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    I remember the first time I saw this video posted. It was the same day Elvis died I think.
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    No damage. She righted herself and went into the Viaduct with no problems. I have a bunch of pics and video of the lift-out, and no damage to be seen. She's definitely still running flatter wing tips on the starboard side, and curled ones on port. Getting a -200 error when I try to upload pics. So I'll upload elsewhere and link to them when I can.
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    Entrad had 22ft wide wings, and in about the same place the Nokia footage was taken, but 8 years earlier (1986), with the wind in the opposite direction we had a truly terrifying ride, with a reefed 4th rig, if you have my fathers 1st book, its page 258. That is possibly the fastest I have ever gone in a 18teen. Nokia was at the end of a long line of GP 18teens, 1994-5 maybe, very very refined. I was on the water that day in Auckland harbor being the Race Director. She had 17ft wings which I believe ergonomically are the most efficient, in terms of movement and power to weight compromise. That line started with Banana Republic, and included the AAMI's, Ella Bache's and towards the end, every boat was a B18 Mk1, 2 , 3 or 3c. And one of those AAMI's still holds the NE course record (1991). The Entrad ride (Rob Brown, Matt Coleman and a very fit Julian in the beak,) because the wind was from the west was flat water, was very quick. The Nokia ride (David Witt, Cameron McDonald and Charlie (the messiah) Deikman) is extraordinary because of the level of control, in quite horrific wave state. I doubt it was anywhere near the speed of Entrad, but Entrad could not have survived the Nokia wave state. Horses for courses, jB nb, super interesting, note the bow plane, the diamond under the outer wing bar, and also hydraulic vang is very evident. This shot was taken in 1986 in Auckland during the Worlds (which we won)
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    To get my engineering degree I had to have 2 semesters of machine shop. We have the house where the kids all came to do their science projects. Tools and fireworks make any project fun. The kids later asked me to mentor the High School robotics team, after some issues with teachers unable or unwilling to stay late, I bought the building across from the high school and installed a robotics shop, complete with machine shop, welding area, assembly shop, and FTC practice field. We graduated some kids who know how shit works. We did pretty well, a couple of trips to Worlds later the school decided to bring Robotics back on campus and make it a class. Not sure they've won much since. I got my money back out of the building and moved on with my life.
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    Someone on Quora asked “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response: A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief. Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty. Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness. There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege. And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down. So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that: • Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are. • You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man. This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump. And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: ‘My God… what… have… I… created? If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.
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    Who gives a shit about the flag, fantastic looking boat that’s for sure.
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    As an ex video editor, their videos suck. Way to contrived with stupid transitions, and speed changes. Hey, if that's where they want to spend their money, then good luck to them. I'm sure they have their priorities right.
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    My SO's son has one of those Teles. The headstock is a big head Strat that they used for the Telecaster Deluxe. I was in the process of making a new curly maple body to replace the black painted one he chipped when I took this (body not finished) He really loves this guitar and plays it all the time. He told a long time girlfriend she lost when she said he'd have to choose between her and his guitar. Surprised the shit out of her! A few years later he asked for a birdseye maple neck and a custom decal to go with the body. He likes sting rays...
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    Wow! Just wow!
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    Ding ding! AS lay claim to being the ‘peak body’ for the ‘sport’ of sailing. As such they must rattle the tin at various government agencies to provide funding for their very existence. To demonstrate that they are growing the sport they need to capture in their ‘membership’ the many thousands of people who sail occasionally but have no interest in joining a club. The idea to force everyone who takes a friend out sailing to put them into AS’s data base is a clever yet dishonest way of claiming you have grown the sport, when in reality the exact opposite is happening. The sport of sail boat racing overall in in serious decline. However the ‘pastime’ of sailing has never been stronger. All us RYA training schools are introducing record numbers of new participants. And these are deeply engaged newbies, prepared to spend thousands of dollars on training, chartering and buying boats. All areas of the leisure marine service sector are doing very well out of this - except for sailing clubs. These people just want to enjoy going sailing. They have no interest is competing against rich people who have to pay pro’s to sail their boats nor are they interested in dressing up in uniforms, dipping ensigns, singing other counties national anthems and attending black tie balls. You see the AS model using clubs as their members is broken. To the vast majority of people who sail, clubs are completely irrelevant- at best they are simply somewhere to keep their boats. And so AS is completely irrelevant to them as they offer no benefit to them at all. It is very likely that sailing will be dropped as an Olympic sport in the near future. When that happens AS is finished. The AYF was formed for the purpose of Olympic sailing in 1956 and have been trying to reinvent themselves ever since. Sadly for them they have failed to make themselves relevant or even liked by your average sailor. It is no coincidence that the people who run the uniform loving big clubs also run AS. The events they support are designed to appeal to the big end of town. With the Olympic carrot gone the funds will dry up and the ‘search for the next gold medalist’ bullshit will no longer be able to be used by clubs to justify the junior sailing programmes. There is no ‘fix’ for AS. It’s constitution doesn’t allow this. Only a new organisation that truly represents the sailors best interest, not the clubs is the way to grow the sport. And that revolution began a few weeks ago when 10 owners signed some articles of association to change the way the sport of sailboat racing runs in this country. Watch this space.
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    Life in the Australian Army. Text of a letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad.(For those of you not in the know, Eromanga is a small town, west of Quilpie in the far south west of Queensland) Dear Mum & Dad, I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the station - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first,because ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody horses to get in, no calves to feed, no troughs to clean - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing! At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or goanna stew like wot mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route march'- geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the bullock paddock!! This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a bloody dingo's backside and it don't move and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of pie!! You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload! Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster. Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer. I can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is. Your loving daughter, Susan
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    The way the article and press release are worded, if you take the course, thereby gaining knowledge of the rules (which a prior CG statement claimed weren't rules) then you would be at risk. If you never took the class, claim ignorance of the rules, then you are not guilty of negligence. This is quite lawyerly, some lawyer should take pride in their efforts of behalf of Frank. What's missing is any context or findings beyond the broad statement of not guilty, or not enough to be charged anyway. No finding of facts accompany it, no so and so were on such and such course, A overtaking B, A failing to keep a lookout negligently ran over and killed B, none of the usual one has come to expect. Just seems odd.
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    acquired form behind NZ Heralds stupid paywall.... We can all learn from this terrible accident... Exhausted but overjoyed, Bruce Goodwin thought they had made it. It was Monday and there were grey skies. He went to take over watch from Pedersen above deck while Pedersen's wife, Pamela, and her brother-in-law Steve remained below. Sea conditions were reasonably calm. The wind was 20 knots. It was the sailing group's last day on board the 47-foot yacht travelling from Fiji to New Zealand. The four had a big breakfast planned before going through Customs. But as they crept closer to the Bay of Islands, the winds became stronger and the seas got "steeper and steeper". Soon, gusts grew to beyond 40 knots and massive waves had begun breaking on top. "It's a really hard thing to think of what size they were," Goodwin said. "The 6m thing was mentioned but it wasn't the size of the waves that was the problem. It was the size of the break.'' At 1pm and about 30km from Cape Brett in Northland, a surge of water broke over the yacht. Goodwin, 66, and Pedersen were swept off their feet, and off the vessel. "I went under water. I'm sure Stu went under water as well. I was pulled along at a very painful rate. I was stuck in my harness for some time under water until I just felt Stu pulling me back on board," Goodwin said. "The deck was a mess at that stage but most things were still functioning. We checked down below to see how the other two were and saw they had their own dramas." Pamela and Steve were knee-deep in water. The yacht's windows had been sucked out from their frames, and water from the waves was repeatedly rushing in at a rate beyond what the vessel's pump system could handle. "That's when I said we need to put out a mayday," Goodwin said. Radio contact was made while Goodwin searched for the yacht's Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPRIB) and liferaft "but they must have gone out the windows, they were nowhere to be seen". Everyone went into survival mode, keeping cool heads the entire time. Goodwin who had his own personal locator beacon activated it. "We were encouraged. We were saying 'we can do this'," he said. The four gathered in the yacht's cockpit for about 20 minutes preparing to abandon ship. They collected a grab bag, life ring, Dan Buoy flotation device and had planned to click together their harness ropes once overboard to stay together. "It's just amazing how we all did bits and pieces when Pamela came on deck, she brought a big block of chocolate and a bottle of water. We knew we needed energy and we scoffed the chocolate as fast as we could." Goodwin said Pedersen and Steve, whose surname he did not know, took turns at manually pumping the bilge pump "to try to give us extra time". "But unfortunately it got so low in the water, the bow went under." With water rising around them, Goodwin was first to leave. He unclicked his harness from the yacht and dived through the water. He pulled Pamela along with him. The two other men followed moments behind and only just escaped. "The guys only just got clear ... When it [the yacht] went under. It went so, so quick." Alone, in the ocean, the four sailors clicked their harnesses together and waited. And then the strangest thing happened. "An albatross came and sat beside us," Goodwin said. "I saw it as a sign from God. I do have trust in God and I have a personal relationship with God. [I thought] we can make it." Goodwin did not see the seabird fly away. The sea conditions were still horrendous. "We struggled with waves coming at us. We took on water and spat it out. We tried to keep each other warm and encouraged." About 2.45pm, through the sea spray and waves, Goodwin spotted sight of the PC3 Orion above which dropped a liferaft. "Oh boy, when we first saw the Orion I thought 'you beauty!', 'We are going to do it guys, we are going to do it.' "I saw this big, long, long rope with flags on it coming down. It landed quite a way from us, maybe 50m away. I swam for it as hard as I could." Tears well as Goodwin recalled: "I really didn't think we were going to make it but the rope would get picked up and placed closer each time. Those guys in the [rescue] team knew just where to place it." Goodwin said their rescuers' skill at getting the raft closer to them when they did "absolutely" saved his life. With barely any strength left in his body, Goodwin eventually managed to pull himself on board. After another exhaustive effort, Steve was next. The two men pulled on their harness ropes to help get Pamela and Pedersen in but against the surging seas, high winds and a tangle of knots in the ropes, the mission became impossible. "There was nothing left in us to get them in." Goodwin said he and Steve were reluctant to cut the ropes because of the risk of Pamela or Pedersen being swept away in the rough seas. Instead, they each held them. "I took Pamela and Steve held Stu along the liferaft. We had to wait for the helicopter to come and we knew it would come." Goodwin doesn't know if it was seconds, minutes or hours later when he saw the rescue helicopter arrive. By this stage, all four were too exhausted to talk. But they were still conscious and alive. "I got a smile from Pam," Goodwin said. A rescue helicopter swimmer came and took Pedersen and his wife away from the raft and got them winched up one by one. Steve was next up, then finally Goodwin. "It was just great to get up to that helicopter." Wrapped in a thermal blanket and given some water, Goodwin reached out to his skipper. "I tried to get a smile from Stu." He didn't get one. Pedersen had died before making it onboard the helicopter. His wife was taken to hospital but has since been discharged. Steve was discharged with Goodwin this week. Back home in rural Waihī, Goodwin's voice cracks as he looks back on the fateful voyage. Both he and Pedersen shared a mutual love for sailing. As members of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, it's how they met about four years ago. "To do something like this, we do it for pleasure. And to have such an outcome, it's just devastating." But he remains incredibly grateful for the efforts of their rescuers. "To be living in a country that can throw so much resource without a moment's thought at four people who need them the most ... there must have been no hesitation when they got our mayday and they were so prompt. ''We feel so positive and honoured to live in such a country that cares for people.''
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    boat has been hauled for the winter. Have this shot from happier times.
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    Yep, thought that too. He'd fit like a glove. This is its usual reaction, feeling "followed". Bit thin-skinned, our arrogant Majesty.
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    Nah mate, too much spray coming off the leeward foil, and obviously they cut the video short so we'd miss the pitch pole at the end.
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    Hi Everyone- At Jeanneau America we are very excited about the 3300, and were proud to have it in the Annapolis Show. We fully expect the boat to make a splash in North America as we continue to grow in our knowledge of the boat and develop the North American version. We'll be the first to agree that the interior is definitely minimal, with the intent of keeping it light. In Europe, multiple boats have completed a variety of North Atlantic ocean races and none have reported any (out of the ordinary) discomfort while racing offshore. During the AYC double handed race we guessed wrong on the first shift and it was a doozy. We lead around the first turning mark only to watch the breeze shift to the east with us being the furthest west boat. After that, the race was mostly a comeback event for us as we dug our way out. As Starboard!! points out, we were competetive upwind with the front of fleet, but a bad strategic decision put us in a bad spot in what became a nearly-entirely upwind race. Overall, the AYC double handed race was a fantastic event and we'd be excited to do it again. Something that is worth thinking about, is that we raced under "windward leeward" ratings in the ORC division, which takes into account how well the boats go downwind. . .which we never did. Based on the early results from Europe, downwind speed is a strength for the 3300, so its a shame we never got to show our wheels in that mode. Of course, there is room for growth in the upwind performance, as we had just taken the boat out of the box. Following that event we applied what we had learned to develop the base rig setting and sail designs with the goal of supporting the boat and giving our customers as much knowledge as possible to be successful in the future. Our goal with the 3300 is to create a core group of owners who want to see a fleet grow and succeed as much as we do, and we are going to do all that we can to support them, which includes taking these opportunities to learn as much as we can about the boat. To anyone who came to see the boat at the boat show, thank you for taking the time to visit us! I'm more than happy to answer any questions about the boat that you may have, please let me know!
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    Salty we had better give the hordes of well heeled international sailing AC fans who are going to throng in incalculable numbers to the "home" of the Cup 2021 Tamaki Makaurau a bit more information on Bean Rock. Positioned in the entrance to the harbour of the "City of a thousand lovers" or Auckland as colonially titled Bean Rock Light was named after Lieutenant P C B Bean of the HMS Herald who first officially surveyed the harbour in 1840. Initially designed by James Balfour who unfortunately perished by drowning before construction started and subsequently completed by James Stewart built in 1870 as a wave washed cottage type of structure and remains the only wave washed lighthouse in Aotearoa NZ. Commissioning light was English kerosene 350 candlepower. Mooted for disposal in the era when everything of architectural and cultural value was mooted for disposal the Greed is Good 1980,s Bean Lighthouse was successfully defended by public outcry the cottage and structure were removed for complete restoration and returned to grace the Waitemata Harbour resplendent in white circa 1985.
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    I present, for the committee's consideration, a triple threat! Mock worthy, Junk in the Trunk and an Ugly Dodger.... https://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/wan/d/fort-pierce-ericson-39-blue-water/6999509609.html Damocles' Anchor hangs over this dwarf mermaid that they ran down in the Gulf Stream!!!! Everything under the sun is hanging from the davits: solar cells, RIB, Radar, Wind generator, a motor davit and port and starboard dinghy motor storage mounts. And finally.... The dodgy dodger. Looks like he got a deal on 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 windows. Now, I'm not certain on the inspiration: Or going classic B-29: Which also leads to... the Millenium Falcon: I'm pretty certain that this CL gem does not have it where it counts and could not make hull speed, let alone light speed... - Stumbling
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