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  1. J

    European Funding

    As an addition to Menno's story. In small clubs like mine we have a number of older laser that we use for youth training. Those that have grown out of the Cadet and Optimist can step into friday evening training for a lot less than the cost of tennis lessons. This it not the high level that...
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    EurILCA recommends 'NO' on the 'Name Change' rule change

    I"m actually rather annoyed by the voting advice pushed upon me by the dutch laser class. I'm with ilca on this. If euilca has a problem they should solve this with ilca where they are represented... Not like this, very unmature.
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    Olympic status

    Weird to see the Europe vs ICLA thing popping up. No need for that as we all want the same thing (laser sailing?). To me it seems to be a communication problem first. I, as a laser sailor and member do not get any information from my national class organisation on this. All i know is what I...
  4. J

    Old v new upper Mast

    Agree, very annoying. Yesterday it took 15 min to separate the upper and lower mast of one of my clubmates after the last day of the Masters...
  5. J

    Old v new upper Mast

    I had that problem. Easily fixed with some sanding....
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    Best way to leave a Laser at a dock?

    Agree, you cannot do that everywhere but on a location like this it works fine:
  7. J

    Best way to leave a Laser at a dock?

    I just capsize it after stepping on the dock. It is the most stable position for a laser anyway....
  8. J

    How long does a race sail last?

    I have no experience with the radial but I am pleasantly surprised by the lifetime of the standard MK2 sail. I got mine halfway the 2016 season and will replace it this summer before the master worlds. Most of my sailing is on inland lakes but it is only now that i think it needs to be demoted...
  9. J

    Ideal Weight

    It was big fun to sail in a mixed fleet like this... The aggression a fighting for position, nothing negative. What i noticed is that in an all master fleet people generally spread out fairly evenly on the line after realizing it is better to have a good start than to battle for the space at...
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    Ideal Weight

    Interesting. I was one of slower masters in that field. I could keep up with the younger sailors in the last race (with my 85kg, 1.9m) but the first two days they were way, faster. BTW keeping up mean straight line speed only... ;-). And these guys are aggressive at the start, learnt to keep...
  11. J

    Masters Laser Worlds 2019 information online!

    Old enough is not the problem.... it does make me think. How often do you have such an event a one hour drive away? Thanks for sharing your experience... i'll start with blocking the week in my agenda...
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    Masters Laser Worlds 2019 information online!

    A bit out of my league but interesting to dream about. Maybe if can get in the first half of the Dutch nationals i can consider entering...
  13. J

    Heart Rate Monitor

    Interesting to note that most of today's heart rate monitors come equipped with a build in gps.... very hard to get one without. only the very low end do not have that and i would not expect these guys to have something low end ...
  14. J

    Heart Rate Monitor

    I think not given the simple fact that everything electronic that is not mentioned is not allowed.. ... But I do use one but make sure I cannot see it during a race so I cannot have any advantage form it (if at all possible). Always nice to see afterwards that a day Laser racing is similar in...
  15. J

    Difficulty pulling block to block

    Apart from strength (which I gradually developed) a found that a new ratchet block helped me a lot. My old one was not very grippy. A less slippery sheet may have the same effect (at lower cost).
  16. J

    How I Reduced My Laser Weather Helm

    Apart from modifying your rudder keeping the boat flat and sheeting out in gusts helps a lot.
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    Rigging advice please

    Best use I found is after four back to back races for the 30min sail back to the landing... I did need a rest. They also come in handy in the last bit of an upwind leg if you want to untangle the mainsheet.
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    Mark II Summary

    For the record. I do like the Mk2 better overall. I did put in another block in the cunningham which makes it easier to control. The downside of that is more line. I already managed the pull the cunningham control line together with the sheet through the ratchet block...
  19. J

    Mark II Summary

    I think my experience is similar. I like the Mk2 even more in stronger winds. It depowers better and more controlled. To me it seems easier to sail in a breeze.
  20. J

    2017 Class Rule changes:

    Did not realise how expensive these are. My garmin watch includes a good digital compas (plus a GPS which means I cannot use it while racing) and much more for less.
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