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    One design sailboat racing. Lasers. ILCA. Kirby. Fair play.

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  1. DFL is under-rated. Know this sensation well. Strongest after a period of not sailing.
  2. Yep, I agree with those who suggest custom made. Had mine custom made when I was a teenager, and it needless to say was a perfect fit. There are plenty of design choices! I'd never skimp - find the best maker you can, use the best materials and design you can find. Get two made.
  3. ILCA UK Nationals There is still time to enter the Nationals- deadline 6th August! Plan is to start the event with a Grand Procession of 250 ILCA’s out of Weymouth Harbour led by a 50 year old boat, kindly restored for the occasion by QM Master sailor Mark Sanken. If you have an old boat and don’t believe you can get in the first half of the fleet, don’t worry - there will be mentoring, prizes for Silver Fleets and even a Vintage Prize for the highest placed oldest boat. Source = https://ilca.uk/news/nationals-2021-news-july
  4. Source: https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2021/07/19/eight-bells-bruce-kirby/ Feature Eight Bells: Bruce Kirby Published on July 19th, 2021 Sailing legend Bruce Kirby passed away July 18, 2021. He was 92 years of age. Bruce was a newspaper man in Ottawa and Montreal before he became a yacht designer. A competitive sailor in International 14 dinghies from age 15, his focus was on making the boats faster. After being beaten in a regatta at Cowes in heavy wind, he drew the Kirby Mark I on a piece of shelf paper. It was fa
  5. Quite possibly, yes, since the 420 was designed in 1959 and wooden spars were still fairly common in the 1960s. The oldest 420 I have seen in the US was on the West Coast and looked to me to be an import from Europe with Proctor alloy spars. From memory is was number 13,000 or so, so might have been a 1970s boat. My first junior boat (a P Class in NZ) came with wooden spars, and I upgraded to an alloy mast - and had a wooden boom - as many did in the 1970s. It was the same for other classes - so maybe the 420 you saw.
  6. Yes, I repainted my first Laser (and old beat up one) when I was young and foolish. I regretted the exercise. I sanded the gelcoat off which had blistered a little, let the hull dry out for a few weeks, then painted it. It worked, and the boat still went the same speed. For all the work and expense involved, I should have simply bought a newer boat.
  7. Australia (with the exception of Western Australia) isn't performing so well. NSW was slow (by about a week) to implement measures known to prevent spread if caught early enough. (Everyone hopes that the current outbreak in Sydney can be stopped.) New Zealand, on the other hand has shown that purposely overreacting has so far been effective at stopping community spread. The quarantine system in NZ, while has had some small outbreaks, has been effective at preventing returning travelers from spreading the virus, as evidenced by the current number of people in the community known to have th
  8. It is pretty clear (unless things change) that the Laser will be referred to as the Laser by both the Olympic organisers and World Sailing for the Tokyo Olympics.
  9. ...and the women's equivalent of the above video:
  10. When was the last time you raced a Laser, Tillerman?
  11. Yes, the Flying 15 is lovely to sail though they are an older design and thin of the ground in New England (or anywhere in the US, as far as I know). If I was in New England, I'd be going either for a Thistle or Viper 640... ...both are sailed in New England and both have a strong class association.
  12. Surely that is close compared to some? This one is located in Nelson. https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/boats-marine/yachts/centreboard/listing/3172216543?bof=5FiWza2h
  13. Lots of familiar faces in this pic.
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