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  1. So many. Early 90's, cold Sunday night racing the Bayview to Mackinac on my 1-ton. Tucked under the Canadian Shore just flying upwind. The northern lights started and gave us a constant dancing curtain for more than 6 hours. Could not get anyone to go off watch. Robin
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    Sydney 38 in Annapolis

    I am sure that I will regret getting back into this but there are so many misstatements about the S38 that I need to correct a few: First S38 was delivered in 2000 so there were (are) no 1990s boats. Clearly built as a racer/cruiser (emphasis on racer) deck is similar to the Farr 40. (agreed that they were much cheaper particularly when the AUS dollar was way down) It is not a Sidney 40 with two feet of the transom--it did borrow a lot from the 40 but I understand the redesign took most of the length out of the middle of the boat Built like a fortress with ordinary glass and epoxy--no exotics--does make her heavier but stiffness and longevity that lasts. The 38 may be "sticky" but even in a known light wind area like Chicago the 38s have been very successful on handicap under IRC, ORR and PHRF. And when it blows hard the 38s are a delight. The subject of this thread was delivered in late July 2000 and made its first regatta in August of 2000. Robin
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    Sydney 38 in Annapolis

    This 38 was indeed Serenissima and it was well maintained by me and my team. I know for a fact that there were both sail upgrades, good maintenance by Jones and team, electronics etc (in addition to the paint job and name change). The 38 is a great boat, competitive and very well built. I regret not owning her today. Robin
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    blooper time!

    Unlike many I enjoyed the IOR boats and the terrific competition of the time. When I had a masthead boat flying a blooper was often faster and more fun. On the Peterson 43 a tallboy staysail was often in the mix as well (everyone had a sail to trim or a winch to grind). If the rule you are racing under permits a blooper by all means use it to determine when it works and particularly when it permits beating your polars. Robin
  5. One of my drills ( when I still had my own program or when I have been asked to do crew training) was to actually set up a starting line with a couple of cheap bouys. Surprisingly easy to do (I often also set a windward mark). If there are other boats in the vicinity invite them to join (does not matter if they are the same the purpose is to create the confusion of the starting line. Do 3 to 5, 3 min rolling starts and then maybe go to the windward mark and do the same all over again. Depending on the boat and team you may make the person in the bow responsible for providing distance to line information as opposed to time information. This kind of thing is best accomplished during pre season practice, not on race day. Robin
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    Race tracking

    I am old school so I would love to go back to the day when unless you were in physical sight of another sailboat you knew nothing of their position or they of yours. That said, the cat is out of the bag never to be put back, so lets have tracking available in real time without delay and require AIS for all open water races of any distance. Technology advances being what they are satellite access to the internet will soon be available at a more reasonable price. Robin
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    Computer wireless remote screen

    Thank you so much. I will try to put this in practice and will get back to you if I have trouble (likely). I appreciate your help. Robin
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    Computer wireless remote screen

    Thank you. When you say that I will need a wifi network on the boat. What do I need to do. Thanks in advance. Robin
  9. I have a pc with operating system Windows 10 running Expedition at the Nav station. I would like to bring screen (and if possible the control of the pc) on deck by using an ipad. As this is offshore there is no internet connection of any kind. Both the iPad and the PC have wifi and Bluetooth capability. I can do this when both are connected to the internet. What do I need to do on the boat. I am not a techy. Thanks in advance. Robin
  10. I am a big proponent of "back in the day" better attendance, better racing, better sport, etc., however, anyone that believe that the Chicago to Mackinac attendance is down has not done their homework. "Back in the day" the fleets were typically in the 250s to 275s in big years. The fact that they are now consistently over 300 is a big change. I know that the addition of the cruising fleet and the multihulls is part of it but give credit where credit is due. Robin
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    Chicago Area III

    RIP Jim Webb. I have been informed that Jim Webb, owner of Witchcraft among other things, was painting the clubhouse at Jackson Park on the 25th when he lost his balance and fell to his death. "hale fellow, jolly well met" an all around good guy. Robin
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Around 1980 owned a Cal3-30 inventory was all Dacron or nylon. Mylar laminate sails were appearing on other boats. One race day during pre start maneuvering my foredeck at the mast during a tack pulls out a big sheet of Saran wrap and shakes and snaps it yelling "Mylar" to the fleet. He got me laughing so hard we were late for the start. Robin
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    Chicago Area III

    That should be the business of the individual fleets, not CASRA. CASRA stated that as one of its goals. For most people, including me, who care about the sport the greater the participation the better the racing and the better long term outlook for the sport. Every sailing organization (CASRA or otherwise) has an interest in that outcome. Robin
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    Chicago Area III

    I beg to differ. Each of the 5 Clubs went into and pulled the email addresses of the boat owners who entered THEIR clubs races. This did not include crew, dinghy sailors, participants, etc., UNLESS the survey link was sent to them by a friend. I suspect most of the answers were provided by boat owners, and probably less than 10% were "others." The important point is to listen to the customer. CASRA has done this and invited those customers to a town hall meeting to assure the customers were listened to and in fact added additional changes to the 2017 program from the feedback from the town hall meeting. Glenn, There is value in the CASRA survey just not as much as either you or they suggest. For example, at the meeting I had a conversation with two skippers (owners), both of whom were yacht club members (of the big two) who never received the survey. So, while the survey may provide some guidance for the Clubs for 2017 I believe that it is very flawed and insufficient for the future STATED GOAL of increasing participation of currently non racing boat owners. Second point, is that the very fact that you have to speculated as to the percentage of "others" demonstrates the survey was flawed. In this instance the demographics of those surveyed is critical. The CASRA survey is only an imperfect beginning. Robin
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    Chicago Area III

    Do you own a boat ? Didn't you sell yours? It seems like every comment you make is about the way it 'used to be'. With all respect, things have changed- alot. Yes I sold my boat. How do you get that I value "how it used to be" out of "Clearly there is something wrong with what we are doing today but the answer is not organizing around yacht clubs or even around current racers but rather in [sic] our target market which is owners of sailboats that do not race." I am still an active racer on other peoples boats and I truly believe that while well intended that CASRA is much more of the same. It is a yacht club oriented effort. I hope that CASRA is successful in turning out more YC members to the races and improves attendance among racers that are not YC members. My point is and was that we should do something radically different. I am not wedded to the past but I have learned from it. Regards, Robin