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  1. 10 points
    I was there for Sunday, not in the paid sections, but in the race village area and then along at Egypt Point. There were tonnes of people there. Not sure what capacity they were hoping for, but I'd say it was pretty much maxed out. We sat on the beach in the race village bit, right at the finish and it was completely rammed. We could see two screens, however, the windward marks were round the point. The commentary on the loud speakers was a bit patchy and with people moving around it was hard to see the big screens all the time. For the second race we moved up the beach to right underneath the beacon, and with the app playing and full sight of the course it was about as good a sailing viewing experience as I can imagine. As for the racing, well firstly, I can barely believe they raced. They had a small delay for the first start, and I was sure they'd can it. We came across on the RedJet and what is normally a pretty smooth ride in all but the most extreme weather was a bit bouncy. Basically, it was 25+ knots and the chop was still stood up from the westerly tide. It was obvious from how little sailing they did pre-start that they were shitting bricks. It lead to a weird mix in the crowd of the more casual viewers, who were probably expecting pre-start fly-bys and were a little perplexed by the lack of movement, and then those who had a good idea of how fruity it was out there, many having sailed earlier in the day, who sat nervously as the cats were released from their support boats. Race 1 start, first reach and bear away, right to the beach was one of the most incredible things I've seen sailing wise. Often even very fast boats look much slower from ashore, including the AC45, Extreme 40s and GC32s... but this was very apparently on another level. The whistling, the sound of the fine spray and groaning of the wing and foil mechanics, added to the sheer insanity of racing in that wind really did add something that I'm not sure can be appreciated through a screen. To see those boats, at those speeds, in such close proximity to one another and the shore, I just couldn't believe it was really happening. It was a spectacle. I actually felt a little ashamed I wasn't paying. I really enjoyed the first race between GBR, JPN and sometimes CHN. A shame AUS always looked so comfortable. Obviously it was deflating for GBR to crash out. After that there were some great moments, and all the starts were exciting. But without GBR in the mix and with AUS looking so comfortable it was hard to get as invested in the overall narrative of the races. We had moved up to the point for the 2nd and 3rd races, and the view was much better, you didn't really need the commentary or graphics from the screens from there. The crowd seemed pretty knowledgeable too, at least compared to the ACWS in Portsmouth, with people around you picking up on boats that were gaining or incidents developing elsewhere when perhaps your gaze was on another area of the course. It was shame with the breakages, to have GBR out, and JPN clearly 'just getting round'. Perhaps they could have added more competition to it to make it a 10/10 day out. Possibly the course could have been shifted 100m East so you could see everything from the fan zone. Then a match race at the end. But otherwise it's hard to see how it could be improved. For the cost of the ferry over it's a great day out and I think they've found a great venue / spot in the calendar.
  2. 4 points
    I was hoping that anyone who raped children with Epstein would have to face their accuser in court and share a cell with someone more violent than they are. This is a monumental failure.
  3. 4 points
    I don't know about you guys but for some reason I've got a sudden hankering for Kalamata Olive Croutons...
  4. 4 points
    The mast tube is part of the molded deck. It has some flexibility before it is installed on the hull The mast tube sits in a piece of plywood that is glassed in place in the hull there are ways the angle of the tube can end up more ford , aft, or off center the classic measuring system is to put a stub mast in the step, hook a tape measure over the aft top of the lower section, pull the tape down over the transom, measure the distance from the lower mast tip to the place where the tape measure is tangent to the center rolled back of the boat. How much variability does it take to be a big deal?? Consider the fulcrum is at the deck, the step is about a foot deep and the mast sticks out about eight feet from the deck ... ( my numbers are wrong but close enough and convenient for my explanation) if the plywood is 1/8 different the taoe measure will read about an inch of difference Considering all sails are the same size (lol) and all masts Bend the same (lol), that inch translates to much different leech tension and weather helm. So... sailors care how can variability happen? 1. The wood in the hull can be improperly placed ... 1/8” changes rake by an inch 2. The hole in the center of the plywood is a little bigger than the outside of the mast step socket... it can be pushed a little fire or aft by how the bonding putty oozes around it as the deck is installed 3. The deck gunwale is a little bigger than the hull gunwale. That space allows for the bonding putty butbit also allows the deck to be installed a tad forward or aft . (Note: The cockpit bailer and hull indentation for the bailer are fastened flush to one another and somewhat limit the fore and aft variability but either of those two areas could have a little lump in the laminate and push the deck forward a bit. ****anyway... Vanguard damn near absolutely solved the rake variability problem. Sometime around 2000 I measured a couple dozen Vanguards and didn’t notice a significant difference in the early nineties measured about 100 boats at my club and found numbers from 147 to 154 i haven’t measured any in twenty years. I would be disappointed if I found variability on newer boats. That would indicate somebody who runs a Laser builder facility sucks at his job
  5. 3 points
    They went for a cruise, and this Cruising Anarchy, so here goes... What do you do when you want to sail 300-kilometers through a landlocked country? For adventurers Falcon Riley and Amber Word, the answer was simple: You grab $200 and you build a land sailing cart. When adventurer Falcon Riley was sailing across the Pacific in late 2016, travelling from San Francisco to Guam over a span of 18 months, he pondered the idea of an entirely different kind of sailing adventure: A voyage across Mongolia. Mongolia had fascinated him ever since he was a child and wrote a school report on Genghis Khan. And since sailing a boat in a landlocked country would prove rather tricky, Falcon concluded that land sailing would be the next best thing. “I spent hours on the boat coming up with concepts to make something that could sail on the land,” he explains. “I did some research, but no-one was making anything you could sleep inside.” In April 2018, and Falcon and Amber find themselves in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. They’re trudging from shop to shop, armed with just a rough sketch of a box-like cart with crudely-drawn tires. They were looking for materials to build their land sailing cart. The cart needed to be sturdy enough propel the couple across the Mongolian countryside over the course of nearly a month—using nothing but wind power—yet robust enough for them to sleep in and carry their gear. “Amber and I wanted to find a way we could carry ourselves through a landscape while also living there,” says Falcon. “We wanted to create a legitimate home. And like the traditional local gers (semi-permanent tents used for centuries by Mongolia’s nomads), which are made from natural and renewable materials, we wanted our vehicle to be as naturally made and naturally powered as possible.” Not knowing the Mongolian language didn’t make ticking items off their obscure shopping list any easier. “As you can imagine, the hilarity of some of those cultural interactions cannot possibly be recreated,” says Falcon. They gradually learned the words for plywood (fanyer), screwdriver (khaliv), and other essentials, and eventually—after almost a week of searching—managed to cobble together the materials. To read the rest of this story, click the following link https://adventure.com/mongolia-landsailing/?utm_content=Mongolia%20Landsailig&utm_medium=email&utm_source=8AUGNA
  6. 3 points
    Ok, but obviously making contact is "zero" distance, so culpability must be determined and a penalty applied. I have only the highest praise for the USCG but they are dropping the ball on this one.
  7. 3 points
    and that sums up the total idiocy of America , one side of the population is OK with absolutely anything as long as it pisses off the other side .
  8. 3 points
    Goodness, they will be disappointed.
  9. 3 points
    Look unless it’s been seen, measured put upside down in plastic wrap and had yellow lines drawn on it the team isn’t viable ok ?
  10. 2 points
    I went for the 50th and what an event! Those people really know how to host a party. I went because the Gougeon brothers had a large effect on my life, from inspiring my career as a boatbuilder to demonstrating that really off-the-wall thinking in boat design can work. Gougeon and WEST have an incredibly rich history, which I already knew, but it became even more apparent with three generations of Gougeon family and another few hundred friends and associates at this anniversary gathering. I think that Meade and Jan’s absence was felt, but what a fine group of people. I got to go sailing while I was there as well. Once on “Strings” and once on Greg Bull’s G-32 “Wild Card”. There wasn’t a lot of wind, but I did learn a lot. “Adagio” and “Ollie” were both at the party as well. At 35’, Adagio rates faster than anything under 42’ on the Great Lakes and at 50 years old is the oldest wood/epoxy boat (without fasteners) in existence. “Adagio” still finishes at the very top of the fleet of the Port Huron-Mackinac race. “Ollie” is just as fast and self-righting as well. I have always loved “Adagio” just from seeing photos, but Ollie is growing on me. Speaking of photos, walking around the shop and Meade’s office was like a trip back in time. I remember some of the photos that were on the walls from when I was a teenager and I remembered their effect on me. The future of the company seems bright. They have an extremely smart and articulate president and a group of employees and associates that seem well chosen. WEST has always had a very different approach to business than I have seen elsewhere. It’s more about R&D, support, and education than profit and I think that is partly what has attracted so many really good people over the years. I want the people at Gougeon Brothers and WEST SYSTEM to know how grateful I am for a lifetime of inspiration, support & great products. My hat’s off to you!
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  13. 2 points
    A lot of fun so far, and plenty of repairs today on the lay day, with done good footage appearing online. The Grammar Boy Nacras are entertaining us heaps, enjoy this one.
  14. 2 points
    Frankly my dear, I just don't give a damn. All I wanted to know was why he didn't just tell them to get fucked and go off and cover some real sailing.
  15. 2 points
    Check out the action from the 2020 WASZP SLALOM event held prior to the European Championships last week! Awesome format.
  16. 2 points
    And you had capsizes, the home team unable to compete, injuries and breakages. All things you have been complaining about in the AC threads but are totally fine with now...fucking idiot.
  17. 2 points
    Curses foiled again. Or Russelled more likely. Geoblocking will probably stop in a day or so after nobody cares anymore. Great way to build a fan base. It was awfully random out there today, showed how skill and luck matter. Hope you can see it soon.
  18. 2 points
    Cedar Point YC in Westport is a racing-focused club. Dinghies are thistles, flying scots, Lightning’s, and Vanguard 15s. Mix of keelboats racing PHRF, plus one design in J/70s and Atlantics. Good junior program in optis and lasers Member-run, CPYC is known for very good race management, and hosts a bunch of well regarded regattas. No restaurant in the facility, but there’s decent social events. PM me if you want more insight
  19. 2 points
    Waarschip 1010 perhaps? These are plywood boats and I think the drawings are an updated version of the design. I think most of them have a cabinhouse per the picture and keels more like an Aphrodite.
  20. 2 points
    It's like the three Australian degrees of brokenness of a piece of kit on an offshore race boat. If it's broken, but can be fixed, it's rooted. If it's broken and the fix will be long and difficult, it's fucked. If it's broken beyond any hope of fixing, it's cunted.
  21. 2 points
    So let me get this straight.... if I support the GOP tax cuts, (some) immigration rule changes, the tougher stances on NATO and trade with China, NAFTA 2.0, and some other agenda items - then I'm by default a Nazi??? Is that what you're actually saying? No, that's what you snowflakes read into it. You aren't a Nazi. But at present if you keep supporting today's GOP you have no problem using Nazi's and accepting their support and assistance. The GOP needs to clean house. If you are willing to tolerate racism, hate and xenophobia to achieve your other non-Nazi goals you are part of the problem.
  22. 1 point
    I don't see anything wrong with the handicap. They sailed very, very well and the weather conditions really favored the big boats. They got a bit of luck the first night to stay in contact with Rambler and Scallywag - and kept in contact right up to the rock. Why are you surprised that a 70' boat finishing a 600nm race corrects out 45 minutes over two boats with much longer water lines when it finished within an hour on the clock? If the wind gradient had been steady throughout the race, a lot of 40' boats finishing 24 hours after Rambler would have corrected out by a much bigger margin.
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    Maybe a lot of gear changes at non-idle RPM by anxious students or co-op members that are doing the same during docking. But still...its a ton of wear on a part that usually lasts the life of the engine. Maybe 1 replacement in 3000 or 4000 hours would be my guess as more typical. Is it a Universal part or a reputable 3rd party maker of damper plates?
  25. 1 point
    So a girl said - suck my balls - that's hilarious!