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Kit Guide

Special Saturday and the Rooster 8.1

By Ian Baillie 30th September 2020
I've had a couple of busy weekends, so I've a bit of catching up to do. The weekend before last I helped to run the first of our club's Special Saturdays. These are a series of fun races that we do for anyone who is looking for a bit of fun and doesn't mind getting wet. They can be weather dependant and so I tend to have Plan A, B and C ready, but this day was near to perfect, with a nice sea breeze blowing in at around 10 knots. Enough to please the more experienced but not too much for the novices. We ran 4 short races, one across the wind, then 2 windward leeward, the first with a downwind start. The last race was a standing up race, which proved popular and provided some amusement for those trying to tack and run round the mast. Of course there were plenty of sweets on offer as a reward for passing close enough to the committee boat and a good time was had by all. Next day I went sailing with my Son and he had a go in a Laser for the first time. It was a light wind, so he set out with a Radial rig and I gave the Rooster 8.1 a go for the first time, I don't know why it's taken me so long to try it out. Anyway, we sailed around the buoys for a bit as the wind became lighter and almost disappeared. David then decided to find as many ways to capsize the Laser as he could, which actually drew an audience of one curious seal who circled him about 20m away as he sploshed about. I was impressed with how well the 8.1 powers the Laser in almost no wind and got loads of acceleration out of the roll tacks and gybes, which of course I would never have done in a race. The rig is a good bit heavier than the standard as I have the full sized bottom section, as I realised when I took the rig out and found I wasn't able to stop it coming down and whacking off the ground. I'll need to give it a go in a bit of wind, it's sure to be a laugh downwind in some waves.

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