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  1. doggone

    Traveler Setup

    Race on 1986 Baltic 44. Boat has Harken 2014 mid boom traveler. Loads up as one would expect when sailing upwind with wind speed 8 knots +. We use hydraulic vang to try to take load off but isn’t that effective. Ideas?
  2. doggone

    Monhegan Island Race

    The race is on! Clink on video below for more info:
  3. doggone

    Status of 2020 J80 Worlds

    Just heard it was cancelled
  4. doggone

    Status of 2020 J80 Worlds

    Anyone aware of what's going on?
  5. doggone

    Gulf of maine scuttlebut

    see gmora.org and monheganislandrace.org. So far, all races are still on.
  6. doggone

    Maine Racing

    Me too. Why did they change their race dates?
  7. doggone

    Maine Racing

    Monhegan Race 2020 is full of changes! Longer 142 mile course; Boon Island is new southern mark; mark near Monhegan is new; long course starts Friday @4 pm. Seguin course and Saturday start time as before; seminar Wednesday night; parties throughout the weekend! Something for everyone! See www.monheganislandrace.org for more info. The notice of race will be on line shortly.
  8. doggone

    Gulf of maine scuttlebut

    Monhegan Race 2020 is full of changes! Longer 142 mile course; Boon Island is new southern mark; mark near Monhegan is new; long course starts Friday @4 pm. Seguin course and Saturday start time as before; seminar Wednesday night; partieS throughout the weekend! Something for everyone! See www.monheganislandrace.org for more info. The notice of race will be on line shortly.
  9. doggone

    Baltic 44

    Thanks. Anybody sail on this boat or race against it?
  10. doggone

    Baltic 44

    Looking for any information on custom built, Bruce Farr designed Baltic 44 originally named Talisman and subsequently named Recess and Blue Blazer.
  11. doggone

    Spinnaker Upgrade for X41

    A displacement only boat like yours will benefit from a bigger chute because you'll be able to sail lower angles in light air.
  12. doggone

    World Sailing Needs Some Competition

    I'm not against pros. I'm against World Sailing and its obsession with Olympic Sailing, complex racing rules and money. I think we need a reset. I do not think WS or US Sailing can deliver the extensive change our sport needs.
  13. doggone

    World Sailing Needs Some Competition

    Totally agree with Mr. McCarthy. In the old days (say prior to late 1980s), pros and amateurs raced against each other harmoniously. Pros, which consisted predominantly of marine industry employees, weren't paid to race but received payments in kind if they helped their clients win by selling say more sails or electronics. Pro teams were somewhat better than amateurs but weren't paid to sail and therefore had day jobs outside of sailing that took away from time to practice, etc.. Amateurs could beat pros from time to time. Now pros practice and race almost exclusively and are therefore much better than amateurs. Alas, our sport has reached a point long achieved by all others: pros are too good for amateurs to compete against anymore. Thus amateurs need a separate organization tailored exclusively to their needs. I believe a new organization must approach the amateur sport of sailboat racing with a far more simplistic set of rules that are not designed to address marginal scenarios but primary circumstances (port starboard/barging, etc.). Amateurs don't have the time or frankly the motivation to understand all of the nuances/complexities of our sport. Think pick up basketball and after work baseball games. Moreover the complexity adds to the significant intimidation factors that already creates too many barriers to enter our sport. The organization also must accept the fact that the amateur sport of sailboat racing is in systemic decline and therefore needs to promote a more relaxed, fun comes first approach that has a far better likelihood to succeed. The credibility of our handicap systems have declined, in part because we have too many choices and little to no consensus. IOR may have been a bad rule mechanically, but it was the only rule and it experienced tremendous success in terms of participation and close racing for nearly 20 years.
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    World Sailing Needs Some Competition

    I don;t know how anyone could say racing rules are written in plain English! Does this look like plain English?? Clear Astern and Clear Ahead; Overlap One boat is clear astern of another when her hull and equipment in normal position are behind a line abeam from the aftermost point of the other boat’s hull and equipment in normal position. The other boat is clear ahead. They overlap when neither is clear astern. However, they also overlap when a boat between them overlaps both. These terms always apply to boats on the same tack. They apply to boats on opposite tacks only when rule 18 applies between them or when both boats are sailing more than ninety degrees from the true wind.