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Best boat for ‘freestyle’ sailing

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Category: Dinghy classes
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Topic: Best boat for ‘freestyle’ sailing
Posted By: turnturtle
Subject: Best boat for ‘freestyle’ sailing
Date 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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Posted By: Sam.Spoons
Date Posted: 11 Sep 20 at 4:44pm
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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Spice 346 "Flat Broke"
Blaze 671 "supersonic soap dish"


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 11 Sep 20 at 5:28pm
Mirror.

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Robert


Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 11 Sep 20 at 5:42pm
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,

https://youtu.be/6p0ILgwKD8o" rel="nofollow - https://youtu.be/6p0ILgwKD8o



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Tink
https://tinkboats.com

http://proasail.blogspot.com


Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 11 Sep 20 at 6:31pm
My old Tonic.

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Firefly 2324, Lightning 130, Puffin 229, Minisail 3446


Posted By: i luv wight 2
Date Posted: 11 Sep 20 at 9:04pm
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 ;-)


Posted By: iGRF
Date Posted: 11 Sep 20 at 9:30pm
Don't be a dick.. there is only one freestyle machine, it's called a windsurfer.. get over it.

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Posted By: ColPrice2002
Date Posted: 12 Sep 20 at 7:57pm
Picos are fun sailing backwards!
You can submerge the transom, flood the cockpit and eventually stand the dinghy on its transom...


Posted By: Peter Barton
Date Posted: 13 Sep 20 at 10:12pm
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!



Posted By: salmon80
Date 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


Posted By: Mark Aged 42
Date Posted: 14 Sep 20 at 8:20am
DART catamaran!


Posted By: Ozzytub
Date Posted: 16 Sep 20 at 12:10pm
One more for the Pico.

Just can perform all sorts of stupidity and come back for more.


Posted By: PeterV
Date Posted: 17 Sep 20 at 9:14pm
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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PeterV
Finn K197, Finn GBR564, Hunter Duette.
Warsash


Posted By: Sam.Spoons
Date Posted: 18 Sep 20 at 8:31am
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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Spice 346 "Flat Broke"
Blaze 671 "supersonic soap dish"


Posted By: Neptune
Date Posted: 18 Sep 20 at 8:36am
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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RS300 and RS200, ex Musto Skiff


Posted By: Riv
Date 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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Mistral Div II prototype board, Original Windsurfer, Hornet built'74.



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