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The obvious big change that has improved enjoyment and accessibility is sprit kites.
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Trying to find the link to the story about first kicker, I know it was used in a race in New Zealand, skipper kept it in his pocket to prevent anyone from finding out how they were winning.
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I suspect that the kicker was invented many times, but the story I have heard was that it was an international 14 sailor and that ,as you say, he kept it hidden until he was out on the water
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 21 at 5:20pm
Found it, Captain Boyd was inventor.
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=gXQQAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA110&lpg=PA110&dq=race+in+which+kicking+strap+was+first+used&source=bl&ots=k8W47jjGtQ&sig=ACfU3U22x3yz8zIhmHqsW5WitMVDJ9m9WQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwis8JjtxePzAhVED2MBHQk-BXEQ6AF6BAgIEAM#v=onepage&q=race%20in%20which%20kicking%20strap%20was%20first%20used&f=false
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 21 at 5:39pm
Page is in Eric Twiname 'Start to win'
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Sailed on Strangford Loch in Northern Ireland  in an old traditional class - think they were called "Rivers".  No kicker so crew would sit on boom to keep it from lifting up and depowering main.  If wind got up crew were lifted  up feet off the deck, add another crew member - downwind  these  crews members needed  confidence that helm would not allow a crash gybe.  Lovely boats to sail.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamie600 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 21 at 2:28pm
Two big step changes that spring to mind are toe-straps, followed by the trapeze/sliding seat*.

* not sure when they became a thing but for convenience I'm lumping them in with trapezes - step change 1 is some of your weight over the side of the boat, step change 2 is all of your weight over the side

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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 21 at 3:29pm
Oddly I think both trapeze and sliding seat may predate toe straps. Sliding sets date back to the end of the 19thC. What we would call trapezes were in use on Malaysian racing canoes about the same time. Its uncertain whether they inspired the european introduction, but they were reported in western yachting media, so its certainly possible.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 21 at 9:54pm
Nope, the only serious performance step change was the articulated mast foot joint that gave rise to the biggest increase in independant performance sailing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 21 at 6:10am
Windsurfers brilliant, enabling use of wind from anywhere and could be carried in a van or roof of a car, then carried by hand, much like sit on top kayaks, 'Topper' probably nearest dinghy to meet this convenience.
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