Expat Canuck

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  1. Expat Canuck

    R2AK 2018

    In satellite view, It looks like FF_SLAG have pulled into a cove. But tracker still shows 4.5 knots speed.
  2. Expat Canuck

    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

    There is a large motor yacht often at Snug Cove called YOLO II
  3. Expat Canuck

    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    Sure, try that with 12,000 lbs on the runner. Good luck.
  4. Expat Canuck

    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    You absolutely need two main trimmers for 'round the cans. The main drives the whole boat. If it is puffy, you have one guy on the sheet, the other on the traveler and perm backstay going upwind. At the leeward mark, both guys are on a winch grinding the main in like crazy. Often, the tactician does do runner's too, so you can drop one person. But reality is, it's better to have him with his head out the boat. And at the starts, he is responsible for making sure that the runners are not hooked on the boom after each tack and gybe.
  5. Expat Canuck

    No Swiftsure thread?

    Word I heard was that they broke a couple of things going upwind, so decided to drop out. On the sail home, they had the kite up and wiped out, leading to the loss of the top section of the mast.
  6. Expat Canuck

    WIRW 2018 - someone had to do it.

    Yeah, I didn't envy the Seattle boats coming in on Friday. We delivered from Vancouver to Victoria on Thursday. Unfortunately, the forecast was completely wrong, and it ended up being a 13 1/2 slog into the wind. Agreed about the harbor entrance. There have been a couple of times when we scraped going out. The past few years, they have adjusted the dates to try to avoid issues with tide levels in the morning and evening, and have been largely successful at that. It no doubt helps that one of the advisors to the OA owns one of the deepest draft boats. The organizers really are very responsive, and willing to listen to the concerns of racers. That's why we are giving the new format a chance. I'll reserve final judgement until after the event.
  7. Expat Canuck

    WIRW 2018 - someone had to do it.

    Okay, 20 was over stated. I have been in a situation where we had to do it in one day. Left Coal Harbour at 11am, cleared customs in Pt. Bob, and arrived in Oak Harbour at 6am the next morning. That was not fun. Especially the bit where we went through Deception at 2am against the max current. (10 foot draft). So 17 hours. Of course, there is also a draft restriction on getting into Pt. Roberts, so you need to time your arrival and departure for there carefully, as well as currents at Deception. In the past, we have delivered on Friday / Saturday so that we could practice Sunday before the Skipper's Mtg and party, and the delivered home Sat / Sun. So one practice day and five days of racing for 6 days off work. This year, it looks like we will deliver Sat / Sun before the event, have a crew member drive down to pick up the delivery crew Sunday evening and return to Van, then everyone drive down Wednesday at noon for Skipper's meeting and party (no time for practice). Four days of racing. Then what? We could have delivery crew leave Oak Harbor right after racing Sunday to start the trip home, and then get home Monday, but what fun is that? They miss out on the awards. So realistically, the delivery home is Monday / Tuesday. So that's 4.5 days off work for 4 days sailing. If you delivery the Mon/ Tues before racing, that's 7 days off work for 4 days sailing. It's all doable, but a bit of a PITA. I understand that the OA are trying different things to improve participation, and that is great. I brought up the above issue with them, and they extended moorage to the weekend before to facilitate delivery, which also is great. We will be there because WIRW is the best event in the PNW by far, and I have loved it ever since I first went in '88. If the change in format does lead to increased participation from Seattle, that will make it even better, and will make it worth the added pain that the few Vancouver boats will have to deal with to get there.
  8. Expat Canuck

    WIRW 2018 - someone had to do it.

    Unless you plan to pull a 20 hour day, the delivery to Vancouver is a two day affair.
  9. Expat Canuck

    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    So that's for one 40 footer. On ours, there is no possible way for 1 person alone to handle runners. The winches are 8 feet apart, and the coordination on the runners is the only thing that keeps the mast up during tacks and gybes. That's the problem with the question as posed, it gives no details on the type of boat. "40 footer" covers an extremely broad range of boats, from Class 40's which are regularly single or double handed, to 80's cruiser racers, to J/boats with sprits, to... Doing 'round the cans on an ILC 40, we need 14. Bow Mast Pit Sewer Trim 1 Trim 2 Trim 3 Trim 4 / Pit assist Runner 1 Runner 2 Helm Main 1 Main 2 Tactics At the end of an hour long, 3 lap race in 10 kntos, all 14 are spent.
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    WIRW 2018 - someone had to do it.

    For the uninitiated / uniformed, the event website is http://whidbeyislandraceweek.com/ It will be interesting to see how the new four day format plays out, and if it improves attendance. It certainly is making logistics for Vancouver boats more of a challenge. There are four Farr 30's registered so far. We are really hoping to get the required six so we can have out own division.
  11. Expat Canuck

    No Swiftsure thread?

    Race was very tame for us coming back at a little after 2am, but we were prepared for the worst, and had the #3 hooked up and ready to go but didn't need it. The wind reports as we got closer indicated that conditions were mild, and the current was with us. We saw 19 to 20 knots, with a couple of puffs to 25 max. I don't understand why people insist on going through there under kite when the wind is really up and the swell is running. The puffs invariably catch even the most seasoned boats by surprise, and cause wipe outs. More than once I have made big gains by being conservative and going through under headsail, then re-hoisting once through the pass while others wipe out and then spend 30 to 40 minutes getting sorted out and licking their wounds.
  12. Expat Canuck

    Looking to Crew - Vancouver racing or pleasure

    You might have better luck trying the local sailing site; www.sailingx.com Right now, there is Wednesday night racing out of Royal Van YC and West Van YC. http://www.royalvan.com/wes Show up at the crew circle at Royal Van at 5pm, with a sixer of beer in hand and you are pretty sure of finding a ride.
  13. Expat Canuck

    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Now that you've done that, go read the threads about the Tin Can and the 1,000 day voyage..
  14. Expat Canuck

    Fails

    Because otherwise the music would be backwards.
  15. Expat Canuck

    ORC inclining test method

    The ORC method is outlined in the ORC documentation. It requires the water density to be measured, just like we do in the real world for commercial inclinings. I can't remember off the top of my head how many freeboards ORC requires, but I do know that when doing and ORC inclining, we take great care to determine the freeboard locations accurately, as it can make a big difference in a vessel with a lot if spring in the sheer. ORC uses three weight movements to each side, so it is similar to the real-world (ASTM) method. ORR only used one movement per side (four years ago), so it was a bit of a joke.