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  1. 4 points
    Whats with the Top Trump fascination of 50 Knots? It is so primary school playground mentality. The AC50's never got there - the Sail GP's flirt with it for a microsecond or two, and only now that they are heavily mechanised - and only on the Beam Reach that is such a fabricated concoction that just allowed the marketing "dahlings" to bang on endlessly about boats that do 50knots........... Yet the boat that won the last AC was not the fastest recorded on the reaches........ But was devasting on a VMG basis. If the sport doesn't recognise that subtle technical nuances should be embraced and celebrated and communicated. It is only the technical side of F1 that I find truly captivating - the rest is relatively processional and budget driven. Moto GP is a purer form of motorsport IMO. But the technical briefings that the F1 TV coverage do make good viewing. This is the only type of F1 reference that I want to see going forward. Hopefully the broadcasters will not go down the lowest common denominator route and claim Top speed billing only. Bring the audience intelligence up, rather than catering to the lowest.
  2. 4 points
    We know that the democRATS are going to nominate the only candidate in the race who couldn’t possibly beat trump, the absolute worst possible candidate. We just won’t know who that is until they win the nomination.
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    Protecting all the winches from corrosion by carefully packing each one with the three types of grease known to man. Brown heavy duty machine grease, over laid by blue trailer bearing grease, topped off with some form of white grease. Love ya work.
  5. 3 points
    Can't believe nobody mentioned the child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Terrified me. The Wicked Witch of the West from Wizard of Oz.
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    It is a fucking terrible idea and if i were you, i'd walk away and never look back. plenty of non fucked with boats out there...
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    We put a load cell on the sheave pin on one of our oceanographic winches once. The results showed us just how close to the edge of failure we'd been (broken data cable that was also the load carrying cable - data wires down the core). The result was we downgraded the total allowable mass of the instrument package attached. This caused some angst from the scientists but that was too bad. Better than leaving *another* expensive instrument package on the bottom of the ocean. If you can't measure it, you're guessing. FKT
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    come back and make that comparison after you've packed the stands with 150k paying fans of sailing
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    7 Western Canadians. 6 from the same fleet. None bitching about ILCA.
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    Like we needed to be told.
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    North by Northwest - I had nightmares about Mount Rushmore for years. Psycho - like that entire generation I have never been 100% comfortable in the shower since. Hitchcock was The master.
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    Got down for a look at the boat. Incredible how simple she is compared to the more modern Géants, and the rig really seems short for the hull. Seems to have a small bit of damage on the starboard bow. Joyon walked past me and it was one of the few times I've ever been starstruck.
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    Under new rules anyone earning less than £25.6k is an unskilled worker. NHS starting salaries: Nurse £24.2k Paramedic 24.2k Midwife £24.2k Radiographer £24.2k Care assistant £17.6k They will get access by the 20K for some sectors, but having the skills to save people is in the eyes of the UK government a low skilled job.
  14. 2 points
    I'm absolutely sure that the Day Sail Pass has been introduced to the club members as an initiative to drive membership and amortise club costs...and on face value it probably makes sense. But it has unintended consequences when applied!! The result is that people like me openly ignore it and the club member owner runs a risk of a visit from a flag officer...and to mitigate that risk, I don't hang around the club after the sail (so bar takings are down!!) and everyone is left feeling a little uncomfortable....when all we wanted to do was go for a sail with mates...(and yeah, we do still have a few beers as a crew... just not up at the club bar....so much for the "shared experience!") The whole exercise needs a rethink around the reality of a club...and the different ways we engage with it, as members, as guests and visitor members from other clubs..... There's always been an issue with people sailing but not joining and that has always been best managed with a quiet word at an appropriate time...people know what the right thing is and generally do it. When the heavy (dead) hand of AS gets involved and throws in half thought thru solutions based on technology (not people skills!) the result is....what it is! SAD.
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    you still dont get it the loads were guessed in canters when fully canted and the boat jumps of a wave, sure they used well known structural calculation to design them, didnt work as the loads were outside their design criteria. In many cases it was fatigue failures from very high cycling loads that were not taken into consideration Is there any industry that has as many catastrophic failures as keels on yachts considering the money and engineering that goes into them?? We are working with materials that are well known so some part of the equation has been guessed hasnt it!
  16. 2 points
    but 'many people are saying it', dipshit. now what's up with that?? me personally, I tend to think of repukes as generic simple fucks with low moral intelligence more than anything else. you meat heads are literally in the way.
  17. 2 points
    Full disclosure; I am an Assistant Chief Handicapper for PHRF-LO. Cheating at PHRF racing is like cheating at Solitare, or cheating at Monopoly with pre-teens. Sure you can, but do you really need to boost your self image that way? Go race one design and help support the fleet, you will be a better sailor and a better person for it. PHRF-LO runs a yearly day long workshop open to all handicappers, certificate holders, and other interested parties and has been for a few years (this year it is on March 28th at Genesee Yacht Club in Rochester New York). Mostly to explain how the process works and educate everyone. Time is allowed for questions, some years there are sail measurement classes, usually changes and how to handicap a boat are covered. There is a FREE lunch (you do need to register ahead so the there is enough lunch). They also allow any Handicapper or owner though their club handicapper to request a review of a class of boat at the yearly review. Perhaps if other PHRF organizations did the same there would be less biased decisions in dark rooms. I would suggest both Crooked Beat and their club Handicapper should attend a workshop.
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    An article in the paper today criticized road crews working during snowbird season. Like we have to make sure everything is peachy keen while they are here and the rest of us can swelter in the summer heat, engine overheating, while waiting for road crews to flag us through.
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    Experiments underway... https://photos.app.goo.gl/jP4D2eefNPRuceCb8
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    No such structure exists. Everything has a failure mode. One of the practices in building resilient systems is to assume the element has failed and then assess the impacts across the rest of the system. All too often people try to guess why it might fail. If they can't, they assume the risk to be minimal. this can lead to solution designs that are inherently less resilient to failure than other options. Even experienced engineers are not immune to this and there are many famous examples (like the challenger disaster) where an assumed low risk proved to be vastly inaccurate. I know little or nothing about keel design, but back of the envelope, even a forged keel will have failure points. The bolts, the hull structure, the right angle flange at the top of the fin, thinner material mid span to the bulb. Lots of opportunity for failure, but perhaps more reserved capacity for failure in the system. There was also a presentation at the Institute of engineers (I think) a few years back. One of the big boat programs here put a load cell on their keel and I think were genuinely surprised by the extremes of the dynamic loadings. That led them to update their keel maintenance & inspection program but I think was still within design parameters. I seem to remember a paper on it, (maybe this one?) but I can't be arsed looking for it too hard. That paper above though suggests the loadings were as high as the "ultimate loading" they thought the keel would endure, but also that the nature of those loadings was pretty specific to each boats design. I guess that leads to one of the earlier assertions about guesstimating the loads. At any rate, I guess that's a long way of saying in any dynamic critical system, you're always better off assuming a component might fail, and acting accordingly than the opposite
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    Her Trip to Rome This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade.. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable. A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded: "Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?” "We're taking Continental” was the reply. "We got a great rate!” “Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. " That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?” "We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Teste.” "Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it's gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump.” "We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.” "That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it.” A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome. "It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.. And the Taste hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!” "Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope.” "Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me..” "Oh, really! What'd he say?” He said: "Who fucked up your hair?
  23. 2 points
    I don't think schooling for the kids is that hard unless they specific learning disabilities or something like that. Generally you motivate them by saying "no snorkeling until your biology is done" Most of the families I know would do school in the AM and were done by lunchtime. You don't have to sit beside the children every minute unless they are very young. (Think about your early schooling - it wasn't all the teacher talking; you'd do an assignment, read a book, do an experiment etc.). You don't have to be an expert - I'm useless at biology but learned along with her. I taught math/science/a bit of history and her mom taught english/social studies etc. As an adult you are probably better at researching things. Oh, as a good resource you download a compressed Wikipedia without pictures. Big files but with a fast internet connection you can get it easily. Free. The Kahn academy videos are excellent and all free. There are a ton of resources for teaching kids; the trick is not to get overwhelmed with them. I think the Calvert system that some kids used was overly restrictive and made much too much use of workbooks in a regimented manner. The kids we saw using it took forever to complete their assignments and would have issues with the teachers marking them if incomplete. Any curriculum based on regular, fast internet isn't suitable for cruising unless you will only visit countries with cheap 3G packages. These are not that frequent! Personal anecdote time: When our daughter was in Grade 3 (first year of cruising) we used the local school board's distance education package (BC has a lot of rural kids so many choices in distance education). They gave us a whole bunch of textbooks, workbooks etc and you sometimes had to mail in assignments. They didn't all get there because mailing from Mexico is a crap shoot. You also had to mail or return back the textbooks - this was OK because we flew back from Mexico for a visit and returned them at the same time. One assignment that stands out was to create a school newspaper about local events. She was reading a lot of Harry Potter at the time and wanted to create a Hogwarts' newspaper. Unfortunately that wasn't allowed and her creative dreams were dashed (she survived). And she was studying the native peoples of Canada while we visited the ruins of Aztec civilizations and explored the biology of the Baja desert. But it did emphasize that "school in a box" can be inflexible and not relate to the places you are visiting. Which sucks for learning and enthusiasm of the student. Next year we bought the prescribed BC school textbooks from a school supply place and just kept them. We would be in French Polynesia in June at the end of the school year and mailing back heavy school textbooks would cost more than just buying them. We didn't follow a formal curriculum but did have specific subject areas she had to study (math, biology/geology/physics, english composition, english literature, history). It made more sense to study the history of F.Polynesia while we were there, and field trips consisted of exploring the ancient ruins in the Marquesas - or learning about shark's habits. Although she did develop a hatred of Captain Cook because he anchored EVERYWHERE and she got tired of him popping up in history etc... The following year she entered the Australian school system for ~2 years. 1-1/2 year in elementary and 1/2 year in high school. She did very well because she was so self motivated and just got on with her work. She was amazed at how much time was wasted on busy work, keeping the class quiet. Got very high marks in standardized tests but she is a bright kid. We got some local school textbooks when leaving Oz and picked up more textbooks in the Seychelles. These were the IGESC which I recommend highly. They are an internationally recognized secondary schooling standard as part of a ~2 year program for 14-16 year olds. More here: https://www.cambridge.org/ca/education/qualification/cambridge-international/cambridge-igcse When returned to BC, she did one year in local Grade 11 and didn't like it. Kids were too superficial, not very friendly. So she began a 2 year International Baccalaureate program (sort of grade 11/12/13 depending on your age) in a school in eSwatini (used to be called Swaziland). Very well regarded school in southern Africa. Nelson Mandela's kids went there. First racially integrated high school in the era of apartheid. Anyway she likes it a lot, finds it very challenging and has friends from all over the world. This school is one of 18 United World Colleges. https://www.uwc.org/ <Thanks all for the good wishes for cancer treatment - I'll know more in April after a followup CAT scan to see if it has spread further>
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