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    That's not sailing...

    The June issue of Seahorse has an article about the latest pilots using AI to manage multiple parameters instead of just Heading or Wind Angle. They can set different modes to combine multiple inputs such as sailing a specific TWA within a range of heel angles and the pilot will luff or bear off as either range is exceeded. Vincent Riou is quoted as saying some modes can be scary because the pilot will sail the boat far more aggressively than the skipper will be comfortable with. "We wouldn't dare attack like that at the helm, it's demonic. The pilot acts like us, minus the fear."
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    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    PHRF ratings are inevitably suspect because to quote the US Sailing website: "PHRF handicaps are assigned by individuals or committees associated with specific fleets. Handicaps are assigned to a given production class considering predominant local conditions and the handicapper’s experience in handicapping similar boats. These ratings are based on observed performance and any requisite adjustments generally become evident after 5-10 races have been sailed." PHRF racing should not use the same approach as OD or VPP based racing where science and measurement are applied. Calculated PHRF results are no better than the made up ratings, so there is no reason to take them seriously. I've found a much more satisfying approach since I retired from GP sailing: Skipper and Crew should be friends and family. Especially kids and females. Sail only random leg courses and do so as fast and efficiently as the conditions and skills aboard allow safely. Learn new things. Sailors with more knowledge and experience have to share what they know because it makes it more fun. If the crew feels they sailed the boat well, acknowledges areas for improvement and all want to do it again, the race was won, regardless of handicap results. With just an addition or two, these also make a good outline for post Covid racing: Add "Healthy" to #1 above. No need to get regulatory, we're all aware of local guidelines and we don't need more telling us what to do. Courses around fixed marks, rabbit or pursuit starts within 10m of a fixed mark. Take your own finish time and post to a shared Google sheet. Anyone who cares can figure out results , but #4 above prevails. The world needs less tension and for a while, just being on a boat, unplugged and in nature should be plenty of reward. Another pickle dish, t-shirt and hat I can live without.
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    Should we rethink reefing points?

    In (or behind) Mast Furling has multiple downsides: Large heavy spar sections. Inability to use mast bend as a shape control Often requires a cloth weight that isn't heavy enough for sailing loads. Reefing moves the center of effort forward faster than it lowers and with a roller reefed headsail, you get terminal lee helm. Unless it is completely unrolled, you can't do anything with it when the furling fails. There is a huge difference between the old roller reefing booms of the 60's and 70's and In Boom Furling products of today. Modern boom furling reefs very nicely, but they are still a mechanical system with lots of potential to fail at the wrong time. At least if a boom furling system packs it in, you can still drop the halyard and get the sail down. There may be physical limits such as track reinforcement for reefed head positions or fixed sheave positions on the boom which define where reefs need to be. The latter will often require the reef be placed higher in the sail than before because the sail girths are larger. The locations of battens and slide attachments has to be factored in as well. Probably the most important consideration for reef placement is the users. Every reef adds mass to the leech of the sail and increased the tendency to flog. Cruising sails should have deeper reefs than a race sail.
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    IOR Legend Sighting

    Holds the elapsed time record for the Long Beach to La Paz race. 1979 Monte and Roz Livingston were exceptional people and great owners. The boat never lacked for anything and we had a lot of good times in the late 70's and early 80's.
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    North Sails "Norlam" - What is it?

    Since the early 90's, NorLam has been the group name for many of the proprietary paneled laminate fabrics North makes. The name is used less now than it was 20 years ago but North still makes a lot of laminate sailcloth. They have a very extensive weaving and laminating facility in Sri Lanka with some of the best equipment and people in the laminate cloth world running it.
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    Tack gybe set

    I have a fine recollection of a port rounding off Waikiki in a Clipper Cup race on Checkmate. Port tack on the port layline with a #3 jib. Pole up and slightly squared and hoist starts with the bow at the mark as the boat starts into the tack. As trimmer, I ease a couple feet of jib sheet and hold to let the jib blow the bow down. Partial main dump and the boat almost pivots around the mark and comes out on port just as the kite fills. I don't recall any traffic issues, so there must have been a pretty good gap on the starboard layline. Massive hole dug in the ocean and it's a bit of a shock when the kite fills with the boatspeed almost zero. It may have been coining new terminology for use with Asyms or just Buddy's way with words that turned the Float Drop into a Mexican. It wasn't a new maneuver to get rid of the pole early and drop the kite to windward mid gybe. We'd been doing it since the mid '70's with symmetrics. Lastly, IOR racing was fantastic because I was young and fearless and it was the cutting edge of offshore racing. But the rule rewarded stupid hull shapes and the boats mostly sucked to sail on offshore, especially as they progressed toward stripped machines for inshore racing.
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    Stars & Stripes '87 used a "Gennaker" on the reaching legs of the triangle in the LV Finals. I built one as a cruising sail for an Alden 75 not long after. The 1992 AC in San Diego with the middle Z legs burned though dozens of concepts.
  8. We owned the last Cal 36 built, #104. When delivered, the mast step (deck stepped) was held in place by three 6" long wood screws through the deck and into the mahogany post below. Based on previous experience with Cal construction, one of the first fixes was to remove the step and mount it to an aluminum plate that through bolted to some aluminum angles that also locked the wood post in place. Great boat and the hours spent with Dad installing deck hardware, rebuilding interior components and customizing the spars (internal halyards) were the greatest part of my high school years. I easily learned more real world practical knowledge from that then I did in most of the courses I took.
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    Train hits boat

    Boat Nanny was't the term in 1973 when the IBNA was founded at the Ross boatyard in Clearwater, but it is more appropriate in today's world. Marine Domestic or Maritime Valet were the preferred terms to use for our occupation when filling out customs forms in those days.
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    Small bends in wire standing rigging

    I'd be wary of any standing rigging that is 1x19 terminated with hand crimped nico-press sleeves and no thimbles.
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    Most egregious cheats?

    US Olympic Finn trials in 1984. Have a throw out to spare, so start way prematurely and camp all over your only threat to dive him to the back of the pack and insure your series win.
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    Front Page: "Tight Ropes"

    If you want Cape Horn Square Rigger action, read Voyage by Sterling Hayden. Great characters, multiple plot lines with parallels to today, but above all, descriptions of square rigger life and sailing balls out on big ships by a guy that knows his stuff.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    It's going to twist the keel fin the wrong way to create lift.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Dave Howell was one of several skippers responsible for making me the sailor I am today. My first salty ocean race was an SORC aboard his PJ 37 one tonner.
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    Old pics you found

    Yeah, Condor would fit, she was more maroon and Sorcery was red. I sailed once on Condor for a sail check, but a lot on Sorcery when she was new.
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    Old pics you found

    The red boat on the outside of Ondine in the first picture is likely Intuition. See further up the thread. The red maxi outboard of Kialoa and mostly obscured would be Sorcery. That would make it the 1984 SORC.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Camouflage - Frers 45 - Al Schulz and Vicky Lawrence.
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    Old Sailing gear photo's

    Anybody remember these?
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    '73 SORC on an S&S 61 with 1" poly Samson braid afterguys. Getting the pole off the forestay with the Starcut spinnaker was interesting. '79 BBS on a Choate 40, rounded Chrissy just behind a pair of Swan 44's. We all get our poles back and bloopers up with us gaining and set to pass between them. Just off the club we got a blast and the Swan on the right rounded down, the one on the left rounded up. They swapped positions and we somehow managed to sail between them and miss both. Anybody else remember this little item:
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    Sign 'O the Times

    Brigitte Bardot in a pareau & bikini top on the Seahorse cover this month......
  21. Can anyone explain why at 1:11 there is a fleet of support vessels motoring though an offshore wind farm at full speed, except the clip runs in reverse......What's that about?
  22. Not true, OSR requires an alternate method of attaching the sail to the forestay, but it doesn't require "hanks". Simple string ties are sufficient to meet the requirement. There are a variety of solutions, although some are a bit overkill for club racing. For example, the J Class headsails use Tylaska T5's on webbing loops (35 per sail) or a custom keyhole fastener. The VO65 uses KZ Carabiners on the sails set on the forestay. Back in the real world, webbing straps with plastic buckles work just fine and are relatively safe for kites. As long as the sail is attached to the forestay, the halyard drop can be really fast without fear of the sail going over the side. That and not requiring multiple crew on the bow is a big help round the cans.
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    Old Sailing gear photo's

    That's not a first generation Windsurfer mast step. I had #1849 of the original Windsurfers and the blades, booms and mast step were all wood. No rubber boot, just a bare metal U-Joint as the scars on my feet will attest. That was the winter of '73/'74 in Clearwater Florida. Skip Novak was the dealer to a group readying boats at the Ross yard before the One Ton NA's and the SORC.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    For students of sailing yacht handicapping, this is an excellent read. I'm fortunate to have a hard copy my father gave me back in the '70's.....
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    Stay, No Go

    When living beings are infected, they get chills, fevers & tremors as their immune defenses ramp up with antibodies to attack the invader. Seems like Mother Earth is feeling diseased and her defenses are fighting back. Polar vortex, high heat and wildfires, earthquakes and volcanoes didn't make the pest go away, and now the immune system is attacking the infection directly. It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.