would sell one to you for less than the cost of a conversion, with better results. If you're talking about converting the hull's spinnaker chute, that can be done. There is a how-to article on that here
  6. Some Snark love from US co-Sailor of the Year Mike Martin on the most recent 505cast (listen here). His sailing career started in a Snark.
  7. And at least a few in/near Wrightsville Beach.
  8. We're now up to episode 7 of this sucker, so when you're road tripping to your next regatta and need a good binge listen, you got it here.
  9. Pretty good explanation of the auto puller system here. I've used both - my boat has auto and I've sailed a boat with the twings - and way prefer auto. I find it less complicated rigging and even I can't f it up. There is literally nothing for either sailor to do. It just works.
  10. Thanks. When I thought of doing this and looked into it, it was surprising how few classes do it. There's a Laser one that the Chinese Radial badass does, and... crickets
  11. Nice! This is how small the world is... the guy who owned that boat/rudder was Tom Lucky. His son Spencer and I sailed against each other in college. They lived right by YCYC (awesome cool house, built into the side of a rock). That boat was 6292, winner of the '79 Worlds with Steve Taylor and Dave Penfield, both Yale guys. That rudder won the worlds. My brother and his friend Charlie bought that boat from Tom, and then I inherited it as basically a bare hull. It was a Parker hull with a Lindsay deck, so by the time I got it, it was pretty soft. We won a couple of light and medium races but wo
  12. It's funny what a small world it is. Although I just got some feedback from a good friend who tells me maybe it's a bit hard for some people to keep track of who all these people are. Going to have to figure out how to artfully help people follow along with who the heck we're talking about sometimes. The luxury of approaching from the perspective of "by 505 sailors, for 505 sailors" is great, but we don't want to mystify half the 505 sailors and most of everyone else. Thanks for watching/listening.
  13. Yeah, my eye roll doesn't translate well in the audio.
  14. Thanks, may get to that in time. The convention that's started is when it's an interview (not all of them will be), the current guest picks the next guest. I hope that gives it an organic flow that doesn't overweight any particular aspect of the class.
  15. Episode 2, featuring Ethan Bixby, is up on Podcasts here and YouTube here. Enjoy.
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