This has to be said more often and louder. And preferably by the folks out sailing the boats. The lake where I live has a large and active Sunfish fleet who races on Sunday afternoons during the summer, which happens to be when I usually have some time to go sailing. So I spent a lot of time this summer 'spectating' from my Rocket and demonstrating that the Rocket is quicker on every point of sail. I got a LOT of feedback over the course of the summer and even earned the nickname "Rocketman" amongst the racers. I had a particularly interesting conversation with one skipper who couldn't understand why I would choose a boat that I couldn't race despite it being faster. I asked him how often he goes sailing and he predictably responded 'every Sunday.' So I asked him how often he goes sailing just for the fun of it if there isn't a race on, and again he predictably said 'never'. I told him that this is exactly why I bought a Rocket and not a Sunfish.For the billionth time. Sailboats don't need to be used in fleets. It's one of many entirely valid uses. Businesses trying to force fleets into existence is bad for sailing.
However, fleets that occur naturally from the volition of enthusiastic owners are an extremely good thing.
Heavens to betsy, what's this??!! Another instagram video!
To be clear, this is fast. UFOs are faster. The speed isn't exactly the remarkable thing here.
The fact that on one cheap boat I can do
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Out of the same venue with exactly the same gear and depending on condions, on the same day, is pretty sublime.
Builders make too many pigeonhole boats. To thrive, boats need to be versatile.
For what it's worth, literally everybody who pointed out why there were no videos was entirely on the money. Happy owners aren't influencers (thankfully!). The manufacturer clubbing together videos is a necessity sometimes and thankfully I can play one-man bad from time to time. My floor crew is doing so well I've finally been able to get out of the shop for a hot second with a drone pilot to shoot film. Putting these things together is in fact a mild pain in the ass. Does need to happen from time to time though.All you blokes making up odd excuses for not doing so... Shame!
Great news . Terrific to see a section of the dinghy market doing well , amazing what can be done when the people making dinghys have real love and experience for and in the market/sport .Heads up: Orders have been piling in. We're booked into the late spring of '23 at this point. If you want a Rocket for next summer, it's best to get your order in NOW.