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You are complying about having to hike, so a bigger sail would just have made it worse, and upwind no faster.
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Originally posted by Medway Maniac

You are complying about having to hike, so a bigger sail would just have made it worse, and upwind no faster.


Au contraire, no it wouldn't have improved the upwind bit, but the downwind bit would have meant I'd have regained my upwind losses, which is the normal course of events, in fact pretty much all that is open to the lightweight once the breeze is above his threshold. It wasn't as if it was terminally windy, it was me being stupid and given I don't normally sail single handed it wasn't going to count for anything series wise so I thought well I've never used this small rig, funnily enough toward the end of the night when the wind dropped a bit further I started gaining ground upwind, but still couldn't make my normal gains off wind. I guess it wasn't me doing anything it was the rest of them slowing down upwind and I stayed about the same speed.
Either way the biggest rig you can handle still remains the best racing tool, exactly the same as windsurfing and I screwed up, exactly the same way I might have done chicken rigging windsurfing.
All the pain, but no gain.
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Well today it was going so well, 4 minute lead, enough to nail the nearest Solo and the next Laser also back far enough, coming on top of my round island improvement, I'm beginning to feel I've cracked this sitting down lark.. To this moment I can't figure what happened next just as I was rounding what shall now be called capsize corner since something similar happened for a different reason a few months back, but this time not a dry capsize, I'm swimming, the first time I think I've come right out of the EPS to the point it's nearly turtled before I could get the bloody board, which is half up down because I was reaching about to hit the shallows, I think I was reaching to put it down when i fell into the bottom of the boat or something similarly stupid.
It's also in clew first so not easy to get up, then over again and another swim and get back in, by the time I'm back running my leads halved I feel like sh*t, i actually believed I'm in shock, it's been that long since I've had to recover from treading water and I lost..

Then as if that's not enough I go to recover the buoy, and f**k me if I didn't go in again...

Gutted and having a bit of a lie down to recover...

I hate capsizes, it's the worse part of this lark.

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All part of the game, isn't it, or you'd be sailing a Squib?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 14 at 8:59am
OMG how many ghastly classes are there? Another one I'd never heard of I wonder where they get sailed.

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Weymouth, Dartmouth, Essex... all over really.  Brown Sails... love them.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 14 at 9:50am
Why? Has to be the inevitable next question, then, when we're talking about our 'sport' and its decline, do we regard sailing those things as doing the same thing we're doing? I mean in the way you view lead mining, surely it's the same sort of thing?

I guess you have to, they've got sails, pointy at the front, wiggle thing at the back, except it has men dressed in anoraks and sou'westers ..

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Originally posted by iGRF

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The better you get and the more rarely you capsize, the worse capsizes become, at least that's my experience.

Your average Laser beginner has his leg over the side ready with every passing gust, so dry capsizes are the norm. As you progress, you just aren't geared up for them so they become more of an issue. And, of course, you have become more accustomed to a decent result, so the effects of a capsize become more 'disastrous'.

Yeah, I agree, I hate capsizing. So much , in fact, that the K1 looks interesting. Except I like chatting to a crew; pity the K2 is so staid.   Maybe K3 will be a racy trap boat. The keel bulb weight becomes less significant to performance the bigger the boat.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kneewrecker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 14 at 10:43am
haha - that's brought back memories of deliberately controlled-capsizing Lasers at windy wing marks as it was still quicker than tacking around them   LOL
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