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Thinking Transpac...

Wealth and position prevent an out-in-the-open, unguarded lifestyle, e.g., being in public spaces, n'est-ce pas, mes amis? We don't have that challenge.

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

"Trump on a Collision Course With Impeachment?" (New York Times)

Ballot's been FedExed..  —Captain Gigi "Trump on a Collision Course With Impeachment?" (New York Times)
"In August, [Trump] warned that if he is impeached, 'the market would crash' and everybody would be very poor.' In September, he told supporters it would be their fault if he is impeached, because it would mean 'you didn’t go out to vote'.... "The history of presidential impeachments shows that they are started by the opposition party but are never successful unless the president’s party buys into the effort.... "In Mr. Trump’s case, a Democratic House might impeach him, but even if Democrats take the Senate, they would still be far from the two-thirds necessary for conviction, meaning that 15 or more Republicans would have to go along. Such a scenario seems unlikely unless the special counsel, Robert Mueller, produces a report with such damning information that it transforms the current political dynamics.... "The public is more supportive of impeaching Mr. Trump than it ever was of impeaching Mr. Clinton and more than it was of beginning impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon until near the end of the Watergate scandal. In August, 49 percent of Americans surveyed by The Washington Post and ABC News favored impeaching Mr. Trump, while 46 percent opposed it (my emphasis)... (Peter Baker, "Is Trump on a Collision Course With Impeachment?" New York Times, October 13, 2018, https://www.nytimes[dot]com/2018/10/13/sunday-review/is-trump-on-a-collision-course-with-impeachment.html accessed October 30, 2018). Other Sources: Tim Trudgian, "What's the likelihood of Trump being impeached? We've broken down the odds," ABC News Australia, 17 October 2018, https://www.abc.net[dot]au/news/2018-10-18/trump-impeachment:-what-are-the-odds/10392660accessed October 30, 2018. Quinnipiac University National Poll, January 10, 2018.

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

Why, he asked...

Someone from SA asked offline why aft deck photos keep showing up on my Background, and how long we've been following ocean racing. A little while, I said, ever since we retired from fighting the tides. As for the wide beams... —@Gloria_R_Grante (a.k.a. @CaptainGigi + @MusingCanadian +@RealCaptainGigi) 10.29.2018

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

Ah, those Frenchies. Ils n'abandonnent jamais.

"A team would need between NZ$145m–217m to be in the hunt to claim the Auld Mug."  —Dennis Conner "As much as Team France would like to contest the next America's Cup, without a war chest to play with, it's unlikely they will be able to mount a challenge. The French outfit lost its naming rights sponsor Groupama earlier this year and have been unable to find a replacement ahead of the December 31 deadline of late entries for the 2021 regatta in Auckland. Skipper Franck Cammas told the Herald his team want to be competitive, and will give themselves until the beginning of December to work out if they will be able to do that or not. 'We are still in contact with prospects so we will communicate that, but for now we are not going on but we have one month to go or not to go and we want to work until the end of November for that.... 'For now I don't know at all [to be a possible team member of another Italian syndicate entering the 36th AC or not] because I'm now focused on Team France and I never try to open the door to go with another team. 'For now the problem is if we have money to go; how can we do our best with the lack of time? We have now compared with the other teams, and I think the first goal is to link with a big team to try to be on time for the first race. 'This is more my concern now, then we will see what happens next year.'  —Franck Cammas, DongFeng team member, and winner of this year's Volvo Ocean Race Source: Christopher Reive, "America's Cup: Team France put timeline on possible challenge for 2021 America's Cup," New Zealand Herald, October 12, 2018, https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article[dot]cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12141311 accessed October 21, 2018

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

AC34 memories...

Skimming through my albums this past week, and of course thoughts of 34th America's Cup popped up when this magnificent yacht staircase appeared. Didn't cite the photo. Hoʻoponopono.<sigh> Howzit, Mr. Ellison?

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

We're back!

10.19.2018 Update: after a grand summer of sailing, but we're not done with sailing yet.

Captain Gigi

Captain Gigi

 

On Sailing 2018

July 29, 2018 Update: "What? You didn't see the signs?"  —Captain Gigi On Sailing 2018 • © D.L. Benson Poetry + Gloria Rhea “Captain Gigi” Grante Haiku & Design You found your way to me without a chart, and ran hard aground on my words.  —Captain Gigi the allure of teak / early morning skies, good winds / Captain's at the helm  —Gloria Rhea 'Captain Gigi' Grante haiku Here’s to us and those like us. Damn few.  —Dave, USN SEAL Team 7, SOC
 

All You Need Is Backup

(summer silliness in the heat) “Smooth sailing” —Captain Gigi, former skipper, Sweet Okole • © Gloria Rhea “Captain Gigi“ Grante Design
 

SEALs to the rescue!

The entire Thai soccer team and their coach were successfully rescued July 10, 2018, Thailand local time.
"Here's to us and those like us. Damn few."  —Dave, U.S. Navy SEALs Team 7, SOC
 

RIMPAC 2018

VOR 2017–2018 is done. The best team won. End of epic ocean voyage. Getting ready for 2018 Vic-Maui yacht race and RIMPAC 2018.  #WeAreOceanRacers    
 

Sailing and POTUS Haiku

On Trump's Twitter Tirades and the Relentless Attacks on Trade With Canada. Plus a call for Mueller et al. to remove the POTUS from the Oval Office. Please.  | © Gloria Rhea 'Captain Gigi' Grante  
 

On Sailing Anarchy and Hackers (General Anarchy Forum)

My experience on Sailing Anarchy is not isolated or unique. Scot Tempesta has been plagued with nefarious activity, it seems, for a long, long time. (See my attached blog post, dated November 17, 2017, re: the *********** suit back in ca. 2010.) His apology to *********** would have been part of that particular defamation suit. As for the Sailing Anarchy Community Reputation Points (CR[a]Ps), they are still being arbitrarily changed (see my post last week to Zapata about my own numbers not adding up). They mean nada to anyone except those who have astronomically high plus-CR[a]P scores. A quick glance will show that profanity, e.g., one-word swear words, counts as anarchic wisdom.* For example, a few posts shortly after I posted on the site today, Gouvernail made dismissive remarks about someone, who has minus-1300 CR[a]Ps, saying outright that the user ought not to be believed, consequently, for anything he posts. I would have thought you’d know better, G, what with your supposed senior status in SA, as exemplified by your plus-CR[a]P score. In my case, someone has attached and continues to attach live reply fields to previous user’s posts (see my “Open Letter to the Owner of Sailing Anarchy,” dated August 13, 2017), with my name and avatar pic on them. Anyone can then say anything in the field, and the comments are attributed to myself as a result. The posts made by the hacks are then DownVoted, then Deleted, leaving no record of them except what can be seen by the Administrator, Zapata(?) But the DownVote numbers remain added to my minus-CR[a]P score. It would explain why my CR[a]P score keeps going up even though I’ve not posted anything in the Forums for weeks, months. Earlier this year, someone slapped up four posts of 30 DownVotes each to my account. Back on October 31, I was given Leadership Status for my day’s posts, when I wasn’t even online that day. Someone has recently added the DownVote icon to some of my blog posts, which are Locked, and have always been Locked. Mid and Donald Trump’s Cat’s Ass had a hey day some time ago, DownVoting anything I posted in my Locked blog. Did the Administrator do anything about it, when I reported the hack? No, he did not. To this day. But who are the people doing this? Is the hacking being done by those who are SA anarchists/users, or are they outside hackers? My guess is the former. I would think someone long familiar with the mechanics of this website would know exactly how to mess it up, particularly since this seems to have been going on for years. Regardless of who the dastardly doers are, the site is hacked. No doubt about it. And, no, B.J. Porter, I do not want to hear from you any more, saying anything to the contrary. I continue to remain vigilant, like any experienced ocean racer does, when faced with rogue waves whether on the high seas or from offshore.           –Captain Gigi, May 27, 2018 *This is not a quality of anarchy. It is an example of vulgarity. Period. N.B. Whenever the name of the plaintiff appears in any post in SA, a string of ******* appear. Interesting, huh?
 

Deleted and RePosted Open Letter to the Owner of Sailing Anarchy

Strange… My "Open Letter to the Owner of Sailing Anarchy," dated August 13, 2017, keeps disappearing from my blog. And it appears as a 404 Error in my Status Updates. Here it is again. Like the cat that keeps coming back… Why is that, Scot Tempesta? Don’t want SA Users to know why I have a personal interest in your website, huh?  
 

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.  
 

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

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