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    So my Speed Puck (it died after about 7 years of service) got replaced by the Atlas so jury still out per my post above. I also got a new ProStart last year and it’s not really changed since the first one I got in 2011 with one glaring omission (or school me if I am wrong). We did a morning training session on Galveston Bay right after I got it and came in for a lunch break. We went to download the morning data and found that we could no longer download specific segments of a training session. It’s important to be able to isolate a section to really analyze it and the original Velocitek software (way back) gave you that flexibility. Why would you take away that capability OR what I am missing?
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    I got one of these last year and did not try it until today on my A-Class cat. Great day at 12-18 knots of breeze on Lake Pontchartrain with big chop. I was impressed with how easy the display was to read. I really only need speed and heading while training but it’s really frustrating I cannot have analytics at the end of a training session. That really makes the unit only 50% functional. At least Velocitek had downloadable analytics for both the Prostart and the Speed Puck from Day 1. C’mon Vakaros, we need that data and analytics download capability.
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    name that harbour

    Bingo, the winning answer.
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    well this is bullshit

    We did our evening sail yesterday, got cut short by some threatening rain showers. Again, just my wife and I and no contact with anyone on the way there, in the area where the boat was at the dock, and straight back home after getting in. We even saw the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries and Sheriff’s departments on their patrol boats and they waved and told us to have a great and safe day. Right next to our club is a public launch, mostly powerboats. People seemed to be respecting the social distance rules as they went in and out. This morning I’m heading up to a state park to do a mountain bike ride. The park is closed to campers and RV’s but open to hikers, runners, and cyclists with signs to remind everyone to keep their distance. In both instances above, I have way more potential to exposure by going to the grocery store which we have to do about once a week. Our governor is encouraging folks to only buy 1-2 weeks of groceries to minimize hoarding and shortages. It seems to be somewhat effective. So far, we are not breaking the law and being as careful and considerate of others as we can be.
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    well this is bullshit

    Hmmm, this is interesting and I appreciate all view points. So far, my wife and I have indulged in the following activities since Louisiana issued Stay At Home guidelines (not mandatory yet) (Gov. John Bell Edwards still encourages people to engage in outdoor activities but advises using common sense and exercise social distancing. The guidelines also discourage gatherings of over 10 people and to exercise social distancing if over 10). We go to the grocery store and keep our distance and wash our hands (frequently). My wife spent 3 days last week with a close friend bird watching in north Louisiana (they are avid birders) and they took their own food with them and they only came into proximity of others if they stopped for gas and misc supplies (mainly water). They made the decision to go since neither for the last month have had any sign of a cough or fever. The hotels they stayed at for two nights were well setup for the current guidelines and were happy to have them as customers. They felt safe the entire trip while exercising vigilance and awareness. I’ve done three rides on my road bike in the country by myself. I stopped on two of them on the way back and got a post ride coffee going through a drive up. I go stand up paddle boarding on a river by myself, the launch is a 1/4 mile from our house. My wife and I are going to the dry storage of our yacht club this afternoon and hoisting our Sprint 750 tri in for a sunset sail, just the two of us. We’ll bring provisions from home and maintain our social distancing if we run into anyone else at the dry storage area. So are we selfish and irresponsible ( I’ve not had any close contact for the last month with any friends and my wife has only had contact with her birding friend)? I don’t think so (but I’m sure others do and so I’m ready to called whatever). I think we are using common sense while being considerate and careful of others. While I’m chuckling at Scott being fed a bit of his own medicine, I’m sympathetic to his frustration but he lives in a much more population dense area than I do.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Any sailor sailing a high performance skiff, multihull, sailboard, or kiteboard can relate and feel a strong connection to SailGP. It is these type of classes/disciplines that will attract youth and keep them in the sport and keep it sustainable. You say SailGP can’t relate to you. Then you must also share the same opinion about the AC75 and the latest IMOCA offshore technology. And while we’re at it, I’m sure you have no respect for the French sailors who are flying around the planet. In my area (the Gulf coast), they start a kid out in a 70 year old box design (i.e. Opti) and then if the kid stays interested they go from there to the 60 year old 420 or the 50 year old Laser Radial. I observe that over 90% drop out of the sport when they get to either their junior or senior years in high school or college and never come back to it. The parochialism in this sport is staggering and self defeating.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Thanks Nimbus, great report. I believe the main thing they need to change is to make the match race final a best 2 of 3. The comm problem in the single final match race in getting Slingsby cleared of an inconsequential error was somewhat tragic and was the worst thing that happened. Racing boring? Perhaps. We’ve all seen F1 races where the poll position favorite got off the front in the 1st lap and never looked back and the real race was in the next 6-8 places. That’s what we saw in the five fleet races with Ben Ainslie other than race 5 where it was impressive to watch them climb from last to 3rd. Slingsby held his own speed wise in the final match race when behind, Ainslie did not extend on him during the race which says a lot about how the Aussie boat was being sailed. The racing will only get better. I think this bodes well for Ineos in the AC. Ainslie is doing everything he can to keep sharpening his skills. If his AC75 tech is correct, I believe the others will have their hands full with him. I loved this weekend watching their boathandling, their communications, the whole package. As one who sails a foiling A-Cat, I totally appreciated the boathandling and tactical choices. Monohull sailors may struggle to understand what is going but put bias or pre-conceived notions aside and watch closely. I’m blown away by the hate and vitriol of many posters in this thread and the Sailing Anarchy Ed on this venture. Larry is not trying to make money here. He’s trying to take sailing to the mainstream. It’ll be a bumpy road so it would be nice if the critics quit bashing them every chance they get. Most of the sailing public really does not have a good grasp on the mental, physical, and technical challenges involved in sailing these spectacular sailing machines (include the AC75 in that group too). Competitive sailing sure seems to form itself into a circular firing squad that is a prime reason our sport is struggling.
  8. 65 boats pre-registered including the current World and North American champions, decent weather and wind forecast. Should be great fun and an excellent practice event for the World Championship at the same venue in a year. Life is GOOD in the A-Class these days.
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    Fast singlehander for 60 yo's for messsin' about

    From a practical standpoint, I think Paul would recommend a non-foiler A-Class over a Finn as he was quoted as saying his favorite and most relaxing boat to sail was a trimaran. I own both Weta and A-Class, both are very fun but foiling A-Class demands a high fitness level. I raced Finns as a teenager into college and learned a lot but the boat is a beast in over 10 knots. There are a lot of ex dinghy sailors racing A’s and Wetas with BIG smiles on their faces. A-Cats are strong boats design wise. They get called fragile when they get hit by a bigger and heavier craft.
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    Fduck Foiling!

    BobBill is certainly entitled to his preferences in sailboats but the cat is out of the bag and IMO most junior sailors if they go beyond the Opti/420 learning curve and stay passionate about the sport are certainly going to want to try some type of foiling sailboat at some point. Get over it.
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    american tragic, is really the future

    Curious, Smackdaddy - chill out bro’s. I can appreciate the differences in my experience versus what Curious posted. When the Hobie Cat 14 came on the market, it was embraced as a beach toy that evolved to a OD racing class but a lot of the early Hobie sailors were beach sports players (i.e. surfers) who thought it was cool. There’s no doubt most wanted nothing to do with yacht clubs and yacht clubs wanted nothing to do with them so the battle lines were drawn and still exist to a large degree. In 2006, when I bought my Corsair tri, the very first reaction of most of my yacht club’s “rock star” monohull sailors was that the boat was radical, dangerous, handled poorly, and could not sail upwind. After demonstrating in many club races none of the above was accurate, most still held on to their perceptions even after we offered to let them come sail with us (and they would refuse). I can flip flop the scenario. In 1993 after being out of the class for 10 years, I bought a new Laser and started a serious campaign to race the Masters circuit. It was fun and successful (I tied for first at the 1994 Laser Master’s North Americans in Houston losing the tie breaker to Scott Young). I made new friends and enjoyed training hard. During that period I attended a multi-class event where we had Laser’s, sailboards (the Mistral OD raceboard), and beach cat’s (primarily a mix of Nacra’s). So I had good friends in all three groups. My beach cat and sailboard friends could not believe that I was sailing a Laser. In fact, I switched with Mike Gebhardt after the racing to let him take a spin on my Laser. “How can you stand to sail so slow!” But it was all in good fun and everyone enjoyed being with each other (the Laser guys especially liked hanging out with the girls sailing the sailboards and cats). That experience makes me think that a lot of the animosity and differences comes from the older establishment in our sport from both ends. I chuckled when the NYYC syndicate made the statement that the upcoming America’s Cup will bring the competition back to it’s monohull tradition. Oh really! The foiling AC75 is cool and exciting but it’s certainly not traditional. The AC75 represents the bleeding edge of sailing technology. Isn’t that what the AC is about?This makes Scott’s comments about it being a shit show seem oddly misplaced. He called the multihull AC competitions shit shows too so nothing new here.
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    american tragic, is really the future

    Well in all the years I raced sailboards and have been racing multihulls to the present, I’ve very rarely heard the sailors I was around shit-talking monohull sailors. Most of my compadres in the A-Class are ex-dinghy sailors and we share stories about our dinghy days. I’m the current class president of the North American Weta class and again many in the class have come from dinghies and some even from PHRF sailing. The tribalism I reference in my OP manifests itself primarily as a serious cold shoulder. I was the multihull council chairman for the GYA (Gulf Yachting Association) one year and at that time they were struggling to get participation in both PHRF and the interclub Capdeville competition raced in Flying Scots (averaging less than 6 boats at events). At the annual meeting when it was my turn to give my report, I was happy to report on two junior sailors (Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead) who had travelled to Europe and placed 4th at the F-18 World Championship in a 160 boat fleet and also how their home club St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club had hosted over 50 A-Cats at their North American Championship with three GYA sailors finishing in the top five. At the conclusion of my report, I was met by stony silence from those in attendance. I figured it was not worth my time or energy to try to work with them any longer. I’m sure what you posted happens and it’s the reason we need leadership in both World Sailing and US Sailing to make sure all facets of the sport are equally embraced.
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    american tragic, is really the future

    There’s room for both in our sport. I started racing as a 13 year old in an old Finn, moved on to Lasers and then Snipes (won the Snipe Southerns and the Snipe Don Q Rum Keg in 1984) but the windsurfing bug bit (via the Mistral Superlight) and suddenly I was at events with over 200 sailors with at least one third being women. A totally different dynamic than my former dinghy and keelboat mates. I passionately raced sailboards including the 1988 Olympic trials on the Div. II board until 1989 and then got bit by the road bike/mountain bike racing bug. Got back into sailing in 1992 but via a Prindle 19 which led to a Tornado and another Olympic trials. I got an A-Class cat in 2001 and it’s now my first boat of choice and I am loving the foiling (even at 60 years old). I also own a Corsair Sprint 750 tri. I still love sailing on a nice dinghy (a Laser in 5-10 knots is still fun to me) and my wife and I love to cruise (did our honeymoon bareboating a Leopard 40 cat in Grenada). We plan to graduate up to a Corsair Cruz 970 hopefully in the next 2-3 years and use that boat for coastal cruising on the Gulf coast and being able to take it to cool places via trailering (Bahamas, New England, Great Lakes, etc.). My wife tried to race a Sunfish a few years ago but it was painful for her at 5’ tall and 100 lbs. We then got a Weta trimaran and she can sail and race that boat in 15-18 knots singlehanded. So I think we cover the best of both worlds in terms of performance sailing mixed with leisure/cruising. With all that said, it still blows me away at how local and regional sailors on the Gulf coast where I live can be so fucking tribal and narrow minded. Their shitty attitude discourages participation rather than grows it. I was ostracized from them as soon as I started windsurfing in the 1980’s and basically wrote them off because I was having a LOT more fun with the windsurfing community both sailing and social. The same can be said for my experience with the multihull community. It’s pretty funny to me when my wife and I doublehand our Sprint 750 in a club PHRF race and do well and still get the cold shoulder from the “real” sailors (of which 95% are males, hardly any female participation) at the yacht club bar afterwards. Sailing is still dominated by a monohull and male intensive viewpoint that still regards sailboards, multihulls, and kiteboarding as a fringe of their mainstream. If the sport wants to grow, that narrow mindedness needs to become extinct but I am not optimistic. The Ed’s comments at times on the FP seems to reinforce that but I think Scott knows better.
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    Sandra Tartaglino RIP

    Did not know Sarah but certainly knew of her . What a loss to the sailing community. I can personally relate to this incident as I was run down by a quahoger on Narragansett Bay near Bristol YC while sailing a friend’s A-Cat 14 years ago. Destroyed the A-Cat and I came within inches of either dying or being probably being disabled for the rest of my life. I was extremely lucky. Keep your eyes open out there!
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    SailGP 2019

    Some of the most dramatic and exciting racing I have ever seen, I was totally absorbed. And the Ed disses it today on the Front Page??????? He sure behaves like a hater.