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  1. 19 points
    They have finally left the inner harbour! The teams have definitely been sharing notes on how to hide behind harbour cranes!
  2. 17 points
  3. 15 points
    And another fast pass by North Head at the end, heading for home. RG will have some spectacular shots, he was even closer than me.
  4. 15 points
    Pushing, pushing ... Hard, wet work out there today, I am so impressed that they can control her in those conditions.
  5. 14 points
    Here is my new one. Definitely not sailing in these pictures. It will be soon. It is my design based off the profile of a Monk designed sloop I restored in the 1970's.
  6. 14 points
    Thanks for posting this. Don't care what Nationality or Team you might be or go for, this is one seriously cool machine, showing pace and poise with party pieces 8 months out from Cup Time...... What's not to like? I loved the AC72's for the sheer size and complexity that they brougt to the sport. The AC50's were cool, but their lack of size almost downplayed their achievements - bit like watching G0 Karts. These platforms however have both the prescence and power that is needed. The complexity is clearly there. The timing and choreographing required to make all that look so polished cannot be understated. The capacity to fly into a leeward mark and pull off a perfect rounding folllowed by a bang on tack with spot on pitch and yaw control is not to be taken lightly. Really sends a message to the other teams that if you can't do this now; then they will punch on, steal their lunch money and kiss their girlfriends in the playground that we call the America's Cup....... Good things ahead for this Cup Cycle - which according to some here is dead, meaningless and headed elsewhere.
  7. 13 points
    I joined this forum awhile ago and have enjoyed all the witty repartee from all involved, seems like my kind of place. This is my first boat of any kind over 20' , I've sailed in a bunch of dinghys and on a few larger boats belonging to friends and relatives. We bought a vacation property in Goderich Ontario last fall that happens to be part of a marina and right on Lake Huron so it seemed natural to get a sailboat to enjoy. After a few offers on local boats that didn't pan out this one came up right at the marina we are. It's a 1979 Pearson 26 One Design, which is perfect for me because I'm going to be day sailing mostly. Once I get comfortable with it, I'll take it out for an overnight somewhere on the Huron shore. My dad and brother both have cottages on Georgian Bay(Woods bay area), the plan for next year if things go well is to take it over there and moor in the Massassauga Provincial Park and back, looks like a good trip with an eye on going up to the North Channel later on. The boat does not have anywhere near standing headroom,. so it's more like camping with a hard shell tent. The motor was not running well at all, it went to the shop and came back running well,I had it out last weekend and had a blast with some buddies. So far I have just over a grand into it, lots of work to do, but I have time and am familiar with working on boats, should keep me out of trouble. Here's a pic, it needs some spit and polish for sure, but it's mine!
  8. 13 points
    just setting up in the Channel and off North Head before heading out around behind Rangi. Two bulbed foils up today? And LR and AM in close company.
  9. 13 points
  10. 12 points
    Boat has been salvaged, written off, bought back and rebuilt...... Today we relaunched Happy days
  11. 12 points
    Found a ride finally! Flying to USVI for a delivery, so stoked. Only will be five months but who's counting! Seems like a nice skipper. There is some miracle possibly of them resuming flights to Panama but everyone in Panama I have talked to is not optimistic, only a week or so difference anyway. Got my sinus depth checked again yesterday, hopefully only one more before home. Yahooo!!
  12. 12 points
    Just 15mins of the team out sailing
  13. 11 points
    bought it with reservation to the underwater part. (checking tomorrow end of the day) she needs a bit of (upgrade) work but everything is functioning at the moment. engine (Buck 7hp 1 cylinder) has run 200 hrs. electrics were installed by a pro. (looks superclean/ nice wire harness through the bilge), tack tick wireless windset, autohelm speedo and depth, autohelm autopilot, raymarine vhf with gps (no separate gps...), electric shore power unit thing, never used/ never installed solar panel, furling headstay, newish lewmar hatch on the foredeck, dacron used sails (genny 3, genny 2 (2 years old), main, two spinakers (never used by the last owner), all the old sails (hanks) inlc. from what he told me a staysail.
  14. 11 points
    A couple more from this afternoon
  15. 11 points
    ". Replying to Panoramix: #1285 Posted June 6 "Very cool. After all the effort she put in and the problems she surmounted - like the ladder fall - I felt sorry for Jeannie losing the "oldest person" record so quickly to that old guy. I don't think she held the record even as long as her trip took." Thanks to so many of you for all your amazing support! I'm pleased to say that I still hold the record as the oldest person to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world VIA THE FIVE GREAT CAPES - Bill Hatfield only rounded three of them - he didn't sail S of Tasmania or NZ....
  16. 11 points
    This thing is on rails!!
  17. 10 points
    ...you're just living in it. I was just appointed Dockmaster of the little "community docks" for my neighborhood. I have one dock with slips and the other dock is for fishing with a small side-tie for kayaks. The dock with slips has 30 amp power and water but it's all very rudimentary and easy to maintain. The dock structure itself is in good shape with about 15 years of life remaining before replacement. I can pound nails into dock planks, glue PVC and make simple electrical repairs and upgrades well enough. We have a community "clean up day" annually, so I can draft other boat owners into pounding fresh dock planks to help me out. Winterize the water system and deploy the ice-eaters in the fall/winter. I assign slips and collect insurance information but I don't touch the money, which is nice. I think of it as a marina with training wheels.
  18. 10 points
    The old girl XL2 was relaunched this morning after repair / rebuild / and upgrades Thanks to all that helped after the capsize and then the journey upside down to Bermagui before being written off and bought back i tried every way to turn the pic but failed i couldn’t be happier
  19. 10 points
    Because the people who need hospitalization do not number in the millions is no reason to be dismissive of the impact. Even those who “recover” May have a miserable possibly life threatening course. I did. I still don’t know if there will be any permanent damage.....data shows not a small number of survivors have heart, lung, kidney, or neuro damage. I have a co-worker who did die. The husband (45 years old and strong as an ox) of another coworker has been intubated for 12 weeks, 5 brain surgeries, several pulmonary embolisms and a DVT in his leg that may still cost him the leg. He has been extubated and a week or so later was able to whisper to his wife that he loved her. They have been through hell and their lives will never be the same. Yet he is classified as a “survivor”. In my county, on June 23 there were 316 hospitalized and 147 of those in ICU. Yesterday there were 716 hospitalized 324 in ICU. While it’s true that most people do not die or have a bad course.......most people did not contract polio and yet it was a catastrophic health problem globally and in the US and for those who contracted it......life changing. Yes, life must go on but not at the expense of preventable possibly catastrophic illness for a large enough number of people to be a serious concern meriting marshaling all our resources to minimize /reduce/eliminate the impacts to our countrymen and the rest of the world.
  20. 10 points
  21. 9 points
    We heard the 'bang' as they went past, just as they got up on the foils.
  22. 9 points
    Jib halyard failure? hopefully just first day back teething problems.
  23. 9 points
    As canadian sailboats continue to violate the US border Fox News reports them to be carrying drugs and weapons of mass destruction and urges Pres. Trump to take action. The US pacific fleets gets restationed to guard the northern border. Chinas seizes the opportunity to sack taiwan. When a US SSN sinks after allegedly breaking off its persiscope on a canadian pleasurecraft, Trump issues an ultimatun demanding Trudeau to acknowledge Trump being "more smart and sexier" than he is. Trudeau gives in, but speculation arises that he winked at the end of his statement. Trump orders a full scale invasion of canada, but it gets delayed until november, because Trump is busy playing golf. The canadian armed forces retreat into the mountains and start a relentless guerilla warfare against US occupation. In the grim canadian winter the US troops take heavy casulties. Trump declares "noone could have seen the cold coming. Noone knew it could be cold in countries you invade." After 10 years of fruitless struggles CIA papers emerge proofing that Trudeaus wink was faked by the CIA to justify war. Peace talks led by queen Elizabeth II start in London. In 2045 presidents Justin Bieber and Kanye West sign a peace treaty stating that Trudeau in fact is more smart and sexier than Trump. Trump writes a record 53673 twitter messages in a day about this being the worst hoax in history from russian exile. The US is forced to pay for a wall at the border meant to "keep criminal southerners out of our land".
  24. 9 points
    Thats the fucking point! From recollection @The_Alchemist has previously compared his measurements with reported race data & confirmed reasonable accuracy. Its always going to be a rough estimate but as he says its a more informed estimate than 'oh boy that looks fast'.
  25. 9 points
    So here goes another interesting and informative look at where we are now by someone who has spent a career in journalism. Since it isn't outrageous it will likely garner the attention most of my threads get. After 44 years I'm finally free to speak the truth about Republicans He also sums up very well why I am now voting straight Democrat having given up on any semblance of fairness and truth in today's GOP. If you find this upsetting then start doing something to fix the damn party so there can again be a choice. I have given up the futile goal of trying to get any bit of moderation at least in Texas. Now that my 44 years on daily newspapers have ended, I’m finally free to admit my biases. I’m biased toward the facts. Toward compassion. Toward freedom. All basics of our business. All under attack by today’s Republicans. We reporters pride ourselves on open minds. We’re fiercely independent. We defy sources and editors alike. We try to look past party labels to individuals’ merits. Some of my colleagues at the Cleveland Plain Dealer wouldn’t even vote in Ohio’s primary because of having to declare their parties. So I wasn’t surprised to see a 2017 study in ScienceAdvances showing little bias in our rates of response to news pitches from the two parties. Still, the same study showed that journalists (not to be confused with media moguls) tilted left personally. It seems that liberals often become reporters, and maybe journalists become liberals. During my career, mostly with the PD and Local 1 of The NewsGuild, I’ve watched inmates and spouses cry at a marriage seminar in prison. I’ve watched migrant workers uprooting trees that few U.S. citizens would lug. I’ve interviewed people wounded by National Guardsmen at Kent State in 1970 when they were in college. I’ve interviewed one of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Central High School in 1957. I’ve interviewed parents who lost Marine children in Iraq. One couple later lost their only other child to cancer, but gained a grandchild on Mother’s Day through surrogacy. I’ve learned to empathize with people of all kinds, from Daniel Ellsberg to Geraldo Rivera, from a Palestinian refugee to Soviet Jewish ones. During Solidarity’s rise in Cold War Poland, a Holocaust refugee told me, “I hope blood runs in the streets of Poland.” I wrote, “Perhaps the cruelest trick of bigotry is to teach its victims to hate.” I always wanted to write. At age 5, I was calling my scribbles a newspaper. My parents were English majors. Dad’s law clients included a boosters’ club for Nelson Rockefeller. Mom observed the United Nations for the League of Women Voters, which champions non-partisan research. I grew up mildly liberal but not at all radical. I believed in facts, laws, empathy, and the Fourth Estate’s vital role in sharing them all. I started my career four years after Watergate. By then, the typical town was down to one paper, which strove for balance, partly to justify its monopoly. If both sides were offended equally, we reporters figured we’d done our job right. At least once that I recall, the side I secretly favored was the more offended. We spent hours checking the facts. Sometimes common wisdom proved false. It turned out, for instance, that cuts in the top tax rate haven’t correlated with growth, let alone paid for themselves. Sometimes seemingly false things proved true. In the 1990s, an editor told me to write how Cleveland’s always erratic weather had grown even weirder in the past couple years. I wrote a story packed with data proving him wrong. He was a good sport and ran it. Eventually, though, the mounting data proved him right. In my early years, our two political parties disagreed mostly about policies, not facts. And both lied at times, mostly about scandals. But soon the party of Honest Abe began to lie far more systematically about candidates and issues. “Voodoo economics,” “yellowcake uranium,” “weapons of mass destruction” (as opposed to the U.S.’s far deadlier arms), birtherism, “death panels,” widespread “voter fraud” and “rampant” immigrant crime have been just a few of the elephants’ false memories. Meanwhile, the falsifiers have denounced anyone standing by the facts, such as scientists, social scientists, and journalists. Over my objections, many journalists responded to the denunciations by growing vague and defensive. They’d try to make the two parties sound equal instead of giving them equal scrutiny. They’d write “A-said, B-said” instead of “A falsified, B debunked.” They’d draw false equivalence between fringe advocates of violence on the left and high-ranking ones on the right. They’d use the term “extremists” for progressives hoping to stretch the age ranges for Medicare or free public education and for right-wingers caging children and imprisoning debtors. They’d lead a story with “Republican So-and-So denounced climate change as a hoax.” A few paragraphs later, they’d say, “Democrat So-and-So called it real.” Then they’d give equal time to a rare scientific dissenter and one of the throng of supporters. At long last they’d cite temperatures, ice thicknesses, and other proof. All the while, they’d call climate change a “theory” without explaining that word’s scientific meaning: an explanation of the facts. In 2004, after George W. Bush’s second narrow win, a Plain Dealer colleague called a meeting to talk about how liberal journalists should try to understand conservatives better. I said we should also try to understand liberals, who keep trying to understand their foes without reciprocation. By then, fact-checking columns were analyzing political rhetoric play by play, but seldom adding up the score. It took a 2013 George Mason University study to find that Republicans were three times likelier than Democrats to make claims that the Poynter Institute’s PolitiFact called “false” or “pants on fire.” Now Donald Trump is accelerating his party’s plunge, fomenting violence by police and civilians, demanding jail for opponents, reaping foreign emoluments, insulting everyone from Mexicans to Gold Star parents to fellow Republicans, steering hush money, sacking watchdogs, seizing a church, subjecting peaceful protesters to attacks, plundering his so-called foundation, and calling journalists “enemies of the people” without the phrase’s original irony. He has also spread myths ranging from inaugural downpours to oral disinfectants to murder by broadcaster. In the 17 months through May 29, he averaged 22 false or misleading claims per day, according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker. Some journalists have refused to circulate these claims, even with refutations. But most of us think presidential fictions are still news. even if the publicity inspires Trump’s flock. We’re also leading more stories with the truth: not “So-and-So claimed...” but “So-and-So repeated the common falsehood...” Many even say “So-and-So lied.” But lies are conscious, and I’m not sure the Republicans know the truth anymore. And we’re finally defending ourselves. My Local 1 of The Newspaper Guild printed T-shirts saying “Truth.” Cleveland’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists printed ones saying, “Friend of the People.” Still, it’s hard to sell facts when roughly half the country won’t buy them. That’s part of why the number of editorial employees at American newspapers fell from more than 71,000 in 2008 to less than 35,000 in from 2008 through 2019, according to Pew. This year, during a pandemic aggravated by rejection of scientific facts, many more layoffs have followed, including mine. Now I’m a freelancer, and I’m finally speaking up. Call me a militant moderate. I won’t just denounce extremists but their party, too. I won’t urge liberals to match the Republicans’ lies and hate, but I’ll urge all Americans to unite against the dividers. Most pundits still champion bipartisanship and try to embody it by telling the parties, “Kids, I don’t care who started it.” But these kids aren’t wrestling over toys. They’re wrestling over democracy’s survival. And the Republicans have grown more partisan than ever, attacking bipartisan commissions, investigating independent investigators, barring testimony from the impeachment trial, anointing judges from the openly biased Federalist Society, closing urban polls and offering to hire 50,000 people to “watch” voters. If we ignore the parties’ differences today, we’re biased toward the middle. We’re refusing to swing the hose toward the fire. Naturally, my words will be held against me and my trade. But Republicans condemn conciliatory words, too. It’s high time to speak up for the truth regardless. If we wait much longer, who will be left to write democracy’s obituary, and who will be free to read it? Grant Segall is a national prizewinning journalist who spent 44 years on daily newspapers, mostly the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has freelanced for The Washington Post, Time and other outlets and wrote John D. Rockefeller: Anointed with Oil for Oxford University Press. He tweets at @GrantSegall.