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It's funny, kind of been my experience the opposite, not with any design as such, but our two clubs have kind of evolved from handicap to folk sailing either lasers or Contenders on the sea and for a moment before the lake collapsed we had four solutions. So like it or not and as I've been on record many times saying I don't, same boat sailing sort of evolves wether you want it or not in some clubs.

I sometimes think about buying something suitable for my weight then to go off in search of fame and misfortune, then I slap myself round the face with a wet fish and chuck a bundle of notes down the toilet and come to my senses.

Disparate Class racing and class associations are the reason the sport is in such decline, they're evil, nothing good ever come from the pursuit of evil.
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The class associans fault now is it... Guess everything else has been blamed, so time to have a dig at them 😕

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Here in Leigh-on-Sea, we have 2 clubs 500 yards apart! Leigh-on-Sea SC has Solos, Essex YC has predominantly Laser Radials and some Solos. The clubs do the sensible thing - on any given day, one club runs the racing. Sometimes its all in, sometimes its fleet starts. This gives an excellent critical mass of boats in the start area, making an excellent spectacle - 35 boats last night for example. 
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Originally posted by turnturtle

following the demise of sailing theme; post lockdown, any of you guys actually still club racing properly or have the inmates finally taken over the asylum and it's all spreadsheets and adjusted PY chitter-chatter? 

No racing here, but I have been out twice and raced informally against a friend in a boat of the same class. Not something that would be very interesting between classes!
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Originally posted by iGRF

It's funny, kind of been my experience the opposite, not with any design as such, but our two clubs have kind of evolved from handicap to folk sailing either lasers or Contenders on the sea and for a moment before the lake collapsed we had four solutions. So like it or not and as I've been on record many times saying I don't, same boat sailing sort of evolves wether you want it or not in some clubs.

I sometimes think about buying something suitable for my weight then to go off in search of fame and misfortune, then I slap myself round the face with a wet fish and chuck a bundle of notes down the toilet and come to my senses.

Disparate Class racing and class associations are the reason the sport is in such decline, they're evil, nothing good ever come from the pursuit of evil.

I do think some class associations make errors, they can focus on the top twenty percent of owners and updating the boat to make it more appealing with the result that the boats the body of the class race become un-competitive. But these guys are the ones that do most of the hard work involved in running a class it is their right, but it isn’t good class. Instead of focusing on how light their boat is or what’s made of carbon it should be twenty year old boats are still competitive and you can pick one up for £XXX and with a bit of graft you will have a decent boat. 

Apart from the few who have the cash the future is SMOD mainly single handed and then for double handed it is a 200 or 400

The una rig non extreme single handed boats are where the action is, between the Aero7 and the Radial there is only a PY difference of about 80 and 8 active classes. You may only race against a few boats of your class but should get some good boat on boat stuff. 

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Originally posted by Cirrus

The world has changed and not just in the last few months.  Club dinghy racing IS about handicap these days but with individual classes still enjoying their own battles within.  This is nothing new imo and is not a threat to fleet racing at all  ..... where it counts at Open and Championship level.  The paradigm today is that club racing is where you practice and have club based fun and rivalries  in mixed handicap fleets - AND you then get out and strut your stuff on the open one class platform several times each season .. including at Chmpionship level.

It is much better than simply lining up with the same old lags (often in the same boring order at the finish) in a possibly diminished twilight single class fleet every week locally.  And this change has been decades in the making and is nothing to be particularly worried about.    I can hark back with the best of them to fleet racing in the 70's if I want as well (!) .. usually at bar-side before the bloody virus interupted normality.  However that is just boring for me as much as any trappped (and bored) listener.   But it does not rewind the clock and never did ... remember there is still absolutely nothing stopping any booming class locally getting their 'own' start today.  But if they cannot sustain the numbers at least 90% of the time it is just hollow and conversally a poor advert for any class involved.  Enjoy club racing for what it is today - but still chase after the purist one-class stuff a few times each year if you want.  That is where you find the best competition anyway surely ? 


Well written, and I agree with your general observation, if not the sentiment.  I'm always inspired when I see new classes pop up in pockets - Aeros I guess have been the most recent?  There were a couple of D-Zero fleets too iirc??? 

I don't have to hark back too far to remember over 10 RS300s on my then club start line of a wednesday night.  Rose tints gloriously foreshortening the times when it blew old boots and I couldn't sail it for toffee..... 

Anyway, the initial post was a tad tongue in cheek - it's fairly obvious what davidyacht describes is the wonderful exception to the rule.  Surely even the traveller events are rapidly becoming handicap racing these days?  Did the Sail Juice summer series thing ever take off???
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Not this year TT
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Similar to davidyacht here, a very strong Solo fleet, turnouts are good and racing is tight, the class is well organised and regular training sessions outside of racing keeps everyone interested.  I find most of those with more experience will happily help new guys and are generous with advice, after all where is the fun in the same people winning every race easily, better to keep everyone progressing and racing tighter.

We have a mixture of class starts for some series and general handicap racing for the rest.  There's been two club handicap races post lockdown and they were both well attended.

There's also been a big influx of Firefly's, 17 new boats in the last year or so and almost all family memberships and interested in racing, they now also have their own starts and even an open meeting planned. I don't think we are just lucky, I think a lot of it has been down to the excellent class captains and their enthusiasm and organisation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote A2Z Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jul 20 at 8:19pm
Yup, strong Solo and Laser fleet racing at my club. Usually 10 or so Solos and 20ish Lasers our racing. Flying fifteens too. Restarts this Sunday! Quite a number of 200s as well but they don’t have their own start or fleet status.
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Tink, I agree with much of your post, but not where you pick on carbon.  There are some applications, particularly spars, where carbon could be cheaper than traditional alternatives, engineered to provide no performance advantage and offer equal or better longevity.  A regular review of any classes rules can allow sympathetic, evolutionary change without making 80% of boats built obsolete overnight.
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