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  1. 41 points
    Better..............Day 8. Day 7 was indeed the turning point and things are a little better since. Still minor waves, but the fevers are not as high, not much in the way of chills, still really really tired but appetite improving. A little cough still. No shortness of breath except for a minute or so climbing the stairs or similar exertion and its not really short of breath, just winded. Sweaty nights still......yep but not as bad. Sat in the sun for a while this morning just marveling at how wonderful it is just to be outside and alive........I've felt that way on several occasions before. I'm optimistic as hell right now. I'm winning. Amazing what a turn Day 7 was.....exactly what they predicted. They said if its COVID, its typical that on day 7 you either start your recovery and things go south fast.....only your immune system knows. COVID test results will take another day or two depending on how busy the lab is. I'm not sure what I hope for as a result. Negative = in the 15% false negative band or WTF was it then? Positive = well I got through even a moderate case at home and now may have antibodies. I do worry about my wife who has been caring for me if I am positive and will be on edge watching her every cough for the next several weeks. That does bring up something I should mention/explain so as not to be confusing. As many of ya'll may remember, in 2017 after 28 years of wonderful marriage ending with two years of her fighting a blood disease my wife passed away. Never thought and never tried to find any dating relationship. Several years later a woman at pickleball said "hey, I know a woman lives nearby who also lost her husband of 30years under similar circumstances several years ago. I think you two would hit it off. Would you like to be introduced to play pickleball sometime?" I thought for minute and said "I guess". I really wasn't interested but thought a woman to meet for pickleball and an occasional glass of wine might be nice. Several months later we did have coffee and then pickleball followed by dinner. Well.................we both were immediately stricken, fell in love and were married late last year. Neither one us dated after our spouses passed and neither were "looking"......just an immediate connection. Having been in love in happy marriages before and in our 60's we didn't have to sort through all the shit younger people do.............we recognized it again. Who gets two chances??!!! Thank you stars......................and all of you for your concern and the expressions of concern. Neither was meaningless. When this shitstorm of a global pandemic is over I'll hopefully get to actually meet some of you.
  2. 37 points
    I am sorry to say that our resident cow expert Austin1972 has passed. He had been sick for the past month and was down in Illinois selling his house so that he could move to Michigan and live with his SO/childhood sweetheart. She had last talked to him this past Sunday, and when she hadn’t heard from him by Tuesday she called the local Sherrif to do a wellness check. They found him face down, and deceased. His Mother had him cremated, and there will be a Memorial for him this Summer in Onekama, MI. He wasn’t tested for Covid, and there was no autopsy, but his girlfriend thinks it was Covid related. He did have Exema (sp?) an auto immune disease, and he took the quarantine very seriously. I met him through SA shortly after joining, and we became good friends. I spent many weekends at his family cottage, and he even gave me a key to it. I was at his farm several times and we once blew up a bunch of pumpkins with tannerite. I talked to him a few weeks ago and he didn’t even mention being sick. We instead discussed plans to buy some adjoining land in Michigan and establishing a no kill animal rescue shelter. He was like a Brother to me, and I will miss him for the rest of my life....... FUCK 2020, and FUCK Covid-19!!!
  3. 35 points
    If you bash a 17 year old girl for trying to save the environment and laud a 17 year old boy for committing murder, you're a broken person.
  4. 29 points
    oh yeah? well guess what, i don't want anybody here who is such a twat. adios mother fucker.
  5. 29 points
    <long answer> I think you have the wrong end of the stick, old chap. Think about the owners and crews, not the boats. Admiral's Cup, for example. When else could you have 600+ mostly brand new 39 to 53 foot race boats battling it out all across the world every 2 years to be selected as one of their nation's 3-boat team? 57 offshore racing boats were sent to Cowes from everywhere, Japan, Australia, Argentina, USA, Canada, New Guinea, you name it, sailed by about 800 mostly amateur sailors, inshore and offshore. Boats designed by dozens of different naval architects, yet all to a common rule. And designed to go offshore, and frequently delivered home afterwards across an ocean. If you think IOR boats were pigs to sail downwind, try the metre classes. Lovely upwind (like most IOR boats) but they reach a terminal velocity downhill and thereafter get plenty of water on deck if it's windy. Look at any of the 1987 Perth videos. Yet almost every surviving 12-metre has been restored and races regularly. 8-metres, 6-metres and 5.5s have very competitive national and world championships, many new boats are being built to multiple designs, and sailed mostly by amateur sailors. And the rule is mostly 40 years older than the IOR. Pretty boats for sure, but a real handful to sail well, just like their later cousins. It's not about the rule. It was simply something that every weekend warrior could get out and do, and get some hard sailing in, round the cans and offshore. Tens of thousands of sailors would be out on the water every weekend, worldwide, and if they were good and willing, could move up into the bigger boats, and eventually Admiral's Cuip. We used to get 50 one-tonners at the Worlds, and 50 half-tonners for class 4 in Cowes Week, most of whom went on to do the Fastnet afterwards. I did my first one in a half-tonner, a 27-footer. Stop complaining. It's part of the history that's continued into our modern sport, and has largely enabled it. </long answer>
  6. 26 points
    Ok - make that 100%. This is my dad's boat in 77 or 78 at the first Atlantic City race week - photo from the committee boat, pretty sure we won our class. That's me driving, with my brother the blond on the weather rail looking back and my dad just to his right in his beloved Peter Storm sweater. The treadmaster was a work in progress at the time (we added the additional pieces later on that summer), but you can see the seams on what's there exactly match the photos above, plus in the 5th photo you can see the yellow under the blue where the dock line has chafed it. We won a lot of races on that thing - it was a beast.
  7. 26 points
    If you think that letter was his first step, you would be completely incorrect. He worked through the chain of command for several days. It was common knowledge in and out of the Navy that TR had diverted to Guam with more than 100 positive COVID cases aboard. As the CO stated in the letter, if there was a wartime requirement, he would have sucked it up and "fought sick." If Acting Secretary Modly was just finding about it, it may be because he was out of touch and thinking about the new "War on Drugs" he elped teh President roll out Wed evening. A tough situation and he knew he was offering up his career when he sent the letter. Commanding Officers have to make hard decisions. Chopper faced a momentous challenge and chose the health and lives of the crew over his career. Wives, husbands, kids and mothers and fathers will see their loved ones again due to his decision. He did the right thing for the troops and SECNAV was simply wrong. A "relief for cause"or firing is generally referred to as a "Change of Command without the Band." Even with a band, turning over command of the crew that you have trained, supported and poured your heart and soul into is poignant. If you want any affirmation that he did the right thing, watch the crew send him ashore after he was relieved. No shame here and the crew sends a very powerful message to the political appointee who fired him. https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-captain-crozier-navy-ship-1495974
  8. 25 points
    I just banned BlatantEcho until 10/1 for posting fake information about COVID. I'm not sure why he wants people to die while he takes advantage of the the pandemic to take a low-cost sex tourism trip through eastern europe, but it doesn't matter. Anyone else who posts pretend science from history professors, pretend epidemiology from demon sperm docs or stem cell promoters, or posts monday morning numbers over and over again to try to prove that the we are 'rounding the corner' is going to get the boot for at least a few weeks. If it looks like you are deliberately trying to get people to stop protecting themselves or others, longer.
  9. 25 points
    Hi ya’ll! Day 11. No fever now for pretty close to 3 days. I get winded pretty easy and still a little cough. I’m REALLY fatigued now all day but trying to do a little each day.....a few tasks. Today was garage reorganization but I did a lot of sitting and sorting. Mrs PB is my angel and watches over me like a hawk. Balancing activity with rest is a little hard to calibrate. I have this notion I gotta keep moving as much as possible without overdoing it. Lungs are definitely compromised. It’s a marathon now.......
  10. 23 points
    Yes, quite light but I didn't see all the afternoon's sailing, can only comment on later in the day, when Britannia 2 was running a #1 jib and foiling around no problem. They look quite quick at times, but I still think their handling is a little behind LR and AM. Te Rehutai was still busy testing I would say, lots of straight lines, at one point spending a long spell sailing in displacement mode. Dan Bernasconi was in a chase boat alongside taking photos of something at water level as they towed out so I guess there are lots of design details to check and validate. They were foiling easily but not appearing to push the boat too much. My impression is that this boat sits lower and flatter than Te Aihe and she seems very stable in flight. The two boats stayed away from each other while I was watching, except for the very end, when both were heading home. My highlight was getting to say hello to the legend Gilles Martin-Raget, who fetched up beside me with his camera. Seemed like a very nice guy.
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  12. 23 points
    That makes me very sad. I can’t tell you all what a tough year this has been. Too many good people have had very bad things happen to them. Fair winds Austin. I wish you had been able to realize your move to the PNW and live to a happy old age. There is a lesson here my SA friends........and I have learned it at a very dear price. We are not promised tomorrow. We only have today. Live that way.
  13. 23 points
    On the door into my waiting room there is a large polite sign explaining that (i) We only allow three people at a time into the waiting room and (ii) In order to protect the patients and the medical staff, everyone must wear a mask before entering the waiting room. Yesterday my medical assistant came into my examining room in near tears because there was a person in the waiting room who refused to wear a mask. Thinking their might be a medical reason, I stepped out (wearing my PE) to see if we could bring him to another room.....but it turned out he was exercising what he thought was his god given constitutional right to not wearing a mask. Some who know me well have suggested I am not afraid to speak my mind if you cross me. I dont know about that. But I do know that I saw RED at this moment and I let him have BOTH BARRELS . I have a bit of a memory lapse of exactly what I said to him and how loudly but I recall him backing out of the room and vaguely hearing cheering and clapping from my staff and other patients. I do vaguely recall telling him about the sacrifices that some of my staff had made during the crisis and the personal risks that they and I had taken in order to help people with CV19 and that excrement like him were the cause of so much suffering and also explaining in plain (some would say colorful) language that he had zero rights on my property , that he was on my property and that he was now going to leave my property and if he refused to leave then he better hope the police got here before i took matters with a trespasser into my own hands. I dont think I once referred to the CT orders that required masks because , quite frankly ,I did not need the governors help to deal with this putrid selfish POS. I think he managed a "But" and a "Now look here lady".......but then he was backing out. He is not allowed back on the property and he better be really sick if he wants to see a doctor in this building because he is otherwise persona non grata . One thing I will add. The maskless cause so much risk for the rest of us, that you might think that if they get CV19, then its their own fault and we should let them rot. But, doctors took an oath and the always do their best to save anyone who is sick ......but try coming near my office for a routine visit withot a mask is rude, discourteous , dangerous and stupid...and I will throw you out.
  14. 22 points
  15. 22 points
    I was going to let his SO/girlfriend know about it later today. Gonna be a long day though. I have been working out of town since Covid started. After work I will check into a hotel, then setup my computer for a Zoom meeting since I have school tonight. Will try to catch up on the thread after that. In the meantime, thanks for all of the well wishes, Austin72 was a really special person, who was always trying to help other people, and of course take the best care of his beloved cows.......
  16. 22 points
    here in the East Anglia I keep my boat in commission all year round certainly the weather often sucks and there are plenty of 6 layer days but two or three times a month through the winter we get a ridge come through between depressions or, even better, a high settles in. Then we get bright sunny, light wind but nut crunchingly cold days (by that I mean hovering around 0 C not 0 F). The light is fantastic and the river is full of migrating birds. The mooring fields are generally empty so I can beat from one end of the 10 mile estuary to the other without engangering the gel coats of £50,000 scoop sterns. I like to spend a few days each winter up the adjacent estuary systems - the alde ore and butley to the north, the stour, backwaters, Blackwater and Colne to the south. Granted the nights are a bit long - lasting from 4.30 in the afternoon until 8 the next morning - but the sun is low all day and the colours are fantastic. The acoustic is a delight. At the age of 65, I confess that I have never sailed in warm water - I am now worried that should I go to the BVIs or the med I might suddenly realise that I have squandered six decades of sailing time sloshing around cold British water. Ignorance can be bliss. me old dad often said, "count your blessings and forget your woes". He said watching a wake dissipate behind a boat is good for the soul. I now have a ugly tank of a boat with a heated sentry box on it, a Taylor stove, good mobile internet and 100 books on the Kindle - this is going to be a good winter....never warm, often not dry. But it is going to be a cracker. D
  17. 22 points
    I had just come on deck (last weekend), when the engineless Schooner Stephen Taber had sailed into Pulpit Harbor. She was already on her second tack through the harbor. 47 tons of 1871 technology, all moving well in the gentle breeze. They crossed far astern of our anchored boat with the port anchor lashed to the bulwark, ready to deploy. Sails rattled as they brought the big boat into the wind. It takes sea room to tack the schooner that measures 115’ from bowsprit to boom end. Turn,… ...turn,... ...turn. Sails filled again and drawing well, they were on their final tack. Pinched up to windward, the old schooner crossed close by our stern this time. The bow turned slowly into the wind as headsails were doused. A gaff was loosened and wrinkles appeared in the sails. The crew and passengers waited silently on deck as the Taber, still full of energy despite the luffing sails, coasted on and on, to windward. Finally, a lone vocal command breaks the silence and is instantly followed by the deafening roar of huge iron chain links racing through a battered hawsehole in the bulwark. Still coasting slowly forward, the chain rode stretches bar tight. The ancient fisherman anchor fetches up on the bottom ending this magnificent scene that is centuries old.
  18. 22 points
    https://farevela.net/2020/06/03/americas-cup-che-coppa-sara-diretta-4-giugno-2130-ospiti-bruni-e-vascotto-commento-tecnico-dalbertas-pinucci/ Since there are not so much news in these days, here's an old interview of Vasco Vascotto and Checco Bruni with the Italian Guys, Vittorio D'Albertas and Pietro Pinucci. @Xlot had already posted the translation when the interview was published, so it's not hot news, but it's interesting anyway. There was some serious audio issue, so sometime it was a problem to understand what they were saying. The interview is dated 3 June. If you find other old (or new) interviews in Italian that you want to be translated on this forum feel free to ask, I'll do my best. Enjoy ! - (Bruni) First training after the lockdown went very well. They are sailing consistently, the conditions are perfect in Cagliari. - (Vascotto) They keep improving day bay day. They know that they are on the right direction on many things. - Asked about the Ineos keel, Bruni call it a "bad copy", joking. He agree with V. D'albertas that it's similar to the Moth's keel. - Asked about if he wanted a bigger mobile/adjustable portion of the foils, Vascotto answer that there are different types of foils and different philosophies about it. Some foils are better for going fast, some for take off and manoeuvring. He says that it's like learning to ride a bicycle, some decide to start with the small wheels at the sides, some try to ride the bike without them and go as fast as possible. It is possible that the different foil design will be more similar on B2s, but it is also possible that this won't be the case, and who decided to go fast straight away will be faster. - In light wind conditions (6-7 knots) it will be difficult for the AC75 to stay on the foils for the entire race, because they are a lot heavier than the AC50. The big difference with the Bermuda Cup is that you can't change the foils the day before the race. You have to do a certificate 5 days before every competition phase (Round Robin, Semi final, finals, America's Cup), so you can change something on the boat only between these stages. So you have two choises, go for an all-around boat setup or gamble on a specific wind range set up (which is very risky). - Prestart will be with the boats already foiling entering the gate - The simulator is really good, not as good as the real thing but a lot of solutions were tested on the simulator and they usually worked. Bruni says that you can't win the Cup using only the simulator, nor using it too much, but you can't win without it neither. - Vascotto is very happy about the decision of LR core group (edit: as far as I know, Max Sirena, Gilberto Nobili, Spithill, Horacio Carabelli are part of the core group) to stay in Sardinia for the summer, because the sailing conditions are perfect. Since it's impossible to forecast the entry rules in NZ, they decided to stay in Sardinia until the last moment. He says that AM was forced to go to Auckland (since in Pensacola it is now the hurricane season) and that Ineos did the wrong thing going back to UK, because the Solent it's not such a sailing paradise like Sardinia, where he already had a base. - About the two helmsmen configuration, Bruni says that they are the only team capable of it, and it could be a great solution to have two "double crew", one at each side of the boat since aerodynamics is everything. They didn't decide yet to use it or not. This configuration (now is Vascotto speaking) it's not easy, another team can't copy it in a short period of time, since it require a lot of training. He says also that this configuration allows to use all the talents of the crew. - Both Vascotto and Bruni says that the AC75 is an incredible boat and that the regattas will be amazing to watch. - Vascotto doesn't like the boundaries, but he aknlowledge that they are useful in keeping the boats near, and that without them it would be difficult also for the televisions taking wide shots of the two boats. He jokes that in case of a separation they had to go on the Moon to take the shot, since the boat are so fast. - First regattas will be focused on doing manoeuvers right without errors, specially on the start. The boundaries set a limit for the strategy. - Pre start will be similar to the Bermuda edition, but upwind, so it will be more exciting since if you fall off the foils it won't be so easy to get up again (and the opponent fly away). - Bruni says that the boat is hard to helm, not only because they require a lot of precision but also for the position and the splashes. He says that the AC75 is similar to a gigantic moth. - Vascotto says that they are really happy about the boat design. From what he heared in various interviews he thinks that other teams will copy LR design, but he hopes that since they were the first they will be some step forward anyway. - Again asked about the Ineos keel function, Vascotto answer that only Ineos designer can answer. What he saw was that the UK boat lost a lot of speed every time it touched the sea, so maybe that's the keel main function. He adds that it's important to be humble, because every team has the very best designers and sailors. There are some things on the other boats that they don't understand, and they don't know their purpose. - Every team has 4/5 different size for the headsails. The main difference is the size, they work all at the same wind angles, so they have quite the same features. - Sails are the only exceptions to the 5 day certificate rule, so you can mode the boat by using different main/head sails. - The Rule requires the sales to weight a certain amount of kg, so if you are using a main/head sails configuration that weight less you have to add the remaining weight, and you can put it on the center line of the boat. Vascotto tells that what really change the weight of the sails is the Code 0, if you don't use it you have to add 90kg of weight, it's the only ballast yu can use to change the weight distribution on the boat, you can decide to put more weight in front / on the back of the foils. - The limit for the AC75 is not the wind, but the waves. With 4/5 meters of wave you can't sail, that's why ACE chose 4 different location for the regattas. Some are more distant from the coast, that is worse for the viewers but better for sailing, since they are more protected spot. - The Protocol doesn't set a wave limit. It's a decision of the Race Director to eventually cut off the race. He can choose to move the race to another spot. - Vascotto is sure we will see dry-lap ragattas from the start.
  19. 22 points
    shes legit ... foil arm looks to be in the front end of the box ... opposite of all other teams ... what are we going to read into that?
  20. 21 points
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    Welcome back to the sparkling waters, Waitemata
  23. 20 points
    There is a short interview of Jeremy Beyou on the French side of the official web site, but I see no translation in English on the "other" side of the website, so here is my translation. Points in italic are my own addition/interpretation. "First news from Jérémie Beyou (Charal) - joined in visio conference this morning... There are worse things in the world when you look at everything happening around us. That being said, when you are a sportman, you live only through the lense of your objective. For the past 4 years, my goal has been to try to win the Vendée Globe. I am 100% in it. I do not see anything else outside this goal. When everything falls apart so abruptly, like this, it is very violent. That is why it took me so long to turn around. Most likely, I should have turned around right away, instead of going through the front with the boat in that state. Obviously, it created other collateral damages, but I could not believe it. The wake up call has been hard on me. Earlier in the day, when the wind was not too strong, I tore apart from deck a pulley for my staysail sheet (I do not know if he is talking about the first pulley the sheet goes through from the clew of the jib, or one completely aft on deck, before it comes back to a winch.). It blew up the bulkhead for the traveler (once again, I do not know if he is talking about the main sheet traveler, or the track to adjust the pull angle on the jib sheet). It has torn apart the deck on the starboard side. While I was down below to inspect the damage, I hit something and the rudder was kicked up, halfway up. There is a hole in the leading edge of the rudder and the trailing edge is broken. And stronger winds were coming in; so it was either I turn around right now, or I continue. We decided with the team that the rudder was going to hold on through the front and I put together a makeshift repair for the jib sheet. The front passed through. It went superfast. I went from 45 knots on one tack to 45 knots on the opposite tack. I jibed, and I trimed in the runner, but with all the carbon fiber shrapnel on deck, it cut through the runner and I lost the runner. I also broke my mast head wind indicator a few hours prior. The runner, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. I had to bear off and turn around. Right now, there are still heavy seas, but I am sailing downwind with about 15 knots of wind and the sea is from behind, so it is OK. On the other tack, port tack, the rudder starts to be seriously damaged, I cannot go very fast. I think my ETA is on the 14th, in the morning. After that I don't know... The rudder can be changed. The traveler and the bulkhead, I have to admit I don't know if we can fix it. Quite frankly, I am waking up from 4 years of trying to win the Vendée Globe, and it is over. My dad is in the hospital; he had a stroke one week before the start. And I completely shunted that aside. Obviously, right now, all of that is blowing up in my face. I am bringing back the boat. We will see after that. I do not know, I do not know about restarting..."
  24. 20 points
    My sincere apologies for changing the subject ... But I had to post here asap - both B1s in the same stretch of water and a seagull! Taken a short while ago off the Bays. Te Aihe has since headed out around the back of Rangi, while Defiant is working around Whangaparaoa and the Bays. Beautiful day, nice breeze.
  25. 20 points