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  1. 23 points
    They towed out around 11am and the breeze was light and puffy to start with. Foiled down the Channel and headed out to the Bays. The breeze started to build around midday and they got some long runs in, multiple tacks and gybes. As you can see, there is still a bit of haze from the smoke and they were quite a way out. The third pic was taken while the breeze was still soft, midway through a tack which was followed by a brief kiss. The last (distant) pic was taken about 15 mins later and shows the exit from a dry gybe, stbd foil just coming out of the water.
  2. 15 points
    LR going deep, breeze and lumpy sea.
  3. 14 points
    Jeff is talking shit with his chest puffed out and swaggering around in his silk scarf and nothing else on. He is running around moving his hands like little let bombers and making whooshing noises, which makes his little penis hard. Sure let's start a war with Iran. Those 2 little wars in Iraq went so well, why Iraq is a stable democracy, just like we planned, and Afghanistan is certainly a success story too. The problem is not decimating the enemy army and laying waste to the country, the problem is what to do afterward. Trump has 3 weapons in his foreign policy arsenal. Sanctions, tariffs and war. The very stable genius has no concept of diplomacy, in his book diplomacy is for pussies. So Trump is showing those ragheads that they can't push us around, which is fine and dandy. And then what happens when Iran is a shambles like Iraq and Afghanistan. Why the only reason that Iran is in Iraq is because of the power vacuum we left there after the 2nd war. Meanwhile Putin is sitting in the Kremlin, smiling and rubbing his hands together. His chosen candidate made into the oval office and is performing even better than Putin had hoped. The most disgusting part of this whole thing, besides the million or so victims of these wars is that nobody would give a shit about that part of the world if it weren't for the oil. Capitalism uber allles! Let's invite the destruction of the world as we know it for some dead dinosaurs FFS. Trump always was the wrong president at the wrong time, but this shows how truly catastrophic the elevation of that twit to a position of power really was. It was only a matter of time before he fucked up big time, and now we will see what truly terrible consequences will be the result of his bluster and stupidity. It won't be pretty , that's for sure. Whomever thought that having a narcissistic ignoramus, completely clueless as to how the world works, as our president was a good idea, is beyond comprehension. Did people really think that Trump would actually be good for our country let alone the world? What a bunch of selfish morans.
  4. 13 points
    Sad to see one of our designs lost, and relieved that crew are all ok. I should clarify However that that particular keel was not designed by us or built by McConaghy, Apparently there were lower cost alternatives locally which were chosen.
  5. 13 points
    Windy tracker is also working this year: https://gis.ee/sh/
  6. 12 points
    I'm involved in that my name is on the boat, to which someone has attached a keel which it was not designed to carry, issuing a construction method we would never agree to use and have refused to in the past. Rather than waiting months or years for an accident report to likely state the obvious I prefer to get the information out as soon as possible.
  7. 11 points
    We've designed many keels and not lost one. Our reputation is important to us, and in all other cases of keel replacement that I know of for our designs, we've done the designs and it would be natural for people to assume that was the case here if I didn't state the facts.
  8. 11 points
    Yeah, they're still 1930's technology but fun. A few years ago I got picked up as last minute crew for a guy. Here's a watercolor my wife did from a picture she took this summer while on the RC boat.
  9. 10 points
    Thank goodness that boat is back on the water and this forum topic can get back on topic, if that's actually possible in these parts!!! You Weta, are a dead-set bloody champion!!! Keep the pics and the good times coming, we are back on track!!!!
  10. 10 points
    As some here know I am one of the owners of Showtime and do all the offshore races in it. Just to throw a few facts into the uninformed opinion. The keel was designed by Andy Dovell, to a similar design he has used for many other yachts. The design and the fabrication plan were then certified by DNV-GL. The builder then signed off on the fabrication report and provided 100% NDT for certification. All of this was required to obtain the ISAF certificate you need to be able to race offshore these days. Not exactly a half assed exercise. The new keel design has reduced bulb weight by 369kg and fin by 318kg, despite the increase in length of 400mm this has reduced the righting moment of the boat and resulted in lower loads on the structure than under the original configuration. So despite Jason Ker's self serving bleating's, he remains solely responsible for the adequacy of the internal structural design. Whether this in anyway caused or contributed to the keel lose, I don't know, nor does anyone else at this time. The delivery crew, who were quite experienced and who can be credited with the positive outcome in a very dangerous situation can not be faulted in their seamanship under difficult conditions. I am only happy that all crew got off safely from what was a harrowing experience where only cool thinking averted a tragedy. I have no interest in playing some blame game. if the boat is recovered, then we will likely be able to positively identify the failure mechanism, but until then it is pure speculation to say who is or isn't responsible.
  11. 10 points
    Certainly when someone modifies our design without our involvement it ceases to be our problem technically, but it remains important to make sure people are aware of that as our name is in on the boat. Put simply 100% of our keel designs have remained attached to their boats, 100% of keels designed by others for our boats have not.
  12. 9 points
    Raw commiserations and glad to hear Rob & Co off safe. You say Ker is "self serving bleating" and "...he (Kerr) remains solely responsible for the adequacy of the internal structural design." My only comment would be that no such structural delineation exists. Hull structure and keel structure are "homogeneous" not seperate structures. Simply commenting as such your inference is the hull structure is responsible for this keel loss in priority to other possible causes. Apart from that yours an appropriate and considered response concluding with. "..but until then it is pure speculation to say who is or isn't responsible." But then you go against your own advice when the OEM is defending his design reputation in real time here for a vessel built under licence with no involvment beyond that to understandably distance himself for things beyond his responsibility and knowledge. To be clear that is distance himself from both the build itself and your subsequent modifications of that design/build where that exact same modification is now sitting on the bottom of the ocean. I read that as not distancing himself from original design responsibility or "bleating," but simply ensuring it is well known where his responsibility started and finished. Without that explanation the automatic conclusion is his design name only and no-one elses is prejudiced pending an investigation. Unfortunately that investigation may never happen unless physical evidence is retrieved, so all the more reason to have responsibilities at least understood at now the time of incident. Raw my suggestion. Follow your own original advice ..."it is pure speculation to say who is or isn't responsible" and STFU.
  13. 9 points
    It should be floating nearby.
  14. 9 points
    Let's step back and think about this. The US attacks an admittedly bad guy at the major airport of an ally. The Iraqi parliament was already considering a bill asking the US to get out of the country. The attack will change this to Iraq telling the US to get out of the country, say within 30 days. Iraq then becomes totally becomes a client state of Iran - a big win for Iran. Iran was already having naval exercises with Russia and China, so that growing alliance becomes stronger. China firms up its oil supply from Iran and Iraq - big win for Xi. Pretty easy for Iran to stop oil passing through Hormuz which causes a world energy and financial crisis. US sends troops but they can only be sent to Kuwait, SA, Qatar, and UAE. The only one of these that is remotely defensible is SA, but the Saudis don't want infidel troops on their soil. Do we see a Gulf War III launching from Kuwait before Kuwait is overrun by I squared? US fights this war with only the dubious help of SA who do not have time to hire enough mercs to fight on their behalf. The US's normal allies want to have nothing to do with the erratic, dangerous moran in Washington. On a lighter note, Eric Trump joins the military because he has been promised a really big gun and is made at least a brigadier because he is the boss's boy and smarter than everyone but Daddy. Who wins in this - no one other than possibly Putin and Xi who stay on the sideline cheering both sides and watching it all go down.
  15. 9 points
    Merry Christmas To all CA'ers:
  16. 8 points
    BREAKING: Man who makes money on war excited about new war.
  17. 8 points
    Not what I saw on the live footage. WO never had to alter course to avoid. SW was clear ahead and below. Almost perfect lee-bow.
  18. 8 points
    This Christmas, may we remember that Jesus supposedly taught about things other than Santa and buying shit to show how much you love your family.
  19. 8 points
    From the office.... Merry Christmas, Slackers.
  20. 8 points
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all SAAC regulars.
  21. 8 points
    What a waste of a thread. Most people come here for the boats and now we have to scroll through pages of this rubbish. Take it to DMs, dicks. Can the admin delete all these junk posts?
  22. 8 points
    My favourite from within the last year. Approaching Tasman last years Hobart.
  23. 7 points
    Fucktard comment Daniel when owner (not on board) has elected to spray shit around in other thread where it is quite obvious he has hasn't a fucking clue about anything structural. Yet every comment he makes is by inference directed at the designer of a boat built under licence and which he the owner modified all with no knowledge of that original designer and builder and his modified bit is now sitting at the bottom of the ocean. Your advice is the original designer is STFU and say nothing? Just let it all slide by and be crucified by innuendo his design name and not one other entity involved in build/modifications after him?? Boat MIA so if not found no evidence so zero prospect of any investigation correcting that slur. Give yourself an uppercut mate.
  24. 7 points
    Maybe lay off posting until you sober up.
  25. 7 points
    Wow!!! We rig boats virtually every day and as I read all the posts above I didn’t see ANYTHING like I would write. So here goes... Quick response. If that rig is inverted, I suspect the lowers are too tight (.... with respect to EVERY other factor) -// How to tune that rig? 1. Loosen EVERYTHING until the mast is standing as a straight pole. (If the mast remains bent with everything sloppy, the extrusion is bent . For these directions, I will assume it is not bent ) 2. As I have ZERO idea how much rake this particular boat needs to balance the helm, I would start out with the assumption it ought to set up like most other similar boats. I would would hand tighten their uppers and forestay so the mast is centered side to side and leans back a little(I am going into this knowing I will have to take the boat for a ride to see how it sails but I would lean the mast back so the top is 15 to 30cm back from the base ( six inches to a foot for USA sailors) For centering I would cleat the main halyard so I would have to push down the shackle with about a couple kilos of force to touch the top of the gunwale. Then I would try touching the shackle to the same spot on the other side if the boat. I might try touching two or three pairs of symmetrical spots on the boat until i would convince myself the tensions are about equal. (This is accomplished to perfection is you and a friend Each check and AFTER you have checked tell the other what you think. When you agree it is the same on both sides, it is) 3. I would tighten the Uppers to about 200 kilos or 400 lbs or until there is about 3 to 9cm (2 or 3 inches) of pre-bend. I would check by holding the bottom of the main halyard against the mast. The gap at the spreaders is the amount of pre-bend. (That tension should be safe for eventual testing in about ten knots of breeze) 4. I would tighten the lowers to bring the pre-bend back to about 2/3 of where it was with totally sloppy lowers. This might be about 150 kilos (300 lbs) but the function is the key NOT the tension number. The function of the lowers is to keep the middle of the mast from going further forward. When you load the forestay, the pre-bent mast will want to continue to bend. That bending would make the distance from the deck to the forestay attachment point shorter and the forestay would never get tight. **The lowers control the tension of the the forestay 5. The backstay ... it really has no function on this to until it is used to depower the rig. Pulling on the backstay bends the mast ABOVE the forestay attachment point. (Yes, it does tighten the forestay a bit and it bends the mast a bit more forward at the spreaders... and I could go on all day about the various subtleties including varying the rig tune for various wind conditions) Anyway, the backstay flattens the top section of the sail and opens the leech at the top of the sail and gets rid of the healing force when there is too much wind to effectively use the full power of your sails. what do you do?? You see a puff coming and you grab the backstay line. As the puff hits you tighten the backstay to keep the boat upright. The rest of your sailplane stays trimmed for ultimate upwind sailing and you charge forward blasting past those fools who eased the traveler, closed the slot, and quit pointing. The testing: Go for a ride. * If the leeward shrouds becomes horribly sloppy, tighten the rig. Rule of thumb ?? Tighten the uppers two full turns and tighten the lowers one and a half turns and try it again. *If the boat has Lee helm, go back to step two. Your rig is already centered but you are going to lean the mast back some more and try again *If the boat has too much weather helm, AND YOU ARE KEEPING IT FLAT ENOUGH, you may wish to stand the mast up more vertically. Tension settings: A fractional rig set up to properly perform in 25 knots will be absurdly over tight for winds under 12 and will sail horribly. A fractional rig set up loosely enough for ultimate performance in five knots will be horribly overpowered and may even fold up and fall in big breeze. We generally set up our customers’ boats for 12 to 15 and give them instructions about how to mess with the rig to make it work better in other conditions. Whoever makes sails for your boat will usually be happy to give you a chart of rig tensions for various conditions. They want you to have great performance with their stuff and proper rig tension helps a lot. —- Left out... while sailing upwind, stand by the front of the mast and look up. The mast should not bend sideways. You may have to adjust the relative tensions between the uppers and lowers to straighten the mast. If the mast bends to weather at the spreaders, tighten the uppers a bit and loosen the lowers a bit. It the mast sags to leeward at the spreaders, tighten the lowers a bit and ease the uppers a bit And.... check EVERYTHING on both tacks phooey... I was going for a sail an hour ago ... outta here !!!