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  1. thieuster

    Private Lessons

    When you're totally new to sailing, I would suggest (with >35 yrs of sailing instruction experience behind me...) that you first take a few lessons on a keelboat. That's the best way to experience the sensation of wind - rudder - sail and their interaction. (English isn't my first language, so I...
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    Replace gooseneck

    Bicycle shops often have a large riveter or better: an air-driven rivet gun. Coincidentally, last week, I've replaced 4 rivets on the boom of a 'polyvalk' (a widely used training boat for Dutch sailing schools here in Holland), using Monel rivets. I had to use an oversized riveter with long...
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    Zhik 360 Grip II boot? Poor quality - yes this is Laser related

    With other footwear, it acts differently: it gets more slippery and therefore more difficult to hike. It's indeed the 'studded strap'. :( when using it with bare feet. I know that some other hiking straps leave 'burn marks' on feet when sailing without shoes on. A few years back we went to...
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    Zhik 360 Grip II boot? Poor quality - yes this is Laser related

    Normally I wouldn't write on an open forum about a 'below par' product. Certainly not about a personal gear item in relation to Laser sailing. However... in this case there's a connection (pun intended) between the shoes and the boat. For years, Zhik Hiking straps were readily available and...
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    From Laser Performance' FB page: Olympic Contracts Status documents

    Without further comment: Olympic Contracts & Status | Facebook
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    Nautalytics out of business?

    I answered your posting’s title, not the one in your posting’s text.
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    Nautalytics out of business?

    Their website has a new look and feel. Why do that when you’re in trouble?
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    2019 Radial Youth World Championships – Ready to Go

    Great write-up of the tournament. But with a sidenote: 208 competitors, 25% are Canadian. Not many competitors from Europe. Only from the countries where national Sailing Union (or a sponsor) pays a lot for sailors coming to Kingston. The complete Dutch crew stays home because the whole event...
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    Laser vang/kicker

    Steve C.'s videos are helpful, although it's for a Allen set-up. This is a very, very useful video about setting the vang up correctly!
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    Kicker (vang) fairlead check

    34 times is pretty much, given the fact that the 'year' normally spans from March up to October (or perhaps December when you sail the 'Boterletter' in Rotterdam) That's 582 Kcal/hr. That's about 1 hr jogging or 30 mins swimming. Normally, Dutch TeamNL and the NTT (Dutch youth crew) train...
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    Kicker (vang) fairlead check

    It says a lot about the quality of the hull. Your answer implies that a Laser is a 'boat for life'. A sparsely used 15 y/o Laser can be still as good as a 2 or 3 y/o heavily used one! To emphasise this: Marit Bouwmeester's boat has a 210xxx number. That's even older than a 2017 boat. It was not...
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    The ILCA Dinghy became a reality

    Word has it: Contenders from Europe who’ve taken their own boat to Kingston have to remove the ‘Laser’ decal and replace it for the ‘ILCA’ decal. Any confirmation on this?
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    largest sunfish trailer you've seen?

    This... Dutch crew loading up for winter training in Vilamoura, Portugal. The dinghies are taking down south in December and return in March. Sailors hop on a plane for a week training. Tickets for the trip are pretty cheap during the 'of season' period: 38 euros for a single trip. Vilamoura is...
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    The ILCA Dinghy became a reality

    PSA boats are considered to be better than LPE's. A few weeks back, I reported about an informal regatta in Scheveningen: All top-female sailors + Dutch youth crew went out for a weekend racing. The high number of PSA boats (sailed by European sailors I may add) compared with the total amount of...
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    The ILCA Dinghy became a reality

    Yes after writing my question, I realised that it's on ILCA's site as well... My son will be too old for the Youth championships and he's currently in transition to the Standard as well (which will be a struggle, since he's not very tall - options for a transfer to other boats like the 49 and...
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    The ILCA Dinghy became a reality

    That $ 2000 was exactly the reason why none of us (Dutch) is going to the event. We have to plan a trip like this, a long time before the actual event and all is on our own (parents) costs. Trip, hotel, charter, RIB charter etc make it all too expensive. Even parents with 'deep pockets' steer...
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    Kicker (vang) fairlead check

    Indeed! It has the metal insert! Way better solution. It's a July 2017 boat and it was on the water during 50 days in 2017, ± 100 days in 2018 and 79 days up until this date in 2019. About half of those times, the wind was stronger than 10 knots, I would say. About the ropes: up until now...
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    The ILCA Dinghy became a reality

    who is the supplier of the boats for that event?
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    Kicker (vang) fairlead check

    Did you ever check the fairlead on the kicker (or vang, just what you prefer ;)) This one is pretty knackered. I bought a new one for just over € 2.00 /$ 3.00
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