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    Posted: 11 Sep 20 at 4:38pm
So c’mon you guys.... all this talk of racing all the time; what about just dicking around on the water:

sailing backwards
standing on the foredeck
dry capsizes
taking the rudder off
paddling with a centreboard.....

What’s the best boat for all of that!?

I’d like to open the floor with the old faithful:

The Topper
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As a kid it was an Oppie, then an OK (though paddling with the CB was not really an option on the OK). TBF Toppers and Lasers didn't exist back then. These days I'd agree, Topper, or a battered old Laser
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For kids Topper, adults Laser, many hours of rudderless sailing in all sorts of weather including on my coaching course when the instructor figured it was too windy to do anything other than sail rudderless. 

This guy appears to be having some fun goofing off,

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My old Tonic.
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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 ;-)
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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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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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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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Post Options Post Options   Quote salmon80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 20 at 4:05am
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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