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    the greatest

    Ganbare was a dead end. It's primary longterm contribution was that light is fast. Bill Lee/George Olson were busy proving the same thing, maybe more dramatically. The Farr designs set a new direction for hull forms that shows up in almost every race boat since. Swuzzle Bubble was an important one. Restored in 2014, showing s canoe body that could be pretty contemporary.
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    Trump/Putin Meeting advice

    Just wondering if he's going to ask for another $200,000,000 (in cash) to buy his next golf course.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Certainly they are required for any ISAF Cat. 0 race (e.g. Round-the-world ocean race) race, but so are a number of other items that the organizer seems to have decided weren't required as not "in the spirit of '68". Inconsistency seems to be the theme of this event. An 18% drop-out rate after two weeks seems foreboding if they are going to get to 50% finishers.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    This has probably been asked and answered, but...why are single-handers carrying throwable horseshoes and life-slings?
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    Engine off at start?

    Why is this even a thread?
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    If he's hoping for a good meal at the Verde Mar restaurant in La Santa, somebody should tell him that they are closed on Sundays.
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    Nothing But A Cheap Suit

    You really aren't disagreeing. Wangling invitations to fund-raising events, getting some "grip 'n grins" with whatever celebrity is the draw, and donating nothing is the very definition of a classless buffoon per the NYC true money/power set.
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    Nothing But A Cheap Suit

    Really...I know in the business world, he was known as a "cheap suit" but he's supposed to be a "billionaire". Maybe he's ordering his clothes on line from the GUM department store in Moscow.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Geez, that's a lot of strings. I guess line bags hadn't been invented in 1968.
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Humble my ass.
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Bet you didn't have the same problem with the same provision in the Ken Starr investigation. Don't be ashamed of your ignorance, take ownership of it.
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    Blood sacrifices - how it made you a better sailor

    Friggin' bandaids never stayed on. Duct tape and a wad of paper towel. Used to run the back of a knife along every wire halyard and sheet before every race, and still sliced my palm or my sailing gloves way too often.
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    1st post, need help understanding Westsail 32

    It took years for my wife to get over her first sailing experience on a Westsail 32. Essentially they are repurposed lifeboats with too much teak, tiny cockpit, not enough sail and a horrible hull. The very British idea was that if you were going ocean cruising, you might as well start out in a lifeboat, and just get the pain done with. After she got out of therapy for that painful day, she ended up driving an ultra-light 56'er to Hawaii with a grin on her face. There used to be a lot of small charter companies with odd, sometimes cool, boats for charter. Now there is The Moorings and random chance. If you're walking down a dock w/ lots of "Captains"offering charters look for clean, large cockpit, built sometime in the last few decades, clean, light, airy below decks, clean, decent sails and lines, clean, and a collection of toys to play with. Windsurfers, snorkel gear, kayaks, what have you. And a sober "Captain.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Rather tempted to call out Joyce on "whiteeyed kaffir" as a bit of old school racism, but as long as we have the Andalusian girls, I've give the old pedant a break. “I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    If you are sailing under poled out double headsails in anything less than 35 knots, you are certainly not sailing "in anger". Nothing about this event is "in anger". Actually even the AC and the VOR aren't sailed "in anger". Very contrived phrase that somehow has gained currency and needs to be retired. Admittedly I've sailed with one or two owner's who did seem to have an anger problem, but that had nothing to do with sailing.