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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    Given the number of drownings on Lake Michigan each year, I doubt any one gets a thorough investigation from USCG.
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    Having spent a good deal of time talking to the person who oversees search and rescue on the lake, I can assure you they know a hell of a lot more about the chances of recovery and risks to those involved than you do. If you think they do one search and rescue a week or a day, you are way off. They don’t need practice. This sailor is not the only person who will drown on the lake this week, just the only one you know of. Cheeky Rafiki is a great example of a search going on too long and putting people at risk because of powerful people making requests.
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    Rest of the ride should be better for teams still racing. We’re coming into Muskegon on the ferry now and seas are pretty flat, 1-3 at most. Was closer to 4-6(+) on the Milwaukee side. Sure they are happy for a respite.
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    Not good, but at least it was light of day and in vicinity of Chicago. Hope that leads to a good outcome. YB shows 5 Turbos not racing currently.
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    Genoa question

    I'm considering buying 3yo pentex 135% genoa for about 1/4 price new. It's been used for club races during that time on the great lakes (limited season). What's the expected life for the sail on C&C 35? Can I expect this to give me another 3-4 years of being competitive in club racing, or is that too optimistic?
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    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

    I’m guessing a guy who chooses that name isn’t getting action anywhere else
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    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

    My wife wants to name our boat “Knot on board”. You can tell how she feels about my new purchase. Maybe for the dinghy?
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    Let me get this straight: You're such a thorough and prepared sailor that you are ready for any sailing conditions or unfortunate events that you may face You didn't read the 3 page NOR Was the irony intended?
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    I'm no statistician either, but if you look at the number of deaths compared to the number of deaths it doesn't look as good. Even if you just go back to '05-06, there have been 3 deaths in the past 5 events. That's not good. Hopefully VOR gives serious thought to what they do safety-wise for the next design. Among other things, I believe there was discussion about making it require fewer sailors. Seems like loss or incapacitation of one crew member would make that even more precarious in tough conditions. I don't discount the efforts to make it safe. It is a true miracle, and testament to the men and women on these boats, that they can do what they do without the boats disintegrating or more serious injuries. But hopefully they continue to strive to make it safer, not just more exciting/extreme.
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    Agree with all you said. There has been a push in the sport to go more and more extreme. The result, almost by definition, is less safety. Without knowing details, it sounded to me like the next generation was continuing the trend. Will be interesting to see if the loss of life this race will cause a change of heart.
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    There have been 2 deaths this race, not one. The Chinese fisherman counts too, no? Imagine the changes that would happen if 2 people were killed in one season of any other sport. Don’t know Hancock from Adam but I’m with him on this. As for search time, doesn’t matter whether it was 2 hours or 10. The coast guard has very good data on likelihood of survival over time in the water at different temperatures. If that happened off the coast of Chicago in those temps they wouldn’t search for 7 hours. After 2 hours he was dead, likely much less.
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    Relative Sailboat Builders Quality

    Any thoughts on relative build quality of 80’s Cal (33-2) compared to similar era C&C33/35, Ericsson 34/35, or Tartan35? Seems like Tartans are most expensive followed by Ericsson, Cal, and C&C in order though not dramatically different. Related to build quality?
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Scally is up to old tricks--get behind, take a flyer, and end up in front.
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    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Restart at 100mi out will do that. Had the race ended 18 hours earlier it wouldn't have been nearly so close. But finish was great. Hate it for TTOP, I thought they sailed the smartest and most consistent race, just didn't have boat speed when they needed it.
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    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    What’s illegal?