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I like a bit of Laser freestyle; trying to plane backwards, hanging ten standing off the bow while steering with heel, etc.

As P Ed says there's an increasing interest in Raid, including the F18 cat Raid World Championships. The first was such a hit they have decided to run them annually rather than bi-annually. Maybe it's dinghy sailing's equivalent of cycling sportifs?

It's interesting that when yacht clubs first started they used to do "evolutions" together rather than racing; at a signal from the commodore they'd all hoist topsails or pick up a pretend man overboard, whatever. Whenever such stuff is mentioned it's with a barely suppressed snigger but it actually sounds a lot like what many coaches do, in that you're actually concentrating on carrying out a manoeuvre rather than racing. Maybe the pioneer yachties were not all twits as so often implied?  
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I have taken part in a challenge where two boats have to rotate around each other, one boat heaves to, the other boat then goes round clockwise, then anti-clockwise, once complete, first boat heaves to , then hove to boat starts their rotation.
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Yes but Raids are just racing from place to place....
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And sound much more interesting because of it.
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One day I'll get to the Tewkesbury Picnic race, where they race from club to club on the Avon. Non round the cans races seem to have a lot more camaraderie.

But they aren't freestyle, of course. One of our Minisail sailors from Belgium managed a headstand on his sliding seat whilst the boat was rigged with an RS600 main, sailing along. THAT is freestyle!

I've been wondering about taking my Minisail from the first floaty bit of the Severn, using it first as a punt or SUP, then sailing, all the way to Gloucester. Is that possible? Can't really sleep aboard, of course!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Oct 17 at 5:50pm
Can't see why not, Jackman rapids at Iron Bridge, interesting.
Bridgenorth, can be a bit shallow, but should be ok.
I can only think of one major obstacle, that's the lock just south of Stourport, not sure if they will let you take a sailing dinghy through it though.
This was reason I got the Tinker Traveller, after reading "The legendary voyage of Jack de Crow"
Was going to start at Shrewsbury and go down to the Severn Bridge.
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would this be classed as freestyle?

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We used to handstand on the side of our 420s when I was a kid sailing at the nationals in Weymouth Bay. Not many managed the whole leg back from the finish but it was fun trying!!
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