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The Glass half-full, or the Optimist

Discussion in 'Other Sailboats' started by Will Gilmore, Feb 7, 2019. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,164 posts, 2,110 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I learned to sail in an Optimist Pram SFSeedWithLittlebit.jpg . While doing a little googling of rigid wing sails, I read a statement on the Wikipedia page that they have even been put on the Optimist dinghy. I then looked for a video of one. No luck, but I did find a photo [​IMG] and this interesting video of a foiling Opti . There are some pretty exciting things going on with this amazing little boat .
    Here is proof that, even if the Artemis can't do it, the Optimist can sail with no wind or current .
    For me, my optimist, named Sunflower Seed, represented independence. It wan't my introduction to sailing, but it was where I learned the basics and fell in love with it. How about you? What little boat did you have early experiences with?

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  2. Simon Sexton

    Simon Sexton

    Joined Nov 1, 2017
    508 posts, 224 likes
    Catalina 25 Tall Rig
    Valiant US Watergate Marina, Kemah, TX
    @Will Gilmore ,

    I love those videos!! The stiff wing is very creative, too. I actually have only sailed an Opti once and I broke it (winds were blowing 27+, which is what I like). My favorite dinghy to sail to this day is the AMF Sunfish. I'm sure you remember my foretold experience when my uncle pushed me off the dock at the Boardwalk Marina and told me to figure it out, and that's how I learned the basics of sailing. Within a few months, I figured out how to rig the boat most efficiently, pitch and trim it to get the most speed out of it, and soon found myself sailing in small craft advisory weather (don't tell the Coast Guard ;) ) at age 15. I love it, because it's like the hull was just designed to be flat and smooth, and to climb up on a plane in any wind higher than 8 knots. They're also bulletproof; I've seen those things bashed and ripped to absolute pieces and put back together again with basic fiberglass repairs in less than a month; good as new!
     


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  3. dziedzicmj

    dziedzicmj

    Joined Aug 13, 2012
    493 posts, 92 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Ottawa
    If you notice, there is a big fan on one of ends of the swimming pool. So there was some wind.
     


  4. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,164 posts, 2,110 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I hadn't noticed that.
    Darn, I thought I'd stumbled upon something. Still, pretty amazing.
    I've participated in kayak slalom races in college pools. It looks like it requires a high level of athleticism. Maybe this could become an event, if it's not already.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


  5. dziedzicmj

    dziedzicmj

    Joined Aug 13, 2012
    493 posts, 92 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Ottawa
    This seems to be in Switzerland. I know that in France there are many windsurfing events in pools. At the extremely high level of competition. I would not be surprised if that happens, as well, in Switzerland (just across the border).
     



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