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  1. 4 points
    Personally, I don't buy in to the worshiping of the S2H. It used to be an iconic event that was something. Today it's a marketing exercise for 100 footers. I've done several over the past nearly 40 years including one with my dad and my best mate in a swanson 36. Back then it really meant something. I'll be there this year on an R/P 63 and....despite the hype...it won't be as good a doing it on that 4ktsb. Today I got a request to nominate how many i've done as part of the yacht profile...and I chose not to respond. I don't feel the need to be part of the marketing event. Others may choose to do so..that's their choice. I've had the opportunity and privilege of sailing in many of the world's offshore iconic events. The S2H is just one of them. The arrogance of the event management doesn't enthral me. There are many other sailing events that we can't do as a program if we choose to do the S2H. Logistics means making decisions. I reckon that the organisers need to get real and appeal to the local fleets, cos once you've ticked the box, if you're lucky, there's plenty of other t-shirts to collect. That said, my brother...an outstanding dinghy sailor, is doing his first this year. he's doing it with great mates and i know it'll be special.
  2. 1 point
    So, I wanna sail with my family to Hawaii (from Vancouver, BC area) in summer 2020. And am rolling over the idea of a singlehanded return. Have done a big extended coastal trip (AK) on own boat, with a 5 year old on board, and have crewed offshore, but never done anything like this before offshore (especially singlehanded). Where do I begin? I feel like it’s time to start getting serious about prep. Some background: -boat is or will be sorted. Fin-keel 33’ steel hull, hard-chine cutter, Gilbert Caroff design, yard built. New rigging. Tiller steered. Hank-on headsails. Rebuilt engine. New portlights. Windvane. Watertight main hatch, etc. Various other repairs/upgrades. Not fast, but well built. I’ve spent a lot of time going over and improving systems. I’m confident in the boat in general but there will always be a “list”. There are standard criteria and equipment one can look at and say about the boat, “it’s ready”, like basic gear lists or ISAF Cat 1 requirements - those will be my guide. But when to know you yourself are ready? Very hard to say. To route plan and sail offshore on your own vessel, being self-sufficient and, even bigger, potentiality caring for others (spouse, teenage child, both of whom sail)? At some point you have to trust your gut and say, “yeah, I’ll never be 100% ready but I can deal with pretty much whatever arises.” But I’m not there yet. -I've owned a few boats for years but, alas, as for most non-retired folks, lack of time/work prevents taking extended offshore voyages. Did Race to Alaska Stage 1 (in a Cal 20); lots of local Vancouver, BC area/Salish Sea cruising. Planning Haida Gwaii next summer. --extended coastal: have cruised for 5 months from Vancouver, BC to Glacier Bay, AK and back on own boat (33’). Once-upon-a-time rock climber when I had time; winter camp/snow cave camping/backcountry skiing (i.e., comfortable in outdoors/exposed). -offshore: crewed, 25 years ago, Victoria, BC-San Francisco, and more recently a Vic-Maui delivery, but have never dealt with heavy weather at sea. Ever. Have crossed Gulf Stream Florida-Bahamas. -heavy weather feels like it’s my biggest knowledge gap. That, and understanding weather - getting wx info and using it for routing. So, pondering out loud, I wonder, given limited free time (work...family...house), how to best spend the next year and a half plus “preparing” to actually go on such an extended sailing trip? Don’t really have time to get involved in racing (like overnight/near offshore). Practice heaving-to in moderate conditions so that I’ve at least got the basics dialled; and learn basics of weather, and getting and using weather info at sea? I also feel like, if singlehanded offshore, knowing how to navigate with a sextant is just a really sensible idea as a back up. Thoughts? Let’er rip! Seems like a really big knowledge set to have before you can finally say to yourself, “I’m ready.” I suspect there are others here who’ve either gone through this process, or are currently. Maybe a good dialogue will result.
  3. 1 point
    Did a few calculations for you Good news: speed loss is 0
  4. 1 point
    SRW claim their twin skin sail reduces drag and hence reduces need for righting moment as it moves the lift vector direction forward.
  5. 1 point
    This history of the Route du Rhum is fascinating: https://www.routedurhum.com/en/page/history Some selected highlights: 1978 - As its creator, Michel Etévenon, intended, the first Route du Rhum was the transat of freedom: monohulls and multihulls were mixed without class divisions and without size restrictions. Professionals and amateurs competed under the same rules and all outside aids to navigation were allowed on an open course. [...] Olympus Photo, the small yellow trimaran sailed by Mike Birch, won by just 98 seconds from Kriter skippered by Michel Malinovski, after 23 days of racing. 1986 - The trend was resolutely towards catamarans with no less than 13 in the fleet, against nine trimarans some of which were equipped with the latest appendage - foils. [...] The big multihulls marked this vintage with no less than 13 boats over 23 metres in class 1. 1990 - A limitation on the size of boats of 60ft was imposed. The trimarans dominated with new boats made from carbon. Florence Arthaud on Pierre 1er sailed a remarkable race, becoming the first woman to win. 1994 - The fleet was split between a multihull class and a monohull class for the first time, with 12 skippers setting sail in each category. The new generation of water-ballasted 60ft monohulls showed incredible potential. While they may be not have been on par with trimarans, they coped with the elements more easily and could afford to hold more canvas than before. 2002 - With 58 competitors at the start, 2002 was a record year, in terms of participation but unfortunately also in terms of abandonment, because while 28 boats finished, only three out of 18 arrived in the Caribbean in the queen class of 60ft multihulls. Another historic first was the finish of two monohulls ahead of all the multihulls - a result of the departure of the monohulls one day before the multihulls, and the widespread damage to the multihulls in a storm off La Coruna. 2006 - The eighth episode of this famous solo transatlantic race will remain marked by the breathtaking sprint of Lionel Lemonchois, winner of the queen category of 60ft multihulls aboard Gitana 11. Sailing from St Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre in just 7 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes, the Norman pulverised the old record by Laurent Bourgnon by more than four days, with an average speed of 19.11 knots. 2010 - On the water, the return of the great multihulls did not disappoint. The winner aboard his 31.50-metre trimaran, Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama 3, entered the legend of the race but he did not beat the record, taking nine days, three hours, 14 minutes and 47 seconds to cross the Atlantic. [...] Nine Ultimes, nine IMOCAs, 12 Multi-50s, 11 "Rhum" class yachts and 44 Class40s made for a total of 85 competitors at the start. 2014 - Eight Ultimes, nine IMOCAs, 11 Mutli-50s, 20 "Rhum" class yachts and 43 Class40s entred the race, making a total of 91 competitors.
  6. 1 point
    Avoid foreign entanglements anyone?
  7. 1 point
    The ones with the deepest bunkers of course.....
  8. 1 point
    If you want something to worry about, they can do a lot more damage with cyberwarfare than actually trying to blow us up. A lot of our population would become helpless with an attack on our digital infrastructure.
  9. 1 point
    It's hard to imagine that you armchair pussies actually think you could "win" a nuclear war with China or Russia. Win what? Well, at least you could stop whining about AGW as it would no longer be an issue after the nuclear winter sets in.
  10. 1 point
    Scan large as that list is, good or bad the S2H rules of race without that pre-qualification clearly prevents numpty's in numpty boats crewed by numpty's participating. It is a useless cost impost as a pre requisite to participation and a entry being capable. However in a race involving 'prototypes' it is a very relevant provision. But in a crewed coastal race like the S2H where prototypes essentialy are barred and those participating are documented for both safety and rating purposes, that pre-qualification is just another hurdle to participation that costs money. If the race pre-qualification was tied to crew and boat I would understand it, but it is not. It is a requirement directed towards a "boat only" having successfully or otherwise floated during a prior accredited race at some time and if so is good to go. If anyone suffering some form of dillusion this pre-qualification is a great rule, then maybe they should ask themselves say should WOXI have been allowed to show up to the start line 5 minutes after being cut in half and rebuilt? Many rules of this race are shit, discourage participation and many are fucking the race so it won't be around in the near future. No matter ones thoughts on the subject, declining race participation numbers don't lie. The only explanation then is the RO of this race is no longer representing potential participants. That is a fact now to which there is no defence.
  11. 1 point
    "Redelivery" as a cost impost comparison to other races is an excellent point. But countering that is it is a once a year opportunity in Australia. Also look at those willing to arrive internationaly and little different to say a TransPac with the same redelivery cost issues where it is not suffering or suggest the majority of the Middle Sea Race entrants come from Malta and which is nonsense? Both those offshore races like many others are experiencing record numbers. The S2H is going backwards. 100 boats rolling up to the S2H is pathetic by any objective measure and worse if that is to be accepted as a measure of a major world ranked race as being sustainable. The S2H has been a "time warped" race in terms of participation for years now, that can't continue by any measure surely?
  12. 1 point
    The Dragon bares her teeth in an Atlantic gale Ever wondered what it would really be like to sail a Class40 in a mid-Atlantic blow? At night? Read on to get a full blast of it – blood, sweat but no tears – from Michael Hennessey, the 52-year-old American skipper of Dragon currently in 11th place. https://www.routedurhum.com/en/news/962
  13. 1 point
    Interesting... and a very Bethwaite looking sail... Please offer any Olympic related conspiracy theories below. Unless you're JulianB - no point ruining a good conspiracy with facts.
  14. 1 point
    @atwinda I now have changed my opinion and can now "see" the vague stay and the other window.
  15. 1 point
    @We are Rimas!Windward douses at 6:30, 10:10, and 13:50. No drama.
  16. 1 point
    Quantum (“flows like milk”) sounds like a newer brand of two-part LP paint like Perfection and Awlgrip. I love Perfection and have painted (rolled) an aluminum mast, wooden spreaders, part of a deck, and a transom with it over the past few years. These two-part paints are far superior to one-part Brightside - much harder and more durable. They are a bit more hassle to apply, but in my experience the prep is so much more work than the actual painting that it’s almost a no-brainer to spend the 15% extra time and a bit more money on the two-part. The OP’s description of his Brightside finish sounds like a textbook case of not-enough-thinner added to the paint before applying. And the durability of the result also sounds like textbook one-part paint. It does not do well in contested elections, ie boat vs. piling, boat vs. fender, boat vs. mooring buoy. I’m not a huge fan of foam rollers; the adhesive holding the foam to the roller is always iffy and tends to let go at exactly the worst time - even on branded West System rollers, which you’d think are as resistant to solvents as possible. Gouvernail out me into Wooster 3/16" nap "all paint" R206-4 Super Doo-Z rollers from Amazon, and now that’s all I use except for a disposable little chip brush for nooks and crannies (monitoring departing bristles very carefully). My rule of thumb is that I f the finish doesn’t level like glass five minutes after application, add more thinner.
  17. 1 point
    If you take this elsewhere this forum/thread will boil down to a few posts a day at most and half of those will be about AC 34 its been by far the most active thread here for months now , if it annoys you just ignore it and spend more time checking in with all those teams dieing to get into the REAL AC ,
  18. 1 point
    Nothing more to be said...…:) Buster. Keaton. The boat https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=buster+keaton+the+boat&view=detail&mid=31EC7444030D21A9315931EC7444030D21A93159&FORM=VIRE
  19. 1 point
    Time for you to move up to a square rigger.
  20. 1 point
    Be careful Ed. There have been storms reported there.
  21. 1 point
    Brackets for Watt&Sea hydro generators. Wa 2 by robert perry, on Flickr
  22. 1 point
    Living on the outside of a sphere is turning out reasonably well, apart from tornadoes, volcanoes, and idiots.
  23. 1 point
    Sorry to offend but it is very hard to take this circus seriously. Why the best of the world's sailors want to sail the mish mash of boats these old sailing politicians choose for them every 4 years amazes me. I guess its becasue the same type of old sailing politicians run the national Sailing organisations and they fund the good sailors to do it.
  24. 1 point
    Avenatti is never right with his predictions. Many people are saying it. They say he is a porn lawyer, because representing porn stars is far less wholesome and Godly than fucking porn stars while one’s wife’s vagina heals from childbirth. Jesus was not about Men doing without.
  25. 1 point
    It's like canoe sex - "F*cking close to water"