airacer

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  1. airacer

    Coffee

    Hmmmm :-) You might be on to something.
  2. airacer

    Coffee

    Tired of cleaning the French press. Grabbed an oil funnel and put a coffee filter in it with some grounds. Warm up the water in a tea kettle. Direct drip into the Yeti. Fast & easy coffee while ripping under spinnaker or at the dock. Nothing to spill or break. Easy clean up.
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    J120 Swim Ladder Source

    Would anyone know where to source a swim/boarding ladder for the stern of a J120?
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    J120 Swim Ladder Source

    Team Anarchy certainly came through! Great recommendations. White Water has me all sorted and a new ladder on the way.
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    J120 Swim Ladder Source

    Awesome guys!!!! Thank you!
  6. Cable less code 0. Hands down. Surely PHRF LE is still up to the same old shenanigans and will find some way to smack you down for using present day technology. Better yet, get rated through DRYA or the Edgewater PHRF!
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    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Same one, I found it couldn’t keep up with a kite up in breeze. Would love to play with a new programmable pilot on the 24, that’s what the boat needs off the wind. For those naysayers, you just need to learn how to sail better and grow a pair. Props to the R2AK teams, always wanted to drag a boat out there for it. I sail a cruiser now though, so who am I to talk.
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    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Been there, done that. It’s a blast. Grab a battery and an autopilot, tighten rig early, have fun!
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    Awesome to have another 32 on the lake. Check out the March PHRF-LE minutes. Melges 32 small spinnakers are "illegal"???? Hahaha. Have fun with that. Try searching the forum.
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    It's a great and historic race. The management needs to look at the stats and feedback and objectively determine why the falloff is happening. My 2cents says if they were to run the race professionally and ditch PHRF-LE they could, and should, grow entries. Do they have any idea of the growth in number of small sportboats from the region? Maybe it would be good to invite a one design class or two on one of the shorter courses?
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    Nice work eerie! Glad to see this race back. I hope you use any system other than archaic phrf-le rules so sportboats can play too.
  12. airacer

    Miami to Havana Sleigh Ride Thread

    Ahh Cuba. Good times. Wish I was doing this race instead of skiing. Looks to be a good ride! Go the Chico 2!
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    Were J29guy and friends running the show? When are those PHRF-LE hacks finally going to figure out they are doing more harm to the sport than good. What's the membership down to this year?
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    How dare they :-) Queue the ranting phone call to the RC from a PHRF chairman. RC got the RANT.... we will see how it all works out! IMHO looks like RC is on the right track with the splits. Good for CYC!
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    How dare they :-) Queue the ranting phone call to the RC from a PHRF chairman.
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    Thought about making the trip to Cleveland to race at CRW next weekend, but unfortunately your NOR cites PHRF-LE. Hell will freeze over before I waste my time at an event that their organization is involved with. The crap they pulled in the Mills race was the final straw. I am astonished that Toledo Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club failed to follow RRS, managed the race so poorly, and seemingly had no problems using intentionally backdated documents. Ethical? Corinthian? In the best interest of our sport? You can answer those questions yourself. There ya go Kellner, Gilford, Frazier, Glanville and the rest of team PHRF-LE and their conspiring friends, you finally won. Do you feel satisfied that you succeeded in chasing yet another person away from the sport on "your" lake? How is it going for you? Is participation up? Is membership up?
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    Nope. Status quo.
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    Looks like the Mills race website and registration are up. http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1055 http://mi6657.wix.com/mills-trophy-race
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    Great response. You spend time on here complaining that your boat can't compete with sportboats. When was the last time your bottom was templated, or even cleaned. How about new sails, halyards, ect. Or why bother with all that, Just tell another boat that races in every other part of the country and is a club member that he can not sail because he does not have a bow pulpit. Even when last year PHRF gave an older boat an unrestrecte certificate without a bow pulpit. Your right, that is alot easier. Have fun in your dwindling fleet. +1 I am not angry. I am bringing to light issues that are hurting participation in our sport on Lake Erie in effort to change things for the better. If no one stands up and holds people and organizations accountable, things will never change. I will not bury my head in the sand, nor am I intimidated by those pulling political strings. I do not want people coming after me to have to experience the same issues and be pushed away from our sport and yacht clubs. More boats on the water is a good thing, and I will continue to advocate for the growth of our sport.
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    PHRF-LE's language was finalized to this on May 17th 2013. "An invitational race by definition is an event that is open to all PHRF-LE members. The exception may be a weekly series or event(s) that enlist participants from single or multiple clubs within a close geographic area that participate together on a regular basis. Participants in the exception may race with a restricted certificate. Check with the race organizer to determine if your R rated boat qualifies under PHRF-LE class rule 7.8 to race in any specific race. Note on Certificate: Restricted to non-invitational racing only. Racing in invitational races with a R rating is subject to protest, disqualification and revocation of the PHRF-LE certificate." Why would NCYC post this effective July 2013? AMENDMENT #1 TO THE 2013 NOTICE OF RACES SECTION 1,2, ELIGIBILITY: Effective immediately and until further notice: All North Cape Yacht Club races, in order to comply with PHRF-LE rules as we interpret them, both in spirit and intent, will be classified as one of two classes of races 1. Club / inshore races including a. Wednesday night series b. Friday night series c. Windward—leeward race series d. Other races that stay within the confines of the NCYC club racing buoys (ie. Irene Race) 2. Invitational / offshore races including a Commodore Perry b. Double Handed C. Dedication Day Race d. Mid-Channel Race e. O’Connell Fall Bay f. Any other races with marks outside the confines of the NCYC club racing buoys 3. Club / inshore races will require either a current restricted or unrestricted PHRF-LE racing certificate 4. Invitational / offshore race will require a current unrestricted PHRF-LE racing certificate 5. For all NCYC racing events, there will be no exceptions to the above PHRF-LE certificate requirements. After a year and a half of lobbying PHRF finally made a step in the right direction. Now NCYC, my own club, has stepped backwards and limited participation in their events. Big chicken as you said above "i would be asking NCYC to reconsider its NOR eligibility to incorporate the new broader definition of what NCYC races that your M24 and other similar boats can compete in rather than crap all over NCYC" If I were NCYC I wouldn't crap on my own members!
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    I just saw the NOR amendment in the Bullhorn (NCYC Newsletter) today. I think that it is absolutely poor that NCYC does not support the entry of its own boats into its own club's races. Not only will I not be participating on my boat (obviously), but I will be sure not to participate as crew on other members boats, or as a volunteer for these events, as will my crew. It is a shame our club's bridge and yachting activities director does not stand up for its own members and the ability of their boats to race. These are not "offshore" races by any means. If you are a racing sailor and you consider sailing around the lighthouse or a channel marker during the middle of the day going "offshore," you shouldn't be allowed out of the harbor! Shame on you NCYC for caving to PHRF-LE and their anti-sportboat, anti-growth, and uneducated stance on the sport of sailing. Just to clarify. PHRF-LE defines an invitational race as: "An invitational race by definition is an event that is open to all PHRF-LE members. The exception may be a weekly series or event(s) that enlist participants from single or multiple clubs within a close geographic area that participate together on a regular basis. " NCYC has decided to declare the following races as "Invitational" to prohibit participation from boats with PHRF-LE "R" certificates. Keep in mind that in no other areas around the country is there "R" restriction in PHRF classes. Commodore Perry 2013 - 10 Boats in PHRF - 9 from NCYC, 1 from TYC Double Handed 2012 - 10 Boats in PHRF - 9 from NCYC, 1 from MBC Dedication Day 2012 - 9 Boats in PHRF - 8 from NCYC, 1 from MBC Mid Channel 2012 - 6 Boats in PHRF - 6 from NCYC Fall Bay - 12 boats in PHRF - 8 from NCYC, 1 from VBC, 3 from SSC Based on the above entries I see two things: First, turnouts are not very good to begin with, why discourage additional boats? Is it to "protect the fleet?" If so then I encourage you to provide data that supports this. Looking at race results I see no significant advantage to sport boats over well sailed racer cruisers. Second, according to PHRF-LE's own rule it looks like all boats in these races are from a "a close geographic area that participate together on a regular basis." Again, shame on NCYC for discouraging participation in racing, sailing, and membership. NCYC has the ability to determine its races as "club" races and allow PHRF-LE "R" boats to participate...they chose not to do so and restrict our participation in our own clubs events.
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    That was also suggested. Essentially have a subdivision under the management of PHRF-LE, which would be PHRF-LE-Sportboat. I was told if you want to do that, just go create your own PHRF class. I suggested that if we did, it would have a negative impact on PHRF-LE and that is not what we are trying to do. However they did not seem to have a problem with us setting up our own class in competition with PHRF-LE. Obviously if I went down this road, it would be open to all boats and the regatta organizer could set the parameters or requirements for competition. At least all boats would have a rating though. If anyone is interested in this approach and would like to be involved, please PM me.
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    I agree. Minutes/rules should be posted already. Save to PDF, upload and update a few links doesn't take long. I know they are busy getting certificates out, but in the time I wrote this post it could be done. I would be happy to help with this if I could. There needs to be better communication from the committee to the members. Just posting minutes timely would go along way to clearing the air. This day in age there is no reason why you should have to wait a month or 3 to find out what is going on. When you have no information it is easy to assume the worst and have a negative perception. Let's hope they can find the time to update things today.
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    Lake Erie Anarchy Part 2

    There is news, but the committee asked me to keep quiet about it until they publish it officially on the PHRF-LE website. I will respect that. Going to the meeting and talking to the committee members was a good thing. They are not evil people out to get boats with A-sails. For that matter they do not seem out to get any boat or anyone/group personally. They are regular people, they just have serious concerns about protecting their fleet. Whether right or wrong, they have their right to do what they think is best for their class. I think more sport boat and small boat owners should think about doing the same and open lines of communication. It needs to be more about education and communication rather than shit slinging and politics. I feel the outcome is a step in the right direction. IMHO not the optimal outcome, I personally feel that even smaller keel boats such as Vipers should be allowed to at least be rated and the individual YCs should determine who can race, but again something is better than nothing and each is entitled their own opinion. Things seem to be moving forward though, which is a positive thing. Hopefully minutes/class rules are posted soon, as the racing season is upon us.