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The cost of misinformation As an ILCA World Council member, I am alarmed at some "news stories" in the The Sailor's Voice (Facebook), specifically those posted by Jean-Pierre Kiekens. His comments

https://www.sailing.org/news/90895.php#.YHkHCy2ZNN0 Laser Radial sailor Nethra Kumanan has become the first ever female Indian sailor to qualify for the Olympic Games.

And edition 40 of our 6 hour laser relay race (you switch every lap with your team mate) is close to having 40 boats (80 sailors). All that on a tiny lake in the south of Amsterdam. If you read D

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I have to think it is going to be all about who is most patient in light air. There's a reason Japanese folks carry their own fan in the summer. Rightly or wrongly, the present Olympic sked is intended to fill in before the NFL owns Sundays. Just as people will find out that Tokyo is troppo in summer, they will find out that Brisbane is hardly troppo during the Southern Hemisphere winter. 

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On 7/20/2021 at 12:24 PM, Jkdubz808 said:

While I got you boys here, anyone repainted one?  I am finding some boats that are pretty beat up, but still stiff.  All they would need is some sanding and a paint job.  I would go with the class legal gelcoat obviously, and it would give me the chance to have red (I have a major affinity for red raceboats.....).  Class rules don't prohibit it, just wondering if any of you blokes have done it.

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.

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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 fast upwind in a breeze. He sold 30 of the Mark I.

Untrained, Bruce began designing by observing. “I had a copy of Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design. If you can understand 50% of what’s in that book, you can design a boat. Design isn’t brain surgery. We should always pretend that it is, but it’s really not.”

Having made that modest disclaimer, he grants that designing a vessel that is compatible with two disparate elements – air and water – is, in fact, a challenge. There were seven versions of the Kirby International 14 built: 739 boats total. “It was done seat of the pants,” he had explained. “No testing. It was all empirical. Each new boat was a take-off on the old one.”

In 1964, Bruce moved to Finns and made the Canadian Olympic team. He didn’t quit his day job. By the mid-1960s, he had become editor of One Design Yachtsman (now Sailing World). He jumped into a Star boat in 1968, and again represented Canada in the Olympics.

Although globally recognized as the designer of the 13’-10” Laser Olympic sailing dinghy, of which over 215,000 have now been built, his design career includes a multitude of successful classes such as the Sonar, Kirby 25 and Ideal 18, America’s Cup Twelve Meters; production racer/cruisers like the San Juan 24 and 30; offshore racing boats such as the Admiral’s Cup 40’ Runaway; a number of innovative cruising designs; and a variety of plywood Sharpie designs for home construction.

A member of Noroton Yacht Club (Darien, CT) since 1970, Bruce has been inducted into the Canadian and US Sailing Hall of Fames and Order of Canada, the International Yacht Racing Hall of Fame, the International Laser Class Association Hall of Fame, the Canadian International Fourteen Foot Dinghy Hall of Fame, and the City of Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.


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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

Photo -Sam Pearce

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