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  1. Moonduster

    Hanuman for sale

    You guys have no idea what's involved at this level of professional sailing - the tender costs more than $1M per year to run. A realistic budget is €1M per regatta.
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    Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    This was R88's first Bermuda race
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    Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    Moo records this year, except number of boats taking longer than five days. The high pressure ridge was uncrossable, six boats beat it to forming and made decent time. The rest of the fleet is still wallowing.
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    Containers at sea

    Do you have any more information?
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    Containers at sea

    Found? With sonar? Do tell ...
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    Positioning winches and clutches

    If you can't hoist a kite from the mast on a 25' boat, you should stay on the dock. There is no reason at all to bring those halyard tails into the pit.
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    Shipping Containers

    Tell them what, that not a single container has been sighted? That the steel boxes sink? I expect they well understand that bit. That the crap that was in the containers might float ashore isn't really the topic of this thread at all.
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    Shipping Containers

    Here we are five days later and not a single container has been sighted. Once again, containers sink, and quickly. There's nothing here to bother about.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    Yo Bill, The conversation isn't about whether one can learn something from a SAS seminar. It's about whether the SAS seminar has a material effect on the outcome of those participating in a given regatta. So far, the predominant effect appears to be a reduction in participation, which is surely not the intended outcome.
  10. Harry, You're mistaken on both counts. Latching relays are great, but this isn't a relay application, it's a solenoid operated valve. While there is inrush current in a solenoid, that's not what's Jason was discussing. Jason was talking about a controller that applies a full voltage in order to actuate the valve and then pulse width modulates that voltage in order to hold the valve open. This works because once the valve plunger moves, it takes substantially less magnetic force to keep the plunger in the open position. These things are generally marketed as Solenoid or Coil Economizers. There's a good app note on the last two pages of this pdf.
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    Portable fridge.

    not much context. Watch out, lots of units won't tolerate heeling.
  12. Moonduster

    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    You say: Your statistics are misleading. No, the statistics are not misleading. They're an objective summary that is directly relevant to the statement made, that golf is more dangerous than sailing. Perhaps you're unable to look at data and reach obvious conclusions.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    You ask: Why not take reasonably available, reasonably priced steps to increase your likelihood of a successful experience? There are two answers: Until there is a statistically significant determination that these "reasonably" available and priced steps actually increase the likelihood of a "successful experience" there is no reason to bother It presumes that those things that are a successful experience for you are the same as a successful experience for everyone Unless and until those to conditions can be met, the most likely outcome is that you're simply wasting everyone's time and money.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    The problem with legislated safety classes is that they violate two fundamentals: Safety cannot be legislated Common sense cannot be taught And these fundamentals need to be considered in light of the fact that sailing is an intrinsically dangerous pursuit and that injury or death must always be on the list of anticipated outcomes. Mandating endless safety equipment and training has not, to the best of my knowledge, had any significant effect on outcomes. Thrashing around in a pool in foul weather gear, a PFD and a life raft might be informative and amusing for some, but it is of real value to a vanishingly small number of individuals and most of those will never take such a class. And I'd be quite comfortable explaining to anyone that golf is more dangerous than rugby and hockey and water sports, too. And we know that nearly all water sport injuries involve personal water craft and power boats, sailing accounts for approximately 5% of water sports injuries; ocean racing approximately 0%.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    The problem with legislated safety classes is that they violate two fundamentals: Safety cannot be legislated Common sense cannot be taught And these fundamentals need to be considered in light of the fact that sailing is an intrinsically dangerous pursuit and that injury or death must always be on the list of anticipated outcomes. Mandating endless safety equipment and training has not, to the best of my knowledge, had any significant effect on outcomes. Thrashing around in a pool in foul weather gear, a PFD and a life raft might be informative and amusing for some, but it is of real value to a vanishingly small number of individuals and most of those will never take such a class. And I'd be quite comfortable explaining to anyone that golf is more dangerous than rugby and hockey and water sports, too. And we know that nearly all water sport injuries involve personal water craft and power boats, sailing accounts for approximately 5% of water sports injuries; ocean racing approximately 0%.