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Spoonie

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  1. so if i read that right RQ won’t be hosting any more regattas? or if they do, the flag officers will be busy escorting everyone around?
  2. Is this similar to the other thread? There was another guy I think asking about Finns. Nfi how heavy 210lbs is. I'm in the mid 90s kg and used to win races. In fact I went a season at my old club and barely dropped one. I did torque my laser apart which kind of ended my laser racing. It is definitely in the heavy end. I have a paper somewhere which gives tested drag numbers on lasers with various crew weights. The numbers aren't good for us fatties. In the lasers at least there is a mid band where fatties truly suffer. When you're cooped up in the boat and the
  3. 92kg’s is definitely on the heavier end for a laser. he will have to work pretty hard in the lighter stuff but yes, will likely fair well in the heavier stuff.
  4. for me, probably my courage.
  5. Phwoar... https://www.facebook.com/HobieCatAsiaPacific/posts/3361529313896301
  6. you have a similar P to me. check out the Young 88 alu tubes.
  7. This is my set up except my #2 is laminate as well. I've never reefed the #2 in anger mostly as I have discovered, most races I do get canned before the reefed #2 would be in its prime. #4 is dacron and I can't remember the last time I got it out of the bag. The #2 has a zipper along the foot. Reef, roll, zip...
  8. Well... it'd be intriguing to know what 11 did. With photos, perspective is everything. 11 looks like he's got no intention in ducking at that stage otherwise he'd be doing it by now. It also with the boats out of shot, one would assume a port ducker in photo would cross ahead, but you can't tell from the photo alone. I'd still suggest in this case, it's likely in the RS's advantage to waive the port tacker through. Most people don't do that though. Most people keep banging out the starboard calls whether it's in their interest to do so or not. *shrug*
  9. There is no apparent reason from the photo why 11 couldn’t duck the stbd tackers other than a failure to prepare or look ahead. other than ducking, her option is to tack, then immediately call for room to tack. Having said that, A lee bow or half bow tack under a stbd tacker into an obstruction is one of my favourite tactical manouvers. Good for a 2 to 3 length advantage over the stbd tacker and will easily invert their positions on the race course. stbd tackers should consider this before blindly calling it into a continuous obstruction and pissing the port tacker off. The RS i
  10. I would suggest: Up wind: Going from 140 to 105 the CoE isn't going to change much if at all. Maybe a fraction forward and up a little owing to the loss of sail below the boom. Downwind: The CoE will go forward for what will already be an already forward position. It's important to remember that up wind, the jib and main act as one foil. The laymans method of calculating triangles and adding them together likely doesn't work because the CoE of the rig is not the CoE of the Jib + Main. it's the CoE of the sailplan that needs to be considered. The point of highest pressur
  11. Oh good. I was afraid I was the only one who calls bouy room at the roundabouts
  12. Well, I'll hopefully have my coach certificate by the end of the year... Google and word of mouth is a good start. Many of the guys running campaigns will coach on the side (normally to kids which is where the market is at). there is normally at least one or two qualified coaches at a given club, otherwise Sailing Australia has a list I think. Riggers and sail makers are worth asking but contrary to belief sail makers don't always make good coaches. Nor do good sailors. Understand what you want to get out the coach though. A good coach in your instance should probably te
  13. That's a given, but $300 hardly seems worth it really. And I still have a hull I need to cut up and dispose of.
  14. Use a credit card for a bubble free experience, like say, you might use for expensive white powders that are allegedly inhaled. You could use the same one, but might make it hard to get your sail through customs at a later stage.
  15. Yeah kinda. That's a hack kind of "mid school" out haul setup. The two rings pull together and it just kind of hangs. You want it to be tight when out haul is at max out, one hand span depth of sail at the boom with the vang neutral. Get a clew tie-down as well. It nominally doesn't catch on anything. Except occasionally the centre board down wind in a gybe when you are least able to deal with it.
  16. True, however with a lowered CoG they're actually pretty stable, and seated/stowed gear position just slightly forward will have that stern out no problems. I'm thinking Something to take up the river/flat water with the wife and child and a picnic set. 175kg max load limit on a laser would do that (at a pinch) We'll see... looks like I'll be cutting her up anyway.
  17. Can't find any other examples, but the bright work on this one is lovely: https://angusrowboats.com/blogs/news/fixed-seat-rowing-geometry
  18. Yeah I was thinking about that. Just hang a little rudder off the existing pintles with a short tiller.
  19. haha.... I do have a little 3 horse though...
  20. Slightly random thought... I have a laser dinghy that needs a mast step and gunwhale repair. I've torqued it apart basically and deck has become separated from hull. Cost of repair professionally is more than an equivalent replacement. Even if I do it myself, it's never going to be the same boat. Unlikely to sell it in current state or even repaired. I'm Randomly wondering if it would make a nice rowing skull? Cut the deck off, put in some seats, and whack on a set of oar locks... Otherwise I'm contemplating taking it to the tip and paying to dispose of it. Ch
  21. I think everyone here has missed a critical question. What are you building?
  22. I can assure you I did... but it's moot, because whether I'm right or wrong, I can't think of a scenario which isn't caught by some other part of 18. I was kinda hoping the changes would limit aggressive door shutting moves but they don't... so carry on.
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