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  1. Pollination

    FREE - S2 7.9

    Best if used by dates should be stamped on yachts and ......
  2. Pollination

    Caption Contest

    And of course you will want the Farr 40' film with your order. No extra charge!
  3. Pollination

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    Did you ever notice how hard it is to sell a winning PHRF boat in the same district? The sport is egocentric....lot's of dorks all over the place. SCOTW like successful earthlings. They have the pick of the party....8-2 Guy/Girl ratio ...at best. Max out your PHRF boat if you want to win. If you just want to mess around, don't waste the organizers and proper yacht owners time with your lame rating appeals. It costs a few bucks, get over it!
  4. Pollination

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    Most racing boats are in plane sight of the competition and committees. Just take a look. If the team is working on the yacht and other teams are standing around watching your team work....guess who is going to win. Hey , why were you guys out sailing yesterday for 5 hours....the regatta starts in two days?
  5. Pollination

    Do Some Boats Just Suck In Reverse?

    Yacht Designers are programed to make yachts move forward.....backwards, not so much.
  6. Pollination

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    Most racing boats are in plane sight of the competition and committees. Just take a look. If the team is working on the yacht and other teams are standing around watching your team work....guess who is going to win. Hey , why were you guys out sailing yesterday for 5 hours....the regatta starts in two days?
  7. Pollination

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    The boat is expected to be in perfect condition. If you sails, gear and crew are not, that is your problem. Cheating with anything out of spec is cheating. Just report everything to the Committee , they will update your rating and you will still be on the podium. What shocks me is the qualifications and easily influenced Committee members that make these decisions. Hey, that sailmaker that's been on the PHRF Committee for decades...pal up with him and buy a few drinks and sails...your rating will be petrified. The sheep will follow. Sit back and wait then buy the boat that they favor...and sails from whoever you want.
  8. Pollination

    Caption Contest

    Just adjust the bunk a bit mate...this won't take long.
  9. Pollination

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    PHRF keeps many families in the sport. Of course when you graduate from your University, you want to be in the Cool Kids local Yacht Club. If you can afford a club racer in the J-24 - J-35 range you will be in the boatyard upgrading and sanding all winter. It's a social competition that transcends practicality and shifts the on the water competition to the bar in the afternoon. Many enjoy this cycle for decades and are more than comfortable not to advance into the IRC and ORC rating arenas. Sunday Afternoon Blazer Cocktail Parties and discussions about the latest and greatest equipment and bottom paint (girls) were fun. In my opinion they should expand their horizons and explore the other rating options. Over the past decades I enjoyed upgrading an old hot rod phrf boat and sailing her fast. 50% of my social time was dedicated to the success of that yacht. IRC and ORC make much more sense and the certificate application fees are very reasonable. (cheap) In reality, the same team wins year after year because they prepare, practice and study harder than the rest of the fleet. The same holds true in one design. If the boat is considered a rule beater, that is a reflection of the boat owner working harder, studying harder and preparing better than the fleet. Cheat off of their paper and it my be you on the podium in a year or two.
  10. Pollination

    opinions on mainsail trim

    1st the Maxell Tape on the shrouds, might give you a clue that this sail is not going anywhere for service. Ease the vang please. The boom is bent and causing the diagonal wrinkles in the sail. Also ....just drop the sail after the race and check the battens, slowly raise the main with no outhaul on for proper halyard tension, then rig a makeshift cunningham. Boom end sheeting is always a tough call when it is lead aft of the boom, so vang appropriately. A nip and tuck would help out too ...I prescribe cleaning the bottom, sailing around for a few days then a pitcher of margaritas.
  11. Pollination

    Greta Rides Again?

    What happens when the next Ice Age Starts? Hurry up Heat the Planet or we are all doomed. Well except the Ice Boat Clubs.
  12. Pollination

    15 minutes to raise the protest flag ruled valid

    Reminder to all, you have to check the course length and times every time!
  13. Pollination

    Greta Rides Again?

    Batteries need to be charged...do you know exactly what type of fuel keeps your lights on? Do you travel? Pure Yachting is nice and environmentally friendly. Catch a fish, eat it..still to be honest any proper yacht took very much effort and huge carbon footprint for that beast to be built. I suggest we all calm down about this whole environmental thing. We have come a very long way since the 70's and the earth is healing just fine. Not many of you are as old as I am or have been reincarnated as often but I do remember that horrible day 66 million years ago when the sky lit up and there was that atomic explosion, turned out to be a few kilometer wide asteroid that was sent from the heavens to earth with the intent to destroy Cancun , alas it missed. I was a turtle at the time and most of my friends survived. Most of the cool kids on the planet perished and the volcanic eruptions covered them up properly. There were billions of tons of Iridium firmly placed in the layers of history to prove it. What happens when the Pacific North West let's loose again? Mt. St. Helens was just a preview. A reasonable Volcano Risk Assessment Tax seems fair? Say 20%?
  14. Pollination

    15 minutes to raise the protest flag ruled valid

    Wow....perfect reason to toss the radio...if the RC can wait on purpose to call over OCS boats...they have a hand in picking the days winner. Almost as bad as not shortening course or calling a race when the wind has died to less than one knot, in foul tide for over an hour. I respect and Applaud all R/C's for what they do having been a Chairman for many years. Don't you just love the teams that just won't head up when you have rights ..just to avoid being over early and look the other way while turning down....maybe the avoiding contact at all costs rule should be reversed...that might get the attention of these guys! Don't be shy....in the old days they had to prove why there was a chunk out of the port stern quarter! Oh gee...you did not have time to react five seconds before the gun? Too this day my moto is to stay within hailing distance of the RC at all times prior to sequence and make sure we are well out of the box when others are starting. A nice set of binos are on hand at all times to determine if the flags indicate a quick change, which was the norm back in the 80's.