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Xeon

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Sunfish porn is just something that cannot and does not exist . It’s having a 300lb ant . 😂😂😀

Great to see so many men and women enjoying sailing though . 😀
 

Ventucky Red

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Think it is safe to say that at least 80% of the sailors here have at least sailed or owned one...

Anyway, day 3

 

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It may not look terribly exciting to watch but those are some very good "one design" sailors testing their metal in a true "one design" boat - all brand new and identical Sunfish.
 

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It may not look terribly exciting to watch but those are some very good "one design" sailors testing their metal in a true "one design" boat - all brand new and identical Sunfish.
… and for sale after the event for 3100euro from LP. So for those with a place on Lake Garda, now’s your chance! Maybe LP will throw in a discount on the Laser hulls they sent to Oman earlier this year.
 

tillerman

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… and for sale after the event for 3100euro from LP. So for those with a place on Lake Garda, now’s your chance! Maybe LP will throw in a discount on the Laser hulls they sent to Oman earlier this year.
I see at least one US dealer is offering Sunfish from the Garda Worlds. Maybe I should snap one up while I can?
 

Xeon

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Think it is safe to say that at least 80% of the sailors here have at least sailed or owned one...

Anyway, day 3


Think I am lucky to live in a place where 99.9 % of sailors have never sailed or owned one 😂😂😀

Still terrific to see so many sailors at a great event . 😀
 
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Ventucky Red

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I think I am lucky to live in a place where 99.9 % of sailors have never sailed or owned one 😂😂😀

Still terrific to see so many sailors at a great event. 😀
Come across the pond, mate, we'll hook ya up..

Did you see the Netflix docu - The Race of The Century? There is a shout-out to the mighty Sunfish from your Aussie cousins. :):p
 

Xeon

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What do newbies own instead over there? -- serious question.
Mmmm it’s a difficult to answer because we have so many singlehanded classes and because most clubs py race there is not the need to all have the same boat.

Most people probably learn to sail in things like Picos and Topaz’s then make the decision on what to buy on what’s being sailed at their club . They just try other peoples boats until they find what they like.
Just at my little club we have 11 different singlehanded boats .
The unstayed ones are Comet ( it’s like a shorter wider laser with all its vices lol) , Europe, Lightning368, Laser , Aero and D-zero.
The stayed rig ones are,British moth, Streaker, Solo, Supernova and K1.

OR the other way is to simply buy a ratty old laser until you have the experience to decide what you really want ie faster/slower/less vices/more comfortable etc etc.😀

The advantage of this is the laser holds it’s secondhand value so well that if you decide to sell it after a year you won’t lose money .

I totally understand why the Sunfish works in the USA , class racing is king and you sail on large bits of water .
 
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Mmmm it’s a difficult to answer because we have so many singlehanded classes and because most clubs py race there is not the need to all have the same boat.

Most people probably learn to sail in things like Picos and Topaz’s then make the decision on what to buy on what’s being sailed at their club . They just try other peoples boats until they find what they like.
Just at my little club we have 11 different singlehanded boats .
The unstayed ones are Comet ( it’s like a shorter wider laser with all its vices lol) , Europe, Lightning368, Laser , Aero and D-zero.
The stayed rig ones are,British moth, Streaker, Solo, Supernova and K1.

OR the other way is to simply buy a ratty old laser until you have the experience to decide what you really want ie faster/slower/less vices/more comfortable etc etc.😀

The advantage of this is the laser holds it’s secondhand value so well that if you decide to sell it after a year you won’t lose money .

I totally understand why the Sunfish works in the USA , class racing is king and you sail on large bits of water .
The Sunfish isn’t as universally popular here in the US, contrary to what you surmise. There are certainly fleets here and there, but one design sailing in this country is in a pretty sad state overall. There are definitely loads of sunfish to be had on Craigslist or FB or whatever, but it’s not like you’re going to find fleets of them at every yacht club, and you’re certainly not going to find sunfish racing just down the street. I have one, and I love it, but the nearest active fleet is about 80 mi from me, and that transit involves either going through or around Boston, so more like 100 mi time wise.

A good example of the state of Sunfish sailing here is the situation in Nantucket. There is a pond out on the eastern end of the island that has probably 30 Sunfish parked there ready to sail. Being Nantucket and the average home price in that little area being maybe $4 or $5 million, most of these are pretty new and shiny. You would think that they would get out and race having such a fleet parked there ready to go on such a perfect place to sail… In the last three years I have seen exactly one of those boats out sailing period.

When I lived in your neck of the woods I enjoyed PY racing. We had 60+ boats out every Saturday of all kinds. I wish we embraced that here, although having a steady OD start is pretty sweet. In a few minutes I’ll be heading out to go frostbiting, which turns out to be some of the best and most consisting OD racing to be had around here. Funny we have to wait until it’s freezing to get good racing, but I’m not complaining, as the folks who show of for frostbiting are obviously committed!
 

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The Sunfish isn’t as universally popular here in the US, contrary to what you surmise. There are certainly fleets here and there, but one design sailing in this country is in a pretty sad state overall. There are definitely loads of sunfish to be had on Craigslist or FB or whatever, but it’s not like you’re going to find fleets of them at every yacht club, and you’re certainly not going to find sunfish racing just down the street. I have one, and I love it, but the nearest active fleet is about 80 mi from me, and that transit involves either going through or around Boston, so more like 100 mi time wise.
It's true that one design racing in Sunfish is not universally popular in the USA. But when I moved to America in 1989 (with one Laser and two Optimists shipping with our furniture) it was to a job in northern New Jersey. I didn't realize before I moved that most of the numerous small lakes in that area had a Sunfish fleet. The density of lakes with Sunfish fleets seemed pretty much the same as the density of sailing clubs in small lakes in much of the UK. One of those fleets raced on the lake just across the road from our new home. It was a pretty easy choice for what to do every Sunday morning. There wasn't much handicap racing in the area; just one design Sunfish racing on every little puddle. And the club on the biggest reservoir in the area had several one design dinghy fleets but the Sunfish was the dominant class. On top of that there was (and still is) a Sunfish regatta series attracting folk from several lakes with typically 20-30 Sunfish at each regatta. And it was usually only a 20-40 minute drive to get to the other lakes.

The Sunfish activity was so easily accessible - and included a few guys who were nationals/worlds level sailors - that it was too good to miss. Why fret about the ancient design and quirky rig with a scene like that almost literally on our doorstep?
 

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I certainly have no qualms about the boat. I think there are a lot of reason why the Sunfish is a terrific boat, quirky as it is. We’re a long way from 1989 though. Back then I remember going to various multi class regattas, and there would be a sunfish start. That almost never happens now.
 

tillerman

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I certainly have no qualms about the boat. I think there are a lot of reason why the Sunfish is a terrific boat, quirky as it is. We’re a long way from 1989 though. Back then I remember going to various multi class regattas, and there would be a sunfish start. That almost never happens now.
True, things have changed. But, as far as I know SANJL is still running its regatta series on the north Jersey lakes.
And while it's true that Sunfish fleets at the big multi-class regattas in New England seem to be a thing of the past, at the two regattas we hold at Massapoag YC each year, the Sunfish fleet is often the biggest, usually exceeding the size of Laser and RS Aero fleets.
Sep 2022 - 25 Sunfish
May 2022 - 17
Sep 2021 - 35
June 2021 - 15
 




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