I paid a bit more than I should have for 32xxx (a 74-ish build) then overcapitalised by updating the controls (with second hand parts). That took me from floundering a lap behind, up to mid fleet in our small and broadly capable club (occasionally 10 Lasers, ranging from kids who never raced the...
I'm known by my cycling mates (some of whom also sail) as Billy Goat, because I usually wear a 2-3" goatee beard. So there's that angle as well.
I call my catamaran "Two Goats" for consistency.
Unfortunately (actually not unfortunate at all) a local winery also knows the joke, and makes a "One...
We know that ultra polished foils give better lift:drag performance.
Has anybody considered wrapping them with a gloss vinyl?
Either as a sacrificial protective layer for training and club racing, to protect the factory coating which can then be stripped and buffed up for important regattas...
Their affordable one-design boats cost relatively more on the second hand market than similar age and condition boats of unknown and/or development classes.
The previous owners also probably paid a little over the odds for the boats when they were near new and in regatta condition, considering...
When the International Olympic Committee organise a regatta, they put the Olympic logo on the mandatory event sails.
When the ILCA organises a regatta, they put the ILCA logo on the event sails.
The boats are supplied by PSA in a territory where PSA has the rights to brand them as Lasers. I'd...
The "original vision" never considered the fact that the boat would go considerably faster if you bend spars and stretch sails way beyond their original design parameters.
Once that had been established, you're not going to win races unless you can bend and stretch like everyone else. Extreme...
Sail area is a self-controlling factor in skiff racing.
If you carry too much sail, you swim.
If you don't carry enough sail, you don't go as fast as the guys who carry more sail. Until they swim and you sail past them.
How much is too much sail? Depends how good a crew you are.
I reckon this wasn't an original Laser gelcoat option.
Somebody did this on purpose.
Designed to induce uncontrollable nausea in opponents?
Location - small Australian country town of Yinnar - says it all...
Whatever is easier to find. I understand they share a lot of content but also differ in other content.
I think I have the earlier version. Haven't seen the other. I also have his "Fast Performance Technique" which is more about the sailor than the boat. Haven't finished either - I'm digesting...
Kent, as an aero engineer with a budding interest in dinghy design, you would absolutely devour Frank Bethwaite's books.
A fellow aero man, his experimental work on 14' dinghies in the 70s through 90s has revolutionised skiff and is now heavily influencing modern keelboat design.
Track down a...
Victoria (Australia) State Laser championships are on this week in Melbourne.
The astute among you might recognise Melbourne as the location of the Worlds this (southern) summer. And the Australian Nationals, also this summer. Huge season in Melbourne this year.
This photo was posted by Vic...
Are they certified and documented by the International LASER CLASS Association?
They are "boats of the Laser Class".
They don't have to be Laser branded boats.
It's in the constitution. There was some discussion around this recently, you may remember it.
That would be the International Laser Class Association.
Laser Class, as legally distinct from Laser brand.
In some jurisdictions, at least.
ILCA brand boats and Laser brand boats are all part of the Laser Class.
And the lawyers are salivating over their retainer invoices.
On my 14' catamaran, which I usually sail solo sloop rigged, I use a single continuous jib sheet. It's short (only marginally long enough to get the jib out for a run; cats reach faster downwind so running isn't a priority), and has no knots between the blocks so is less inclined to jam and...
Block-to-block is nearly 2" lower than using class-legal hardware.
So you could run less sheet, or less traveller (even without a wafer-thin tiller), or break more masts with even more luff tension.
I'll eagerly await the rule change.