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  1. Front Page...In the Name of Love (Pride of Baltimore)

    Indeed. Probably the biggest difference, if you put Pride alongside a historic Baltimore Clipper and said, "Ready, set, go....." is that an 1812 vessel would be a bit more extreme in the SA/D category.....but would be an all rope boat. We have wire standing rigging, and this makes a huge difference, particularly in the head rig (bowsprit and jibboom) as regards how much sail you can carry without busting something. The head rig on Pride is tuned up to such an extent that the jibboom has prebend in it. As a result, the theoretical limit for shortening sail, in a slowly building breeze at least, comes down to efficiency and comfort first, probably breaking a piece of running rigging second, possibly tearing a sail third, before you get anywhere near putting the rig itself in danger. On an all rope boat, that set of prioritizations gets turned on its head, or at the very least jumbled. Of course, it took a few iterations to arrive at this point- this ship was dismasted in the Bay of Biscay 10 years ago due to a faulty fitting in the head rig. Tried to post a picture of that particular piece of mayhem, but maybe driving a 200 year old design and messing with modern technology don't fit in the same brain. If the brain is mine. No one was hurt, which is amazing. The old spars were trees- the new ones are laminated spruce. Lighter, and stiffer. A piece of ironwork on the head rig that wasn't designed right caused it- the new design of that piece and the new spars (added strength and weight savings aloft) have made a huge difference in the ship's performance and how hard she can be pushed.
  2. Front Page...In the Name of Love (Pride of Baltimore)

    Most definitely true.
  3. Front Page...In the Name of Love (Pride of Baltimore)

    Indeed. Probably the biggest difference, if you put Pride alongside a historic Baltimore Clipper and said, "Ready, set, go....." is that an 1812 vessel would be a bit more extreme in the SA/D category.....but would be an all rope boat. We have wire standing rigging, and this makes a huge difference, particularly in the head rig (bowsprit and jibboom) as regards how much sail you can carry without busting something. The head rig on Pride is tuned up to such an extent that the jibboom has prebend in it. As a result, the theoretical limit for shortening sail, in a slowly building breeze at least, comes down to efficiency and comfort first, probably breaking a piece of running rigging second, possibly tearing a sail third, before you get anywhere near putting the rig itself in danger. On an all rope boat, that set of prioritizations gets turned on its head, or at the very least jumbled. Of course, it took a few iterations to arrive at this point- this ship was dismasted in the Bay of Biscay 10 years ago due to a faulty fitting in the head rig.
  4. Front Page...In the Name of Love (Pride of Baltimore)

    That old thing was FAST. Hull #44- The Ancient One! I still get out in the Etchells from time to time. Next year on Pride will be mostly local, so I'm considering getting one to sail on Wednesday nights in Annapolis. Maybe I'll paint it black with a yellow stripe.
  5. Front Page...In the Name of Love (Pride of Baltimore)

    That damned thing. It's almost like a blooper on an old one tonner- you carry it around, and every third year there's an opportunity to use it. Our Tall Ships America handicap rating does not include it, for that reason. I've found that sailing the ship at hotter angles, more or less like you would do with an asym rigged racing sloop, is far more efficient.
  6. President Trump

    indeed.
  7. President Trump

    Yeah, we're not the ones who will get the real high hard one. Ironically, lower income working class white guys in the south and midwest will. The lash! Ka-KRACK!
  8. President Trump

    . Where did you cut and paste that from? Me all the way. Why, is it good?
  9. President Trump

    Part of me wants it to happen. I hear a lot about how this country is "going down the tubes", is "wallowing in the gutter", got "ruined", how things are "terrible" from the people who support this man. I haven't taken a survey, or anything, but I suspect.......strongly......that the people making these claims are, to put it delicately, somewhat lacking in perspective. I doubt they have ever even visited or read about a country where things are truly "bad", let alone lived in one. It's pretty baffling stuff to hear. To just about any observer anywhere on this planet, we are wallowing in an embarrassment of riches. Even if we limit or perspective to the local, to our country, it is puzzling. Unemployment is low. Gas is cheap. Taxes hover in the range they more or less have in my lifetime. The water's cleaner, if you don't live in Flint. The nation has some socioeconomic and cultural conflicts and problems, but again, with a little perspective, they can be viewed as problems to be solved by meeting in the center, by compromise and work, rather than by this throwing up of the hands and resorting to the exhortations of a demagogue. To me, then, this swinish squealing about the imminent doom of our nation represents nothing more than a manifestation of mass ignorance. I therefore want to shed light in this ignorance in the most effective way. I want these people to feel the lash. I want to give these people exactly what they want- an authoritarian hypernationalist (wait, he's not hyper any ist except Trumpist) with no policy experience, no experience in government, and vague, simplistic, and potentially disastrous notions of how international relations are conducted. I will not resort to comparing Trump to Hitler. I don't think it's accurate. Trump is a fucking twinkie compared to Hitler, just as this drooling passel of xenophobic rednecks who support him are twinkies compared to Nazis. I just think that, if we give these people what they want for four years, that things will get bad. And after that, we will be able to have a real conversation about what bad is. My life is pretty fireproof, I'll be fine. You?
  10. Our Beloved mainsheetgirl

    Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For though from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.
  11. women of sa calendar

    Perhaps not. I did address that uncertainty in my first post.
  12. women of sa calendar

    Perhaps. The comments were somewhat akin to telling kids who showered with Jerry Sandusky that they shouldn't have dropped the soap.
  13. women of sa calendar

    I know Paul, unless there is another sailor insurance salesman named Paul Murphy who is prone to talking a lot. He is a great guy and does not deserve this level of vilification, even if his comments on a pretty touchy subject, although well intentioned, were probably misplaced and mistimed.
  14. espo is a dick

    Word to yer mother's uncle. Couldn't agree more. BTW, PM me if you need some crew. I was a regular for many years on Rhumb Punch. Another crack at Hustler would be fun, and would be the source of much entertaining trash talking.
  15. espo is a dick

    You guys have lost it! Can we get back to the topics at hand Hustler being illegal Me being a Dick Every year, on his birthday, Chuck Norris chooses a lucky child that he flings into the sun. Oh, and Hustler's illegal, Espo's a dick, blah blah blah. Happy?