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    White Star Oceanic and Cunard Mauretania, probably 1914. Great photo of two fine ladies.
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    They're especially well trained in that town. Always use the crosswalks.
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    Michael -- Tropical WX, Gulf Coast

    Did you call your daughter Hugo, perchance? That would deserve a post on LONRQ. Or Mangrove? Now that would be original.
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    Michael -- Tropical WX, Gulf Coast

    I just got an email from an old sailing buddy in Puerto Rico. His house near San Juan was demolished last year by Maria. His wife and two teenagers moved to Florida, and he stayed behind as he works as a senior lineman for the power company. He was planning to get a similar job in Florida at the end of this year. All they could afford in the USA was a small house near the beach, in you guessed it, Mexico City FL. The family is safe. They evacuated in time and are staying with a friend in Galveston TX. But the house is gone. Twice in a year. At least the FL home was insured, not sure about the PR one.
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    Best Movie Ever

    The great 1953 classic "Roman Holiday" with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Even Rotten Tomatoes gave it 98%
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    Can you trim the jib sheets in cocktail dress?

    We didn't worry about rust in the splice, mate. They never lasted that long on maxis! Any time we were in Cowes we bought a couple of drums of galv wire from Spencers. They had the best. They wouldn't tell us where they bought it, but it was fine stuff. All good. And I don't miss it neither. But beer and tunes (and occasional racer-chasers) in the rigging container were always a bonus.
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    Michael -- Tropical WX, Gulf Coast

    I was in Fiji in the 80s sheltering in the vault of the bank as the town came apart above us. When we got back to the remains of our 2nd floor hotel room we found a small cow had come through the windows and exploded against the end wall. 5 palm tree trunks were stuck through that concrete wall like javelins.
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    Can you trim the jib sheets in cocktail dress?

    If you look at my comment under his YouTube segment (JW) from about 3 months ago (about mid July 2018) I added some suggestions which may be more in line with your experience. Let me know if you hate my method as well!
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    Freaking Terminators!!

    Here you go.
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    Keel WTF...

    Hugh Welbourn led the appendage design team that did a similar NZL-30 tandem keel idea on GBR-78 Wight Magic for 2003, but with a separate rudder, I think. It proved very quick at times, but the entrenched feeling was that such experiments weren't worth it despite good results. So it was binned in favour of the conventional GBR-71 Wight Lightning which got knocked out before the quarter finals. GBR-78 was re-fitted with a conventional keel. There was an Australian boat in 1992 with the same thing, Spirit of Australia, again before reverting to the normal system. With thanks and acknowledgements to the site http://www.americas-cup-history.com/english for these images.
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    Michael -- Tropical WX, Gulf Coast

    Ugly. Looks like parts of Japan after the tsunami.
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    Emotional Support Squirrel? WFT??

    "What Fabulous Tits!"
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    Michael -- Tropical WX, Gulf Coast

    Slight thread drift... Anyone ever spent time at the Bitter End Yacht Club resort in the BVI? Did you trash your room on the way out? No? Don't worry, a lady called Irma did it for you last September. And this was a well-built set of structures, nearly all well above storm surge line, and deeply pegged into the hillside. As others have said, it's not how hard it blows, it's what it blows.. Back to Michael...
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    Thordon Shaft Bearings

    As an FYI, there are two giant Thordon pad bearings on each side of Mirabella V's enormous lifting keel, carrying all the side loads. I believe they're still with the original ones put in by Vosper's.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    I remember that one. Apparently Harold fancied his chances. Ha ha.