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  1. REW

    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
  3. It’s possible. Boat will be headed South soon for winter racing, hopefully Caribbean 600.
  4. 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.
  5. One more detail, Arete' does meet the ISO 12217 Stability requirements by huge margins, which was another requirement of the race.
  6. 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.
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    N2E a bust, Break up US Sailing

    Actually for the N2E race this is the requirement that the OA chose to adopt: At least 30% of those aboard the boat, but not fewer than two members of the crew, unless racing single handed, including the person in charge, shall have attended a half-day, one-day, or two- day US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar within the last 5 years, including online courses when available, or other courses as accepted by US Sailing or other national authority. Not as you have described it. Also the one day course can now be completed on line. Someone else qustioned whether US SAS training meets any international standard and the two day course is certified ny World Sailing as meeting the 2 day training requirement required by many Ocean Races.
  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.
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    Everglades Challenge 2017

    My first was an ill fated solo attempt in a modified sea kayak, made it 170 miles and was absolutely shot. Shore support rescued me and took me to Key Largo. The next day Chainsaw and I hatched a plan to do it the following year on a Tornado..... Every one of them has posed unique "what are we doing here" challenges but always in retrospect we start looking forward to the next one. Hard to explain and translate the experience, just gotta do it. And, there is no such thing as to much planning, training and preparation. It's all part of the experience. rew SwampMonkee
  10. I did find the comment in the release a bit curious....the race is close reaching, not offwind.
  11. 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
  13. Elvis wild have had to cut its elapsed time by approx 25%, not by half. I am also unaware of any PHRF single number system, let alone MASF, that bases ratings on 100% off wind content. Had there been upwind content in the conditions, it's a whole different result. Agree completely that it is a impossible task to rate multis that are vastly different fairly. We suffer from small disparate fleets that force mismatches, like trying to rate t10s against sleds. What I absolutely reject is the manner in which this was done. Just an unannounced change in the rating for the Havana race to -51 with no explanation. When questioned about it the reply was that the original change made us more competitive with the rest of the fleet. We appealed and it was revised to -91 for the Havana race. We didn't "take advantage" of anything. Joe appled for a rating, disclosed everything, and we went out and raced hard.. and won. And back to multihull ratings, we suffer through a lack of data, limited measurements if any, no consistency in haw sails get measured and nobody really seems to know what most multis actually weigh. I wish we had enough critical mass to support a full on measurement rule were every detail is fully disclosed and accurate and a VPP could be used determine course specific TOT ratings. That is an unattainable dream though at present. It's expensive to do and would kill participation.
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    Miami to Havana Sleigh Ride Thread

    On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue. I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream. And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear. Ron White Navigator Peregrine
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    Everglades Challenge 2017

    Have been closely tracking Iron Bob & theJuice, Herculean effort. These two are amazing and I'm really going to miss BS'ing with them on the beach in KL this year. Also, already discussed, Randy's effort and proof of concept with the Wing was amazing in these conditions. Saw a great video of him sailing into the finish with the soft section hoisted about 2/3. REW