Svanen

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  1. Svanen

    Port Tacking the Feet.

    “Just getting it done” implies that winning by following all the rules, including 2 and 18. However, there’s nothing wrong with a boat habitually port tacking an entire fleet, provided that it accepts and complies with its obligations under Rule 10. If that practice makes other boats annoyed or nervous, that’s unfortunate but no Rule has been broken. Fixed.
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    Got it; thanks for clarifying! I chose to wear nice caps and hats while sailing. If/when I lose one overboard, I’ll be annoyed but it won’t be the end of the world: life is too short to worry about mere possessions (or to wear shitty hats or cheap sunglasses, IMO!). To me, wear and tear, or outright loss, of gear is an acceptable ‘cost of doing business’. Different people have different definitions of what constitutes a sport, and exactly how much competition, physical exertion and organization/rules are necessary. If you believe sailing doesn’t qualify, fine; you’re certainly entitled to that opinion. FWIW, in my experience the average sailor is not an outstanding physical specimen but is significantly less overweight, and in generally better condition, than the average non-sailor of the same age group. YMMV.
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    As evenflow noted (post #54), last year they squandered that goodwill by pulling out their sponsorship of the LO 300 at the last minute. The experience left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths, and really damaged their reputation. The rum itself is pedestrian: drinkable, but bland.
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    The nice thing about aging is freedom from worry about what other people, especially strangers, might think about you (and of course a non-narcicist realizes that few people spend much time thinking about him or her anyway).
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    Wow, that's lame. What a crazy nanny state mentality. What rule is that? Yeah, those orange Volvo caps that they give away at every local regatta have become ubiquitous. Everybody and his brother has one.
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    shit show (front page)

    You're just demonstrating your ignorance. Not that I wouldn't be proud to hail from Yorkshire!
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    shit show (front page)

    Just for you, brother: “watching sailboats go slow is more interesting”. There, at least one person has said it. IMHO, ever-increasing speed is not the point of sailboat racing: sailboats will always be slow compared to other forms of transport. Anyone who craves raw speed would do much better to watch hydroplane racing, or better yet the National Air Racing Championships at Reno later this month. Seriously. Boats with hamster crews who perform no significant tactical maneuvers and don’t even execute sail changes are boring.
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    shit show (front page)

    Amen! This foiling stuff is the marine equivalent of drag racing: virtually no tactics or skill involved.
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    Classic American Dinghies

    A feature from Sailing Magazine entitled A Touch of Class describes three old-but-good OD classes: the Snipe, the Lightning and the Thistle. The Flying Scot should also have been included.
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    PFD Upgrade Time

    Ballard Sailor related what he has personally observed. Anecdotal evidence is by definition unscientific, and you are free to argue that his sample size is too small to prove anything. But demanding that he perform investigations or spend time educating you makes no sense, when you have clearly already reached a firm conclusion (“There is simply NO WAY you are going to make me believe that 50% of properly maintained PFDs failed”).
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    Rules Question - Shortening the Race

    Immediately before the course was shortened, he was sitting in fifth place. A short time (sounds like it would have been less that a minute) after the course was shortened, he finished the race in fifth place. No evidence on how this result affected his placement in the series. What is “significant” is rather subjective, but most PCs would not consider the above to meet the standard.
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    Rules Question - Shortening the Race

    Assuming for the sake of argument that the time limit has not passed (or.that Murphness can point to some good reason for the PC to extend), and assuming further that the RC did in fact commit an improper act or omission, the question remains whether Murphness’ score or place in the race or series was thereby made significantly worse (rule 62.1(a)). I see zero evidence of that.
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    But that's the point: many people do not listen, precisely because Channel 16 is a stream of noisy, inessential USCG broadcasts. Who really cares about a missing windsurfer. The owner should have secured it properly, and in any case can always buy another one.
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    The USCG itself drives mariners nuts with its incessant broadcasts, repeating every word three times - "United States Coast Guard Puerto Rico, United States Coast Guard Puerto Rico, United States Coast Guard Puerto Rico" - and e.g. asking people to keep an eye out for a windsurfer that has gone adrift up at Annapolis a thousand miles away. That results in many people turning the volume way down and/or mentally 'tuning out'.
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    PFD Upgrade Time