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  1. 5 points
    BC bud planting season......
  2. 4 points
    Americans heading up the Inside Passage (Canada's west coast) this spring/summer are being let in by Canada Customs as they are "in transit" to Alaska. The border is supposed to be closed to non-essential travel but Canada is being a bit lax IMO. Lots of small coastal communities especially First Nations villages, are really upset about it because (a) lack of local healthcare (b) potentially infecting a vulnerable population; their elders are really important to their culture and history (c) most importantly, the history of First Nations being decimated by disease in relatively recent times. Something like 60% of them died during the smallpox epidemic of 1860's. If you feel the need to do this trip this summer, avoid all the smaller communities. Be self sufficient. Don't expect groceries and fuel to be readily available. Travel safely & cautiously so you don't need to get in contact with the Canadian CG. If you show up at a small village you won't be welcome this year, sorry to say. In any other year, you would be a welcome visitor.
  3. 4 points
    I'm with you. It was a great time to be a teenage dock-rat. C&C half-tonner one weekend. Choate-40 the next. The occasional gig on an Ericson-46 or two-tonner in between. Getting a gig on a competitive boat for BBS or LBRW or SDYC made one the envy of the local club crowd. getting on a boat for Clipper Cup or SORC or beyond made you a demigod. IMO ,there's just nothing out there today that compares with scale and grandeur of the ocean-racing scene in the IOR era .... so many programs, from club-level to international, if you were motivated and good you could go pretty much anywhere and get on a boat. Yeah, they could be a mess downwind. And, yeah, they never could get out of their own wave-train, no matter how hard you pushed the hole in the water just got deeper. But the racing was great, the new designs and gadgets coming out every year kept things interesting, as a bow-guy the permutations involved keeping four masthead halyards straight with kite+blooper+staysail+fraculator while planning for a likely gibe-and-peel at the corner... great stuff. I'm glad I *didn't* miss it.
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    This event has never been held on a yearly basis. Three years has pretty much been the minimum interval, with a few exceptions in modern times, such as the 1988 DoG match after the 1987 Perth event, and the 1962 and 1964 events in the 12mR class. This includes events run in long-lived classes such as the 12mR and the ACC, even though both of those classes evolved--albeit in relatively small ways--while they were used in the AC. The closest thing to the model you are talking about is the much-maligned agreement made by the majority of competitors during AC35. It has rarely been the case that a boat "survived" multiple challenges, if you mean the same boat competing in the Match in one or more AC events. Defender (1899,1901) Intrepid (1967,1970), and Courageous (1974,1977) come to mind. Certainly, older boats have served as trial horses, and a few (Courageous, Intrepid) have competed in additional trials without making it to the Match. Intrepid, in many minds the greatest 12 ever, came within a broken running backstay block in the last upwind leg of the final race of the 1974 defender trials of being the only three-time defender. I remember that one well, as one of my friends was Intrepid's shore boss that year. It just about broke my heart. "Knock on wood" is still a slogan that resonates with a lot of older AC fans like me. I still have that bumper sticker, somewhere. My dog even had her own Intrepid dock pass that year. Remember that unless it is a "friendly" DoG challenge with some form of mutual consent, it all devolves back to the words of the DoG when it comes to the terms of the match.
  7. 3 points
    Got to get out sailing today since the tide was too low to take the Gauntlet out
  8. 3 points
    Good opportunity to estimate speed. At roughly 0:35 & 3:20 go past the same channel market in opposite directions. Upwind 27.8 knots, downwind 38.9 knots
  9. 3 points
    Truly. One of the guys I raced for owned a company that made injection-molded plastic parts. "I only make a fraction of a penny on each one, but I make a million of 'em a day..." We'd race somewhere (Cabo, PV, whatever) and at some point after arriving he'd walk into town with a messenger-bag full of stuff. Drop off some plastic dental-picks and a business card at some dental offices; drop off some paint-stirrers and business cards at some hardware stores. Etc. And then write off the whole cost of the trip - including flights down for the delivery crew and back-half flights home for the race crew - as a "business trip" Oh, and at the end of the boat's competitive life, part of the game was to donate the boat to a local college sailing program. And write off "market value", which was usually about 5x what the boat would actually sell for on the market. Good old days indeed. I think the IOR was a unique nexus of a couple of things - boats (even semi-custom boats) were attainable, owners were relatively willing to spend their money, designers were thinking well outside the box, and - love it or hate it - the IOR made it so you could take your boat to pretty much any level and have good racing. Add in that last-year's custom top-flight boat could often be purchased for (practically) pennies on the dollar and still be pretty competitive, good boats trickling down from grand-prix to club level fun kept the growth going for a good long time. I doubt we'll ever see that combination of circumstances again.
  10. 3 points
    I am going to post what I always post when this type of thread comes up: These old boats got more people out racing than anything that came after. In our wildest dreams in 2020 we'll never see the numbers from back then.
  11. 3 points
    I love IOR. Grew up as a skinny kid and then teenager in Hampshire late 70's early 80's. Worked as a yard rat in a small boat building yard in Emsworth. Spent my summers walking the docks and floats around Chichester Harbour, Portsmouth, Hamble, Cowes, Yarmouth etc. Getting whatever ride I could. One of my favourite memories caught on film too. Wish I could find the pic. I'm on bow, we go into a gybe when the boat does a weather broach to starboard. No pole clipped. Boat goes over and I go over with it. Keith, (pretty famous bloke it turns out), the driver, recovers the broach but can't gybe 'coz the bow guy isn't there. I've grabbed a lazy guy and I'm clambering back on the boat at the transom. Keith turns to me and says, what the fcuk are you doing back here? We need to gybe. NOW! God I miss the screaming.
  12. 2 points
    These decisions will decide the fate of our country, more than any other in recent memory. Decided incorrectly and the executive branch will have NO leash on what they can do. And a couple hundred years of teaching separation of powers will be thrown out the window. This is more important than the hot button issues like abortion and gun control.
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    Those bloody hazemasters were great except I had to be reminded at dusk to turn on nav. lights constantly. on overnighters. Yep Lucky Strikes or Philip Morris The RDF seems to work but I cant find the earpieces. Still wear the Paul Elvstrom regate watch on a kevlar band. Keeps great time.
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    I have to wonder, surely you guys have to wonder how is it that 3k dead in 2001 was a flagwaving bukkake session but 65,000 moms, dads, aunties uncle, grandparents, brothers and sisters are disregarded like youre living in one giant Jonestown, because that'll show them libs? Now you understand how holocausts happen.
  15. 2 points
    * clink* celebration our first zero day for new cases clearly not the end of the road and likely a lucky day but the trend is in the right direction
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    Not as wrong as sailing a boat without a fridge & oven which doesn't plane to windward!
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    Well but good news is Pensacola is close to the border so they could go up to Georgia for waxing, massages, tats before Fla opened up
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    It's really just a matter of civilization. Australia has decent education, free healthcare, no death penalty, and an independent judiciary. We don't allow mass ownership of guns, and most of us are sensibly cynical about religious stuff. We don't think that we were born to rule the world. America not so much.....
  20. 2 points
    Yeah but they were the best design and driest set of foulies in the history of man when they hit the market
  21. 2 points
    Until the day when we can walk down the street without making a mental note, consciously or sub-consciously, that a passer by is not of ones own race, we are all a bit racist. It’s been thus for eons and ain’t likely to change any time soon. How one reacts is the issue. It’s a matter of degree.
  22. 2 points
    That article says that HB has v2 foils which VPLP says the team will be able to test soon. Same for Charal and Malizia. For a less literal translation, the new Charal foils are much more versatile and will fly lower along with being less extreme than the older pair while being more optimised across all points of sail. HB foils required a lot of work but no indication on what's changed beyond the fact that they don't have to change the foil box to fit them. Malizia foils are identical to the MACSF ones.
  23. 2 points
    well.... this year just keeps getting fucking better, doesn't it?
  24. 2 points
    How else are you going to learn to sail downwind?
  25. 2 points
    Hejsan I'm following this with interest. When changing between 100% jib and 155% genoa - or the other way around, with a single headsail halyard and forestay , we: 1) Take off a couple of the lower hanks of the already hoisted sail, and hank on the new sail on the windward side. 2) Lead the new sheets back. Both headsails have their own continous sheet with a soft shackle in the middle. Tighten the lazy sheet. 3) Tack 4) Pull the old headsail down at lightspeed, taking the hanks off as it goes down, and transfer the halyard to the new sail and pull it up. The old headsail is now down on the deck to the windward side of the new headsail. 5) Fine-trim headsail. 6) Down with the old sail through the foredeck hatch.