Rude Dog

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    Left coast USA
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    Sailing, sailing and sailing...not necessarily in that order.

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  1. Rude Dog

    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
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    Pac Cup 2018

    In! (But can't say nothing about dropping out early....because that's what we had to do in '16 thanks to 2 broken ribs and a suspected ruptured spleen, on the first night.) Gonna be a great summer! I wonder: Last time, we were one of only two boats that carried the Watt & Sea hydrogenerator. Will anyone else discover these amazing devices? On the Transpac this summer, we used all of 1.5 gallons of diesel during the (embarrassingly long) 14 days it took to get to Honolulu. Besides instruments, we ran our refrigerator the entire time. Yes! Ice-cold beer every day.....and now you see what our priorities were....and are.
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    30-35 ft sprit boat - up to 75K

    I like French boats- well built, great designs (fyi- Rod Johnstone's designs all look the same and have hardly changed since the J-24, ho-hum) and guarantee no one will know what it is but they will sure admire your boat. Go to Archambault A31, Archambault A27, Jeanneau SunFast 3200, Pogo 30 These awesome boats may be a little beyond your budget, then there's the cost to import them and re-flag from a French to a U.S. vessel, but any of these will put any of the boats mentioned previously, to shame. In this writer's opinion.
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    Rolex Big Boat Series - San Francisco

    Ah, now I understand. Thanks, quezal- that makes sense. Anyway- it's the same old regatta, same boats, blah, blah, blah. The Pac 52 fleet seems to be duking it out pretty well, but otherwise, it's mostly a one design regatta, it seems. Peace, over and out.
  6. There's a big sailing regatta happening right now in San Fransicko. Just wondering why SA is not covering it, as usually you guys are always on top of the major sailing events. Are you in "boycott mode" as respects this event? Just curious and thanks.
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    mondo bondage

    So, so, so yesterday of a boat. But have fun with it anyway, I suppose.
  8. Rude Dog

    how to ruin racing, part 2

    I'm not surprised he pissed off others- he's really good at that, especially when he spews the Leftist bullshit. But his mean streak and temper is likely the result of unfortunate childhood issues- so I am sorry for that. Mr. Twatwaffle (great new term to me- thanks to the poster above for that!).
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    Pacific Cup 2016

    Hard pressed to recall a lower point in my life...maybe when my marriage broke up 10 years ago? I dunno. Can only say that having to retire from the race after sailing just 180 miles has resulted in the worse case of the blues you can imagine- right now, we're feeling lower than whale shit. Just so randomly unfair. Pretty sporty conditions that first night (but nothing we didn't sign up for, or hadn't seen before), 25-28 knots TWS, 70 degree AWA, blasting through big, breaking seas at 9.5-12 knots boatspeed, double reef, 85% jib rolled up to 75%, moon out, spirits high. After 1.5 years of constant preparation, training, hard work and HUGE expense, we're finally on our way, and it looks to be a fast passage, definitely. Robb, down below getting ready to come up for the 0200-0600 watch. Boat gets lifted, big wave breaks on the beam; Robb loses handhold and gets flung (other crew said it looked like "he got shot out of cannon") clear across the beam of the boat, landing right on a steel bar that protects the stove. The bar did its job- stove fine. But Robb? Ugh. Two busted ribs. Had we been further along and the wind more backed, we probably would have continued. But with less than 10% of the course sailed, Robb in utter agony and no idea whether he had a punctured lung, lacerated or burst spleen- no way to tell but no way can that chance be taken less than 200 miles out- we turn around. Bitterness. Sadness. Melancholy. Have not been able to follow the race- just too heartbreaking. Anyone else experience this level of disappointment? It's absolutely devastating, crushing. Then when we read SA's description that "marginal boats and sailors are retiring," we went absolutely ape-shit: E-mailed the editor and invited him to kiss our asses. Fuck that asshole for taking such a cruel, inaccurate swipe at the boats that drew the short straws. We'll get our shot again next year, in Transpac. Until then.....
  10. Well now! That was one sporty day on the Gulf of the Farallones, wasn't it? Certainly one of the breezier roundings of Bird Shit Rock that I've done. In awe of the amazing Moore 24. How the @!*k do those things handle 10-12 foot seas, 22-28 knots of wind, without reefing, and yet, consistently sail to weather over 6 knots???? Blows my mind. What was real trippy was how much windier it got after we got around the rock. Shook out the second reef, unfurled the headsail to the maximum 107%, 95 degree AWA, and rarely saw less that 9.5 knots of boat speed. Then the wind really came up- averaged 27-28 TWS all the way in- had to roll the jib back up to smallest size, and we still experienced something like a dozen round-ups as 30-32 knot gusts hit us. Fucking-A! We hit speeds of 15 knots+ dozens of times, top boat speed was 17.7 knots. Best of all- I don't think anything broke. I am sore as shit this morning.