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  1. GnarlyItWas

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Does the dock out and start vid end up on you tube after the live show. Just realized it's fairly damn early on a Sunday EST
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Not whining, just stating my opinion, it sounds like the foiling boats are fucking brutal and maybe less experienced imoca skippers might be better off on a more proven design. Anyone on or nearly on the start line has my full respect.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    I rather think so, without knowing much it seems clear that an older less brutal boat might have been better for him.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Should Thomson train with the rest? You would think that by testing he should be able to develop his boat speed and bench mark it, but on the other hand he doesnt give away strengths and weaknesses to the rest. If his boat is genuinely faster there is little to be gained by showing that to your competitors I am not sure he could if he wanted to....... It seems to me that in France the sport is popular enough that the sponsors can let their skippers train and focus on the races, they will get enough exposure if they do well in the race ( or break ). Thompson feels different, I almost feel that his job for Boss is to do sponsor tours, stunts and corporate events and build amazing looking boats, I don't think his sponsors want him hidden away training.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    I also like AT's chances, provided he can button-off and not drive HB to self-destruction. In over ten years, he has finished I would guess fewer than ten races. I love the guy, I want him to get it as much as anyone else- but I don't see him buttoning off, especially as this is seen as his best chance yet. Well, he does have a reputation as a boat breaker. So I guess we'll find out soon enough. I think one of the advantages of the foiler might be the ability to push less hard at critical times.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    I'm going. 1. Banque Pop 2. Hugo Boss 3. PRB I am too naturally cynical about the foilers getting around, but.............. There are a lot of skippers, teams and designers who obviously think they can.
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    VOR 2017-18

    If they stick with the O/D model with a limited number of boats, they could use the off years to run shorter races in which the teams used to qualify or not for the VOR, currently they no longer the fastest sexiest boats, so it trades on the best sailors. Why are the VOR crews the best sailors in the world ? Because VOR says so. I think there would be validity to the claims if they had beat other teams to get a spot on the start line.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Groups Edmond de Rothschild, is that gitana ? Josse ?
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    I have the same dumb question. Can they catch waves? Foiling surfboards (e.g. Laird Hamilton) seem to work, so I guess the answer is yes. But it's counter-intuitive b/c you think of something needing to sit "on top" of the wave in order for it to be pushed forward by the wave. If there's so little mass actually touching the water, it seems incomprehensible how "surfing" could occur. If enough people ask is it still a dumb question ? I have seen the foiling surfboards, I don't understand how they work. I have also seen vids of moths, it seems that they go away quicker than any waves I would hazard a guess that any decent foiler is "post surfing" fast.
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    Old Tornado 21 rigging questions

    I used to crew on a similar boat in the late 90's. That dolphin sails tramp with the pick pockets brought on a serious bout of nostalgia. !
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    Viper 640 for sale

    Would you be interested in selling the older sails separately ?
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    This will be a hijack, apologies but you guys might be qualified to help. I have a 24ft, DM-4 section from my stillborn i550. I am now working on a "turbo" Venture 21. I am contemplating lengthening the section I have to about 27 or 28 ft which would allow me to use used viper sails. Spar length and sail area would be smaller than that of an i550 so I guess nothing to worry about but obviously displacement is more at around 1200lbs. Not sure how to tell if this is a good or terrible idea ? Again sorry for the hijack.
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    Question, does anyone know who, what or why that some i550's extended / joined Dwyer DM-4 sections together and ended up with broken masts ?
  14. GnarlyItWas

    Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

    Did the vape switch about a year and half ago, it was quite easy. I have been lowering the nicotine level down, been on 0 for the last couple of months just realized recently that I still carry my "peace pipe" around but have kind of lost interest, some days don't even touch it, other day hit it once of twice. Will probably keep it around and some nicotine juice if I ever go drinking. But really, quitting was utterly painless.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I think ill finance is quite a good name for it.