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    Caption Contest

    Call THIS OCS, motherfuckers!
  2. If you don't care much about aesthetics, sandwich the upper part of the main between two layers of UV resistant cloth. And don't roll that part.
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    My Song fell off a cargo?!

    Yeah, his dick is back to size Small!
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    Climate change

    Sometimes it's hard to separate irony from reality, when reality serves us these jewels: "72% of Republicans oppose the teaching of Arabic numerals" I have to stand with the Republicans on this one: today you inculcate Arabic numerals to defenseless children, tomorrow Muslims are going to demand that Christian, God-fearing girls wear a burkha!
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    Iceboats from the FP

    One thing that called my attention watching the iceboats racing is the curve of the mast. In my experience, being boats or airplanes, one tries to have the straightest edge facing the wind. (Ask the TP52 that are reaching 8 tons of tension on their backstays.) Can any aerodynamicist out there explain to me why those iceboats have such bendy masts? Or is it lens disortion?
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    sailor chick of the decade

    Lia, if you posted on Sailing Anarchy, post it on Facebook and be done with it.
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    NeedAClew, Barfly, rh2600: have you seen a guillotine at work? I saw some old films. The Shuttle was just a big explosion. Bart's was a death that nobody saw. Le Mans was more impressive and I bet that nowadays they would have stopped the race, Hey, maybe everything will be hunky dory. But you have to admit that boats crossing at a combined speed of 70 or so knots carrying knives on their topsides are dangerous.
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    Could you be a bit more specific? What is unrealistic? An HD camera that works underwater? Realistic. A crewmember tangled in the miriiad lines on a cat? Realistic. Struggling and drowning, unfortunately realistic. We were lucky so little was said about Artemis' loss. Which some people found suspicious, but let leave it there. Just imagine a crew sliced in two in HD TV, entrails falling in the water, and then you tell me the AC will go on as if never had happened.
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    You seem to dismiss the strength of video. Yes, we KNOW that Artemis lost a crew. Would have been the same with an HD camera showing his desperate struggle to untangle himself until he drowned?
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    Did you watch the video to the end? Mercedes Benz did not compete again for 32 years.
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    Allow me to clarify a difference. Yes, the Fastnet and other sports had had deaths, but they mostly out of sight, it would be very different to see a crewmember sliced in two on live TV.
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    We can pontificate about "acceptable risk" until the cows fly home, but the fact is that if one crewmember is killed by one of the spar/foil combinations that AC is over.
  13. Thank you, but the Soling ones were stamped, so relatively light for the diameter. They were perfect for small sails where a couple of quick pulls was enough. Not having to remove (and, many times, lost) the handle was great.
  14. Those Danish (I think) stainless steel winches for Solings with the handles in the bottom, that went out of fashion with the self-tacking jibs. I would pay good money for one of those now.
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    Thin is in, WOXI scalps Comanche

    It is highly ironic that after that comment, he quotes Elvstrom as his signature: '"Winning is no victory if, in doing so, you lose the respect of your competitors"....Elvstrom' Some peoples have some trouble with the irony gland... (For the not electronic inclined: AIS means Asshole Interrups Signal) Its usually interfaced with the FHA (For His Advantage)