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    Well done - https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/us-muslims-start-fundraisers-to-help-pittsburgh-synagogue-victims-1.785266 US Muslims start fundraisers to help Pittsburgh synagogue victims Nearly $500,000 has been raised by Muslims and immigrants for the victims of the shooting excerpt - In a phone call with The National, Mr Messidi said he did not expect the campaign to go viral. “We are on average receiving $1,000 every 20 minutes.” The Celebrate Mercy campaign, he added, is inspired by “Prophet Mohammed’s own life in responding to evil with good, and to hate with love.” “We saw a community that is hurting and is under attack at its own house of worship, and we wanted to help and show a gesture of good will.” Mr Messidi described a sense of empathy felt by many Muslim Americans toward the Jewish community given the recent spike of both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the United States. “There is lot of threats, lot of bigotry … While the money will not give back their loved ones, we hope it helps with the funeral costs, and medical expenses.”
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    Beginning to sound like those wankers who said the pictures of the ETNZ 72 foiling were photoshop. What possible reason could they have for faking that video. They have far better things to do with their time than faking videos.
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    Umm, you have. Remember the “armed guards at the schools.” How about arming the folks at the churches and synagogues like El Presidente recommends? Voila. More gunz
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    If the shipping industry pisses us off, we might sell them destroyers and include crew.
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    Last sail,... Gusting to 30, forward of the beam, is no way to end a season. Once in the lee of my home harbor, I had time to kill so I sailed her in under genoa and mizzen alone. Going to windward, 'jib n' jigger' is a test with my boat. Sometimes it's hard to realize any progress to windward. And while the harbor in the lee was pretty flat, wind was still in the 15 to 20 range, and the outgoing tide was working against me. This is how it went, I can't embellish this track, but at times I got a good speed: Even with the centerboard down, in the gusty conditions, the lee helm makes it difficult to keep her drawing to windward. I started to get the motion. I had to anticipate rudder changes, before I could feel the bow blowing off, to make much progress. But then it got pretty good, overall, and I was happy to see the old boat - lee helm hobbled - clawing her way in. And then the yawl bonus at the end (final hair pin loop at the top), heaving to in the (now) 15 knot cold North wind. With the main already furled, all you do is, furl the genoa in and let the wheel go; it spins and hits the quadrant on the stop block below the cockpit sole. Done. It was good to relax, warm up and just sit. We (the boat and I) sat in our slick for 20 minutes or more moving at 0 to .5 knots, DDW, away from the outer moorings. I hate 30 knots but love the calm out on the water. This was a good end to my season. Apologies if I caused anyone, yawl envy.
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    The Betts built Carbon Cutter No. 2 was launched last week. This one is a bit lghter than No. 1 as we went with an all lithium battery system. All the focsle gear was i the boat at time of launch. I could not attend the launch as I had cataract surgery that day and that was a hoot. But my friend Somebody Else was there to get some pics. All went well. The Autoprop did not impress anyone. No. 1 has a Gori prop. Forst sail will be next week. Two more to go. No 3 is about 60% done. GC 7 by robert perry, on Flickr
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    Hahahaha. its more an indication that the war on drugs is another failure...
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    This incident has shown the world exactly what cunts the Saudi royal family are. Given that there is a very real possibility that the US will go to war with them one day, it is insane to keep selling them weapons that could be used to kill Americans. Instead you guys should only sell them F35s.
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    Lovely, I recommend you purchase her.
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    We are maybe looking for an inland waterways boat for a special project, and have just fallen in love. We are utterly utterly smote. https://www.bootverkopers.nl/boten/128794/langenberg-bakdekkruiser-995-meter/ Google translate will help, though they don't triumph with their description of a "wet cell".
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    True. Soon they'll be fighting each other over whether cleat begins at conception or installation and don't even think about whether or not galvanization is a sin...
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    You reckon your wife won't be able to smell the urethane fumes which have seeped into all her soft furnishings? Hope you have time to do some intense grovelling practice before nightfall. The kayak looks great, but it isn't yet ready to sleep in ...
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    Soma. How’s progress? Any new photos to share?
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    Good find Proa, must be where that photo originally came from.
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    Just like everyone else, the postman will have to make the bow fall off! - Stumbling
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    I'll willingly be held accountable for poutine, tim hortons and celine!
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    Furling spins can cause issues...continuous furling line can part; hardware failure of the furling system; wrap in different directions on top down furlers; loose furl at the top in bottom up furling spins....but to get the most fun out of the boat a spinnaker is necessary. Without crew, flying spin without furling is a butt clenching activity-especially during launch and takedown and even more so in traffic during a race. Suggest you take experienced crew and let them drive while you launch, retrieve, gybe. Try different takedowns...DDW first and a gybe drop. Once familiar with sailing with one, you probably won't want to sail without one; then get a furler so you can do it alone. I know you said you wanted a screacher in lieu of spin...you'll be missing out IMO. And if you do decide to get a furling spin or furling system for a spin...look up reviews on the anti-torque line being used...there are a lot of crap anti-torque lines in the marketplace (which is why I make my own).
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    In general I agree - BUT - there are circumstances where the regatta might be pissing off too many locals and make it hard to return to that venue. One example is Block Island Race Week where a fair bit of sailors descend on a small island. The locals are ok with getting the visitors as long as the island doesn't get thrashed. So in the NOR/SI there is a provision to exclude a boat from the rest of the regatta if any crew members cross the line of decent behavior anywhere on the island. Over the years several boats have been sent packing for crew's stupid antics.
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    Mirabaud's Sailing Pic 2018 Award has just gone to Ricardo Pinto for his pic of Scallywag arriving at Lisbon leg finish of VOR at dusk with little wind (see crewperson up the rig looking for it ) into a outgoing tide from memory. Apparently getting chase boats etc out of the picture was a challenge. The seabird pretty poignant reminder of a crewman lost overboard off this boat in the Sth Ocean, albeit that was to occur later in the race.
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    Its fascinating to read all the comments here about this race. Especially the ones suggesting modern communications, weather forecasting and GPS should have been allowed. Maybe these comments come from those who are not old enough to have sailed out of sight of land before the days of Decca Navigator, GPS and the like, and when weather forecasts more than a day ahead were useless. If you cannot go to sea without these things you simply cannot consider yourself to be self reliant in the same manner that was normal 50 years ago and more. I still have a love/hate view of GPS as I miss the adventure and occasional adrenaline rush of old style navigation, and especially coastal navigation in strong tides off a rocky coastline in foggy and windy conditions on visual nav and dead reckoning only! I remember the huge difference it made when I first bought a Seafix RDF! In those days very few pleasure boats would set out from land in a fog, and knowing where you were was always a constant issue. Accuracy was measured in miles, sometimes tens of miles, not metres. Yes, now I use a pc with Maxsea and I have 3 GPS sets on board. I still carry my sextant and RDF set and trailing log, but being honest with myself, I have lost much of my early hands on skills of navigation due to simple lack of day to day practice because of constant use of GPS. Today if I didn't have GPS I would not trust myself to make some of the landfalls which I considered routine 50 years ago. I guess my critiscm of this event would come from the opposite direction. Why have rules on boat type and materials? There were none for the early navigators? And if you want to replicate the conditions which applied in the old days there should be no communications other than a VHF and a MF radio and a catapult to send film and written narratives to passing ships. As regards weather, the old navigators used a barometer and a piece of seaweed. As for a RO giving a competitor weather routing advice??!!! You have to be joking. Also don't forget that EPIRBs and the like didn't exist and the range of rescue services and the ability to call for help was also very primitive. Australian taxpayers would not be complaining because likely your SOS would not be heard and you would not get rescued! Back in the day even a short coastal voyage single handed in a small yacht was quite risky and any long distance ocean voyage in a small boat was extremely risky. But if an adventurer wants to experience the situations faced by the old time race navigators, they have to face the fact that these folk were knowingly putting their lives at considerable risk. Every little bit by way of chipping away at that risk to life seems to me to progressively erode the validity of the objective of this race.
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    This is not going well is it?
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    Nice. I get the same kick. Here's my strainer, pre- and post-rebuild, including backlight bling so I can see the crud in the strainer better when it's dark:
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    There’s nothing like the sight of repaired damage or dings in a floating work of art. It serves as reminders of times good and bad and reflect the true nature of a sailboat and the sailor’s life! Plus, Restive has gone through a lot of miles and and has an epic tale to accompany it through the ages. Plus dings... Here’s my taffrail. The first 4’ in the port side was snapped off by accident when I’m the slings. I could have replaced the section, but I preferred to rebuild it in situ. Even saved the snapped balusters.