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  1. 4 points
    Personally, I don't buy in to the worshiping of the S2H. It used to be an iconic event that was something. Today it's a marketing exercise for 100 footers. I've done several over the past nearly 40 years including one with my dad and my best mate in a swanson 36. Back then it really meant something. I'll be there this year on an R/P 63 and....despite the hype...it won't be as good a doing it on that 4ktsb. Today I got a request to nominate how many i've done as part of the yacht profile...and I chose not to respond. I don't feel the need to be part of the marketing event. Others may choose to do so..that's their choice. I've had the opportunity and privilege of sailing in many of the world's offshore iconic events. The S2H is just one of them. The arrogance of the event management doesn't enthral me. There are many other sailing events that we can't do as a program if we choose to do the S2H. Logistics means making decisions. I reckon that the organisers need to get real and appeal to the local fleets, cos once you've ticked the box, if you're lucky, there's plenty of other t-shirts to collect. That said, my brother...an outstanding dinghy sailor, is doing his first this year. he's doing it with great mates and i know it'll be special.
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    Anne died one year to the day after she sailed her Trimaran ANEO to victory in the Rhum category in the 2014 Route du Rhum. Anne Caseneuve sailed the race knowing she was sick!
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  4. 2 points
    BP has something to promote. It helps all of us when there is innovation. I can just imagine you’re great grandfather sending Capt. Nat letters bitching about all of his crappy innovative work and self promotion. Get a life that’s worth living...
  5. 2 points
    I'm sure that what we're doing wrong is assuming that there's something wrong about lots of people having fun on hiking seahugging singlehanders. It makes it obvious that we are closing our minds and being negative to the boats and their sailors, rather than trying to learn from their success. Personally, having sailed lots of things from foilers to condomarans, I find that speed is all relative and that zipping along at 30 knots can get pretty dull pretty quick. World Sailing has the same elitist viewpoint and when it comes to Olympic classes, it's essentially trying to ignore what works in other sports and in sailing.
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    The Dragon bares her teeth in an Atlantic gale Ever wondered what it would really be like to sail a Class40 in a mid-Atlantic blow? At night? Read on to get a full blast of it – blood, sweat but no tears – from Michael Hennessey, the 52-year-old American skipper of Dragon currently in 11th place. https://www.routedurhum.com/en/news/962
  7. 1 point
    I tried to post this earlier, not sure why it didn't go. A bit of perspective
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    You could've stopped, right there. Then again, President Trump Loves folks like you.
  9. 1 point
    It ain't going to happen but a total revamp of the number and size of states. It make no sense for RI to be a state, attach it to MA. Join NH and VT (and maybe MA and RI and ME at the same time. Join some of the lightly populated western states - ND, SD, MT, etc into one. Break CA into at least three states. Break up any state with > 10 million. If 50 (or thereabouts) states is the right number pick a minimum population (3 million?, 5 million?) and get the crayon set out and start drawing new boundaries.
  10. 1 point
    It wasn't welfare. It was a shakedown. The HQ2/3 contest was garbage. Someone on HN pointed out that Bezos already owns houses in Virginia and New York and that the competition was just a charade to pressure VA and NY for tax breaks. Bezos was always going to pick them; he ($112B) just wanted it cheaper. I remember when Bloomberg was mayor and some company yanked their HQ. He said good riddance. NY really doesn't need this so they shouldn't pay any premium to get it. Same with VA.
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    This history of the Route du Rhum is fascinating: https://www.routedurhum.com/en/page/history Some selected highlights: 1978 - As its creator, Michel Etévenon, intended, the first Route du Rhum was the transat of freedom: monohulls and multihulls were mixed without class divisions and without size restrictions. Professionals and amateurs competed under the same rules and all outside aids to navigation were allowed on an open course. [...] Olympus Photo, the small yellow trimaran sailed by Mike Birch, won by just 98 seconds from Kriter skippered by Michel Malinovski, after 23 days of racing. 1986 - The trend was resolutely towards catamarans with no less than 13 in the fleet, against nine trimarans some of which were equipped with the latest appendage - foils. [...] The big multihulls marked this vintage with no less than 13 boats over 23 metres in class 1. 1990 - A limitation on the size of boats of 60ft was imposed. The trimarans dominated with new boats made from carbon. Florence Arthaud on Pierre 1er sailed a remarkable race, becoming the first woman to win. 1994 - The fleet was split between a multihull class and a monohull class for the first time, with 12 skippers setting sail in each category. The new generation of water-ballasted 60ft monohulls showed incredible potential. While they may be not have been on par with trimarans, they coped with the elements more easily and could afford to hold more canvas than before. 2002 - With 58 competitors at the start, 2002 was a record year, in terms of participation but unfortunately also in terms of abandonment, because while 28 boats finished, only three out of 18 arrived in the Caribbean in the queen class of 60ft multihulls. Another historic first was the finish of two monohulls ahead of all the multihulls - a result of the departure of the monohulls one day before the multihulls, and the widespread damage to the multihulls in a storm off La Coruna. 2006 - The eighth episode of this famous solo transatlantic race will remain marked by the breathtaking sprint of Lionel Lemonchois, winner of the queen category of 60ft multihulls aboard Gitana 11. Sailing from St Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre in just 7 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes, the Norman pulverised the old record by Laurent Bourgnon by more than four days, with an average speed of 19.11 knots. 2010 - On the water, the return of the great multihulls did not disappoint. The winner aboard his 31.50-metre trimaran, Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama 3, entered the legend of the race but he did not beat the record, taking nine days, three hours, 14 minutes and 47 seconds to cross the Atlantic. [...] Nine Ultimes, nine IMOCAs, 12 Multi-50s, 11 "Rhum" class yachts and 44 Class40s made for a total of 85 competitors at the start. 2014 - Eight Ultimes, nine IMOCAs, 11 Mutli-50s, 20 "Rhum" class yachts and 43 Class40s entred the race, making a total of 91 competitors.
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    Meanwhile in Australia.....6 more VX Ones landed this weekend:
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    Scan large as that list is, good or bad the S2H rules of race without that pre-qualification clearly prevents numpty's in numpty boats crewed by numpty's participating. It is a useless cost impost as a pre requisite to participation and a entry being capable. However in a race involving 'prototypes' it is a very relevant provision. But in a crewed coastal race like the S2H where prototypes essentialy are barred and those participating are documented for both safety and rating purposes, that pre-qualification is just another hurdle to participation that costs money. If the race pre-qualification was tied to crew and boat I would understand it, but it is not. It is a requirement directed towards a "boat only" having successfully or otherwise floated during a prior accredited race at some time and if so is good to go. If anyone suffering some form of dillusion this pre-qualification is a great rule, then maybe they should ask themselves say should WOXI have been allowed to show up to the start line 5 minutes after being cut in half and rebuilt? Many rules of this race are shit, discourage participation and many are fucking the race so it won't be around in the near future. No matter ones thoughts on the subject, declining race participation numbers don't lie. The only explanation then is the RO of this race is no longer representing potential participants. That is a fact now to which there is no defence.
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    WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT INFLATABLE PFDS by Glenn McCarthy I spent over a decade on the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee. I marveled at the width and depth of knowledge of the members of this committee. I was not directly involved in getting inflatable Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. I was in the room when others who were directly involved reported on their progress. Other countries had already approved inflatables. The U.S. was behind. At first the U.S. Coast Guard would hear nothing of it. A foam lifejacket was 100% guaranteed to work every time. Inflatables do have a known failure rate of inflation. And even then, user maintenance increases the failure rate. That was completely unacceptable to the U.S. Coast Guard. The argument was made, "The foam PFDs sit in the bilge, in the lockers, many times still in their original wrapper, going unused and has a 0% chance of success of saving lives. They are hot on summer days to wear, where boating is a summer activity. Women don't like them, as they are not making them attractive. And they are bulky, in the way, and uncomfortable. Whereas a fanny pack or horseshoe inflatable is something people will wear (data from approved countries) regularly and greatly improves usage and chance of success." When an Australian boat came to the U.S. they had to buy U.S. Coast Guard approved foam PFDs to be in compliance with U.S. laws. The all women's Aussie sailboat came to Hawaii to race, bought U.S. Coast Guard approved foam PFDs, where they always wore their inflatables back home. They put the U.S. Coast Guard approved foam PFDs down below on the floor keeping that weight low, and left their inflatables ashore to save weight. They had a problem, ran into an island, sank the boat, and at least one of them drowned. Proof people wear inflatables, not foam PFDs, which resulted in death. The U.S. Coast Guard finally caved in and then established construction standards and approval process for inflatable PFDs. An automatic inflatable has three ways to inflate: 1. Auto; 2. Pull tab; and 3. Blow tube. What this really means is inflatables should only go on people who are confident in the water. No non-swimmer should ever don any inflatable PFD in my opinion. And I think inflatables ought to have this warning label on them. If your auto inflate didn't, would you pull the manual tab? If that didn't work do you have the confidence in the water to find the inflation tube and blow up your inflatable PFD manually? If the answer to this is, "No," do not ever wear an inflatable PFD and don a foam PFD instead. Next, the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee added to the Special Regulations (for the very few races in the U.S. that actually use them) that competitors had to wear a PFD at the start and finish and at all other times in between unless the skipper said they can be removed. That created a public fit storm (U.S Navy Captain, Retired, John Bonds, the Safety at Sea Committee Chair at that time, told me he got threatening letters). I knew that Roy Disney was against what we had done, and when he got in my car I explained how we (the Safety at Sea Committee) failed to explain the reason why. Every PFD ties, zips, snaps differently from the next. By putting them on before the start, everyone has theirs fitted, if they can take them off, they know exactly where they are belowdeck, as they need them at the finish. If it is blowing hard at the start of the race, most skippers won't let the crew take them off. But if it is hot and light out, the skippers would let them take them off. It really is the Boy Scout adage - "Be prepared." Roy gave a small smile and a nod. I don't know if I converted him though. Look around today, racers and non-racers are wearing inflatables regularly, in numbers that foam PFDs never saw. The death rate for sailboats is so low compared to all other types of watercraft, that the U.S. Coast Guard has been coming to US Sailing asking questions to learn how sailing, in general, is doing things right. Since the finish of the 2018 Chicago to Mackinac race, I talked to one race inspector in the U.S. He performed his own special inspection. He looked at the auto-inflator mechanism on PFDs which have a green (good) and red (bad) indicator. He found 4 inflatable PFDs with red on the limited number of boats he inspected. This indicates some people are not maintaining their units, nor checking them. None of this makes me feel any better about the loss of Mr. Santarelli. However, it does explain the evolution in all of sailing where PFD wearing inflatables has become accepted, in some places pushed and pushed hard. We are on the right path, and we carry on in an imperfect world. From the Lake Michigan Sail Racing November 2018 Newsletter: https://files.constantcontact.com/d77aa772101/49c5f137-dc01-4946-b34f-10c21fb50b19.pdf To get these newsletters free, sign up here: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001TYH5ba1NOYXlBKc31Ek7Rg%3D%3D
  15. 1 point
    "Redelivery" as a cost impost comparison to other races is an excellent point. But countering that is it is a once a year opportunity in Australia. Also look at those willing to arrive internationaly and little different to say a TransPac with the same redelivery cost issues where it is not suffering or suggest the majority of the Middle Sea Race entrants come from Malta and which is nonsense? Both those offshore races like many others are experiencing record numbers. The S2H is going backwards. 100 boats rolling up to the S2H is pathetic by any objective measure and worse if that is to be accepted as a measure of a major world ranked race as being sustainable. The S2H has been a "time warped" race in terms of participation for years now, that can't continue by any measure surely?
  16. 1 point
    The self regulating of heave is the V-foil configuration itself. Back before anybody understood foiling as we do today, as designers we'd all make the same first step which was the same mistake. We'd start with a vertical foil to keep the boat from going sideways and a horizontal foil to make it go up. In my Archemedian days I would tell you that leeway was a bug not a feature, I wouldn't want leeway because that's giving away pointing ability that we spent years trying to dial in to zero leeway on the course. In making that choice you somewhat separate lift and side forces making them almost discrete. Then you spend all manner of effort figuring out how to control lift. Darwin lead us to wands eventually as a good solution, just pick an alititude you want to fly at and make a mechanical system to force the foils to help you in that goal. But it still leaves a bunch of challenges particularly if you sail over a big range of boat speeds. On a t-foil you always have the same amount of foil in the water if you're going zero or 50 knots or at least up until you have zero foil in the water. So then you have to moderate and control, quite precisely, the lift out of a foil that barely changes shape and never changes size over a huge range of speeds. As such you are faced with making a bunch of compromises starting with your choice of liftoff speed. Want a low speed, you need a bigger foil, you chose bigger foils, congratulations, you get a slower top speed and a more flighty boat. The V-foil configuration flips the script. The genius of it, and it took me more than a few moronic weeks to suss this one out, is that it turns leeway, that old bug, into a feature in the system. If we give up the C-class sacred cow of sailing through the water with no leeway for a second it opens up some possibilities. The most important of which is that the more leeway there is, the more it moderates the vertical lift of the two foils (I consider a V-foil to still be two foils, just happen to be connected). So as the whole show starts to slide sideways a little bit, one, degree, two degrees and so on, it starts becoming less "lifty" while still providing the side force you need. Double plus good is that as you go faster the boat lifts a bit higher and the area of the lifting foils also begins to moderate. This is important because it makes the foil less sensitive to small changes in pitch and far less likely to leap out of the water unexpectedly, which is exactly what a vertical / horizontal combo will do to you, repeatedly, ruthlessly with painful results. So as leeway kicks in, because the boat is flying higher and has less available side force, it also begins to moderate lift and at some point you reach equilibrium of forces. then as an added bonus you remember that leeway doesn't matter any more at that point. why? Well because you're not dragging that stupid hull through the water any longer, you're flying it over the water so who gives a fuck anymore right? If you can't get pregnant who needs a condom? (Maybe there's a hole in that reasoning but we'll come back to STD's later). On a wing boat in particular upwind foiling leeway is a non-issue, you trim the wing to the AWA and nothing else. The bows would actually point more into the wind in this situation which is favorable form an aero-drag perspective. So after all that, what did we get? We got equilibrium, that's the self regulating part of the system. An L-foil essentially cannot ever achieve equilibrium except in some kind of perfect steady state sailing. We did achieve that from time to time and it's fun and slippery but it's gone as soon as you change velocity, or any of a hundred other little things you could change on the boat intentionally or otherwise. Now some wag will come along and tell me how the modern AC50 boats essentially have L-foil systems and seem to do steady state sailing just fine, to which I say, "Sure, try sailing one of those in a straight line for two miles without any AOA input on the foils and see how it goes for you". In short, they use a never ending stream of AOA input to overcome the absence of equilibrium and instead keep many angels dancing on the head of a pin through hyper-exacting foil management which is simply not an option on a boat with only four hands available. I should add that of course part of the system is to be able to change the rake of them, which is a big gross tune factor, and of course their roll angle or how they are trimmed inboard and outboard. The more you angle the foils in, the more aggressive the leeway effect is, but you trade away righting moment and things become draggier, but the ride is more stable. Thus foils are more upright upwind, when we sail in a narrower boat speed range and can afford less heave control, and they roll inboard when going downhill and we have a bigger dynamic range. The "inside angle" I was talking about was the angle between the "vertical" and "horizontal" parts of a V-foil. the smaller that angle, the more heave stable the boat will be but also the more draggy it will be. 90 degrees = sporting, 64 degrees = Franck sailing downhill at 28 knots in chop smiling his shit eating little grin, calm as the day is long. (To be clear, Franck is a cool dude, I respect him greatly and he did an awesome job killing us, I just got a bit fed up of our boat trying to kill us and seeing his transom all the time). So the big development was making heave control intrinsic to the very foils themselves. Condoms optional.
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    @atwinda I now have changed my opinion and can now "see" the vague stay and the other window.
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    @We are Rimas!Windward douses at 6:30, 10:10, and 13:50. No drama.
  19. 1 point
    Isn't this the very definition of syncretic apostasy?
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    Brackets for Watt&Sea hydro generators. Wa 2 by robert perry, on Flickr
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    Living on the outside of a sphere is turning out reasonably well, apart from tornadoes, volcanoes, and idiots.
  22. 1 point
    In fact I was offered a choice of a free ticket to go or shooting myself in the cock. It still hurts to piss a bit but most of the powder burns have healed.
  23. 1 point
    Sorry to offend but it is very hard to take this circus seriously. Why the best of the world's sailors want to sail the mish mash of boats these old sailing politicians choose for them every 4 years amazes me. I guess its becasue the same type of old sailing politicians run the national Sailing organisations and they fund the good sailors to do it.
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    Avenatti is never right with his predictions. Many people are saying it. They say he is a porn lawyer, because representing porn stars is far less wholesome and Godly than fucking porn stars while one’s wife’s vagina heals from childbirth. Jesus was not about Men doing without.
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    Nah..this is getting a bit nasty, I don't do nasty (Well, not often :D)