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  1. 5 points
    Yeah this. We used to have 'free campers' coming and staying a day or 2 on private land outside our back gate and on a line to our access to the waterfront. One day we got a mouthful about going through their camp which was right on the walking track used by all the locals. Stupid and selfish place to camp, which is what they got told. There's always one, we let it go. A few months later I was away in the Southern Ocean and my GF hears the water pump kick on early one morning - we're on tank water from rainfall. Thinking a pipe had fractured she went out to check and found a person had driven up from the back gate and was filling all his water cans at our tank. When she told him off for it, his reply was that the water fell from the sky, it was free and he didn't plan on stopping. GF is 5'1" tall, slim, not an intimidating figure. She turned off the circuit breaker, told him the water might be free from the sky but the pump wasn't, nor was the electricity or the storage tank and to get off of the property as he was trespassing, threatened to call the cops if he didn't leave now. In return she got some abuse and threats. Problem for the campers was, they were on land owned by the local Tasmanian Land Council and we're on very good terms with them. She rang the caretaker and 30 minutes later a 4 door utility turns up with 5 big blokes in it and campers got escorted off of the place. Shortly after a locked gate got installed on the back road. Been 12 years now, no random people camping there. If they'd come to the house, knocked and asked for water, we would have said yes as we'd done in the past. The actual water wasn't the issue. Moral - it only takes one or 2 arseholes to cause a pushback. No doubt those people still think that we're the arseholes for what we did. I'm OK with that. So if you're someone who thinks that it's just fine to take a shortcut without permission through another person's place and help yourself to their fruit as you go, perhaps the person causing the fences and gates is - you. FKT
  2. 4 points
    ^ a picture of a boat!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
  3. 4 points
    Trump is not a conservative! He is a con artist that is fleecing the government and is destroying our country. A true conservative is not for restricting free trade, or enormous uncontrolled spending. How about selling out our allies, accepting bounties on our troops. Just the turnover in his administration is an example of his incompetence. Not a single former member of his administration supports him, except for the convicted felons that his has pardoned. Just listen to the lifelong republicans on who Trump really is: I hate to get off onto politics, but voting for trump is inexcusable and a shows a major lack of understanding of what is actually happening to our country. This is much more important than any personal interests, it is the future of America!
  4. 4 points
    The fact that they NYYC successfully defended the AC for 131 years and have failed to win it back since they lost it 37 years ago is a good indication of how they gave themselves an advantage as defender.
  5. 4 points
    Hi fellow Anarchists ! Here's another interview by sailor / journalist Bacci del Buono with Francesco "Checco" Bruni, helmsman of Luna Rossa. I'll only report what they say. Enjoy ! https://www.milanoyachtingweek.com/events/francesco-bruni-intervista/ - He's been raised in a family with strong sailing tradition. He's father sailed against Mauro Pelaschier, and now he's sailing on the dinghy. He jokes that he won against him almost all the time. Checco run with his brother Marco and others a sail making enterprise in Palermo, Veleria Doyle Sails Italia which is doing very well specially in the Maxi Circuit. He has another brother Gabriele, who's doing very well in the Olympics. Checco's son is a windsurfer, and asked how he fares on windsurf, Checco jokes that he returned ashore quite all the time. - Asked about how he started sailing the moths he says that he started a couple of years after SF Cup, because Chris Draper (that was LR helmsman during that Cup) sailed on it. He says that it'a real funny but also very "sensible" boat. - Moths are the "school boat" for foiling. Sailing them helped him with the catamarans but specially with the AC75. There are obviously differences between moths and AC75, but the "basic rules" are the same, so what he learn with one of them is useful on the other one. He adds that - with the exception of Ben Ainslie - every helmsman and every mainsail trimmer of this Cup started sailing moths (Jimmy Spithill included). He make some other example: Goodison (Am trimmer), Barker, and Burling and Tuke, that are moth champions, and Glen Ashby. - Bruni really likes AC75. He thinks that it's a radical boat, state of the art in foiling. The design is incredibly advanced, aerodynamics is vital. He says that it was a leap of faith, because it was a completely new design, based only on computer models. Performances and maneuverability are outstanding, so he can guarantee that AC75 are great boats, he can't guarantee that we'll see great regattas. He adds that to have a great race you need boats with similar performances, with a lot of overtakings. If a boat wins with 4 minutes lead, it's a victory of the entire team, of the sailing team and design team, but the viewers could miss some of the show. - First day on the AC75 he thought that it was a giant moth. As he said before, some dynamics are of course different, ma the basic rules were the same. He adds that you have to repsect this kind of boat, because when you are sailing at 40/50 knots you have to stay focused on what you are doing. - Answering the question about why LR signed two "superstars" helmsmen, he start answering that JS has a better curriculum then himself, he won a lot and he's a great partner to share this Cup with. He keeps learning from him, and he jokes that he hope that Jimmy also is learning from him. From the start they saw that it was possible to keep them both at the helm, switching the helmsman / foil controller role. So when JS is at the helm, Bruni is controlling the foils, and vice versa. Since now, this is the best configuration. They have other configurations, but the double helm/double foil controller one is the best right now. JS is the starboard helmsman, Bruni the port helmsman. He adds that however it's not sure that they will adopt this configuration in the first regatta, things could change. - Asked about the role of the tactitian, he says that all the teams are in the same situation. 8/11 of the people onboard have to produce energy, or the sails/foil arms ain't moving. They have to decide who will make the calls, probably the mainsail trimmer and some of the windward crew (2/3 at the most). He adds the nobody will have a tactitian doing only tactics onboard. It's possible that someone will have a grinder making the tactics. Some teams will have the helmsman doing also the tactitian, he jokes that if you can do it on Lasers, you can do it on AC75 too. - Some of LR B2 improvements will be visible, others more hidden. - Asked about LR competitors, he thinks that AM will have a B2 really differnt from B1. Defiant is a strange boat, he thinks that American Magic decided to have B1 as soon as possible, so they could sail more - and he adds that they sailed more than everyone else, specially in the first period - but doing this they had less time for the designing of B1. He thinks that also Ineos B2 will be very different from B1, while he doesn't know what ETNZ will do with B2.
  6. 3 points
    i would consider their points and why they made them then add that to formulating or reformulating my opinion and if the usa goes to war we will almost definitely go with them .. esp if its within our treaty sphere the decisions they make do effect you ww1 started by a chain of events that were each triggered by some treaty and may i make the observation not listening to others or considering opposing views is what created this fiasco in the first place
  7. 3 points
    Really - who cares about Rita B1. Anyway she came in on a car shipment Saturday and photographed on Bledisloe Wharf, Sunday morning sitting in the rain.
  8. 3 points
    There's nowt wrong with Hereford corned beef, it's still a staple on our boat. With enough time and money, I still prefer cooking up a brisket and pressing it in a bowl. We used to do the same with a beef tongue, pressure cooker for an hour or so, cram it into a small bowl with a car battery on top, delicious the next day.
  9. 3 points
    And smile on the face after opening :-) (Looks awful, was her conclusion, and tastes great fried up with onions and potatoes!)
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  11. 3 points
    I took several knockdowns on our old Hinckley 42, most particularly in a double handed race from Stonington, CT to Boothbay, ME. Put the spreader in the water several times, if you sail, it will happen. I think a life without risk would be terribly boring. I spent years playing rugby. When I could no longer handle the collisions with large, much younger people, I became a rock climber. Did a 5.13a in my mid-50's, which ain't bad for a geezer. Still heliski, still race my cruising boat offshore. Still mouth off to my wife occasionally (riskiest thing I do). I founded a business in a failure-prone industry in a tough time, when I was poor. A stupid thing to do, beating the odds has been fun out the ass. I got a big ass tax bill from my CPA today, it is, oddly, part of the fun to pay it. All of these things have brought tremendous joy and laughter to our lives. A life without a few risks would be joyless indeed. Handling risk through judgement and skill is incredibly satisfying. Pulling a hard move with sketchy protection far off the deck in climbing is exhilarating, steering offshore in big conditions is exhilarating. I draw the line on collisions at starts. That's not fun. I don't mind being just a couple of feet away so long as both helms-persons are smart and cool. Sailors in general are a special, wonderful breed.
  12. 3 points
    Fuck off. I stay because I want to fix it. You’re the one fucking it up. How about you leave?
  13. 3 points
    In our more rural areas there are a lot of freely accessible groves, most of them with old trees and fruits. These have been outshadowed by modern "industrial" species and those are usually heavily sprayed with insecticides too. Interestingly, in the past few years a lot of people started to feel there was something missing: the taste and texture of naturally grown, "organic" if you will, fruit (and bread and eggs and meat, but that's a different story). Of course, simply entering even unfenced property to collect some apples is not the right thing to do, we agree on that. At the same time, many owners of those groves were getting too old or couldn't be bothered to invest the time and labour to cultivate and harvest their trees and bushes, partly because the market prices do not justify the work. Two years or so ago, a simple and elegant solution as was found: Tie some yellow ribbons to the trees that are free for all. And it works! There is little to no waste anymore, people get some of the nicest fruit for free (and are even free to sell them), trees get cut and cultivated by volunteers. Win-win all around. Please read this as a humble proposal how to handle excess crops without cutting own the trees.
  14. 3 points
    I want an Express 27 to put on my mooring buoy for day sailing and keep my Bendytoy for comfortable cruising and cocktailing. Of course you can't always get what you want but if try sometime you get what you need. And, FUCK Trump and the idiots he rode in on, what is the matter with you people who can't see what is going on?
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  17. 2 points
    You can bury the dyneema without the brummel (threading) aspect, you just bury a longer tail. A good whipping will help as well.
  18. 2 points
    Sometimes the rail goes under, I'm happy our companion way hatch is on centerline. : )
  19. 2 points
    Apparently the launch party is on Friday.
  20. 2 points
    Based on the music I hear in public spaces, I would have to agree with you. But I still hold out hope because there is actual good stuff being recorded, and enough of it that there may be some continuity of quality. There is real talent out there, relatively young people making good music but just not in the commercial "pop music hit algorithm" mode that seems to dominate. I am sooooo tired of two-note "melodies".....
  21. 2 points
    No comment necessary ..
  22. 2 points
    After all the old pre-disco originals finally croak, what is going to happen to R&R? There ain't much coming up behind them. Hasn't been for at least a couple of decades now - mostly just corporate driven "me too" crap, the music equivalent of "Rocky VII"
  23. 2 points
    Well, it breathes on its own
  24. 2 points
    Imagine being this concerned about someone else's boat...
  25. 2 points
    Would rather live / weekend on the Ericson vs the J35. Not even close.