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  1. rippa

    Olympic status

    None of the builders had the foresight to grab an old Laser mould out of the backyard and present a 32kg epoxy sandwich Laser with a newly developed rig at the upcoming trials. It would have been a serious contender.
  2. rippa

    Something inside my Laser hull

    My seventies Laser had large Styrofoam blocks inside the hull, neatly packaged in plastic film so they would not soak up 5 litres of water before the dealer got his money.
  3. rippa

    Heart Rate Monitor

    Many compass watches allowed under 22(d) have a heart rate monitor connection function as well and thus make it possible to illegally check heart rate while racing. Maybe one should not take off his rash vest under the watchful eye of the Executive Secretary Emeritus ;)
  4. rippa

    Heart Rate Monitor

    Sorry, hope this works:
  5. rippa

    Heart Rate Monitor

    Does rule 22 allow the use of a heart rate monitor during racing? (Watch Kontides interview at 00:44 and 03:24.)
  6. rippa

    Softly, Softly

    True, the youngsters are the future of our sport. But they need and deserve "real sport", not some watered down version so their folks can go wine tasting. Funny, there is a famous and very demanding mountain bike race over four days in our area every year. Start at 7 in the morning, then...
  7. rippa

    Softly, Softly

    Some race organisers take an increasingly soft approach in running Laser events. I just had such an experience at our last State Championship with six races planned over a long weekend. Not only was the start time set at 1400 during the peak UV exposure but also at a time when traditionally no...
  8. rippa

    Where to buy national letters for laser sail?

    The Star class had a system of "districts" which did not care about national boundaries, at least in Europe, and some sailors in the class even developed "District Pride". Very refreshing in an increasingly nationalistic world.
  9. rippa

    Mark II Standard Sail

    We just had our Western Australian State Championship in very light winds (up to 10 knots) and the Mark II performed very well. Most master sailors, except me, had the new sail and I was definitely underpowered going upwind. Downwind I did not notice much difference. The problems with the Mark...
  10. rippa

    New design Standard Sail

    And here: http://www.psasailing.com.au/shop/laser/sails/all-new-radial-cut-standard-sail/
  11. rippa

    New design Standard Sail

    See, see... Pre order the ALL NEW RADIAL CUT STANDARD LASER SAIL now ! View this email in your browser THE NEW LASER STD SAIL IS COMING ! Pre order the all new radial cut STD Laser sail now. Officially launching on November 1st 2015 and class legal for all AUS regattas except for Sail...
  12. rippa

    New design Standard Sail

    Does anyone have experience with the new standard sail? Will it be only dis-allowed in World-Cup events, Worlds and Olympics? What about Masters Worlds?
  13. rippa

    All about to kick off....

    Thats what the Torch is all about. Old guys kikkking ass. On ya Bruce
  14. rippa

    Osmosis in a new Laser?

    Why not ship a container load of Lasers from Europe or the US to Australia? The high Ozzy dollar would make this a worthwhile proposition. Funnily this does not happen, rather the other way around. Why?
  15. rippa

    Should I Go Now

    No Bunnies over here since the introduced rabbit devastated the country. We got the "Easter Bilby". Pairing up competitors on Saturday is fine by me as long as it is with one of those fit Radial sailoresses you got in your country. Randomly would be ok.
  16. rippa

    Should I Go Now

    I am a Grand Master sailing out of Geographe Bay Yacht Club in Busselton. I am keen to go sailing once or twice a week. We got two Lasers racing at the moment with the odd visitor coming down from Perth. Last weekend multiple Masters World champ Colin Dibb came down from Freo. Busselton is...
  17. rippa

    2009 Laser Masters Worlds in Nova Scotia

    Many Australian master sailors are expected to go to Nova Scotia in 2009 to participate at the upcoming world championships. Here are some local tips for budget accommodation: http://www.primitiveways.com/igloo.html
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    Austrailian Nationals Under Way (Campbell Sailing)

    Try this for results: http://www.yachting.org.au/site/yachting/event/13897/Overall_1.html
  19. rippa

    Ideas for Improving the Top section

    If the new composite top gets introduced in the near future, I should still be able to use my old aluminium top and race it at international regattas. If that composite top is softer, or in any other way inferior to the old aluminum top for a heavy sailor, then what??.... Will all new Lasers...
  20. rippa

    Ideas for Improving the Top section

    Re: Top section I am sailing in country Western Australia and I am out there by myself regularly in 20 knots+ offshore and I do not feel comfy with that top section. The overall length of the common shark here is about 2 feet longer than my Laser. If someone fits a sleeve to their boom and...
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