Toe in the water; I've got a blog

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Rod
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Toe in the water; I've got a blog

Post by Rod » Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:22 am

I've started a blog. Probably keep me busy in the winter months but will rapidly devolve into disuse during the sailing season.

http://www.earwigoagin.blogspot.com

I've shamelessly stolen a very clever boat name, I think was used on a Merlin Rocket ... but those CVRDA historians can set me straight.

Earwig-o-agin
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Re: Toe in the water; I've got a blog

Post by Pat » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:12 am

Not a Merlin according to the Yearbook list! Great name though.

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Post by Nigel » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:58 am

My house bears the name "Beau Lochs". I will also use it on an appropriate boat in the future.

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Re: Toe in the water; I've got a blog

Post by BobC » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:55 pm

Earwig-o-agen was my old Merlin, No. 2519 (I gave it that name).

I wonder where it is now.

Just in the process of restoring an old NSM1 (3144).

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Re: Toe in the water; I've got a blog

Post by jules22 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:40 pm

Nigel wrote:My house bears the name "Beau Lochs". I will also use it on an appropriate boat in the future.

Nigel


Love it ! :)

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Post by Rupert » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:19 am

Rod's website is, of course, still going strong 9 years later. Nice bit about Classic Moths on the top, currently.
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Post by trebor » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:38 pm

First time I have read someone directly attribute Laser to the demise of a class.
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Post by Rupert » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:29 pm

It killed many, directly or indirectly, and prevented the start of others. The Minisail is a great example of the former, numbers hit by the Laser, build issues and CA strife finish it off. The Pisces, as seen in Dinghy Recognition on Facebook recently, an example of the latter. Bonito, Aquabat, both by by the Laser. Mind, the Laser really was a breakthrough in design for the time. Most of the small singlehanders would have had PYs of around 110, suddenly, the Laser is there at 95, with very little more skill needed to sail.
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Post by SoggyBadger » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:03 pm

Sadly Rupert, as your experiments have shown, had the Minisail had a better rig it may have give the Laser a run for its money.

Boring fact: the first dinghy I ever sailed (in 1969 at sailing school) was a Minisail.

Sorry for the thread drift :mrgreen:
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Post by Rupert » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:22 am

I'm not sure a different rig would have made much difference. There were already much better cut sails out there than the strange baggy nylon affairs, but most boats still seemed to have those. So putting a different mast and sail on, even in the early days may have simply gone unnoticed by the majority of owners!

I was going to race my new Minisail for the first time yesterday, but the 30 knot gusts put me off! Raced a Feva with Charlie instead, complete with Mylar main and spinnaker instead. Perfect for the conditions!
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Re: Toe in the water; I've got a blog

Post by Rod » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:35 am

Thanks Rupert for the kind words on the blog.

The Moth class wasn't the only singlehander in North America demolished by the Laser. The OK dinghy had a very strong presence on the West Coast of the U.S. in the 1960's and featured a crop of very talented young sailors, Rick Grajirena, Steve Toschi (who later would win the POW), Brian Thomas. In 1969 they had a 60 boat international fleet at the Kingston Ontario Olympic Regatta (CORK). After that the OK Dinghy was done. Why spend hours upon hours fine-tuning a wooden mast/sail combination when you could plunk down a modest amount and race one-design. Unlike Europe and Australia/NZ, the OK dinghy never reestablished in North America.

Click here for my ode to the OK Dinghy.
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