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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Chris Grayling is amazingly shit I have no idea why he keeps getting 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc chances instead of being shuffled off to the backbenches The fact he managed to lose a rigged election is hilarious
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Starmer fucking sucks and is the latest attempt to present a 'sensible centralist' who will be neitherless be made to look like the second coming of Mao by the UK press and will lose in a landslide. Again. Even if Starmer wins (which I doubt), it'll be New Labour MKII - further widening of the gap between rich and poor, more environmental devastation, further public selloffs and PFIs etc etc while making token gestures like increasing the minimum wage slightly What's even the point of voting Labour if it's just Toryism with a smile
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    Tips For Being Rescued

    Crossing the gulf of california last summer in pretty shitty conditions, we heard a Pan Pan call from a boat that a crewmember onboard that was so seasick and panicked that they actually stopped breathing for a while Last I heard they made it to cabo and got transported straight to hospital
  4. How about this one? Interesting layout and nice cockpit and pretty fast
  5. Has anyone been on a Westerly Storm 33? Bilge Keeler but apparently aren't too bad upwind?
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    Cruising Quarantine Issues RE Covid-19

    I mean, the UK also royally fucked up initially and is now behind the curve pretty badly so they have to go even more extreme on the rules now, if not for practical reasons then to save face for everyone involved.
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    Cruising Quarantine Issues RE Covid-19

    I checked out of Mexico mid-march, heard that French Polynesia closed it's borders and checked right back into Mexico the next day. Made the run up to Muertos, via Mazatlan and sat there for a week, watched a navy gunboat escort a sailboat back into the bay. Seemed to have just been for the long weekend however. The original plan was to go up into the sea, but with more and more restrictions coming (and I managed to get a 4 month contract up in Canada) decided to leave the boat in a shipyard in La Paz. Caught a ride to Cabo airport and had a 30 hour journey to get back to Canada. Whew. Think I did the right thing but it's hard not to second guess yourself - I'd been preparing to go to FP for years, and next year it's gonna be a lot more hassle as my UK passport doesn't mean shit after the end of the year
  8. Yeah you could totally just bypass Canada and go offshore to Alaska, though it's not a particularly pleasant trip
  9. Hah, my friends have one and I do like it a lot. Similar in style to my 36 just... better. I think it still has a headliner though
  10. Good suggestions, I really like the Wylie. Cutter would be because I like the idea of having a bigger sail on the front Furler and then a hank on 90 or something for heavier weather. Right now I'm using a 125 as an all rounder which works ok but I'd like to have more options Forgot to add external chainplates to my list - my current boat has through deck chainplates and they are a nightmare to stop leaking
  11. I guess that would have helped! Use would be cruising, both coastal and crossings, with the odd long-distance race for fun (Northern Century, Swiftsure) Budget - under 60,000, preferably under 40,000
  12. I currently have a 36' 1980 hunter which was easy to handle and was a great first boat, and I took it up to Alaska and down to Mexico. However, there are a few things that really bother me and looking to change boats. Can anyone suggest anything under the following requirements while we are all stuck in self-isolation? Essentials: - under 40' - tiller - cutter or a sloop with inner forestay/solent stay (slutter) - no headliner - boom end sheeting - no core below waterline - does well upwind - room in cockpit to lie down Nice to haves: - no teak deck -- sea berth - comfy inside - lead keel - encapsulated keel Anyone have any ideas or experience with something similar?
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    Zero deg of seperation from the Bug

    I got back from Mexico yesterday and now doing isolation in an airBNB in Canada for two weeks. I somehow managed to get a job that starts soon (remote work) My girlfriend was self-isolating on a friends boat but is moving to an airBNB as well - tons and tons of elderly retirees (i.e high risk) wandering around the marina, working on their boats, chatting in groups and even taking groups of friends out on the water. She feels she'll accidentally kill someone so is leaving. Three of my family members in the UK had it - all recovered thankfully.
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    Here Comes The Night

    Crossing Gulf of California solo right after the wind died
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    What happens when adults are in charge

    The guy arguing Trump did a good job and not even knowing the difference between a National Emergency and the Public Health Emergency makes for infuriating reading Unsurprising that the countries with the toddlers in charge are coming out the worst. Electing pandering idiots is all well and good until there is a crisis