Search results

  1. thieuster

    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...
  2. thieuster

    From Laser Performance' FB page: Olympic Contracts Status documents

    Without further comment: Olympic Contracts & Status | Facebook
  3. thieuster

    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
  4. thieuster

    Plenty of Lasers out there...

    ISAF Youth Worlds is about to start. Four manufacturers have supplied the boats for the event. LPE/MacLaren is one of the suppliers. Note the addition of 'MacLaren'. Pic form the ISAF Youth Worlds FB-page. Yesterday I was talking with a parent of one of the sailors attending the event and she...
  5. thieuster

    Got a new boom? Check your boom strap

    A while back, I posted this: Apparently, the max. width is 26mm Sailcenter has issued a letter to the people who recently bought a new boom. Due to a mistake in the factory, a number of booms have a strap that's wider than 26mm. Check your boom strap to prevent rejection when your boom is...
  6. thieuster

    Only four races (girls: five) after four days racing in Greece (EC U19)

    As per title. Sad but true. Added to that: the long hours on the water waiting for the wind to come. Last night, the final group that made it ashore came back around 9 PM local time. Combined with the heat, it's pretty exhausting. Oh well, it is what it is. Can't blame the crew, the sailors or...
  7. thieuster

    EurILCA recommends 'NO' on the 'Name Change' rule change

    This afternoon (European time) on the EurILCA FB-page. Not something that amazes me after speaking with the Dutch participants of the Master in Roses! However, I am amazed that ILCA's policy is openly questioned! Somehow, I think that Europe and the ROW(?) have a different opinion. Looking at...
  8. thieuster

    Too much wind in Greece for the first day of the U19 EC

    As per title: too much wind. From where I sit a good call not to go out on the water. I would have been good enough for a rough day of training. But with só much boats out on the course, rescuing can be tricky. Tomorrow between 5 and 15 knots according to the forecast. Having said that: the...
  9. thieuster

    From the measurements' table in Athens (European Championship U19)...

    Tomorrow, the first race of the European Championship U19 in Kalamaki (Athens) will start around noon. Measurement was yesterday and today. According to my son (who went through the measurement without any problem), the check was very, very strict this year. Standing next to him was a sailor...
  10. thieuster

    The Hague tall-ship event and Lasers...

    About a year ago the Dutch Youth Crew got an invite from Roelof Bouwmeester (Marit B.’s coach) to train with his sister. And so it began... training plan turned into a not-so-official racing plan and: more big names Radial ladies joined: USA, CAN, FIN, TUR etc. 40 dinghies in total. This...
  11. thieuster

    Rig numbers and letters on an MKII sail. Take your time...

    After a handful of Radial sails over the last two years, this was the first time I did the numbers and letters on an MKII sail. '... and now for something completely different' to paraphrase Monty Python. It took me well over 1.5 hours to get it all correctly attached. True, I also made two...
  12. thieuster

    Digit fonts on the Laser sail *Advice please!*

    A question regarding the shape of the digit fonts on the Laser sail. Especially regarding the digit '1'. Should it be like this (note: it's not about the color! It's the shape I'm asking about) Or is a digit shaped like this also allowed? Again: it's about the '1'. Personally, I think it is...
  13. thieuster

    I heard this trick when storing a Laser

    Last weekend we (a handful of Dutch Laser parents) had a nice conversation with a Laser parent from across the ocean. She told us that during the off-season the boat is stored in a basement with low humidity. They insert a small hose (5mm or so) into the hull, through the drain hull hole. The...
  14. thieuster

    On Laser Performance Fb page...

    120 Plaques for the ISAF Youths in Poland LP is the supplier for the ISAF Youths in Poland next month. 120 boats are allocated for that event and it looks as if there are 120 plaques (stickers...) issued for that event. I heard this news last week when I had a conversation with one of LP's...
  15. thieuster

    35 knots breeze and 47 knots gusts... it can be done with a Radial

    Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday were the days of the Dutch version of the Europa Cup*). One year in Ostend (Belgium) the other year in Hoorn (20 miles north of Amsterdam). The last few days we've been hit by bad and uncommon weather: afternoon supercells and local tornadoes have hit our...
  16. thieuster

    Q.: Is this a class-legal fairlead?

    The fairleads on top of the vang/kicker base are prone to wear! I’ve seen them with horizontal cracks from the hole in the middle, stretching both ways outwards. Some sailing enthousiasts came up with this alternative. Note the metal insert inside. Hence the question in the title: ‘Is this a...
  17. thieuster

    From Aero’s Facebook Page. Not good...

    According to Aero’s Fb page, the recommendation for tomorrow’s voting is 9-3 in favour of the Aero
  18. thieuster

    From Robert Scheidt's Facebook page

    And he's right.
  19. thieuster

    "luckily we still have the pics!" Epic Saturday afternoon captured on great pictures. The beauty of Laser sailing

    Last weekend, I wrote about the Dutch National Competition, the United 4. "It's tough out there!" was what we read on the WhatsApp messages sent from the RIBs. Here 250+ of pics to show hów tough! (Btw, the coastline with the high rise buildings on the background when sailing upwind is the...
  20. thieuster

    First Nationals of the season in atrocious weather conditions

    First of the four weekends here in Holland. The United 4 Sailing Competition. The first two races are in the Spring, the two others in September and October. Normally, the weather is fair/good in May. Not this time... We had snow on the way to the regatta this morning and during the races, big...
Top