When the wind is up, Doug heads to the lake to practice what he calls his 'get out of jail free card.' He says that if you can tack or jibe in a breeze on demand without having to wait for a lull, then you can escape many situations. Below is a short 5 minute video of one of his practice sessions. The uncut raw video is a full 45 minutes and he tacks and jibes dozens of times. He cut the entertaining tips after he got tired at the end. My favorite was the 'uh oh' as he lost his balance and slipped backward and fell in the water. And a close second was seeing his feet in the air as the boat came over on top of him and he went under.
Thanks for sharing that. What is the round thing on the deck to port of the mast? Compass? Water bottle holder? Turbocharger?ReplyDelete
An inspection port to repair the mast step. This is my Kiwi Laser from the 1993 Worlds in Auckland. A friend and I brought back a container full after Bruce Kirby said they were the best Lasers he had ever seen.Delete
The board looks different from either the old style (polyurethane foam) or the 'new' one sold by LP. Is it an Aussie version?ReplyDelete
Yep. Came with his Aussie Laser. The Kiwi Laser is his practice boat and the Aussie Laser is his race boat. When I race with him he gives me an old wood board.Delete