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    Anchor chain

    Nothing wrong with your concept. I have something like that setup on my boat but for different reasons. My boat is a catamaran and I carry 200' of chain. But then I have 75' rode and then a few links of chain and then another 75' of rode. In all I have another 150' of rode I can put out after the chain. Having the chain links spliced in make it easy to attach the bridle.
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    Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    Young American just announced their entries. (I am part of the ogranization.) Gambler the R/P 63 will be a big step up from High Noon and will be a handfull. Good news is the crew is 2 years older, we have added some experianced sailors and will be taking one more coach. Plan is to sail with 14 juniors and 4 coaches on Gambler. Ticket to Ride will be a great boat for the High School aged sailors. Fully optimzied Swan 45, not a bad ride at all. Young American Sailing Academy to Sail Newport Bermuda Race Entering Two Boats Crewed by Twenty-Two Juniors RYE, NY (April 4, 2018) - The Young American Sailing Academy (YASA) announces two entries for the 2018 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race (NBR). Racing two boats builds on the success of the team’s single-boat effort in the 2016 Bermuda Race. Entering a second boat brings to 22 the number of young sailors able to improve their offshore skills in the iconic 638-mile offshore race. Partnering with the USMMA Sailing Foundation, the team will be sailing the 63-foot mini-maxi, Gambler USA 60010 (ex Lucky, ex Loki), crewed by the more experienced YASA sailors aged 17-23. The second race boat is the Swan 45, Ticket to Ride USA 45454 (ex Lir), owned by Edward D. Whitmore, and will be crewed by sailors aged 15-18; most of these sailors have been actively sailing the team’s J/105 Young American for the past three years in all of the local distance races such as Block Island Race, Vineyard Race, Ida Lewis Distance Race, and Around Long Island Race. The highly successful High Noon 2016 NBR campaign was made possible with the support of the USMMA Sailing Foundation and Steve and Heidi Benjamin. High Noon took home seven awards, including 1st to finish St. David’s and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Divisions, 1st in class, 3rd overall ORR, winner of the inaugural Stephens Brothers Youth Trophy, and winner of the Onion Patch Series. Many of the same crew of High Noon will be aboard Gambler, including the professional sailor and team coach Guillermo Altadill. Gambler is a recent donation to USMMA Sailing Foundation and will provide a larger and more advanced racing platform for the junior offshore sailors. “We are thrilled to be providing Gambler to this accomplished race team of young offshore sailors,” said Ralf Steitz, president of the Foundation. “Putting high performance boats and equipment in the hands of young sailors is the way to advance the next generation of US sailors in the sport of offshore ocean racing.” Ticket to Ride is a new boat for Whitmore and he is generously partnering with the YASA team in its goals of developing more US offshore sailors. “I’m excited to be racing to Bermuda with the YASA Team,” said Whitmore. “They may be young, but they already have big boat experience and I feel confident we will have a great race.” “Sailing High Noon in the 2016 Newport Bermuda was a fantastic milestone for us in delivering on our mission to help create a new generation of offshore sailors,” said Peter Becker, president of the Young American Sailing Academy. “On behalf of YASA, we would like to thank the USMMA Foundation, Ralf Steitz, Ed Whitmore, Rob Alexander, and Joe Cooper, who are all enthusiastically supporting the effort and making it possible for the team to take this next step forward.” About Young American Sailing Academy, Inc.: The Young American Sailing Academy is a not-for-profit whose mission is to develop a new generation of American offshore sailors by working with high school and college aged junior sailors to give them the tools required to compete at the highest level in the sport of ocean racing. The goal is to field winning entries in premier national and international sailing events including the potential future Olympic class of offshore sailing. The Young American team has more than six years of experience racing coastal and offshore events with numerous and notable victories such as the Block Island Race, Vineyard Race, and Newport Bermuda Race. For more information please visit the website About USMMA Sailing Foundation, Inc.: The USMMA Sailing Foundation is a 501c3 public charity specializing in vessel donations used for maritime education programs. The Foundation president, Ralf Steitz, is a world-class sailor and the driving force behind the success of the Foundation and its education initiatives. For more information please visit the website
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    Prop Cutters

    I use one of these. Goes on the end of a bush handle.
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    Oyster Yachts gone bust

    I bet these guys will be taking a look. They bought Gunboat and Outremer when they went belly up. Not sure of how they aquired their other bands.
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    Expedition 101 by North U - or other education?

    Also find a buddy who is already used the software. An hour run through will really help.
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    Forgetting about the rules nobody did anything like start cutting spinnaker sheets and halyards to clear the boats. With some quick action could have probably saved the mast. All I saw was a lot of looking around and no decisive action.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Not related to this leg but figured i would post here since this thread is seeing all the action right now. First do the boats even use them or are they just a backup energy source? Do some boats use them more than others? IF they do use them about what percentage of energy pie do the hydro generators create for the boats?
  8. You have a lot to learn, people who have sailed their entire lives sometimes can't get 100 miles in a boat. But seems you are confident and are a fast learner. I never want to be a doubter. Also seems like you have the budget so money can make up for a lot of things, but not everything. My advice is to buy used since you really have no idea what you want /need. I would hire some sort of consultant that you trust to help guide you through the purchase. You are going to need more help than a buyers broker can provide. Maybe not but spending a few thousand dollars on a consultant could help you in the long run You make no mention of learning how to sail before you actually get the boat. Taking some sort of sailing course would be advisable. And learning in small boats would be best. Very easy to go up from there. Charter idea is also a great place to start. From your description I would hire a bareboat with a captain, not a crewed yacht charter. I would also recommend hiring aboard a captain for the first 6 months when you actually pull the trigger and buy a boat. No point and reinventing the wheel and learning by mistakes, especially when mistakes out on a big boat can be life or death. For instance you can't just pull over like you can in a car when things go wrong. Other than that there are so many questions and answers I don't know where to start so I won't. Analogy might be your are starting at first grade math but you need to know calculus before you can attempt what you want. For instance you questions about generating electricity. Best of luck and there will be a lot of doubters here, just push on. I know a couple who where in your shoes a few years ago, they are now sailing around with their two kids in a performance 50'+ catamaran. So it can be done
  9. First Women Commodore for that club. I don't know her, but well done. Can somebody in the know give us the scoop why she was elected Commodore over the current Vice, instead being elected as the new Rear Commodore.
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    BITCOIN,,, anyone playing that game?

    I think the benefit is where your country currency is a mess. Take Venezuela. From what I have heard Bit Coin is filling a need. Personally I don't see a need for it in the USA or any other normal Country although I did buy $100 worth 3 years ago. Obviously I wish I bought more but at the time I just wanted some available incase I had to pay off some hacker to get my computer back. That never happened and I have slowly been selling it to just keep a small balance on hand. Good place to get started is with Coinbase. I went to a conference were they spoke and seems most of their business is institutional and they have system to interface with trading applications. For us lowly retail customer they have trippled their transaction fees from 1% to 3%. (I could be wrong but that is what I recall for my last transaction.) Another thing that I took away from the conference is last year all the rage were merchants that said they accepted bitcoin. But now that is gone and coinable says that is not a thing. Now most of the action is just tracing it, which I think is just crazy. Talk about a bubble.
  11. Please send along some names and contact info. Boat is a J-105. Thanks. Rob
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    Expedition software setup/ hrdware ideas

    Lots of questions there. I will just comment on the satcom. Get a router from the redport optimizer family of products. It will filter out 99% of what your computer is trying to do on the internet and let through just what you want. Also check out the xgate email client. Very nice for low bandwith connections. If you have an attachment, such as a grib file. and the connection is lost when you restart it will continue where it left off. is a good source for info and taking a look at products. I have had satisfactory results using a basic iridium handset. Also get a good fixed mounted external antenna. Forget the portable hockey puck antenna.
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    phrf handicap J105

    I have had this same discussion with the Young American group. My position (which counts for nothing) is if your PHRF rating is OD then you need to race in that configuration. If you change something that takes the boat out of OD configuation to go faster, which this jib looks to be, then your boat is faster and the numerical rating should go down. (I guess you could do something to make your boat go slower and hope for a better rating.) Although PHRF takes a bunch of numbers and measurements, by definition PHRF is a performance handicap system. So if you do something to change the performance of the boat the rating should change. The J/105 has a very fair OD PHRF rating, so why bother trying to mess around with it. If you only race PHRF it would be nice to get something other than a dacron main sail that constantly needs replacing but other than that not sure why you would want to change things to get out of OD.