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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Oyster Yachts gone bust

    I bet these guys will be taking a look. http://www.grandlargeyachting.com/en/ They bought Gunboat and Outremer when they went belly up. Not sure of how they aquired their other bands.
  2. 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.
  3. Rules??

    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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Please send along some names and contact info. Boat is a J-105. Thanks. Rob
  9. 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. http://www.globalmarinenet.com 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.
  10. Mast or boom furling?

    In mast did not work out to well for Sir Ben. https://au.sports.yahoo.com/a/25980427/ben-ainslie-rescued-richard-branson-on-honeymoon-with-georgie-thompson/ Or just google "ben ainslie necker island sailboat sail stuck" and you will see a whole slew of stories. Good thing he was clos to Necker Island and could call in the calvary. Would have been ugly out in the ocean. (This is about a 2 year old story.)
  11. 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.
  12. Vineyard Race 2017

    Unfortunately the Gearbuster conflicts with the STC IOR College regatta at LYC and YA has been loaned for that regatta. FYI I understand they are short boats this year so if anybody wants to help grow the sport this is your chance.
  13. Vineyard Race 2017

    Thanks for the reminder. Just a few race days. Couple years back he was on for the Dorade and can't remember a day since then. His kids have/are in the program but work schedule does not let him be on the boat. He did help sail High Noon back from Bermuda.