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  1. 5 points
    Mate I think that Brexit cartoon upthread fried your brain. He is not nominated for a Order of Australia. He is getting an OBE, but not the Order of the British Empire. His OBE is a Certificate from NSW Technical & Further Education called "On Board Electronics". Maybe he is struggling with that "fried splitter" essay he promised to write and is upskilling? Who knows.
  2. 3 points
    On the route from the airport to Mar A Lago.
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    I did plenty of stupid shit in my 20s. None of it involved racist horse shit.
  4. 3 points
    Sailabout...anyone who sails is a friend in my book....but it sounds like you really have been drinking the Farage Kool-Aid and been susceptible to the social media "Take Back Control " campaign. Its not about 3/4 million German cars, 1 million bottles of Prosecco or Spanish tomatoes that the Brexit message spinners keep on going on about. Of course they will still be available if the UK still wants them and can still afford them. The real damage from a hard Brexit comes from the damage to Britain's service economy. Britain's most important export is services. The Uk is very good at providing services both to the rest of Europe and as a gateway to Europe. This is already being destroyed by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. While people are making trite and superficial comments in Westminster and and on TV; the real people doing real work are losing their jobs because of Brexit. I will give you one example from the last two days. One of our companies develops medical devices. In order to sell devices in Europe, we need something called a CE mark. This is obtained by going through a thorough clinical evaluation review supervised by a Notified Body. If the Notified Body (or certifier) deems the trial is conclusively successful then any one of the EU's Competent Authorities can award the CE mark and we can sell the device throughout Europe. It is an expensive process but its worthwhile because it is a large market. There are a choice of Notified Bodies to choose from. In our view, one of the very best organizations to supervise clinical trials is BSI Group in the UK, the former British Standards Institute. The BSI Group employs 4,500 people and judging by our fees, they are well paid but they have the reputation of being among the best. Indeed we commenced the trial of an important new device to be used in heart ablation surgery with BSI Group. We have taken the unfortunate decision that we have to move the trial to a German certification company. There is so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit and it is not fair to expect us to continue with BSI when it is possible that on the 29th of March they will no longer be a Notified Body for EU certification. This decision has been taken and we have been forced to transfer a significant profitable contract from a British company that we liked to a German company. There is a further complication. After a hard Brexit, it is entirely unclear how medical devices will get certified in the UK. There are really only two alternatives: 1) The UK accepts devices that have a CE mark. In other words, the EU will determine which devices can be distributed and sold in the UK. So much for "taking back control". It is more like "relinquishing control" 2) The UK starts its own regulatory process for approving medical devices. It cannot happen overnight (I have heard estimates of over a year) but at least they start with qualified people. However it means that the NHS and UK healthcare in general will always be 5-10 years behind the US and Europe. Here is the simple economic reality for healthcare companies. The regulatory process and clinical trials are enormously expensive and time consuming (rightly so, we are not complaining). We are always going to start with the biggest markets first because we get more bang for our buck. Either the UK accepts the approvals from European certification (which the UK used to play a major controlling role in) or they will be getting medical innovation, devices, cancer therapies etc, years after you can get the same treatment in Europe. The UK has historically had some of the best research hospitals in the world with global drug and device companies pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into the Uk economy. This is not "project fear".....this is step by step...drip by drip....job by job.....in the real world (not Rees Mogg's head) eroding one of the UK's greatest competitive advantages.
  5. 3 points
    Yeah, I bet Luis Hamilton laughs at classic car racing too... And you fuckwads are just too cool to sail slow boats. So get off your asses and get back to sailing your V70s, IMOCA 65s, or AC water bugs. Oh wait. You sail 6 kn shit boxes like the rest of us.
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    Just lit up a stick of Nag Champa in the little shrine I have for Megumi, it's a biscuit of clay with her paw print, lost her to mammary cancer in 2015.
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    In which case he keeps his job as gov. of Virginia, and gets selected to be a justice on the supreme court? Suck it bitch.
  8. 2 points
    You are a tool. That is the focus. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hillary-clinton-blackface-photo/
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    Hug....been there done that with our black lab Nina....it all happened very fast. She seemed a bit lethargic for a day or two , then on day 3, I let her out in the morning in the dark as I always had and few minutes later I heard furniture knocked over on the deck and went out to find her stumbling about and acting very strange, she seemed to be blind . Took her to the vet and he diagnosis her with brain cancer, this was a Thursday morning and we called my youngest at college and he came home the next afternoon , he was very attached ,they spent the night together on the couch and first thing Saturday morning we took her back and had her put down as we held her in our arms....brought her home and dug a hole in the backyard that we filled with her toys and blankets and buried her....I could not even say her name without bawling...it was as if I let out every suppressed sorrow in my life...
  12. 2 points
    SB2HO & ST are 100% right on this. It's all about the skipper's "awareness", even if you're asleep. If something sounds or feels wrong, you're awake at once. Analyzed, it's either a problem, in which case you either call someone or go on deck to help solve it. If it's a routine noise (halyard winch or something) you analyze the noise for a few moments, and realize it's all under control - just a reef going in. Then you go back to sleep, but are subconsciously aware that the breeze is building and it may go a bit gnarly soon, so you will be called. You go to sleep thinking "where are my boots?" If there's shouting and blasphemy on deck you're out of your bunk like a rat up a drainpipe. Otherwise, back to the land of nod. It happens at home. First flush of rain on the roof, a big gust of wind, a raccoon dancing on the tiles, the Union Pacific late night freight train delighting everyone with continued blasts on the hooter.... Then back to sleep at once.
  13. 1 point
    There are people who do that sort of work...they call themselves riggers...and they can be hired to do the work.
  14. 1 point
    A few TBF pictures are in a Flickr gallery. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmzKq1xt This post is from a Google Pixel Android. My desktop system is not allowed to post (?).
  15. 1 point
    Looking at the list of official records... https://www.sailspeedrecords.com/records If they get a new rudder, they could try to take down Geronimo's records for Around Australia and Sydney to Tahiti...
  16. 1 point
    You can only buy the boat that finishes immediately ahead of you (that's how most of the motorsport "claimer rule" classes work).
  17. 1 point
    "Sorry officer - I forgot I lent her my card to buy me those lottery tickets".
  18. 1 point
    Can't help you with the rest but did Philippines to LA via Tokyo in 1980. The secret was to hang around PI until the tail end of typhoon season which was no real hardship. Puerto Galera was wonderful and we noodled down to Borocay before it had a single hotel. Cruised up the West coast during July and snuck into the river at Aparri on the Northern tip to wait for a decent break in the developing lows to the East. We didn't time that one particularly well and had a pretty rough trip through the Babuyans but after that a nice sail to Tokyo. Note. Do not approach the entrance to Tokyo Bay at night in fog! Probably not possible these days but instead of going all the way into Tokyo we stopped at the US Navy base in Yokosuka. Nice marina with great facilities and shopping at the PX. Bullet Train into Tokyo for sight seeing. Tokyo to LA was 53 days on a 50' Taiwan shitbox and mostly pretty uneventful. The US owner got freaked out about a Russian sub following us for the first week but they were just toying with us. I would highly recommend it.
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    Ha ha haha .. missed that yesterday..thought you meant she was looking at you to see if you could afford the treatment Liam sat in the reception and suggested that if Jerry could survive, he could make him a little wagon with wheels to drag himself around or even a set of robotic back legs ... flights of affectionate fantasy . *second year robotics student
  20. 1 point
    Yes, most do. We didn't. Carried it for 3 days/nights a few times across oceans. Big symmetric tri-radial about 1200 ft2/100 m2. Many times at least 1 night at a time. All depends on level of which part of the world/squall activity/fullness of moon/PMS of wife. One night I was on watch at 3 am when a squall caught us unawares. I was seeing 14+ knots on the GPS before I left the cabin to get it down. This was on a heavily loaded but still light 40' cruising cat. I got yelled at a bit for that one...Boat was happiest at 8 knots average. More than that and the noise from waves made it hard to sleep deeply.
  21. 1 point
    hyperbole apart, grin, one reason why some would hardly ever leave the dock would be that going backward with a Rustler 36 was always an adventure ... loooong time ago (Al Gore had just invented the interwebs) a Rustler 36 owner moaned on one of the first yottie forums about the fact that he could not get his Rustler out of the box without dropping some anchor chain and pivoting on it, using the rudder to make a turn backwards was just not on. One guy answered he coud do that, others doubted ... so a challenge came up, with some 6 or 7 odd people we gathered one day where the Rustler was located and whoever wanted to try could make an attempt ... non succeeded and the overall agreement was that using the anchor chain was the only viable option not having a bowthruster. Not a total slug though, certainly not in heavier weather where the longkeelers come to their own, for an amateur worldgirdler it's not unlogical to prefer a heavy seaworthy and trustworthy yacht. Getting it through the doldrums might be the biggest challenge though
  22. 1 point
    Perhaps the problem with our situation is that no one really feels the financial pain of GSW except the victims. The federal government is essentially subsidizing lax gun laws via Medicare. If states were required to pay the medical costs of GSWs covered by Medicare & Obamacare policies, then very quickly a financial motive would be created which would encourage real efforts to reduce gun violence. Might get some traction on the local level that is missing today. All the legit gun owners who are not associated with the violence in the cities would begin to seriously resent the gun play that was screwing it up for the rest of them, rather than essentially arguing for continuation of the current state of affairs. Defecit hawks in Washington would love it, and it could spark a whole new debate about the costs of guns.
  23. 1 point
    Incorrect. Lots of distributors/dealers like ourselves have spare parts in stock and ready to ship in North America. I haven't heard anyone complain about the inability to get key parts for their Aero... ever. Occasionally the big stuff has to be shipped in ocean container or go in a truck instead of UPS. Sometimes some items aren't on hand at a preferred dealer. But, the stock levels between Dealers, Distributors and RS itself has this covered better than most of the small boat supply chains in the world. Not 100% perfect yet, but, certainly not a problem or barrier to anyone to sail an Aero anywhere in the world..
  24. 1 point
    As I'm sure you know, leaking until air friction brought the skin up to temperature was a feature, not a bug. Cheers, Earl
  25. 1 point
    I've been in several offshore racing protest meetings, on both sides of the table. This one seems fairly simple. It's an SI compliance issue, really a 'yes' or 'no' to a mandatory race requirement. Not much wriggle room, folks.

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