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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-06-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 6,345
Posted By Roxy405
Re: Help what sail to raise 1st?

Lou,

I assume you're talking about your FJ here?

The technique for dinghies is different than the one for keelboats. The wire inside the jib luff takes over from the forestay and (tensioned...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-02-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,822
Posted By Roxy405
Re: question about dinghy sailing

It's a rather rubbish answer, but it really does depend on the boat. In older-style boats it is certainly possible to have plenty of water flooding over the leeward side-deck and still be able to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-19-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 803
Posted By Roxy405
Re: Hiking out

There is: Alex Thomson attempts the Keel Walk - YouTube

Actually, I think the chap on the keel is Alex Thomson, the boat's skipper. Although that might be one of those times being an IMOCA skipper...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-14-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 5,437
Posted By Roxy405
Re: Vang on a dinghy

Tarmes,


In theory, at least, the vang/kicker on a dinghy is pretty much for controlling leech tension and sail twist.

To rather oversimplify, the reason for doing it is that all the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-09-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 3,721
Posted By Roxy405
Re: Will learning to sail on a Cat ruin me forever?

IMHO the "cat v mono" debate is a bit of a red herring. Particularly insofar as the OP is a relative beginner & wants to sail on a lake... It's all very well talking about trapeze balance on the sea,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-20-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 9,267
Posted By Roxy405
Re: Pulled out a cleat at my slip, now getting pursued for damages - advice please

I'm not a lawyer in your jurisdiction, but....

You could write a whole lot of words about various types of legal liability & get into really complex disputes on the forum. For example, I don't...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-19-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 3,721
Posted By Roxy405
Re: Will learning to sail on a Cat ruin me forever?

The Bahia & the Hobie are quite different boats in their own way—which one is better for you depends primarily on what you want to do with it.

For tearing around a lake on a day with a decent...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-13-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 3,010
Posted By Roxy405
Re: advice needed, discipline...

Part of the knack of successful racing is getting a clear division of roles. In the OP's situation, it seems to me that there are four roles that are potentially conflict.


Owner: The person who...
Forum: Racing   03-12-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roxy405
Re: RR -- port tacker at the weather mark

You could well imagine that if they hadn't used the form of words "is subject to rule 13 in the zone" the result might have been a bunch of people claiming that rule 13 didn't apply in the zone.

I...
Forum: Racing   03-11-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roxy405
Re: RR -- port tacker at the weather mark

Good to have that point clarified.

I imagine that in practice, such a situation is unlikely to arise as anyone capable of arriving at the top mark with a couple of dozen boatlengths on the guy...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-11-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,241
Posted By Roxy405
Re: help flying junior

Lou,

The spinnaker block/pulley (both words mean basically the same thing, although sailors usually use 'block' for some reason) isn't any particular type of block. You could use something like...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-10-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,241
Posted By Roxy405
Re: help flying junior

Lou,

If the empty holes are on the gunwale at the stern of the boat (i.e. almost in line with the transom), I would expect they will be for turning blocks not cleats.

I had a quick look on the...
Forum: Racing   03-03-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roxy405
SP, I have to admit, as I understood it the...

SP,

I have to admit, as I understood it the term fetching meant any boat that was on or above the layline on starboard tack (assuming its 'round the cans' racing.) The wording of the rules doesn't...
Forum: Racing   03-01-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roxy405
Before I weigh in with my two cents let me...

Before I weigh in with my two cents let me declare the caveat that I predominantly race centerboarders in England—feel free to take my views with a pinch of salt.

For me, there are two points....
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