Ross Bennett's Olympic Dream

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  1. captainJack987

    captainJack987 New Member

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    Quick question ross, i heard about a thing that will possibly hinder the sailing events in china this year. I know it wont effect you but you probably know more than me. I heard there was a problem about seaweed in the oceans or something floating on the top snagging on boats. Have you heard of this?
     
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    Yo ross, what life jacket do you use?
     
  3. Murphs

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    Have a look at this: http://www.laser.asn.au/news/08_june_july/video_campbellqingdaq.html
     
  4. captainJack987

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    God that sucks whats next radioactive fish
     
  5. Ross B

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    currently I use the black Zhik lifejacket, very nice
     
  6. Ross B

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    Yea they've been talking about this for sometime on Sailing Anarchy. Apparently as I understand it, the Chinese government has paid almost 250 fishing boats the clean the lot up, and they are doing a pretty fine job of it. I believe the reason for the kelp/algee bloom is because of how polluted their water is, and how hot it has been lately.
     
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    How about the radial rig idea? Has this been a consideration? I realize you're on the heavy side for the radial, but when it's blowing it might be better than not sailing.
     
  8. Ross B

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    It has been considered, but only for heavy heavy air. I personally don't like getting beaten by 110 pound girls. A radial would not help me at big events, as its usually only for girls, like I could not have sailed it at the Olympic part of Kiel, plus as a male, I could not sail a Radial at the Olympics. I will stick with my Full rig, but if I see that it might be blowing 25+ at an event, I will probably take a radial with me, and see what happens
     
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    hats off for getting out there dude. lining up with slingsby etc must have been a great experience anyway. theres no shame in not being able to handle big big winds...the top guys are at it everyday....20knots + with waves is beyond me at this point.
     
  10. Ross B

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    thanks, if I had my normal weight it wouldn't have been a problem. I would have liked more practice though, its not something we normally get in SoCal
     
  11. Rob B

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    While it's not the most politically correct thing you've written I do understand your point. Keep in mind the good radial girls can slap on a full rig and kick all of our butts in anything up to 15 and some in more than that, but as you mentioned the radial has become designated as the "girl rig". I think it's a shame that this "segragation" has happened in the class. Even in the Junior fleets the boys try to get out of the radial as fast as possible when they SHOULD stay in the radial. However, there are a few dudes sailing in the radial fleets at the bigger events like the NA's. Just look at the Masters fleets. The radial fleet is LOADED with TOP talent that are guys, (i.e. Mr. Boat Whisperer himself) but the difference is the older guys are wise enough to understand that killing themselves in the big rig is not much fun and mature enough to know that it is not a testiment to their ability to not sail the full rig, but it provides them the ability to enjoy top competition when they are underweight for the full rig. I think you're going to San Fran for the August event? There should be a nice radial fleet with great sailors and more than a couple of guys sailing in it. If you're still under 165 you should consider the radial for the big fleet experience considering how it blows there. Look at it this way. What will give you a better experience? Beating yourself to death being underweight in a full rig and finishing near the back of the fleet or having good control, actually being able to concentrate on tactics and getting better finishes in a radial fleet. Of course all of this assumes you're under 165 and it blows 20+. It should be mentally uplifting to get some nice big fleet finishes and you do not risk hurting yourself like the wrist or shoulder which could put you out for the rest of the year.
     
  12. Ross B

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    My next big laser even is Nationals, I come home two days before. I'm leaving for Baltic Spring Cup Thursday, so no American events for me.
     
  13. torrid

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    Nuh-uh. If you're getting beaten by a 110 pound girl, it's for only one reason - she's a better sailor than you. You need to be sailing against top-level talent every chance you get. If that means sailing radial when the wind is too much, so be it. More opportunity to hone your skill than sitting ashore.
     
  14. stick

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    wow, well put and some sage advice. and this is good advice for everyone, not just stubborn olympic hopefuls. this kind of thinking will allow anyone to be more competitive and have fun. i admit, as we get older we get smarter. the laser class allows us all to meet conditions with equipment based on weight. forget about age and male/female. you're going to be competitive based on your ability, so why not put yourself in the best position to learn and have a good time.
     
  15. Rob B

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    Wow. Thanks. I could use a compliment today.:)
     
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    I've got a slightly different viewpoint - A number of the Olympic qualifiers for the Games have dropped weight - it wouldn't surprise me that some are in the 165 lb range right now. So I don't think 160 or whatever is so light that someone would want to change to another class. I would be asking myself why with just a 5 to 10 lb advantage they were faster.. I don't think I would find that answer if I were not sailing against them
     
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    Well he mentioned capsizing 6 times trying to get back in on day 2. So the speed questions are not going to get answered when you can't stay vertical. My point was more of you have to crawl before you walk, (not meant to be a desparaging remark, but it's the only anology I can come up with). Apparently, he's not having problems in lighter stuff. Stay full there, but use the radial in the heavy stuff until the control is mastered on the big rig in heavy stuff, (which is better done in practice than on a course with 100other boats and way softer on the self esteem). In the meantime the radial allows for big fleet experience in big breeze and the control allows him to still learn and improve tactically while training for the full rig in heavy air on the not so often days there is a chance to do that in SoCal.
     
  18. stick

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    not trying to pile on here, but ...
    a more detailed race report from Ross would serve us well. he did race 2 races the first day. how about some detail?? where did you start, the conditions, favored side, mark roundings, tactics? these should all be contained in your race report that us Forum members want to read. Anna and Andrew always give great stories of their races and strategy. that's the stuff we can learn from and it can help Ross break down the race and improve on weak areas. just an opinion, thanks
     
  19. mjbhawg

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    Rob B. Very well put another attaboy, I remember being overweight
    on H-16 w/crew but this Laser is a different animal and I am in at
    172 and I am having time with it. I think about Radial of course I
    am not the caliber you guys are. I am over 55 also decent shape.
    All said and done I see where you are coming from.
     
  20. Kratos

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    Maciej Grabowski, from Poland...you should all know who he is...

    If I'm not mistaken, he is a pretty small guy, yet one of the top in the world.

    fitness people, all about fitness. Yes weight matters to a certain extent, but fitness level matters more.

    Also, sailing technique and skill will play a certain role.....
     
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