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Sir Chris Hoy - The greatest GBR Olympian ever............
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I've got the right boat now, thanks for asking and surprise I've been sailing it on a pond for weeks, capsize free even when running aground with its infernal dagger (the only weak point of an otherwise excellent boat).

However first time on the sea in waves, first gybe, in I went, documented elsewhere, too much weight on the windward stern quarter aided by a wave, bringing about a flare gybe back the way I'd just come and in to windward there's a first time for everything and that's a new one on me.

I take all your points about violent shifts, headers, lulls etc but cross waves are more unsettling if they come at the wrong moment, the sea brings about more spills (and thrills) than ponds. Ponds do on the other hand teach you more about wind and how to react to it, and better transition technique and rule observance, inter boat reactions, high speed oscillating wind tactics.

But to be a truly good sailor, you need to be good at both...

I hope you wrote that in your book.


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I'd agree with that.... I couldn't believe how much easier the MPS was in steady coastal wind, same too for the 100.  I was windsurfing at Hayling the other week and couple of the locals were moaning about how gusty it was.... I almost wet myself laughing.
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Originally posted by G.R.F.

Nobody capsizes anything on a pond, you should come down to Hythe, sail it here, do a book promotion, show us all how we're doing it wrong, er if you can get it off the beach that is... LOL

Wrong again - more likely to capsize on a pond, what with 50 degree headers up the beat, wind speed going from 6-20 knots (usually half way thru a gybe or tack) and back in an instant. I freely admit that I am far more successful at finding innovative new ways to muck things up on our pond than on open water. I've even performed water starts (and seen others do so too) in a dinghy on our pond straight after rolling in to windward in a lull.

I've always accepted your beach is an issue, although coming in to a shore break when you cannot get the sail down fears me at least as much as getting out. And I do like my smooth, unscratched bottom thank you very much.

Talks are available and the feedback has been really positive, thankfully. For you, I think I'd have to go for the sections about choosing the right boat, then making sure everything works properly...
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Nobody capsizes anything on a pond, you should come down to Hythe, sail it here, do a book promotion, show us all how we're doing it wrong, er if you can get it off the beach that is... LOL

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Originally posted by G.R.F.

Originally posted by fab100

Deliberately going swimming in an Rs100 is simply disrespectful to 2 billion years of evolution back thru your family tree

FTFY

Don't judge me by your standards Graeme - I might capsize (although not as often in 3 years as you did in 6 months) but I stay on the high side
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Originally posted by 2547

Maybe shere should be medals for each race of the series giving BA 11 medal chances.
 
Or perhaps one for upwind, one for downwind and one for reaching.
 
How can one guy sensibly win so many medals when someone like Regrave at the top of his game for 16 years can only win 5 ... just not fair ...

Redgrave has 6 medals - 5 gold and 1 bronze he doubled up in Seoul  (coxed and coxless pairs).

(plus the one I'm sure he values the most when he rowed with me at Henley RC anniversary invitation scratch VIIIs)

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Deliberately going swimming in an Rs100 is simply disrespectful to 2 billion years of evolution back thru your family tree

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Deliberately going swimming is simply disrespectful to 2 billion years of evolution back thru your family tree
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Maybe shere should be medals for each race of the series giving BA 11 medal chances.
 
Or perhaps one for upwind, one for downwind and one for reaching.
 
How can one guy sensibly win so many medals when someone like Regrave at the top of his game for 16 years can only win 5 ... just not fair ...
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