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Originally posted by rich96

I'd be amazed if a significant number of the Finn sailors went over to the Aero (if it gets in)



Seriously how many 'Finn sailors' want to be actual Finn sailors rather than Olympic aspirants, they'll sail whatever gets them there.

And what Rupert said. The Aero is very accessible.

The Aero also has enough volume to cope with heavier sailors, which the Laser doesn't.
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time to move on, average punter may not know the difference, but style wise aero looks better /modern imo out of those two. 

For those that do know better well why are we stuck with a 40/50 year old boat, nothing wrong with that in itself for sub-Olympian level sailing but for the pinnacle of the sailing, its not really showing the sport off is it.  We don't use 50 year old designed equipment in other equipment heavy sports.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mozzy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 19 at 11:28am
Originally posted by iGRF



Originally posted by rich96

I'd be amazed if a significant number of the Finn sailors went over to the Aero (if it gets in)



Seriously how many 'Finn sailors' want to be actual Finn sailors rather than Olympic aspirants, they'll sail whatever gets them there.

Well, presumably the 200-300 sailors who turn out to the master worlds want to be actual finn sailors rather than Olympic aspirants.

But I guess you're talking about those doing the world cup circuit. 

If the Aero can really carry 85 or 90 kilo competitively then I don't think that will be much of a stretch for those at 100 kg to get to if they're serious about the Olympics. It could be a decent middle ground between the laser and finn. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve411 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 19 at 11:28am
Originally posted by Oli

time to move on, average punter may not know the difference, but style wise aero looks better /modern imo out of those two. 

For those that do know better well why are we stuck with a 40/50 year old boat, nothing wrong with that in itself for sub-Olympian level sailing but for the pinnacle of the sailing, its not really showing the sport off is it.  We don't use 50 year old designed equipment in other equipment heavy sports.

My wife is into equestrian events and horses haven't been re-designed recently.  LOL They're still lighter than a Finn though.
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For those that do know better well why are we stuck with a 40/50 year old boat, nothing wrong with that in itself for sub-Olympian level sailing but for the pinnacle of the sailing, 

They still run Marathons after 1000+ years, what's the issue? The pinnacle of sailing is the nut on the end of the tiller - it's their skill and athleticism, the idea that you need a "modern" higher tech boat to show that off is a myth.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 19 at 12:18pm
Originally posted by PeterG

the idea that you need a "modern" higher tech boat to show that off is a myth.

If that's the case why have we lost the Star, Finn, FD, Europe and Windglider? TBF you don't as you say, 'need' a modern class  just to show off athleticism but if that's all there was to it we may as well bin sailing and just stick with the core 'athletic' pursuits of track and field.
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Why? Because shipping Aeros will be cheaper than shipping Finns for a start. Wether you're shipping them for contests or just for resale in far flung continents, that's why, commercial modernity...
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Its a bit of a shame that the magic of the Olympic sailing and its boats is disappearing though

The boats we have lost were indeed vert interesting and all unique in their own way -b Stars, Finn, Soling, Tornado, Europe etc etc

Now the Olympic fleet is essentially mass produced off the shelf kit. That's not necessarily a bad thing - its just different and, to me, far less interesting.
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I think we need a mix of modern cutting edge boats like Nacra and 49er, some old tactical/technical boats like the Europe and Star and a brute force (in addition to all the other stuff) boat like the Finn for the big strong lads.
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Originally posted by Steve411

Originally posted by Oli

time to move on, average punter may not know the difference, but style wise aero looks better /modern imo out of those two. 

For those that do know better well why are we stuck with a 40/50 year old boat, nothing wrong with that in itself for sub-Olympian level sailing but for the pinnacle of the sailing, its not really showing the sport off is it.  We don't use 50 year old designed equipment in other equipment heavy sports.

My wife is into equestrian events and horses haven't been re-designed recently.  LOL They're still lighter than a Finn though.

neither have the humans that ride them (discounting carbon blades / asthma inhalers) but the kit they wear has, helmets, inflatable vests etc.  Bikes golf clubs, tennis rackets..... also i would class the horse as part of the competitor package, like a blind skier and their guide. 
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