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Poll Question: Have or do you sail on a trapeze boat
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Post Options Post Options   Quote turnturtle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jun 18 at 8:10am
Originally posted by PeterG

I gave up because I moved to somewhere that is not suitable for a Contender, and I'm more interested in fleet racing where I live than travelling 40min to somewhere I could have sailed it in a handicap fleet.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jun 18 at 8:09am
I gave up because I moved to somewhere that is not suitable for a Contender, and I'm more interested in fleet racing where I live than travelling 40min to somewhere I could have sailed it in a handicap fleet.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fab100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jun 18 at 8:04am
one if the funniest things Iíve seen in sailing is some mad bugger trying to sail an RS600 on Frensham Pond. Typhoo have less tea-bags.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote turnturtle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jun 18 at 7:28am
Yep, N12s used to smash us in 420s during our inland puddle winter series when I was a kid.

I canít remember the handicap difference (we were 115 I think, Laser 114). Lasers and 12s destroyed us over the water, never mind on handicap
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jun 18 at 7:21am
I crewed an Osprey recently, but inland on a puddle, being able to tack quickly means hiking boats.
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Thereís usually no set rules on these things, but a lot of sailors will try wiring and come to the conclusion itís not right for either them or their location. Personally I enjoy the feeling of it, but I do know some people who say they feel disconnected from the boat more.

On the latter point about location, I know if I were choosing a boat for restricted waters it would always be a hiker. Even on open lakes like Rutland or Grafham, the variable wind would steer me more towards hikers over wires these days, but I might choose something more powerful- a D-One, RS300 or Blaze springs to mind, assuming Iím buying it for pure sailing rather than the racing.

Where wires really come into their own is upwind in open water - be that sea swell or estuary chop.... that stuff is hard work in a hiking boat and the wire would always pay for me in those conditions.

Out here in Valencia I would love a Contender one day... that would be a cracking boat here.

Edited by turnturtle - 08 Jun 18 at 7:08am
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...because I can't get class racing every weekend. [Can't find a fingers in ears emoji.]
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KazRob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 18 at 8:53pm
Why are we not wiring anymore? Many reasons, but for me its a bit like running or windsurfing - there's a certain pleasure in having a good workout while sailing and seeing direct effort turn into performance. That's not to say that wiring isn't physical - just a different sort, maybe more akin to cycling maybe.
Btw - the last boat I wired on was a 505, but I've also had a few ICs which is a different sort of crazier/lazier wiring altogether


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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 18 at 8:47pm
Originally posted by craiggo



What's the question?


Why are you not doing it anymore according to your current rides?(graduate/OK)

Edited by iGRF - 07 Jun 18 at 8:48pm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 18 at 3:56pm
I'd wired once on a Tornado roughly around the same time I started windsurfing ('78/9ish) then when I got back into dinghies (2008) I bought the Spice and, basically learned to trapeze, helm from the trap, fly an assy kite and relearn to sail a dinghy. The Spice was a perfect boat to do all that on and sailing it still gives me a huge buzz even though I mostly sail (and race) singlehanded in the Blaze now.

The only downside (and reason for buying the Blaze) is the lack of a committed regular crew which relegates my Spice sailing to blasting mostly.
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