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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. 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.
  3. 29 points
    oh yeah? well guess what, i don't want anybody here who is such a twat. adios mother fucker.
  4. 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>
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 26 points
    Sweet of you to say J I miss you all very much, even snaggy. My time working for SA, especially before the lawsuit and then our family fertility problems, when it was still me and Mer on the road, was some of the best of my life. The network of amazing people we built continues to be a source of great friendship for me today. To be around as the sailing media found its way in a new world, to be around to witness the birth of sportboats and foiling, the mainstreaming of multihulls, the drama of Larry vs. Ernesto, all the amazing stories and events we worked - it was a real privilege. I only made about a third of my income from SA, the rest came from commentary and photo/video/social services for classes, events and manufacturers, and I ignored a key fact about working on the road - most of your work comes from working on the road. So when we had Josephine and I cut back on my travel, I found it hard to get enough gigs to pay for my family. I still work with a handful of companies and events that I really like, so you'll still see me in Charleston, Chicago, and possibly Tokyo. But that's now mostly just for fun and to take my daughter someplace interesting. No more begging rich people for work. I spent the last year helping a friend start up several commercial growing operations. That was fun and lucrative and I now have a ridiculous library of genetics, but once the setup is over, it's all pretty dull, and after they did their private placement, it became just another corporate gig. And now, after missing a great deal of my young daughter's life, I've gotten rid of the Delta Skymiles card and am sitting in an office making paper and wearing my lawyer hat again. Right now I am drafting a construction loan agreement and lease for a new bank for a firm full of nice people and easy going management. It's not St. Maarten, but it ain't bad when I got this to come home to. Much love to you all, even to the bitches and the haters
  8. 26 points
    thanks for the comments and sentiments, one and all. Even the fat and old one This race was everything and more than I ever expected. It was an unbelievable and awesome experience. I hope some of my scribblings were able to share the adventure, and provide some amusement and entertainment. Sunday was all about getting to the dock, having a meal and then falling asleep. Monday was a scramble to get the boat sorted and entertain a couple classrooms of kids who came down to the docks to see me and Dragon. Then Rob Windsor, Mark and Eileen Washeim all shoved off for Key West. As of this evening, they are off the USVI. A flight home for me this morning, and in the office this afternoon. Jack was correct about the strategy and my decision, and with 20/20 hindsight I think I sailed an almost perfect course for my boat and the conditions. Better to be lucky than good, I guess. With another 20 miles of runway on the last day, I probably would have caught Tibco. No small feat given that 123 is (in my view) the most versatile design in the fleet. Chocolat Paries might have been in play, but everyone else was frankly out of reach after the first few days. I feel real good about the outcome.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.......
  11. 25 points
    Eight years ago today we lost Spike Perry. The SLIVER project was started just about that time. The project was then dedicated to the memory of Spike. The Spike Burgee will fly on FRANCIS LEE today.
  12. 25 points
    OK...so I've nearly sobered up... and want to say a few things to the SA team that have followed the Voodoo story. Firstly - Thank you for your support and input! From the outset I've put thoughts and rough ideas into this group for consideration and feedback...I've been very upfront about our thoughts and had some valued responses. This group is an amazing source of information for those that are prepared to take the risk!! I won't mention names, but right from our outset with the Cookson 12 training platform, there has been great knowledge shared here...and we have benefitted from the experience of the group. The rationale of choosing an R/P in the 60-70 ft range has been absolutely vindicated...our amateur (mates, family & has beens) program made us a tight team. Adrienne C as navigator was a perfect compliment to our outfit - that woman is the best - generous with her knowledge, professional, friendly, committed as a team player....most importantly a great communicator prepared to share that experience and mentor....cant say enuff about her value to a crew! Anyway....to all the SA honorary Voodoo croo members out there....thanks so much...it's been an awesome ride...and who knows, maybe we'll get to do it again in the Transpac. Happiest New Year... stay safe Couta out!! Voodoo 8th - Line Honours 3rd - IRC O'all 1st - IRC Div 1 3rd - ORCi O'all 1st - ORCi Div 2
  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. 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.
  15. 23 points
    I suspect the negative reaction to this young woman’s venture has two roots. First, it is a bit of a BS publicity stunt; Second, I’m hearing a bunch of cranky old folks that seem jealous of a young person with a big following who is trying to make a difference, Grampa and Gramma – it’s not a good look. You should be encouraging the next generation. Sailing, especially at the high end is all about publicity and marketing – and yes this is a PR stunt. Seriously how does the America’s cup make for better software or superior “drivers' cars”. How does sailing around the world make for better trucks or cars or paint or wind turbines. Stop the hypocrisy – of course it is bullshit marketing. We regularly have threads about the death of sailing, how will we be getting people back into sailing...etc. WAKE THE FUCK UP – here we have a star of the teenage world, with million+ followers and lots of media coverage choosing to make a statement by sailing. This thread should be all about how does the sailing community build on this fantastic PR opportunity to promote sailing to a new generation rather than crapping on a teenage girl who is trying to do good.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 22 points
    Sounds like a great way to drive people away from sailing and make it harder for those who were thinking about racing to find crew. Are they trying to kill the racing fleet? USSailing tried to require all crew to be members in order to compete in any race. That died very quickly. Our club has a policy that ANYONE wishing to race on Wednesday nights is provided a spot on one of the boats. No one is left on the dock. You don’t have to be a member - it's a good way to recruit new ones.
  19. 22 points
    So far this kid has activated 1.4 million students in over a hundred countries to protest climate change. You want to sit around splitting hairs over the exact measurement of a unit of carbon or back the kid? Go Greta Go! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg
  20. 22 points
    Hardly hollow, they sailed within the rules, WOXI didn't. If WOXI had NOT been protested THEIR's would have been the hollow AND undeserved victory. I really don't get the concept that winning by breaking the rules is cool and that winning by exercising your rights under the rules is not cool? No wonder our sport is not booming. SS
  21. 21 points
    Buying my Sailboat I have been thinking about the value of writing this for a few days and now I am writing, so you decide if it is of value. I retired in October of 2016, there were a variety of reasons but I was 52 and I realized that there is not enough daylight left in my life. At the new year I looked at finally getting some kind of formal sailing training to add to my years of actual sailing dinghys, hobies, flying juniors, mono’s of around 25’, and occasional crewing on larger stuff. I knew how to sail small craft but never skippered anything over 25’. American based ASA sailing schools are abundant and it appeared to me that the quality and the experience was variable, plus the cost was something that seemed excessive to me. I then looked at other options and found that RYA classes were available in lots of places that would make the whole experience more adventurous. So off to Spain I went for three weeks accommodation aboard along with breaky and lunch with daily classes and a great bunch of classmates. It was a great time and I made friends with whom I still keep in touch with today. So I have a RYA day skipper cert. and an International Certificate of Compliance. 2017 and 2018 went by and I could not stop a divorce so I succumbed and January came around again and I was still losing daylight. I had spent that time doing occasional work for the old employer and took up mountain biking and yoga to fill the time I was not dreaming on Yachtworld, Yacht Market or iNautia. Got a contract on the house and a closing date in early April, so I contacted the brokers for my top three choices from the boat search and bought a one way ticket to Italy where boat no. 1 was sitting. Italians are funny, it seems that multiple brokers list the same yacht and compete for the sale. My broker met me at the airport in Rome and we immediately went to look at it. While we were there another broker brought his clients to look at it and the brokers huddled and bidding started. Now don’t get the wrong idea, I am convinced that I was not being played by my broker, but I was being played by the seller and the other broker. I walked away. I would have liked to buy that boat, but I was not going to play the game. For the following few days the broker and I looked at a few other boats and I learned a lot about the very bureaucratic process that must be accomplished to buy a boat in Italy. There is this little blue booklet that is effectively the title and it must be completed by the administrator of the port where the boat was first registered. This may not be where the boat is today, but hey you have to go back to where it started to change it. I would highly recommend having a buyers agent who is fluent in Italian and your language, along with this process if you go boat shopping in Italy. I got stuck in Rome over Easter. Its amazing, you can’t go anywhere out of Rome. Trains are booked, rental cars are gone, flights are full. So you just have to suck it up and go to the Vatican for Easter. It was a great experience. Boat no. 2 was in Bari and I finally got out of Rome and off to Bari. Well it was actually just north of Bari in a little town called Manfredonia. Train, bus and a lot of walking got me to a nice AirBnB near the port and the next day broker no.2 showed me boat no. 2. It was in great shape, a little above my budget and I wanted to make an offer right then but I decided I needed to see boat no. 3 before I made an offer. Boat 3 was in Corfu so I went to get a ticket for the ferry from Bari to Corfu and found out that it only ran once a week so I spent a few days in Bari doing the tourist thing. I had a great time, Bari is a fun town. Then the day before the ferry to Corfu I got an email from broker no.3 and found out that the owner had moved the boat from Corfu to Malta. Well I had never been to Malta and what the heck. So I took a not so cheap flight from Bari to Malta with a stop over in Rome. Of all things to happen while I was waiting for the connection in Rome I got an email from broker no. 3 that the seller had now decided not to sell boat no. 3. I went apeshit. I begged and got indignant. I was pissed off. But I had never been to Malta so I went. I also called broker no.2 and said to write up an offer and I would be back after a few days in Malta. So I got to Malta and did the tourist thing which by now this whole trip had been more of a tour then a boat buying trip and I wasn’t accomplishing what I set out to do. Anyway I remembered the name of another broker who was based in Malta, that I had read about over my 2 years of searching and I decided to go see them first thing the next morning. I walk in and say Hi I’m here to buy a boat and what do you have for sale in the 43’-47’ range? The first guy looks at me funny and then goes and gets another guy who speaks better english. So they have this boat and it’s a 38 footer, it’s a 2017 model and the owner is in over his head and you can get it for a good deal. Okay it’s a bit small but lets go look. Well it was too small for my desire, so I asked what else was available. Malta broker says that there is this 43 footer that we take care of, but it has been sitting unused for a few years. The owner has kind of disappeared and we are just getting it ready to try to sell it if we can get his attention. It has a new jib, new sea-cocks but it is filthy and really needs a good cleaning before we should show it to you. I ask to go look at it because it was actually the same year and make of boat no. 3 that I missed out on. So we go look and yes it is filthy and the log book says that it has not gone anywhere since 2011. As we are walking away I throw a verbal low offer on the table and Malta broker says I’ll ask my boss and we will see if the owner will take it. The next day, Malta broker called me and said that the owner agreed to my offer. Oh shit! When can we get it pulled and surveyed? How much money do I need to move and where? When can I take possession? Lets make this happen. Oh and it needs a new bimini, dodger, stack pack, toilets, batteries, the list goes on. Oh and can you get a cleaning crew onboard asap. Well I bought it. I have been living on it for 3 weeks now in Malta. I did go back to the US to get my gear and my dog. I never made the offer on boat no. 2. I have cleaned the boat top to bottom inside. Had the hull cleaned. Had a underwater high resolution film survey of the hull, rigging survey, systems survey. You really can’t get a boat pulled with no prior appointment this time of year. I got insurance. Waiting on having it de-registered from Malta so I can get it US documented. Running rigging has been removed and dynema is scheduled for Monday. You'll hear more from me soon. I hope you enjoyed that.
  22. 21 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.
  23. 21 points
    Welcome back to the sparkling waters, Waitemata
  24. 20 points
    There's a story behind the Finn. I bought it in the late '70's in Seattle, though it was from the Bay Area and had been owned by Peter Sutter- I bought it from his son. I sailed it off the Shillshole I-14 dock for several years. I loved sailing that boat, watching the sun set over the Olympics. As simple and pure as sailing gets. I moved to Santa Cruz in the mid 80's to go to work for West Marine, just when they moved HQ there- which ended up being a short lived career choice. But in the turmoil of moving, the Finn & trailer were stolen from the Santa Cruz yacht harbor parking lot. I filed a police report, but not much could be done. I still had the sail & other gear, which I held on to for some reason. Forward to 2001- I'm living in Seattle, but frequently flying to the Bay Area. Just prior to a trip I see an ad in Latitude 38 for a wood "Fin" dinghy, no sail. I call, get the address, and resolve to go by- the seller says he won't be around but I can look at the boat. He doesn't seem to know much about it other than it is called a Finn, and it has no sail. I get to the address- it's a rough looking neighborhood, bars on the windows of the houses, pit bulls in the yards behind the chain link fences- I pull up, and it's my old boat. It's been sitting in the open, uncovered, for 16 years and is much the worse for wear, but it has the kick up rudder I made, the trailer we welded, the mast- though peeling, is intact- there was absolutely no doubt. I pulled into a parking lot nearby and call the San Jose Police. "I realize this is going to be a strange story, but it's true, and I'd like some advice on what I can do." I connected with an officer in the auto theft division, who amazingly listened to my story and took notes. When I give him the address he strongly advised me against going back there or confronting the seller- I was on a schedule in any case. He promised to look into it, and I figured I would never hear more about it. A few weeks later I get a call from the SJPD officer. The found the Santa Cruz theft report, and want to know if I can provide identifying information about the boat- which I can- things like the color of the glue lines in hidden areas. A few days later I get a call that they have recovered and impounded the boat. It seems the seller was unfamiliar with the boat, could not say how he got it, and displayed little interest in pursuing the matter when confronted with the theft report. It's mine if I come pick it up and pay the minor impound fees. I drove down to San Jose, had the trailer repaired to make it roadworthy, and returned the boat to Seattle. I eventually re-laminated some small damaged sections around the CB trunk, but the hull was sound. The decks needed to be completely replaced. I still had all the parts- comes from hanging on to that old skool gear, I guess. It's been on a trailer under a cover in my side yard for at the last few years now, as other, bigger boats took over. It needs a small bit of work to get out sailing, but it's looking good again. I wish I had it ready this summer, with covid it would have been great sailing therapy. But other tasks got in the way. I don't have a good place to work on it indoors, so at this point it probably needs to wait for spring. But yeah, it needs to be out sailing. Pic is what it looked like after recovery, with the decks just stripped off.
  25. 20 points

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