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  1. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Attempt counts. The nature of round 3 of our competition will depend on what happens here. And logically the winner of round 2 will take my place at the judges' table.
  2. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    How quickly I can go from, 'I sure hope he is ok', to 'Unbelievable he can't even make landfall unassisted'.....
  3. groundhog

    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Ha! I think for a lot of posters here we would have to add a zero to that... you've got lots of time to make good.
  4. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    By this definition a 'flyby' can't have a single specific time, true, but for our purposes the specific time can be when the box is opened, i.e. when we go from maybe-so-maybe-no to no-way-no-how. Ben, what do you think? I hope we get another ping soon and can move on.
  5. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    The terms of the contest are that the date of the event itself is the relevant date, insofar as that date can be determined if not witnessed. As Koch alluded, the date relevant to a fly-by, defined as being beyond Fiji sphere of SAR influence, will have to be calculated by the judges.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Either that or a slick oar setup like the R2AK guys! No, I'm kidding, while the kayak tow did work when necessary I think the outboard is worth it. It would be great to find a nice 9.9 with a high thrust long leg and an alternator.... For now I work and make money hopefully. I knew a fellow who used a scull (single oar) off the transom of a 40' steel sailboat when the wind died. He was happy with the speed he could make, about a knot, though he is rather a minimalist. You've a smaller boat = potentially more speed, vs. more tidal current on the west coast than here, could still be worth looking at.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Amen. I confess that with limited boat hours not enough of them go to clean-up.
  8. groundhog

    Steel Boats

    I imagine, Tom, that using an eraser over your entire deck four times a year is more maintenance than most decks get in a decade!
  9. groundhog

    Joke

    Think about it... the joke works even if Johnny's Mom gives him the correct explanation....
  10. groundhog

    Show your boat sailing thread

    You might like this, Sloop.
  11. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    That would be the procedure. A good deal too soon for that yet, though.
  12. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    (Judge discussion) By the terms stated the contest closes after the first post after 176W, so if anyone wants to sneak in a late entry I would be inclined to allow it, except in the unlikely event that it becomes apparent no more posts are forthcoming.
  13. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Poor guy doesn't realize that the effect of him steering is close to nil.
  14. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    That's a lot of interest for a prize that is entirely at the winner's cost!
  15. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Agree with above. A 'swing and a miss' is a valid pick, although we may end up with multiple winners....which is fine. Going missing is a harder call, as he could go silent for a period of time and then show up somewhere 2 months later, like he did going to Hawaii. Perhaps that pick (along with Australia and Solomons) should just cycle through to round 3, if that happens. I still think 'going missing' is a valid 'event', but it would have to be for long enough that he definitely isn't still within reach of landfall in Fiji, assuming he is still afloat. Once that point is reached round two would be deemed complete. No round three, should that happen, until such time as he reappears safely, as wagering on the outcome would be in poor taste even for SA.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I think that as "events" we judges should allow missing Fiji - defined as being far enough past that Rimas' best point of sail, just beyond beam reach, will not get him there, and going missing entirely, Deity Forbid, defined, as being out of touch long enough that at his average speed he can be presumed past or on a reef somewhere unknown.
  17. groundhog

    Origami Boat Thread

    I was there for a month in February and shoveled as much snow by weight (wet!) as I would have if I had stayed home in snowy NS... though that is unusual.
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    Origami Boat Thread

    Technically it is 'west-of-almost-everywhere Canada'. And mudflat ornamentation notwithstanding, I would live there. While holding down a job thank you very much. Winters way easier than where I live now!
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    It would be really interesting to hear the story behind this one.
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    Cheap Bastard Anarchy

    That's what I'm using for my hard dinghy. Held on with zip ties. Easy to replace when the noodles sun-rot. Didn't count right the first time so the colours don't match....
  21. Someone recently posted this on another thread. Now, granted this is the best 19 minutes edited from the first six races of the series, but you would have to take the six best races from the entire 2017 challenger series to get the same amount of watchable material.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I say keep it open until he's about 100 miles east of outer Fiji islands, whatever longitude that works out to. The more the merrier. edit: looks like 176W will do it. Once he makes a post west of that, entries are closed...unless us judges change our mind. Acceptable to me. Closing too soon doesn't allow for folks that don't live on the internet.
  23. groundhog

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Sure. I'll make my entry in round two unofficial, then.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I'll stick to my prediction, but in the spirit of the play, add some detail: last communication August 2nd, 1600h. Then no word for at least a week, possibly for quite a long time, followed by discovery of the wreckage and hopefully rescue of the occupant.