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On the other hand if someone like Alistair 'Stork' McLaughlin, who must be over 60 and not exactly a fitness nut can win the RS300 Nationals last year it shows that you don't need to be a super human to sail them - just a super sailor.
 
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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

I was tempted by a 300 when I was looking for a singlehander. I'm glad I didn't as I believe they take more skill than I have the time to spend developing to sail well. The Blaze is an easy boat to sail, this suits me 'cos I don't sail every weekend and practice every Thursday. I can get it around the course in most conditions and enjoy my racing. If I was 14 (or, actually, under 30) and able to sail twice a week to develop the skills a 300 requires I would probably enjoy the challenge.

#FS_Comet_72, are you already a competent sailor? If not maybe the 300 is for later but if you are and if you can sail a couple of times a week or more then go for it. It looks like a seriously rewarding, and blindingly quick boat if you can master it and somebody on here said a few years ago "buying a boat is not a marriage, you can always sell it and buy something different if it doesn't work out".

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I don't think time learning would be a huge issue for me, as I tend to go up the club two or more times a week, I also have a lot of time to do theory and practicing during the week. While i'm not  an 'amazing, knows everything and wins every race' type of sailor, I would regard myself as fairly competent and skilled, and having sailed fevas, visions, argos , a laser(only twice), a comet( although i found it quite underpowered and it didnt really push me) and a laser 4k once I would say i am pretty decent
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I have a nice photo of me in a Lightning 368 in that position, too.
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Itís not a hard boat to sail really and you get up to comfortable before very long; obviously  sailing it quickly takes some skill but they donít capsize (at circuit events anyway) anywhere near as much as people would have you believe.

Be prepared to hike hard and move quickly and the are great fun. Certainly try one before you settle for something the Ďmatureí sailors on here would peddle as the best thing since sliced bread!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Sep 20 at 8:32pm
Originally posted by Neptune

Itís not a hard boat to sail really ]


FFS!

It's probably the most hard boat to sail, somebody perlease tell me one that's harder..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Sep 20 at 9:30pm
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Think it's all been said Here have I changed my opinion with the passing of years and gaining of experience? Er let me think... Nope, it ever was the Dinghy equivalent of Div 2 raceboards and even though I had some of my greatest victories on them they were horrendous and a total blind alley that did untold damage to the sport at the time, oh and of course if you coulnd't sail them, you were 'crap or a beginner.'

Not sure how Div 2 damaged the sport, they were only ever for the elite and everybody knew that (I raced against one of Barry Edgington's rivals for the 1992 spot at my club in Div 1). Div 1 was great for average club racers and, with some reservations*, so were Raceboards. Then Formula Windsurfing came along and totally buggered the sport 'cos they could only race in about 9-12 knots, less and racing was cancelled and more you needed to be a gorilla just to get to the start line Plus you needed two boards and four rigs at prices that would make a Merlin sailor's eyes water. 

* It was the manufacturers that messed things up by freezing out the low volume builders when the RB rule was introduced. At the end of the day they got greedy and, instead of nurturing the long term health of the sport they wanted to sell us something new every year, whether it was any good or not. [/rant]
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Sep 20 at 9:40pm
Originally posted by iGRF

Originally posted by Neptune

Itís not a hard boat to sail really ]


FFS!

It's probably the most hard boat to sail, somebody perlease tell me one that's harder..

Whats hard about it, single sail, big foils, buoyant wings that if you lean over too far provide a safety net. Itís only hard if you think you should be able to just sit your arse down and do bugger all
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Canoe with a sliding plank?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifoxwell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Sep 20 at 12:21pm
300 is only hard going down wind in a blow, canoe is only hard to tack in a blow.... a Musto is hard to get off the beach in a blow.
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