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  1. TBD but for those who like to debate coincidences, LP filed its appeal of the judgment to the Second Circuit on Monday, I kid you not.
  2. Mambo Kings is right that the boathandling is manageable. I might stay away from leeward kite douses but windward douses and slightly delayed gybe drops that are essentially windward douses are fine. Upwind in more than 8 knots you will be speed compromised and will need to start easing sheets a lot earlier to keep the boat flat, which will cause you to want to add more mast blocks and run tighter upper shrouds in order to keep some headstay tension on for when you ease to depower. You may even consider sailing with a shorter headstay and not vang sheeting. Downwind you'll be very quick.
  3. Agreed. The stock mainsheet from the factory was of poor quality - if you tried to run that through the aft most boom block, you'd get a situation like the one you described here. If you had a really nice thin one with high quality splice, you could have the tails suck into the end boom block just a bit, which would allow you to bring the main to centerline without adding leech tension until the final couple of clicks (which was also useful to be able to do in light air chop where if you set your rig up loosely enough, you could use the mainsheet to have a massive effect on headstay tension
  4. I've found West Coast Sailing to be very responsive so far for small boat gear / apparel. Haven't used them for any custom rigging - for that I've been working with New England Yacht Rigging for Viper 640 standing and running rigging.
  5. I've converted my Viper 640 trailer bunks from basic carpeting to 3M Nomad 6050 - much better drainage, seems better for the hull to avoid too much moisture interacting with the gelcoat.
  6. Thanks all - please keep posting for those of us stuck without VPN and who can't watch for another 100 minutes in the States once motocross is done...much appreciated on the play-by-play
  7. Second the Viper suggestion. Now they are 32k or so and you can get decent used boats (less than 10 years old) for 10k or so now. Most of the other options you and others have mentioned either cost way more than 30k new, or have no used boat market yet - the availability of good used boats at low prices is key for the younger demographic, as even 30k tends to be too large a check for many of them to stroke. Plus you have a fleet in Marblehead and others on the east coast who would like to see you succeed to offer advice. I am the Northeast Regional VP for the Class - feel free to drop me a lin
  8. Sail whatever they either have a lot of in your area or whatever makes you want to go sailing the most. At 204 lbs, you can still make it work in a Laser or even a Sunfish. Yes there will be days when the lighter guys eat your lunch, esp. downwind, but upwind in breeze they'll wish they were in your boat. If you're looking to really campaign something hard and be competitive nationally, there are still a few pockets of Finn sailing in North America and most of those guys I don't think are aspiring to go to the Olympics (esp. now that there's no longer a winner-take-all trials) but are still
  9. The Bay is small and I'm pretty sure you can participate in everything there regardless of which club you choose to join. Even for winter sailing you can frostbite at Manhasset Bay YC if you're a member of Port Washington. Historically MBYC hosts more regattas but that doesn't really matter.
  10. Indeed, but a lot of fragmentation among those fleets from a large number standpoint - looking for largest single fleet to see if anyone has been averaging more than 20 boats or so per day. Love Cedar Point otherwise - my kind of club.
  11. Not counting the rest of the world to the extent those countries have their pandemic acts together, just wondering what clubs/regional sailing associations have been able to have the largest regular ONE DESIGN turnouts in 2020. Not counting a single regatta or a good weekend - regular one design racing, single fleet only - who has been able to make it work consistently this year? Our local Sunfish fleet has averaged 20 boats per day heading into our final weekend of racing this Sunday. Easy to knock the Sunfish and certainly not the most glamorous racing, but it's been effective for getting
  12. There's a post on the US F-18 Class Facebook page about this, including the name of the victim.
  13. Ben, I sailed the Melges 20 at a couple of regattas and am otherwise a Viper guy as you know. Pretty sure you can ramp launch a M20 with the right vehicle and ramp. Seemed like a decent all-up weight was around 530-560 lbs but singlehanded would otherwise be a bit challenging since the cockpit layout is really awkward compared to other boats you've sailed. That said, I know other people who would say that you can't singlehand a Vector either, so anyone posting here should bear in mind that Ben is an independent thinker who doesn't mind sailing shorthanded. :-) Anyway, it could be don
  14. At least at Larchmont, there are almost no regrets about opting for Vipers as a one-design sportboat fleet. Not trying to knock the RS21, but I don't know clubs in WLIS that feel this way, and the largest Viper fleet in the country definitely does not, and is likely putting in an order for another container of new Vipers this winter. Todd is right that no boat is the perfect boat for every sailor, but that's why there are different classes. The Viper accommodates a much broader audience than people give credit, and other classes that claim anything otherwise in their marketing materials are
  15. Looks like it wouldn't be hard for a line to catch the throttle and cause some damage to the throttle - is there any way to cover that up while underway?
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