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    Posted: 24 Mar 14 at 4:05pm
I'd go along with most of the suggestions above, but just to throw another option in, how about a Tasar? I don't know the river you sail on, but you mentioned that you would like to be at the front of the fleet, a Tasar is quite quick without the hassle of a spinnaker. I think they also cope with tides ok, the only problem i can think of is that they have a daggerboard, a centreboard may be better on the river.

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You will be absolutely fine with a miracle on a river. I used to sail on the norfolk broads, which has many treelined sections, mirrors and Gulls went well enough, I dont recall any miracles sailing there at the time, but if mirrors and gulls went ok, then I cant see a problem with a miracle. Not only that the miracle is a nice little boat, and should provide a good grounding in dinghy sailing skills. I bought one accidentally a few years ago (it was cheap and local on ebay) to teach my kids to sail, and have just upgraded it to a brand new one.

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Okay, seems the situation has changed.. My crew is only going to be there half the time, so it might be an idea to look at single handers instead. I think I may still go for the Grad and sail it without a jib when the crew's not there.
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Generally two sailed boats sailed without the jib are dogs unless you can move the made forward (as on the Mirror). Suggest that you learn to sail the boat singlehanded but with both sails.

Remember that the Firefly was designed as the Olympic singlehander and is easily sailed by just one.
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The firefly was USED as the Olympic singlehander, not designed for it.

But it is pretty easy to sail singlehanded. I prefer aft main to do so (easier to hold main and tiller in one hand) and jib cleats are important, but once you learn the tacking technique, it is a doddle, especially on a river.
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Sailing the Grad singlehanded with both sails is a doddle, bear in mind that a fair few of us sail them with 6yr old crews!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote O_Long Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Mar 14 at 8:47pm
Hm, okay. I might keep an eye out for Grads, but are there any decent river racing single handers out there? Bear in mind I'm pretty small, and I'm looking for something that will keep me pretty dry (that means no Toppers or Lasers! Wink) What do you think? A Solo? Perhaps a Finn (little bit wet)? Even a Europe?

Apologies if it sounds like I keep changing my mind.  Confused 
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British Moth, lightning or comet.

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Originally posted by Blue One

British Moth, lightning or comet.

Hm, maybe a little bit too wet for me I'm afraid - I'm much more a fan of sitting in a boat, rather than on it! Thanks for the response in any case.
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Wet? All of these boats are sit in boats. Are you sure your not thinking of an international moth?

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