This thread drift brings us back to why I was so positive about the new rigs ( and yes I totally understand why so many ILCA sailor love the status quo. I am NOT restarting that discussion, I understand why things will NOT change 😀)If I'm honest once it blows over 25kts 4.7 if I'm just knocking about, weeknight racing will be a radial, large weekend events though will be a full rig.
I rather like the sight of a Laser half submerged in the back of a wave when you accidentally stuff it on the downwind. If it breaks, one less Laser in the world and I've taken two to the dump so far.
A modern rig totally changes heavy weather sailing.
As I keep saying I am a very average sailor but last week I sailed in 20mph winds gusting 30mph in a D-zero with a 8.1 rig and had no problems . If I still owned a ILCA a full rig this would be out of the question and I would have still had problems if I had sailed with a radial .
Anidiot does describe what happens a lot with in the RYA system . Which produces a lot of gold medals but means a lot of young people leave our lovely sport at a certain level . Luckily the RYA are renewing their focus to try and retain these young people in our sport . 😀