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  1. That would be that case if one wasn't an apple and the other an orange.
  2. Slug's response is pertinent. On the dock can be a problem on a breezy day of the wind is from behind you. Might be ok on a 30 footer. However it's a sailing boat, if you take it sailing and point it into the wind it's all easy. I can never understand the fuss my father and father in law make of it.
  3. The government would subsidise to avoid looking stupid on yet another aspect of brexit
  4. We often sail shifty ponds, that's the beauty, we can hang in gybes really fast. Much easier than it used to be with the manual like in the old days. The slow but is the shrouds. We let our leward shroud off so we can square the boom. You have to get it back on before you gybe, and then the new one off. In makes a massive speed difference, so you have to do it. Reaching with the overlength like to windward only gives you one setting and one angle. The pole to leward is completely adjustable so much more flexible.
  5. 2 boat last boat losses is brilliant. 3 boat doesn't work with last boat losses and it's too complicated for the punters, also requires 6 in a team. Too many athletes. I don't see existing equipment working. None of the current boats are suitable, but good team racing boats are cheap and would be organiser supplied. Random paid is fun, everyone sails in a pair with everyone else. Can't see it at the Olympics...
  6. Yep, but they were up all the time for the inevitable big round down, IOR gybe broach crash. To gybe your ayso just unroll a bit of headsail if you're worried about a forestay wrap. In many dinghies we sheet the kite in as we bear off. Gybe, plaster the kite into the jib, then pull it through the slot over the jib. It avoids the wrap of the flogging kite. Feels weird to start with effectively backing the kite, but if your timing is good it hardly touches the jib and doesn't really back.. Not sure how it would work on a yacht with the smaller gap between kite and forestay.
  7. That would have been about the time my uncle first to me 12 sailing. Great class the Merlin. It's amazing how much strength they have in numbers and activity given their relatively traditional design and high cost. If you stood back you'd say that won't work, but it does.
  8. We do when it gets proper runny, but the stick to leward is quick reaching. The decision of when to move the stick is subtle, but critical. It's why the self launching jibsticks were developed. Going forward to put the stick in was hairy in the breeze as the bow is very fine.
  9. Off wind we effectively move the sheeting well outside the sheer line, so it's very effective. We'd also need to be able to move the sheeting from the floor to the foredeck the lead moves so far forward, which would be impractical. When you break your pole you get properly spanked. Considering how small the jib is, about 2.3sqm out of approx 10sqm in total, I'm surprised how important it is.
  10. I think you'd need to go with the inboard end on a track on the mast. Depends how light you could make the pole and how big the boat was. Old carbon windsurf mast might work.
  11. Sort of... There's a line tied to the jib clew. It goes in the outboard end of the pole, through the pole, out the inboard end and down to a block and cleat on the deck by the mast gate. The inboard end of the pole runs on a ring along a line tied tight on the front of the mast. Shock cord pulls the inboard end up. Pull the line and the pole goes to the jib clew. Pull more and the pole goes out. Combination of pole out and sheet tension controls sheeting angle, depth and twist. Release line and the pole just flaps around. I thought that would be annoying and slow but it doesn't seem
  12. That's actually a National 12, a bit like a baby Merlin but much lighter, with no kite, and no fake clinker. Several designers have had success in both classes. With the kite the Merlin can't use a jib stick. I think they use barberhaulers, which is what we used to do until the jib stick was developed to be adjustable and work to leward.
  13. Yep, as a result of that rule change the dinghy class I sail had some fairly rapid development. We now use a jib stick to leward to open the slot and control twist and depth in the jib.
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