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  1. groundhog

    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Takes a bit of luck too with puffs & lulls. We usually do a quicker cycle, like one minute away, turn, one minute + back, total less than 3 minutes... In theory the Tanzer should accelerate better than Tom S's Morgan, but not (yet) in practice. If I had to start from a luff on the start line I would be ten length back within a minute or so because all the other boats are so much faster. I think in a mixed fleet a running start of some variety is pretty much necessary. Even in the fast boats on short buoy courses being slow to get up to speed at the start often makes the difference between placing and being buried. Witness the J105 never making up the difference on the J29s after being too soft and/or slow on the line - in a one hour dying wind evening race it can be difficult to pass quickly enough to make up the handicap. Nice to have room for a reaching start like that, Tom!
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Oh yeah, a spin at 24 kts would have been more of a circus than a drag race. The racing is definitely a side-venture for this boat. If I want to go fast and win I'll be on the J. I expect that even with everything done up perfectly and lots of practice I am not going to win club races except in exceptional circumstances because of how PHRF tends to work, but I'm ok with that. In a couple of years I might like to try out the slow boat division at Chester Race Week, though, so improvement is valuable. All the race strategy will come with time (I have a dinghy background and 16 years on the J, so it isn't a stretch). Thank you all.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Our start line is permanent and handy, so I can and will practice on that... and everything else. At least that is the plan. Tanzer 8.5, "Possum". With enough work I hope to be at least in touch with the fleet of an afternoon...
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I'll look to the bottom as soon as I can find my wetsuit... as for sails, in a couple weeks I'll put my better main on - I do have a dacron main that is only a couple years old that was taken off for delivery and early learning thrashing - but the headsails will have to suffice for this year. .nalp eht si nips-noN Or... non-spin is the plan. (That backwards text is not on purpose; weird. Seems to be a quirk of splitting quoted text.) Re: whisker pole, if I can find one cheap or going begging I'll get one this year, but it might have to wait too. The spin pole is presumably too heavy and unwieldy. It all helps, and I really appreciate the responses. (Response cut into the quote above)
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    It won't be just once, Ajax. I think being competitive can become addictive.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Ha ha! I almost put this query on your thread first, Tom, but it didn't make sense to double post, I know you read here, and Ajax is in the middle of figuring out the racing thing. No shortage of good experience in this forum. Edit: oh, you weren't addressing me there.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Tiller boat, yes. I have the proper tiller off for a repair, and the temporary spare is more than a little clunky! Tacks are a work in progress. So far I tend to either over- or under-rotate a lot, though by the end of yesterday I was hitting them more frequently. I assume that in tacking the main is more or less left to fend for itself? Good idea for the vang. I think that is the only line that really has to be brought back to the cockpit. Traveller is on the bridge deck in front of the companionway, good location, with a pin-and-car type control so I have to pre-set the position before loading, but I can live with that. Headsails are hanked, and there is a dousing line rigged, seems fine windage notwithstanding. The start yesterday I was within a few seconds of perfect. Doesn't mean as much as it might since the next slowest boats were the Sonar fleet... later on there will be three boats in the same 200+ rating band...
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I knew I would get a lot of good input from Ajax's thread! Including from Not-Ajax. All good. Thank you to all. No question I would not have flown the spinnaker in the 24 kts. Might have been useful on the first leg, 10 kts, though. No question that I need to get all the other things right first too - practice! And scrubbing. I am able to practice on my own a couple times a week. I will still start to figure out setting up the spin gear, though, since the bits and pieces are available, and since by the time I get everything done I will have another two months practice under my belt! Lots of figuring about where the blocks need to go, how the pole (double ended) attaches to the mast, and so forth. All very much different than the J92 which is my regular evening race ride.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Ajax, you might be the right person to ask to start... I raced my Tanzer for the first time on Sunday. Non-sailor crew, fuzzy bottom, no spinnaker, blown main, wind to 24 kts, and all. Best I can say is that we finished. And that the kids kept wanting more heel! We stopped half way through to reef. The club was locked and empty by the time we finished tidying sails. Anyway, given the fleet even with everything perfect it would take a minor miracle to place, so what I would like to do is to improve enough to be able to have a beer after, and part of that is getting spinnaker gear on the boat. What tips do you have for short handed racing gear placement? I can get the gear from someone upgrading a racing boat, I have the pole and the sail, nothing else. And I will be looking at diagrams off of various web sites. Cheers, Groundhog
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    Dirt Cheap Boats in the Pacific NW?

    Best of luck to you Vaeredil!
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    Origami Boat Thread

    Bob, the drawings and photos you post are lovely to look at; you don't need to keep adding in that last line about Brent's inabilities! It doesn't add to the conversation. Your work more than speaks for itself about the contrast. EDIT: oh hell, never mind. That is what this thread is all about, after all. (This after reading the 30 or so entries after.) Just being willing to read the thread disqualifies my opinion about the tone! More and more, though, I think that Brent might be suffering some sort of mild mental illness, which makes the merry-go-round of comments even more just an entertainment we are making for ourselves.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    I'll see what I can do... no lines for the spinnaker rigged at all, so that may take a while! And I was thinking more a thread here for things like the tiller going from flaky pastry to thing of beauty - in my mind, that is; for now I have a temporary tiller fashioned from a 2x3 which is serviceable and long enough to steer with my knees in tacks and gybes... irony is that I got this size boat so that the four of us could fit on for a bit of comfortable boat camping, but subsequent events show I could have gotten a smaller, more manageable boat, as the SO is no longer S. Thanks PY26.
  13. That is absolutely right. It is the story that keeps us involved. Connection to the characters. Another sports soap opera that has it figured out quite successfully is the NFL; why else follow teams of essentially random men arbitrarily pinned to particular cities that play only 16 games in an entire regular season?
  14. I was following three multi-day major (relatively) sailing events at the same time. The AC was easily third most interesting, even being the only one with live coverage. Sailboat racing itself is usually not much to watch, no matter the event, so this suggests to me that the AC people aren't doing a great job making it something worth following.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Some of my favourite threads follow people like Ajax and Hike and so forth that bring back - and sail! - 4/5/6 kt sb's........ might post some of my own ventures if it seems like it could be interesting to a few.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    This is pretty pedestrian compared to most in this thread, but today I took my first prove-it's-real photos of my first (keel)boat, and I'll make no apologies for the ancient sails or for still figuring out everything about her, including how to single-hand (I'll have to watch more of Tom Scott's videos and just tilt the monitor to account for the heel!) At the mooring (left) for context, wallowing in light winds to the right. I'm going to see if I can't get someone to take some proper sailing pics for me...
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    Origami Boat Thread

    You have approached your case against BS with a certain amount of rigour, Smack, so don't dilute it, that's all. The challenge is a good one: stand up and assist a customer/client in need, and all the better for being independent of cause. Talk about an open road to rehabilitating an image! An image he claims not to care about but spends swaths of pixels defending.
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    Origami Boat Thread

    It would be a very kind and generous thing for Brent to go help this fellow out, but for all ills laid at his feet, I don't see how he can be held responsible for this fellow's physical breakdown. Sad, but there is nothing in the story that suggests that working on a different (non-Brent-) boat would have resulted in less physical stress. By all means point out inconsistencies, fallacies, exaggerations, and outright lies, but ascribing unearned failures just seems to tarnish the game ("warning potential marks" - public service - or "whack-a-mole" - blood sport - as your own perspective might allow) even further.
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    Dirt Cheap Boats in the Pacific NW?

    The Pearson is a decent boat. The repairs just to get sailing - not counting the engine (which probably is repairable - by reputation old A4's last forever and parts are available) - - might likely exceed your budget without considering the purchase price.
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    Dirt Cheap Boats in the Pacific NW?

    Actually there's an identical listing now on Craigslist for the boat, selling for $475. Looks like someone bought it and now is reselling it. Well, if it was worth having for free it ought to be worth a few hundred - on the principal that the price is negligible next to the cost of the fix. I'd love to know how far gone it is, but idle curiosity only. EDIT - this is not the same Haida. The free one is (was) not flush deck and has green along the upper topsides.
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    Dirt Cheap Boats in the Pacific NW?

    That Haida post isn't particularly new - you might want to check to see if it isn't a stale listing..... and best of luck. Pity I am on the wrong coast!
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    Refrain from engaging.

    That's the problem - he still manages to sucker people on occasion. Do you really think that another few pages of this thread will make a difference to those people? +
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    The Zombie Fleet

    As opposed to this one; when I first saw it a couple weeks ago it was most definitely a zombie, but now more of a half-eaten corpse.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    I am not entirely sure this is a zombie, as it does seem to have been used recently, if not maintained to a high degree, but it looks like it is getting there...
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    Can HOG make it a race to the finish line with Phocoena? Very rough distances & speeds suggest HOG potentially finishing within about 15 minutes, all else being equal? But latest graphic update has Phocoena sailing tacking angles which will make a difference too.....