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    Everglades Challenge 2020

    Andyman my tornado is for sale, pm me if interested. Lots of EC Mods, great boat lots of spares and tilt trailer. Aka SwampMonkee
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    ORMA 60 Arete', this is just part of it....but who's counting?
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    Arete' tri going for Chicago to Mac record

    We delayed two hours to allow the front to pass. The squalls were falling apart at the very south end of the lake(Chicago) but had we left 2 hours earlier we risked running into some pretty toothy stuff, keep in mind at 25 kt average we would have been 50 miles north and it looked pretty intense there When we would have been there. Also had the wind not started going right when we approached S Manitou we could have gone outside and had a better angle to Grays, also been in the lee of Beaver. If, if, if..... it was an expeience! Team can’t wait for another shot. REW
  4. It’s possible. Boat will be headed South soon for winter racing, hopefully Caribbean 600.
  5. We never got to this point in the discussion with the ORMA, we were rejected over ISO 12215-7. However our J2 is lashed and it is on the only permanent headstay which goes to a strop on the mast, J2 is lashed to the swivel. The strop passes through the swivel. The other three headsails are on Halyard locks, not a viable option for the J2.
  6. One more detail, Arete' does meet the ISO 12217 Stability requirements by huge margins, which was another requirement of the race.
  7. Long story. We originally asked for our eligibility to be reviewed in April 2017 so we could plan appropriately for the season well in advance of any rules being published. Never heard a peep or a response. We ratcheted up our inquiry in February and specifically questioned the requirement to comply with ISO 12215-7 Scantlings, since the boat was designed and built in 2001/2002 well in advance of the existence of those regs. Further from the regs themselves: The bold text is done by me to emphasize key points Scantlings derived from this document are primarily intended to apply to recreational craft including recreational charter vessels. They are considered to correspond to the minimum strength requirements of motor and sailing craft which are operated in a safe and responsible manner, having due cognisance of the prevailing conditions. It primarily applies to boats designed to be available to open public, and used by non-professional crews, it is not suitable to racing craft that are only performance oriented and excludes boats designed only for professional racing. However Clause 14 considers the usage of a multihull as a workboats, with professional crew, provided Annex I of ISO/DIS 12215-5 is complied with. So, pretty clearly the reg doesn’t even apply to Arete’. They have subjected us to a requirement that itself says it doesn’t apply to us and then rejected us for failing to meet it. It is also interesting that the boat has been sailed multiple times across the Atlantic and raced hard. Not only is it in one piece, it has original rudders and is structurally incredibly sound. It was all a very frustrating process and the lack of communication was pathetic. When they did communicate it was very terse and lacked any explanation or willingness for dialog. Very frustrating process.
  8. Is Arete coming out to play? Ask for and review the multihull crew and safety requirements if so. Very different from the monohull requirements. Yes, we plan to, pending acceptanc. We've started the process.
  9. I did find the comment in the release a bit curious....the race is close reaching, not offwind.
  10. Really big ones anyway.......
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    Smyth Wingsail via Jim Brown

    While Jim didn't give a lot of detail to back his "revolutionary" comment, what I believe was exactly that is Randy accomplishment in the conditions that this race through at him. The hold back on wing sails in an offshore environment to date has been how to deal with it in big breeze. Randy certainly had that. I called him to congratulate on the accomplishment and he told me about a squall he sailed through with multiple water spouts. He said he didn't think he could have completed this race with his soft sail rig. He just said it to me, so he wasn't "selling". All around remarkable, and I can't wait to see the bigger incarnations. rew
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    Chicago Area III

    I thought this was an anonymous forum? While the person making the statement may be Einsteins twin brother, my comment about CYC ever using a different rating rule for the Mac Race before ORR dies a slow death stands as written. Fast Laser is correct and is in a position to know, as am I. CYC has no obligation to stay with ORR, written or otherwise. There is never unanimity around rating rule selection and we have tried to run the race consistently and for what we think fairly handicaps the fleet that we have without relagating the old dogs to an uncompetitive status. We have also chosen to remove local political bias from the rating process, thus no PHRF. We don't not engineer the VPP. We do have a representative in the ORR committee and I am on the technical committee, we none of us controls the VPP. We care exclusively about the welfare of the race, not the welfare of the rule and at least up till now the ORR rule remains viable and growing, although slowly. Ron White Chief Measurer CYC Race to Mackinac
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    New imoca boats

    Scale up Hugo Boss to Comanche's size and you'd have a boat that weighs 8 tons less and goes 15% faster. Comanche is essentially a giant 2005-era Volvo 70. The newest Open 60s are far different; they are actually innovative, pushing design and not just loads. Walk through them and you'll see what I mean. To me what's even more important to their cool factor is the fact that they actually go and sail around the world every two or four years, which is pretty cool regardless of what boat it is. Comanche seems to just get on a ship and go from one familiar event to another for a daysail and a party. Very cool for the guys getting the sweet day rates. Pretty dull to me. They may be innovative, but they also have a greater than 50% failure rate when it comes to sailing around the world. You're pushing the envelope, but you're not really advancing technology when your innovative design breaks apart the first time it's sailed in over 25 kts. of breeze. Oh, by the way, Comanche arrived in Antogua on her own bottom after knocking off a 500 NM 24 hr run with a delivery crew. Actually it was the race crew that delivered her from Charleston.
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    Chicago Area III

    Winner....she was also beheaded. At least we can believe some things on the internet.
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    Chicago Area III

    Wrong again. No such bylaw.