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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 12 at 5:03pm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pondmonkey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 12 at 5:17pm
... I can see it now.  Banks of spin bikes in abandoned Government warehouses.  All directly connected to the national grid with scores of fat people lined up outside, drafted in to play their part in Graeme's big green energy/ economy recovery programme.  

You could even install big screens showing Paul McKenna in 'Think Yourself Thin' on permanent loop.

- lose weight
- make friends
- create electricity
- sell excess electricity generated to China, and pay off the sovereign debt

what's not to like? I'll vote for it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NickM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 12 at 5:26pm
"I've long since been an advocate of 'choose your weapons', 12/18 ft skiff style. And to the 'arms race argument'... do one... it's dinghy sailing, it's not cheap and another rag to make the boat more accessible is not going to prevent anyone from joining in. In fact, given that it opens-up the wind and weight range if free choice is allowed to stand then imho, it makes the 'toy' more usable. If something's more usable I'd be confident you'd get more people joining in longer term."
 
Hmm.  For sailing maybe,  but for serious racing?  If you don't work for a sail loft or boat builder but fancy your chances of winning, it is going to get very expensive if you feel obliged to turn up with a quiver of (new?) sails for every championship.   And at the extremes of weather, if you have a free choice of sail size, there will be times when you will be at an advantage, depending on your weight i.e.  (BFT6: Heavy bloke vs. light bloke both using a small sail; BFT0 - 1: light bloke vs heavy bloke both using the biggest sail.)  But I guess over much of the sailable wind range it becomes a more even contest.
 
Showing my ignorance for a moment, how is sail choice currently controlled in classes like the RS300?  Are you allowed to use two sizes of sail in the same race series?  Is the size determied by personal choice or body weight according to class rules?  
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I don't agree- I reckon the most anyone would realistically carry would be 3 sails, and in fairness the one you use the least you'd probably buy cheaper/ 2nd hand, or make out of Dacron if it's the 'heavy wind sail'.

They'll all obviously last longer through less use too.

As for the 300... open choice, once per season on the circuit.  They ditch w/eq years ago.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bferry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 7:36am
Weight equalisation system........
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Post Options Post Options   Quote winging it Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 10:55am
you have to go down the cvrda route - multiple boat options.  If it's windy for the next event I shall take either the cherub with a thin crew or the kestrel with a fat crew.  If it's medium I shall take the ToY or the low rider, if it's light I shall take the classic moth.  One of these days I will finish the 14 and that will do for light or medium, crew whatever size he/she likes...


the same, but different...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote patj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 6:15pm
And the cvrda route of ensuring that average laps are calculated properly and DNF is worth more points than DNC Wink 
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