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    Gear Anarchy might be the site for this question but I really wanted to talk to the small boat guys. Do any of you use a handheld GPS and if so what do you recommend? My old Garmin is outdated and not really a sailing tool. Thanks
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    I don't think it is either, nor is that the plan. ILCA say the use of the "ILCA Dinghy" is a contingency, only needed if agreement is not reached with the Laser brand. (Yes, this is different to their original announcement, which was made on the basis that LP was no longer going to be in the picture, and that any agreement was unlikely. That of course, subsequently changed.). If agreement is not reached by 1 August to use the Laser brand, then the changes will need to be made. Builders' contracts can be made conditional on such changes, if needed. The contract process is driven by World Sailing, and is independent to the constitution. If the Laser brand is not agreed to, then the process to make all the necessary changes begins.
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    That shit will kill ya!!! WL
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    Just so you don't waste any time waiting for more responses after weightless', they're all going to recommend Calder's book so just go ahead and get it now.
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    Wrong on just about every count.
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    I wonder who were those guys who pushed the tiller the wrong way? Some random guests who never sailed before?
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    The Tories cannot face the truth of what they’ve done, so they’re sending for their biggest liar. This from the Conservative Home website, not know to be to critical to the Tories; If the Party and contenders can’t manage one without bleeding the patients to death, in a frenzy of blue-on-blue bloodletting, it doesn’t deserve to be holding this contest in the first place, let alone governing the country. This is what they are doing for the past 3 years, just wake up. Led by donkeys is in full swing. BJ as PM...
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    Two hours after first meeting, my now-missus and I were doing the deed in the forepeak of a 29' yacht, on top of a few sailbags. I had my left foot jammed against the head, to provide some traction for the action. Halfway through round two the rest of the crew arrived. They were kind enough to give a running commentary and a round of applause at the end. Thirty-three years later, we're still together.
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    The thing that is evolving the fastest is the sailor! And that is the problem. Just try and tell a sailor he has to sail the boat the way they did 20 years ago and see what reaction you get! Just imagine the reaction of the coaches, and in some cases the parents. But it is these people that then bitch because the boat that was design without even contemplating the sailor of today, who is being driven by the coach/parent, breaks, or fails, or simply can handle the new load, who then get all thingy because it can't, but get even more upset when you actually do something to overcome the problem. Its so short sighted and so 2-3 year event horizon. Evolution is inevitable, if you fight it, you get Revolution, and that ain't pretty! Meet Pete once in Mumbai, as the head hi performance coach, but it was brief, so I really con't comment on him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On another note, got a really interesting PM about inertia and 49ers! I know the answer, I just don't know how to explain it, give me a few hours to "refine my thoughts". Gantt, as always, jB
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    "Compossitione" ist a innate recogitione of beautey. Fiew halve it. Sadde butte true.
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    Couldn't help but play around a bit more and add some 'edges' to look like a pencil layout sketch before the watercolor underpainting was laid down. Long time since I've even had PS open much less doctor up images in a bit more artistic way that was mentioned recently on the thread.
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    Ha, I didn't see that coming. But neither did you.
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    The video combined with the transcript leads to a conclusion of assertive application of ignorance and incompetence
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    it cant be fast unless it has dramatic reverse sheer
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    You took my answer.If it is a unicorn will it fart rainbows?
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    We've been using Goiot hatches ever since Lewmar discontinued making escape hatches. The Goiot are insultingly expensive, but they work. De-core and make a monolithic mounting flange on the inner skin. That leaves the hatch basically flush to the outer skin on a typical 25mm core thickness hull. A clever idea that I've seen is sticking on a clear mylar film outside the hull to fair the escape hatch. Presumably, a panicked man could break the adhesion of the mylar and bust his way out. http://goiot-systems.com/en/escape-hatches/
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    Part of the joy I have following this race is the irreverent prose of the Daily Updates. Yesterday’s post delivered, telling the stories of the finishers so far. ...”The standout of the night was Team Educated Guess, whose three beers in recounting offered up a stream of next level jaw droppers that caused even the R2AK racers to shake their heads and genuflect inwardly. Team Educated Guess’ campaign was the kind of R2AK science experiment that fused fast boats with good sailors and the infinite possibilities of a race without guardrails. They upgraded their Melges 24 with a trapeze; a set of harnesses that allow crew to stand on the edge of the boat and extend their body over the water—their body a counterweight to the force in the sails. You can sail without the trapeze, all the other teams did, but a trap provides the leverage to drive the boat harder at the cost of safety. Did they use it? All the time and forever. “We trapezed from Cape Mudge to Current Pass.” How long was that? “I dunno, ten hours…something? They worked out a system to wake each other up when they fell asleep out there.” Still, they had limits: they never trapped downwind. They had been on the edge and they knew it. With every detail of their humility displaced adrenaline, the face of their audience reflected just how lucky they had been. The apex moment was a downwind run in 40 knots in Hecate strait. “We were hitting 18 regularly.” Their 24-foot boat was on a downwind rager in 40 knots of wind, careening down wave faces 2/3 the size of their boat and making 18 knots on the steady. “We’d get on 16-foot cresting waves, and one of them would break under you and the sea would just fall away and the boat would drop 4 feet.” The drop was the take off assist for a surf down the wave face that would accelerate the boat over 20 knots. “22 was our top.” This went on for hours. With a full main and a full spinnaker they had carried too much sail for too long. The standard way to shorten sail is to nose the boat into the wind to depower the sails, which in this case would have meant bringing the boat into the waves, and before they got there they’d be broadside to and the boat would roll. Add to that rock in a hard place, at speeds like that, some mind-bending physics starts to take over. When the boat was going slow (ie 15 knots) the trimmer couldn’t work the sheets; they were just too loaded with the force of the sails. But when the boat accelerated to warp speed, the apparent wind dropped and took enough load off the sails to allow for adjustment. It was impossible to put a reef in the main, so they came up with a plan. “I was like, alright boys, the next time we get on top of some big f***-off wave and we hit 22, douse it.” They struck the spinnaker in 35 knots of wind, 15-foot seas, going 22 knots, on a 24-foot boat. Jaw drop. Genuflect. There’s a knife edge that separates triumph from tragedy, and knowing that is the tipping point of humility. Their soft and haggard eyes said they had learned their lesson: There but by the grace of god go I.
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    Subject: "Involuntary Muscle Contraction” > > Professor Higgins at the University of Sydney was giving a lecture on > 'Involuntary Muscle Contraction' to the first year medical students. > This was not an exciting subject and the professor decided to lighten up > the mood. > He pointed to a young woman in the front row and asked, 'Do you know what > your arsehole is doing while you're having an orgasm?' > > She replied, 'Probably golfing with his mates.' > > > > > It took 45 minutes to restore order in the classroom.
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    Glass it over, keep a couple of charged battery angle grinders handy, and draw some dotted lines in the appropriate spot. "cut here in emergency" ?
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    We enjoyed a really fun weekend at Wickford with five UFOs sailing, all in very capable hands. We were light on wind both days until the late afternoon. The first race on Saturday was really a drifter. The second was a light wind race, and the third allowed some foil assisted planing, and a little bit of foiling. The RC was trying to set a reaching course for us, but it ended up being a beat to the mark and a broad reach back. The winds were 8-10 knots, so we couldn't foil consistently up or down wind, but between races would could get up on the foils on a beam reach. There was a lot of chop and a very strong current, which made picking gybe angles really challenging. Dave was consistently in the lead, and Otto usually close behind. It was a scramble for 3,4, and 5, with each of the remaining sailors showing mastery of a particular technique. Sunday had two races with 5-8 knots of breeze, and the final race had a gusty, shifty 8-12. Dave and Otto were flying most of the time, the rest of us all flew some of the time. Traffic with the Nacra 18's, 505,s and 29ers made for a few interesting crossings and roundings, but the RC did a good job of keeping us pretty clear of one another. It was fun to sail with Otto and Dave again, and a pleasure to meet Luca, Ezra, and Tracy. I returned home completely sore and exhausted. Four Waszps shared our start but sailed a windward leeward course. The four Waszp skippers were all quite talented. They were using the new, larger foil and had a lower takeoff windspeed than we did. They were foiling to windward consistently in 7-8 knots of breeze. They seemed to be able to foiling jybe pretty consistently, and I saw a few decent foiling tacks, when the wind was up. Between races I chased one or two upwind and found that the UFO speed was similar, but they seemed to have far better control and a more forgiving foiling envelope. This could absolutely be due to skipper skill, not boat design as these guys were very good sailors.
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    Hey whatever else dg does he put the AC races up on YouTube so I am grateful for that.