Wess

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  1. Wess

    FP First Blood

    Wound a bit tight? See that little emoji face thingy? Humor. Joke. Sarcasm. Pretty sure the dude knows how to sail a FT. Geeze, this place got all righteous. Imagine if I went with the returning to the ex-wife joke. Oye!
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    FP First Blood

    Nice to see @Editorback on a boat he loves. But nobody gonna comment on the main trim and it being back-winded by the jib?
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    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Not sure that worm is done turning yet. The routing selections have not yet fully played out.
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    Near Capsize

    I am totally with you on the geometry and how the life line would be trapped by the spin sheet when the block let go. And that it would ride down that now potentially flogging sheet. Been there and done that on another boat. And for sure an issue when trying to bring sheet back in. Just not seeing how it gets fouled into and around winch on the continued attempt to ease the sheet to avoid capsize. Anyway, glad to see it all ended well. When all else fails there is the knife option but while great in theory the reality is these things happen so fast you don't have the time to have the thought, get the knife off your person and cut the sheet and or lifeline before you end up swimming which I am glad to see you guys did not! Broken dishes are cheap; capsizes not so much LOL.
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    Near Capsize

    Like Schionning designs and for sure Bill is experienced and knows his boat so no criticism intended or implied here. * Surprised the board is humming like that with speed in teens. Is that normal for her and has any work been done to trailing edges to cause or alleviate that tendency? * Surprised the board is down at all (to be humming) when VMG running and flying deep chutes; why so? I didn't think they were curved or otherwise lifting boards but I could easily and obviously be wrong. * Not surprised you guys lost the stantion when the spinsheet turning block let go. That is typical given the new sheeting angle. But if you don't mind sharing (or speculating even if not sure) how did that allow the lifeline to foul the winch and prevent a further spin sheet ease? Asking because its something I would like to avoid and am not understanding how that happened. Nice boat and glad to see folks enjoying it!!
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    Any ROUNDING mark which is differentiated from passing marks by either round to... or passed to. Not the most elegant wording I have ever seen but I don't find it contradictory.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    Say what? How so contradictory? I am high as a kite right now but those seem consistent to me.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    I is way to wasted in 2 many ways to fight back. But like arnold or some general i shall return . Surg bad drugs good . Chow.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    Dear Mr Improper, Thanks re the pit. It is the pits. Surgery easy, drugs fun, its just the recovery that is long, boring and suckish times ten. But all the better to beat you with, LOL. Or to be beaten. We shall see who gets back on the water first!! But... You must have some of those drugs. Where does it say RC shall not abandon the race? Where does it say they stay on station after abandoning. You fly the flags, and make the noises and go home. No where any where in the SI does it say and I quote you quoting the SIs: " It's in the SIs: you stay ON STATION unless the time limit runs out." There is no such "obligation" as you say. If you think the RC really did something improper you could you know... but I am betting that RC did nothing contrary to the racing rules or the SIs. The other knucklehead I ignore. But know and respect you. So come on... What they did do is make a decision that is unpopular with some and even many. Do you really think that group with that experience just willy nilly thought... lets see how we can tick off a bunch of racers... here hold my beer and watch this?! On the contrary I would guess that SG and others on RC had reason and were pretty bummed to be in a situation where they would have felt that was the best thing of a bunch of bad things they could do. Glad it wasn't me. Pits out! And then came the knife or scope or whatever...
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    Morning Clam and yes I do love my surfboard, LOL. Having never done any light air transition racing in the Chesapeake I have no clue what you mean about working hard. Did you like sweat and get sunscreen in your eyes and everything? I mean its not like a race to Oxford was ever shortened out into the Bay so the slower classes could finish (thanks RC) only to have the faster classes whine. Or its not like they didn't shorten another year and virtually no boats finished except for a select few (thanks RC) and the slower boats whined. And lacking a license to feel compelled I will not comment on "in the SIs." As you know me you know I would say that this is a great website for bitching and complaining... and trolling, and that since Sandy put herself out there, in real life perhaps folks could pick up the phone and ask her what went down. She has been around the block enough times to obviously not have set out to screw a bunch of racers be they whiners or not. One might even find that there a series of events that ended in a place where there was no good outcome... or not.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    Oh boy. This is gonna be good. Need to get popcorn. But come on... maybe be fair. Got no dog in this fight but just wondering how many of those bitching here will serve as PRO or even do RC this year. * SG is pretty damn good and sometimes sh*t just happens. * With a S coming up the Bay and fighting the N, and given the spread in boats (speed and starting times) it can be difficult to find the right time and place where its even viable to shorten. * There were lots of signs the S was kicking in and working up the Bay a bit behind schedule but still in time for most if not all boats to finish the full course within the TL. I happened to be watching because I was headed out to play in my Laser and was wanting the S. * Once it became clear that the S was not kicking in broadly and early enough to get most boats finished on time they may not have had a practical spot to shorten because some of the fastest boats were nearly home. In an ideal world RC would have multiple boats on the course at various turning marks monitoring weather and competitor positions, as well as provisions in the SIs that would allow them to shorten course for different classes at different places. But I doubt they have the resources to have that many RC boats out there. But please continue your normal whining and bitching. Its fun and easy.
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    Dinghy Racing Is Fucking Awesome!

    SSA rocks!
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    First off nice FP @shanghaisailor. Mad, I am hardly a fanboy of any team in the VOR or the race itself. Heck, I honestly don't even know who won the leg. I just noted the radical shifts in position in the last few nm, glanced to see what happened and had to laugh sadly at the tracks and the light air lottery the finish turned into. I really don't mean any disrespect to those who do enjoy and follow this race closely but to me the finish is just another reason why my interest in the VOR diminished greatly and my interest in the Vendee and similar is enhanced. The VOR - to me and I get most here would likely disagree - has turned into a traveling trade show circus of billboards transiting from one portside convention center to another by way of by sail (and motor). It prioritizes the commercial elements to the detriment of the sailing elements too much for me. And in so doing IMHO its become a far diminished shadow of its former truly RTW southern ocean self because of far too many reasons of which this (finish construct/placement) is just another.
  14. Its not always so. I had the pleasure of moving and replacing both a Corsair F27F trimaran mast as well as an Alberg 30 (monohull) mast. Similar length and same material for both masts but the monohull mast was MUCH stiffer and heavier. I could have safely put that monohull mast (after changing the spreader angles) on my F27F trimaran but no way would the lighter and relatively noodle like F27F mast survived on the Alberg.
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    Dinghy Racing Is Fucking Awesome!

    There is nothing better than dinghy racing. Except frostbiting dinghy racing!!! I wrecked my shoulder this year and so get rotator cuff surgery on the second shoulder in 4 days!! I can't wait because once that and the rehab is complete I can get back to frostbiting in a LASER!!!
  16. Hey @sailorcherry "Danger Will Robinson; Danger!!" I say that not about your friend's idea but rather about my following back of the envelope uneducated speculation which lacks any sound basis... Likely obvious to you is that multihulls have much more initial stability (and a wider based upon which to support a rig) and so imparts loads on the mast and standing that can be quite different from a similar sized monohull. For a similar length, the mutihull mast is likely to be shorter than the monohull mast for similar design briefs (ie comparing multihull performance cruiser to monohull performance cruiser of same length). From your comments I assume your friend is talking about a charter cat and that might be useful... because he, she or you should be able to fairly easily find specifications for the original multihull mast and standing rigging on-line. Once you know the mast height, section, wall thickness, materials, etc... as well as the specifications for the standing rigging for the original multihull mast design you have a reasonable starting point and basis to say if any replacement mast and standing rigging is of same, greater, or lesser strength. How hard can it be... says the guy who has no skin in the game! I would wing it if its a cheap fun project that is staying inshore. On the other hand if taking family and friends into harms way off shore I would consult somebody smarter than me which would be just about anybody who has experience in the field!!
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Like @southerncross I have no interest to get things spun up over it (the luck element of deep inshore finishes). Like I said it is what it is and not a whole lot you can do about it assuming you want to maximize the possibility for public viewing. As others noted the nature of this is such that sometimes boats and crews get screwed or benefited through no fault or skill of their own. I guess my primary point would be that absent the OD factor this would be far less a problem as the boats would be more strung out at the finish and so it would be less likely that some fluke would impact the scoring as it often seems to in this Volvo. Given the OD factor and close finishes I wonder if the sailors themselves would prefer to see the finish lines moved out a bit more but again, it is what it is. I am not enough of a fan to care much either way. I am more a Vendee kinda guy. Peace and love; peace and love...
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Don't care to get into a spat over it and respect that you ain't one of the trolls that populate this thread but do you really mean that? You really don't think luck had a lot to do with the shuffle in the last 15nm? How about the last 3nm? Can you really look at those tracks and say that is fair racing not impacted by luck? If RC, would you have started a race in those conditions or postponed? I mean it is what it is but it does not feel like the best sailing influenced the finishing positions as much as luck did because the conditions for those last few nm. That does not seem like gear shift/managing transitions kinda stuff, rather who got a puff (or whatever) and who didn't. It just seems to diminish the race, IMHO, not that there is anything realistic they can do about it.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Plus 1. Life at the extreme... of light air lotteries and drift-fests. Too much of this is about luck.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    Not even. Looks like only 25 last year. Used to be the log canoes were racing at TAYC that same weekend which always made for nice viewing.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    Hey, its a great club and a great town and I sure would rather sail in Spring and Fall than middle of the Summer when breeze is more a crap shoot. Surprised more than anything that they kept the Summer race.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    So this ain't replacing the summer race?! Holy hand grenade batman!! Did they all get stuck in a Monty Python film marathon and decide "the number shall be three and three shall be the number?" Spring, Summer and Fall races to Oxford. I thought the summer race was nearly dead and now they pile on another? I do love TAYC though. Their OD dinghy regatta in the summer is tops!! That alone made owning the Snipe worth it.
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    New Annapolis to Oxford Race 5.12.18

    What happened to the original race?
  24. Hey @ClayCam- Glad you got her down OK. As I run that water on occasion can I ask a question or two? You mention leaving Ocean City MD via Abescon Inlet. But that is Atlantic City NJ. Not busting your chops but wondering if you ran Absecon (Atlantic city) and what its condition was with regards shoaling? You also mentioned running aground in Barnegat (Inlet?). Do you actually mean Barnegat and in the inlet, or in the harbor? Or do you mean AC/Absecon (which would not surprise me w re shoaling). Could you be a bit more specific about where... curious because I love that area and duck into Barney whenever I have the chance/excuse. Oh and what is your draft? Thanks! And congrats again. Always nice to get a new boat home.
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    Is this bad?

    This!!!!!