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  2. Dave S

    Prada Cup

    Yeah - the rate control idea's quite plausible. No idea how the mechanics would work, but if it's already a thing in powerboats the systems should be mature. Like you, I'm not convinced either way.
  3. barfy

    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    But really Muppet. I saw they sail with an orange tip. You said not. Obviously they do. So just say, oh, maybe they do. You one of those never wrong guys? How does that work for you? Now just carry on iggy.
  4. shanghaisailor

    RIP Bob Fisher

    Sailing has lost one of its giants and I have lost one of my best friends. When my wife called me this morning and told me the grave news I was physically upset and when I read what has been said above I had to paused before responding because I teared up again at the loss of a wonderful man and my thoughts go out to his widow Dee and to his children When I started writing I approached Bob Fisher for advice and sent him an early effort. That led to a firm friendship over the years. When we were in the UK many years ago to visit the Southampton Boat Show I mailed him and suggested coffee to be met with ‘I don’t do coffees how about lunch – and come to the house’ Bob picked us up in Lymington and we spent a wonderful afternoon in the company of Bob & Dee and we met many more times when we happened to be in the same place at the same time, Auckland, Cowes, VOR, SailGP, you name it. He always had a little twinkle in his eyes like a naughty boy hidden inside a perfect gentleman for he surely was that. My wife used to call him ‘Uncle Bob’ and one could see he was always a little delighted by that. He was no keyboard commander either with multiple world titles to his name along with a Little America’s Cup victory, an RORC Yacht of the Year title with Barracuda of Tarrant (a long time dream boat of mine). He used to call it his ‘Country Cottage’ and I clearly remember in one ‘Fish Eye’ article him saying they ‘had a lot of washing up at the Country Cottage’ while doing 22 knots across Christchurch Bay one weekend – clever writing as always. He was even Reg White’s crew on the Tornado when they destroyed the competition to win the berth for Olympic Catamaran. In fact the primary reason for me waiting (each fortnight originally) eagerly for Yachts & Yachting to come out was to see what Bob had written in his column. I will be ever grateful for his advice when I started writing “tell it how you see it”; always get a second verification (if you can) and so on. He was my proposer when I joined ‘Yachting Journalist Association’ an organisation he served as Chairman for a number of years and a huge influence on me. But it was the America’s Cup where Bob stood head and shoulders above any other writer where he was rightly known as “Mr America’s Cup”, an event where his passion was initially kindled by listening to old salts at the top of the Brightlingsea Hard as they regaled the stories of their times with Lipton or Sopwith. Him reference work on the history of the event “An Absorbing Interest” is truly a must read for any genuine fan of the Old Mug. He told me once his wife typed 2 million words of research notes for the work. Perhaps now the Koch Estate will release the material for the long awaited Volume 3. There is one important element missing from Bob’s extensive C.V. and that is the long overdue (in my humble opinion) membership of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. This year the ‘voice’ of the America’s Cup, Peter Montgomery was inducted (and I am taking away nothing from PJ on this – he deserves to be there also ) so why do we not have the whole “Mister” in there too. Attached is a pic of Bob enjoying one of his other pleasures. An ice cream sundae was always the ticket to round off a dinner together and also the cover of his greatest work. Sail on Bob, the world – and certainly my world – is now a much poorer place to be. Goodbye my hero, my mentor, my friend.
  5. jack_sparrow

    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Ogh for God's sake just fucking 'shed-off' you two. Virus fragments found on Aust Day at SEVEN more Queensland wastewater treatment plants Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said; "While this does not mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities.....A positive sewage result means that someone who has been infected was shedding the virus...”
  6. Bebmoumoute

    Vendee Globe 2020

    An article about Charlie's naval architecture training in Southampton :
  7. bortolo

    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Is Pietro Sibello more "dynamic" in this practice session? Sometimes crossing before a tack, sometimes remaining to leeward, sometimes going to stern while on a straight to look around. Maybe giving him more tactical responsibility is the idea? Or maybe it's just my impression/hope.
  8. Cisco

    Nautical Series: Alpinist magazine

    20 years ago in that other temperate rain forest my son and his chum decided to climb Mt Sorell starting from the boat in Farm Cove.... returned at sunset... they discovered when the emerged from the scrub they had gone up the wrong ridge. Dopey buggers got to the top and back the next day.... I had the best job.... looking after the boat.
  9. mikewof

    Dominion Sues Rudy

    Delusions of a demented leprechaun who can't process the collapse of his beloved Gators.
  10. Nutta

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    It's not how megafloppy you are, it's how you use it.
  11. Sailbydate

    Vendee Globe 2020

    How about this one: Sail Maybe i should cry for help maybe i should kill myself blame it on my A.D.D. baby maybe I'm a different breed maybe I'm not listening so blame it on my A.D.D. baby Sail
  12. mikewof

    Dominion Sues Rudy

    His nursing is fine. It doesn't carte-blanche his fuckwitttcism. By your dumb-ass logic, any healthcare provider should be allowed to drive drunk.
  13. jack_sparrow

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    ^^^^™To then solve 3rd country status, ...this from Politico The bureaucratic battle to make the Brexit deal work "A slew of new committees are needed as the Brexit war becomes a battle for the peace. A scramble is underway to try and implement the deal’s “institutional framework” — or, in the words of one official familiar with this effort, the “batshit ‘House of Cards’ bureaucracy” it demands.
  14. RobG

    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Yep. LR remains the COR until either it relinquishes the position or the AC match is over. Section 50 of the Protocol sets out how a new CoR is appointed if LR relinquishes the position. LR doesn't need to keep its entire AC team in Auckland if does not become the challenger for the AC match, in fact it probably doesn't need anyone in NZ to carry out its duties as COR once the CSS is over, though it would be a pretty bad look to meddle in things (like the regatta director or measurement committee) without suitable representation at the venue.
  15. kenergy

    AC36 - The Venue

    Yep, we are cursed by our current situation. Because we are generally living normally it is easy to slip into complacency, and we sure as shit have done that. Not that I'm complaining about our current situation.
  16. rh3000

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Agreed, and rest assured, the Americans and Brits can afford more than us.
  17. Zeusproject

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    And won it well.
  18. kenergy

    Team NYYC

    If they are not ready to be measured tomorrow then they wont be racing on friday.
  19. Fah Kiew Tu

    I still call Australia home

    Whatever. It doesn't actually matter. Good on him if he can get an advantage. Anyone who can trace their lineage in Australia back past 1900 is odds-on to have some Aboriginal DNA there somewhere. Note that doesn't make them culturally indigenous or anything, just the genetics. Along with Irish and - in the case of Queenslanders - goats. FKT
  20. rastro

    Pure Dumb Luck

    While getting a skin cancer removed (tame version) by an older doctor who's hand was shaking badly with the scalpel working away. "So doc, too much sun do you think?" "Maybe, more likely just bad luck. Shit happens."
  21. kenergy

    INEOS Team GB

    This is likely to be the most relevant thing, the umpires off the water will have a pretty good idea of what is about to happen.
  22. mikewof

    Dominion Sues Rudy

    I think you're looking for a shitfight that doesn't exist here. I already wrote that it seems that Diebold-type shenanigans were not apparent in this election. The results seemed without those crazy "pop" and inflections from the Gore-Bush election. As for Giuliani, I don't give a shit what happens with him. I am sure that his team will pull up all the old history of Dominion buying the Diebold IP and then incorporating it into their current products. To your questions, the issue with Dominion is the same issue as with Diebold, insufficient transparency to their process., the Texas SoS and Attorney General rejected the Dominion machines three times for not meeting their security standards. This isn't really about a bunch of people bitching about the results of the 2020 election, it's about a clear and emerging danger with a technology that is proprietary and not open sourced. Yes, Dominion had paper trails because they came off notable failures, and they needed them. But not all the voting machines from all companies had them and there is no guarantee that they will have them Nor is a paper trail necessarily secure unless it can be validated later and independently. This is an easy problem to solve in my opinion ... open source the validation software and put the entire voting record into a blockchain. If I want to make sure that my vote was registered as I intended, I should be able to download the blockchain and check it. There is no reason why this process needs to be controlled by private companies and not the voting public, except for what Ishmael correctly wrote up there, the ability to rig elections is apparently a type of "relief valve" that some don't want to lose. A blockchain would have what a paper record doesn't have, and it wouldn't even be all that unmanageable, with 100 million votes, each vote carries a name, county, an identifier from the polling place, a couple handshakes in the blockchain, and the voting record for that voting action. That would be a few gigabytes at the most. That's a system that is "secure and reliable", one that is beholden and controlled by the voters. This idea that we have to accept failure and opacity with the voting process is silly. We have the means now to make these open and accountable. I remember back in the 1990s, I covered the elections in Namibia, and even back then, somehow Namibia managed to create a type of paper-driven blockchain with not a computer in sight, they literally did it with carbon paper and thumb-prints. And yet here we are, thirty years later, and we can't even approach the transparency of an election in Namibia?
  23. patzefran

    Weta anarchy

    Looks like some weta sailors use twin tillers on their boat. Twin tillers are used on Trimarans with high volume outriggers able to lift the mainhull, are they really useful on wetas ?
  24. jack_sparrow

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    And with Whitehall advising companies to open up in the EU to avoid UK red tape, this a good find by Whaynes favourite Brexit pundit. - The UK WROTE the EU SM Rules that 3rd Countries have to abide by - The UK voted for and signed up to be a 3rd Country - The UK is now whinging about EU 3rd County Rules. Doesn't get more insane than that.
  25. Shortforbob

    I still call Australia home

    I don't think that's a very fare comment.
  26. Fah Kiew Tu

    I still call Australia home

    At least some of them were voting a long time before that. You need to read some real history. Here's a short link. At least part of the reasons - aside from the obvious racist ones - for Aborigines not being included in the census was, a hell of a lot of them were still nomadic and there was no practical way of actually counting them. That too changed over time. Even after WW2 in FNQ, NT and WA there were vast tracts of land with pretty much no European settlement or indeed presence other than occasional patrols. I don't really care - move the public holiday, abolish it, it's all one to me. Frankly I'd just abolish it because anything that gets proposed is likely to offend someone in this snowflake period. FKT
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