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Post Options Post Options   Quote coleyy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 09 at 5:24pm
did i mention it was difficult i said its easier.
plus you have to basicly lay down, to try and tack or gybe .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stuarthop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 09 at 7:50pm

I sailed optimists at national squad level until i was 16. One of my freinds in the national squad was 6 foot tall and just under 10 stone when he got too big for an optimist.

Most junior sailors leave the class too soon

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Post Options Post Options   Quote coleyy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 09 at 9:26pm
yes i know what you mean but once you mastered the easier boat,
why not go on to something challenging,
like my brother he had a listang 25,
and now hes sailing open 60's.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote desteve1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Feb 09 at 7:58am
thanks but the optimist sailors in our club are realy stupid (they try to sail against the wind). anyway there usually isn't much wind to sail into.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote English Dave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Feb 09 at 2:39pm
Have you considered crewing in a larger faster boat?
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ye but its going to the ocean gods
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Oppies suck and toppers aren't much better.  These two boats only survive at all because the RYA (the UK's training people) adopted them many years ago when there wasn't much else around.

The oppie is a small uncomfortable square ended tub, the topper is a nasty flexy plastic thing with a floppy battenless sail.

No-one over the age of 10 should be in an Oppie IMHO and you'd soon grow out of a topper.

Get a crewing job!

Or get a laser 4.7 with a Radial rig for light wind days.  In truth, the laser isn't such a great boat either, but at least it's a proper racing boat not a square ended bath tub - and though relatively expensive at first, you can keep adding bigger sails to the same hull as you get bigger and better at sailing, so never grow out of it.  The laser pico is fun too - but HEAVY and pretty slow in light wind.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote coleyy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 09 at 6:12pm
yeah the laser pico with main and gib is good fun on a breezy day!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Contender 541 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 09 at 7:00pm

Laser 4.7 with a Radial rig

It's the conventional route for a reason

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In this country it is. In Europe it isn't.

'Splash' or 'Flash' ( bigger rig 'Splash' ) is also a conventional route in Europe after Optimists ( 45kg to 65kg more for the Flash ) and is a boat designed for the size of person in transition to adult size boats. The Laser 4.7 / Radial is an Adult size designed hull with a reduced size agricultural rig on it not best suited to a young adolescents physical size. If the UK Optimist mums and dads weren't so brand conscious and bought boats on merit rather than label UK sailors would know about the Splash.
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