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    Chichester race

    The Sir Francis Chichester Memorial Race is a single-handed circumnavigation of Alameda in Lasers. In 1967 Chichester, on the yawl Gypsy Moth IV, completed the fastest single-handled circumnavigation to that time using the clipper route. This Race around Alameda was first run in 1972, the year...
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    Laser boom reinforcement

    Master worlds are not sailed with supplied boats. Showing up with a home built boom at a master worlds might cause you problems. I doubt you would have any problems anywhere else. You don't need a sleeve to be faster, but to prevent your boom from breaking. And w/o a sleeve it will break which...
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    Laser boom reinforcement

    The official sleeve is no longer available, at least in the US. Fit the mainsheet block first; it's easier to align and will hold the tube while you drill and install the vang. Don't bring your boom to a world championship; everywhere else you'll be fine. E
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    Harken boom and traveler blocks

    Nice to have. E
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    Laser boom reinforcement

    I have no idea what the wall thickness is in the "class" sleeve. I would have to take it out of my booms to measure it. From the picture your sleeve looks thicker but it might be just the way it's cut. I think you're worrying way too much. The sleeve will be tight to the bottom of the boom which...
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    Laser boom reinforcement

    Looks like your sleeve is thicker than the "class legal one". That said, install it and you'll be fine. You should rivet the forward mainsheet block first. E
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    Welcome to the Gamma Class!

    Since January Rule 31 was modified to shorten the rule voting process from six months to one month and removing “votes to be sent by post”. E
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    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    Push the boom at your own peril... Basically if you backwind your sail you're at fault if anything happens; or even if nothing happens but the windward boat starts yelling at you. E (who got flagged for backwinding his sail though no contact had occurred and was told by the jury that they...
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    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    Backing your main will attract judges attention more than sculling. Neither is illegal when done within the rules but in y experience backing your sail is easier to spot for the judges and will attract their attention more than sculling. And you really don't want to attract attention. Time and...
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    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    In my experience, judges look at backing your main as a worse offense than sculling. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    But if the manufacturer no longer provides the class legal sleeve, I would not feel bad about using a similar generic alu tube. BTW, I have a class legal sleeve on order with ASP for a backup boom; we'll see if they deliver. If I only had one boom and needed a sleeve, I would not wait for the...
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    Boom were fully sleeved by the year 2000 or so, well before GoPro cameras. Sleeved booms are pretty bulletproof so no videos of any breaking. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    Or you can go to your hdw store and get 3' of alu tube 1.7/8"od and install that. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    Not next time, but eventually.... E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    If it has a sleeve, it will be the short one; it will break at the mainsheet block. The new sleeve goes past the mainsheet block and make the boom pretty much bulletproof. E
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