Hi everyone: I sailed this august a laser in Trinidad & Tobago, and it was one of the coolest things I've done. I had never sailed, but I definitly had a great time. The reason for this is post is two fold: a) Where I live sailing is not too popular, and if you buy a boat, they are really expensive... I also like to build things, so I decided to give it a try and build a small sailing boat. The Laser seems like a good option because -apparently- is not a complex boat. Now, I just found out about the standards and all... so, I decided to write to you and ask: would a laser be a good option? and if so, where can I find the detailled standards ? b) I'm a graduate student, doing a master in applied mathematics. Now this may seem like a odd question, but does anybody around here know about a good book or internet link that explains well the math behind sailing? I believe it would be a nice proyect to somehow simulate a sailboat... I've been looking around for some months -since august- but haven't found anything really usefull. I'm aware that the questions are a bit odd, but well, I haven't found any other place where to ask these questions! Thanks.