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  1. Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    Truth. You'll need an engine guy, electrical guru, medical officer, etc. A rigger on board is never a bad idea either.
  2. Pettit Vivid removal options

    Had vivid for 7-8 years. 40-80 grit on a sander w/ a vacuum hose on it. Haul on friday, sand and wipe down saturday morning. 1st coat on saturday afternoon. 2nd coat on Sunday morning. Wait a week to harden before splashing. Worked like a charm. If you're taking it all off, I don't think sanding was that bad. And no real risk of damaging anything w/ chemicals. Wear the bunny suit, goggles, gloves, respirator, etc.
  3. Boots

    Chota MukLuk quicklace boots. hard to find, but I'm very happy with mine. Grippy, very warm, and flexible. Use an insert if you need more arch support, b/c they don't have much/any.
  4. Vor 2017-2018 New CEO

    Thanks Stief.
  5. Vor 2017-2018 New CEO

    So why did MT get fired? Sorry if I missed that somewhere.
  6. Andrews 80 Donnybrook

    Hi Mike, I heard about her injuries from a crew member I'm now racing with. It sounded really bad, I hope she's made a full recovery.
  7. Newport - Bermuda 2018

    There is someone on this site that does it. Shoot me a PM and he can probably order you a bunch. He also rents them out.
  8. Which Smock to buy

    If you can bring a 2nd lightweight jacket or top, I'd do that. Spray top or jacket for light stuff, and heavy kit w/ big collar for night time 40 kts and driving rain. Sitting on the rail in 40-50 kts in a rain storm without a hood physically hurts your face. On the grinder, you're going to bake. But you could be in anything more than shorts and a t-shirt and you'll bake. Such is life.
  9. Andrews 80 Donnybrook

    DB hit a rock in the 72. Hurt the boat and some people. The rock wasn't charted well and they were following a track they made in a previous race. So they got lucky the first time, or unlucky the 2nd time. Lesson learned, don't cut markers in a big fast boat. They hit a whale in the 80, the keel has been structurally damaged along with hydros and some other carbon bits. I don't believe any of that has been fixed (but I could be wrong). The current $200k price tag is a "dump it" price. That might be what you're looking for, but it's a project boat at this time. The program ran on a tight budget for what a boat like that needs. Some would say too tight of a budget.
  10. Black Widow

    The 400's last regatta is this weekend, it has been dry sailed for the last 1/2 of this year. When it comes out, I'll have a look and get back to the thread. However, I wouldn't imagine that there would be any significant wear.
  11. Cutting down a good asymmetric spinnaker

    How was your ideal luff measurement determined? And how will this be flown? To answer directly, yes, a kite is easier to modify than a jib. However, you usually mod a jib by a few inches, not 5 feet. So I'll let a real sailmaker chime in on that one.
  12. Bowman and start line distance calling issues

    Plumber, I'll ignore having a bowman call distance to the line on a 24 footer. I'd like to move past it. 1. Take out the crew, the whole crew, and practice. Make sure before the start the bowman gets a good line of sight on the line in both directions. Line up the marks with something on shore, so if one gets blocked by a boat over early, he/she can look back at the other and still have a reference. Doesn't sound like you're going to trust them to call time on distance or steer a boat through a tight fleet, so no reason to get into that. 2. Hand signals. Lots of options, but there are a few universal. # of fingers = boat lengths perpendicular to the line. Always give that distance to the driver tactician. No reason a bowman should be doing trig trying to figure out anything else distance wise. 1 finger with a flashing 2nd finger = 1.5 boats to the line. An extrended arm w/ fist or open hand palm down = common signs that you are on the line, or will be shortly (aka hold course). Thumbs down = OCS dip down. Talk to the bowman about what you want to see. Quantum has a good video series on their 52 crews. There was a recent article that is also helpful. 3. A good tactician won't be OCS twice. it's a team sport, share the wins and loses.
  13. Carbon vs Aluminum spin pole

    Me? no, but I've seen it happen on other boats with people doing stupid things.
  14. Caption it...

    I have no dog in this fight, but that sentence struck me as odd.