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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Why don't more people race?

    If more of us followed your lead (see bolded text in quote), more would be sailing. There's a reason the hot rums in SD get >100 boats while the "more serious" events get way less. Not to say that we don't enjoy racing full-on with a finely tuned and intensely focused team, but when that's the only game, year in and year out, it gets old. Since the '60s, I've had long periods when most of my sailing was intense racing and long periods when it wasn't. It's the pure joy of sailing and being on the water with family and friends that keeps me coming back again and again.
  2. The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    It's worked well for my wife and me (SDYC). Discount on our slip compared with public slips in the same basin offset the initiation fee years ago. My wife races senior sabots there at least once a week and this has become an important part of her social life. Plus many other benefits to us over the years. No question that it has been (and continues to be) well worth the expense for us. And we probably use the club 1/5 as much as many members do. I guess it depends on the club and the person. SDYC is devoted to getting people on the water--just what a YC should do, and is a great club for us.
  3. Olson 40 stories

    Great boats--you're a lucky man! You asked for advice and stories--my advice is: if your boat has the twin lazarette hatches, keep them closed and dogged down if there is any chance of a knockdown. The leeward one goes underwater when the boat is on it's side in big waves. Learned that on a delivery between Oahu and Kauai when we scooped up way too much ocean (and should have taken the kite down as the squall approached, given that we were in delivery mode without experienced crew...easy to get too nonchalant on such an easy boat....). One of my favorite sailing memories was delivering the same O-40 from Santa Cruz to LA. Poled out #2 and main in the middle of the night doing a steady 12-14 kts boat speed under perfect control, just my wife and me in the cockpit hanging out and talking. The boat practically steered itself.
  4. Craigslist Flying Tiger $15K (MdR)

    Wow--I think Tigres is #72 (formerly BNastyR)--actively raced and well maintained by her first owner at CYC then sold to a new owner in MDR several years ago. She was still all together and racing for the 2014 DPYC charity regatta where I last saw her. Assuming no major structural issues from neglect over the past couple of years, this could be an unbelievably good deal for the right buyer.
  5. Old lady sets off on solo nonstop RTW

    She's at SDYC--I think repairs still underway. A couple of locals are helping her out and helping her feel at home during what must be a very difficult time. She was a guest at the SDYC senior sabot Christmas party last night (a great fleet and really fun group, many who are still racing aggresively in their '70s and '80s). She's an amazing person. What a rare treat to meet someone who possess so much knowledge, drive, fortitude and inner strength yet is so humble and down to earth. In casual conversation with her, you would never guess what she has accomplished and will yet accomplish, if you didn't already know.
  6. WTF is up with Marina del Rey?

    Hanging out at Catalina for part of the time is not a bad option--good ferry service to Avalon or two harbors from San Pedro and Long Beach for your friends to join you. Buoys that you can pay for or you can anchor out for free. Fuel, water, food and drink available at two harbors and Avalon. Just watch out for the Santa Ana winds that can hit later in the fall--definitely don't want to be anywhere other than Cat harbor when they come. Late Fall/Winter storms would also be an issue at many of the coves. Cat Harbor is safe in any weather (and accessible by a 10-15 minute walk from the two harbors ferry terminal).
  7. Sailboat Mooring Paradise in El Salvador

    I have a good friend from El Salvador who I spent several days with last winter skiing and in many long conversations about his country especially the people--my impression through his stories and pictures of the genuine warmth, friendliness and openness of the average El Salvadorian is captured perfectly in the smiles of the couple in the bar picture.
  8. Sailing is a funny thing--it's part of life and my impression is that being a sailor makes life better even when one isn't doing it. Probably not a day goes by that I don't think about sailing. Only get out on my boat every 2-4 weeks if I'm lucky (the usual range of excuses...work, including this weekend, life, etc,) but every time I do get out, I think I need to do this more often....
  9. Just got back from a couple of days in Little Harbor on Catalina (Island about 20+ miles off LA for those non Cali sailors) with the family on my Dad's Ericson 35 (Dad is still sailing at age 82). Sailed for about 3 hours on the leg between the west end and PV buoy...about 6-12 kts of wind on a very broad reach without a spinnaker...just bopped along at 5-6 kts boat speed heading up when it got light and down when it puffed (who cares if we are pointing at Pt. Dume in the light spots....) and just chilled and sailed...no hurry, no schedule, no reason to get in to King Harbor anytime soon....it was great. Sometimes just being out there poking along sailing is exactly what you need. My first thought when we docked? I need to sail more!!!!
  10. Headed to Catalina next week on my Dad's Ericson 35, the family boat since 1974. Moves OK in light air. I still enjoy sailing it. We used to do well against the '70's one-tonners in overnight races when it got light, often finishing with them even though we rated a lot slower...but that all ended when the first Pendragon came on the scene... My dad has completely redone the boat--fixed blisters, fixed soggy deck, etc. Pretty standard for any '70s plastic classic. Only downside (of all older vintage boats) is short waterline. Those long overhangs encourage pitching. Doesn't both me but it does bother my wife who is prone to sea sickness. She said she would actually rather cruise catalina on our FT10 which has a very easy motion in a seaway. She's a camper though who doesn't mind roughing it.
  11. I crashed today - what should I have done?

    Sounds like the boat has a jib furler--in addition to dropping the main and sailing on only the jib (great advice) you can roll the jib up a little bit to get whatever amount of power you need to maneuver while keeping speed on the low side (but not too low as others have said). In the old days ('60s when I learned to sail) it was a lot more common to routinely sail small boats (<30') in and out of their slips. The outboard for our family 24' lived in the garage unless we were going cruising. A C-22 is a great boat--very responsive and well mannered--great to learn on, and to keep sailing as you learn more. Hire an instructor and learn to sail the boat in an out of the slip and the harbor in a variety of conditions. You'll learn a lot about boat handling and sailing in general, and you'll never have to worry about whether the outboard will run. Sailing is one of those great sports in which a little knowledge and practice goes a long way, but no matter how good you get and how much experience you have, there are always new things to learn. It doesn't get better than that. An as others have said, don't take a boat out without an anchor--in over 50 years of sailing, its the only bit of safety kit that I've ever had to use in an emergency situation (and it was inside the harbor...). Learn how to use that anchor too (another thing to work on with an instructor, but be aware that some instructors may not know much about anchoring...).
  12. anarchy, the good samaritans

    Well done indeed! Those two guys are very lucky to be alive and they owe that to Keith's experience and concern that led him to investigate an unidentified floating object. How many people would have written it off as a buoy or something else and passed right on by? Or had their head in the boat and not even seen it? Maybe one of the biggest lessons here is to always have your eyes and ears (VHF) open and don't "explain away" something that doesn't seem quite right without checking it out. Those two guys would almost certainly be dead if Keith and Paige hadn't been in the right place at the right time AND had the awareness and experience that led them to investigate.
  13. caption contest

    Delusions of grandeur
  14. FT-10

    Regarding racing crew, in any but the very lightest breeze, you want as close as possible to the class weight max of 1350 pounds. Regarding day sailing with friends/family, absolutely, but with caveats. The boat is a joy to sail in this mode in under 8-10kts breeze. The cockpit is huge and comfortable. For more wind, we had our sail maker cut most of the leach off the Dacron main that came with the boat, and have a cruising jib that can be roller reefed (we have one of the only FT10s with a harken furler). In up to 20-22kts breeze, we day sail with the Dacron main single reefed and the jib partially rolled up (or you could just go with the main only if you don't have a furler set up). Very fun sailing, including for the many non-sailors we have taken out. However, the boat is still very tender in this mode without full crew hiking, and requires constant attention on the main sheet, so if your wife gets nervous or your kids are very young, this might not be best for you in over 8-10kts breeze. To be honest, most people would say the boat is too much for family sailing in over 10 kts breeze. However, it's been a blast for us and everybody including non-sailors we have taken out, but my wife has sailed and raced all her life (we met racing), so I'm lucky in this regard. Our boat lives in a slip so, so no comments on launching. We have all the upgrades you can read about in the other links (mast step, motor door, Betts rudder, etc)--so far, our boat has been bombproof with these mods (got it in 2007). Overall, we love the boat both for racing and day sailing!
  15. "Dis is Sayula"

    My parents still have their old white Watts sea bags with labels--and they still use them too. Tough bags. Not sure what happened to mine, but it was my only suitcase during the '60s and much of the '70s. It takes me back every time I see my parent's bags.