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  1. 4 points
    The AC has been vastly more relevant, most of its history. It's just that the modern PR hype has ignored the fact that the AC boats used to just be big mainstream racing yachts. The AC foilers are not. In part, the belief that the AC boats were not relevant comes from US experience. It was quite different in England, when even the J-size boats often used to race week in, week out in local regattas. There's also a fair amount of simple PR hype. The AC boats used to be built to existing rules - not to new rules as with the foiling AC boats. The AC boats used to be built to the same rules as the typical smaller boats on the regatta circuits in the USA, UK and other parts of the world - not to unique rules as with the foiling AC boats. That J (or the original) was built to the same Universal Rule as the dozens of Ps, Ns, Ms, Rs and Ss that raced in clubs and regattas across North America. The Metre boats were similar - so similar that 23 Metres and L x SA rule boats were converted into Js. The smaller Universal Rule and Metre Rule boats were the foundation of widespread yacht racing and made up a very large proportion of the entire racing fleet. That's not the case with foilers. The Js and other AC boats also raced against normal club and regatta fleets, especially in the UK. A British AC challenger of the '30s could race at about 20% of the active sailing clubs in the country in a single season. AC boats like Magic, Galatea, Valkyrie II, Endeavour and Vim had long careers as typical big club and regatta cruiser-racers. The AC foilers do not do normal club regattas, and none of them have had careers before and after the AC. Up till and including the J Boat era, for each AC challenger or defender there was at least one boat of similar speed, size and shape that also raced on the regatta circuit, but had nothing to do with the AC. These were boats like Cambria, Velsheda, White Heather II, Britannia, Satanita, Ephygia, Katoura, Navahoe and the early Meteors. That's not the case today - there are no 50 or 72 foot foiling cats out there on the normal racing circuits, and there are not going to be any 75 foot foiling monos taking part in normal events in mainstream regattas like BIRW or Cowes Week. The fact that there were boats that were very similar to the AC boats, which were built without the slightest intention of racing for the AC, shows how close the AC boats used to be to "mainstream" racing. It's as if the AC was being sailed to the IRC or ORCi rules these days. By the time the 12s were selected ocean racing was on the rise, but there were still lots of 8 Metres, 6 Metres, 5 Metres and 10 Metres racing around the world. There were even still M Class events in Cali, so the 12s weren't the biggest and fastest inshore racers of their time. The 12s were still racing as a class in Norway, I think. Eights were racing at class events in Scotland and Seattle. As far away as Australia, there had still been recent national events in 8 Metres and 6 Metres. That's not the case today. There is no 50 foot monofoiler fleet at any regatta. There is no fleet of 50 foot monofoilers racing each week in Sydney, Seattle and the Solent. The simple facts are that the AC boats used to be pretty much mainstream big boats, of similar design, speed and size to many non-AC boats, and built to the same rules as hundreds of smaller boats that did local regattas alongside the AC boats. None of those factors apply with the AC foilers. The AC was much more relevant to the typical sailor in the past.
  2. 2 points
    best way to go out ! glad he had a great life. cheers to you buddy .
  3. 2 points
    Half "the sailing public" is sitting on the rail. New approach to stadium sailing. Take the bleachers along with you.
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    They all pale into insignificance when compared to the Catholic Church - the worlds largest organised pedophile and criminal organisation. If any government ever proposed to strip all church’s of their tax exempt status they would get my vote. Except the Greens of course but that would require them to actually have a policy so there is little risk of that.
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    Just remember how f---ing stupid you looked when you started to walk!!! Maybe you didn't change. These ducklings will learn.
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    I think that could be added to the "bipedal rig" thread. As for the hull shape, I think it is a result of a designer with multiple personalities who was negotiating with him/herself: "Fred - I want a trimaran, Francois - I want a multihull, Freda - I want it to fit in a normal slip, Frank - I want a keel, Forest - I want a mast on every hull, Felicity - I want one mast, Fabio - I want it to look like a Beneteau...." - Stumbling
  7. 2 points
    10 minutes of boat building magic. If this has been posted before, I apologize.
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    With that one statement he becomes a threat to the country.
  9. 2 points
    So... last night, normal Wednesday evening "Beer Can" series, very light wind, odd-ball course.With 6 minutes to go, we're futzing about looking at different lead positions for the genoa, all the while sailing farther from the line. I think you know what happens next. Satisfied with the genoa leads at last, the helmsman turns back to the line with 2 minutes to go only to find we're way too far away from the line and the wind has just gone from light to non-existent in the localized hole we've managed to locate. Oh, and we're bucking an ebb. Minutes go by and we're no closer to crossing the line. The other boats are already rounding the weather mark. Time passes. While nobody is chewing off anyone's head yet, spirits aren't exactly jubilant. All racing discipline collapses, crew lounging in the cockpit -- stern down -- and every so often someone glances up at the sails and maybe pulls something a little bit. So I made a snacktical decision and went down to the galley and the freshly refurbished and fully functional refrigerator and silently started passing up cans of Hazy Little Thing IPA and tall-boys of PBR. Our spirits picked up at the same time as the wind slightly picked up, we made the line, headed off for the weather mark and rounded along with everyone else on the 2nd or 3rd lap. Good set and time for another round of drinkses. Good gybe, good douse, good rounding, time for more drinkseses. By that time the wind and the time limit ran out simultaneously so we fired up the diesel and furled everything and stowed everything neatly en route to the barn. To paraphrase Freewheelin' Franklin: "Beer will get you through times of no wind better than wind will get you through times of no beer."
  10. 1 point
    It hardly belongs in this august company, but here is my own small effort.
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    That boat didn't just trip. Somehow it jump tacked into a death roll or some shit. I guess I just don't get the point of this new crap boat. Its either going to fail miserably, which will be entertaining but not provide any good racing. Or its going to work, and go fast like the cats which makes tacking/gybing slow so we are back to 2 boats hauling ass around a course more or less following each other. The soft wingsail technology is promising but they could have done that in cats. These ridiculous wing/foils aren't anything that will trickle down to any but the most extreme boats. Whats a waste of 4 years...
  12. 1 point
    Are you building in more or less disruption ?
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    Sailabout does have a point that there are 3 issues...design, engineering and build. IF was "deliberate" (nice way of saying slow and methodical) related to all 3. His method for Quality Control of the build was a good one for its time. More modern and faster Quality Assurance techniques exist for use in today's manufacturing but aren't used extensively in boat building. After all, boats are not truly "mass produced" so we use the techniques that the shoemaker in 1477 used (make sure it fits after I've made it). Had the Viet factory (Triac Composites) used even basic QC I wouldn't have had to fix their "bash to fit" mistakes. Face it, production schedules cause idiot workers (they aren't really idiots, just not fully knowledgeable about what makes a boat do what it does in detail) to do "less than perfect" work and in asian/viet yards (factories) we get less supervision of the factory floor and the supervisors are also more interested in schedule than build quality. After all, the factory gets paid by the piece (boat) when it is finished and most mistakes won't be "found out" prior to payment.
  14. 1 point
    Fear not you despicable denizens of this dreadful hell hole, I am still around. It warms the crusty cockle burrs of my slightly damaged heart to read the heartfelt wishes, concern and advice, I appreciate it. Except for PB. There is nothing funny about the Grateful Dead, they suck and we all know it! Bruuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!!!!!!!! Since I returned from the US to Poland at the end of June, I made a few decisions. The biggest one is that there is no way I can ever live in the US again. I haven't lived in the US for 22 years now, and I spent about 5 years total outside of the country on other occasions prior to leaving this time around. I just can't live there, too much of the culture has passed me by. I felt like a complete stranger in my home country this last trip. I will visit the grand kids if I am able and they can come see me here as well. I have a feeling that they won't be old enough to really know me, but that's life. I did buy a 'Grandfather Journal' while I was in the US, it's pretty cool. It has places to write many things about my life and experiences and I think it will be a great thing to have when they are older. Right now, my physical condition has deteriorated quite a bit. I can't walk easily and anything more than a few feet is slow and arduous and I get tired easily. I am also noticing weakness in my arms which has started in the last month. I moved back in with my wife after a 3 year hiatus, we are working on getting along and so far, so good. In spite of my physical problems, I have been renovating the deck I built 9 years ago. When I originally built it, I got a great deal on some 8' lengths of pressure treated pine deck boards for about $1.00 a board. I knew it wasn't the best wood but for the price I couldn't pass it up an I built the deck with replacement of the wood at some point, in mind. he underlying frame I made of steel, so that's fine and I am redoing the top of the flower box walls and the deck surface. I have managed to do all of the work on top, I am waiting for an order of 100 10' Douglas Fir deck boards (at about $12.00 each), they will be here in about 3 weeks. I manage to work slowly for about 4-5 hours and then the next day I don't do much, and recover from the prior day's effort. Rinse and repeat. I have been doing this for about 6 weeks now. It's hell on my body and I get exhausted and it's painful, however it keeps me busy and my mind of of other things. I envision the day will come soon when I won't even be able to do this much so I am moving while I can. I have to say, even though I could have done the whole job in about 2 weeks of 10-12 hour days a few years ago, by working and moving slowly, I noticed the quality of my work is better. So there's that. I indulge nightly in some cannabis which helps with the pain and every Thursday, a very nice looking young Polish massage therapist comes to our house and my wife and I each get a wonderful 1 hour massage. And today is Thursday she will be here in a couple of hours! The physical problems are worse to me than the mental stuff. My wife and I are flying to the Canary Islands, specifically the southern tip of Gran Canaria, Maspalomas, at the end of October for some sun, fresh fish, and good Rioja. We booked an apartment at a small place we have been to before, it's right on the promenade overlooking the ocean. There are some nice restaurants down the promenade a little ways, we will just walk slowly. I love to walk on the beach but I probably won't do much of that but just sitting and seeing the ocean and hearing the waves while eating good food and drinking good wine will be fine with me. It is one of my favorite beach holiday places. Our family doctor is an old Prussian German guy, he is quite cool and been a doctor for about 50 years. He also sings in my wife's choir. The other day after choir practice he asked my wife how I was doing. She explained my condition to him and he pondered the news. Then he told her; "You know Eddie has lived many places and done many things, he has done twice as much in his life as a normal person, so he is wearing out because he has lived 2 lifetimes, he isn't 62 years old, he is 124 years old!" I like that idea and that's my story from now on. Actually for 124 years old, I am in pretty good condition. And I'll be 126 in November. I always wanted to live the life I wanted, to do it my way and somehow I did. My motto over the years is 'no regrets' and I can honestly say I have enjoyed my life very much, the freedom, the travel, the adventures and the good as well as the bad. Life is about learning and I learned a lot and if I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing. Having a career, stability, and a normal life isn't for me. Thanks again for the kind thoughts and words, don't worry, I won't get a swelled head over it. I re-read a good part of the thread today, and I don't have any memory of posting most of what I posted in the past here. If I didn't comment or thank each one of you, please forgive me and consider it done. So that's where I am at at this point. If I remember, I will post now and then and keep y'all informed.
  15. 1 point
    When do congressional investigations accomplish anything? Let the professionals do their job. Even if the Democrats could accomplish something, it will look flawed. Republican investigation says Trump is a hero, Democrat investigation says he’s a crook. Of course he’s a cook, but you need a cop to say it and prove it. I want change but honest change and government for the people, not for the oligarchy. I’m upset with the Democrats for their lack of imagination, not the talking heads I heard on Sirius. But I began to realize there was little they could do even if they did win the house and wanted change..
  16. 1 point
    Silent Maid with the new 65’ Marconi rig
  17. 1 point
    One politician milking the libertarians for their votes and money supports another politician doing the same. And in other breaking news, dogs have fleas.
  18. 1 point
    Haven't we all sailed dinghies on windy days where the one who kept the mast vertical was the one who won the race?
  19. 1 point
    It is an oldie. I was drawn to it by jginMT (JG in Montana?) quoting my post from one year ago. How badly do Sunfish boats suck? According to Wikipedia, over 300,000 have been produced. Pretty bad.
  20. 1 point
    I have never known True Freedom like I had when I was without health coverage.
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    I'm a little stressed over this thread and Ed being MIA ... I hope that he's okay, he's a good guy, and he has a lot of friends here.
  24. 1 point
    It's actually an excuse so that Israel can attack Iran with the absolute backing of the USA, and then Syria will turn Israel into a smoldering ash heap, and Putin will sit back and smile, while the Evangelical nut cases dance in the streets waiting for the rapture.... It's all part of the plan.
  25. 1 point
    We’re staying on Old Quebec City and I haven’t seen one cleat in our hotel or in any eating places. Sheesh!