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Account is hacked

Caveat: Someone has my SA account, blocking activity since January 30, 2018. We should talk, huh, @Zapata? And would you kindly check your stats re: Likes vs. DownVotes. There weren't enough posts to warrant the Votes. Nothing adds up. You may also want to tell me to whom I should talk/post, since it seems you've decided that I can't be "an obnoxious wit." You're the authority here, yes? Yeah, and tell me which Forums are suitable for me, too.  
 

Round Palagruza Cannonball race at the Adriatic Sea

Well anarchiests, I have tried spring sailing at the Mediterranean Sea. It means first warm sun of spring and last strong winds of winter. We passed app.400 miles from the shore of Croatia to the Italian border where are located 2 islands. They are called small and big Palagruza. Big one has one lighthouse. This lighthouse is hotel either.  We had some storms, waves, strong winds, broachings, broken sales, lightings while the race. Awesome experience.   Details... Yeah, you can find it at the following video: Full video of the race
 

They're still trying to figure it out.

Such a focus of attention, am I. Get over it, gang. They're only 1s and 0s. (FYI, someone in an unguarded moment of glee, decided to slap up four posts of 30 Downvotes each on my account on October 31, drastically escalating my negative community reputation here. It snowballed from that point on, amusing everyone to no end. I took no notice of it, but everyone else did.) Updated 04.22.2018: Speaking Different Languages —Captain Gigi  04.22.2018 • Tempesta: I found only one person, who could do that on SA, and it wasn't you or your cohorts. ("I'll tell it not in Gath.") • SB: They just don't get that they've hacked Drive, not my account. Stupid, huh?

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

Stealth Mode vs. Stalking

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 outmanoeuvre 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.  

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

Sailing Anarchy Is Not an Anarchy.

Why I don't post on the Sailing Anarchy Forums any longer, plus the fact that the site is hacked. Anonymous crackers are arbitrarily changing the Community Reputation Points, creating all sorts of anarchic mayhem for those who care about their reputation on this website, when those of us who know what's what know that there are no leaders in any self-respecting anarchy. Right, Scot Tempesta?

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

Offshore Challenge 2017 - Middeterian sea (part 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:
   

Iscariot

Iscariot

 

On abnormal behavior . . .

To Grande Mastere Dreade Musing… Whether you are a valid chess grandmaster or a counterfeit one. I digress nevertheless, as a small group of us academic types continue to debate if the Sailing Anarchy (SA) website is a bounded public, or if it’s just a tiny public of bounders. A conclusion has not been reached. Early observations reveal a website predominantly accommodating raucous trash talk amongst ‘fuckwits,’ ‘fuck-buddies-to-each-other,’ and rabid, alt-right, political ranters. Much like in the chessworlds with which you may be familiar, one immediately sees that the prevalence of homosexual eros and misogynist erotica are integral to engaged participation in the online community. It is uncommon to find women in these “locker room talk” forums where violence and sexual expletives are the accepted norm. Some of our researchers suggest that Melania Trump, the current wife of the 45th POTUS, could be the SA poster child/woman, who dismisses the humiliation and patronization directed by men towards women. However they are cognizant that psychology and socio-anthro journals are already over-filled with studies of abnormal behavior in the hetero- and homosexual communities, and further research would be redundant, to say the least. Those women (of which I am one), who do maintain an engaged presence on the SA site, do so as participant-observers in an independent study.  #METOO  

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

Nationality: I dig it!

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.   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.   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.   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... WetHog   Whats on my IPad song of the day:    

WetHog

WetHog

 

How we sailed ocean

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiPq1L6e6pE

yacht ruby rose

yacht ruby rose

 

Third time the charm?

Ok, its been over three years since my last blog post.  That's beyond laziness and firmly in the worthless category.  Having said that, the third time is the charm right?  I think it is.... A lot has happened in my life over the last 3+ years.  I lost a parent to Cancer (Fuck you!), transitioned from private sector employment to the government sector (paid more for less work!) and I have slowly watched my oldest daughter start the process of becoming a woman (Help me Jesus!).  There has been more taking place in my life over the last 3 years, but those three things are the most significant life affecting moments.  Its been a rough three years to say the least, but I am looking forward to starting a new and it begins with this blog entry. More significant to this blog is what has happened in regards to the America's Cup over the last 3+ years.  Lets see, Uncle Larry Ellison and Cousin Russell Coutts decided to take their Oracle TEAM USA to Bermuda, of all places, and defend the America's Cup.  That right there was a gut punch of significance to me as an American America's Cup fan.  Although American didn't put the America in the America's Cup, it was the home of said Cup for 130+ years.  At no point should a defense of the AC by an American team ever take place outside America.  Simply absurd and the final straw forcing me to end my support of Oracle.  After that decision I lost a lot of interest in the AC.  Sure I kept track from time to time on what was going, but I never watched more than a 30 second clip of any of the ACWS events that took place leading up to AC35 and became a ghost on ACA.  When the LVC started in Bermuda this past May I started paying attention but it wasn't the same.  OD boats and Bermuda, not very compelling to me.  Luckily for  me, I hope, ETNZ whooped OR-BDA's ass and the Cup has been pried out of Uncle Larry's semi-cold/dead hands.  And with that a new era in the Cup is hopefully born.  We shall see. Speaking of this potentially new era of the Cup, as I expected, Kiwi fan boys are slobbering all over themselves on ACA with any and every bit of news that ETNZ produces on their much deserved victory tour of the Underworld (New Zealand).  The latest dribble of drool is about ETNZ letting average folk, commoners, actually touch the Cup.  Oh boy.  Reading about that also jogged my memory about what happened around the turn of the century the first time the Kiwi's brought the Cup down to the Underworld and shared it with the commoner's. Ah, yeah, I'd just assume ETNZ and the Kiwi authorities be a bit selective about whom touches the Cup while it resides, temporarily, in the Underworld.  All joking aside, ETNZ and their fans deserve to celebrate however they choose.  Its just tough for a guy like me who subscribes to the saying "Act like you've been there before" when it comes to sports.  ETNZ and their fans have been there before but you wouldn't know it based on their current euphoria.  Crazy. Now for a bit of venting on a personal level.  Primarily in regards to the fact that I am the sole male in my house.  My lovely wife and two daughters are the best things to ever happen to me, no question, but man is it tough being the only one in the house that pee's standing up.  Especially considering the fact that my oldest daughter is in the initial phases of blossoming into being a woman.  Luckily for me my wife gets the brunt of my oldest's wrath but I do get the collateral damage.  The current issue that threatens to end the world according to my oldest is she is getting tiny pimples on her face.  I made the mistake the other night of making a smart ass remark about her new friends and my oldest decided to Jimmy Superfly Snuka me off her top bunk bed.  After that I knew this shit was serious.  The oldest is demanding Proactive, and I am ready to buy her a truck load after she Snuka'ed me, but my Wife is preaching patience and I am forced to agree.  All the while my youngest is obvious to anything not involving her iPad and won't eat anything accept mac-n-cheese.  That's a topic for another venting moment right there.  I also forget to mention the cat is also a female, needed around $500 worth of teeth removed from her head and recently has started to try and sit on my head while I sleep for some unknown reason.  Regardless, I am truly blessed. Well that will do for right now.  I started this late in my work day and I need to start wrapping up my so called work so I can get out on time and miss traffic.  For those who have been blessed like me and had to endure rush hour traffic on the DC Beltway you know why its important to leave promptly when the day is over.  I will say I feel confident this won't be my last blog entry for another 6 years or so.  There is so much to talk about, like dumb ass Trump and his equally dumb offspring and the details of AC36, there is no reason I can't shoot out blog entry's on a more consistent basis.  Especially considering I am a Government employee now, I have a lot of free time during my work day.  No promises though.   WetHog   Whats on my IPad song of the day:      

WetHog

WetHog

 

Capt. Bills Choate 27 racing blog

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.

Capt. Bill

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