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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. 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.
  8. 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.......
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 21 points
    Welcome back to the sparkling waters, Waitemata
  16. 20 points
    My sincere apologies for changing the subject ... But I had to post here asap - both B1s in the same stretch of water and a seagull! Taken a short while ago off the Bays. Te Aihe has since headed out around the back of Rangi, while Defiant is working around Whangaparaoa and the Bays. Beautiful day, nice breeze.
  17. 20 points
  18. 20 points
    I love IOR. Grew up as a skinny kid and then teenager in Hampshire late 70's early 80's. Worked as a yard rat in a small boat building yard in Emsworth. Spent my summers walking the docks and floats around Chichester Harbour, Portsmouth, Hamble, Cowes, Yarmouth etc. Getting whatever ride I could. One of my favourite memories caught on film too. Wish I could find the pic. I'm on bow, we go into a gybe when the boat does a weather broach to starboard. No pole clipped. Boat goes over and I go over with it. Keith, (pretty famous bloke it turns out), the driver, recovers the broach but can't gybe 'coz the bow guy isn't there. I've grabbed a lazy guy and I'm clambering back on the boat at the transom. Keith turns to me and says, what the fcuk are you doing back here? We need to gybe. NOW! God I miss the screaming.
  19. 19 points
    Here's another great interview, this time with Max Sirena. From bowman to Team Director and skipper of LR, he won 2 AC : one with OTUSA with JS and RC with the trimaran (he was head of sail design) and one with GD and ETNZ. He talks about how he started in the Cup: he helped assembling America Cube just bought by Bertelli to start the first Luna Rossa campaign. .Then he talks about America's Cup and AC75, here what he says : ( I will only report his words and signal every time it's me commenting) . - LR strongly wanted the upwind start to make the pre-start circling crucial again (ETNZ wasn't so sure about it). They are developing a very advanced software to help them in this fase. - They train with a speedboat that can "clone" the same speed and the same acceleration of LR, to simulate the behavior of another AC75. - With the IACC they tested the boat sailing in a straight line for hours, trying to gain half a node more in speed. AC75 instead need to get "stressed" to be developed. The boat isn't stressed when it's sailing in a straight line, but when performing takeoffs, tacks and jibes. The development of the boat is made primarly doing complex maneuvering at high speed, not in straight line speed tests. They do that too, of course, like when they damaged the mast: they were doing a 35km downwind trip. - About LR failures, he explain that there are two approach building a boat. You can make the boat "bulletproof", so you are sure anything can't be damaged - but you end up having a very heavy boat - or you build a radical boat at the edge of the project's limits. Since they had time and wanted to test also the simulator and the building process, they decided to go radical, since there is always time for adding wight, but taking it away is far more difficult (edit: my personal idea is that they started with foils so small for the same reason, to learn sailing the boat with the most difficult - and faster?- foils aviable. Max doesn't say that, this foil thing it's just my opinion). In order to have the best performances they had to push the boat to the limit. Everything is done with the most precision and accuracy, but you have to take - calculated - risks. Of course they didn't want to break the mast, but they were testing something new, something the boat wasn't 100% ready for, and they needed to have some feedback asap. If you want to win, he explain, you have to take risks. He make two examples: 1) with ETNZ they broke the foils one month before the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup. 2) When he was head of sails design with OTUSA they developed the famous wing sail of the trimaran because they broke the "traditional" mast. The wing sail was ready, but it was so huge, so complex and so new that they initially decided against using it and to go with the normal sails. One day performing a test (he says that it was a very similar test to the one they were performing when they broke LR mast) they destroyed the mast in 3 pieces. So they went with the wing-sail, and he says that without it Alinghi 99% had won the Cup. - Getting information from / spy the competitors is very important, but you have to stay focused on your design ideas. They changed 48 hull models on the simulator before starting the building of B1, the first were similar to the Ineos boat. They are very interested about the lenght of the foils and of the rudder of the competitors, because the lenght of the rudder can give you incredible speed gains. They watch what the other teams do, but they always have to think if some innovation made by some other team can be useful on their boat. - Having Ineos in Cagliari was useful to watch how their team works, their daily routine, to see in how much time they put the boat in the water and how much time they needed to get the boat ready for sailing. They sailed in the same body of water only one time (the famous one) and there were some distance between them, 4-500 m leeward -windward. He says that the sensation was that they were faster, a lot faster, but that wasn't a speed test, it was only 2 boats sailing in the same body of water, so it's not reliable. LR was sailing a lot farther offshore, where there was stronger winds, and that's why they had a smaller headsail. Both AC75s were coming back to their bases. There was the said leeward - windward distance, so it's possible that LR had higher wind pressure, but they were quite happy when they returned to the base. Joking, he add that if he had to choose a boat, he would pick LR without a doubt, and that he thinks that Ineos sailors would take LR too. He expect Ineos B2 to be a lot similar to LR and Te Ahie. - Asked by the audience about the speed of the AC75, he confirms 49 knots made with 18 wind knots. 50+ knots will be made easily by the time of the Cup. The great difference with the AC50 is not the top speed, but the average speed. In the famous video where LR is sailing in the choppy sea, they had 42 knots of average speed for 8/9 minutes with a 24-25 knots Scirocco wind. - He confirms that the tactician works before the start. - LR B2 will be not so different from B1. He expect also ETNZ B2 to be an evolution of B1. - They have some new things ready for B2, they had to show some ideas in B1 (like the hull shape) because even the best simulator can't match the information you get from the real thing, and they needed to test the hull and sails. - They sail bow down to close the gap with the water and create a ground effect. The shear lines are lower at the bow and at the stern, and higher at the center. This "boomerang" shape helps with the aerodynamics of the boat, allowing for much power in the sails. Sailing bow down (he calls it pitch down) also helps in taking the rudder more out of the water, adding speed. The overheeling attitude create more righting moment and simulate the same effect that some trimaran (he sailed a lot with Frank Cammas) had with the canting rig on the mast. It gives a lot of power to the boat. - The LR TP52 campaign was not so great, he thinks that maybe they made a mistake to partecipate because they were all thinking at the America's Cup. - Weight is crucial. Taking 30 kg off the boat you can gain up to 1 knot of speed. Every sailor must stay on a target weight, and they have different crew combination based on their weight. Helmsmen (I noted he used the plural) and mainsail trimmer are on a stricly diet to loose weight to allow more freedom of crew combinations. - One of the top speed he can talk about is 50 knots made with 18 knots of wind. He says that anyway AC 72 were a lot more difficult to sail, since there were less instruments to control the boat. - The most "dangerous" situation for the AC75 is jibing downwind, because in order to avoid the keel to touch the water during the manoeuver they raise up the boat. They don't clos the gap between the keel and the sea anymore. Doing this you can stall the rudder during the rotation. He says that that's how ETNZ capsized in the famous episode, and that Ineos also did that. They didn't do it with B1 (although they went near) but did it with Little Moon. - The top of the mainsail have a sort of airbag that increase the buoyancy, so if the boat capsize it helps a lot. - The double mainsail is now so advanced that it's as good as the wing-sail in terms of performance, but a lot easier to manage logistically. - It was LR idea to use the cyclors on the AC50. They bring it to ETNZ when LR retired.
  20. 19 points
    They have finally left the inner harbour! The teams have definitely been sharing notes on how to hide behind harbour cranes!
  21. 19 points
    My friend, my client and my attorney Doug Fryer died this weekend. About six months ago Doug called me on a Saturday and said he wanted to do a new boat. Music to my ears. Sunday evening he called and said he had some bad medical news and would have to put off the new boat. I kept working on the design anyway. I thought it might cheer him up and it did momentarily. But the writing was on the wall and the doctor's prognosys accurate. Unfortunately. The last race I did with Doug was last summer. Doug was a bit weak but he drove the entire race and we took 2nd. In classic Doug style, after the boat was put to bed the rum bottle came out with the hot buttered rum mix and the crew sat around the cockpit drinking "Ritual Rums". Doug like 151 proof rum because it weighed less for the punch. We drank and Doug recited nautical poetry, some a bit bawdy. Doug had a resonant, baritone voice and he delivered the poems with attorney like panache. Looking back I think all of the crew knew we were experiencing something that would never happen again. I could tell Doug and NIGHT RUNNER stories all day. Doug loved sailing and he loved NIGHT RUNNER. When he first came into my office he showed me a magazine clipping of a Bruce King design and asked me if I could "fix" it.That did not sound like fun to me so I convinced Doug to let me draw a preliminary design for him. He said "Fine I'll come back Tuesday." It was Friday. Monday morning, early, I stared at the blank sheet of vellum and racked my brain for an idea. Nothing. I re-racked. Nothing. I couldn't just regurgitate the Bruce King design. I had way too much pride for that. Then it occurred to me that people usually like what they know. Doug's current boat was the venerable Atkin cutter AFRICAN STAR. The wormin the race fleet was, "If you can see AFRICAN STAR at the finish, they have beaten you." I drew a 42', fin keel version of AFRICAN STAR. Doug showed up on Tuesday, took one look at the preliminary drawings and said, "I like it." Doug won the SWIFTSURE RACE seven times in NIGHT RUNNER. I can remember being knocked on our beam ends, chute up going through Race Rocks one year. Doug was awarded the CCA Blue Water Medal for his voyage around South America and rounding Cape Horn. Doug raced NIGHT RUNNER in the single handed TransPac. NIGHT RUNNER had some nick names, NIGHT CRAWLER, The MAYFLOWER. It is one of the finest feeling boats I have ever sailed. So now what? Wish I knew. I have this feeling that it's the end of a era in PNW yachting. It will be interesting to see what happens to NIGHT RUNNER now. So long Doug. It was an honor.
  22. 18 points
    Hi ya'll. Well this is a son of a bitch. I've weathered a lot of shit and discomfort in my life but this is a MF.....and I would classify my case as moderate. I can't imagine those who become critical.......oh my god.............. So I'm a bit improved but not out of the woods. I'm at day 5 of symptoms. Vitals and overall condition are okay the last couple mornings. Afternoons are a different story. Fever/shakes and low O2 levels, tachycardia, aches - big time - and that persists in waves until bedtime. Still soaking the sheets at night requiring a wash every morning. Zero appetite and have lost 8 pounds so far. I don't recommend it as a weight loss strategy. I didn't have too much to lose anyway. A little chest tightness on and off and a cough that wanders in and leaves periodically. Complete exhaustion all the time. I get winded walking up the stairs. Still I don't judge I'm critical and can weather it at home if it does not get any worse. I will have to be on deaths door before I go to the hospital. So far as contact tracing.......no. Several reasons......1) the number of cases has prompted our local public health to pretty much stop the tracing effort. They just don't have the staff. 2) I've not been tested, I have concluded I have it based on symptoms, but I'm pretty darn sure. Somewhere downstream after I recover I'll get antibody testing so I can donate plasma if positive for antibodies. So far as public health folks, I doubt they would say anything but "well...stay home just in case". 3) Lastly we have assiduously "stayed at home" and social distanced since late Feb and masks also from...I'd guess mid March onward. Only have been to the grocery store and twice the hardware store since then and always wore a mask. There is literally no-one to warn about the suspected illness to. So.........hanging in there. I've had a number of friends (20ish) test positive including an ER Doc. (Remember most of my friends are Firefighters, Doc's and Nurses so its an artificially higher risk group than the average person) Most had a milder course than mine, one is dead, one is going on 3 weeks intubated and critical. I doubt at this point he'll make it. It could be worse...........way worse. I thank the universe every morning I wake up without a tube in my throat.
  23. 18 points
    For my sins, I have been sailing for over 60 years now and have raced under IOR, IMS, JOG, Channel Handicap, IRC, JOG, Performance Handicapping and everything else that was ever promoted. Inshore, Offshore, dinghies and keel boats both plain and radical and plenty of One-Designs too. Without question, the very best, closest, most competitive and most enjoyable yacht racing I ever did was IOR Level Rating racing. I know I can't impart that experience to those who have come along later; you had to be there. Those who were there know what I mean.
  24. 18 points
    Off Watch (and others), I really do appreciate your thoughts more than I can express. During this particularly stressful time in the world it's good to have rabbit holes to journey down and I thank Scott for providing a platform in which to place them. Yeah, it's a lot of time consuming work and I've wondered about setting something up like one of those "buy me a cup of coffee" links but I'm not sure how to do that or if even management would allow it. Should one want to make a donation, maybe the best thing to do right now would be to make a donation to your local healthcare organization instead. These men and women are truly on the front lines of a horrible situation and most deservedly need our help and support. hobot
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    All the time! Do you have any friends that have different political views? It's called democracy.