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  1. Cape Town over Christmas

    We went to SA in 2004 for 15 days, same time of year. Last 4 in and around CapeTown. 3 days in Kruger, did Western Cape Wine region, Mossel Bay, and more. Best vacation ever for a 100 different reasons. We went with SA natives that emigrated to US in early 90's. Make sure and go up the cable car to Table Mountain the first clear day that you have, being in CT and not doing Table Mountain is a crime. The top can be clouded over with no visibility regardless of the weather in city itself. Visibility at the top depends on the weather further north on the plateau and can change quickly. No trip to CT is complete without seeing the view from Table Mountain. Pack a nice lunch, make a day of it. Worth it 100X over. Rotating glass wall gondolas that hold 60 or so people, and the view literally goes out forever. I have forgotten exactly how far away the horizon is from the top, but you are a mile up, looking down at the whole city and sea around it. Clifton Beaches - small, impossibly awesome beaches very close to downtown, 4 of them in a row, separated by ridges and rocks. Each one has a very different character. Water very cold, if you actually swim it won't be for long and you are behind a shark net. There is a gay beach, a teen beach, a family beach, and a dog beach. Topless sunbathers are common at all of them. Lots of laid back local places to eat and drink. Whatever floats your boat is available, all close together and just around the corner is different. Camps Bay beach. lots of great food and fancier. another awesome beach. Toss up whether Clifton or Camps Bay is better, will depend on what you want in a beach. Victoria and Alfred Wharf is an awesome shopping, dining, and entertainment waterfront area. We spent the day. Robbin Island, where Mandela was imprisoned is a sobering and impactful excursion. Royal Cape Yacht Club was a great place. We had the run of the place and were welcomed with great hospitality. They instantly accepted our request for reciprocity. We got invites for sailing, and braai's, and were made very welcome. Would go back to SA in a heartbeat, but too many other places we haven't been to retrace our steps. Australia is next on my personal bucket list. Have fun and congrats!
  2. M********O and Cone (+10)
  3. Caption Contest

    Pin(ned) End Start!
  4. Gravity Stroms

    first time windsurfing in Puerto Rico, back in the 80's. Rincon on the west coast. First morning there. 8' breakers dropping right onto the beach, everyone at the Tiki Bar was wet from spray, but we said, WTF, let's go. 2 sandbars out 100 and 200 yards, big breakers rolling in, side-shore 20+ knots. Perfect. launched off first set, big air, launched off second set, bigger air, jibed to run back in and do it again. Got harness-pitched out over the top, mast hits bottom, breaking wave lands perfectly on my 8' semi-sinker, broke both. get in POS rental, drive to Mayaguez, find awesome windsurf shop on beach, spent $2K, back to vacation.
  5. Grumpy old man Pet Peeve #69

    Hey, I resemble that remark! That way the tines of the fork don't get contaminated by your grubby paws when you pull them out. Me too! that way the tines of the fork, or the tip of the knife blade(cheap knife) doesn't end up under your fingernail with blood on the clean dishes!
  6. Moving company anarcy

    When the first piece of paper you get from anybody is an advert for arbitration, you kinda know your are in for it. Moving 2 miles. time limited, as new tenant coming in the next day. Movers show up 5 hours late, short crew. One last piece, a big sleeper sofa left for 6 am as it couldn't go down the fire escape in the dark. Get handed a bill for 1.5 times the estimate, and yes, a rep came out and looked at our pile of boxes and stuff. Paid the original estimate, said have your boss call me in the morning, we'll work it out. Sofa held for ransom. Paid $500 in cash to get it back. that was 25 years ago. Every time the topic comes up, i tell the story, i'm sure that I've cost them a high multiple of my $500 over the years.
  7. caption contest

    owner's daughter, looking for a new ride. Code 0 in the bow not good enough anymore.
  8. Photo Animation Anarchy

    very "Steampunk" and cool.
  9. Go Kart Ride on the Street

    That's a pair of shattered ankles just waiting to happen. Paging Darwin!
  10. just saw this obituary in the Atlanta paper. Wow

    as the child of another refugee from WWII, I applaud the obit and the post. My father was half Jewish, born in 1920's Berlin, spent most of his teen years in a forced labor camp, walked away after German guards fled advancing Yanks. Sponsored here by Monsanto to complete his doctorate. He never talked about it much until my daughter was old enough to begin to understand. More Americans than you think are descendants of refugees.
  11. Lamb

    slow cooked lamb shank with veggies and pomegranate sauce already on the menu for Easter!
  12. velocity prediction benefits of hiking out

    Oh, for fucks sake, it's 80 degrees outside today , first time on East Coast since 2015, just go sailing!
  13. better safe than sorry?

    after 52 years on the water (and counting) i still remember what my dad spent hours, days, and years teaching me about sailing. As many posters have also added into this thread, one of the myriad things that attracts us to sailing and racing is the unique and ever-changing blend of everything that sailing is. conditions, capabilities, crew, weather and future weather, our boats, and so forth, and the complex calculus of managing it TO BOTH OUR EXPECTATIONS AND OUR RESPONSIBILITIES!!!!! I am an owner, husband, and father, which means i sail one way with my family on board our cruising 6KSB. I feel the "command responsibility" and act accordingly. that doesn't mean we always run for cover when things get rough. It means thinking ahead and making decisions based on all factors involved, and being READY FOR THE THINGS YOU CAN'T PREDICT with training, knowledge, practice, skills and equipment. When I am crew on my friend's racing boats, I certainly think quite differently, and one of the main reasons I race with the people I do is that I trust their decision process to do the same. We have retired due to conditions and damage, we have "put it up and let God take it down". Command responsibility remains, just not mine. Again - a big part of what sailing is to many of us is the blend everything that goes into be accomplished at it, including both the little decisions (tack or cross?), (race or retire?),(Rum, Rum, or Rum?) and the big ones - (Tack or cross?), (race or retire?), or (Rum, Rum, or Rum?) and the smarts to know which kind of decision you are making.
  14. ..hot to .....open that beer <;-}

    parrots are pretty cool. Tensionometer #1
  15. 48 volts is not necessarily "safe"

    paging Darwin, paging Darwin. I see an award in someone's future, thinking 48VDC is safe.