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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Why don't more people race?

    I think it's been well stated above and I'm likely just adding to the noise. The trouble with racing is getting crew together. The solution is to race 1 or 2 up, but that's a whole different discussion. Walk down any gangway and look at how many boats that have the capability of kicking ass in a division never leave the dock. This past weekend was the kick off race for the local club/season and there were a lot of "hot boats" tied to the dock that I've not seen at a start line in years. Any one of those boats would have done very well with a marginally competent crew. It's tough getting crew out -- Owners need a pool of 2-3x crew complement to fill the boat and are constantly getting the call an hour before dock time saying "Sorry, dude....". That gets old, so it's easier to not enter the series...hence boats at the dock. Crewing and finding the right boat is a challenge -- so much of a part of the success of a crew is the personality match on the boat. In my experience, the success of a race or series isn't based on the trophies won, but is more about the experience, but it took me a long time to learn this. If your first day out is with with Captain Bligh and you are a number whose sole purpose in life is to shut up, to stay out of the way and to sit on the rail at the shrouds and hike like a SOB, you're not going to come back (particularly here in the PNW where we race when wind happens -- the winter). I think it takes a lot of trials before you find a group of people you connect with, and usually it takes a lot of incidents before you really know if the crew "clicks". This whole iterative cycle can be frustrating -- it's years of work getting a crew to meld before consistent results start to come together. I'm not sure that our society embraces the concept of "committed effort for an extended period of time before measuring success".
  2. How wrong am I to use this sail?

    Used to have a sail in inventory that looked like that...bag was labelled "ballooner", but I always thought the name was wrong. We sheeted to the end of the boom (clew->end of boom->turning block on deck at approx chainplates->primary winches) and it was fan-flippin'-tastic at close reaching. A tack had the intermediate step of launching a proper jib, and a gybe included a spinnaker launch. Pros -- great visibility, fast sail at a close reach. Cons -- won't point, won't run...although we had two headstays, so wing-on-wing with this to leeward (to the end of the boom) and a genoa to "windward" put a lot of sail area up and still was considered "non-flying". Of course, this was on an old universal rule boat.....times have changed!
  3. If you look at the moon, and the part you see is on the left side, that's how much is left before it starts over....
  4. Northern Century

    Good on ya. Enjoy!!!!!
  5. Northern Century

    Can't do it this year, but I think this is an absolutely fantastic event! Wind conditions are typicaly painfully light (at least they were the last three years that I raced), but the course options make this a "must do" event in my mind. Raced twice on a 33' boat with runners (what a PITA to deal with SH spin gybes at night) and once on a 47'er (what a PITA to deal with SH spin gybes at night). I'd say go race and enjoy the course/conditions...but plan on being out there until Sunday.
  6. I'm not yelling

    I always find the use of "enthusiastic verbal encouragement" to be an excellent crew motivation technique. It also works for employees and children.
  7. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/phx/6100073306.html
  8. Squamish Open Annual Regatta

    Two people? That's two complete watches....a full crew! Go Race!
  9. Races for Cruising boats in the PNW

    I think the Northern Century is an excellent event. The start is Friday night so you are "fresh" for the first night's racing. I love night races..... Can't do NC this year, but I'll be pushing for next!
  10. Races for Cruising boats in the PNW

    For kicks a few years ago, Two of us attempted to row a Beneteau 47.7. For about 30 seconds. Just to see if we could actually move the boat. Pffffttt. It's not gonna happen!
  11. Races for Cruising boats in the PNW

    Round Patos is a fun event to kick off the racing season and is a great introduction to racing at night. The Thetis Island race and Round Salt Spring are the week before Swiftsure and are a lot of fun. The Northern Century race is in August which is a DH event....Anacortes to Point Roberts to Hein Bank and back to Anacortes. Southern Straits didn't have a DH division this year but Swiftsure did (only four entries). Straits and Swiftsure have safety requirements that tend to limit entries to the more "race oriented" boats, but I think all other races have a division that you can fit into. As I think about it, both Straits and Swiftsure have "inshore" courses now that might be more intro/cruiser oriented and are not subject to as many requirements.
  12. Race Replays

    LIkewise, I have a seed system running for the next several weeks at least (hey...it's just mips and gigs). Thanks!
  13. 3450 Meters

    I can't even wrap my mind around that shot. 438 METERS of drop???? I'm pretty sure I can't dial that into any of my "budget barn" scopes! Respect doesn't even begin to describe my thoughts.
  14. Race Replays

    Rudder...I owe you a beer. If you are EVER in the PNW, you let me know because this was fantastic. Thank You!!!!!!!
  15. Laptop computers

    I just went through this. A few months ago, I bought an Asus Vivobook 403SA on sale at Staples as a general day-to-day web surf/word process/email laptop and found the battery life to be excellent. 1080 display, but only 4g/128g of storage (emmc SSD). The four core processor was fine for general use, but I found the lack of expansion capability to be a bit of an issue. For the price, I consider it to be a good laptop and I expect good cost/service life ratios from this unit. Last week I replaced it with an Asus 330 zenbook, 512g ssd drive, 16g ram, 1080 display, 10 hour of real-use battery life and an 13" display. I am REALLY liking this PC. For the price, I couldn't find anything else in the running. The drive is slower than the latest greatest hardware, but it's a 7th generation i7 processor and....well....it's quick. I am NOT a W10 fan. I installed linux on both of these PCs and run with that as my primary operating system. Boot time is quick, software is fine (chrome/firefox/thunderbird handle all web/email). Windows is a requirement for compatibility with the real world, and for that I run Virtualbox. I've been running various flavours of windows in Virtualbox for years on both linux and mac machines with zero issue. Actually, I still have a 2009 macbook pro running both linux and W7 in virtualbox partitions which gives me the ultimate in compatibility and performance isn't nearly as bad as one would think. I consider windows based mainstream laptops to be 2 year disposable items in my household/business. Linux gets an extra year out of the machine before piggy performance raises too many complaints. My experience is that Macbooks are 5 year disposable items. Unfortunately, in my experience, most laptops suffer from physical damage before they've hit their "end of life" date.