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  1. 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 miles.....so you will want to work your way up there early in your trip.
  2. R.I.P. Dr. Walter

    Thanks, Bob. Here is my favorite sailing story involving Dr. Walter: Back in 2007 I was out for an afternoon sail with my wife and 8 year old daughter, another couple and their 8 year old son, and my father, Walter. We were sailing south, across Long Island Sound headed towards the Long Island shore when I looked over my shoulder and saw a gigantic thunderhead forming over Mamaroneck and headed our way, fast. After furling the genoa and taking a deep reef in the main, I sent the wives and children below. I was surprised, however, when the husband of the other couple followed the women and children below and slammed the hatch shut behind him, leaving me and my then-77 year old father on deck, alone. I handed my father my foul weather jacked and a life jacket. He put them on, stuffed his hearing aids into his pockets, and we waited. We did not wait long. I had the wheel and my dad had the main sheet. The squall hit us hard - easily 40-45 kts -- driving the boat surging forward on a broad reach. Eventually, we just go overpowered and rounded up. The rain was being blown horizontally in sheets, and after the round-up, it was hitting us right in our faces, and so cold that my face went numb. It was hairy for about 10 minutes. But throughout the squall, my dad had a big grin on his face. He really could not have been happier, and could not have cared less about the raging wind or the roundup. I don't think he even gave a second thought to the possibility of lightning hitting us. He just focused on the mainsheet and trying to keep the boat on its feet. It was fantastic to see. As I mentioned to you earlier, we had 42 consecutive seasons sailing together. I am a very lucky guy.
  3. Marblehead to Halifax 2017

    I'm in. Racing IRC.
  4. EDLU 2017

    The streaming kite was on the big Swan 66, Gale. It was a great day of sailing for the big boats. Not so much fun on a 33 footer.
  5. Funniest Lines Heard While Racing

    A bunch of college kids are sailing my boat in the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta in Larchmont. They get a great start and are first around the weather mark. They start congratulating themselves. Channeling his inner Winston Wolf, and with no warning whatsoever, one of the adults on boards says, "Well, let's not start sucking each other's dicks quite yet, guys." You should have seen the look on their faces.
  6. Show your boat sailing thread

    Hauling the mail upwind. AYC Spring Series.
  7. Show your boat sailing thread

    Double Handed Around Block Island Race
  8. Sailboat rental

    Sail Chi Town is right. Bitter End YC on Virgin Gorda is a great place. You have virtually unlimited access to Rhodes 19s and IC24s. The Rhodes is a fantastic family boat. Open day sailer with a fixed keel and moderate rig. The IC is sportier - a J24 modified with an expanded and reconfigured cockpit. Makes the boat much more comfortable to sail than a stock J24. The food at BEYC is pretty good. The staff is very friendly. Tough to get to. No access by road from the Virgin Gorda airport. Only access is by ferry or sea plane. Typically, guests arrive by ferry from Trellis Bay (Beef Island Airport) on Tortola. But sea plane from San Juan or St. Thomas is now an option as well. Pricey in high season. But price includes full access to the sailing program.
  9. J33 Stories

    Esox: I can't recall the boat speed. Sensory overload at that point. But it was a deep angle, not a tight reach. Running with the pole squared back. Otherwise, the story might not have had such a happy ending! The boat had no tweaks for short handed sailing. So while we felt like we could handle sails up and sails down in moderate conditions, we had little in the way of expectations for performance. In fact, when I thanked the owner for the opportunity to sail his boat in the race, he literally said "What opportunity? You guys are going to do terribly!" He wasn't wrong about that. We were somewhere in the bottom half of the division. But not last. Overall, I would say the biggest issue was handling the kite dh with no autopilot. Left very little margin for error. 20+ years later, AP is a must, and I would not be interested in gybing a symmetric kite DH.
  10. J33 Stories

    Used to race on a very successful J-33 on Long Island Sound way back when, including DH Around Block Island one year. During the ABI, my co-skipper was asleep down below around dusk while I was deep reaching up the CT shore with the (symmetrical) kite up in about 8 kts of breeze. No autopilot on the boat, so I was sailing standing up with the tiller between my legs, the kite sheet in one hand and the main sheet in the other. Gradually, but steadily, the wind speed increased. 10, 12, 14, 16. Next thing I know, the boat is surging and even surfing a bit as the wind built some waves. The J was steady, stayed on her feet, no drama. I didn't even wake my co-skipper until the tws hit 15. One of the best sailing moments of my life. My only critique of the boat is that it has a narrow groove going upwind, and the helm is pretty neutral whether you are in the groove or out. So, when sailing fully crewed, it is very important to have good communication among the helm, main and jib trimmer. A good set of instruments, including target boatspeed, really helps, too. This would not be a big deal for a very talented helmsman. But as a youngster, I found the boat challenging.
  11. How did you find your J (109)

    I just sold #332. It was only listed for about three weeks and I had three interested buyers, I would call Kevin Dailey at McMichael's in Mamaroneck, NY. McMichael's sold just about all of the boats on Long Island Sound, and would know who to ask without waiting for a boat to be listed. Shoal keel can be swapped for he deep keel. Mars Metal can do the casting so long as they still have a mould. I know for a fact that they had one back in 2006, because I had it done on hull #31.
  12. Can't I just hit them?

    Tempting, but very dumb. If the contact causes injury or damage, you will be the bad guy. Might not just get flicked from the race.....could get flicked from the sport.
  13. Fuck the BellyButton

    Sounds to me like Clean has a great deal of experience handling about 250 pounds of force in a particular position.
  14. what was it?

    Doug Peterson 41 or 42?
  15. Looking for information about their repair/refit services - quality of work, responsiveness, cost, etc. PM me if you don't want to make comments publicly.