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  1. Right on. Great catch.
  2. WetaFest, yes. Perpetual regatta at the club. Alter Cup rotates around and you have to submit a bid on platform and location to US Sailing. We did it 2X.
  3. Reality is I got lucky. That said, when they were growing up I would constantly be running into pirates at bars who had treasure maps for sale. With my crew, we would find all kinds of chocolate coins and Mardi Gras beads magically hidden in the same small treasure chest ! Looks like you are already on track. Great photo!
  4. True! Can’t imagine how she would have done with a dry boat. Brian Harrison did a midnight repair and she took off from there. She won a protest against the race committee for the tie... it was a learning experience all the way around. And how cool was Rodger Kitchen, the manufacturer of Weta... nicest guy I’ve met in a long time... thank you for the loan of a mast while you fixed the broken track on ours!
  5. You bet. Should have included Brian Lambert and Brian Harrison in the acknowledgement... Lambert did the 100 mike RTI with Cam on his CFR 20 and has been a great coach to her. Harrison has taught her more about Sailing than almost anyone... he makes learning fun. Can’t wait to see his son blow by him in few years!
  6. I haven’t posted here in a while, and I was going to let someone else write about this, but a good friend of mine (Bert Rice Sr.) said I better get off my ass and get it done. So Bert, this one is for you. There are some great articles on the racing we had at this year’s Alter Cup/US Multihull Championship/WetaFest in Fort Walton. Smyth won the Alter Cup an unprecedented 5th time, and for the first time on a trimaran. Krantz duked it out with him and missed the win by 1 point with some amazingly tight sailing. Hodges, who recently took over as Weta Class President, was solidly in 3rd place transitioning easily from the A Class. Weston traveled from the West Coast to school us all on how a big boy can get it done on a small platform with his 4th place in the variety of conditions. And Keith came down from NY and took 5th in the testing conditions. As the founder of WetaFest, it was fantastic to see the event continue to grow and evolve. Here is the formal write up from USSAILING http://www.ussailing.org/multihull18-final/ But for me, this regatta will really be remembered because it was the first time that my daughter beat me on the water. Not in a single race, but in the series. Not in flat light breeze, but in a mix that saw half the fleet retire due to wind and sea conditions. Not because I let her win (I was nice to her once in the first race, and she glared at me... then she sat on my wind as we approached the upwind mark on a tight lay line... game the hell on), but because she sailed a better regatta than I did. As the youngest competitor and a woman, she kicked the crap out of most of us. For those of you who have kids that sail, you will know how it felt. A mixture of disbelief, pride, joy and the realization that I couldn’t do anything about it! I’m still smiling... and on a diet. She came in 10th overall in a fleet of about 40 mutihull sailors from North America, and should have been higher, as she would have had a second place finish in the final race if the committee had finished the race at the leeward mark. Instead, she and Smyth launched from the fleet in the dying breeze, and finally stalled out 100 yards from the upwind finish. They were at least 1/2 mile from the rest of us - where we bobbed around wishing we had beer. She showed her stuff, and it was pretty impressive - I say this as both father and competitor. She has grown up to be a killer. We won our first regatta in our Corsair years ago, and many of you will remember her from racing with me and Brian Harrison. Her first singlehanded regatta was 2 years ago at Juanna’s, where she started with 99 other multi’s. She’s 17 now, and as a junior in HS is having a blast sailing anything she can get her hands on - but she lives for speed, the trapeze and competition. Whether sailing a Gen 1 Nacra 17 or playing on a 420, it’s amazing how quickly kids learn, and I cannot thank all the different influences she has had in her sailing life... Smyth, Gulari, Krantz, Hodges, Barkow and most recently Benvenutti in the Viper 640 class... You all make her want to be a better sailor, and the intrest and advice you have given her has made all the difference. We are pretty lucky to know and sail with you all. Bert - I know you understand how I feel about her - I know Bert Jr. kicked your ass back in the day and I can still see the smile when you watch him from the race committee boat. I think Cam had her first race with you as PRO, and you must have made her enjoy it... miss you bud. Here are a few photos from the sailing: The shrimp boat is my new favorite of all time. Coolest regatta ever... C.
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    Corsair Sprint 750 MkI

    Fun vid of the boat with a snuffed we designed...
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    GB 60 v 66

    Paul, Beautiful boat - looks like you are having fun with it. I'm a lover of tri's but the cat is where I'm headed. Need the cabin space. Best, C.
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    GB 60 v 66

    OK... Late night rant. In my experience (and through my coaches over the years) winning races can be represented as a formula: Win = f(boat speed, boat handling, tactics, strategery) If you grant me this, with my thanks in advance, the notion of replacing center boards with daggerboards, taller masts, less weight, redistribution of weight, eelsnot coating, etc... Only impacts boat speed. The other pieces of boat speed are trim, movable ballast, and steering. Why should any Gunboat owner (only because they are my top brand at the moment) have to spend hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of dollars to make their boat competitive because of a math problem? The more I think about this, the more I am convinced that a fair rating system that crosses boats and brands needs to be established to allow "fair" racing. VPP calcs are hypothetical. As an economist and former database marketer, I can tell you that actual trump forecast over time. We are now getting enough data on Gunboats (over a decades worth) to make some much better math when we consider rating against one another. Now, you could also argue that the other factors (which are driven by the quality of sailor) are at play here, and I would agree. I could just be trying to build an argument for a 60 in my own head. Done for the night. Have at it. C.
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    GB 60 v 66

    What a crafty thread hijack... I'm in Rob's situation, and will use the boat in pretty much an identical fashion for the same reasons. I've owned, run and chartered boats - the systems on the boat and boat maintenance don't scare me in the least. I'm familiar with most everything that the GBs would have except hybrid drives (if I went with a 60), but I'm not going to be living aboard, so will use crew the same way he will - luckily I know several that would fit the bill. I really just want to know thoughts on Dagger v Centerboard, Turbo'd version of the 60 v normal, and the odds of a fairer handicap system to race boats straight up - Calling it a "club" rating is like calling the mansions in Mt. Desert cottages... SO - any more thoughts on the versions of 55, 60, 62, 66?
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    GB 60 v 66

    Now that's funny
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    GB 60 v 66

    Thanks all... Any results from turboed 60's? Are they more competitive?
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    GB 60 v 66

    Thanks all... I appreciate the feedback. How often are the handicap's changed on these boats? Seems like if you know the 66 then 62 then 60 then 55... Should be able to do some math to make them dead even for handicap stuff... All know I prefer strict OD, but it would suck to buy a boat that didn't have a chance because of simple math. Soma/Mark - I'll follow up with you both offline... Just wanted to hear from others on this besides the company reps. I really like the Outremer 5X, and the all carbon one on the market right now looks great - but the draft is the killer for me... Best, C.
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    GB 60 v 66

    All, Is there any data on GB 60 v GB 66 that shows a well sailed 60 winning? I'm expecting to be in the market shortly, and while I think the HH is a good looking boat, the 5' draft kills it for me... so, looking at GB, the 60 v 62 v 66 race record is unclear to me. Centerboard v Daggerboard, and now lifting foils making their entry in the 62/66 class. This seems a real challenge for the 60, although they have appear to have the best use of space. I'm not interested in a 55 or the new stretch, as I need 3 cabins and a lockable main cabin, plus I'm going to be cruising more than racing. So... thoughts on the competitiveness of the boats v. ratings? Thanks, C.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    There was some great Pulse sailing at the Smyth clinic this past weekend... The Pulse (with Randy coaching) walked over a Corsair 31R (with Wigston coaching)... It was pretty cool to see. Wild how flat it was sailing upwind in breeze that had the 31R on it's side. Could be that it was overloaded with people (I think they both had 5 on board), but it was really fun to watch. It's a very cool boat. I'm not sure what it rates, but you can forget any questions that you may have about how fast the boat is. It's very, very fast. C