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    Posted: 18 Sep 20 at 10:37am
Totally agree with iGRF My Original windsurfer beats any dinghy hands down, but the Laser is the second best by a long way. It is the only common boat I know with a flat, non slip strong deck you can use from any position. I've never broken one yet.

I'm not suprised no one will stand on a Finn foredeck. I expect you'd go right through.
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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

Originally posted by PeterV

When I first had a Finn in the late 70s I learnt to sail downwind standing in front of the mast

Handy too when the OOD has set 3 races back to back and you need a pee  Wink

One of the biggest advantages to a self draining deck is the flexibility of positions for mid race pee!
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Originally posted by PeterV

When I first had a Finn in the late 70s I learnt to sail downwind standing in front of the mast

Handy too when the OOD has set 3 races back to back and you need a pee  Wink
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When I first had a Finn in the late 70s I learnt to sail downwind standing in front of the mast and tacking and gybing while standing on the side decks, gybing being the most difficult as you had to stand on the stern deck with your toes so the boom could clear your shins.  Racing back to the club standing on the foredeck was an occasional open meeting challenge.  I can still sail downwind standing on the foredeck and tack standing up (going round in front of the mast) but have chickened out of gybing.  I cannot persuade any one else in the fleet to try any of these, such competitions used to be common.  Seeing how far you could climb up the mast also used to be common while waiting for the wind.
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One more for the Pico.

Just can perform all sorts of stupidity and come back for more.
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DART catamaran!
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what about a Int canoe? i used to try to sail mine off the plank facing backwards, facing looking away from boat, standing on the plank, legs crossed buddha style....

someone tried doing a handstand once, that one didnt work  Big smile
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Originally posted by i luv wight 2

Submarining in Pico is fun with kids - the kids stand in front of the mast until the bow goes under... then the boat fills up, and just about sails forwards with the hull completely underwater - tricky to keep it going ;-)

Pirate day at Rutland family week 2017. This was a week before our RS Aero UK Nationals at Hayling and this was my nosediving training - in case we had some testing waves there!
It was possible to sail for long periods on a reach balanced like this
Managed to get the bowgirl's head underwater and recover, although the rudder was out at that stage!

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Picos are fun sailing backwards!
You can submerge the transom, flood the cockpit and eventually stand the dinghy on its transom...
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Don't be a dick.. there is only one freestyle machine, it's called a windsurfer.. get over it.
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