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There is only one Laser bad habit...... choosing to sail one  Evil Smile
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That should shake the tree  LOL
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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

There is only one Laser bad habit...... choosing to sail one Evil Smile


We've got quite a fleet building, indeed an opportunity for me to do what just about every man woman and their sailing dog advises I should do, sail in a fleet, now I've resisted with my stubborn arrogance, wielded my sword of irony to fend them off and hidden behind my shield of sarcasm comforted in the views of some on this very forum, but....
This Sunday just gone, lovely sunny day, wind freshening from the West big waves rolling onto the shore making what could best be described as an 'interesting environment', not wishing to chicken out and go kitesurfing, I launched the EPS standing it on its transom nose pointing to the sky in not a lot of wind as I got clear by the skin of my teeth, most of us got out, including the latest Laser helm, new into the boat fresh from his other bandit the Merlin, I'm thinking don't know how long he's going to last, but out to the line I go, then the wind knotched up a tad more and swung to the South West, I tried a rack grabbing reach along the troughs, kicker off (have learned my lesson now) even swung a gybe and survived.
Then 4 minutes to go sailing offshore I swang into irons and stayed there for four attempts at pushing her through the on coming waves to return toward the line. No way I was going to be able to race so I headed in, not wishing to be another problem for the rescue boat, got trashed in the shore break without the centreboard but managed not to damage anything and retired to watch.
Our best guy gets nailed in his RS100 and not manage to get back in the boat, one of our other really good Laser Helms get drilled lose his cb and ends up beaching upside down and trashing his mast, the 470, the 4000, the RS500 & the other Lasers eventually came to grief leaving just two boats, our really good strong wind helm in his Contender just loving it, and.... The new guy in his newish 1900000 Laser, he plugged on and on and finished, how did he do that I wonder, straight into the boat, no previous, well none that I know of and finished, now that has impressed me, in a 'if he can do it I should be able to kind of way since we've battled against each other on and off since the dawn of my sailing experience.'

Could I? Certainly I guess with a smaller rag, but he had the full rig, OK he wasn't tearing round, but he got round, when only one other strong wind specialist did, it was blowing probably about 20 knots, not horrendous but the waves had earlier been bigger than the wind. So it has got me thinking..





I'm 67kgs and short by the way, since I appear to be hihacking a thread about light people and suitable boats

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We have a good fleet of Lasers and Radials at Leigh & Lowton, I'm resisting partly 'cos I don't like them much and partly 'cos even 40 year old examples can go for 3-500. Half decent ones cost 1k+ and for that I can buy an oldish Supernova which looks a more enjoyable prospect. At least until I acquire my pipe and slippers and buy a Solo (but FRP Solos seem to start at 4k).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 17 at 1:22pm
Only reason I don't like them, so bloody uncomfortable, using a "belfast sink" for a cockpit rubbish idea.
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Me again, the OP.  I'm still looking, but thinking more along the lines that my daughter can continue to sail her Tera, whilst mum has fun learning the ropes in her own boat.  Has anyone sailed a Splash dinghy?  I'd never heard of them until recently but understand they're suitable for small adults.  And separately, would a Solo be too much for my weight. (55-57kg) - perhaps with a smaller rig? I know they're very different boats, but really like the look of the Solo and they are keenly raced at the sailing club I'm hoping to join...
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Yes. A Splash is a superb boat. That deserves more take up in the UK.
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My wife's / son's / my old Splash, being sailed by it's new owner (15yr old?) who competed at European level with the boat. We all sailed it and loved it. Me especially when it was honking.
Fantastically well balanced rig to hull which was comfortable and well laid out.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 17 at 9:38am
Yes a guy at our lake sails a Splash with varying degrees of success, can sail it in almost anything and often does extremely well on handicap, so another positive vote from me, not that I've sailed it but I've sailed against it and been abused on handicap by it on many an occasion.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 17 at 5:33pm
Their is a rare Laser "M" class on ebay at the moment, might suit you wysiwyg70, much smaller sail,
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