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  1. 16 points
    I got outed as a Canadian a while ago. Okay, so yes I am Canadian. I work for a large, international engineering and construction company. For about five weeks I was assigned to a project in the south-eastern United States. All project team staff (about 10) were American, drawn from all over the US. They were very skilled at their jobs, did very high quality work and had an excellent work ethic. The project was completed ahead of schedule and was very successful. The project staff were intelligent and thoughtful on the job site. They were predominantly male, middle-aged with some post-high-school education (typically one or two years of college). They all had extensive work experience in their field. Many were ex-military. They always treated me with kindness and respect. They welcomed me into their group. Every one of these guys I worked with was a Trump fan. In my month with them, here are some of my observations: 1. Trump is a TV star and makes a new 'episode' every day. Every day I heard the commentary on the latest Trump developments. It was much discussed, debated, re-played and analyzed. I was shocked at the pervasiveness of these discussions. By contrast, I am used to a work environment where politics are rarely or never discussed. 2. The Trump fans believe every word from Trump and Fox News and similar outlets. Everything else is a lie, a hoax or to be discredited. There is no room for doubt or debate or consideration of other ideas. 3. The animosity between the Trump fans and those who have some other political beliefs was astonishing. It went beyond rivalry. It was visceral hatred. I heard things like "if those Democrats get elected, the country will turn into Cuba or Venezuela. We have to do everything we can to stop them." I had never seen or experienced such a wide gulf between differing views. The chasm is likely unbridgeable. 4. There was little understanding of how unique the US is in the world with regards to many of its policies and programs (such as health care, social assistance, etc.). Most of these guys had never traveled outside the US. Most had never left the South. Some were afraid to travel to California because of all the socialists that live there. Their narrowness of view was shocking. 5. There was a universal view that the US is the most powerful country in the world, the best country in the world and that US citizens somehow deserve to be treated as special. Arrogance is probably a correct term for this. I spent a month with a small group of people - I understand statistics. But I can certainly now see how it may be possible for Trump to be re-elected. These are his people and they will stand by him no matter what. So those are my observations from my month in Trumpland. I share this simply because I found it interesting and enlightening. Flame on.
  2. 12 points
    If they closse the gorcerias we wille hafte to hunte fiorre foode...... I dointe evan no whearre dorrittose live!
  3. 11 points
    The owner is a good friend of mine. Let’s hold any speculation about what may have occurred and what the ramifications might be until after the authorities have completed their investigation. Let’s all be mindful that families and crew members are grieving. Everyone in the SE Queensland Yachting community are feeling pretty raw today.
  4. 11 points
    wow, a calm dispute based on a misunderstanding that ends cordially. A fucking unicorn on the SA server!
  5. 11 points
    I suppose BravoBravo would rather we be lectured on: Morals by serial philanderers and folks with a wide stance in the bathroom Human Biology by creationists who dismiss actual science Human Rights by folks who advocate torture and Economics by folks who continue to insist "trickle-down" works.
  6. 10 points
    No, Ave looks great, sails great, and the people on her were lovely when they were over here. Bottman, please put your energy into your reno so we can celebrate your success one day in a positive way. Peter
  7. 10 points
    Well, what a weekend that was! Out of nowhere I get a call from a 44+...number which always gets my attention. It's not my Mum, brothers or sister with a family emergency, it's a guy called Frank. 'Frank who' I ask? Frank Wood, I built Triple Jack! Wow, about 12 years ago Frank's son Geoff was on a bareboat charter in the BVI's. He anchored in Cane Garden Bay and saw a familiar looking trimaran anchored nearby. He goes ashore to the nearest bar and asks if anyone knows who owns it. Steve who runs the bar answers 'that will be me'! Geoff explains that he helped his father build the boat in the late 70's...the following evening we take Geoff out for a blast off the N coast. What about the old man? we ask. He explained that TJ was his past and that he has moved on. After that we just figured that Frank wasn't particularly interested in catching up with TJ's exploits. How wrong we were! I'm sure his son Geoff had been keeping him updated, but it only took a walk out to the peninsula at Nanny Cay for him to re-connect with the boat he had built over 40yrs ago. As Englishmen we are not known for our emotional displays, Frank honoured that tradition in the best way possible with down to earth, gritty humour! He really should have been a comedian, in his thick Lancashire accent he regaled us with stories that we only had the faintest outlines of. So far we have only scratched the surface, as the shipping forecast on radio 4 says, 'more to follow'. For now enjoy this 'vertical trimaran sailing record sequence'. The only evidence we had of this before this weekend was a very blurred yachting monthly article of the incident. Hearing it first hand was revealing. Triple Jack was originally fitted with a Proctor rotating mast that sat on a ball not unlike a 2" tow hitch. The mast was a problem from day 1 , but the addition of jumpers saw TJ line up for the 1980 RORC Two Star. A few hundred miles short of Newport the ball sheared off and the whole mast had to be cut away to stop it sawing thro the deck. A freighter responded to a 'Pan Pan' call and agreed to lift TJ on board in lively conditions. Frank described the lift as 'lassoing a wrecking ball' with their hastily rigged lines. Against the odds TJ safely made it on board and the freighter steamed on for Newport. The drama unfolded as they were craned back into the water, resplendent in their best clothes ready for the party at the YC. The lines parted and TJ hurled sternwards into Newport Harbour along with her crew! There are so many more tales to tell, but that's all for now folks! Frank leaves for Grenada tomorrow aboard his trusty 49' Hylas with his able crew. It's blowing a gale here tonight and looking crappy for the next 4 days but I guess that's not stopping him! Steve and I have promised him a celebrity berth on board TJ for next year's Spring regatta.
  8. 9 points
    Idiots are buying toilet paper ...corona virus doesn’t give you the shits We bought up all the available Lasers and parts a decade ago . Sailing out on a bay , by yourself, where nobody can sneeze on you is s very safe place to avoid the disease. and... every wave washes your hands
  9. 9 points
    This was in the Washington Post recently: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/coronavirus-is-a-test-that-no-one-knows-how-to-pass/2020/03/13/881a6dfc-6402-11ea-845d-e35b0234b136_story.html I was struck by what the rabbi said: “The very last thing we need right now is a mindset of mutual distancing,” the rabbi wrote. “We actually need to be thinking in the exact opposite way. Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might help that other, should the need arise.” He concluded by saying: “Let’s stay safe. And let’s draw one another closer in a way that we’ve never done before.”
  10. 9 points
    I think agonizing over the actual lethality is the wrong focus. That along with the fact that the virus has a higher mortality in older patients is not the real questions. Most serious illnesses are worse for older people...thats kinda duh..............the real issues are 1) there is not zero lethality in any age group. Why be dismissive even though your particular age group has a lower lethality than older folks? You can still get dead. Why take risks that can be easily avoided? 2) So you are not likely to have a serious course even if you are infected. You will walk around and for anything from at least 48 hours to likely more than a week, shed the virus and place others at risk before you even know you are infected. There should be a sense of community responsibility that outweighs some transient inconvenience. 3) There is no cure. Your immune system beats it or you die. 4) There is no immunization. 5) Now there are new findings that people who survive the virus appear to have impaired lung function that may be permanent. 6) Who the hell doesn't care if they have a respiratory infection that they can avoid? No matter how the actual percentages turn out as we eventually understand the full number of actual infections and the lethality comes into better focus, it is a serious community threat and will be for a while.
  11. 9 points
    I'll have more to say at length later. First of all, everyone is crushed by the apparent loss of Sailorman. I do think the fact that he didn't signal that he was having problems is indicative of something other than the conditions was the root cause. A couple of years ago, a kayaker died on the EC after having a heart attack while on the water in the ICW. Going solo is much more dangerous than going two up. A minor health issue can when solo could easily cascade into a much worse situation that would not occur if you had a teamate. One member of a two person boat this year had severe muscle cramps, hypothermia, seasickness, and diarrhea right after the start. He was of no help sailing the boat durng all this and thankfully his partner got them both in safely, dropping out in Venice. After watching the the waves busting on the bows of shipping traffic in Tampa Bay, we elected to go plan B and launched further down the course. No sense breaking the boat in the first couple of miles. Saturday night in Charlotte Harbor and Machatla Pass were very cold. This was the first year I wore a drysuit for the entire race and I was glad I did. Saturday and Sunday were also notable for the very gusty conditions. Most of the time the winds were in the 12-15 knot range but you could expect random 20+ gusts every so often. This made for a difficult time. We spent a lot of time beating this year in rough seas, not fun in a Hobie TI. We had to beat across Charlotte Harbor on Saturday night, up Gullivan Bay on Sunday night, into Indian Key Pass on Monday afternoon, from Chokoloskee Pass to Pavilion Key Monday evening, then pretty much all the way down to Shark River the next day. We beat up Joe River in the Everglades and then yesterday we went the 30 miles across Florida Bay dead to windward the whole day . Yesterday I was on the pedals all day from about 430 am to when we finished at 730pm. We were the first in our class to finish, but I'd have to put an asterisk on it because we started south of Tampa Bay.
  12. 9 points
    It has been an incredibly long and sad day to be a Tribe member today. Not good news, which you all already know. Like BravoBravo I had been glued to the tracker as Sailorman wandered farther and farther off the coast. I messaged friends and people involved. I was told that the situation was being monitored and then that action was being taken. I can not and will not speculate about what happened when and with whom as I am in VT and only know what I was able to verify. I have watched all the FB discussions devolve and not add anything helpful. It's sad. I feel for the family of the sailor involved and to all who will be affected far more than me. It is a terrible loss. When I became interested in Watertribe I fully understood what I was getting into. I sought adventure and WT seemed like a place I could get it on a dime. I always wanted to follow in my father and grandfather's footsteps but it wasn't to be. When they first crossed the Atlantic with a sextant and a compass, no one had their back. They were on their own. Ocean races like that are out of my budget so I looked smaller. Sailing is risky and small boat distance sailing is even more so. I have always appreciated that aspect of the Tribe and have never deluded myself otherwise. In "14 DonKeyHoTey and I were 12 miles out at one point, at night, off of Shark River with little sleep and a wet boat. It was big risk and looking back I have not opted to take it again. But I always I always think back on the experience positively. In 2016 Mistermoon and I tacked to weather inside the Keys 28 miles in 20-30 knots in a Core Sound 17 Mk I. We bailed constantly. It was some of the most miserable sailing I have ever done. I still enjoy the memory. In "17 doing the Wilderness Waterway with my wife was some of the hardest physical I have ever done, and in 2018 my son and I almost capsized, again off of Shark River. Is WT perfect? No. Can it improve? Absolutely. Should it? Yes. These events are dangerous. So is walking in NYC, flying, driving. I have always said the drive from VT to FL for the EC is probably the most risky part of it all. That isn't to minimize what has happened. I know everyone feels strongly about what should be done. I'll contribute in the right place and time. I am a better sailor because of my experiences through Water Tribe. I am aware of the risks now more than ever. I hope that isn't lost
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  15. 9 points
    I like the guy and I enjoyed his videos but they became repetitive because he keeps doing the same thing, sailing to the same places much of the time. Yes, the "no-bullshit bullshit" was tiring. Also, watching him brag about eating shitty, canned food like it's a badge of honor was tiring. Yeah, yeah I get it- You're a Klingon. Good food and creature comforts are to be eschewed lest you not be a real warrior. The reason that I became disinterested and roll my eyes at the guy is because I've already lived my life of hardship on submarines and tiny patrol boats. Desalinator broke? No showers for you. Oh, no cooking either. The menu for the next 3 weeks is peanut butter or bologna sandwiches on paper plates. Um...hey, sorry to tell you but now we're REALLY low on water. Here's a can of fucking GRAPEFRUIT JUICE with which to brush your teeth. All water to the heads has been secured. Sorry, the nuclear reactor needs the water more than you do. On the little patrol boats, there was no head and no seating of any kind. I stood for 15 hours a day, in 115F degree heat with 99% humidity. I shit in a plastic bag if I was unfortunate enough not to fully evacuate before the day's patrol. I did it for a year. Our guns were so fucking hot that we couldn't touch them without gloves. The links in the belts of ammunition rusted so quickly in the salt air that they wouldn't fire after 4 -7 days of exposure. I ate so many shawarmas and MRE's that I pray to God that I never, ever see another one. Now I ain't saying all this because I want a parade or something, I'm just saying that his bragging about lack of comforts is tedious to those of us who've had a shitty day or two.
  16. 9 points
    Not to further the thread drift, but... You assume that just because someone has something that they justifiably earned it. The "left" isn't for redistribution as such, just for a more fair cut of the pie for their efforts. Here in the US we have CEO's being paid hundreds of millions of dollars a year while the workers that make the business run do not make enough money to put food on the table. That is not greed from the "lazy", it is the powerful taking more than their share of the value chain because they have the power to do so. Nobody is against the ability to make more money from your efforts, just the fact that many are not making enough money for their efforts.
  17. 8 points
    "Trump will forever be remembered as the president who was so full of shit the country ran out of toilet paper."
  18. 8 points
    I gotta say, if I'm gonna sustain an injury, being jousted off the deck of one J-class by the bow of another J-class is top on my list. Nobody will be able to top that one at the bar; you're set for the rest of your life.
  19. 8 points
    I don’t excuse the port tacker, bad misjudgement, or on board communications fuck up or something (all too easy) , but it looks to me stb tacker made things worse by heading up in the last moments and shoving his counter under the incoming bow of the port tacker. It might have just about completely missed if stb tacker had taken the opposite action, ie pulled down hard and moved his counter away from the incoming bow.
  20. 8 points
    If any fuckers so much as BREATHE near Ruth Bader Ginsburg I'll personally kick their ass.
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  22. 8 points
    Stay safe Mr. Philly - we need you. Fair Winds . . .
  23. 8 points
    Why is there so much angst about what choices we have seen the 4 teams show so far? We have 2 groups of hull styles. Scows vs. Skiffs. Now that they have published wind limits, they now know the minimum takeoff requirement. Broad consensus (I am not including opinions posted here....) is that the Skiffs will release earlier and easier and have less detriment to having a touchdown. Lift off is not the concern that was so widely discussed here pre first B1 launch - hence why so little notice is taken of most postings here. We have also seen the publishings of various experts talk about how the Italians in particular and ETNZ go low and bow dow in some attempt to create a reflection plane effect with lower drag being the goal, the scows cannot, by comparison, chase this so much. The centre spine shapes seem to reflect the boom vs. no boom approach with Italy achieving nice smooth integrated packages - but alas little real sailing time. The Leech treatment on ETNZ is debatable, clearly they have excellent twist control from upwind to downwind and even rapid on off straightlining, but the leech surfaces seem more separated than others, which must have drag implications. Their Spine is wide and long with smooth aft transition at the traveller and rear deck. The Brits are getting better shapes and improved deck sealing. The US seem to be the laggards here with clunky boom, rope controls and unintegrated deck spine at the aft end. Expect a large step change in this element for their B2. Remember that those scow foredecks produce better endplates and scoops for jibs flow. But are Barge Backends the way forward? Are rolled foredeck radius shapes better than flatter foredecks? The Sail controls as a whole, are just unknown , but the Italians seem to have the nicest details and smoothness of shape. Internal controls are pure speculation but boomless does not seem detrimental when straightlining, the corollary of that is going to be the prestart and down speed manoeuvres - will a lack of boom and the broader arc of control that it gives, be missed when they are hunted in the start box? Ballsy to try and never engage in boat on boat ever, and instead design a pure straightline machine....... The aero of the crew trenches will be much toyed with as will foredeck treatments. Will switching from open and immersed crewpositions as seen on the GB boat to a more aero yet hidden and isolated cause much adaption issues and general communiaction and control issues. The whole saga of foil deelopment seems to have missed the point that ETNZ in particular - the only team running bulbless foils would in no way be showing their hand with respect to alternates until way late in the game ( a hangover of the AC72 Cat breaking cover too early) - so late that other teams have already locked themselves in or will have not enough time to build a copy..... 3 sets of foils per boat - 2 boats - so 6 attempts and you can probably bet that they will have at least 2 sets available for the match if not all three....... So what if ETNZ foils represent their Light air version 1 foils? Yet USA are running Bulbed all rounders - whilst Italy have small High wind foils only? (which might explain the Drag race results vs. Ineos in that one publicised meeting) Will we see NZ produce Bulbed high wind versions as per Italy? And Italy develop large sectioned and large planform foils to substitute in Light airs? Yes Bulbs allow wing substitution within the 20% mass rule - but are those large and thick sections, with continuous upper surfaces, of the NZ just the way forward in early takeoff and low wind sailing? To compare the 2 schools of foil approach directly seems inappropriate - like comparing performance of 2 F1 cars in the wet - but one is on Rain Tyres and high downforce, whilst the other is configured for low downforce and stil has its Softest Slicks on...... Even seeing how they chase Bow down and slight windward heel in the Light to moderate - trading away flying low with the bow and foils close to the surface with a more level attitude and greater immersion as both sea state builds and the consequences of a touchdown. Most people here cant even recognise upwind modes from downwind modes. But the teams will be refining their digital outputs with real world data from whatever configuration they have selected and actually sailed, and so can more confidently select the design choices that they have evolved. And to further remind us how little we can take away from all this; is that even when you throw highly skilled teams into strict One Designs, look how far apart they can end up...... The Ineos performance at Sail GP would not have been predicted in these forums by anyone other than One Eyed Ainslie Fans - yet they schooled their more experienced rivals, reminding us that crew control still remains a significant input to what is otherwise a fascinating design race. High Stakes Poker for sure. But cards will not be fully revealed nor will there be a lack of Sandbagging. The pre-start sequences may be the biggest takeaway for us as an audience.
  24. 8 points
    An acquaintance has finished the restoration of this puppy and will have her at the classic yacht races in New England this summer, including Camden Classic and ERR. 1926 Alfred Mylne.
  25. 8 points
    Ok, I checked in with the kid yesterday. He's been studying the book I gave him but he needs to get on a boat to get some context. We're going down to the boat on Sunday where we'll have an orientation session at the dock. He's in college and has classes to contend with.