You know you're a Laser sailer when...

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by splashdown, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. mustang__1

    mustang__1 New Member

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    That is where i sail out of though. I'm not realy sure where the sarastota yachtclub is since i don't drive but it is on john ringling bld, right after the bridge. The bird key yacht club is also in the vicinity but no idea where.
     
  2. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Oh, yeah, I've seen that yacht club from the bridge. It's got some really big sailboats that make me salivate until I think about how much upkeep must cost. Thanks for jogging my memory.

    Merrily
     
  3. mustang__1

    mustang__1 New Member

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    No problem. I have to admit though that i think sailing my laser is more fun than crewing with my dad our j boat. Its just more fun to be on the water. Plus you don't have to yell, "what the hell are you doing" when you ask for the spinnaker halyard to be freed so you can bring it around the jib, when instead the jib just falls on you....
     
  4. mikescott

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    You know you're a Laser sailor when:

    You death roll on your first sail in the boat and laugh as you go into the water. That actually happened to me the first time out ever (last weekend). Unbelievable feeling-cold water too!
     
  5. fishingmickey

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    Hello Mike,
    I have also debated building a hiking bench (aka torture rack). One of these days I will do it. I have been laser sailing a year and a half... I've been going to every event just about in the state of Texas. I'm still sucking but I am mixing up with the fleet most of the time. My biggest recommendation is to get more time in the boat and work on keeping it flat. the one thing that you prolly not doing on the hiking bench that you'll do on the water is changing legs (front leg and back leg loading) rolling your upper body forwards and backwards as you take waves.
    Upper body in and out as you hit gusts and lulls (out in gusts and in during the lulls). For me anyways it seems I am in constant movement trying to keep the boat flat and in good trim. So I wouldn't necessarily judge yourself by how much time you can spend out in what I call desperation hiking mode(tiptoes in the strap and back of the knees on the gunwales) to avoid a capasize. You'll be easing the main sheet when you get into situations like that.
    Keep doing what your doing cause it can't do anything but help, but my two cents worth is time in the boat instead of on the hiking bench is way more valuable. But where Dist. 6 is in the Pacific Northwest but I can imagine that you'll not get any really good sailing weather for another couple of months yet.
    Welcome to the wild world of Lasering!
    Regards,
    Fishingmickey
    150087/181157
     
  6. mikescott

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    Fishingmickey,

    Actually this has been an unbelievable winter in the Seattle area. Very little rain and a lot of sunshine. Last weekend when I ventured out the first time it was sunny about 54 degrees and blowing about 10-15 mph. Not bad.

    I call the sailing an demonstration in pure buffoonery, not having sailed a boat for longer than I care to remember. Darn things just don't turn like a sailboard! Anyway thanks for the encouragement. I noted that I was moving around on the hiking a lot to adjust to the gusts and wind shadows. I intend to get a lot of boat time in in the next few weeks.

    Thanks again
    Mike
     
  7. JacksonAUS

    JacksonAUS New Member

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    You know you're a laser sailor when you can turn up at the Yacht Club half an hour before the warning signal and people say to you "aren't you racing today" then you reply "I certainly am racing".

    So you can rig up your boat in 5 minutes then turn to look at the people who have spent the last hour rigging their own. Get changed in another 5 minutes and hit the water in time to get a great start.

    Then it is the opposite after the race. You come in, de-rig in 5 minutes, get changed in another 5 minutes. People ask you "didn't you race today" you reply "I certainly did". Then you head up to the bar and stand with other Laser sailors watching people take an hour to de-rig.
     
  8. 3335

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    You have Port & Starboard stickers on your snow-skis!
    (Well, actually this goes for any type of sailor, but I had to say it.)
     
  9. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    I knew a guy who wore port and starboard socks. He had two pairs.

    Merrily
     
  10. 3335

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    Ooo-ooo-ooooo...! I've got some others! You know you're a (Laser) sailor when ...
    ~All of your E-mail addresses, SN's, ect. are sailing related
    ~Every imaginable object has a port / starboard side
    ~You wore Converse high top "Chucks" before they were stylish
    ~You favorite holiday is ___(enter the name of your fav. big regatta here)
    ~People can here you coming 'cause of the "squelching" noise of your shoes
    ~Tan lines, tan lines, tan lines...
    ~You have sat around counting / comparing bruises with your friends!
    ~You are reading this thread...
     
  11. 3335

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    And, even more ideas...
    ~During school, you realize that your shoes are still full of sand / zebra mussells (ouch!)
    ~When you're wrapping gifts, you start to tie the ribbon in a bowline
     
  12. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Shoes full of zebra mussels? Girl, that's hardcore!

    Merrily
     
  13. 3335

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    Shoes full of zebra mussels? Girl, that's hardcore!
    It actually happened to me ( well of course my shoes weren't actually filled with zebra mussells, but they were definitely there)!
     

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