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    Posted: 20 Dec 19 at 10:09pm
Probably ease of use, hardly any controls to speak of.
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I doubt a high percentage of Sunfish are raced seriously. Paul McCartney, for one, seems to be a regular recreational Sunfish sailor, and as I'm sure he can have any boat he likes, one must conclude he likes those...
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Originally posted by zeon

If you live  the other side of the pond , the answer is easy. Class racing.

On the other hand if you live in the UK , I have no idea at all .

That answers, like the Laser, what happens once they have critical mass but the curiosity is how they get that critical mass. 
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I've sailed the Sunfish at couple of times at WPNSA. In a big breeze, it is a hoot. As the wind dropped, the enjoyment fell away faster than with other boats. I practiced my eyes closed sailing, imagining I was sailing off a Pacific island with blue skies, clear water and warm winds. Felt perfect.

I could imagine racing in a bit fleet somewhere exotic!
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If you live  the other side of the pond , the answer is easy. Class racing.

On the other hand if you live in the UK , I have no idea at all .
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Back to the original post and putting the admittedly younger Laser into context what is the attraction of the Sunfish and itís close family. I saw my first one at the Laser Stand at the dinghy show, I have similar but lighter hardware on my front door. It looks incredibly uncomfortable and the rig looks like it lacks any adjustability. Yet it is claimed to be worldís most popular sailboat. 

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I look at that Tom Slingsby video and thank God I spent my prime sailing something enjoyable in strong winds, I should also point out edited videos are designed to create awe.. It didn't, I actually feel sorry for the fella, what a waste of talent.

You could watch the moth worlds video instead where he is going 30 knots downwind winning the moth worlds with straight 1st's. So impressive although there's nobody there for some reason.....???


Agreed always found foiling moths impressive.
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Maybe you could though  Wink

Dinghy racing is about far more than simple fitness, even the super fit Mr Bolt probably couldn't get a Laser downwind in F6 without the odd capsize.


Itís something to aim for lol . 
Though I have just looked at the age records for the 100m , donít think I have much chance of beating the record for my age group ( 55 to 60 ) its 11.3 !! 
Think on my best day, with the wind behind me , I might beat the record for the 90 to 95 age group  Wink LOL LOL LOL


I might just manage it, on a bike..... Embarrassed..... with a rolling start.....


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Was race officer for Laser Open just before Olympic Trials.    Blowing force six and lovely swell off Lancing ( as always ).  Last deciding race and a head to head Mark Littlejohn v Ben Ainslie.  So exciting and huge smiles on both their faces as they finished inches apart, they were loving it.
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Originally posted by iGRF

I look at that Tom Slingsby video and thank God I spent my prime sailing something enjoyable in strong winds, I should also point out edited videos are designed to create awe.. It didn't, I actually feel sorry for the fella, what a waste of talent.

You could watch the moth worlds video instead where he is going 30 knots downwind winning the moth worlds with straight 1st's. So impressive although there's nobody there for some reason.....???


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