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    Posted: 02 Nov 19 at 10:33pm
Hi all,

Wondering if I would be heavy enough for the laser standard rig.

I'm 15, 60-65kg (Been awhile since I checked) but am reasonably tall (5'10" ish) and my dad says I would be all right in the standard rig in most winds, and have quite an advantage over the radials in the light stuff.

Asking because we are looking for a cheapish laser and wondering whether the radial is a 'must-have' for my weight and ability.

Obviously I'm on the light side, but I could just use the kicker and Cunningham a lot? I'm asking more whether I would be able to manage as opposed to how competitive I would be.
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Theoretically yes but it depends where you sail, fitness and sailing ability. Knowing your actu  current weight would be a good starting point. Plus how much sailing are you doing over winter. Obviously when the main season starts next year you may be heavier 

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Since you are asking this question in November, my recommendation is Radial at 65kg.

My experience is that if you are sailing during the winter months, the wind tends to be either light, or heavy, with not so much in between. A radial rig  will mean that you can improve your sailing, rather than your swimming ability at this time of year.

In addition, you are likely to have more competition against Laser sailors of your age.

Laser rigs are swoppable, so you can always change sizes.  Be very careful in buying a second hand radial lower mast as they are not very robust. Lay it on a flat piece of ground and roll it from side to side to see if it is bent.  If bent, you will need a replacement probably sooner rather than later.
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Thx all.

60kg but will be sailing the laser probably next spring and summer, where there is more in-between stuff.

I have asked a few fellows at the club and they agree I'd be too light for a standard in a blow.

Still growing so will be taller/heavier by next spring. I'm sailing on the sea where it can get quite lumpy!
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Yeah you need to be still in a Radial
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I'd say Radial too (the full rig is over 8m2 the radial nearer 7 than the published figure) but buy the best Laser you can with either a Full or Radial rig and pick up a well used bottom section and sail to give you both.
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Radial on the sea.
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60kg on the sea you will struggle with a full rig, if you were sailing on a tree lined puddle then you would be fine. I would try and get a radial.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mike7722 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Nov 19 at 9:39pm
Thanks for the advice everyone. Thought this was the case, and a few sailors at the club share the opinion, so I'll try and get a radial until I'm taller/heavier
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Inland you would cope, on the sea no chance so get a radial (or get a boat with both then you have the option).
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