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    New York - WLIS
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    Coastal and Ocean racing.

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    North 3Di vs Quantum Fusion M 9000

    Check the relative weight. One of those sails is going to be >20% heavier than the other.
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    Vodka and Ambien use by a crew member

    We had a land-based mutiny the night before dock out on a trip from Tortola to Newport (via Bermuda). I got a call from one of the volunteer crew reporting that one of the paid crew had pounded rum and cokes before, during and after dinner. Then I get a call at 2 am reporting that he had quit the job. My suspicion is that the crew (a) was afraid of drying out at sea, and (b) kinda hated the delivery captain. I had to pack my bag at 2:30 and head to JFK to get the next flight down to St. Thomas. Huge PITA and very expensive. I came home to find out that the guy was a notorious boozer, a fact that the guy who provided his reference had failed to mention. Live and learn.
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    American Yacht Club Fall Series 2018

    Very sorry for your loss. Been there and done that back in 2006 after Ernesto.
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    Caribbean Racing Season 2018-19

    I have the RORC 600 and Les Voiles on the calendar. Have done 2 BVI Spring Regattas as well. BVI is a very low key event, but it is affordable and well run. Damage on Tortola was obviously extensive, but we will be back at Nanny Cay this season.
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    PJ New York 40

    These boats were built in the early 80's as offshore one designs. The reputation at the time was that they were solidly built and did well at sea. A good upwind boat with the typical downwind personality quirks of an IOR hull. There was one at Indian Harbor YC in Greenwich called Indian Summer. My buddy who crewed on her loved the boat. The rig was conservatively sized....not a great light air boat. She came into her element in winds over 12-14 kts. Given their age, I would be very careful about the survey. But the boat is a great design that was executed well.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    Here are just two reasons why it makes sense for at least 30% of the crew to have a recent SaS certificate: They will be familiar with MOB techniques and practices relevant to racing. 100,000 ocean miles on cruise or delivery may not include returning to pick up a crew member who falls overboard while the boat is doing 12 knots with a kite up. Old dogs can still learn new tricks. They will have hands-on experience with fire and stuff that can otherwise hurt you . We have professional firefighters setting fires that students put out with fire extinguishers and/or blankets. No one should try that at home. Same goes for SOLAS flares and rockets. Program participants set off a flare and/or rocket, which one ordinarily would not do in the absence of an emergency. These are pragmatic benefits to the program. My own view, not authorized or endorsed by anyone else: We should improve access to courses. If an OA decides to make SaS attendance mandatory, which is the general trend, then I think it becomes incumbent on the various OAs and the organizations sponsoring SaS courses to figure out a way to provide reduced-cost or tuition-free access to those who can't otherwise afford to participate.
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    Guns on Boats

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    Marina Advice on LIS

    Sorry to pile on...but Huguenot is a really interesting option (and I am not a member). Deep water. Completely sheltered in any weather (it is behind a barrier island). Low key and inexpensive to join. Big winter storage operation. Nice people. On the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound, the next viable option as far as commercial marinas would be Nichols Yacht Yard in Mamaroneck. Nichols is also completely sheltered in any weather. Has a decent layout. The manager, Dennis, is a great guy. They have a good mechanic. Only issue for sailors is that they don't really have a professional rigger on staff. Rate sheet is here: Next up would be Yacht Haven in Stamford, CT. Also safe: behind a hurricane gate. Nice facility. Hope this is useful.
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    Newport - Bermuda 2018 151 Applicants as of last Friday.
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    Sailors Powerboat

    Looks of a Dyer but the heart of a lion. The boat was designed by Doug Zurn (who does all of the MjM boats). Semi-custom series of about 57 boats built by Peter Needham on Shelter Island, NY. Design brief was a down east style boat with hot rod performance. We have twin Mercruiser 502s into Bravo 3 outdrives. Light-weight composite hull. 800 hp of snarling marine bliss. It's time efficient -- we cruise at 35 kts. On a flat day, it is literally faster to Newport, RI on a Friday afternoon than taking my car on I95.
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    Sailors Powerboat

    Would you rather drive a '65 Stingray or a Prius?
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    Sailors Powerboat

    There was just a big gap in performance between the 315 hp diesels and the prior gas boats. It lost the "hot rod" factor with the diesels. CH Marine says that the Yanmar 370 hp will get the same top end as the old Merc 502s -- 45+ kts in flat water.
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    Sailors Powerboat

    No brainer. Shelter Island Runabout. Wolf in sheep's clothing.
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    why am i here?

    2017 Ida Lewis Distance Race. We sail through two major fronts of T-storms with local gusts into the 40 kt range. Escape with no damage, but crew is combination of hypothermic and sea sick. Around midnight, we're broad reaching at 17 kts towards Cuttyhunk with our A5 and a full main when we snag a lobster pot. Steering jams. We round up and flog the kite to death before we can letterbox it. Have to cut the halyard and we lose the sheets overboard with the remnants of the kite. Even dragging the pot behind us, we're still doing 9 kts through the water, but we can't steer. Then the boat catches fire. Why am I here?
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    Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    Tobago Cays is a "must see." May be the single nicest anchorage I have ever seen. The distance between Grenada and Tobago Cays is substantial.....close to 35 you will want to work your way up there early in your trip.