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  1. 4 hours ago, frozenhawaiian said:

    it's scripted reality TV. top to bottom it's made up, even the "guests" are paid to be there. and I can tell you from working in yachting the past 10 years than 90% of the time what goes on on yachts would make for very dull television. this show has however resulted in a huge increase of dock walkers (starry eyed dreamers) looking for work. some are useful for daywork when I want to give my crew some extra time off ashore. 

    I don't  know about you all, but even being paid, I could not act like those jackasses do. Really are some trashy people in the world. 

  2. 15 hours ago, Starboard!! said:

    Or the two J/33's that rate 84, "Delirium" and "Hornet".  They are almost as fast as a J/35 and nearly unbeatable in corrected time.  Though in fairness to their rating, a J/33 also did very well under ORC in AYC's doublehanded race.

    It will be an interesting year in PHRF in Annapolis. It is more than likely the 35 fleet will not get a OD start for events due to some bad blood with ghost boats signed up last year trying to keep a fleet. If that happens, you might see the 35 struggling in PHRF A2. As it already was over the past decade, when the 35s went to PHRF events, they did not do well. Maybe ORC will be a difference maker, but yet to be determined. 

  3. 3 hours ago, Starboard!! said:

    Not an ORR fan after seeing it used in the Chesapeake, vs ORC.

    While ORR might be theoretically more fair, it has too many wind range and point of sail options, and the realty ends up being that the guy who picks those numbers for a particular race ends up deciding the winner.  And then everyone who didn't luck out w/the windrange/angle choice is angry.

    In the Chesapeake, AYC started using ORC for dual-scoring their distance races and will offer it ths season for WDR.  As I see it, the benefit is a measurement rule that's just three numbers for any particular race.  The RC and competitors should be able to understand it and better rank/sort the competition. (Well, technically ORC can make a custom course with custom wind speed/direction ratings, but that's less common).

    It will be interesting to see how the results are changed. For instance. Xiberger the Cape Fear 38 with a rating of 72 has been very hard to beat over the years in PHRF which made us wonder if 69 should be the true rating.

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  4. 17 hours ago, Controversial_posts said:

    Ok, sorry to SMSa, But still fuck that gov cup race...

    Like every race, some years are better than others with the conditions. My suggestion would be to have early Friday starting times of 10am, and no more 5pm or later. Everything else other than the bar closing time doesn't need to change. Most people are already taking off Friday to do the evening race, so that complaint is null and void.  If you are really worried about the bar, Cooks is up the street and you can buy 30 racks and have a blast on the river front. In fact, St. Mary's should also hold a FJ regatta on Friday evening. That would be a fun addition.  Housing could open Friday evening if racers get in, the costs shouldn't need to change for that.

  5. 11 minutes ago, Controversial_posts said:

    Speaking of SMSA... you guys need to fix the gov cup or it will be gone entirely in just a few years. Everyone hated the last race, and we are not doing it again.

    Shorten the fucking course at the River entrance when its clear the wind is dying at sunrise and wont be back until the afternoon. No one wants to bake in the August sun for 8 hrs floating backwards. We all paid for the food and lodging In advance anyway, everyone will still motor to the finish.  And fix your shitty party too, who closes the bar at 6pm?



    That's not SMSA, try St. Mary's directly.

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  6. On 12/19/2019 at 4:49 PM, marcus brutus said:

    Because :

    I am more than sufficiently experienced in purchasing and selling boats,

    most of the J/105 listings are available on the internet,


    I do not want to pay a higher price due to broker's commission.

    Having said that, I would consider paying broker a finders fee if and when I purchased a boat that he/she found for me.


    so tell us your feelings about real estate agents

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  7. 38 minutes ago, voodoochile said:

    Well I hope it works out for SMSA, as I understand it SPLC helps fund their Jr.'s program and I've enjoyed the event since 1990 - before it was even Screwpile.  Coming from S. Bay, we stopped off at Fishing Bay for Leukemia Cup (now cancelled also) the preceding weekend, then continued up to Solomons for the Challenge.  It was a great Mid Summer event when not much else was going on.  Hot, yes. Light some years, yes (25-30kn 2 yrs. ago) but good parties, well run races, and tight racing. I recall some whining from the Northern contingent re missing some distance race and others upset that it didn't dovetail with CBYRA High Point.  The pity is that a once great event dwindled to barely 3 dozen boats. There used to be that many staying over from the Eastport feeder race alone.  Surely something  needed to be done but late Sept. is "schools in",  Fall Series at most clubs, College kids gone, pools closed, early hurricane season....I expect it will break my 30 yr. tradition.  But that's just me and Time Moves On.   Best of Luck!  


    This is what happens when people do not work together. You are correct! Lack of participation not only is due to outside forces, but also due to forces as you mention. We must do better, or my kids will not be able to race like we have been able to. As it is, all those stories of the days of past are no longer true now. 

  8. 2 hours ago, Foxtrot Corpen said:

    But... the pools just might be open.  This past September was warm , and Z's pool stayed open until the last weekend.  You just might get to sample some of that "sailor testicle tea" afterall, trimfast.

    I will pack my straw.

  9. 4 hours ago, spectator said:

    You've nailed it, the problem with the retail market is they're really struggling to stay profitable and it's easy to embrace the same attitude of there competitors and that helps dictate what the warranty and quality will be (Product obsolescence), that's not a good feeling when taking that type of gear offshore wondering if it will hold up?  It's almost like they've forgotten the ones who really need the gear and not have it fail. Almost all sailing gear and fabrics are now made in Asia.

    The OP write up is what is needed to help these companies stay honest with there quality and warranty. They're just trying to get away with what the retail market will bear instead of making gear they can confidential stand behind for many years and hence give it a long warranty. That kind of quality and attitude is what makes the gear shine 2000 miles offshore but that would be way more expensive to produce.

    I had some issues with my very favorite & very expensive Dubarry gore-tex leather sailing boots, to my surprise they said I'm out of warranty but they'll give me a 20% discount for a new pair which is useless as you can buy them for less everywhere else, I asked what the warranty is and they said it's now for only 1 year! How could I possibly trust a company selling $400 sailing boots but will only stand behind them for 1 year warranty ? It's not the same Dubarry and doesn't give me too much confidence buying a new pair, taking them offshore wondering how long will these last? Will they even last 2 yrs? Maybe

    There are some truly amazing new fabrics by Gore and by other similar companies that are very robust and exceptional compared to previous generations but you won't see them in the retail market; there're way too expensive so Gore supplies there retail clients much cheaper fabric to help them stay competitive/profitable. If you want the very best & durable Gore-Tex gear, just look at the private military clothing lines. Even Patagonia (Lost Arrow Project) and Arc'Teryx (Leaf) produce usa made lines for this very private & lucrative market, the prices are crazy, crazy high and heavily in demand, they make Musto foulie prices look cheap. This also applies to some pro sailing teams sponsored by foulie companies, they get the gucci robust Gore fabrics, all handmade and double checked (I've been lucky race with it and still have) but you won't find it in the retail models sold in stores even though they look the same.

    All of this. Musto now has the warranty on their site for 2 years only. Once those two years expire, they state, Gore picks up the warranty  with their "Guaranteed to Keep you Dry" policy. So even if it isn't the fabric after 2 years, and actual construction starts failing, there is nothing which will cover you.  No one, should expect to replace a $775 MPX Race Jacket every 2 years, that is insane. Musto previously, and other companies used to say for the life of the garment, While that ambiguity left it open for interpretation, most people think a item of these prices, should last considerably longer than 5 years, yet alone the 2 they offer now.  If it is a design defect that shows up later, it is not their problem any longer. That seems to be an issue in the OP. They certainly did change the zippers over the model years, maybe that doesn't happen unless their is a problem, but us customers will never know.

    For my own sake, I decided to look into this further in case anything in the future arises. Below is what happens when you contact Gore. Which, even at first look, feels like you are getting the run around. Who has an initial receipt these days? Furthermore, if you look into the fine print on their website, they will only cover your costs to your purchase price via a credit to the manufacturer. While sure, that is 100% of what you paid and semi-reasonable, every year these products are going up in price. That $400  item you bought is now, $600. For a something that should not have failed, you still would be on the hook for $200. Even if Musto were to offer you cost on a new one, that still is a lot of money for people.  I don't see this changing, but it certainly would be nice to have a company stand by their product and customer base, without always looking at the bottom line, profit.

    Thank you for contacting GORE-TEX Brand Services.  Please provide us with some additional information so that we can handle your case with the highest level of efficiency and accuracy. Before we take a look at your item, we will need to establish some initial information to determine the item’s overall condition. This is important because the item to be returned must have useful life left and not be excessively damaged or worn-out.

     Please answer the questions below to the best of your ability:


     Style or model name? 

     GORE-TEX technology, if known?  (This information can often be found on the sleeve or tag.)

     Size of the item? 

     Where did you purchase the item?

     What year did you purchase the product/s?

     What was the price you paid including tax?

     Please attach a copy of your initial receipt.

     How have you cared for the item? (Washing, care instructions, etc.)

     Is the item damaged? (tears, punctures, heavy abrasion etc.) If so please explain.

     Where is the specific location/s you are experiencing the leak/ delamination?

     Please describe the conditions or activity in which you experienced the leak or noticed the delamination.

     Please attach pictures of the item’s current condition (front, back, and inside), the area/s of leakage, any damaged areas, tread on the soles (for footwear), our GORE-TEX tag, and the manufacturer's tag.

     * PLEASE NOTE* Pictures may need to be sent in multiple emails if the attachment size exceeds 10MB. Attachments 10MB and smaller can be received without issue.

     Please provide your mailing address. If you prefer the option to receive a call related to you case, please provide your phone number, if not previously provided.

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  10. 5 minutes ago, sledracr said:

    Heh.  Not to be an ass, but... already mentioned West and Defender, and didn't bother mentioning P2 because their price is even WORSE than West's.

    I know where to find VPC.  What I don't know is where to find it at a better price...

    Oh man I failed hard. My apologies. It is that kind of day.

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  11. 6 hours ago, fufkin said:

    If it's an individual or team trying to get to an event, say to build or train for an Olympic campaign, any Corinthian activity or junior activity, then go for it and raise money. If it's a recreational J sailors trying to get to Key West not so much.

    Who is to say that those are any different? Recreation J sailors have a dream just as much as an Olympic sailor. 

  12. I honestly find some of the pandering to be a bit much across all facets of life. However, we all know the amount of expendable income in this world for some is huge. Not to be political by any means, but as an easy example look at how many people donate money to political campaigns just because they don't like the other party. These people have no idea where the money will actually be spent, but they still do so anyway. I'd rather give to someone I know where the money is going, rather than flushing it down a political toilet, but that is just my thoughts. Life is about choices, and if someone wants to donate to anything by all means go ahead. If someone wants to ask for help, by all means go ahead. If they want to work together, again go ahead. No one has to donate anything, no one has to ask. Choose your own path.

  13. 99% no, however, the information you provided is not enough to even figure that out.

    How tall are you?  What is your body like? It matters!

    That being said, here is what I would do.

    Step 1. Look at the Gill website for Women's sizes.  Size 12 is 32-33 inch waist.

    Step 2. Look at the Gill website for Men's sizes. M is 31-33 inches.

    Step 3. Throw all that out the window.

    So as you say, If you are a medium to large typically, in Gill you are wearing Large - XL as it is cut small (European) . This means you need a true 33 inch waist, not an American 33. In some cases, even women that are 16-18 need to go to Men's sizes. It is also cut differently for women. 

    For comparison, I wear L-XL shirts, in most Gill XXL. In some Gill layering, XXXL would be needed.

    For lady comparison, people that wear a size 8 American, usually go up to a size 12. 

    Even with all that, the best policy is to always try it on. If it is a good deal, and they have easy returns, then that is what you would want to do at a minimum. Although, I still think you would not fit.