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    Posted: 27 Oct 04 at 10:13am
There are now some 550 plus Remote Controlled
Lasers dotted around the country at various yacht
and dinghy clubs. Around 200 are in contact with the
UK RC Laser Association and as a result enjoy
some very competitive fun racing especiually during
the Winter when their racing season has finished.
However that leaves 350 who seem to be doing their
own thing.
If any of these loners want to get and keep in touch
with each other with a view to holding the occasional
Winter race then what better place to do that than by
this forum. So if you are one of those lonely RC
Laser owners who have not yet got together with
other like minded souls but would like to do so, get
posting.
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Do you think radio controlled boats should have their own section?
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Hello Lighthouse

Yes and No. I am easy either way.

Most RC Laser sailors also sail keelboats/dinghies.

Once they all know about the RC Laser and what
goes on in the class the answer is yes to its own
section.

However there must be many potential rc yachters
who have no realised the possibilities of the class
for Winter racing and I was hoping to catch their eye.

If the keelboat forum would prefer us to have our own
section then I see no problem.

Why did you ask?

Cheers.

David
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The worst thing I find about winter sailign is standing around... Radio
Sailing sounds cool if you can do it in a warm environment.. is there
anywhere (apaart from the Boat Show) where you can do it indoors... then
I would fancy it.

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Team racing... races always last under ten minutes then you are in a nice warm club house. Lots of racing in a day but not a lot of waiting around on the water. Socials tend to be good too...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 04 at 5:25pm
play pirates. good fun wit a fleet of topaz. especially if its a heavy beast
like a wayfarer world. -took five of us to get it back up!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote reddeck74 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 04 at 6:48pm
Hello Sunshine

The yachties in Edina, Minnesota USA hire a local
swimming pool and some fans and race radio
controlled Lasers once a week while the lake is
frozen over. The fleet captain tells me it works well
and It seems they have lots of fun.

I'd like to try it at the London Boat show - the powerful
fans they have could make for some keen racing.

Short of that it's lots of warm gear and a flask of
coffee for us.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil eltringham Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 04 at 8:56pm
Ice sail plastic oppies on a frozen lake, not easy and steering requires a paddle of some sort but a lot of fun (until you fall through the ice and have to break it all to get back to shore )
FLAT IS FAST!
Shifts Happen
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Best thing for winter sailing is to live in Singapore - winter temperatures of 30 degrees C, NE monsoon winds of 15 knots all the way from November to March...and of course ice cold beer after...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote catmandoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Nov 04 at 11:04am

Had promised to stay under my rock , but !

What a bunch of chicken wimps .

Or is it that up north we are so used to the cold we don't care .

Firstly our group of 25 plus rc laser sailer ALL are practioners of the "real thing" , Cat sailors , skiff sailers ,mono /two handed dinghies , laser sailers , sportsboat sailors , drunken and every other type of competitive sailors out there.

During the winters in Scotland winter full size sailing seems to be the domain of Junior RYA squads etc whilst us parents ashamed at the nippers sailing in sub zero winter gales make do with excercising the digits on a transmitter.

When racing one design boats in double figures over courses short enough to throw your granny over you don't have time to think about getting cold , anyway you can dress up for it !,our races are held back to back and a 20 secs countdown keeps things fast n furious, racing is kept fun , penalties and insults are traded, we've had up to 15 races in our 2hr period for series racing and series race every fortnight , the less henpecked sail every weekend .

We don't stop for wind ,rain,hail or snow . This year most of the fleet have bought renegade John Tushingham D rig storm sails so that racing will be a bit more fluid in the 40 knot howlers we expect doon by the sea at Rhu Marina.

Fleets are popping up all over the country as even more bored "Real thing" sailors are buying rc lasers for winter racing .

Sniff one out and have a look ,  but , beware

It's highly CONTAGEOUS !!!!!

 

 

 

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