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    Posted: 13 Jul 16 at 9:32am
Hi. I am a reasonably fit 63-year old (!)   (still cycling, surfing & sailing), weighing in at 68 kg. I have considerable experience in yacht sailing (Coastal Skipper), but I am in the position of no longer having the time or money to keep a keelboat, so want to get a sailing dinghy (single-handed) to get out on the water between skippering a charter once or twice a year and crewing for others. I have joined a local inland water sailing club. Currently, I have the chance to buy the following, all around the same sort of price:

1) RS Quba
2) Supernova
3) Solo

As it is 20 odd years since I last sailed a dinghy, I would like something that is not too twitchy & that I can recover easily from the inevitable capsizes that will occur as I reacquaint myself with this form of sailing. Any advice appreciated on which of these (or any other boats) would be most suitable. Thanks in advance.

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Solo or Supernova for the racing.  Supernova is a fair bit quicker but not necessarily 'less stable'; Solo could well give you access to better local racing.... I'd check out the clubs.

The Quba - while not a particularly interesting option - has one unique advatange over both the others.  As a rotomoulded one-design it is what it is.... cheap to maintain, not going to be obsolete by a new iteration within the class, easy to get spares etc.  I don't think there's any nationally active racing for it though, which has a filter down effect at club level even if you have no intention to participate in it directly.

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