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I never knew about all this until I snowboarded, I was lucky windsurfing in that my home break was starboard tack, so my Port tack evened out quite easily without my realising why, but as age slows down the learning process of new things, like Kiteboarding and trying to sail a skiff without first doing the basics, the differences do show up. I could always tack the MPS wire to wire from Port to Starboard, but the other way inevitably saw me in irons similarly the Blaze much later down the path. Yet the problems are not as apparent if the boat itself is well balanced, I hardly ever have issues with the EPS, or maybe I've become more practised at doing whatever it is you're supposed to do the way it should be, so practise as ever is key and practise on your wrong side, the right side will inevitably look after itself.. I often wonder what it would be like returning to the MPS, doubt it would be that much different.
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Originally posted by iGRF

I often wonder what it would be like returning to the MPS, doubt it would be that much different.

you'd still not be good enough.  Don't take that as a criticism, you'd be in good company.  Sure, you might get it around a course a little better.  You might even find your technique makes it less of a battle.  But racing it, properly racing it, thinking about tactics and play outs, shifts and bends, shorter finishes, transits; tacking on autopilot reliant on muscle memory and knowing you're not going to capsize... why would you?... n'ah, you'll be in survival mode as soon as it's fun, the course will be 'sh*te' (actually windward leeward racing week in, week out is boring as sh*te) and you'll have no one to race against- a lot of real performance sailors have moved on, the rest of us have 'been there, done that' or were wise enough to take a swerve and can now sit back and say 'told you so' without much comeback.

Did you read that Franglo style report I sent?  They were right, and yep, it never got selected for the Olympics... 49er Beijing re-run?  No thanks... Jacques Rogge knows a good boat, he sailed them.  

15 years of bullsh*t marketing later, convincing the rest of us we're missing something, and you still haven't risen above it (and you're a former pro at bullsh*t marketing... so what hope have the rest of us got).  

Hopefully one day you will be able to spot a good dinghy race when you see one- often in spite of the actual craft- it's a perverse little world in dinghyland mate, but then you knew that, you just haven't quite accepted you can't change it yet.


Edited by yellowwelly - 20 Sep 13 at 3:07pm
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