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  1. 8 points
    She was, in fact, in for a surprise...she didn't get seasick! Let's follow this along: * Girl develops a sincere belief * Girl does some amazing stuff in Sweden * Girl gets attention of millions of school kids around the world * Girl, now 16, gets invited to international conference at the United Nations to work on her communicating her sincere belief * Girl decides to take an unusual way to get to conference that may or may not be "the best possible way to travel" but one that certainly helps promote and publicize her sincere beliefs * Crowd of petty, whiny nit-pickers can't stand her success in promoting her sincerely held belief because her message is one that they have taken a politically expedient oath to deny or obfuscate at every turn. Crowd members, of course, have never done anything the equivalent of what the 16-year old girl has accomplished. But, damn, would they like a ride on that boat.
  2. 4 points
    You're fixated on the thought that other posters are conservative and you're not. Let me remind you that your entire belief that I'm coming from a conservative point of view is a fantasy of your own, and that the reality is completely different; my sailing history includes many kinds of windsurfing, shorthanded racing, offshore and inshore multis, Moths and more "mainstream" types. Now,. before you again start complaining about the fact that I brought up my own sailing history, just remember - I brought it up in response to your repeated insinuations and claims that I'm biased towards conservative boats and have limited experience and viewpoint. Your inferences and claims are simply untrue. But I would argue that that more likely points to cultural and economic factors, e.g. - wider access to sailing itself - which will naturally start at the more traditional end of boat type. No. The great booms in sailing have normally come from the introduction of cheap, accessible, low/medium performance new types, such as the Sunfish, Windsurfer and other early sailboards, and the plywood home-built dinghies of the post-war dinghy boom. For example, the number of sailing clubs in the UK doubled in the 1950s after boats like the Heron, GP14 and Cadet were introduced. They were slower or similar in speed to the earlier boats, but vastly more popular. During this period, the "more traditional end" of British dinghy sailing as represented by the N12, MR and Int 14 grew at a rate of about 250 boats per year. The new breed of economical, accessible ply boats grew at a rate of 6,000 per year. The boom started with new, slow-ish, cheap, accessible boats and not with traditional types. But your "boom" analogy here is certainly not surprising. People getting into the sport gravitate toward the boats that are already out there. Not true. See above. See also A-Cat's thoughts on the Hobie and other beachcats, which were new types that brought many people into the sport. See also the example of the Windsurfer and other early boards, which were new types that created a major increase in the popularity of the sport. Even in cruising, young people are gravitating much more to multihulls. Not in my family's experience - with 35 years of experience in cruising multis (starting with a 36 foot Crowther, first of its design), we're seeing a shift to much older owners, since they are the ones who can afford the typical expensive cruising cat. And just to forestall any of your complaints - no, I am not referring to my experience to boast, I am referring to it because you continually and wrongly claim I'm inexperienced or conservative. What I think you're doing here is that you have a very rigid set of rules in your head as to "the way it's supposed to be" You've been claiming I'm rigid since we started this discussion and you have been wrong every single time you say it. As noted above, I've sailed just about everything bar kites, including foilers, fast multis (I'm on my third), offshore multis, Moths, etc. My only rigid rule is "if it's got a sail, give it a go". Again, I put this here because YOU slagged off my motivations and experience yet again. My concerns are NOT caused by being conservative - they are based on research into the effect of technological development on sports participation. Racing will naturally shift to where the speed is. Wrong. In the UK, for example, the popular classes are slower these days than they were in 1975. Classes like the Fireball and 505, which were once close to the top of the list of the most popular classes, have dropped down the rankings. Classes like the RS200 and Solo, which are slower, have climbed up the rankings.Similarly, in Australia classes like some of the Skiffs have dropped off in popularity and slower boats like the Sabre and Laser have grown. Once again, you are just making stuff up. That's what excites any and every competitive racer Wrong. If pure speed excited everyone, then there would not be so many people who choose slower boats when they could, and have, raced fast ones. As noted earlier, if your claim was true then people would only choose Etchells, Lasers, Solos, Dragons etc if they were stupid or incapable. They are not - they choose to sail slower boats because to most of them, pure speed is largely irrelevant. Guys like Tom Slingsby sail Finns and Etchells and love it; if pure speed was his motivation he'd stick to Moths and AC boats. Adam Beashel, who sailed TNZ's AC72, has been racing Lasers; if pure speed was his motivation he'd be on his wife's windsurfers or a skiff or cat.There are many other examples of people who have sailed some of the fastest craft but also sail and love slower boats. If pure speed is so important then why on earth do you sail so slowly? If you are incapable of sailing a fast foiler then why do you reckon so many other people should? Your idea of what makes a "healthy sport" just doesn't apply anymore. Where do you get these ideas from? You've done no real research; you have no relevant experience in high performance boats. You have zero experience, apparently, in working in the industry, running a class, or running a club. You have no idea of the historical trends, which show that there is no inevitable move to faster craft, and that such a move is not necessarily a healthy one. . Look, for example, at cycling. The Tour de France bikes are heavily restricted in design and therefore in speed. The bike I used to ride to work was too fast to be allowed in most of the Tour and most Olympic events - and yet cycling is booming because the restrictions means that the pros and weekend warriors use cheaper, more accessible gear that is easier to use than the bikes that go much faster. Basically, you're just swallowing the hype you are fed, and sailing around on your slow boats while telling other people that the future is in fast boats. You preach endlessly, but never practise, just as with your lofty recommendation that clubs buy Waszps. If you are such an expert, go out and get involved in running a club and show them how it's done. Until then, you're just like the guy who played football in junior school but tries to tell everyone how they should be coaching the Superbowl. PS - foiling didn't trickle down from the AC to the Waszp. Foiling in raceboats trickled up from the Moth to the AC, and across from the Moth to the Waszp. If your ignorance about the development of foiling is so profound that you didn't know that then you really should stop pretending you have any idea at all.
  3. 4 points
    This is not a game....and the people responsible for payroll and livelihoods of others are not running around like headless chickens. They are working their balls off to try and keep things going while a bunch of useless old farts and their mates pontificate at the pub about no deal and sprout whatever else comes into their heads that will piss off our customers.
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  6. 3 points
    Relying on the actual documents instead of what someone wrote or said about the documents is clearly TDS.
  7. 3 points
    I for one can't wait to see the AC75's sailing boat for boat. I don't take any notice of negativity with regards to the AC. I enjoy the SAILGP also. Don't care that we're seeing 2 x very different boats as it's positive development. If one day we can all cruise at twice the speed we are today (If we want or have too) then that's more places to see, more time and more fun. Something the world needs a whole lot more of..................................IMO
  8. 3 points
    International political economics is more like sailing out of Riva on Lago Garda, with everyone having to press into the wall, and fighting for position. The losers are those who were not able to position themselves early. The winners battle for inches which emerge as boatlengths at the finish. In Brexit, the UK is going left, on its own. Its like a big star regatta, where the lefties make good pals with the leading righties in the bar after the racing, sharing in the good times as hangers on, but not in the winnings. Taking a flyer is for also-rans. The question about whether or not a loss is guaranteed post brexit is valid. It certainly appears to be that the economic downturn which the UK is likely to experience and indeed, has already begun to experience, will continue for some time. However, one could argue that with some magic in the economy, it could end up winning. The problem is that there is no evidence of real magic in the UK economy. Britain, England really, has spent hundred of years sharpening a spear based on brutality and empire, on asymmetry and opacity. The problem is that they are operating on an old expression of this. So they will lose. Consider the humble television, or even the less humble breakthroughs in molecular medicine. Where are the massive economic gains from these innovations? They have been acquired and enhanced by other economies, leaving the cottage industries and genius in the UK floating in a Victorian / Edwardian golden haze. Quite sad, actually. But even more importantly, anytime an economy steps off a ladder, even for a couple of cycles, it loses, and never really gets to recover that lost step or two. Yes, perhaps the economy can recover the slope (e.g. the velocity) of growth, but it will always be carrying the loss that it experienced. If it stands alone, as the UK is doing, then it may even not be able to recover the slope, because it has lost the ability to do the very things that will enable the velocity in its economy. So unless there is some magic...
  9. 3 points
    I did five of them in the IOR Maxi days and three since, so no, not really.
  10. 2 points
    If you were actually worried about the environment you'd be trashing Trump for sending it down the toilet.
  11. 2 points
    Unfortunately it makes no difference what people think now, only what they voted in 2016. BoJo's junta now calls the shots.
  12. 2 points
    Last night I joined in with a local badminton club where I am staying whilst in London. It's in a marginally leave voting area. All the between-game discussion was Brexit, and no one was supporting it. A couple had lost their jobs already, and another had been told his company was waiting to see what happens, but this week had started packing up the office, so he is not hopeful. This is the reality, real people losing real jobs and trying to keep paying real mortgages to keep a real roof over their families heads. The fear is palpable, and actually really sad. What I found interesting is that the normal glib retorts to such conversations, or attempts at humour, were absent, which is pretty rare in UK in that sort of environment. This club has 30 members, so 10% already directly affected.
  13. 2 points
    It's the kind of question that a fifth grader asks on the school bus about hypothetically beating up a grizzly bear if that bear hypothetically planned to eat the kids' hypothetical family members. It's so disconnected from reality that answering the question creates nonsense. Brazil isn't even in the top-ten global CO2 emitters. So do we "invade" the big CO2 emitters, like China, Canada, USA, Russia, Germany, Japan or South Korea? Suddenly the question seems a little ridiculous when posed this way, no? Of course we don't invade a country, because "we" are one of biggest parts of the problem. And per capita, we are the third biggest CO2 emitter, only behind those air-filthy folks in Saudi Arabia and Australia. So should we invade Australia and Saudi Arabia and force them to get their shit together? Wouldn't the process of invasion create a large likelihood of fires and exactly the kind of thing that make the problem worse? This is not an interesting question, it's a load of nonsense, dressed up to look like a reasonable question, a terrific example of quintessential American invasionism, and "when your only tool is a hammer, every problem resembles a nail.". Though I do kinda like the idea of invading Australia before their per-capita emissions become the highest in the world. At least it might force them to ask how they all became such significant polluters when a not-insignificant chunk of their voters and public servants are members of the Green Party?
  14. 2 points
    Is that Mahogany Stain or just plain Creosote? Either way, it is not exactly environmentally friendly - Stained, silicone implanted, protein munching (methane making) and enough cosmetics to keep the Kardashians wealthy. P.S. Has she got a Blackened front tooth or just a large snoz casting shadows?
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  16. 2 points
    If (and that is a big if) we manage to pull out of this nosedive then she'll probably be regarded as one of the heros of the 21st century. Rightfully so.
  17. 2 points
    I have been able to watch all of the SailGP from Sydney on, live & without ads on the big screen TV via MacBook, VPN, Apple TV at home in QLD Australia. Awesome coverage, very little delay. If the coming AC does as good or better, Woohoo! Cheers.
  18. 2 points
    That's incorrect and Bora himself set the record straight. I sail in Miami and know a few N17 teams. Bs is bs. The rudders are a concern and there's been a bunch of injuries then a sailor misses the trapeze hook and falls. L rudders are viable - some a-cats use them, some flying phantoms too - and they'd make things safer.
  19. 2 points
    Various headlines say she arrived by "yacht" which to casual readers probably sounds like she traveled in luxury, sunning out on the deck and enjoying a beverage or two while the staff tidied up her suite.
  20. 2 points
    Well he certainly comes across as a journalist with integrity, presenting balanced stories with verified information from both sides of the debate...
  21. 2 points
    Definitely gotta have a goal photo on a Dolphin thread! @dacapo @blurocketsmate I'm rebuilding #L200 (Lunn)..and also owe Ron a update...
  22. 2 points
    That Levi fellow on Tropical Tidbits is the best I have ever heard or seen! There will be a fight to hire him when he gets his degree and goes job hunting. He does a good job of putting things in perspective and also conveying the variables and uncertainties involved in what he does.
  23. 2 points
    SJB will appreciate this as he's in the same area. I was working at the rental shop on Grouse Mtn. in North Vancouver and we had a call from the base that a well-known band and crew are coming up. It was Pink Floyd. I set all there gear up and went skiing myself for lunch break. They were a sort of fringy/arty band for many. Not the Stones, Zep or anything. But how would have known that it was the first-ever "Dark Side of the Moon" tour? In those days All big bands started their tours out of Vancouver and we got the first look a now-legendary/epic album. I didn't even ask for tickets or anything but I went up the chair with David Gilmour twice. He was more interested in my skiing ( I was just about to go pro) and Vancouver then what the band was doing. I still have their rental cards somewhere and we had a little apres ski at the bar up there.
  24. 2 points
    Publicity stunt. It's a publicity stunt. People hate publicity stunts, but they happen all the time. Every politician is a non-stop publicity stunt show. The party debates are publicity stunts. Greta's voyage is a publicity stunt. It's how, in this world, people create and make an impression. If you are looking for ANY public figure to have an utterly squeaky clean track record on every single issue imaginable....someone that you cannot find fault with on anything, whatsoever, then I suggest maybe Jesus Christ or the Buddha. Everyone else is going to fall short. Pointing out the possible faults in Greta's voyage does not zero out the fact that she has a message, it's a bloody important message, somehow she's getting it heard, and old men in corporate boardrooms are worried about her and her message...not to mention old men on sailing forums.
  25. 2 points
    Nordic folkboat, always a winner on corrected time.