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      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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  1. Reading threads in Sailing Anarchy's Forums constitutes 'stalking' by some anarchists, who clearly know nothing about ocean racing, where 'stealth mode' is a well known strategy used by racers who have an 'ace up their sleeve' as they attempt to out maneuver their competitors. Here in SA, stealth mode translates into stalking supposedly.

    I'm proud to have received a 'STALKING' notice from webmaster Zapata, when in actual fact, I was just reading the Forums. (I was no slouch on the high seas; ditto here in SA. Stealth, I know.) He's demonstrated he knows nothing about how SA Users follow their favorite topics much less anything about ocean racing. And he sure as shootin' knows squat about stealth. Sad, as the Prez would say.

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  2. Ok. Here is a shot story about my first offshore racing experience.

    It was difficult to choose race because of the standart long distance 600nm. A lot of people said that it's boring. Who knows if I don't like first 100nm how can I get out at last 500nm. That's right I will not be able. So I need smth shorter. Some research and I've got a link for "Offshore Challenge 2017"  which was organized by Offshore racing club of Austria and Croatian sailing federation. The place was not so far. It was Adriatic sea. I have to fly app.4 hours. The distance was shorter and interesting.  It was a half of the standart race. I mean 300 nm. Moreover it was a break for a day at the middle of the race. So, there are 2 rounds measured by 150 mn. We sailed from Biograd-na-more to Dubrovnik and then go back. 

    The first round was exciting with fresh wind 15-20 knots blowing in our course. So we sailed broadreach or deadrun all the distance. Some times wind changed direction rapidly up to 30 degrees and it was nice practice of sttering with spinnaker. To the end of the race at last 4-5 nm all wind dissapeared because we get into the land shadow at night. So race became ordinary inshore distance. All the other story was awasome. 

    The second distance was passed on a half and wind was ended at all. So how was good anyone we don't know by tracking system. But I suppose that such calm conditions make officers to cancel results of the second stage.

    Anyway, here is the second race of the Offshore Challenge 2017:
     

     

  3. Man, I dig nationality when it comes to the America's Cup.  When I first became aware of the America's Cup back in 1987 national pride dominated those of us in America who were rooting for Dennis Conner to bring the Cup back home from Australia.  DC's boat was even named "Stars and Stripes" for God's sake.  And when he successfully won he went on a celebration tour around America starting with a ticker tape parade in New York City.  As an 11 year old kid at that time national pride is what hooked me on the America's Cup and the same thing happened a year later during the Seoul Olympics when American athletes like Matt Biondi and Carl Lewis opened my eyes to the Olympics for the first time and made me proud to be an American.  Sure growing up in Annapolis I spent a lot of time on my Step Father's sail boats so it stands to reason I should be a fan of the Cup right?  Not necessarily.  

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    When it comes to nationality in the America's Cup I've compared it to the Olympics many times in the past while debating in America's Cup Anarchy (ACA).  Every four years TV ratings in the US go through the roof for such sports as Men's/Women's Swimming, Women's Gymnastics, Men's/Women's Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing events, etc...  Sports that no one not intimately involved in said sports give a rats ass about the 3 1/2 years between Olympics.  Nationality is the reason why these sports matter every 4 years, the only reason.  Hell, just the other day one of the biggest beneficiaries of Nationalism in regards to the Olympics, Michael Phelps, was on TV for an hour getting ready to, and actually racing, a computer generated great white shark to see which was faster of a 100m course.  If it wasn't the nationalistic pull of the Olympics no one would of given two shits who Michael Phelps was never mind wasting an hour waiting for him to race a fake shark.  Another good example of nationalism making certain sports popular look at Women's Soccer.  Women like Mia Hamm and the shirtless Brandi Chastain rocketed to stardom on the back of the American flag.  At one point they thought they were the reason for their success, not USA on their chest, so they started a professional Women's Soccer league.   It lasted three years and lost approximately 100 million before it folded.  Why?  People wanted to see the USA Women's Soccer team not the Bay Area CyberRays or the Washington Freedom.  

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    The America's Cup falls in the same category as Swimming and Women's Soccer in my opinion.  Embrace nationalism and people will pay attention.  Will the Cup ever be on the level of the Olympics?  Doubtful, but nationalism could generate enough interest to successfully fund teams from many different nations and secure the future viability of the Cup for years to come.  But when I say embrace nationalism in regards to the Cup I don't mean half assed measures like what Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts tried to pull for AC34 and AC35.  Where they slapped TEAM USA on every part of their boats and gear yet had the entire sailing team jabbering on with an Aussie twang.  American's might be largely ignorant when it comes to sail boat racing, but they know when someone is trying to bullshit them when they see a boat with TEAM USA on it but the guy behind the wheel sounds like Crocodile DunDee's kid.  

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    Now with Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) the new defenders of the Cup there is talk of a true nationality rule.  Nothing specific has been announced but there is talk of anywhere from 50% to 80% of the sailing team must be from the nation of the yacht club (challenger) they represent.  I would much rather 60% to 80% for this cycle of the Cup but 50% is better than nothing, IMO.  After the debacle that was AC35 (American Defender not defending in America) a nationality rule is crucial for the much needed reset of the Cup.  Especially when it comes to America's involvement in the Cup.  Not since AC31 back in 2003 has there been more than one American team competing for the Cup.  Since 2003 Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing team has been the sole American, in name only, team.  Between 2007 and now Ellison's Oracle Team has went from being ashamed to fly the American flag over their team base in Valencia, Spain to riding off to Bermuda to defend the Cup because cities like San Francisco wouldn't pony up money and property to Uncle Larry Ellison.  

    But now us American fans of the Cup may be done with Larry Ellison supposedly representing America in the Cup.  With Ellison's sworn enemy in Grant Dalton part of the organization effort, and reportedly up to three American teams not affiliated with Ellsion expressing interest in challenging for the Cup, there is hope that at least one true American challenger will be on the water in New Zealand when AC36 kicks off.  And with American sailors like Bora Gulari saying that they only have interest being part of the Cup if its with a true American challenge (http://sailinganarchy.com/2017/07/24/thats-a-wrap-5/) it says to me nationality is not dead when it comes to the Cup.  At least I hope not...

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    We have been asked so many times about how we set up our boat to sail across oceans, that we thought we'd make a video about it. It was just our thought processes and not necessarily the gold standard. However it has provided us with as stress free an ocean crossing as you could hope for. I hope it helps others who are thinking of dropping their lines and sailing across oceans. Cheers.

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    Choate 27 sailboats seem to attract a lot of heated conversation and I am not sure why. I am currently racing on one (Jessie's Girl) as skipper. I picked the boat from several lists of best PHRF boats for the money based on research of the boats and research of the NOAA database of wind speeds recorded on Lake Murray for many years. Some people feel the Choate 27 has a gift rating in light air but that has not been my experience. Yes, we have won quite a few races and we do seem to have an edge in light air. Of course, in the really light air when we are the only boat moving the race committee will postpone the start, shorten the course or abandon the race. We are also a very experienced crew. I have raced on that particular lake over 40 years. I have experience on J-24s , Soverel 33, Hobie 33's, Hobie 16's, SORC, one design and many other types of boats. The bottom of Jessie's Girl is cleaned before just about every race, we have new composite racing sails built by a local sailmaker and have upgraded the rigging. If we did not do well I would wonder why. Even with all of the above being true it is still our opponents mistakes that allow us to win. For instance, in our next to last race a Capri 25 corrected to one second slower than us. He lost that race at the start when we had a great start and he didn't. If you are never over early you aren't even trying to get a good start. The same boat lost the last race to us on the down wind leg. We owe him time and he was ahead of us 3/4 the way down the leg. He must have felt we were covering him and we may have had a little coverage. His response was to heat it up to weather. I knew when he headed up I had him. Sooner or later he had to come back down and by the time he did we were clear ahead well before the mark and the whole time I had right of way. If he had just maintained his course there was no way I could pass him and he could have covered us back to weather. I just don't think the Choate 27 has a gift rating. In the hands of good sailors, and they have been raced by some of the best, with better than average prep work and a sail locker full of sails they are hard to beat in a division were they are one of the faster ratings. We leave most of our sails on the dock and use a sponge to get the water out. If you want to win, prepare like a winner, sail like a winner and accept that every dog has his day and sometimes it will be you and sometimes not. When people tell us that we only won because we have a ratings beater I just smile and agree with them. They don't want to hear the truth and I am not educating my competitors for free.

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    After servicing my Yanmar 2GM changing oil, filters and belts, I noticed a leak on top of the injectors. After some research, I found that it is easy to replace the bolts and gaskets, and that removing them won't affect the injectors. It is a low pressure return pipe that ends open in the tank, so no high pressure involved. I also change the pipe.

     

    These are the replacements pieces:

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    (1) 105311-59500 Fuel return pipe

    (2) 101147-59810 Bolt

    (4) 23414-080000 Gasket

     

    Here are some pictures:

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    It's great to have a newsletter/sailing magazine called Anarchy Sailing, as true anarchy does live the life of freedom. What better way to express freedom than being out on the water, free (sort of ) and with a crew that voluntarily interacts, exchanges, cooperates to help each other.

     

    What I'd like to know is what the level of awareness is regarding what true anarchy really is. A wiki search on the term shows about 12 schools of thoughts on the subject.

     

    more later. it's late.

     

    feel free to comment. It's anarchy!

     

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    When's the last time you waved at someone?

     

    Palm forward, all fingers extended wave.

     

    I was just reading a thread about "My motorcycle is best because...", actually it was more like," your bike sucks because..."

     

    Wah, wah, wah

     

    I've been fortunate enough to own three vehicles in my life that consistently drew waves, thumbs-ups, and smiles. I bought two of them not knowing this phenomenon exsisted. The first was a '62 bug, the second was a '86 jeep.

     

    The beetle is probably a no brainer. Everybody loves bugs. Well at least the thought or memory of a Volksie. They're so different. It dosent matter about their shortcomings, everybody waved and smiled.

     

    The CJ might catch a few people by surprise. Jeep people wave at jeep people. My old AMC was green and tan, rusty, loud and fun. We were going out one evening and hit a patch of ice from an overpass and flipped over a fire plug landing on our roof. Walked away. Had it towed to the house where after sitting for a year was pressed back into service, by chopping the top to look like a mini pickup, buying a new windshield frame, and putting the seatbelt through the door handle/pull to hold the doors shut. Good Times!

     

    The third one was exspected. Moto scooter people wave. A lot.

     

    The best one was when I was on my way home just after I bought it. A buddy of mine had demonstrated his fantasy wave technique. His wife loved him enough to ask him to get any sports car he wanted, just please don't start riding a big, fat, powerful, Barcolounger in your mid fifties. He complied and is happy. His demonstration, however, started me thinking.

     

    How would I wave? Who would I wave to? When would waving be inappropriate? Am I putting to much thought into this? When's Jepordy on?

     

    Leaving the divided four lanes of Rt119 onto the narrower two lane I looked ahead and saw rounding the corner a Goldwing, as I recall, decision time.

     

    But the die was already cast. It was as if this rider, knight of the highway, knew my dilemma.

     

    On cue, he saw me, rose from his saddle, STOOD on his pegs, and using his shoulder, elbow, and wrist WAVED!

     

    This wave reminded of leaving grandmas house, dad leaving for work, or maybe a freight train passing at a crossing. One of those waves.

     

    As he came closer he didn't stop. I could also see him smiling a just-won-the-lottery smile. My first wave. Thanks whoever you are.

     

    I wave at all motorcycles. Waved at a riding mower once (He started it). Wave at "The Company" guys, they don't wave back. Don't wave at scooters, trikes or an ekirt, that's a trike going backwards, I will return one though.

     

    My wave? Ok, I'll concede this to the silly department, but I saw a poster of Steve McQueen throwing a victory sign, palm forward, fingers down. Below the bars, bikes only. Everybody else palm forward, above the bars, Amish included.

     

    Yes it's juvenile, it's my "Waving Game". I don't care.

     

    If I wave and they don't wave back, well, maybe they're having a bad day.

     

    I'll wave harder.

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    Jay Kantola is a multihull designer you may not of heard of. He didn't work with backyard do-it-youself builders. He liked trimarans, and specified expensive and labor intense methods. As a result few could afford to build according to his plans.

     

    HOT BuOYS Sailing Vessel is thought to be both his largest and one of the last trimarans he designed. It incorporated decades of his experience.

     

    This particular one took 8 years to build and over $800,000 USD in materials.

     

    It was originally rigged with a 79ft rotating mast and Bermuda sails. She was fast. Too fast. Her builders and owners, a husband/wife team, were frequently cruising the Pacific without any other crew. They reported the rig terrified them it went so fast.

     

    Philip Maise, her second owner, has converted her into an aft-mast rig. The new rotating wing mast is 62ft.

     

    As part of this conversion, Maise designed both a new type of sail and specialty rigging.

     

    Google the vessels name to find more pictures.

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    blog-0600511001385584277.jpgHello !

     

    Incredible enough I've found out a very bad orizzontal crack on my yacth's mast. The yacht is a Grand Soleil 37" B&C produced in 2007 ... and the mast is by Sparcraft.

     

    Could anybody help to understand how that could happen ? ... I've used my yacht for cruising few weeks a year and did average 10 regattas per year at club level.

     

    I'm very disappointed to discover such an issue ... has anybody had similar experience ? .. specifically with Sparcraft mast ?

     

    See picture attached.

     

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    blog-0293285001384737307.jpgi will never complain about the cost of house paint again!! Just bought one can of bottom paint, read the receipt and weep!! (more likely laugh cause your not paying) I knew bottom paint was bad---had heard that anti-fowling was worse--and the reality is YES to all.

     

    I got a hold of Petit paints online, and found a dealer in Lewisville, a mere 115 miles from my house. Petit "ask the expert" told me that three coats of primer, and then three coats of their bottom paint was needed. I don't know about you, but I LOATH the myriad of "experts" that will tell you soooo many different things! The man at the store told me primer was not needed if i sanded, and that two coats would be all that I needed. Of course as I looked at his stock, he had only two cans of Petit, in "rust"....who paints a boat in rust??? i guess in the long run it would be good camouflage--if my boat were steel!

     

    In the end I decided no primer and two coats for my Guinea pig, the dolphin, and i will see how it fairs. I am worried about thin paint on a boat that will be drug upon the beach more than once; but that is why i am painting this test case first, to see how it goes before painting ROHO. I'm going to spray it, which requires thinning it 10%, but I can't see that being too much of an issue.

     

    What is an issue is refiguring my budget! It will cost around $1500.00 to paint ROHO, which will leave precious little for the main sail, not to mention electronics and all new cushions. (spinnaker is right out!) And lets just not mention unknown issues as I put her in the water.

     

    All in all, I am focused on getting her in the lake, and yes, then in the ocean. Miami to the Bahamas' in a 27' swing keel, am i crazy???

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    blog-0065521001377494119.jpgSo, Saturday marked the final day of the Western Circuit, steering the Rekerring Dream, Ker32.

    Pretty decent showing for inaugural regatta - 5/2/3/3/2/3 in a fleet of 9 well sailed boats.

    The Esses were harder to beat on the first (lighter), weekend but we had the measure of them last Sat.

    Bill Bremner's Foxy was on fine form- scoring a string of firsts with Sarab Singh's Windsikher only getting Bill once as far as I remember.

    It was nice to take a few races off Windsikher actually, since that boat (S40IRC) is moded for the light stuff and has 8ft more hull than us.

    Our starting was really good and we were getting there with the numbers up and down. Considering the level of the crew pre-regatta, I was pleased with the way we were turning corners, however that is the area where we can make the most improvement.

    Nice bunch of guys - Jon (Bow), Piffy (Mast), Sam (Pit), Nev / Zhen (Trim), Woody (Main), Me (Helm), Varney (Nav), although I was re-christened 'Krueger' by the end of the regatta because I was beasting them around the coarse!

     

    The biggest surprise for me was the after-sail, which was done really well. SMU were taking it really seriously, with excellent media coverage - masses of free piss and bands, dancing girls, prizes, auctions - you name it! Several banquets as well!

     

    Good effort Singapore - highly impressed!

  7. You know. Throughout this whole "tome" of a thread, there is a basic "something" that seems to have been missed by most of our resident experts. That "something" is the fact that this site is called "Sailing ANARCHY" and in that vein our Flying Hot Rod is more of an ANARCHIST than 90% of the rest of our gallant bunch of bullshitters. Yes, he maybe doing it wrong from our point of view but, at least he's bloody well doing it and not sitting in front of a screen thowing shit in the air between bouts of wanking at the latest peice of plastic boat porn that they'll never be able to afford. I'm not condoning HR's design / build model by any means (I actually think that it is quite hideous), but, what I do condone is the fact that he got off of his ass and had a go at making his dream come true (And I trully hope he will do so). Most of the motor mouthed bastards on here are too scared to have a bath without having the comfort zone of an EPIRB and a GPS leaning against the hot tap. WcW

     

     

    Source: 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

  8. Adriano Galliani, Milan has worked 27 years, since 1986 he became a member of Milan, one of the most important family, together with President Berlusconi,Chicago Blackhawks jersey will build into the world of Milan the most successful club. In these 25 years, Milan Galliani as Vice President and General Manager of the club, won a total of eight Serie A titles, one Italian Cup, five Italian Super Cups, five European Cups, five European Super Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cup, a World Club Cup.

    Today Zhan Ninuo restaurant, Milan Galliani club prepared a special birthday cake: a book-like red and black cake, symbolizing Mr Galliani has become an important part cheap nhl jerseys of the history of Milan; while we write blessing: Happy Birthday, Mr. Galliani! Let history continue ...

    Just Galliani, Mr. Milan today or board member Barbara Berlusconi lady's birthday. April 2011, Barbara became the Milan club's board of one, she entered the Milan club's management on behalf of the Berlusconi family's love for the Milan club will continue.

    Milan and all Milan fans again wish them a happy birthday!

    lessing Galliani happy birthday 69 years old he continues with the history of Milan

    Milan - July the 30th is an important day in Milan club,Boston Bruins jersey so we will work together to Milan Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Giuliani added Adriano send birthday wishes.

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    I’m learning how to sail, taking lessons from a local yacht club on a river. Class meets three evenings a week, for four weeks.

     

    When I got there, I had trouble finding where the lessons were being held. Two other people were also wandering around. We found a woman by the pool who told us where to go.

     

    The class (14 students in all) was practicing tying knots. I was given a length of rope and shown how to tie a bowline and a figure-eight. We were told to take the rope home to practice with.

     

    There are four instructors, most of whom are volunteers. Instruction is somewhat informal. I used to be a teacher and I would have made handouts for the students. But that takes time, and volunteers are already donating time. Very glad to have my copy of Sailing for Dummies to refer to. Many people are not auditory learners; they need to see words and diagrams to remember things.

     

    The boats that will be used for the class are Zumas, Lasers, JY 15s, and a Capri 22. The instructors rigged up a Laser, a Zuma, and a JY 15, explaining the different parts of the boats, and showing where the equipment is kept.

     

    We were advised to purchase our own personal flotation devices, and given some suggestions as to what clothing and shoes to wear.

     

    I’ve been practicing my knots, and will go shopping today for my gear. Any advice before I go out on the water?

     

  9. I'm a sailor at 19 years. i have been sailing for 10 years. before I started sailing i was playing football. when i was playing football there was an sailor in my class, that I and the other football-players was bullying. but a day when i said to him, that it not was hard to sail and it was really like shit to be a sailor, He sayed; "what do you know about sailing, and I was blank. so I started sailing and then it was fun and I keepped on sailing. AND I LOVE IT!!, but now i'm beeing bullyied.

     

    Bullying is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. The behavior can be habitual and involve an imbalance of social or physical power.It can include verbal harassment orthreat, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing. The victim of bullying has been referred to as a "target".

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    Rigid wings on big cats are dangerous.The question of safety in all forms of sport should over ride all other considerations. Today motorcycle racing still takes lives, although not as frequently as in the early days before body amour and best practice track design. Changes to passive systems like those just mentioned are robust and dont require expert skills to work. The active systems are the areas that require intervention and control, at least the rider of a 150hp moto GP bike can control the power of the machine via the throttle , not so the winged cats. The AC 72 cats are equipped with massive solid wings that are like a V12 engine that once started is running at full throttle. The active areas lack suitable control, passive design changes to the hulls, water foils and such will only increase the point at which the whole thing gets unstable, however this means that the big crash will come at much higher speeds and energy loads. One answer is to increase the reserve buoyancy and strength of the structure but again you just push the whole problem up the energy curve. Yachts must be able to maneuver in all kinds of conditions and be able to adjust the power of the propulsion system to enable these maneuvers to be done in safety. Catamarans and high performance yachts generally dont like gybing its their weakness both the 72,s that have capsized did so while attempting gybes. Putting spoilers on the tops of the wings may assist in pushing the control limit into higher wind strengths, again the crash will come when the projected area of the wing over comes the hulls ability to resist the tripping moment (reserve buoyancy used up). The rigid wings are unable to be adequately depowered due to their design and construction, they can only twist a little and most importantly they are unable to be reefed. The answer is replacing the rigid wing with a semi rigid reefable wing, while not as powerful in terms of lift per unit area, these wings can be massive and impressive in light conditions and made much smaller in real time in the heavy weather. Gybing downwind can be done with much greater control due to the ability of the soft wing to twist and depower at the top of the span. In a reefed configuration the tripping force being applied to the vessel is reduced this reduces all the loads, in effect the crews would have the ability to throttle up or down by way of simple adjustments. The technology is available.(see advancedwingsystems.com) The boat must be able to alter its rig geometry to accommodate all the conditions the more flexible the systems are the greater the safety margins are. So people do the numbers and remember that the wind and the weather can change in a heart beat. Solid wings belong on planes not boats, planes dont gybe or capsize.

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    After discussions with racers the Swiftsure International Yacht Race organizers have decided to establish at least two division splits in the Cape Flattery Unlimited Class of Swiftsure. Even more divisions will be considered if a large enough number of boats enter the Cape Flattery Unlimited Race.

     

    Having boats more closely matched in their PHRF rating will make for better competition. Because boats with similar ratings are typically closer together, it will mean that the yachts will be racing against each other in similar winds and currents. This becomes especially important given the changes in weather and sea conditions that occur as the race progresses.

     

    The Cape Flattery Unlimited Race is for yachts rated 39 PHRF and faster that do not wish to participate in the Swiftsure Lightship Classic which rounds a mark set on Swiftsure Bank in the mouth of Juan de Fuca. The rounding mark for the Cape Flattery Unlimited Race is Neah Bay just east of Cape Flattery.

     

    Please spread the word among our racing friends.

     

    Vern

    Chair

    Swiftsure International Yacht Race, May 25 to 27

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    blog-0641713001361893022.jpgMy Catalina 22, has an iron fin keel. I got it at a considerable discount because the keel bolts were very rusty. It came on a two axle trailer. By lifting up the hull with a construction scaffold and raising the supports, I was able to remove the keel.and clean up the joint area. Sealant had been applied several times.

    On the inside of the hull, the bolt, (really studs from all thread,) holes were tapered. My intent is to pack fiberglass around a temporary waxed smooth bolt to provide a cylindrical sturdy stub keel mounting. I have heard of this procedure with progressively tightening on the partially hardened GRP to form a good attachment with the hull.

    Prior to keel work.one should step and tension the mast, IMHO. Also the keel should be supported by the hull, Resting the boat with most of the weight on the keel, stresses the hull the wrong way compared to the way it is stressed when floating.

    Many fiberglass boats can be saved by skilled attention to rust problems.

    Good sailing!

     

     

    The existing keel is cast iron. I thought that Mars Keel was strictly a lead foundry. Re-engineering for a lead keel will be a production.

    Seems to me that re-using the cast iron keel is the only hope for a 4KSB.

     

     

    Source: C-22 Keel Bolts

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    The first i550 in Africa is now under construction. So far we have 3 boats under way and we are looking for more African builders to join in!! I have a pretty detailed blog going at Http://www.471.sailspace.org/wp or https://www.facebook.com/DontMentionWhiteElephants and really hope to see some other builders join me. South Africa is desperately short of modern boats and at only 18ft the i550 is something many of us can aspire to own.

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    Somtimes I thick this runnes ranpante amoungue poesteres heare on SA. Mabey we cane worke tegether and minimixe ist affecte. Exspecialley withe the Hollidays appon us, wich is a sorse of troubelle foure manny. Heare our somtippes I fonde, notte siure they worke butte ist worth a try. what do we halve to loose??? Shaire any tippes you halve. Lettes alle try to be happiere!

     

     

    1. Start each day with expectation.

    If there's any big truth about life, it's that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: "something wonderful is going to happen today." Guess what? You're probably right.

    2. Take time to plan and prioritize.

    The most common source of stress is the perception that you've got too much work to do. Rather than obsess about it, pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do that first.

    3. Give a gift to everyone you meet.

    I'm not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change.

    4. Deflect partisan conversations.

    Arguments about politics and religion never have a "right" answer but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can't control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: "Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt."

    5. Assume people have good intentions.

    Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.

    6. Eat high quality food slowly.

    Sometimes we can't avoid scarfing something quick to keep us up and running. Even so, at least once a day try to eat something really delicious, like a small chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate. Focus on it; taste it; savor it.

    7. Let go of your results.

    The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control. Once you've taken action, there's usually nothing more you can do. Focus on the job at hand rather than some weird fantasy of what might happen.

    8. Turn off "background" TV.

    Many households leave their TVs on as "background noise" while they're doing other things. The entire point of broadcast TV is to make you dissatisfied with your life so that you'll buy more stuff. Why subliminally program yourself to be a mindless consumer?

    9. End each day with gratitude.

    Just before you go to bed, write down at least one wonderful thing that happened. It might be something as small as a making a child laugh or something as huge as a million dollar deal. Whatever it is, be grateful for that day because it will never come again.

     

    Gottem heare: http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/9-daily-habits-that-will-make-you-happier.html?goback=.gde_35975_member_182779351

     

     

     

    The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances.

    Martha Washington

     

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    I am trying to learn new tricks. I have purchased a MFG Shark made in 1974 and would like to obtain any info available about her. I purchased it to modify into a powered dive platform. After looking her over, I decided I had to learn something about sailing. I have the bug to atleast try it and this is the boat I want to do it on. There were fins that came with the boat but were removed. They were on the inside and outside of the floats originally. How important are they? JZ

  11. First of all, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the two people aboard Wingnuts-it is an awful tragedy.

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    I also heard about the U-20 sinking and all of this has brought up interesting thoughts both here and on boatdesign. Some people want to blame the design of the Kiwi 35 for the deaths of the crew even though the small amount of evidence that is out now seems to show that something terrible happened to those two people that didn't happen to the others on board. Thats one thing to consider.

    Another is this: the common cure all among safety freaks in the monohull community appears to be that the Kiwi 35 was too tender, it was too likely to capsize, it needed more lead. That because of this it was "unseaworthy".

    But wait just a minute-did you see the picture of the upsidedown boat and the righted boat? Did you notice that it was floating?

    Remember the old mono vs multi argument: " Yeah the multihull will capsize but the leadbelly will sink". But the Kiwi 35 did not sink. In fact, it behaved very similarly to a multihull that had capsized. And as tragic as the loss of two lives is 6 others survived w/o injuries.

    Maybe instead of mandating that all monohulls are self-righting(which is probably a good idea in most cases) a "class" of high speed ,lightweight monohulls(of different lengths) that may capsize could be permitted as long as the boat can be shown to float after a capsize/inversion. These monohulls would have exactly the same characteristics as racing multihulls except that some of them would carry some lead-but they would not sink.And many could be designed to be rightable with action by the crew.

    And multihulls race everywhere and are considered seaworthy by most people even though they can capsize.

    Worth pondering ....

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    I may have accidently come up with a solution to make "winged" boats safer and practical by eliminating tripping over the down wing which would also eliminate any possibilty of the thing remaining inverted while providing increased protection for the crew on deck. See the two very rough sketches posted on this date. I may build a large test model to evaluate this idea and wings in general. A friend in NZ may also pursue a test model. One thing is plainly evident: there is rampant ,uninformed speculation about the K35 and other winged boats even among naval architects. A carefully done test model could put that kind of crap to rest. Of course, if the investigation is thorough and not a rubber stamped anti-wing lynch mob maybe the model wouldn't be required. I would hope that solutions such as the one I have showed would be considered rather than just banning a whole group of high performance monohulls! We'll see...