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  1. J

    rs aero

    I agree on the Laser having many faults but it is still the boat than many a budding dinghy sailor will cut their teeth on and will do so for many years to come simply because you can buy an older boat that with a bit of work and a new sail is perfectly competitive for club level sailing. The...
  2. J

    rs aero

    What would standing up in your boat be illegal. Nothing in the RRS to say you must be sat down in fact many performance classes end up with the cre standing on the Foredeck in light winds and following the jib round the front of the mast. Class rules may of course limit this but not in any boat...
  3. J

    rs aero

    I would be up for that.
  4. J

    rs aero

    The UK Nats are rarely well attended as they do not form part of the international qualifying circuit IIRC. The Masters events are usually very well attended but the sailors there attend for different reasons. The masters crowd are a good bunch on the whole.
  5. J

    rs aero

    No big secret, Mtag Compisites build them: http://www.mtagcomposites.co.uk. Also they are in the East Midlands not Northern England, (proper north doesn't start til you hit Yorkshire).
  6. J

    rs aero

    That was at the Tiger Trophy it was seriously windy. Day 1 got canned and day 2 was not much better but they got 3 races in. I would suspect the Aero needs a similar setup to the D-Zero/RS300 as it too has a flexible carbon mast so keeping kicker on to prevent the mast tip going forwards should...
  7. J

    rs aero

    In the UK at least the boat is being treated by most clubs as 3 different classes with a different PY for each sail.
  8. J

    rs aero

    A few have appeared on Apolloduck in the UK but you need to do an advanced search for 'Aero' as there is no Aero section in the RS part of the site.
  9. J

    rs aero

    Depends on how you folks in the US are treating the Aero. it has 3 sail sizes so in the UK is 3 distinct classes with 3 ratings. The Aero 9 is 60 points quicker than a Laser Std (5.5%) The Aero 7 is 26 points faster than a Laser Std (2.3%) The Aero 5 is 14 points slower than a Laser Std...
  10. J

    rs aero

    I didn't realise class rules could override the RRS or club SIs in this manner?..... I am sure the Winter Series guys would definitely not allow rig (class) changing during an event, or would score it as 2 entries. Similarly a lot of clubs do not allow 'rig swapping' but will give the helm a...
  11. J

    rs aero

    The RYA have just issued ENs for the Aero. The Aero 9 comes out at 1030 which is 10 points faster than the D-Zero . In practice and on the water though the difference seems to be minimal between helms of comparable ability.
  12. J

    rs aero

    Ask the dealer what trailers/bases the trolley will fit on. Over in the UK most launching trollies/dollies will fit on a '220', '250' or '275' road base (or one that can be adjusted between the 3 measurements). You might also want to consider roof racking it to get it home.
  13. J

    rs aero

    In the UK the 9 class only seems to be sailed up to 10-15kts with people then quickly changing down to the 7 and the 5 if they have them (Pete Barton sailed a 5 at one of the winter events, other classes went out with full sail plans and did well).
  14. J

    rs aero

    That's fudge not choccy ;) but we have drifted far enough......
  15. J

    rs aero

    Sorry didn't realise you were the forum police. Replying to a relevant post in another thread would be pointless. Just like the above. I have no intention of rehashing it all, as I did clearly state IF you are bored enough go read the other thread. Now lets get back to discussing choccy bars...
  16. J

    rs aero

    The problem with building the Laser is that the trade mark and 'design rights' are owned by different people so IF you could get the TM owner to agree you would end up paying 2 lots of royalties (this is central to the whole legal spat if you are bored enough to read all the posts). As the...
  17. J

    rs aero

    Looking at the UK nationals attendance table the Solo easily kicks the Laser in to touch. Plus, having sailed a fairly new Solo recently, I can say I found the ergonomics and hiking position far more comfy and user friendly than the Laser. Sure it is not as fast but there you go, the fleet of...
  18. J

    rs aero

    I meant in relative terms of course. Personally I can still see Lasers being actively raced for another 40 years and attracting good numbers as long as the current legal spat does not dry up the supply of new boats completely.
  19. J

    rs aero

    The Laser is unlikely to ever die. There are simply too many out there and with the world and olympic circus they will, for now, carry on and still attract new sailors. Plus until another class has the availability of cheap, competitive boats (i.e. sub £1000) and the volume of turnouts that the...
  20. J

    rs aero

    Looking at the posts from RS a fair proportion seem to be youth coming from boats like Teras who are taking the Aero as the next step instead of going the Laser route.
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