Hi Bob-Saw your post about getting into Lasers. Check out our online course learn.internationalsailingacademy.com. There are some free preview lessons there. Guys new to Laser found it to help jump the learning curve. 30 day guarantee. It also comes with access to our online coaching support...
Oftentimes it will look like sailors are doing "THE EXACT SAME THING as me" downwind in light air, but in reality they are not and things can get pretty subtle and deceptive.
Another important aspect once you have all the above tuned up, is to understand wind shadows by the lee in light wind...
Some info for you. The Force 5 is very similar to the Laser and all the same techniques apply. Please watch:
Here is a segment from our online chat group regarding death rolls:
For the downwind there are basically two categories of death roll
1. By the lee death roll...
There are 4 main variables to consider.
1. Sheet Tension
2. Heel angle
3. Angle of sailing
4. Great body position
SHAG, if you will.
All of them need to be correct and matching in relation to each other in order to have some baseline speed. From there you will incorporate some elements of...
Did you download the settings guide from www.internationalsailingacademy.com? That has the explanation to setup with the D settings in the PDF.
I believe the stock vang comes at 15:1 and you can connect where the end of the control/secondary line attaches and tie it off on the...
We have seen that setup work well also - and I could see in a lake sailing setting how it could be effective. In our experiments when the wind popped up ever so slightly, the low drag setup users who held onto it just a bit too long ended up getting killed. Same result if some lump/chop...
We've got an Upwind Sail Settings Guide now available for the Laser / ILCA Dinghy - you can goto our website to download it. This is a great starting point for setting up your dinghy to go fast!
Settings have been vetted by Olympic Champions and Coaches and include:
Yes definitely. We have some YouTube videos that might help your downwind in the meantime. Not sure where you're at exactly. This one below is a bit older but has been really popular and useful for Laser sailors.
Hey thanks for writing - good question.
For Medium Wind, we classify it a little more based on body position/hiking amount because different sized sailors, different fitness levels and different sailing rigs all come into play. Also you've got a bit of variance with air temps and wind force...
There are a few fleets. All a bit of a trek for you from Farmington but...
1) Portland - Weekends - laserd7 at gmail
2) Cobbosseecontee Lake Wednesday nights - syd.doc at gmail
3) Rockland / Bluehill etc. - etchellsfleet27 at gmail