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Old 4th January 2007, 07:32 AM   #11
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Precision, or obstacle course sailing might be another activity that could be fun for experienced and beginning windsurfers. The course could require some stern first sailing, clew first sailing, very precise turns, etc. whatever shows off and requires all of the manuverability of a sailboard. Such a course works best in light or very light wind. Set the course very close to shore so spectators can easily see what is going on. Such a course does not require any organized start or any timers. It could be there for anyone to try as they have the opportunity. Or you could have designated start times and timers as in a race, but each sailor would have an individual start.

The first major problem with this suggestion is the number of markers required. They can be very small, like a gallon plastic jug, because the distances are very short.
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Old 4th January 2007, 04:57 PM   #12
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We've been racing twilights for 25 years or more. Current fleet most weeks, 20-30 or more in the main event, plus kids (5-10 under 15) and beginners (2-5).

We tried the hybrids; not very exciting in the light winds you get most evenings. Longboards work well and with the Exocet Kona leading the way there's now a whole bunch to select from. As Guest says, the old IMCOs and Pan Ams etc are still good options; damn fast and under-rated by many sailors.

It's great fun. Plenty of people in the group came in from shortboards and now concentrate on longboards, because racing with your mates and then having wine and pizza afterwards is a brilliant way to spend an evening, and taking a longboard upwind is a beautiful feeling.
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Old 10th January 2007, 10:49 PM   #13
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thanks for the imput guys... the points are well taken..
tyring to keep the stoke thru a warm and snowless ( ie : no skiing to speak of )
trying tog et a few IMCOS would be the best option for a cheap entry level board for all involved... prodigys may be a bit more prciey remeber used stuuff not new we are talking here.
the starts are good boards but your right , there is no doubt in low wind they are dogs.
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Old 10th January 2007, 11:36 PM   #14
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Hi Guest,

I agree with others who have suggested longboards are the way to go. In light winds the differences in performance among different brands of longboards are relatively small compared to differences in sailor skill, so you should have reasonably fair and exciting racing even if you can't put together a one-design fleet.

If you do go the one design route, Prodigies aren't bad, and unlike Mistral One Designs they are good boards for beginners of all types to learn on. Even though they're not as fast in light winds as narrower boards, they go upwind well because of their thick, hard rails and parallel outline. My grad school's sailing club has two, and I have found that they are pretty evenly matched with keelboats in light winds, and of course much faster once on a plane. I have only had a little experience on the Exocet Kona, but they also seem like a good one-design option, and they are cheap for new boards.

I'm sure newer hybrids from brands like Starboard are better than the prodigy, but you probably can't afford them.

Unless you are focusing more on beginner-instruction than racing, I would avoid super-wide beginner boards with rounded outlines and small center fins. So no to GO and START.

Good luck, and keep on trying even if you're not very successful at first!
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Old 11th January 2007, 09:15 AM   #15
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we are start'n a new international race'n class here in MiaMe. It's called the No Class.

Bring whatever you can float with some kind of sail (or kite). Pick a couple of marks on the water. Go around them. finish, score, have a beer. Right now weekends are better, cuz it's dark by 5:30. If there's not gonna be enough wind to even move, we all know the race is canceled for that week. I think the key is do'n it on the same day and time.

Just do it to have some fun. Forget about spectators and promoting the sport.

When others see folks have'n some fun, that's all it takes.

Let's us know if you would like to purchase some Internationaly registered No Class equipment.
We have a large surplus.
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Old 11th January 2007, 10:14 PM   #16
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i guess the post before this one says it all. have fun and dont worry about protmotion.
but by the simple fact of keeping it simple you do promote the sport and that is what i am getting at.
we will try and just set the days we are going to do this and go do it . see who comes out beers and barbecue after etc etc and we will see how its goes !!
the harbour is frozen up now so its just an idea at this point.B)
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