Ricky Craven

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  1. Ricky Craven

    Flying with Spinlock Deckvest S-Cutter: carry on?

    Brilliant. Thanks, Marcus. Likely distracted by triggering device / CO2. I'll give it a shot.
  2. Is this possible? I assume not (I have only ever checked my deckvest, never carried on). I expect the cutting tool would be stopped at security. Please let me know if you have experience suggesting otherwise. Thanks.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Kazoo ("Akzo" autocorrect, i'll leave it) clearly handled it better. Didn't seem necessary to sacrifice VMG since they were only 4nm to eastern corner of the TSS, but I guess if the absolute priority was to get West, we'll see how she goes.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Catastrophic fuck up by Brunel (Cape) on the TSS, no?
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Fuck that looks like a fun ride!
  6. Ricky Craven

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Remarkably thoughtful and well-written note from Steve Hayles. Could not agree more with his risk/reward analysis and views on the untimeliness of Brian's rant.
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    Offshore Prescription Eyewear

    Intriguing. Thanks for flagging that option. This morning I was thinking about what alternatives may be available outside of the traditional sailing/water sport channels given that sailing is often lagging behind and $$$$. Other applications of mountaineering equipment in the sailing context can be extremely useful, will investigate these glasses further.
  8. Ricky Craven

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    We need more of that position-specific coverage. Excellent stuff. Good use of pulpit cam.
  9. Ricky Craven

    Offshore Prescription Eyewear

    I like carcrash's approach. Will shell out for good frames (Oakley and Carrera fit me well, Dirty Dogs too) and then have lenses built for day / night. Image is everything.
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    Offshore Prescription Eyewear

    Jesus. Function over form. Thanks, all.
  11. Too much time spent staring at VOR/Jules Verne/600nm trackers. I recently had to get prescription glasses/contacts so I can see instrument displays and other details at distance. Anybody out there have a good suggestion for what glasses to wear offshore? Contacts are too much of a pain to put in when its rough and can get washed out quite easily. I helm and work on the bow, so I'm hoping for a versatile solution that can deal with harsh conditions at day and night. Should I just get some ridiculous looking sunnies with clear prescription lenses or Horace Grant - type goggles? Look forward to any and all suggestions from my fellow visually-impaired offshore anarchists.
  12. Ricky Craven

    VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    A rather sanctimonious post from Brian. Unfortunately, the footage coming off the boats will now be even more vanilla/censored (if that's possible). I could care less about seeing one more 4m swell roll into the cockpit and splash a grinder, or a sunset... FFS... the colourful personalities, offensive or not, are what made any of the video even remotely worthwhile (and shots of the boat set-up and bow/pit work, I guess). Bummer.
  13. Ricky Craven

    S2H v M2H - which is tougher?

    The M2H (Marblehead to Halifax) is clearly the toughest - essentially the pinnacle of yacht racing.
  14. Ricky Craven

    Martin Breaker Anarchy

    Thanks, all. Will try various iterations. 2mm dyneema cow hitch on trigger seems fine. Will see whether it makes sense to run it down through tack line lead or hard point at end of pole and tie it off on pulpit/elsewhere. Would be rigging it for remote release when forecast calls for big breeze - otherwise Ricky will sort it out sans MB. Charrrs.
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    Martin Breaker Anarchy

    I am interested in seeing a few photos of various martin breaker set-ups. Not sure if there are any bowmen/riggers out there who could assist with this. I saw the helpful photos on the Chi Mac MOB forum, but was hoping to see above deck set-up in instances where pole does not have option for internal martin breaker(s). Greatly appreciated.