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    Posted: 28 Jan 05 at 9:28pm
I don't think it is my imagination but we are getting more and more single handers.  When I first started sailing there was the Finn and Moths and then along came the Laser.  Now we have Phantom, Blaze, Streaker, Contender, IC, RS600, RS700, Musto Skiff and a few more.  Once upon a time the Olympic Single Hander was a Firefly.
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Hmmm, if you were sailing before the Canoe class started racing internationally, you must now be more than 119 years old. Much respeck for someone who's still sailing dinghies at your age!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Scooby_simon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jan 05 at 10:17pm
And there are a few Single handed Cats as well
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I think people are busier these days and have more demands on their time - it's more difficult to commit to going sailing with someone else.  So it's easier to sail a single hander.
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Hi Redback,

Just as a matter of interest, I thought that I would check out the approximate dates when some of the single handed classes were intoduced:

1866 International Canoe,   1928 International Moth,   1932 International Moth,   1947 Optimist,   1949 Finn,   1956 Solo,   1957 OK,   1960 Europe,   1964 Mini Sail,   1964 Toy,   1967 Unicorn Cat,   1967 Contender,   1971 Laser,   1971 Phantom,   1975 Streaker,   1976 Topper,   1977 Lightning 368,   1978 Dart 15 Cat,  1980 Catapult Cat,   1980 Challenger Tri,   1981 Comet,   1981 Illusion Keelboat,  1988 Splash,   1988 Flash,   1990 Topper Byte,   1993 RS 600,   1994 Topper Blaze,   1995 Supernova,   1995 Laser Pico,   1997 RS 300,   1997 Escape,   1998 Laser EPS,   1999 Musto Skiff,   2000 RS 700,   2000 Laser Vortex,   2000 Megabyte,   2001 RS Vareo,  2001 Hobie FX1 Cat,   2001 Shadow Cat,    2002 Topper Taz.

I am sure that there are others. It must be about time that we got another example from Laser, Topper or RS.

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Originally posted by iansmithofotley

Just as a matter of interest, I thought that I would check out the approximate dates when some of the single handed classes were intoduced:

Now you are making me feel old. I remember seeing my first Laser in '71 or possibly '72. It looked so......high tech.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harry44981! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 05 at 10:33am

laser and topper are too busy churning out xenon and vago thinghys.

Whatabout an rs100

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Scooby_simon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 05 at 11:03am

More cats you have forgotten

A Class - 1956
Inter 17 - 1998 (I think)
M18 - 2003
Dart 18 (can be sailed single handed) - 1976
F16 - 1999?

A class would be =6th oldest in your list

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you forgot the hobie 14 but i can understand why

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Post Options Post Options   Quote John Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 05 at 11:44am

Why wait for some company to produce another clone of something else that is probably overweight, not that fast and definetly soon to be outdated anyway.

The Int Moth is always up to date and now the fastest singlehander by a mile.

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