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    Etchells 46 early 1970's IOR racer

    I raced against both WW-IV and WW-V throughout southern california. Great boats. Minor nit: WW-V (at 53') was much bigger than a one-tonner. The typical one-tonner of the day was around 37'
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    Team NYYC

    I was too. Pre-start is all about making the moves that gain you control, and making the counter-moves that keep you from losing control. AM allowed themselves to be maneuvered - 4 times in a row - into a position where they had no control and no options except to follow LR to the line. That was hard to watch.
  3. There's also very active kitesurfing off "jetty island" (outside the Everett marina, about 45 mins south of Bellingham) in the summer. Nice westerly usually funnels down Saratoga Passage.
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    Team NYYC

    Probably. And, admittedly, as a long-time follower of the A/C, I have a bias. I simply don't know too many others who have had his record and still got the job. Whatever. My main point is.... leaders show themselves. I've had the good fortune of having some amazing leaders - both in business and in racing - and they have a quiet confidence that whispers "I know what we're doing, follow me, we've got this". I just haven't seen that from Dean. Not in 2003, not in 2007, not in 2013, and not now.
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    Team NYYC

    Sometimes true. Especially in emergencies. Although (in my limited experience) in emergency situations there's often no sideline, there's only "do what you can, where you can, when you can". Admittedly I'm bringing my own biases into play, and basing what I think on a very limited view, but... look at all the videos that have been released. It's TH giving inspiring comfort to the team when the boat first made it back into the shed. It's TH - alone - in front of the press conferences. It's Goodie talking about what went wrong, and what they could have done different. I looked really closely at the various videos, the only shot I ever saw of DB was him sitting back from the meeting table with a stoic look on his face. My inference was that he was "watching the conversation happen". leaders lead. Doesn't mean they need to "do" everything, but they have to act in a way that lets people know they're there, they're engaged, and they know what they're trying to do. People "look to their leader", perhaps for direction, perhaps for inspiration, perhaps for something else. If that leader fades into the background, it's hard to follow him. In DB. I see a strong driver, but I don't see a strong decision-maker. Let alone a strong "leader of men"
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    Team NYYC

    I thought the same thing. He wasn't "leading", he wasn't even "pitching in". He just lsort of faded into the crowd.
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    IOR landfills?

    Yes, flush deck, finished in teak. I didn't notice a pit, but it had some covers on when I saw it in the water
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    Team NYYC

    love it!
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    RIP Bob Fisher

    Fair winds, Fish....
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    NFL 2020

    F'ing Tom Brady. I don't even like the Packers, but I was rooting for them....
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    IOR landfills?

    Heh. Closest I ever came to dying on a boat. I was working at a boatyard in Newport Beach, doing fiberglass work. Sailboat came in which had somehow managed to tear a cleat off the aft corner of the deck. Went to see what the inside looked like, which involved doing a whole series of worm-wiggles and boat-yoga moves to get all the way back up in the corner... and couldn't quite get there. Happily, there was "something solid" I could put my foot on and press against to shove myself into place. Turns out that "something" was a 1-1/2" thru-hull, and when I shoved it broke off. Now there's a 1-1/2" geyser of water coming in and no quick way to un-yoga myself out of the corner I was wedged in. Apparently I yelled loud enough to get some attention, and next thing I knew the boat was being craned out of the water. Notwithstanding the fact that I was at a dock and someone would "probably" have noticed the boat before it sank.... without that lift-out, I was going down. Ugh ("plan B" was to use the tools I had with me to see if I could destroy enough of that already-compromised corner to make a hole big enough to get out. Happily I didn't have to test that plan)
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    Bernie Memes Whatcha Got

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    IOR landfills?

    Yeah. I'm continually happy with how well my boat (mid-80s Ericson) is built. Good solid-layup hull, plus structural grid, no chopper-gun crap, no core in the topsides, etc. The rudder-post is a known weak-spot on the wheel-steered boats, because it is (obviously) discontinuous for the quadrant, but...whatever. Overall, I'm quite "comfortable", but don't want to have that comfort tested. What's funny is I used to jump on Other People's Boats for deliveries, turn the key and head for open water without giving any of this (construction quality, etc) a moment's thought. Must've been that "I'm immortal" thing we all had as teenagers.
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    IOR landfills?

    Yeah, it's the end-game of my biggest fear, which starts with a deadhead (waterlogged log, there's lots of them around here) coming up out of the depths and cracking the bottom or ripping off the rudder.. Ugh.
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    IOR landfills?

    What's that boat's story? It was tied up outside Anthony's (restaurant) in Everett for a couple of years, and has been on the hard for a long time. But doesn't look neglected. Good looking boat, although my dockside impression was that either she's massively over-rigged, or built like a tank. The deck gear is all a grade or two beefier than I would expect for a boat of that size.
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    IOR landfills?

    Sold last month. And, according to the seller at least, end of an era - Hurrah was the last Choate-40 still being raced (or last one with a PHRF rating, your choice). Buyer plans to turn it into a cruiser.
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    Why call it a V Berth?

    ummmm... because it is v-shaped?
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    IOR landfills?

    googling "nelson marek 41" turns up this. Looking like a strong possibility.
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    IOR landfills?

    let's refer back....
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    Team NYYC

    Panel appears to be somewhat smaller than the fixture.... but obviously a lot larger than the hole was.
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    IOR landfills?

    and I'm tellin' ya there's no such word as "pushpit" <lol>. the stern pulpit, though, does look like WSD's.
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    Friday Tension Gauges

    (shamelessly stolen from a friend's FB page. Mercy!)