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  1. Visited Machu Picchu yesterday. Wildly empty. That said, most of the local shops in this tiny town are closed. The locals continue to suffer with a 90% drop in tourists.
  2. I've lost count of how many international boarders I've crossed since Jan 2020. It's probably around 35 now. Flew to a new one yesterday: Peru. Zero issues, again. How to do it: You read the local rules, get an anti-gun (or PCR) test before getting on the plane, and enjoy. On the plane, you watch some movies (they fed us full meals yesterday, which was cool), and in a few hours, you're in a new country. I'm genuinely surprised how many people keep thinking it's more complicated than this? My parents (close to their 70s) flew down and visited me and my fiancé in M
  3. There are a significant number of established classes, that are growing their sales regionally. Relevant to this thread would be the RS Tera and RS Feva. Both of which are growing rapidly in the US in particular. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but RS Aero sales are growing too, and that class is approaching a decade old. Sure, new classes sell big numbers to start, and it's hard to maintain that. But, established classes, that are 'discovered' by regional clubs and sailors - grow quickly in the US. Especially when they replace old / antiquated equipment.
  4. Julian, this seems pretty practical. There are tons of RS Teras and now RS Fevas in your backyard now. Will be good to have you join the fun. More than anything, congrats on getting another youth program going in the PNW! -- For what it's worth, Opti sales have indeed been declining for a while for us. And the survivor bias note, is actually quite real. I've seen so many kids frustrated and sometimes scared, by being in a swamped Opti, in the cold, waiting for a coach to rescue them. It can be a fun learning experience for the tougher kids, but, the young ones can g
  5. The team has created some new Aero videos for 2021
  6. Guys posted a 'Quick Look' at the first Ovington ILCA shakedown on the water in the US:
  7. Yup. 5 high, 4 stacks total just fit in a 40' HighCube container.
  8. We take care of B.C. for both RS and Ovington ILCAs @Bill5 Attend the boat show, do the paperwork, logistics. It's pretty seamless to get 29ers, ILCAs and tons and tons of RS boats into B.C. these days.
  9. Our first container of Ovington ILCAs has arrived. Next container going directly to British Columbia. Then more arrived mixed in with all of our RS containers heading this way
  10. I don't think this is top secret information, but, RS is steadily selling ~500 Aeros a year (current as of Q4 2020).
  11. @Ncik Yeah, Chile was nice. We stopped in Brazil for a few days first, then went to Ecuador for a couple weeks, now in Colombia. Will be here till mid Feb when heading up Central America.
  12. I believe all UK boats to Canada are Duty Free now. As of 2019 they started phasing it out. I believe all the RS containers sent to Canada in 2020, had zero duty applied. (they have had quite the sales bonanza on all over Canada helped by this) It used to be 9.5% or something crazy.
  13. FYI, we're sending a container of Ovington boats directly to Vancouver from the UK. That means they come in duty free, among other benefits. The pricing for all boats, so far, is effectively identical. These will just be cleared and landed in Vancouver in the cheapest and most efficient method available. So, if you're looking to save money, as someone else pointed out - logistical savings (or buying an event boat) will yield the biggest savings. I forget how many containers we are sending to B.C. this year, it's two or three in 2021.
  14. @Tharsheblows Weather has turned to rainy and low 60s, but otherwise good. Curfew on weekends at 1pm for a few weeks, so, everything is packed all morning until then *shrug* -- We can only stay in Europe for 90 days on a tourist visa, so in two weeks we'll head to South America. Chile opened up last month, so hoping to get time in Patagonia while it's quiet and empty. We'll spend a couple months traveling up before landing in Mexico City and then heading to Asia. -- Not looking forward to so many more test swabs stuck deep into my nose.... but a small price to pay for tr
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