Rude Dog

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    Sailing, sailing and sailing...not necessarily in that order.

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  1. No doubt about it. Huge fleet doing the 'Round The Rocks race. See you on the agua- should be a lovely day.....I'm picking you to win your division! (No pressure or anything!) But my question: Why weren't any of the new Euro boats (Figaro 3, Pogo, Jeanneau Sunfast, JPK 1030, etc.) at the recent boat show in Richmond? In fact- they NEVER are. It's just J-Boats, J-Boats and more J-Boats. Our biggest boat show is so lame without these on display. Makes us continue to look like the backwater of modern racing mono hulls. Just saying.
  2. Very cool boat and excited to see the growing popularity of shorthanded racing and venues here in the the States, which until now has been asleep at the switch. From an owner's perspective, not having to recruit, train and retain a big crew, or deal with the inevitable issues with logistics, expense, clashing egos, and most of all- the loads generated on the boat by a big crew- is a breath of fresh air on the sport.
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    Thin is in, WOXI scalps Comanche

    Non-compliance with SIs, which I presume was 100% deliberate, taints their victory.
  4. This is an old post so unlikely it'll be read. But it's a quiet Sunday morning and I have nothing going on at the moment. So I will enlighten this forum with words of wisdom on the A35- perhaps the finest production crossover boat ever designed and built. No bullshit. I own A35 hull #26, the former Garence Peinture. Let me quickly settle the single rudder v. twin rudder debate: double rudders the ONLY way to go. Trust me on this. The only argument for the single rudder is if you plan to sail entirely inshore and race around bouys only, and with full crew. Otherwise, the double rudders are essential, and game-changing as far as stability and control are concerned. We bought our boat in July '09, and converted to double rudders in early '16. There are so many things we have had done to our boat that it is (and I say this without bragging- just being factual) the finest A35 afloat- I challenge any other A35 owner to debate me- and I will win. The story of what makes our boat the finest A35 in the world begins with a nearly-disastrous race collision in October, 2011. We were T-boned going upwind by a Sydney 36 going full speed- it was a port/starboard situation and the Sydney just plain fucked up; this incredibly violent collision came a mere 2 inches short of totaling the boat. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but had the point of impact been a couple of inches further forward, the carbon mast would have buckled and collapsed, and that would have been that. Instead, the boat spent a year in the repair shed, and when she emerged from the yard, we had a better-than-new boat. Why? Well, it wasn't just the freshly painted hull, new topsides non-skid painted light grey. The key was getting as Jim-Antrim-designed modification to the way the triangular "bulkhead boxes" that tie the shrouds to the interior hull grid. Basically, both boxes were re-set in place with six layers of unidirectional fiberglass matting, which added 42 pounds of extra weight on each side of the boat, but made the boat incredibly stiffer and stronger longitudinally. All A35s exhibit separation between the deck and the top of the triangular boxes, and without this modification, this becomes a huge structural issue. This amazing improvement/modification, which would cost $30,000-$40,000 to have done on its own, was paid for entirely by the Sydney 36 owner's insurance company, along with the rest of the repairs. There are so many other improvements and betterments we have had done over the years that it is difficult to list them all- but in no particular order, I'll try to list the major items: new cabin floorboards that are one-third the weight of the originals, and adding 2 forward most sections of the main cabins installing a Tides Marine Strongtrack for the mainsail luff replacing the worthless galley storage cubby holes with a proper galley storage bins with doors and added shelves. This amazing modification resulted in increasing galley storage capacity by 500%, but reduced the total weight of the galley "furniture" by two-thirds! adding a custom carbon permanent bowsprit, just 23 inches in length, allowing us to fly either asymetrical or symetrical spinnakers, with no rating penalty custom removable bunk boards for starboard quarterberth, allowing for a nice large single bunk cutting off the forward section of main cabin table removing the 2 wood quarterberth cabin doors and replacing with roll-up/drop-down canvas "doors"- weight savings and less clutter gots to have an amazing stereo- so we have a 500 watt amplifier, 12 inch subwoofer mounted below, 9 inch cockpit speakers (100% white trash ski-boat certified), mini Bose "twinstack" speakers in main cabin and so much more....
  5. Thanks, guys. I acknowledge that the SSS is not the right place to do this. The reason SSS was started was to attract and encourage single handed racing and that is what it is. Bob- an "Archie?" How quaint. I love the fact that I seem to have "scratched an itch" enough to get someone who apparently has had a lot more to say in these forums than I ever will, but doesn't any longer, to do exactly that. Ha! Also, I do double hand the boat- quite a bit- and I have no desire to make anyone change their program. I am not trying to "pressure" SSS. I merely made a suggestion to it and all other race organizers. Clearly, the SSS is not be open to my idea and so be it. Pardon me for daring to run it by you guys. And I look forward to doing your upcoming Farallones race double handed- and if I only knew who YOU are, I could try my best to follow your transom around the course. Guys: This isn't about my program, or how I can get better race results. I don't really fucking care if I get on the podium or not. I am trying to think of ways to increase overall participation in racing. Whether I have full crew or not, I know already that in PHRF racing (not OD racing, Joakim), if I have to square off with a Moore 24, an Express 27 or 37, I'm not going to beat them unless it's a fluke. All I'm suggesting is......give my suggestion a try and see what happens. How can that be so objectionable? There is a "cart before the horse" problem here. No one else (to my knowledge) has yet presented this idea so at the moment, I can't " bring the fleet entry numbers and the committees will likely add you with a smile. " because it hasn't been put out there yet. That's why I raised the question here! know my boat "intimately" do you? At least I can take solace in the fact that you acknowledge it could work ("Could it work, of course."), so all I'm suggesting is: Why not try it? Offer a shorthanded division for just one measly race, and see what happens. I did not intend to start an argument with the solo and 2H sailors who want to leave it the way it is.
  6. Solosailor: All I hear in your comments are (1) I am misinformed. The shorthanded sailing scene is lively, active and working perfectly; the status quo is acceptable. (2) There's nothing to fix. (3) Everything's just fine. (4) That everyone must accept the definition of "shorthanded sailing" as maximum 2 crew, and others say so? But the handle "solosailor" kind of gives your bias away. Sooooooorrrry. I agree there are multiple opportunities for solo and double handed racing. But you're are locked into the view that shorthanded sailing should be maxed out at 2 people. Period. Kinda parochial, my friend. My boat calls for a crew of 8 to sail effectively in conventional crewed racing configuration; but when I race to Hawaii, or in the ocean, I don't need or want 8 people on board. I want the option of a smaller crew without having to resort to sailing solo or 2H. I am suggesting there are dozens of other boat owners who feel exactly like this, and they have no place to go. So they stay ashore. Additionally, how can you say that introducing a new shorthanded division per the table above will "dilute what is working?" We don't know that. It's never been tried. You're making an assumption. We'll never know unless we try it. Is that so hard to do? Quite to the contrary, I'm suggesting that adding shorthanded divisions as described above will increase participation across the board, not dilute fleets; and like I say above- I utterly reject the notion that shorthanded sailing maxes out at 2 people. I'm hoping to convince guys like you to wrap your head around that; to acknowledge and accept that other people don't see things the same way you do. That means not being intellectually locked in place; keeping an open mind is a wonderful thing, so even without changing your opinion, then at least you can agree that giving this a try is a worthwhile endeavor. And hey- if it fails, or causes dilution of existing fleets, then it fails, and we abandon it. And now, with the sky clearing, it's time to get away from the keyboard and get on down to the boat. See you on the water! I'll check back later and thanks again for the comments- let's keep it going. Input, input.
  7. BillDBastard, I just re-read your original post to make sure I understand your comments. I do not disagree with anything you've said. If I can attempt to summarize your point, you're asserting the primary reason there are fewer boats racing is due to skipper mismanagement or a poor understanding of crew management techniques. These factors undoubtedly also contribute to the contraction in participation in racing, however (with all due respect, too) solving the issues you raise is a highly esoteric, complicated matter that might find traction at a weekend retreat for sailing psychologists, but because it is so esoteric, it's difficult to see a practical, relatively simple and painless way to apply it to the problem at hand. How, for example, would you change the paradigm you describe? Where do you even begin? My idea, on the other hand, is a simple, perhaps inelegant, but nonetheless painless and easy-to-implement idea that will provide immediate feedback: registrations for races will either increase, or not. Easy idea to try, easy to implement, no rating changes to deal with, easy to evaluate, easy to tweak, easy to abandon if it fails. How to teach skippers to nurture and retain a full crew is an issue far too complex and difficult to solve, in my mind. You make incredibly valid points and have identified an additional factor contributing to lower race participation, but the solution you offer is entirely conceptual- good for an intellectual discussion but comes up short in terms of providing a readily tangible solution.
  8. Hi again. First off- thank you to everyone for commenting, and again to SA for not only hosting this valuable communication platform, but recognizing the critical issue of declining participation in our sport and for always being willing and daring to assume a leadership role. This is why I have utmost respect and appreciation for you, Editor, even though I do not always agree with some of your, er, non-sailing related opinions. Personalities aside, Sailing Anarchy has our sport's back, and I for one am extremely grateful. And it is important to have a consistently vocal voice that is always willing to "Question Authority," which instills some semblance of checks and balances on big picture issues. I am really gratified to see excellent response to this thread, which suggests to me that I (all of us, actually) are definitely on to something. If I may, I'd like to respond to some of the comments so far. There were a few suggesting, in effect, that shorthanded sailing maxes out at 2 persons. Folks- that's "purist" talk coming from what I gather are extremely experienced sailors and while that assertion is not without merit and will evoke a spirited debate, I don't think you guys are getting the key goal: Getting more boats out racing and participating. Try to think beyond the parochial technical issues and think about the sociological and financial aspects of why fewer boats are racing. This is what we are trying to address. I am neither sailmaker, naval architect or techie; Lord knows I am no mathematician. One of the longer responses above discusses the importance rig tuning- a skill that is so beyond my meager intelligence to comprehend that I leave the tuning of my boat's mast entirely to my sailmaker and professional rigger (What would I do without you, Roland?). The table for determining maximum crew size for my proposed "shorthanded" division is my own personal, seat-of-the-pants, completely unscientific, draft; a mere suggestion; a starting point that undoubtedly needs to be discussed, debated, tweaked, then monitored and fine-tuned (assuming this campaign succeeds) as we enact the concept and watch it evolve. toolbar asks 'How can 4 crew on a 28 footer be called "shorthanded?" ' Hell if I know- I don't own a 28 footer. So maybe 3 people up to 30' is better- again- the table I concocted is entirely open for discussion. But what I must reject is the notion that we define "Shorthanded sailing" as a maximum of 2 crew. That is 100% inside-the-box thinking and this is what we absolutely have to overcome. Open your minds! That is exactly how it is now for the Singlehanded Sailing Society ("SSS"), an established organization already here on the SF Bay. And speaking of the SSS..... For those unfamiliar with the SSS, it's a well-established group that began as a solo racing society- singlehanded sailing only. It then decided to add double handed boats, and now, several years later, I learned yesterday that double handed boats now comprise 75% of the SSS membership. Interesting! So I contacted the SSS yesterday to introduce my idea- I suggested they not only add a third class for "Shorthanded" boats based on my table, but take the even bolder step of changing the title of their organization to "Shorthanded Sailing Society. " Do that and presto! They could, I speculate, exponentially increase their membership. A thoughtful reply I received from one of the SSS' leaders opined, in summary, that my idea would likely be a non-starter with the SSS because the soloists will assert it is contrary the "spirit of the organization," and it will cause an "insurrection" within the SSS. Wouldn't want to do that, now would we? I will see if I can attend the next SSS meeting to try to convince these folks to PLEASE (pretty please with a cherry on top?) dare to experiment: in its next upcoming Farallones Island race, add a new Shorthanded class, and see what happens! Tell me why it could not be tried? Look- I feel like Paul Revere: People! Wake up! The end of our sport is coming! The status quo isn't working! Shake things up a little. We have got to start trying something new. Be a little bold. Would that be so difficult to add this new division? Would it so offend the solo purists to try it just once? What if it was tried and all of sudden, registration quadruples? Would that be a bad thing or a good thing for our sport? I think sensible people know the answer. More! I'd like to see more feedback here. Please have it, and again- thank you, SA.
  9. Greetings Fellow Sailors! I am introducing an idea to all sailboat race organizers in the San Francisco Bay. I would like to share a letter I just sent to a popular local sailing magazine- it lays out the concept. I hope others in the wider racing community embrace and propel the idea forward, as I believe it will seriously increase waning participation in regattas. Thanks for reading, and thanks to Sailing Anarchy for everything you do for our sport!
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    Deep Frying Turkey Aboard

    THIS is what a proper fried turkey looks like when done. Been doing them for over 15 years, never had a problem but have learned a few tricks along the way.
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    Pac Cup 2018

    I decided to send the following to one of the Pac Cup board members- unsolicited commentary: I am certain the subject topic has been the source of long and protracted debate, discussion, study- ad nauseum. I have previously not given much thought to the topic until the recently-finish Volvo Ocean Race. In short, I believe the decision to impose any delay on the tracker, is a mistake. I realize there are always going to be people who live by the motto "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't competin' " but in a Corinthian activity like yacht racing, the benefit of the doubt should be given to the participants. What I realized during the final leg of the VOR is that a live tracker creates an incredibly richer spectator experience that drives significantly more traffic to the website; it makes the race far more compelling to all spectators, and induces the non-sailors to become hooked on the race at least, and who knows? The desire to try sailing? It's way better for the race, for fans of the race, and most importantly it'll generate many new followers; a live tracker is better for the sport. Just make the penalty for cheating on this matter, the "death penalty": disqualification That should keep all would-be jerks and jackasses, well at bay. xxxxx- the sport of sailing is in general contraction. We need to do everything possible to attract converts. A live tracker is a powerful and unique tool to help accomplish this. It isn't too late to correct this mistake. I urge you to re-open the dialogue immediately with your fellow event leaders, and make the tracker live for the entire race. The roar of approval you hear will absolutely overwhelm you. I can't guarantee xxxxxx will do well, but I can guarantee you will be making an exceedingly popular move. I expect no one will listen but I think I speak for the majority.
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    Pac Cup 2018

    I wish they would keep the tracker live the entire race. I hate the 6 hour delay. To me, having the tracker live makes for a much richer spectator experience, and can only drive more people to the web site and with far more more frequency, pulling them into the race. I guess they impose this so that cheaters with money to burn can't see the competition live, but when you think about this, that really is a ridiculous position to take. Hey- someone might put their engine in gear in light why not make the boats remove propellers? What sort of cheating-ass MF would purposely break this rule, with his entire crew in on it? Exactly: it is highly unlikely to happen. Corinthian yachtsmen are expected to abide by the rules and be honorable- that should be the default assumption. The tracker delay seems to say: "Oh, someone will cheat if we give them the scope to do so." Really? I prefer to give the competitors the benefit of the doubt. As for the weather....ho hum. Our weather guru will give us his best analysis; the routing models will change every 6 hours hours; but once the gun goes off, the dice are rolled, and then- come what may!
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    Pac Cup 2018

    Hurricane-forming conditions are setting up per usual but there seems to be a quiet spell ahead for the start week of Pac Cup; posible light air in the middle, the last remnants of Fabio. But seems like it's shaping up for a decent ride......
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    Eds SC-33 Anarchy 3

    I teased you when you got her (I called the design "so yesterday" which it bloody well is) and you replied with your usual vitriol since you perceive that I'm a right-wing jackass (both half true) and an incompetent sailor- well, all of us believe what we chose to believe. But I see the enthusiasm, pride and the love you've put into her and you got her fixed up nicely; the sails look really, really good, too. So I say keep sailing her and you'll get her dialed in; maybe once you've accumulated multiple race results you'll have some ammo to request a change (increase) to your rating and I hope you succeed in that. But most of all- enjoy good times aboard her- you've given the old girl a new lease on life.
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    blooper time!

    (Yawning mightily) yesterday ( said "Let the insults fly") But boat restoration projects are fun and once completed, provide great satisfaction. I bought a POS, totally wrecked Santana 525 in '04 and completely restored her- an enjoyable project and I still see her out sailing and looking good to this day. And it's hard to resist because old boats can be had for little money