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  1. Exactly the same in Australia, Funded by Olympic money filtering down through the sports associations and topped up with government money, plus a few sponsors. So this money and the consequent olympic emphasis dominates Australian Sailing and its prgrams to find and develop gold medalists. The remainig non olympic club sailor majority in club and association sailing survive on the edge.
  2. I am proven wrong. 49er FX are on TV from the Kamakura course, so they must be able to move the cameras?
  3. Enoshima course seems to be where the cameras are permaently, so we have only Laser races on screen today, Women followed by Men. But for the rest of regatta the fast boats will switch to the Enoshima couse for their final fleet races and then all the medal races. So at last we will get to see some action.
  4. I must have got bored with the other boats and turned it off.
  5. Australia also is only showing boring 470s and sailboards today. Yesterday a couple of Nacra races but so far no 49ers all week. Time to find something more interesting to do.
  6. So they can keep in touch on TicToc. Except Robert Scheidt has one too so maybe the yougsters are just copying what he does.
  7. Lasers or ILCAs, same thing to me. How about the fact that they have given up trying to find ways of making a sailboat go faster, which is bad enough, but even worse is the minority who have only ever sailed them, so have never even tried, which is like turning off half or your sailing brain.
  8. I no longer have a M2 and my foil has thickenning tomatch my existing hull, which is shallower. So I can not tell you the hull depth for a M2. If you plan to layup your own foils with dry fibre and ambiant cure epoxy you will need to virtually fill the mold with fibre to get it stiff enough. The few I have made, I filled each half of the mold and vacuumed each half. Then ground the faces to match and glued thetwo halves, still in the molds together. The professionals use higher modulus prepreg, high temp curing and some use autoclaves. This makes the laminate much stronger and much stif
  9. My M2 verticals are old and have had some repairs but these are the dimensions you ask for. At the bottom of the hull the foil is 130mm chord and 22mm thick. At the deck it is 110mm chord and 20mm thick. The back of the board with in the case is close to vertical, so the front slopes aft from bottom to top. You should allow some extra for adjustment of rake. The top of the board has 3 x 6mm holes at 10mm c-c which when matched to the 3 holes in the deck plate at diferent spacing gives a m2 +/- 1/2deg adjustment. You may need more if you dod not get the case angles exactly the same as a M2
  10. Things like blunt bows, lugg rigs, sails with more wrinkles than shape and flat plate centreboards and rudders generally mean little chance of sailing upwind especially against any current or tide. So do not expect to be able to sail back to your start point unless you are at a place where the wind switches 180 deg at lunch time, or you are good at rowing.
  11. The Moth class is a development class and the class rules allow a lot of variation in design and in how things work. Everyone who takes moths seriously test and tries different ideas and design refinements. Sometimes these are failures but sometimes something makes a significant difference to how the boats sails or how fast it goes, and then everyone who knows about it tries the new idea and in no time every one has to have one. Thats why moths are now amaxing foiling boats and not the heavy slow scows and skiffs from 90 years ago. Its also what has attracted tens of thousands of people to mot
  12. For the info of the critics, the Moth class is open to everyone and the rock star professinals sail Moths because they like the boat and the competition, not just amounst the professionals but from a few talented amateurs also. Being a 70 year old has been, I enjoy racing reagattas where these people compete, I can mix with them at the club and on the start line but not long after. I've chatted with most of them many times and they are always happy to pass on the latest ideas and gear. They make the class stronger by their presence.
  13. In defence of 12s: In two Sydney clubs they race up the Parramatta River dodging headlands, ferrys and moorings. This is where the class statred and where there was once hundreds of them. They cope well enough with river conditions. I sailed them in the 1970s and then did the Geelong regatta 30 yeras later. The earlier boats were much more challenging, lower freeboard and convenional spinnaker poles 15ft long. The modern boats are very stable and very simple by comparison but the rigs are much bigger. There are several existing 12 sailors who I raced against in the 1970s and who have
  14. Speed comparison is difficult because in Australia there is almost no mixed class racing, at least not between the top end of each class. AFIK the last time the skiff classes got together was a combined regatta including nationals in Geelong, 12 years ago. The 12s, 14s, and 16 each held separate regattas but sailed together on the same course in one practice race. In 10-12kts and smooth water the best 16s were clearly ahead and the best 14s slightly ahead of the best 12s. Normally the 16s race in their own 6 clubs around Sydney, the 12s in three different clubs on different waters around
  15. Intersting history Steve, and it explains a lot of why US is different to other big sailing countries. In Australia the workng boats morphed into the skiff classes, 10, 12, 16, and 18s in the eastern states and 14s spread more widely. Between the wars we already had many local classes and at least Moths and VJs spread nation wide. Then post war came the home build revolution from designers like Charlie Cunningham in Melbourne and Jack Holt from the UK. In the 1950, suburban people had time and a little money and with a few skills and simple tools created thousands of plywood sailing sdin
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