With the Element6 ILCA's available in Australia now, we've actually had a significant price drop compared to the old PSA Laser prices. The sails have dropped in price for the first time in a very long time also
Most of the folks I know that want a single hander that isn't as athletic as a Laser to sail in Aus, tend to grab an Impulse or a Sabre dinghy. If the sunfish is really cheap though and you like sailing them, just grab it and have some fun.
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Yep, anything pre mid 217,xxx is will be class legal, there's likely a small amount of crossover where LP continued their sail number sequence with their non-international class or world sailing approved hulls where they created their own "The Laser Class" stickers.
Anything 2016 or older...
both those pics look to have the same scallop, looks like it's a manufacturing stuff up with a scallop'd track section glued on randomly. The aero track doesn't use a scallop anywhere, but it's a safe bet some of the other RS's that use the same track do
North American's do seem to get a pretty good deal.
In the UK the Aero sail is significantly cheaper, even before you add in the additional cost of ILCA battens for the MKII
RS Aero 7m Sail - RS Sailing (rssailingstore.com) - £468.61
ILCA 7 Sail – MK2 – ILCA Spare Parts and accessories...
I tend to just compare the RS Aero 7 sail and ILCA7 sails, both similar cuts from North, you would think there would be an economy of scale influence, but doesn't seem to be.
Seeing numbers on how many ILCA sails are sold per year compared to other classes would be enlightening
I dont sail with anymore vang than I did in the early 90's... Before the XD setup you'd head round the bottom mark and kick the mainsheet between the block and boom to "Supervang", it was just way harder to release at the top mark than it is now
I can't see TLC taking off as a true international class, they couldn't even get their act together to get past the first hurdle of WS approval. They'll hang around as a local European thing as long as LP keeps funding them
aren't sails next on the list for additional suppliers? Fairly sure I read that in one of the articles in the recent past on the back of the additional builder announcements. I'd hope Intensity would throw their hat in the ring, but I'd guess ILCA will put a clause in the contract stating that...
North are selling ILCA sails direct in the US/Canada now, marginally cheaper than they were before. In Australia the MKII sail is a couple of hundred dollars more than an Aero7 sail, more expensive than an Aero9 sail from the same sail maker too
New ILCA Dinghy Sails - MK2, Radial, 4.7 |...