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    espo is a dick

    you did fine work there John, congratulations!
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes is the correct email address
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    It's the same three or four voices out of 1000 members throwing sand in their sandbox-same voices for all the years here on SA and same little backwater bay been shit-stirring for decades. Once mildly amusing but now perceived by most as being out of touch and nattering nabobs of negativism. They are only happy when they are fighting and miserable and concocting deep theories of conspiracy and subterfuge. Can't see the forest for their stunted trees. Personal vendettas and past perceived slights color every perception. Hell of a way to enjoy something that is supposed to ultimately be a fun hobby with family and friends. Unfortunate that the majority of folks who sail and race in LIS are lumped into this perceived morass but the world according to the posters on SA isn't reality, ya know. It's all tiresome and tedious and takes away from the enjoyment of the sport for those of us who actually try and improve things-nuff said. See ya SA. Mic drop.
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    Not sure why there is this gross misconception that the YRALIS PHRF Committee members are non-racers-a few folks on here seem to think that their little bay or harbor is the cynosure of Long Island Sound racing-I beg to differ-the purview of the YRALIS extends from New York Harbor, part way up the Hudson and all the way up to the Black Rock area in CT and out to Mt. Sinai on Long Island- a large amount of water with over 60 clubs all vying for participants on their respective courses. Just because you don't see some of the Committee members on a scratch sheet in your neighborhood doesn't mean they ain't out there. Let's walk through it: The Chair, Rick Royce, Naval architect at Webb Institute and recent honoree as a new Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, has campaigned his own Tripp 33 for years and is now a regular helmsman on various Hunt Lawrence financed rocketships. The Kendricks, Bob and June, though they dialed back a bit in recent years other than local Lloyd Harbor events, have re-upped in a big way with their recent purchase of a J44. The sailmakers on the committee, Tom C and Mark P are out there all the time on customer boats, obviously, and not only are sailing on local waters, but all over the country and beyond so have a good perspective on how different wave and wind conditions from typical LIS weather effect respective boats' performance possibilities. Charlie Powers is out there all the time as tactician on another J44 Resolute, as well as being a mainstay of the Pied Piper program. Andrew Weiss is prbly one of the last of the active big boat campaigners in these waters with his long-standing Christopher Dragon program-what regatta is he not sailing in? Rick Sinclair is a regular at all events emanating from the Indian Harbor area and has been on these local waters for decades in various capacities, including his time in the marine industry. Rich Gold, once a regular campaigner of his own boat, has now stepped back a bit but is a vital part of the Cedar Point Racing scene and knows all of the players in that area. George Samalot basically built the entire database of the PHRF ratings and though we don't see him much on Long Island Sound, he is still mucking about up there on the Hudson and has a keen eye on how boats are sailed up there and a voluminous memory for boats and their performance levels over the years. Matt Berger used to be a vital part of the 105 fleet and perhaps has lost touch with what happens out there as he isn't very active any more-will give you that one. Iris Vogel probably races more than anyone commenting on this forum or just about anywhere else on this site. How many race days did Devo do last year? KWRW, Charleston, AYC etc. etc. etc. I think Bill's Sock Puppet said 90?? And that probably didn't include weeknight or club stuff. As far as John E. becoming a member of the committee again or his partner at the EBYRA, Vince N., all involved at the committee level appreciate the desire to help the cause but I think the past history , repeated rinsing of dirty laundry on forums such as this,(though most involved don't read what goes on here, and I find it less and less interesting as a whole) and continued expressed ire and insults relayed through various channels kind of negates the positive sentiment of volunteering. Unfortunate, really, as I think both guys bring a wealth of knowledge but sometimes the method of delivering their message obscures the intent, to support and build the sport.
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    been on the front page since sunday...... expo, do you neede compurter helpe? they should be under the phrf committee meeting minutes heading but due to their late posting, figured front and center on the first page
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    been on the front page since sunday......
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    fixte Thanks Snag, works for me! and PHRF committee chair apologizes, his fault in not forwarding minutes from Oct. and Nov. meetings-secretary out on Friday so will get them up tmw--the committee have been on recess since then-kind of like congress taking a long vacation!!! -first meeting of the new year this Thursday evening at Larchmont-8 oclock.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Ok, it was 2 min job to add toggle: There is now 'navionics' toggle next to: wind waves pressure... buttons that is pretty brilliant-thanks for making this great race even greater
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    NTSB releases transcript of El Faro sinking

    Harrowing and horrible.....
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    Manhasset Fall Series

    That's a great idea Crush. Like an end of season Edlu. Talk to your pals over there at MBYC.
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    Most Over-rated big name rock bands

    when the levee breaks, tonight, on repeat, entire race, 120 decibels......just for you spanky garcia!
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    Manhasset Fall Series

    BTBOTFA is feeling hisse boxieres our to tiite rite abote nowe! Not at all SnAgs, in Tuscany on my Brunello fact finding mission and have very little internet so just logged in and saw this....the YRA is happy that the organizing authority of this event is running the regatta in the fashion that they feel will bring greater success to their event. We just gives them the tools --how they choose to use those tools is up to them. For all the hue and cry about weight limits, the discussion here and in the race program and the offer to membership to weigh in on an anonymous private website , u know how many folks responded? Two. Not quite a quorum for change. Up to OAs to apply or not apply, which is the way it has always been. Good luck to MBFS, hope it all goes well.
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    Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    I am sure you have run the numbers, but how much of a hit do the mods bring into the rating picture?
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    2015 ALIR

    Kudos to Warrior Won then on so many levels if they qualified for the youth sailing trophy as well. Left Hook actually helped them in this regard as I believe he is only 23.
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    2015 ALIR

    Also from the YRA Race Program this year.... a little insight from the inestimable Mr. Becker and a fantastic model for other clubs to follow. AYC Jr. Big Boat Team – How We Do It and Why It Works By Peter Becker The American Yacht Club (Rye, NY) has a long history of training junior sailors on big boats. When I was in the junior program in the 70’s club members like Lorna Hibbard, Dooie Isdale, Herb Hild, Skip Purcell and others spent considerable efforts to teach us about big boat sailing and by including us in their crew we were not only able to master the skills but we were able to experience and grow to love distance and ocean races such as the Bermuda Race at very young ages. Today that tradition of junior big boat training continues but in an expanded format. This will be the third year that the junior big boat team has had for their exclusive use a J/105 Young American to race in all the big boat events from AYC Spring Regatta to Manhasset Bay Fall Series. In this format the juniors are competing head-to-head with adult skippered and crewed boats. Some of the elements that we feel have contributed to the success of the program are the following: · Give the juniors a boat exclusively for them with full command. Adults participate as safety officers and coaches but not as skippers. The juniors now have a sense of ownership and responsibility that they would not otherwise have. · Participate in a broad range of events including: one-design keelboat racing, round-the-buoys inshore racing, coastal distance races and cruising. · Use boats that are challenging but still junior friendly. The J/105 turns out to be a really good boat for the juniors as it is big enough to be a “real big boat” but not so big and complicated that safety and complexity of operation become an issue. The J/105 can be configured to sail in all the local distance races. Last year we sailed Young American in the Block Island Race and won the PHRF overall trophy and the Over-all Performance Trophy. · For the older and more advanced juniors we have had great success stepping up to the J/122 which provides a platform that is operationally more challenging with multiple jib and spinnaker halyards, but still manageable by the junior crew. Our program has been blessed by fellow club members who have loaned their J/122 to the juniors for the Block and Vineyard Races. Two years ago the juniors made history by winning the Vineyard trophy with the J/122 Patriot loaned by Commodore’s Furnary and Duncan, besting the likes of George David and his professionally crewed Rambler. · Add some cruising into the mix. For several years running we have held what we call the “back-to-basics” junior cruise where we gather as many cruising boats as we can, each crewed with one owner and all the rest juniors. The format is to experience all things non-racing while working on seamanship skills such as: going up the mast, anchoring, rafting, taking dinghies ashore, sleeping on the boats etc. Typically in the morning after making a great breakfast we have practiced splicing and making rope belts. Last summer the oldest juniors cruised Young American independently in the AYC annual cruise which provided an advanced level of responsibility and sense of accomplishment. This is something we hope to make a tradition. Some of the ongoing challenges that we have experienced are: · Providing quality training at all experience levels. We have found that it sometimes is important to separate the beginners from the more advanced junior sailors giving each the quality time and experience they both deserve. The difficulty is managing the finite size of participants and the scarce resources of boats and adult coaches. Creating a critical mass is important and although with almost 40 juniors enrolled in the program we feel we would benefit from an even larger size and two boats. This would enable better division between the older “A” team sailors and the younger beginners and provide each with higher quality training and experience. · Providing offshore experiences for the advanced junior sailors. Sailing in and around LIS is one thing but exposure to true blue water sailing is a totally different thing that needs to be experienced to be understood. We would have loved to have participated in last year’s Bermuda Race but unfortunately there were conflicts with school and the NYS regents’ exams. We were however able to get three of our juniors to sail a delivery home from Bermuda on a Farr 73, which provided valuable blue-water experience. Samples of some of our “magic moments” which make it all worthwhile: · The time when only one junior showed up for one of the Thursday Night Can One races. He was not a particularly advanced sailor and had never skippered before. The two of us went out and double-handed Young American that evening. The result was a true sense of accomplishment. · Each year we have juniors who make up their mind to master a position on the boat. Whether it is pit, bow or helm, each of these juniors have not only conquered the particular position, but they all have come away with a newfound confidence and sense of importance within the crew structure. · Organically there are the mentoring relationships that are very valuable. Last year we one girl who was in the process of dominating the bow, mentor another girl who was less assured. By the end of the season together they “owned the bow” and together they had developed the kind of self-assuredness that may well last a life-time. Our overriding principle has been to provide a platform where the juniors are not only learning big boat skills while having full command of the boat but are also enjoying the fun and socialization that is so much a part of the big boat experience. We feel this is a highly effective way to create sailors-for-life. We also believe that the skills learned in managing, organizing and coordinating the teamwork on a big boat will serve the juniors well for the rest of their lives.