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  1. 6 points
    As an owner, these tragedies definitely make me pause. Whilst we all might have the best intentions, the reality of resources and finances have a way of insidiously altering your thought patterns. A frank analysis is usually painful, as there’s always something on your list that’s borderline. Most times when I do find something that’s marginal, the selfish, or bluntly tight arsed, part of my brain has a way of whispering she’ll be right, conditions look benign for this next race, I’ll worry about it next year. An example: my life raft was new with the boat, it’s in its service dates but have I pulled it right out and checked it of late? No. Or the jacklines . They’re flat webbing straps, they look fine but there is some slight furring on the edge here and there. Are they still OK when 80 odd kgs goes over the side? That stanchion that bent and now wobbles a bit when we wrapped a kite sheet through it, is it still safe? Having Cat audits is necessary, and I actually enjoy them, as they reinforce to me my boat passes an established checklist. But if I’m brutally honest, I still have to fight an internal battle to ensure that I’m not JUST using things like audits and crew compliance as “I passed, that’s all I need to do”, and ensure I keep viewing safety holistically in every facet of managing and owning the boat. It would crush me to tell the wife of a crew member I contributed to the accident because I’d skimped on spending money on the (insert here) . Sobering.
  2. 4 points
    Here are the standings....a lot of changes from four days ago. Rank Group SA Name Boat Name DTL 1 B Shorthanded Shorty 452.6 DTG 2 C Will Lee Lorraine III 3.5 3 A prettyhatemachine prettyhatemachine 3.9 4 C Sambaopreis Sambaopreis 16.6 5 C mred mistered 18.0 6 B Iluvitar 32.1 7 B unplugged Dcarr 48.0 8 B gary hschutz 50.6 9 A Vibroman Vibroman_SA 52.8 10 C Sapphire Girl Sapphire Girl 55.9 11 B Mr. Fixit Yodaman 60.1 12 A Golden Rose Golden Rose SA 62.9 13 B sailon2 jahmbo SA 63.3 14 B jacksparrow Malamute 65.3 15 C 4010 grimlin 72.1 16 A Breitling Breitling_SA 72.7 17 A Rainbow Spirit Rainbow Spirit II 87.9 18 B N/A Walkaround 89.0 19 A Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey 90.2 20 B Gufmiester Gufmiester 97.4 21 A BlueMountainsYC shockwave11 102.0 22 B Milli Blitzquart 102.5 23 A HKG1203 HKG1203 115.2 24 B kea.nn kea.nn SA 121.1 25 A daan62 hutspot77 122.9 26 B Magool Magool 124.6 27 A Marty6 Cambodunum 126.6 28 B EquusAsinusDomesticus ON9270 133.1 29 B mkgsailor J2B2 133.6 30 B stanlutz USA644RAVEN_SA 135.5 31 A I Sail The Black Boat Thistle1678 145.6 32 A Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA 159.5 33 C JeSa-SA JeSa 170.0 34 A Tunnel Rat Mongrel 189.2 35 B Rimike rider1982 190.7 36 A Ozzy Ozzy 85 197.0 37 A Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA 200.0 38 B hmsmweasel Stay Thirsty M 43 222.1 39 C rolltak Awkward Turtle 256.0 40 B cg_ 259.2 41 A From The Rail A-Squared 267.7 42 C Dirty Sea Rag 293.1 43 B GrandbendOnt 300.0 44 A Wet Hog WetHog-SA 367.5 45 A Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA 371.7 46 B spadadua 398.6 47 B Alpina ColombaRacing 522.3 48 A Your Mom Your Mom SA 534.2 49 B stufishing Stufishing_SA 585.1 50 A Mike G Mike Ventura 629.3 51 A Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 736.0 52 C wpbeardsley wpbeardsley 1011.9 53 C Vin Divided Sky 1059.5 54 C puckhead 1268.4 55 C sailingk8 She Wolf 1298.8 56 C Loon Localdog 1383.0 57 B Swamp Swamp Rat 1434.3 58 A Lat21 Hamachi SA 1808.9 59 B Tommmzzz tommmzzz 4280.2
  3. 4 points
    Florida should pass a law that specifically bans Tom's .22 - not the model of gun - just HIS gun.
  4. 3 points
    ^^^ Three greatest skills for an offshore racer ..don't get sick, sleep through anything and wake before you're needed.
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    How about we just take away gun rights from the paranoid assholes who celebrate school shootings as a reason to talk about .22s?
  7. 2 points
    Agreed. I have to say that ETNZ are making me pretty nervous right now. I hope they intend to remain righteous.
  8. 2 points
    It simply means the forecast for my future is deteriorating in balance with my downcourse progress. Looks like a giant 4-kt hole has developed for a day from now, which I can't avoid, which used to be 10-12 kt reaching conditions. Such is life. Happens in real sailing too. Still glad I tried something different and avoided the doldrums.
  9. 2 points
    Yes, just about the nastiest, dirtiest, amoral scumbag you would NEVER want to cross paths with. Manafort was, and maybe still is, a Svengali "fixer", for some of the most brutal players in the era when Russian oligarchs made fortunes on the disassembling former Soviet state owned industries, for the love of money. Killing rivals was as normal to them as going to the Post Office for you or I. EDIT: Not to mention him representing and lobbying for, several murderous Third World dictators, and getting the US to see them as nicer than they really were. That is probably worse than what he did for the oligarchs. The oligarchs only killed a few other rich rivals who were also competing for large pieces of the former Soviet industries pie. The Dictators were slaughtering hordes of their political opponents, and detractors, with impunity, yet Manafort made them seem like Boy Scouts, when he brought them to DC, to slurp at the US money trough....
  10. 2 points
    Oh jebus wait till DrugLord sees this He's gonna splurge PeoplesFoiler model pics for days
  11. 2 points
    NY Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/24/business/nra-companies-boycott.html Excerpt - Banking Kevin C. Langin, a spokesman for the First National Bank of Omaha, said in a statement on Thursday that customer feedback had prompted a review of its contract with the N.R.A. “As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the N.R.A. Visa Card,” the statement said. Travel and Transport On Saturday, Delta Air Lines said on Twitter that it was ending its contract with the association for discounted rates through the airline’s group travel program. “We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website,” the company said. United Airlines tweeted a similar message two hours later. Two moving van companies wrote on Twitter on Friday they were severing ties with the N.R.A. Allied Van Lines and North American Van Lines, which share a parent company, Sirva, each said it “no longer has an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately,” and had asked to be removed from its website. Rental Cars A spokesman for Avis Budget Group, which owns the car-rental companies Avis and Budget, said on Friday a discount partnership with the N.R.A. would end by March 26. Hertz said Friday that it was ending its rental car discount program for N.R.A. members. On Thursday, the car rental companies Alamo, Enterpriseand National, which share the parent company Enterprise Holdings, tweeted they would end their discount for N.R.A. members beginning March 26. Insurance MetLife said in a tweet on Friday it was ending a discount program for N.R.A. members. Also on Friday, a spokesman for the insurance company Chubb told Reuters it would no longer have a partnership with the N.R.A. on an insurance program called the “NRA Carry Guard.” The spokesman said Chubb had given notice of this change three months ago. Technology, Information and Security TrueCar, an automobile pricing and information website, said on Friday it was “ending its car buying service relationship” with the N.R.A. at the end of this month. The home security company SimpliSafe once offered two months of free monitoring for N.R.A. members but the company said in an email on Saturday that it had “discontinued our existing relationship with the NRA.” The cybersecurity company Symantec announced on Twitter on Friday that it had ended a discount program with the N.R.A.
  12. 2 points
    Wind over deck is generally between straight ahead (axial) and down the angle depending on how much natural wind. Goal is to get roughly 30 knots of wind over deck. So the more natural wind, the less generated by ship’s speed. High natural wind usually comes with higher seas and the deck starts to move around a bit. Low natural winds mean the wind over deck is more axial and the ship’s speed means the “runway” is always moving slowly to the right so lineup has to be adjusted constantly but not a big deal. Similar to a slight crosswind. Not a huge difference to the approach. The crosswind component is small. Approach speed is 125-140 knots depending on which aircraft and gross weight. That gives a relative speed of around 100 knots so a couple of knots of crosswind isn’t a worry.
  13. 2 points
    I'm pretty sure my hours to finish were 93 when I went to bed last night.. 93 when I got up this morning, and 93 now. That sucks.
  14. 2 points
    The only scenario that's going to happen is lots more dead children until you can vote those fucking mindless morons and criminals out of office and replace them with sane people who have a spine.
  15. 2 points
    Just another day at the office. And they do that at night. Naval aviators are the best there are, no question. Just sitting in the back seat for one of those would be terrifying.
  16. 2 points
    Nope - just the dumbass right wing troll socks. There's a passel of them here.
  17. 2 points
    Thanks SX for this..can you please advise Martin some fans are also doing it really tough as per the following.
  18. 2 points
    I’ll probably post standings this evening. My rankings cohorts have become busy with life and haven’t been able to post their groups. I have two additional boats to keep track of groups A and B, but I haven’t had time every day to capture all three. I should be able to today, but the postings will be more sporadic. I will make sure we get the final standings for this leg.
  19. 1 point
    Here, but for the grace of /:choose your diety:/ go I.
  20. 1 point
    That link says a bachelor and a masters in arts, but doesn't give any indication of when. Also, while one of those degrees was in education, there's no mention of him actually teaching. I guess he's been hiding from bad men with guns for awhile. ....
  21. 1 point
    If they want a sporting license, they can apply for one. It is one of the reasons one can get a license for firearms here, I know because a family member has said license. Does not change the reason and intent behind firearms. They were designed to kill people and the sport doesn't diminish that.
  22. 1 point
    Bold talk for a 1/2 assed merc. sitting at a screen in complete safety. Since you're such a bold & brave tough guy, why don't you sign on with the Broward police - there'll be lots more school shootings where you can demonstrate your keyboard courage.
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  25. 1 point
    The mighty Apollo - Originally built for Allan bond - line honours winner that sadly ended up on Lady Elliot island in the 1979 edition. She was replaced by 'the Gerkin' that went on to take LH's another 3 times.