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    'it can drive you crazy while you wait around for it' this Most participants want snappy turnarounds, but many modern race officers will get locked into chasing 5 degree shifts all afternoon, cause that's how they do it at the olympics. When I started, your turn mark laying was going upwind for a bit then throwing it overboard before watching the racing. Now some puffed out self important Principle Race Officer wants me to read a stack of paperwork a week before the event, buy my own gps/compass/batteries/radio/anemometer etc, turn up for a briefing 4 hours before the competitors launch, hit the water 3 hours before, and move two marks every 10 minuets, with a 5m accuracy, then stay out until the last sailor has changed and gone home. And now nobody wants to go mark laying? go figure. I move 100 ton anchors for a living, RYA international standard mark laying is harder, and less fun. Bring back amateurism, if everyone takes a turn in the barrel, most will hold back their complaints when it goes wrong, and it will go wrong, however much paperwork is produced. Keep the processes easy enough that anyone can do it. Keep the professionalisation of racing only for the self perpetuating five ring circus, just don't let it infect real life, or we're all screwed. If we need to be qualified to set a racing mark, or provide safety cover, for even national level events, the system is broken. The whole RYA race management system was a vanity project in the run up to 2012, and now needs to quietly die, while there is still a sport to administer. Keep racing fun, for the competitors AND volunteers, so most competitors volunteer, and most volunteers compete.
  3. 13 points
    My experience is that a RO with common sense will still do better than one with all the training in the world. Sometimes those who regard themselves as 'professionals' acquire a degree or arrogance that makes them blind to sailors' needs; especially at club or club regatta events. The perfect can be more than the enemy of the good; it can drive you crazy while you wait around for it.
  4. 13 points
    I got a notice that Scot gave him a timeout
  5. 13 points
    "Maybe not such a good place to park up Pete ...?"
  6. 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.
  7. 11 points
    wow, a calm dispute based on a misunderstanding that ends cordially. A fucking unicorn on the SA server!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 10 points
    Has this Alden ever come up? Quite the history. http://www.alden-schooner.com/
  11. 10 points
    Will probably get hammered for trying to provide an objective report of the spectator experience for yesterday but here goes. First time seeing these boats live. Bought the premium tickets for my son and me: $210 each which included all drinks, a food hamper and the choice of views on Shark island. First of all Sydney delivered with lovely weather and the usual Nor' Easter, 10-15 knots. Bit of cloud towards the end of the racing which made the breeze a bit more variable. The Shark Island experience was great. Never a queue at the open bar (they even had staff walking around with trays of drinks) with good beers to choose from (James Squire 150 Lashes, Heineken, etc). Don't think I need to say any more. Jesse Tuke and Mark Covell (crikey is he looking 'prosperous') were doing live commentary. Up market crowd but very relaxed and looking to enjoy themselves. (Did I mention the open bar?) If there is a quibble getting on and off the island was a bit of a hassle. They used multiple small ferries which didn't seem the most efficient way. All over, well worth the cost. Seeing the boats on the water water was amazing. Those speeds and seeing them bunched together at the start down to the first mark is a sight to behold. As others have said, the actual racing was a bit so so. If you make an error (Nathan OCS in the first race, Slingers in the starting area too early in the match race) you're stuffed. There is no chance of making up ground. The battles in the middle of the fleet were interesting. But the sheer speeds do make it exciting. Last anecdote. While waiting to take the ferry off the island (a bit of a line up) the British team arrived for the presentation and while walking up the hill the mainly Aussie crowd broke into spontaneous applause. (Goobs copped a bit of a friendly heckle.) At the end of the day sailors are a classy bunch although when you read this forum it makes me wonder.
  12. 10 points
    From T&S: TERRY HUTCHINSON: "IT IS GOOD TO SEE PEOPLE COMING TOWARDS YOU" Last week American Magic suppliers Helly Hansen took a very small media group behind the curtain in Pensacola, Florida to see the winter training base of American Magic. Tip & Shaft's Andi Robertson found skipper and executive director Terry Hutchinson in excellent spirits despite the frustration that these incredibly complex AC75s are spending so much time in the yard and not enough time on the water, but – as he says – it is the same for everyone. The complexity and science create opportunities and American Magic are doing all they can to seize them with both hands. Terry it is a month and a half or so until the ACWS in Cagliari, how do you evaluate your position now and what do you see in the other teams? It was interesting to see Luna Rossa is a very science driven boat with incredibly small foils. Team New Zealand is the exact opposite. Team New Zealand has very big foils. It was exciting from a competitor perspective to see Team New Zealand launch with asymmetric foils, a flat one on one side and a anhedral one on the other side, that tells you their science is not 100 percent sure. And it tells you the simulator is not so good and you also would not build a mule. I was excited to see them launch a little boat after that. As I said to our principals if there is something that validates doing that boat it is when a competitor follows you. That was exciting. When I compare to what we are doing the things that makes me nervous are Luna Rossa going with a completely boomless option, they are smart people and you ask yourself 'why?'. It was not just a guess to end up where we are. The Mule was a pathway for our development. You can see a lot of our strengths and weaknesses, our decision versus their decision. And at the same time the science will tell you if they are right and we are wrong it is five seconds a round on a 35 minute race, so there is not enough in it, certainly you don't want to give that back, but at the same time if you can do other things that get you the five seconds back with the aero package then you are at least even. Team New Zealand are the most polished, outside of us, on doing laps. But their foils were incredibly big. I am excited to see that fact in the second half of New Zealand's training they have been on smaller foils, they start coming towards us and it will be interesting to see what Luna Rossa do, but it is good to see people coming towards you. And INEOS, the Brits? That one is reasonably random, because I can assure you I walk around pacing saying 'when are we going sailing, we have to go sailing...' continually chirping in everyone's ear. Standing here in 2020 we have over the course of the time since we have launched the boat of 95 potential sailing days we have had 32 sailing days. INEOS have had roughly 135 days or 140 days available and have sailed 15 days. They have moved all their stuff down to Cagliari and then they go there to sail and then go back to England and take ten days off. And now they are at SailGP which I can get to, I understand, it is high speed racing it is race practice, I can get to that place, but we would not invest any of our resource out of designing and building a fast AC75 to go and do that. If it was me....well there is a lot of top down pressure to perform and so we have to keep our eye on the prize. Run your rule over the top teams..... Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand are the two teams on top as they really have had the rule for seven months longer because they wrote the rule, they knew what was going into it. Us and INEOS we basically got it in February 18 and by August we were delivering lines after the rule got locked in on June 30th. It is interesting to see the hulls and what six months of design can do for you. If I was to pick a boat out of the three, I love Defiant and she is going to do great work for us, but I can see Luna Rossa is pretty nice, aerodynamically it is very friendly and has very small foils. This competition is going to be won and lost in manoeuvrability and straight line performance. If we were to sail across Pensacola Bay in a straight line I probably would take the Luna Rossa boat but if we were to sail across Pensacola Bay and in 40 seconds have to do a manoeuvre then 100 per cent I would take Defiant every day of the week and twice on Sunday. That is because of the boat's ability to do certain things and these two things are contradictory. So you have to pick and choose. Now the team which can shed all the drag and get rid of everything will be very hard to beat. But you have to be able to get up on the foil and you have to make sure you can manoeuvre and stay on the foil and remember the wind limit is 6.5kts at the bottom that is a big number (in terms of importance). Knowing that number and Luna Rossa I will bet my life that they're next set of foils are significantly bigger. It was interesting to see the Team New Zealand capsize, that they did not go into capsize mode. In theory they are supposed to be self righting and they towed the boat up. And when we reached out to them we and said 'so what happened? Why did you not go into capsize mode?' They said 'Well we wanted to see if we could tow the boat up!! I don't believe them.....(laughs) How do you quantify a day of sailing? If we get 50 per cent of sailing out of six hours on the water that is a good day. Our best day here is a 78 miles day inside six miles by two miles. That is a lot of foiling. We had two days in a row that we did over 140 miles, and days like these are incredibly valuable. It is hard to not look over the fence as it is human nature because it is human nature but we just need to maintain confidence in our own development. And in a month and a half we will have an opportunity to measure ourselves, and as you have learned over the last 15 years ad nauseum it is as much about identifying our weaknesses and making them our strengths. You have a great, longstanding relationship with Dean Barker which has evolved from rival to teammate to rival to teammate, what does he bring to the party in particular? He is your first pick, but what about Paul Goodison and Andrew Campbell, how are they evolving? Where is hits me most with Dean is like last week were out sailing across the Bay ripping along on port tack and he says 'stand by to bear off' and I am standing by my pedestal and the windspeed is at 26 and a half knots and I look over and think 'this is going to be interesting...' I am thinking about my 'exit strategy off the boat, and Dean says 'bearing away in 3,2,1....' The bow comes down and we go careening off across the Bay at 55 miles an hour and he is laughing, Andrew (Campbell, flight controller) and Goody (Paul Goodison, main trimmer) is laughing. That is the component of experience, a level you know nothing is going to affect him on the day. Having seen the evolution of his skill set, remember back in 2013 the last race, the whole regatta is on the line, in his specific role they win the start they lead at the bottom and oddly enough the faster boat beat them up the beat. It was nothing to do with him. He did his job. When push comes to shove it is good to have that experience. And it is the same with Goody and Andrew. Dean was a known, Goody and Andrew were the unknowns and they are both in respective roles – Goody is three times Moth World Champion, Gold Medallist and an incredibly talented sailor but what you see developing in his skill set here is way beyond what you ever expected. And Andrew is the same. He is the quiet Saxon, he stands up day in day out flies the boat and is complete flat line. He has such responsibility but takes it on to the nth degree. That side is incredibly exciting. What is the schedule from now? We are here in Pensacola for another month before everything is gone. We sail here during the first week of March and then load thing on to the ship in the middle of the month and offload end of March in Cagliari. April is spent in Cagliari culminating with the regatta, we pack up and very quickly go to Portsmouth 4-7 June and then mid June pack up on to the ship to New Zealand where we aim to be sailing on August 1 and from there it is to December 17-20th is the Christmas Cup with some kind of ACWS event on the front side of that to satisfy the protocol. This time next year we will be in the Prada Cup Final. We have been incredibly lucky in terms of timing, even down to this week when we have a pretty big work list that has taken six or seven days to do and we would not have sailed these days anyway as there has not been any wind. In a very simple snapshot when you see things like that happening then you kinda think things are rolling the way you want them to. In that regard we will be the first challengers on the ground in New Zealand. We will set up shop, set up our lives and get into the business end of this regatta.
  13. 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
  14. 9 points
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  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 8 points
    If any fuckers so much as BREATHE near Ruth Bader Ginsburg I'll personally kick their ass.
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  21. 8 points
    So, I take it that you are not going to give your free boat to Blue Crab???
  22. 8 points
    Starboard foil installed today. shape as expected on previous posts. From Armel Tripon Skipper FB https://www.facebook.com/ArmelTriponSkipper/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARA-iEhfDcUSX2QrDCobEzuzkdc9ncXHGmFt8K2e8uTlwL_MticYxmdMIesAcFtq6e3Ta8LoBLELr9k4
  23. 8 points
    Gosh, it’s almost like Trump has lowered the standard of discourse in American politics, but Republicans only cry foul when Democrats do it.
  24. 8 points
    Wife with MS for over 30 years, so, if I could do everything else, she could steer (very well), meant we kept enjoying stuff together, whilst I still turned out with friends on an assortment of race boats. Spinal fusions to cervical and lumbar regions (C4-7 and S1-L3) along with other ops slowed me down (well, was slowing drastically hence the surgery), and another stint linking S3 up to S1 probably in a few months.... So, I am one of those blessed people who just love being on the water, a ferry, rowing a dinghy.... it is all a privilege that so many will never experience, so, motor boat beckoned and I went in search for something suitable. Being a Yacht Broker for over 40 years occasionally comes in useful. Budget 30-50K€, 2 decent cabins, good cockpit space, seaworthy, diesels, economical at 8 knots but capable of close to 20, solid, not a penis extension.... Bizarrely, after hating Binliners since the year dot, I discovered the 32xx series, little known or sold in Europe, most in PNW and Canada. V berth cabin like most, but the cabin with berth under the saloon accesses from just inside the cockpit door, and is glazed to the cockpit. Flybridge wasn't a must, but useful, Hino Japanese diesels, 2 x 150hp. Bought a 1991 Bayliner 3288 Motoryacht afloat next to scrap yards on the Rhine opposite Strasbourg. Scruffy as hell, so got it at a very good price and it has scrubbed up great. Never used a boat so much, specially as the brief included being a good committee boat. I think we did more than a dozen events as CB last year including the 85 boat Muscadet nationals. Everything from Optimists to the IRC fleet, beach cats and cruising multis .... If we can't race, what better!
  25. 8 points
    I was out today in cagliari and saw LR very far in the distance, so they are finally back. I have zero info, as they were at least a couple of miles away. Beautiful day, with 10-12 knots and 20 degrees

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