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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.
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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

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

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Exactly SS.

Horses for courses.

Some like being the physical master of their boat in up to the most extreme and for a Laser that is most likely six ft and fourteen st, probably given a series with a bit wind and winning size also.

Some though enjoy a combination of mastery and consent, sailing with sympathy and respect for the power they have to manage, on windy days unlikely to be first at the top mark but nonetheless it can bring it's own satisfactions. 
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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.
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Originally posted by tink

Quality of of the film not up to modern standards but still awesome 

Obviously he is messing about but on a whole that boat is almost always close to flat and yes athleticism but nothing super human. Tom is in control of the heel and constantly adjusting the main. 

Like the answer to most peopleís sailing issues, time on the water makes you a better sailor.

.... and in context, this is design is 1/2 a century old 


Great footage. But itís a bit posting footage of Mr Bolt and saying if I train like him I too can run the 100 metres in 10 seconds  LOL LOL
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Mr Slingsby does not seem to have any real issues with the mainsheet catching on the gybes.   
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Quality of of the film not up to modern standards but still awesome 

Obviously he is messing about but on a whole that boat is almost always close to flat and yes athleticism but nothing super human. Tom is in control of the heel and constantly adjusting the main. 

Like the answer to most peopleís sailing issues, time on the water makes you a better sailor.

.... and in context, this is design is 1/2 a century old 

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Originally posted by zeon


Two weeks ago on Sunday it was very windy , our race was won by our only regular laser sailor. He is in his late 30s, the perfect size for a laser, very very fit , has been though the squad system to a very high level and is probably the best sailor at the club.
After the race he looked like death warmed up , he was a broken man.
I base my view on my own experience and what I see with my own eyes.
I rest my case and will not comment again . Smile



He is undoubtedly an excellent sailor, but I suspect until joining our Club he will have had very little experience of the funeling effects and impossible to predict major headers we get on our little tree lined water, which when blowing seriously hard will wipe out most if not all boats that are being hiked properly. I am not surprised if he looked broken.

Did any other boat finish that race?

Yes , other people did finish .And one of his capsizes was definitely due to the above effect. His other capsize was a more typical, down wind boom in the air job  LOL



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Originally posted by zeon


Two weeks ago on Sunday it was very windy , our race was won by our only regular laser sailor. He is in his late 30s, the perfect size for a laser, very very fit , has been though the squad system to a very high level and is probably the best sailor at the club.
After the race he looked like death warmed up , he was a broken man.
I base my view on my own experience and what I see with my own eyes.
I rest my case and will not comment again . Smile



He is undoubtedly an excellent sailor, but I suspect until joining our Club he will have had very little experience of the funeling effects and impossible to predict major headers we get on our little tree lined water, which when blowing seriously hard will wipe out most if not all boats that are being hiked properly. I am not surprised if he looked broken.

Did any other boat finish that race?
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Originally posted by Mark Aged 42

At the Essex Yacht Club we are all on Radial rigs, regardless of our size. We have the mighty Andrea, who is all of 5 foot 2 and, ahem, 60kg maybe. She is no youngster either, and she is always a potential winner in any wind. Its not the size of the dog in the fight.
Can I say that in the context of Andrea :-)


You'd probably have to run it past Andrea for a definitive answer........ Rather you than me though......  LOL
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