I’ve had this sailing photo for years. It’s quite low quality, but sometimes, in doing a vector trace (Coreldraw) a mediocre photo can become a piece of art – or at least paint by number art. Love the blue. That’s sailing. The position that I’m in – fully extended – is called “hiking out”. The Laser is a board boat with a relatively large sail area. It doesn’t take that much wind before you are having to put your legs under the hiking strap, your toes on the toe rail – hiking out to keep the boat sail more or less perpendicular to the water. The spray of water hits you and it feels SO GOOD!
Going to post just this much and then add a second post in the coming days about my full history with the Laser / Performance Sailcraft and Mr. Ian Bruce, who designed the Laser. Some times bad things – like losing my rudder / tiller assembly to the depths of Dickie Lake lead to rare opportunities – like meeting someone who designed the top one-design sailboat in the world. More on that coming in another post.