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  1. 8 points
    A little blog entry with some insights into where the mast came from for Vestas.. I thought it might be that mast after seeing the base but wasn't sure. http://www.quixote-expeditions.com/we-were-almost-so-cool-11th-hour-racing/
  2. 5 points
    It has more sail up than the Vestas jury rig. And you can see how the Mapfre crew figured out how to fix their main.
  3. 3 points
    As I understand, there's 3 pitfalls. 1) Taking out a loan secured by his house, and falsely stating the purpose of the loan. 2) Establishing a bank account for a company formed for the purpose of entering into an agreement to pay off the porn star, and stating another purpose for the company to the bank. 3) If the bank raised questions about the nature of the $130K payment, lying to them. There may be other instances of fraud he committed. Aside from the Stormy Daniels affair, there's other risks hesvulnerable to. He wasn't Trumps lawyer per se, he was Trumps 'fixer'. He made problems go away. He greased wheels. As Trumps right hand thug for many years, he was the one arranging bribes to NYC officials for zoning changes, borrowing money from 'mob' figures...any of the shady dealings associated with being a NYC real estate tycoon. He's got all that in his records....or he did. Now the US Attorney SDNY has that information. IMO, Stormy is just the tip of the iceberg.
  4. 3 points
    Excellent drift, one and all. I definitely planned my spring holiday right, we are off to Cuba on Wednesday, back just in time for the start of leg 8. I hope VS11 and Scallywag make it to the line. With any luck, I might go sailing while down there. Mostly likely on a Hobie cat but this vessel is way more interesting:
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  6. 2 points
    not sure what year this is, but the graphics are nice.
  7. 2 points
    Skippers awaiting sponsorship for their Box Rule 70.
  8. 2 points
    Nice rig. Flour sacks maybe? Love that main luff gusset. And if her skipper got his arse forward and consequently her stern stopped dragging, she'd probably go half a knot faster too!
  9. 2 points
    Actually Trevor, I don't like to argue. Most proa fans like to talk about them a lot. I don't even like doing that. I like even less to see to see false advertising and bullying. Do you like false advertising and bullying? I'm not proud of my display of distaste for Rob Denny, but I certainly won't take any of it back.
  10. 2 points
    Ha Ha just like here "T I C " = This is China SS
  11. 2 points
    Rosenstein had to sign off on this... no way a local FBI would raid the president’s lawyer without cover from on high. And this has nothing to do with Russia, so theoretically Sessions may have authorized it as well. By spreading the investigation of this apparent campaign finance felony to a local FBI branch, and necessarily involving magistrates and judges, the DOJ has considerable political cover for this latest escalation of attacks on Trump Inc. Firing Rosenstein and Sessions doesn’t reliably squelch the many persons involved with this raid. There would be plenty of witnesses to a cover up/obstruction effort. Keeping Mueller out of it is just plain smart, because it is political napalm and not part of his purview. Trumps lawyer will need a good lawyer, and he’s now grist for the governmental mill. Another Trump ally defanged and a new potential witness against him. And if anyone knows where the bodies are buried, it is Cohen. Trump has to be going nuts. A porn star may save America. Fiction sucks by comparison.
  12. 2 points
    I think his Graceland album was brilliant.
  13. 2 points
    g'night all. Safe watch, especially in Fiji
  14. 2 points
    MAGA.... My Attorney Got Arrested.
  15. 2 points
    For the Spanish Entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, There Was Only One Way to Win Fight or Flight By Jen Edney It's early on December 13, 2017. We’re somewhere in the Southern Ocean, between Cape Town and the big frozen continent at the bottom of Earth, three days into the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s been a full-tilt southerly blitz to the “Ice Gate,” a virtual boundary established by race organizers, a no-go zone to keep the fleet away from bergs and growlers. The boundary lies ahead, but to our west is a low-pressure system that will pack a punch. The smell of breakfast permeates the moist interior as the sailors who have just come off watch warm up and refuel with hot porridge. The conversation between skipper Xabi Fernández and navigator Juan Vila seems to carry more weight than usual. They weigh the pros and cons of their battle plan. There’s much to consider about the drag race to zone: how hard to push, the ramifications if something breaks, the strength of the storm, and how to get the most wind and stamina out of the crew. The safe, conservative approach is to hedge north, like some of the other teams are doing. The alternative is to press on toward the zone. The danger is, should something break and they need to run downwind, there’s no margin for error. Cross into the zone and get pegged with a penalty. But the rewards for those who dare to go deeper are tremendous. There’s more wind and more speed. Once there, however, the routing software plots a manic line of zigzags along the boundary. Later, up on deck, Fernández is at the helm and Sophie Ciszek is trimming when watch captain Pablo Arrarte climbs out of the companion and into the cockpit to break the news of what’s in store for the next few days. They’re about to do about 50 jibes. “Oh my God! 50?” Ciszek exclaims. “Don’t take your gear off for six days.” The mood intensifies as news of the plan spreads across the boat. There’s anticipation and an elevated priority of preparation. It will be hard living over the next few days, and soon, the gear stack is in order, the boat is bailed as best it can be, and the sailors are rested, eyes focused and filled with anticipation for what lies ahead. Vila’s words ring out from his dark nav station tucked underneath the companionway. “Jibing in five!” Fatigue is setting in and nerves are rattling, especially for those woken from deep sleep or interrupted from a good meal of ­freeze-dried stew. Part of the crew goes on deck, and the remainder stays below to move the gear stack. Initially, everything is orderly, nice and tidy, but after a dozen or so maneuvers, fatigue is setting in and nerves rattling, especially for those woken from deep sleep or interrupted from a good meal of freeze-dried lamb stew. That’s when the lightest bags develop wings and reach the other side of the boat without touching the cabin sole. The once-organized stack becomes a muddle of bags, inevitably with the daily food bag buried at the bottom. This entire tortuous pre-jibing stacking procedure can take up to 30 minutes, depending on sea state and wind conditions. It’s worse at night, when conditions seem to worsen and visibility is difficult. The bags also get heavier with every jibe. Water magically appears in the bilges seconds after it’s removed. It’s a full-time job to bail water before the jibe, which helps keep the stack — and the boat — as dry as possible. With gallons upon gallons of cold ­seawater washing across the deck, cascading into the cockpit from the hatch cover, it’s a game of luck to time unzipping the cover and dumping the bucket of bailed water out of the hatch. Failing to get the companionway hatch closed in time results in water pouring into the boat, and another hour or more of bailing. Too many jibes. Everyone’s lost count, but I can see determination in their eyes. They know what’s at stake. While there’s plenty of activity below, there’s much more happening on deck. Wave after wave crashes over the boat. One knocks Rob Greenhalgh clear off the helm, causing his inflatable PFD deploy. He’s OK, ­recovers quickly, and keeps full steam ahead until the end of his watch. As the jibing continues, we skirt along the ice gate. Air temperatures plummet, and even in the relative warmth of the interior, every breath is visible against survival suits swaying on the rack. Despite the insane pace and harsh conditions on deck, the interior is eerily quiet against the usual symphony of creaking carbon fiber, rushing water and moaning winches. Everyone below is asleep. Vila sleeps sitting up, his head swaying with the movement of the boat as he steals a power nap before the next jibe. I’m bundled up at the media station, in the last of my warm clothes, when there’s a tap on my shoulder. Louis ­Sinclair is asking me if I have a coffee mug he can use to make coffee for the crew on deck. It seems the rest of the mugs have perished in the sea. Hot chocolate coffees, or even cold chocolate bars, make a huge difference to morale, especially in conditions such as these. This one last-remaining coffee mug will become one of the most safely guarded items on the boat for the next 10 days. The crew fights hard through every jibe, snagging sleep wherever possible in places normally deemed unfit to sleep but pass as acceptable when exhaustion wins over adrenaline. Too many jibes. Everyone’s lost count, but I can see determination in their eyes. They know what’s at stake, and Dongfeng is in sight. https://www.sailingworld.com/for-spanish-entry-in-volvo-ocean-race-there-was-only-one-way-to-win
  16. 2 points
    Sorry Ozzies to bring this up again but.......
  17. 2 points
    Bice tweeting from the Boatyard!?? Their efforts could easily justify a full-time OBR, IMHO, especially when the racing teams are resting. Worked last edition. Here's the latest.
  18. 2 points
    I agree, as long they get to the start line for the next one there isn't a right or wrong. Of course proximity to help and land would affect your decision. If I broke down in the middle of the outback I would probably try to fix my car with twigs and drink my own piss to survive, if it happened in walmart parking lot I would probably call AAA.
  19. 2 points
    Was wondering the same thing about the threaded rod, hadn’t heard about the rice!!
  20. 2 points
    Had Vestas lost the mast around Nemo, for example, would they have been so quick to jettison all the rig and sails? Preserving hull integrity? Sea state didn't look that bad in the video. Or, had there been an Escouffier/Neti/Wardley type on board, might they have tried to salvage some of the rig and sails for a jury rig? Or, if the engine had given up 30 miles into a dash for Chile, would they have just waited for a rescue? Did being so close to the Falklands affect their decision? A salvaged jury rig might have put them much closer to Itajai by now. Certainly couldn't be any worse than what they came up with. Discuss.
  21. 2 points
    DRIFT Here is the Westsail mentioned in a Blog about the Volvo. https://interestingsailboats.blogspot.com/2018/03/vor-great-racing-at-horn.html And another crazy Pole circumnavigating via the Horn on a 22' https://interestingsailboats.blogspot.com/2018/04/circumnavigating-by-horn-on-maxus-22.html
  22. 2 points
    Renny, just found the Camper playlists. Right your are about the longitudinal. This is the driving vid:
  23. 2 points
    Depends how often you change the oil. Modern sails need regular and frequent oil changes
  24. 2 points
    When most people sailed small boats the sport was cool and people could identify with it. After all the emphasis became big boats and regattas like the America's Cup which only rich white guys participated in, the sport became uncool.
  25. 2 points
    Billy, I think you are the only F-1fan in the world that thinks the cars are too loud.....