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  1. Jason Rucker

    LPE introduced new ARC-1 and ARC-2 rigs!

    .....which I strongly oppose.
  2. Jason Rucker

    LPE introduced new ARC-1 and ARC-2 rigs!

    Exactly. And having gotten past the hurdles of the vote and Olympic selection for 2024, those pushing the new rigs will now focus on that agenda. JB on another forum has already made it clear that all the major players (including senior ILCA leadership) support the development of the new rigs...
  3. Jason Rucker

    LPE introduced new ARC-1 and ARC-2 rigs!

    It makes no difference to me if the new proposed rigs are coming from LP or PSA. Both are apples and oranges compared to the existing rig. My assumption is that having secured the existing boat and rig for 2024, the interested parties will begin to push the new rigs hard. So I am not surprised...
  4. Jason Rucker

    LPE introduced new ARC-1 and ARC-2 rigs!

    I have a hard time seeing a need for these new rigs. They obviously represent a dramatic departure from the existing Laser platform. I tend to think that their introduction will further dilute the existing Laser fleets. I just don’t see a good reason for doing this.
  5. Jason Rucker

    SOUTH CAROLINA Laser boom

    I’m looking for a used Laser boom in good shape with the upgraded Harken blocks.
  6. Jason Rucker

    Fighting the Rudder, Boat Wants to Wind Vane

    It’s called weather helm. It occurs in heavier wind sailing to weather, when the boat is overpowered and not balanced. At this site you will find a good series of articles about sailing close hauled in a Laser. Sail Faster with Less Hiking – Part 2: Sail Setup – International Laser Class...
  7. Jason Rucker

    How to get into Laser Racing?

    No stupid questions:) it is not uncommon at local regattas for the radials to start with the full rigs. However, they are scored separately. But if the radials have enough boats (like 5 usually) then they will be started separately as their own fleet.
  8. Jason Rucker

    How to get into Laser Racing?

    Check this out for inspiration! Media — Erika Reineke
  9. Jason Rucker

    How to get into Laser Racing?

    I say go with the radial. As others have said, most of your inland sailing will be light to moderate wind. The 4.7 hasn’t really caught on around the southeast. I see an occasional 14 year old sailing one at regattas. On the other hand the radial has a large following of older juniors and adult...
  10. Jason Rucker

    How to get into Laser Racing?

    I was referring to Rob B the district 12 secretary (not at LLSC). He can easily put you on contact with people in Georgia. I would talk with Martine at LLSC. Her daughter sails a radial. Many are juniors but others are not. In Charleston there are a couple of ladies out of college who sail the...
  11. Jason Rucker

    How to get into Laser Racing?

    Lake Lanier sailing Club also has some female Laser sailors in the radials. Maybe Atlanta YC also. You could easily send out an email to the D12 group and I’m sure you would get connected quickly. Talk to Rob......
  12. Jason Rucker

    Zhik 360 Grip II boot? Poor quality - yes this is Laser related

    No doubt Zhik makes some great stuff. I’m sure I would love hiking on one of their straps. But I would hate for some kid out there to think that they have to have a delux padded strap. Save the money for a good breakfast and regatta registration, or a new sail. I use the strap below with Hiking...
  13. Jason Rucker

    Zhik 360 Grip II boot? Poor quality - yes this is Laser related

    You could always use an old cargo strap off an 18 wheeler truck. They are stiff enough that they don’t double over while hiking and the material is course enough to provide good grip. I’ve always used these or something similar.
  14. Jason Rucker

    Boat ramp

    Probably not. Post a picture of the beach where you launch.
  15. Jason Rucker

    Best Life Jacket?

    I guess it would depend on how one takes care of them. Another brand would be the Stohlquist (sp?). They look pretty low profile, but they also have good strap adjustments. I see a lot of college sailors wearing them.
  16. Jason Rucker

    Best Life Jacket?

    I used on of the zhik CG pfds this weekend. Nice fit low profile but tends to ride up when in the water. I’ll wear a bib over it next time.
  17. Jason Rucker

    European Funding

    Thank you.
  18. Jason Rucker

    European Funding

    For the purposes of this discussion I am not interested in the merits of any funding program. I am interested in determining to what degree, if any, various European funding models might inflate membership roles and boat sales.
  19. Jason Rucker

    European Funding

    I have some Italian contacts, Opti parents who have said something to the effect that sporting clubs in Italy are required to offer programs for the community. It sounded like it was possible for an Opti sailor, for example, to have access to the water and coaching at a very reduced rate...
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