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Originally posted by iiitick

Why are they not sailing a boat which is designed for lightweights rather than a flappy cut down rig thing with no proper controls?


Because the Byte does not have critical mass anywhere in the UK and the Laser will grown with them with just the cost of a new rig as opposed to a whole new boat with the byte.
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I don't think that age spread is anything new for the laser.

As I said earlier, all the top guys (youth and Olympic squads) have been racing elsewhere in the last few weeks, so probably didn't have a trip to Largs high on their 2014 bucket list.

Without any numbers to back it up, it has always felt that events I've been to at Largs have had lower numbers than the equivalent events on the south coast in adjacent years.
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Perhaps you are right Bootscooter about 'broad brush classes'. It seems Cameron is performing quite well at Largs in a Laser and has chosen a Finn for Sailfest. These facts would rule him out of a Byte but I feel you should introduce us to Miss Tweedle..........
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Is that what they call 'grooming'?

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Originally posted by GarethT

Is that what they call 'grooming'?

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If your'e not too fat Gareth I'll groom you as well!
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Originally posted by iiitick


Originally posted by GarethT

Is that what they call 'grooming'?

;-)

If your'e not too fat Gareth I'll groom you as well!


Far too big and hairy I'm afraid. I probably need shearing rather than grooming.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bootscooter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 14 at 2:13pm
Haha - just picturing Gareth in a Byte!

Little Miss did have a go in Er-Indoors' boat when it was for sale last year(?) but she didn't really like it.... weight was right but she felt too tall for it (she doesn't really do "change"). Have a chat with her at SailFest, but I think I've just about persuaded her that with the little sailing she does now, she should think of changing the Laser for a Dart 15 - more speed, more comfort and the ability to take a mate out with her when she fancies it.
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Originally posted by GarethT

   I probably need shearing rather than grooming.


HAHAHA - in bits here now!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bustinben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 14 at 8:46pm
It's simple really - falls in the middle of the international calendar and it's in largs.

Nobody who's spend the last 3 months trekking around europe on the circuit is going to bother, and the club sailors don't do it because they remember what it's like when the people who trek around the international circuit do bother.  Also master's nationals was just the other week.

Radial fleet size is healthy and includes almost none of the squad/circuit trekkers.

The fact is, if you want to prove yourself you go to the qualifiers not the nationals.  That's where the competition is.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bootscooter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 14 at 8:51pm
Originally posted by bustinben

The fact is, if you want to prove yourself you go to the qualifiers not the nationals.  That's where the competition is.


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