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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    And today on the BYC website Bayview Mackinac Race - Update - June 30, 2020 Current items to update everyone on: The race is NOT canceled On top of the challenge we are already facing it appears that there will likely be more: We have just received information from officials close to the situation that some time before the start of the race there may be a new order to shut down bars and restaurants. This information has credibility given the uptick of cases in some areas of Michigan. The reported date of the shut down would be just a few days before the start of the race. We have attempted to confirm this potential closure through all our sources and one thing that is clear, most believe it is likely to happen, but no one is clear as to how much of the state will be impacted. Some say the entire state, some say just selected relatively small geographic areas. Obviously, this would create unique problems on Mackinac Island since it is a geographically isolated tourist location. Due to this new information: We are extending the withdrawal date as previously defined to 5 July 2020. It is very unlikely that the race will have a finish line personal/trailer on the island. The race will be scored electronically using Yellowbrick. The coal dock will be kept for touch and go. It is unlikely there will be a significant race presence at the coal dock. It will be the boat Owners or PIC's responsibility to return the tracker to Bayview Yacht Club. If possible, we will establish some collection points off Mackinac Island. No Guarantee. We are putting this information out so that people have time to consider and possibly make accommodations for crew at locations other than the Island. If we waited until all the unknowns were known, it would be impossible to adjust accommodations and other travel plans. I know this is asking people to make decisions quickly based on very little information, but I feel we have no other option but to provide you this information and let you make your own decisions. I completely understand that this amount of uncertainty may be yet another last straw for some of you. Please inform Linda (linda@byc.com) or me (mackchair2020@byc.com) ASAP if you are withdrawing from the race. I strongly encourage everyone to focus on the positive. We are racing and very few others are this season. Let's sail hard, have fun and stay safe. Stay Patient and Stay Flexible. The only known this year is there will be more changes. Chris Clark Chairman - 2020 Bayview Mackinac Race
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    Anyone got a J/35c brochure? (info wanted!)

    Suspect this is what you are looking for
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    Electric golf cart no go

    Bit of experience chasing same kind of issue on Duffy electric boat ... which is really nothing more than a floating golf cart ... Don't think battery / battery charger issues can explain sudden shudder and stopping ... the bank of batteries itself is simply not going to instantly go to no power ... (but yes, need to sort thru any battery issues to if you want the golf cart to have any endurance). Most likely the interruption in power to the motor is hiding somewhere in the wiring or control system. On the Duffy, motor stopped expectantly, and discovered by moving / wiggling the throttle lever, we could get the motor to come back on. Turns out that the main controller box (that manages has all the relays that controls the power to the motor) was fine, but the input from the fwd/rev/throttle control lever was intermittently going out. The control lever was nothing more then a couple of variable rheostats (ie 'volume controls') that sent a variable voltage (in very small wires) to the controller for either either forward or reverse and how fast. Replacing the rheostats in the control lever solved the problem. Perhaps on your golf cart, the culprit is the electro mechanism that sends a signal from the "gas pedal" to the control box ? And yes .. consult the experts. Local golf cart supplier has been very helpful with battery and controller issues ...
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    Santa Cruz 70 - Fleet Roll Call

    And the charter group with the Santa Cruz based SC70 'Chardonnay,' also has a second red SC70 ... the old Thirsty Tiger. Rumor was when it left Chicago that it might get named "Merlot'.... https://www.chardonnay.com/
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    Nautical names for dogs

    Had a friend with pair of cats named Mylar and Kevlar ...... Lots of potential names with sail material names and cuts: Stratus, Delta, Nordac, Technora, Taffeta, Airex, Tapedrive, TriRadial, Fusion, laminate, code zero, ... Although 'cross cut woven polyester' .. probably not one of them ...
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    West Michigan Thread

    Have not seen mine either .... But did notice the LMPHRF website lookup is showing the 2018 ratings ... so would like to think .... that seeing a new cert in the mail can't be to far away !
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    Chicago Area III

    Millenenium / Grant Park parking rates picking up "Online special rate" @$22 / 24hr (lieu of std $31) ... but perhaps some fine print I'm missing ... http://www.millenniumgarages.com/rates/