It has been an eventful week. I had my first dinghy race in 42 years and the Tillerman put this blog on his list 3 Best Laser Sailing Blogs on the Planet, in the ‘relative beginner’ category.
So I’ll stay in character for this post.
Although I am racing in the same place, Middle Harbour just off Balmoral Beach, a lot has changed in 42 years. This is my Australian Moth rigged at Balmoral circa 1969 note the high tech walking stick mast, pocket-luff sail and hand crafted bamboo battens.
This is what has changed in forty two years.
The shorts have got longer - say no more
The web and google gives us all the unorganised information we could hope for
Boats come from factories - my Moth was built in a friends garage with plywood, glue and clamps - note the beautiful, rare and depleted rain forest wood veneer deck
The Laser was invented 40 years ago - it has taken that long for me to get on one
Moths got foils - next the foiling Laser
Kids get sailing coaching - even a relative beginner GM can hook into some coaching thanks to the NSW Laser Association
Weather forecasts are now reliable, you can plan the weeks practice sail around the wind you want - in my case 8 to 12 knots is a lot of fun
Dinghies have dollies
The power boat wash has gone from 10 cm high to 1 metre high - all the more reason not to hit the lay-line early so you have space to chip one in ahead of the inevitable giant wash
Capped teeth - it was always stupid to hold the main-sheet in your mouth when tacking