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  1. 19 points
    So I wasn' t going to post this as I pretty much missed the shot, never really got over to Te Aihe. She came in faster than I was expecting. Also my little drone had to work hard to climb into that breeze. Because of this I had to zoom in and lost quite a bit of quality. Seeing as nothing much else has been going on publicly this windy week, I thought I would post it anyway, here is a little hype piece just to keep us frothing. Haha. It's the last two minutes of sailing from Monday. She isn't the most stable, but not as bad as it could be considering how patchy and shifty it would have been under north head. We look a fair way off that ultra stable mode we had when we just followed what the computer instructed. Also she is pointing pretty high here, looked scary fast in some of the runs on Monday. People just love those images of spray coming off the bow, nobody(including myself) was able to illustrate how fast she looked when she turned down and took off. It was impressive. I will try to get out on a boat for a practice day soon and get some footage closer to the action.
  2. 18 points
  3. 17 points
    This was just shared by the Guidance Department Head at the school where I teach. Both of the individuals are high school 9th grade students. I hope you find the positive in this and see that the future is not in the wrong hands. How about sharing a bit more of this? Today something amazing happened. A student came to me two weeks ago to tell me he wanted to buy a pair of shoes for another student he sees on the light rail. These two kids aren’t friends, one being a popular athlete and the other very quiet and shy, but the one student felt really bad because the kid’s shoes were falling apart. Fast forward to today, the young man came in with a pair of vans for the other student. The exchange happened in my office-and I had to hold back tears. He was so excited and full of joy when he handed the shoes over. We quickly laced them up and put the old shoes in a bag. He must have asked “do you like them” 3 times and the other boy just sat in amazement that some random student showed him such kindness. He said thank you over and over, while the student just smiled and said-we will talk more on the light rail. What he doesn’t know, is now we, as a school, will make sure the other student has plenty of uniform shirts and pants, and will get additional support-all because he took the time to talk to a lonely kid, saw a bad situation and did what he could do to make it better. He doesn’t want the fanfare or recognition for what he did, and that makes him an even better human being. This kid has me in his corner forever.
  4. 16 points
    When I bought my boat 15 years ago I'd found it while recreational boat shopping on the internet one cold February afternoon. I had no intention of buying a boat and certainly had no budget in mind. The agent invited us to inspect it on the hard in a dark shed in near zero temps and somehow my wife and I fell in love. The problem was, we were broke. So, we made the low ball offer almost hoping he wouldn't accept it. Instead of stomping off in an insulted huff, the seller made a generous counter offer and suddenly, without a survey, nor having sailed it nor even seen it in the water, we were boat owners. The next 3 months, waiting for springtime, the chance to uncover and actually get our hands on the boat and get her ready for commissioning were horrible. Every imaginable bad scenario played through my mind endlessly... leaking/ broken keel bolts, hidden cracked frames, leaking thru hulls, rotten plank ends, bad plank fastenings, the woiks. Come launch day... the boat barely leaked a drop, every system fired up flawlessly, the diesel engine (the only contingency I'd held out some money on) turned over twice and purred like a kitten, no smoke and plenty of water in the exhaust. Sure, a great outcome but only after 3 months of mental anguish. Now, 15 years later, I've sold my baby. My hands just hurt too much to do all the stuff I used to enjoy doing so much. I know all the rules about not expecting to recover your investment, and they're all true. I did, however, sell her for 30% more than I paid for her, after an enormous amount of work. After closing the deal we were having lunch with another wooden boat couple and they asked the obvious "How does it feel?" I didn't know then and I'm still not sure I've figured out how I feel yet, more than a month later. I find myself going back over all the old pics of the boat and all the beautiful places she took us and reliving those memories wistfully. I look at the boat shed and it's already filling up with shit. I sold the boat stands a week later, which was a nice gift I hadn't even thought about until after the boat sold. Today I sold my mooring, which had been in the cove at the end of our road. I think this is the one that's really throwing me for a loop. Ya see, as long as the boat was down in the cove, it was pretty much a given that any day we weren't out on the boat, we'd at least drive down to the cove to check on it/ admire it/ chat up the neighbors or just watch the river traffic cruising by. It was not unusual for total strangers to recognize us and thank us for dressing up the cove with our boat, so in some small way I guess we were local heros. Even after the boat sold, for some reason I'd still go down and check out the mooring just out of habit, I guess. So now I have no sailboat, no boat stands, not even a mooring. I guess it's official, I'm not a sailor anymore. Anyone that tries to sell the old 'The two best days of a sailors life...' is full of shit. I still don't know exactly how I feel nor what I'm going to do next sailboatwise, but whatever it is I feel, it's certainly not jubilation. The two best days of a sailors life? That was written by some guy with a Mac 26 or some other soul less piece of floating tripe.
  5. 16 points
    Yeah I remember seeing that video...middle of the Southern Ocean, blowing a fucking gale, the barely 100 pound woman puts on three layers of foul weather gear and two lifejackets so when she climbs the mast and the pitching throws her 20 feet away from the mast and then slams her back into it again, she doesn't break ribs. She goes up, fixes whatever is wrong at the masthead and reeves a new halyard. She climbs down and makes a video where she's exhausted, cold, tired and upset. FUCK She cries, pull off her foulies and shows the camera the bruises and gets on with it. Brass balls. BIG fucking brass balls. I apologise, Dame Ellen for the obscenity but I will never forget seeing that. RESPECT. AND she puts together the entire team, with the day-to-day management aspect AND drives the fundraising engine?? AND is articulate enough to wow the press. Give me a break. Ellen MacArthur is an amazing human being.
  6. 15 points
    I spent a very frustrating day finding out where they were NOT ... chased them up and down the Bays for a couple of hours before giving up and going back to Narrow Neck. Sorry, cannot confirm or deny as again my shots are from a long way off. They didn't even give me a consolation shot of a foil back down the channel, miserable sods ... Did see a nice splash, but they kept sailing afterwards. A few far-away samples, for what they are worth.
  7. 15 points
    I think Nat would be championing foils if her were around now. In 1876 he was pushing limits with his catamaran
  8. 15 points
    This is Sailing Anarchy. Really no rules. But there are unwritten rules. There is a standard greeting for newbies. There are posters who deserve a certain amount of respect due to the contributions made. There are threads that will always have a place in SA lore. Sols' NCD, Moonlight walks and Chaz, Swans sash weights, Dogzilla, 1000 days, SJ24 around the world, epic coming out of the closet, and so on. Random pic thread is a SA icon. Thanks almost entirely to the efforts of Hobot. He has created a standard for posting in here that is almost impossible to match. That does not mean other should not post her. But perhaps leaving the last few posts of a page to him do that he can put the first pic on the top of the next. Keeping pic commentaries to simple appreciation and avoiding hijacks. I ought to be pissed at how much time I have spent going down the rabbit hole, chasing the stories of days gone by. But I find myself oddly appreciative and very grateful that, in this syphilis infested chasm that we all are addicted to, he has been a consistent ray of light that is much appreciated. So, Thanks Hobot. Keep up the amazing work Or I could just go F/O WL
  9. 15 points
    Thanks for the love gang all ok will post when I know more on the boat I’m upset at myself and the press and the fact that it damages the multihull fraternity’s image let alone the insurance implications ...
  10. 14 points
    A few from the tow out and the first run that I saw.
  11. 13 points
    Smiles, wind, waves, chicks, sails. It's probably sailing.
  12. 13 points
    From the second (home) run that I got to see.
  13. 12 points
    Looking pretty rock stable today boys.
  14. 12 points
  15. 12 points
    I got to see first hand AM make two runs today in the upper bay, and these videos don't do these boats any justice. Seeing them come ripping through at 30-40kts is absolutely incredible. The noise you hear as they go by is something else. Seeing two of these beasts actually race will be worth the trip to NZL. No doubt these are exciting times.
  16. 11 points
    Boat has been in a shed for 2 years. Good to be back playing in the wind. Steve
  17. 11 points
    It's buck's show, with canfield the right hand man. The former CEO and COO dropped out when they realized the money wasn't there. Calling it a charade is pretty precious, though. While they probably won't be successful this time around, those two barely-out-of-their-20s have been burning their souls to the waterline trying to make their challenge happen, and the lessons they learned in 2017-19 will be the most valuable they ever have for the next several cycles. Have some fucking respect for talented champions who actually fight the fight rather than bitching on the sidelines.
  18. 11 points
    DO NOT go up the mast on the hard - on any boat. In my experience, no yard will allow it anyway. Boats on the hard are only propped up, primarily relying on the low CG of the keel to keep them upright. Think of the Ft/Lbs of potential "unrighting arm" you will create at the top of the mast - your weight X mast length. Even on a small boat it will be well into the thousands. On my 29' it would get close to 10,000 with me up there. As long as everything remains perfectly vertical there is no "unrighting arm" of course. Just as long as...... Remember, you are betting your life that everything will remain stable. But look at the penalty for failure Dude.
  19. 10 points
    When people say they are against abortion, I tell them, "Fine, then don't get one!"
  20. 10 points
    Nowadays the word ‘corinthian’ is used to denote a boat/crew of purely amateur status, but before sailing became so organized and professional, that same word meant ‘displaying the highest level of sportsmanship’. And I think this second (original) meaning is still prevalent amongst our ranks today. Sometimes it’s a big, high-profile act, such as when Pyewacket rescued the crew of OEX during the 2019 TransPac but more often than not it’s a small act of consideration or kindness that goes unnoticed and unsung… I race an old 113 year old antique in Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s Wet Wednesday evening series. Generally we have pleasant 10-15mph breezes so I don’t need to use an outboard to get back to the harbor after the racing, which is just as well because with a long overhang and no transom, I have nowhere to stick one! However every few months Santa Barbara experiences one those awful dying evening breezes that beach barbeque-ers love so much, but which leaves everybody on the racecourse flopping about on the Pacific swell with sails hanging limp as laundry. In 2019 that’s happened twice (so far!), and each time a fellow racer - not necessarily in my class - has motored out to get me and tow me back in; this past Wednesday a crew motored for 10 minutes in the diametrically opposite direction of the bar, in order to retrieve me from the farthest reaches of the race course and that, to me, embodies the true spirit of corinthian sailing. So here’s to all you out there, who help out your fellow sailors for no personal gain, but simply because it’s the sporting thing to do. You may be unsung, but you’re definitely not unappreciated. Nick Mockridge Broads One Design "Snipe" (https://www.facebook.com/BroadsOneDesignSnipe/)
  21. 9 points
    A cool, handy, boat. A boat sailing into an anchorage catches my eye. But when the path in, is narrow - and dead to windward, this sight is a spectator sport for sailors. In my case, I know how many things could(and have,...), go wrong. BUFFLEHEAD is not the kind of boat you expect to see pulling off this feat. A Bud McIntosh (I think) designed gaffer. After sailing through the gateway to Perry Creek, she hardens up to windward headed down the narrowing creek into the stuffed mooring field. She pulls some sharp, fast tacks through the moored boats, with sure speed. Nimble sailboat. Shoaling is just off their starboard decks. On the final port tack just inside the channel, the crew wrung out another degree or two to windward by sheeting in - bar tight. This final note, slowly, shook the last of the old boats way, ...nearly out..... The bow wave is disappearing. The Captain has his eye and mind on his target ahead. Sails finally luff, the captain appears at the stem and stabs the mooring pendant just as BUFFLEHEAD kisses the mooring ball. Dead center, perfect. The crew suddenly appears as well and has started dousing sails. What's their secret? Experience I suspect. Doing some searching, I found the boat is a local daysailing charter. And these old gaff rigged designs, self tending, originated to work under sail. They have some old tricks. A plus, the captain built the boat himself which must affect how you and the boat work together. Impressive to watch. The next morning looking back at BUFFLEHEAD (the nearest boat moored aft over dinghy), who would think the boat sailed into and up the narrow creek?
  22. 9 points
    Obviously they've retained the Land Rover design team.
  23. 9 points
    Just like I tell my neighbor who tells me my motorcycle is to fast and dangerous I tell him ok, so don’t buy one
  24. 9 points
    How dare you attack this young lady in such a viciously personal, nasty and condescending manner, when all she has done is remind you of your duty to Save Humanity Through Central Economic Planning and Malthusian-Based Population Control? Surely, your hysterical overreaction is due to the negligibly small size of your manly primary sexual characteristics, your male fragility, and your keen sense that even on its best day, your semi-upright, throbbing, stinky Yanmar 1GM powering your Macpherson 26 inboard conversion is no match for the three 454's dangling down off the back of the local speed boats. Any man who ridicules a fine, mentally fit, politically middle-of-the-road, well-acculturated and genteel young lady in this sort of way, doesn't deserve the title of "man", man, and if you have a problem with that you can drive to D.C. in your First Gen Prius, drink a couple chardonnay's with me in a bar with lots of plants, and then we will have it out in truly manly fashion, which I am so manly that I cannot mention the methods by which we will settle our differences in this forum, because to mention these methods would impoverish my manhood and cast aspersions on my manliness, which is truly estimable, so people say anyhow. While it is a trifle impolitic, I challenge you in this way only because I am infallibly classy, and I never permit myself to draft karmic checks that my buttocks cannot render into negotiable instruments.
  25. 9 points
    Jesus Hoppy, that's uncalled for. You should be ashamed of yourself. An absolute cunt act.