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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ansel1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Apr 13 at 7:08pm
Originally posted by Webmuppet

Our sails are just as colourful ! .........although, yes, it is a mystery why the sails appear to bear the letters 'mu' rather than 'nw'. Our boat hasn't seen much use for some considerable time and the mainsail appears to have shrunk - it's definitely well shy of the mast top (it's been suggested that the bolt-rope itself may have shrunk?)

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Hi Nigel,

I have a laser 2 regatta and want to change it into a laser 2 new wave.  To do this, I need information and I hope you can help me.
The thing I need to know is the length of the genakerpole and where it is fixed to the boat.
Maybe you have a photo of this.
I would be grateful if you could give me that information.
You can send me an e-mail to volker.harting@t-online.de

Thanks a lot
Volker
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Originally posted by Medway Maniac

Volker, I would strongly recommend that you try sailing a Fun New Wave,  then try a (Laser) 3000 before embarking on any modifications.
 
Just my 2 cents worth, but I was and remain a fan of both the Regatta (the nicest symmetric boat I have ever sailed on a spinnaker reach, tho' I have reservations about the fit-out) and the 3k.  I wanted to like the New Wave, but gave up on it after a few tries.
Making the above quote about the Regatta indicates that you cannot have sailed a vast number of symmetrical 2 man boats.  I owned a couple of Laser 2 regattas back in the day when they were very popular, but they were only ever slightly pleasureable on a spinnaker reach once you had thrown all the Laser centre ropes away, moved the spinnaker pole eye down to the gooseneck, and either bought a massive diameter spinnaker pole or changed to uphual attachment point to the pole end. Then you had a chance to stop the spinnaker disappearing around the forestay everytime a gust hit which resulted in lee helm. As a crew, they were the most fiddly akward uncomfortable boats I have ever crewed on.
 
Try a Fireball for spinnaker reaching for ease of handling and speed.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Medway Maniac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Oct 13 at 4:08pm
Yep, 505 pole, dyneema sheets, loads of mods, but once you'd done that the Regatta was a great ride on a spi reach, steering with the mainsheet (a necessity the rudder was useless) - very satisfying once you got it all in balance.

Other trapeze-symmetrics I've owned? 420, 505, Fireballs (two, the latest a Winder), Hornet, Jacksnipe, but I stand by my statement re. the Regatta.  Loved my Fireballs, and the 'ball is indeed probably quicker on a kite reach, while feeling like it's on rails, but that doesn't make it as satisfying, to me at least.
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Hi.

Do you thimk it is possible to sail a firebal singlehandet with a sinaker ?
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Undoubtedly - in the right, lightish wind, dependent on how much you weigh.  I did it in my 505 and Hornet at odd times, so a Fireball would be relatively easy.

But for normal racing we found 65kg helm plus tall 70kg crew on the wire about right in the Fireball.  Certainly, I felt the need to switch to a 3000 when the 70kg male crew got replaced by a 60kg female.
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