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  1. 12 points
    After a few months saving up my cash and looking at various boats I purchased my first keelboat yesterday. She is a 1986 Catalina Capri 22. She was not sailed for 19 years and stored inside, before being sailed the past three seasons by the previous owner. The boat is in very nice shape for its age and came with a rebuilt trailer which looks like new. I got the boat for cruising the San Juan islands, but I now plan to do some racing as well after finding out she has the optional performance package with harken deck gear and a real traveller. It also has three headsails ranging from blade jib up to 155% (two that are only two years old) and a new spinnaker. This is the fin keel version, which sails a lot better than the shoal draft wing keel. Needless to say I was super excited so I splashed it as soon at I got the boat back to Anacortes (it was a 6 hour drive away). The test sail was good. It was light so I put up the main and the big 155 percent genoa. I'm happy with the sailing performance, 5.5 to 6 knots with a few bursts to 6.5 in around 10 gusting 12. I'm looking forward to trying out the spinnaker, it feels and looks like it's never been used. I still need to come up with a name for the boat as I'm not fond of the old name "Wind-Passer."
  2. 12 points
    Been here for most of the 20 years and have seen a lot of changes over the journey, some good, some not so good. I have zero interest in signing up to a third party like Disqus; if I cant access anything on here with my existing SA identity then so be it.
  3. 10 points
    I would suspect that water froze in a hose & tore the hose open. Or blew a thru hull off. Nowhere near enuff ice to damage the hull
  4. 9 points
    Courageous provides free sailing for the inner city youth of Boston. It has introduced many thousands of kids to sailing over the decades. When the 12 meter Courageous finally retired after an illustrious America's cup career, the syndicate donated her to the fledgling sailing center and the city provided a disused pier during the redevelopment of the old Charleston Navy Yard. The staff initially operated out of Courageous equipment container. They obtained a handful of Rhodes 19s and the Navy Yard developer generously provided a fleet of J22s (with a nudge from Boston's mayor....during the development approval process). Then it was up to a handful of volunteers and a small dedicated staff to pound the pavements and raise enough money each year to run the kids program. I arrived in Boston in 1988, the year after its opened, signed up as a volunteer and spent many happy years sailing at Courageous and helping to raise money during corporate challenges. I have friends that I made 30 years ago volunteering at Courageous that are still friends today, even though I live in a different city. It has a special vibe about the place. Courageous is all about getting kids out on the water.....some get a one time taste for it. Others acquire a passion for life. Almost all of them would never have stepped foot in a sail boat without Courageous. Courageous does truly good work. Most wealthy sailors who visit Boston, and learn about Courageous , want to write a check. There is no better way to give back to the sport you love. So along comes Tony Buckingham, who claims to have represented Great Britain in sailing....and Courageous is concerned he is about to sue them????? I trust this is simply a communication error Tony and that you will soon be making a very public donation. Ngoni seems like a beautiful boat and one would hate to see it become the subject of scorn and ridicule wherever it goes. Hopefully Courageous overreacted here and Tony has no intention of suing the center. Maybe voices got raised between the boat captain and a member of the Courageous sailing staff? Something that can be fixed over a cold beer? Perhaps Tony could smooth things over by putting a dozen new 420s on the dock. Hey he should go out sailing with some of the kids....its an unforgettable experience.
  5. 9 points
    I am uncomfortable with the US playing this game. Not because President Trump is in office. Because we have engaged in this shit for decades and seem to pretty damned bad at it.
  6. 9 points
    He never showed at my talk. But it was standing room only and I saw friends I hadn't see in 40+ years. Dave Vacanti aka Dr. Keel was there. Doug Fryer, owner of NIGHT RUNNER was there. Einer Sortun, first person to build one of my designs, was there. Sledracer was there. It was fun. But it was better to get back to the shack. I skipped the after event dinner, hit Mac D's and bolted for the barn.
  7. 8 points
    Here's a short video of my first sail.
  8. 8 points
    Personally, I think the trip should be postponed. To be perfectly honest, I think Congress and the President should have their pay frozen and be required to hammer out a deal before leaving DC for any reason. Fat chance of that happening.
  9. 7 points
    Ok Proa. I’ll start a gofundme for you so you can afford to get a life.
  10. 7 points
    The good new is they are proactive on wasp and mud dauber eradication. The bad news is it is covered from stem to stern in racoon shit. It is being drug outside this afternoon for a pressure washing and good bath. Once that is done it will be opened for the first time in over ten years to see what might be awaiting inside. The young man stuck with the job said the companionway drop boards were intact and it does not look like anything has managed to get inside so that is a plus. The squid pro quo on this deal is the marina has two sunk boats they would like me to float so they can be drug out of the water. One is a 24 Bayliner cuddy no one cares about, the other is a bass boat apparently lost under suspicious circumstances. No one cares about the Bayliner but am told someone from the insurance company will be present for the bass boat. The job is scheduled for next Saturday when I will have plenty of help with the heavy lifting. I have no idea what the marina pimped me out for but it was enough for them to feel good about handing me the boat cleaned inside and out with new tires. Once all of that is done the trailer lights will be checked and addressed as necessary I am expecting all of the paperwork Monday to do the title applications, insurance, and pick up plates so I can haul it home all legal and like. I should have some images sometime tomorrow.
  11. 7 points
    I'm sure there's another thread around here for this. But when a class has owners who have support tenders that cost more than the boat they are racing, said class is fucked.
  12. 7 points
    In 2016-17, Francis Joyon's fantastic sprint started at the beginning of day 12, and ended at the end of day 20.
  13. 7 points
    OK, don't be too hard on me, the cruise was to Antarctica and South Georgia. We thought (very briefly) about sailing there after our RTW but an open cockpit is not the way to go even if our Bristol was stout enough for the journey. We have friends doing it this year in a Garcia and they can run everything from inside the pilothouse. Some observations that are at least semi-political. I could see living in either Buenos Aires or Santiago (I think of this when I travel places). BA is sort of like your old aunt who used to be really rich but is faking it now since the money isn't there. It did seem to very European and very civilized, at least in the upper middle class areas we were in. Interestingly the biggest tourist attraction is the cemetery where the rich people are buried. Eva Peron's grave is quite modest. Santiago is a much more vibrant modern city. Felt quite different from BA but also nice. people were great in both spots. We are comfortably well-off but not rich. We could afford this trip (cruise was $30,000 for two for 24 days) which meant that the people onboard were seriously rich. We could afford it because we sold our Bristol 45.5 and bought a Catalina 36 for Lake Ontario. the different in price paid for the trip. I decided that this meant that the cruise was effectively free - I did get a B in Econ 101. More than half of the passengers were American and they fell into three camps. Perhaps 50% were vehemently anti-Trump, while 40% thought he was a useful idiot. They did not talk much about their tax cuts but you got the impression they approved of these a lot. About 10% should have been wearing MAGA hats except they would only wear tailored hats and these had not come out - a missed opportunity for DJT. You really see impacts of global warming in Antarctica and South Georgia. In the former, the temperatures are now 5°C than in the past. It is is specific things like the fact that more than 95% of the glaciers on the Peninsula are in retreat. The populations of sub-Antarctic penguins (e.g. Kings and Chinstraps) are booming while those of true Antarctic species like Adelies (which are as cute as can be) are declining significantly. This is because of habitat gain in one case and loss in the other. I think the climate change deniers only think about the science related to actual temperature change (and don't do a good job on that). They ignore the enormous about of work being done on the impact of CG such as glacier retreat and penguin populations. Not looking at the political stuff, I highly recommend going deep south if you are interested and can swing the finances. It is incredible and spectacular in all respects (can I find some more superlatives?). It is wonderful to be in environments where people are an after-thought at best. If you can get to South Georgia it is well worth it. They only allow a few ships to go there each year and it makes for a longer cruise since it is so far east. We did Shackleton's small boat journey from Elephant Island to SG in reverse with a few more creature comforts ('Would you like some champagne with your caviar, sir?') and it was surprisingly not rough - waves to 3 m at most. Coming across the Drake Passage we had one semi-nasty day - swells were around 7 m but not too bad. Captain though it was about as good as you would ever get. We did have katabatic gusts over 60 knots for several hours in SG. These kept the last shore party onshore for about four extra hours. I haven't sorted out my own photos yet. The photo below is by the 'expedition photographers', a couple who have done photos for National Geographic and the like. These are king penguins. The stuff blurred out in the back is part of the colony on South Georgia that has something like 300,000 birds in it. The ship gave us 50 of these photos along with a wonderful 20 minute video that the couple made during the trip. Booze was included in the price. I think I might have become an alcoholic if it was another month long. Food was great.
  14. 7 points
    I think its very apt that we create a thread about Jammer and then ignore him.
  15. 7 points
    Paps, When I spotted the hailing port on the stern of CUCHARA something sparked a memory of that boat. It was the bronze pulpits and stanchions that I recalled and once I went to the linked ad I found that my memory must not be as bad as some claim. I knew the owners of CUCHARA long ago in Coral Bay. I was out in Hurricane Hole in my motor dinghy diving lobster holes I think when I noticed a guy ashore on a leeward reef/beach that was right downwind of the deep creeks and holes that are so well protected and prized as storm anchorages. The hard rocky shore he was on is hard to access but not unusual to see locals picking whelk on such remote unvisited beaches. As I got closer I noticed a dinghy pulled up and a Honda small genset on the shore and the guy had an orange extension cord snaking across the stones to and old wreck of an ancient steam powered yacht that had gotten blown out of one of the safe holes many years earlier. About the only thing left of that wreck was the keel and the boiler and steam engine and I could see the guy wielding a SawsAll and he was cutting away bronze pipe, valves and manifolds and loading them into the dinghy! The dinghy was marked TT CUCHARA and I left the guy to his labors even though I was tempted to try and negotiate the tiny channel through the coral that he had used to get to the shore. I figured my curiosity would be rewarded with helping him lug the overloaded dinghy down off the shore and into the water and he hadn't noticed my approach over the sound of his genset and SawsAll. Later that afternoon I saw him heading back home to the mothership well up into Coral Harbor from my mooring in Johnson's Bay. He had made quite a haul and his old lady had a halyard ready to help him haul his bronze bounty aboard. I saw him heading back to the wreck the next morning so decided to snorkle the coral heads off of his little hidden scrap yard in the hopes of some lobster. I anchored well off and checked the heads and nooks and crannies and only saw small undersized bugs and then swam up the cleft through which he was using to land his dinghy. He was still cutting away and going for the heavier bronze items and was pretty spooked when I walked up and he finally noticed me. I found out later that his salvage on a National Park Beach would be frowned upon by any Park Ranger or even the VI Department of Parks and Natural Resources who both often butted heads with each other over that bit of beach which was right on the boundary of the National Park and in perpetual dispute. He stopped and we chatted and he told me he had found a small family backyard foundry near the marina in Venezuela where he had sat out hurricane season the year before. He had broken a club jib gooseneck fitting that had been cast in cheap SS and he was trying to get it welded and was taking it from shop to shop among the cottage industry shops that spring up around a yachty marina in the third world. One guy told him that he could use the original fitting and make a sand casting mold and pour one from scrap bronze cheaper and would be more durable that the dubious SS that was original. That led to more various fittings being replaced in that manner and when he found this stash of bronze available for the sweat of cutting and hauling off he could not resist. His goal was to replace all the SS with the bronze and from the looks of the photos in the brokerage ad he seems to have succeeded. He and his wife were amazing artists and funded their travels and lifestyle on the boat by making jewelry and other goods they could sell the tourists along the way. Just look at what they did with the interior and you can see they are masters of FOT, (Found Object Technology). They loved natural fibers and bamboo and this wall sconce using Calabash gourds was a big seller of theirs. There was a tiny community just past Coral Bay called Calabash Boom and I'm sure that they did much of their lampshade harvesting from there. If only that wasn't a WetSnail that they had lavished their talents on...
  16. 7 points
    Hesitant about this, but just for "A guy" to ponder, I will relate a family story about what he considers "deviance" and the harm opinions like his can cause. My uncle was a WWII fighter pilot based on the Wasp. Saw lots of action and came back with medals and started a family, started a successful corporate career and he had two kids, boy and girl. Although the son, my cousin, got married, had a kid and also had a successful career as a college professor, my uncle was always "disappointed" in him. They just kept their distance. When my cousin was 50 or so, he came out as transgender, had surgery and became female, and became much, much happier. Three interesting things happened. I know it doesn't always work this way, but this case did. First: My cousin and his, now her, wife stayed happily married and enjoyed each other's company as very good friends. My cousin's daughter was delighted to see her father happy and just went on with her life. Second: His dad, my uncle, had an epiphany and realized that his "son" had been born in the wrong body and he really had two daughters. It all made sense to him and he and his new daughter came to a very welcome understanding of what had been "wrong" with their expectations and interactions. Our family gatherings were happier. Third: They lived in a very conservative state and there was much to do about marriage being only between a man and a woman. They had been married for 30 years and now found themselves, the most law abiding pair I'd ever met, by default in an illegal same sex marriage and in violation of state law. The irony was not lost on any of the family, we all found it hilarious. But in fact, they were at some potential risk of things like not being able to attend to each other in hospitals and to make end of life decisions. That, fortunately, has been resolved properly. If anyone one can find an ounce of "deviance" in this story, the fault lies solely within themselves.
  17. 7 points
    An exceedingly interesting medical phenomenon to consider, when pontificating on "lifestyle choices" and "gender dysphoria," are the rare cases of human chimeras. Whether by errors during fertilization when two zygotes merge in utero, or when one fraternal twin is "absorbed" by another, cases of male and female cell lines within one human are well documented. Paternity tests reveal a parent is their son's aunt or uncle, and not necessarily gender accurate to their driver's license! In these fascinating cases, organs which develop from the two cell lines will carry complete sets of DNA which are from two individuals. Brains may be of one cell line, for example, and genitalia from the other, and in these cases the brain most often determine their "lifestyle choices" while the external genitalia will let folks like Chessie know the real answer. After pregnancy, and present in measurable quantities until death, women carry small traces of their child's DNA within their tissues. This "microchimerism" is of unclear significance, but truly, women are fundamentally changed by having kids, to the point of carrying Y chromosomes within their bodies after having boys. A friend of mine just let me know that his child has just declared his sexuality as "deviant" according to Chessie. Gosh, I really like this kid and think he's brave and insightful and much more interesting than most. I better get started on fearing him, shunning him & judging him. Too bad, since he could have been such an asset to our country and our world. Let's push him into the corner and keep him out of the military & close off other doors to him. That will protect the rest of us from his deviancy, and his not being able to pursue happiness to the same extent as other Americans is just one more manifestation of how great our country is. But you know, I'd rather confront his story the way I confront Christians, or gays, or blacks or left handed conservatives. With an open mind and a smile. Much easier to look in the mirror in the morning and trust I fit into society as well. You literally ARE choosing your own deviant lifestyle & mindset, Chessie, it's just got more hate and fear in it than I'd be comfortable living with.
  18. 7 points
    It will now be United Avenue. This is my neighborhood in Atlanta. I walk/run through one of the oldest cemeteries in Atlanta. I see the monument to those who died in THE war. I see the rows of tombstones. It hurts. I have no antipathy for the Old South. This is a new day. We don't need to keep fighting about yesterday. The South is on the rise as it should be. There is opportunity here for those who desire to better themselves.
  19. 7 points
    Saints wuz robbed - most blatant pass interference not called ever.
  20. 7 points
    My daughter beat me in both races on Sunday. I despair for the future of MY sailing :-(
  21. 6 points
    Hello. I’m Paula, Alex’s fiancé. Alex & I met on the Global Challenge 15 years ago – Alex was my Watch Leader on Team Stelmar and we both did the whole race in 2004-5. We’re (finally!) getting married this year on 7 September. I’ve just come across your conversation on here as I was trying to find the original routing of Guo Chuan’s record attempt. I thought i'd answer some of your questions... Alex’s start date and time was 31 December 2018 at 14h 31mins 09 sec, 'subject to ratification by the WSSRC'. If he is to beat the current World Record then his deadline is to cross the line again going the other way, on 18 May 2019 at 10h 32mins 06 secs. He started off Ushant. Tracker link: https://my.yb.tl/alexalley. I post comments on here when I can, some of which maybe a bit naïve to you all as I’m not a through and through sailor. (I did the GC and a bit on the Class 40, more because I am adventurer) I have also posted some weather reports on there from Nick Leggatt, our router. As you say, it’s interesting to watch this alongside Spindrift 2 who was alongside us in Brest marina, and the current Golden Globe. Alex isn’t ‘famous’ as such – though he hopefully will get more known hopefully for all the right reasons! He is basically just trying to follow his dream to attempt a solo, RTW. Here is his sailing resume Alex taught himself to sail in a Mirror dinghy on a lake as a child. Began racing dinghies such as Merlin Rockets at local clubs then started racing 1/4 tonners at Royal Temple Yacht Club (Ramsgate, Kent) age 14. 4 years racing 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 tonners at RTYC with much success. Studied Naval Architecture/Yacht design at Southampton and began racing 1 tonners from Hamble. Selected to represent England in team championships in 1990/1 which he won. Various national championships in different classes. 2004/5 Global Challenge Watch Leader on the round-the-world race on Team Stelmar. 6th overall and set several records for the race despite two separate Southern Ocean medivacs. 2006-8 raced Mini circuit double-handed on Proto 419. 2009/10 Raced Class 40 Palanad 2 No.43 double-handed. 2011 began crowdfunding for PixelBoat campaign - original intention was to compete in the Global Ocean Race (now defunct). Skippered various race yachts for private owners, including Panther in RORC, Caribbean 600 and Antigua sailing week. 2015 bought Class 40 GBR112 (ex-Jasmine Flyer/Cessna) and renamed her Pixel Flyer. 2015 Length of Britain record with Phil Sharp and Sean Conway. 2017 Solo around the Isle of Wight record. 2018/9 Currently on solo non-stop around the world record for 40' yacht. Alex’s record attempt is mainly crowd funded through people buying ‘pixels’ on the hull. They then uploaded their pictures, photos and logos which were printed and transferred onto the hull. Some sails were sponsored by organisations such as Fasthosts and all ropes supplied by English Braids. Thank you for starting the thread and for following him... I hope you all wish him all the best with this challenge!
  22. 6 points
    No doubt a clear winner will emerge from the trials - probably the RS Aero - but after some typical WS back-room double dealing and a dodgy electronic ballot they will end up bringing back the Star with a mixed gender crew.
  23. 6 points
    PLEASE don't recommend any more mandatory safety gear! You can bet that when, (not if), AIS beacons are mandated for each crew that the requirement for PLBs will remain, just for that 1 in a 1 000 000 chance that none of the surrounding boats AIS is working & the rescue crew only have 406. I can't remember a piece of safety equipment being removed from the requirements in the 30+ years I have been doing this race. The exception proving this rule is that you no longer need a trisail if you have a deep enough reef in your main. The fast boats didn't like carrying them, & to be honest they are a bugger & bloody dangerous to rig on a big boat with mast cars. I also noticed a number of orange reaching staysails towards the front of the fleet, I wonder how effective they will be as storm jibs in 80 or 90+. As for AIS usage, even on a mid fleet boat we use it over the tracker to monitor our competition & other boats in range to try to be ahead of the next change, it can be worth hours to pick the timing of a front down to a couple of minutes as you watch it come through the fleet. Do we keep it, I think that it is far from the most useless bit of safety kit on board & if we must carry it it should be operating as designed. How to police that, the same way all other unpoliceable (is that a word?) rules are enforced - the honour system & a declaration at the finish. The only issue here is we haven't seen the declaration WOXI lodged, but the statements coming from the camp would lead people to believe that the failure to comply with the SIs was not noted. If it wasn't, that is poor form & once notified they should have done "something" to correct the "oversight". The fact that they have given the impression of attempting to bully their way through the issue is why it is still an issue.
  24. 6 points
    $300,000 for a 30' campaign with limited venues is pretty large stretch for about 99.99% of us regular hacks. Hell, 1/10 that for a J24 or so campaign is out of reach of about 90% of us, but at least that $30K would buy you two regattas anywhere in the US on any given weekend.
  25. 6 points
    I doubt it. The OA is seriously risk averse. They are not going to backtrack on something they have added as a safety measure. It looks bad, and if there is an incident, they will have nowhere to turn. They would be pilloried. And memories are long of the last time. I would expect a stern reminder to boats about the rule, some token checking, and a DSQ if a boat really does have its AIS not transmit when checked. There is no need, and they won't be, checking every boat all of the time, but the spectre of a DSQ in the face of the WOXI debacle this time around will scare most skippers off playing fast and loose with the invisibility button. Given the money each boat spends, mandating SOTDMA Class-B would not be unreasonable. It would cost less than the bar bill on arrival. Pretty soon you won't be able to buy CSTDMA Class-B anyway. The marginal cost in manufacture is probably only a few dollars. Going to a 5 Watt transmitter would make end to end tracking of boats via AIS much easier, and compliance checking much easier. I doubt they will go this far, but as I say, it would not be unreasonable. IMHO the OA needs to add two things to the SIs. An addition to the AIS mandatory transmit clause that clearly states that a penalty will be mandatory if the AIS transmitter is turned off, up to and including DSQ. - That will scare the chickens enough. An addition to the Media SIs to the effect that any mention of rule infringement by another boat to any member of the accredited media must be followed up by a valid protest. Failure will result in an automatic penalty up to and including DSQ. (Moaning to the media after the protest time window has passed therefore means an automatic penalty.) What the OA can't easily fix is the culture that seems present of kow-towing to the yachting gods. The smell that comes from this mess is largely about that. The OA is left with a taint that they will bend the rules and procedures so that the golden boys of the race are treated a little more favorably than the rest. Bouncing the chair of the IJ that pinged WOXI last year stinks badly. One can just imagine some mid-level club apparatchik thinking that they can't let WOXI get pinged again, quietly removing the IJ chair from this year's IJ, and being terrified when the AIS mess happened. I don't do conspiracies, but I do do fools out of their depth making really bad decisions, usually more than once. That is where it comes down to culture.

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