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  1. frostbit

    Favourite Boat pic?

    What is great about all of these is how they catch a moment and will remind those on the boat of that moment forever. Beautiful and compelling as well, but there is absolutely nothing like looking at a photo of a boat you were on doing something spectacular.
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    What's your boat beer?

    Natural evolution of this thread is to what makes a great boat beer. Pre-race*: Refreshing. Nothing that leaves you with a lingering funk of the mouth that will be distracting. Not overly strong, but strong enough to leave the workday/rest of life behind. If racing old Solings (looking at you BSC), emptying a can into your gullet and using said can to stabilize tiller/rudder connection may be required. - Any session IPA or Pilsner will work. While racing^: See pre-race. Take a few points off the ABV b/c anybody drinking while racing is going to have more than one or two and stronger ABV will result in overly exciting mark roundings. - Usually a bud/coors/or other watery low alcohol selection. After racing on way back to mooring/float/dock: To each his own, but again, nothing strong enough to send the full boat into a vegetative state before she is put away safely for the day. Have witnessed many an otherwise competent crew do really stupid and sometimes dangerous things after a great sail/motor in. - see pre-race. Post landfall: Situational awareness is key. Racing at Vineyard Haven YC and it's a beautiful day? Get thee to the upper porch with a cooler of great beer of your choice and enjoy one of the best beer drinking locations ever created by man. Day 2 of a 5 day international regatta? Judicious use of libations are suggested. BI race week? Who are you kidding? You aren't drinking beer, you are drinking mudslides. Onion Patch Series? Rum. San Francisco in the summer? West Coast IPAs - enough to sooth the wounds. The Solent? Boddingtons. Etc. Etc. Etc. *Strictly Tue/Wed/Thu beer can series only, or other days as nature of competition and attitudes allow ^Beer can series + old-school club racing to government marks with 3+mile long legs. Never during real racing or while racing on a boat where fuzzy heads will results in death/dismemberment/brain injury/etc.
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    What's your boat beer?

    Always a crowd pleaser and not strong enough to make docking overly interesting.
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    Death at Cowes week.

    Sailing in the Solent in a small keelboat in real breeze is as intense as it gets. Swimmers are not at all unusual and some fleets (at least used to) recognize those sailors at regatta wrap-ups etc. God speed to Wayne and condolences to his family and friends.
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    How do you define Good Crew?

    That get fat grins and continue executing when the shit hits the fan
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    As I’m vying for the mid fleet award, partying is required.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Aground twice so far. Fuck. I cleared one point, and then, somehow, hit it from an entirely different t angle. Using mobile app. New version possibly buggy?
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Blessed be the score keepers... thank you!
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Spadadua 1,132 1490.5 4d 1h 25m 12s Thank you to the scorekeepers. Very tight finish.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    And hard. And didn’t know about it for some time. Should have been more cautious in my programmation.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    After sailing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic, Spadadua hit a rock less than 10 miles from the finish. Navigator has been canned. Remote operator is going to retire back to non-virtual sailing where when you are in a Memorial Day parade you are not also close hauled on the north side of the Bristol Channel rock hopping. leg started great and the team held strong until Bristol Channel was in sight Congratulations to the winners. Well done! And thank you to the scorers. Your work is greatly appreciated. Spadadua 1,284. 3,086.9, 7d, 22hr, 34m, 33s
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Missed that shift in spectacular fashion. Easy 400 boats lost. Major fleet compression as well. Must be 600 boats within 10 nm of the lead. Wished i’d gone north hard, but still very cool to see such s tight finish.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Spadadua navigator has reached out. Stunned to be close to front for so long. Anticipating tricky period as we transition from one system to the other as creating lots of opportunities to screw the pooch. Got a bit lucky to have gone south, but it just seemed to make sense. No routing assist used up to that point. now paying much closer attention...
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Warning, topic shift: thinking of taking the family down to Newport to see the boats and assundry other associates show pieces. Only day that will work is this Saturday. When it will be raining. Will this suck balls for 13, 10, and 7 year old boys plus a wife who is supportive but doesn’t really have the sailing bug? 13 and 10 year olds are into it Any insight is appreciated. Thanks
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Spadadua, 1,135th, 5,612.7 NM, 15d 11h 17m 26s thank you to the aggregators! Greatly appreciated.