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  1. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Zhik Powerpads 3 vs Powerpads 2

    Have some one have experience of Zhik Powerpads 3? It would be even better if someone has experience of both Poewerpads 3 and 2 and can compare them. I have used Powerpads 2, which worked ok but often tended to slip down while hiking, so I often had to bring them back up. I stopped using them...
  2. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Effective way to do hike bench training?

    I am a grand-masters age Laser sailor. I know many Laser sailors have hike bench at some point (either bought or home made), but not many people actually use it. And I am one of them. I made the bench 4 years ago based on Make Your Own Hiking Bench, but very quickly it went to the garage. But...
  3. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Take notes while sailing?

    I am wondering if someone knows a nice way to take notes while doing sailing practice or checking wind condition before the race. For example, I would like to write down what is the starboard/port compass angle to check how much the wind may be swinging before the race, or I would like to take a...
  4. Toshinari Takayanagi

    How long does a race sail last?

    I am a masters Laser sailer who is actively sailing/racing but not super competitive. I participated Masters World for the past three years, and finished about in the middle. My question is: how often people renew the race sail for these major events? I guess it all depends on who the "people"...
  5. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Good way to do mainsheet marking?

    I am looking for a good way to put markers on my Laser mainsheet. I have two markers on my main sheet: One at 90 degree boom angle and the other one for a little narrower angle. I tried (a) blue and red color sharpie, and (b) Scotch vinyl plastic tape, but neither one works well. With (a), the...
  6. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Adjustable hiking strap with cleat in new rule

    With the new Laser class rule (rule 17C), we can now use a cleat and shake for the hiking strap. I tried to mimic the configuration listed in the following page as an example (attached the photo also), but it did not work too well for me. It perhaps did not work well because the rope thickness...
  7. Toshinari Takayanagi

    What is this knot/knit to tidy up unused part of the rope?

    Hello, I sometimes saw some sailers knit the rope end to shorten the too long unused rope end (and perhaps make it easier to grab). I have attached a photo I found in the internet, but I am not sure if this what I would like. I saw some sailers do this knitting very quickly by moving two hands...
  8. Toshinari Takayanagi

    What if race committee missed scoring my finish?

    Hello, I had this case yesterday. In one of the five races in Laser class, in the third race, the race committee missed my finish and my score was marked as DNF. It was a casual race without protest etc., but later I was contacted in email by one of the race committee whether I finished the...
  9. Toshinari Takayanagi

    How to read wind?

    Hello, I am a Laser sailer, and I am not good at sensing the wind shift, identifying gust/lull, or predicting the wind shift. So overall, I am not good at reading wind. Can people tell me the tips for how to read the wind (where is the gust, which wind direction the gust will have etc) and how...
  10. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Any experience from Laser Mk2 practice sail from IntensitySails

    IntensitySails now sells practice sail for Laser Mk2 radial cut for $199 (Practice Sail for Laser® Mk2 Radial Cut Full Rig). I bought Laser Radial practice sail from them a little while ago and I have been very happy about the quality, so I am interested in buying this one as well. If someone...
  11. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Zhik H1 helmet for Laser sailing?

    I am thinking about buying a helmet when sailing Laser under strong wind. This is to protect my head from possible boom punch. Does someone have experience using helmet in Laser, especially Zhik H1? Zhik H1 may be originally meant for high-speed sail boats such as 49'rs, but will it be also good...
  12. Toshinari Takayanagi

    How to trim Mark-II sail in light wind, close-hauled?

    I sail radial rig most of the time, but I also sail standard rig when the wind is very light. I recently bought Mark-II sail for this and used it this weekend, and I noticed that I do not have good sense of how to trim it when close-hauled, especially how to set the boom vang and the main sheet...
  13. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Race rule for start and finish line

    I have questions about the start and finish lines, for which I think somewhat different rule is applied from the weather/leeward mark rounding. Is my following understand correct? (1) Start line: If I did not recall, but touched the pin or committee boat after the starting gun, I can clear it...
  14. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Is there a reason to buy a new batten?

    I have seen a thread "is there a reason to buy a legal batten?", but my question is about whether there is a reason to update battens. I have been sailing the same boat for 32 years (which is still in a very good condition), and the battens came with the original purchase. The battens look fine...
  15. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Lift from centerboard and rudder?

    I have heard that "centerboard and rudder can also lift" twice. One case was a commentator of world cup laser medal race mentioning that in laser, sailers do not bring up the centerboard too high because the centerboard can create lift. The other was Paul Goodison's LASER HANDBOOK: p. 70...
  16. Toshinari Takayanagi

    Laser tactical compass question: 103RE vs CarbonParts

    I have used a compass for my Laser, but since I haven't used so-called a tactical compass, I do not understood how it works. The two compasses I am considering are: • (a) Nexus 103RE: Nexus 103RE Racing Compass • (b) CarbonParts: The CarbonParts Laser Compass | CarbonParts First...
  17. Toshinari Takayanagi

    How to park the boat at the start line?

    How can I park the laser around the start line before the race start? Is there a special techniques to stop the boat (such as how much mainsheet should be sheeted in, how the tiller should be manipulated, boat should drift back and forth, how tight the boom bang should be, etc.), and just...
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