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    Sail Numbers?

    It's nice to see proper boat names come back, though I can't see those taking precedence over syndicate names in the media. The thing I like about numbers are that they're part of a boat's identity - it's why so many of us put them on crew gear and even our Sailing Anarchy screen names. As I said, the thing I liked about the IACC class was that the hull number stayed with the boat no matter where it went, like the well-traveled SUI-59, which started out as that weird tandem steerable keel boat for the Swiss team in 2000, became Alinghi's first boat for the 2003 campaign with some modifications, and was still being used in competition during the 2007 Acts as ITA-59 with the +39 Challenge. Again, it's a barely consequential detail, but I always thought it was interesting to watch that progression of a boat from competition to trial horse and sometimes back to competition. I guess it's been a bit different over the past decade with a new class every cycle, but one could always be optimistic that this time there might be some longevity.
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    Sail Numbers?

    Admittedly this is a little thing, but have we just completely ditched sequential hull/sail numbers ever since the IACC class? That's a detail of the older classes that I miss, as it gave continuity to the fleet as boats changed hands from cycle to cycle. Also gave an at-a-glance reference to the era a boat was built in for long-lived classes like the 12 Meters. These days if you see numbers on the sail at all it's a "vanity number" picked by the team, like USA 17.
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    Fduck Foiling!

    Liberia and Myanmar too
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    Fduck Foiling!

    I should clarify - sail handling as in sail changes, which AC35 was devoid of. Theoretically the new boats will have Code 0s, so that’s good at least. And far be it for me to denigrate the best sailors in the world, I just preferred watching the IACCs with their large crews and more diverse (and conventional) roles. Also kept more top sailors employed at the highest level.
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    Fduck Foiling!

    Color me a 31 year old curmudgeon, but I’ve preferred watching events like the TP52 and IC37 series over the recent AC events. The sport I grew up with emphasized crew work and sail handling; not three people controlling the boat and the rest constantly grinding to keep the hydraulics charged. Evolution is normal, but eventually you wind up with a completely new species. My enjoyment of sailing is derived from the challenge of making the boat sail as fast as it can, of playing the game better and smarter. I don’t need foilers for that. That said, I do enjoy the sensations of flying and speed, but that’s why I’m a pilot. I like sailing for other reasons.
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    Tartan Ten Anarchy

    I can only advise as to your 5th question. I was a member of a reasonably successful college keelboat team made up of dinghy sailors. The most important part of transitioning from dinghies to keelboats is to assign everyone their position (ask the class experts what positions make sense on your boat) and train everyone to do their job and ONLY their job. That includes the driver. We won by putting our best tactician on mainsheet and putting a very focused driver on helm to keep the boat moving at top speed. The rest of the transition is not hard. Tack and jibe less often than you’re used to (be more patient with shifts and use your compass), and come out of your tacks low and smoothly trim in and head up as you build speed. Starts are going to be a bit different. You can’t luff, accelerate, and go. You’ll need plenty of runway and a good lane. Work on your time-on-distance awareness.
  7. The only thing that gives me some hope is that us humans have a knack for engineering our way out of a problem when we really have to. I think emissions reduction is a lost cause at this point.
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    Sailing electronics vs. Rating systems

    I think it's a fair point though that at some point in the relatively near future, a computer will be able to race a sailboat better than a human. We've already got computerized sail trim in the America's Cup, and a "sail by wire" control system probably isn't far off. I don't know if a rating adjustment is the right way to go, but at some point we're going to need to decide how much human skill we want this sport to test.
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    Moving to Connecticut - Looking for a YC

    I grew up in Durham, next town south of Middletown. HS and Junior sailing at Pettipaug about 15-20 years ago (shit, can't believe it's been that long), and spent summers in college instructing and coaching in the ECSA. I've raced PHRF in both the Mudhead and Duck Island Fleets, both were very solid and competitive. Also done a bit of Etchells and JY15 racing out of Duck, and of course frostbiting at Essex. I live in Wisconsin now, and the Eastern CT sailing scene is probably the thing I miss the most. I still bum a ride frostbiting every now and then when I swing by visiting family. You'll have a lot of fun racing on LIS and make a lot of good friends.
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    Taking down the red flag

    Is there a penalty for "breaking" 61.1 other than your protest not being valid?
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    That's a valid point, but the skippers I'm talking about have boats the same size or smaller than mine. The largest boat in our entire fleet is currently an S2 27. You're right though - I used to race on a J/29 where we needed something like 7 minimum to be competitive in any sort of breeze.
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    I'm in my third season racing a 25' keelboat we bought for $800. Finding crew every week is a challenge but we always manage. What I've done is to get a core group of about 3 reasonably experienced regulars who can do almost any position. Rarely are they available every week, but I only need 1-2 of them to sail the boat competently while filling the remaining slots with either rookies or new people with modest experience. Two weeks ago I had an experienced regular on bow and guy who never flew kite before this season trimming upwind and downwind. We won. We're not the flashiest boat but people seem to value the experience of racing with us. Unfortunately, while the total fleet numbers are holding steady we've had a mass exodus in the past year from our spinnaker fleet into nonspin. The other skippers are citing lack of crew for their decision. I just don't buy it. I've been pretty desperate for bodies some nights but we always put the kite up and it's usually not a disaster. To me, flying the kite is the whole appeal of sailing with a large crew - everyone has an important job and we work as a team.
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    Stanford sailing coach gets probation

    I was reading some excerpts from an interview Vandermoer gave before sentencing, talking about how he was recruited by Singer. As these things tend to go, it started small with innocent, seemingly legitimate inquiries and escalated. While it should have been obvious when the relationship became criminal - and clearly he was casting himself in the best light possible in the interview - he was able to rationalize it to himself as the payments and depth of fraud increased. I'd like to think I'd do the right thing in similar circumstances, but I don't think there's an honest person who isn't haunted by that question in cases like this. I agree with your premise that this was a scheme to deprive deserving students of admissions slots, but "destroying aspirations" is a tad melodramatic. If not getting into Stanford, when admissions to top colleges is more and more of a crapshoot, is a catastrophic event for you, you may need to rethink your outlook on the future.
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    Yacht Club Lifejacket Rules for Kids

    It only took 20 posts for a discussion on PFDs to hit Godwin's Law. I love this place!
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    Collegiate sailing ....

    One thing I’ve noticed now, nearly a decade removed from college sailing, is that the people who did well on my college and high school sailing teams are not necessarily the same people who stuck with sailing after college (I’m definitely in the latter group, not the former). Some people are just eager to find new worlds to conquer. That’s probably true of other intercollegiate sports that are played at an amateur level into adulthood.