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    Racing, mostly, but some cruising in the Med, Caribbean & Pacific haven't been all that bad.

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  1. Never sailed with Terry, but a fellow 470 sailor once worked for him. She was about as opposite politically as it could be, but she thought he was the smartest man she'd ever worked for. I sailed with Pete on a C&C 30 on the '73 St.Pete-Lauderdale that he'd sold many $$ of sails to and on the 1/2 Tonner he'd entered in the '72 Championships in April. Got terminally sunburned (the sun's notably higher & hotter in Florida in April then it is in Wisconsin, I discovered) and the other 1/2 Tonners cleaned our clock (boat not designed to that rating at all).
  2. I sailed that race on Thirsty Tiger, a Carter 40 (6th in section, 38th OA) and, as usual, there were no plans to get us back south. Friends told me that Pete was on Terry's boat and there might be a possible ride. So I asked Pete, and he stuck his head below, asked Terry if there was room for one more, and there was. I was tickled by Terry & Mary's blue chambray workshirts with the boat's name embroidered bowling-shirt-style on the back, not at all "we're Chicago YC Yachtsmen" with snazzy polos or gold-embroidered patches on blazer pockets. Learjets are REALLY fast; barely had time to f
  3. Might that have been Terry Kohler's boat? If so, it did well in the 84 Mac with Pete Barrett aboard. I got a ride from the island to Pewaukee in Kohler's Learjet, which was tres cool.
  4. Reminiscences, eh? I was a Tech dinghy & M-20 racer in the midwest, decided to hitch down to St. Pete in '71 to learn about big boat racing. I had a sort-of intro to Improbable, and hoped to crew on her, but she was late getting to FL and I (panicking) made a deal with an Ericson 32 for the Lauderdale race. The owner got nervous in the norther that came through, and we retired at Key West. So I made a pier head jump to a Redline 41 and stayed with here until arriving in Nassau. Got to see the hot stuff that was appearing with the IOR and hob-nob with several BNs. Flew home (on my own
  5. There isn't much of a downwind leg. Like iceboats, the speed pulls the apparent wind so far forward on either leg, they're close-hauled ALL the time. Racing iceboats is fun to do; not so much fun to watch.
  6. Some time in April of 1972 the ¼ Ton and ½ Ton folks sailed a major regatta in Florida - and I vaguely recall it was the Nationals. Most races were in Biscayne Bay, around the buoys, but there was a ~100-miler round trip from Miami north and back. Folks sailing were Peter Barrett, Dick Deaver, others were Ted Jones and John Berrtrand. Any old farts about who (1) remember this series, (2) recall the dates, and (3) who some of the designers were?
  7. We used to bum rides out to Lands' End on Elston on the days before the Mac race, and we called it 'Money's End". Then Gary Comer discovered he had larger margins selling soft goods (first, just duffel bags) ... no more chandlery. That's life in the marine parts game. :-(
  8. Got it. Nevertheless, if the boat designed for beginners isn't particularly robust, one might reasonably suspect that the pricier boat would lack the same weaknesses. The Zests have shown a propensity to losing their rudders, and the designs of the rudders appear to be pretty damned similar. In a mild defense to my college's sailing program, we take pains to teach folks not to attack the pier at full speed ... and are reasonably successful at that. To be fair, the reason we've bought the Zests is because the built-to-be-bulletproof MIT dinghies are costing too damned much. Once the Ha
  9. How about (1) same manufacturer and (2) notably cheaper price point? True, it was. Nevertheless, the issue of what's to be the little boat for future Olympics remains an open issue. My view? The way the sailing Olympics are going ('medal' races, drop Rule 42, drop the boat for large athletes, adopt an offshore event) can only mean the eventual death of sailing Olympics. Back when I was racing a 470, (yes, in the 70s) we used to say that the Worlds were a better, more competitive regatta, and we got one every year. That's even more true today. Admittedly, less prestige ... but tha
  10. I teach @ a large college sailing club which bought a fleet of RS Zests for the newbies, and we've had two (fairly truncated) seasons on the boats. I do not know how they compare with Aeros, but the Zests have weaknesses in tiller/rudder construction, outhaul loop, and means of securing the rolled sail. That, and they're pretty hard on the knees. What say the folks who run this thread? As to attaining Olympic status, I'd say RS should pray to be turned down. I have watched the 470 become more expensive and less durable over the years, and move from large & active fleets in the ear
  11. Yes, it did lose in the equipment evaluation ... but here's an assessment of that assessment: https://optimist-openbic-sailing.blogspot.com/2019/05/evaluation-of-singlehanders-by-world.html "Verdict: Highly Questionable Scoring" That's about the most charitable verdict imaginable. ISAF thought the Melges, being 1" longer than the Laser ... was too big. Bonkers, says I. Both the Aero and the Melges are orders of magnitude superior to the Laser in ergonomics and construction quality. Frankly, not being 'suitable' for the Olympics might be a major positive.
  12. "The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles, Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch ... And I don't like anyone very much."
  13. Well, consider how the Laser got here. One Design & Offshore Yachtsman organized "America's Teacup" on Geneva Lake (it is the town that's called Lake Geneva) in 1970. They tested relatively cheap dinghies for rowability, compared capsizing, rigging, and raced them. Bruce Kirby's "Weekender" did good, tied with the "Banshee" and got re-named for its pains. There weren't many competitors back then (I sailed Tech dinghies and a Butterfly), so yes ... the fast boat is what folks gravitated to. Now, the competition's a tad stiffer and I don't much complain that there's more choice. No
  14. The boat I've been cruising on for the past decade (owned by former competitors in the Intl. 470 class) was last in the Sea of Cortez, and I foolishly volunteered to help bring it to California. Instead of the Baja Bash, we did the "clipper route", sailing SW until we found the knock and tacked. Unfortunately the main decided it had enough after the tack, so we used the headsails & the iron genoa to get to Ensenada, thence to Long Beach where a used sail was acquired. I didn't know how f*cking cold the Pacific was (warmer than Lake Superior in August, though). The purely downwind s
  15. As a Certified Olde Fahrt, I do it for both reasons. I got started offshore with the SORC in 1971. I made a list, back then, of the races I hoped to be able to sail, starting with the Chicago-Mac, the Trans-Superior, the Bermuda, then the Fastnet, the Hobart, and the South China Sea. I've managed 10 Mac races, the Super-Mac, the Trans-Superior, and I sailed the South China Sea race when I was 68 as nav/tactics. Now I'm 79, and I ain't holding my breath to get invited for the others.
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