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  1. bill4

    Gay Test

  2. bill4

    Gay Test

    This photo originally graced the front cover of the website back in August. The Sailing Anarchy forum crowd gave it the full treatment with more vigor on both sides than this thread. Plenty of colorful language and graphic images for all. Some particularly attractive samples from the VWAP collection... Anyway, in the aforementioned Sailing Anarchy thread, there are two or three additional photos where we learn it was a photo shoot of some sort taken by a Russian photographer of a Russian boat (based on the advertising) and, presumably, a Russian model/sailor. I suspect it is a Russian ploy to hack into the Sailing Anarchy data base for nefarious reasons. Anyway, the evidence points to Russia as the place to find out the type of boat.
  3. bill4

    Hold Down strap

    After destroying dozens of pieces of various foamy products, I went old school and reverted back to pieces of carpet. The soft side goes down to prevent scratching and the weave side goes up as it can withstand the chafing of the webbing or rope. Way more durable.
  4. bill4

    Gay Test

    As distasteful as much of the content may be regarded, it is true to form: anarchy noun absence of authority, breakdown of administration, chaos, confusion, discord, disobedience, disorder, disorderliness, disorganization, disregard, indiscipline, insubordination, insurgence, interregnum, irresponsibility, lawlessness, licentia, misgovernment, misrule, mob law, mob rule, nihilism, political disorder, rebellion, revolution, riot, sedition, tumult, turmoil, unruliness, uprising There are options available out there, and most posters would welcome a PM if one wants to carry on a discussion on a particular topic with no chance of being offended. I doubt either of the Clark's would reply to a PM with a string of "f bombs" or "c bombs", or a photo some would consider should be rated "R". Nor any quote from the POTUS...
  5. bill4

    Gay Test

    Disclosure - I posted a comment for which I was scolded as it was found offensive by the more vocal, so I just deleted it to avoid the onslaught. I don't feel that strongly about it and, for me, it isn't a hill worth dying on. If this picture was tossed into a school newsletter, I would certainly take exception. But here? Not so much. I do understand the sensitivities of some, but this is a site full of trash, so I agree with the "if you don't like it, don't look" sentiment.
  6. bill4

    Gay Test

    Yes, I have a daughter. She is a journalist and in broadcasting. Following a two minute review, I would surmise she would agree with my opinion that this photo is at the low end of the offensive material posted here. And, she would probably agree that this photo is, indeed, "worthy" of this particular website. The fucking bar is low here. She would quickly dismiss the photo as inconsequential and comment on the illiteracy of a number of alleged adult contributors to these blogs who make up words, spell things incorrectly, have the grammar of an 8 yr old (Martin's son notwithstanding) and generally abuse and brutalize the English language. (Insert juvenile smiley or squirmy face here)
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    Gay Test

    A bunch of boorish, disgusting, pathetic, juvenile half wits debating with a similar number of sanctimonious, over bearing, politically correct, sensitive new-agers. This shouldn’t take long to sort out. I will say that on the disgust-o-meter, this photo barely moves the needle in comparison to the vulgarity found elsewhere in this site.
  8. bill4

    Racing/family dinghy

    I guess we need to know just how important competitive youth sailing is.
  9. bill4

    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    If I may... I think VWAP was being facetious in post 4238, and Tillerman didn’t pick it up. And it went from there. Correct?
  10. bill4

    Racing/family dinghy

    According to the South California Youth Yacht Racing Assoc, for "competitive youth racing" it looks like you have three choices - CFJ, 420 and 29er.
  11. bill4

    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    The Finn doesn't really belong in this list. It stands well alone and must be revered as something special. The Melges, Aero, Laser and Zero are all similar in concept. The Finn is, well, the Finn. Nothing compares. I also see that there were 340 in the Masters Worlds this year, with 14 of the top 20 from different countries. The other boats are just not worthy.
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    I have no idea what anybody's expectations were. I guess a "game changer" would have been some people's dreams, and that isn't evident - at least not yet. And these are two wonderful looking boats which tick most boxes. Tough business.
  13. bill4

    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Neither boat appears to be lighting it up in the US - at least not according to published race results.
  14. bill4

    Craigslist Finds

    The Link was hard-chined, so that can't be it. If that is a centerboard case and the board is just missing I agree with Steam Flyer on the FJ. If it is a dagger board I have no idea. Kind of a funny angle.
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Tough to compare. I would imagine, most, if not all of Melges' boats stayed in the US. How many Aero's are there now in the US?