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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Best Tablet based race app for tactician

    Not sure if the two of us on the boat can run up that kind of bar tab, but the price tag for a complete Expedition solution is not for the weak hearted. I'm running Exp with a roaming tablet on VNC for now...mostly because I haven't made the time to properly deploy a roaming tablet solution AND the nav computer is perfectly visible to the driver while glued to the windward rail. In my situation, the "driver" needs to look away from the computer and actual SAIL the boat while the "crew" does everything else. I'm not trying to use this as a 'round the can' solution though.

    Ah....LBCs. Replaced my Spitfire clutch on the on ramp of I5 in Seattle one afternoon. It seemed like the thing to do (and everyone carries a full set of tools at all times, right?!?). Fast forward 30 years and I found myself changing the water pump of my Disco in the Princeton Husky station parking lot. Again, it seemed like a good idea at the time. The better idea was to buy double-secret-unobtainium BCAA -- since then I've only had to deck the truck home once. Dependability is only extended to "you can depend on it failing". I'm risking further brain damage though - I keep talking myself out of buying something V12 powered as a toy. Each time I see something it takes me just a little bit longer to say "No".

    Ack. Had a '68 Spitfire (I actually miss that car), a '76 Midget, a '74 B (early...chrome bumpers) and am stupid enough to drive a Land Rover. I bought the spit practically in a basket -- Flew to Long Beach, bought the car, drove it about 10 blocks (and burned about 2 quarts of oil) to the garage where I built an engine. Drove the car home to the PNW and had great fun with it for several years (transverse leaf springs and windy mountain roads do NOT mix well) The Midget lasted 70 miles before a rod bearing spun and I found that the DPO never changed the oil. Built an engine and sold the car. I bought the B barely running. Built an engine and THEN found rusted sills....Sold the engine, scrapped the car and the steering wheel is now hanging somewhere out in my shop. I own German cars to make sure I have a reliable means of getting to the parts store for the Disco. Hard to tell from a single picture, but that engine bay looks like a handful of challenges. After you get most things sorted out, remember to pour some oil into the carb dashpot. Play with different oils until throttle response is what you want. I found ATF (often recommended) to be too thin, 20wt seemed to work correctly in most situations.
  4. Yep. A bunch of lightweights here now. Back in the day...when we had to trudge through the snow to get to the boat...uphill both ways...we had the common courtesy to offer proper greetings to newbies. It's the downfall of civilization, I tell ya.
  5. Southern Straits 2018

    I guess this is #10 for me. I want wind. Somebody please provide that. Thank you.
  6. Opening disclaimer to discredit my response....I've not sailed VI360, but I'm not sure that an IOM is going to be able to make the spin in less than two months unless it's properly stowed in the v-berth. I wouldn't consider a 2 week time pressured spin around VI to be an appropriate intro to sailing for 2.5 (two with no experience, one with half of your experience) of your crew. The 2 week time of the VI360 is based on boats and crew who are expecting to push hard and to race. Do you have confidence that the other 2.5 of your crew can properly handle the boat at night when you are completely wiped out and trying to catch a few hours of sleep (and a non-zero percentage of the crew are spewing over the side in their misguided attempts to feed fish)? Get your crew out on some overnight distance trips (inside or outside...doesn't matter at this point) to build the confidence in each other. There are some great overnight races (Patos, Salt Spring come to mind) that are good opportunities to get the experience (with a higher motivational pressure to perform than a typical cruise has) while being close enough to pull the pin if things go pear shaped.
  7. why am i here?

    Late 90's Southern Straits. The owner showed up on race morning still plastered from the last evening's party. On the way to the start area, he starts berating the crew and generally being an ass. At the start line, I actually gave serious thought to jumping overboard and swimming to the RC. The rest of the crew were good guys and the hangover kicked in such that the owner was a non-entity through the race, but wow. We lost in spectacular fashion, but I dodged a bullet there - before that race, I had sailed with the guy for more than a year and had considered partnering with him on the Dash 34. Mid 90's Driftsure. Spent most of an afternoon sitting at the end of a hook outside Jordan River in an absolute downpour while trying to get back to Victoria. The boat was showing more than a knot of boatspeed through the water (outbound tide) and there wasn't a breath of wind. This was racing?!?
  8. Toronto Harbour (Canada)

    In my experience, "always looking" is the reality that the owners have a crew pool of nearly twice the boat complement in an effort to get to the start line each week at least 80% of the crew positions filled. Been there, played that game...and now race 2 up because I have 100% confidence that the entire crew will show up each day. Reasons for this were discussed here
  9. Open letter to Microsoft/Windows

    Hahahaha. Daily. But I can seriously say that end (L)users of the two machines I mentioned have never pulled up a command line, that I haven't touched either of their PCs since I first configured them, and that neither has been stuck for hours watching the "please do not turn off your computer" update screen. My point is that you don't need to be a card-carrying propeller-head to have success with linux these days, but it depends on how the PC is being used.
  10. Open letter to Microsoft/Windows

    10 years ago, I'd agree with you, but I'm not convinced that this is true any longer. I started using Fedora about 8 years ago and currently run windows (mostly 7, but also 10) in virtualbox. 99% of the stuff I need to do can be done in libreoffice and mainstream web browsers. For word/excel/garmin/the few streaming video services that require windows, I have windows. For all else, I have a stable platform where I can control the update cycle. A year ago, I got tired of getting the calls from my mother in law to fix her windows problems (including the time microsoft technical support called her to get access to her system to fix a virus that their systems said she had...she fell for it) and general PC pain and suffering. I reimaged the machine to fedora and she hasn't had a problem since. Installed it on my mother's PC as well after she corrupted hers to the point that it would only boot into safe mode. Neither of these two have a clue about PC use and they aren't having any usability problems with linux (neither need to use any windows apps). It all depends on what you want the PC to do. My kids can't use linux because they game. The boat can't use linux because of Expedition/OpenCPN. A side benefit is that old hardware is given a lease on life from a performance standpoint.
  11. Slightly Obscure But Very Helpful

    Hmmm. This was a handful of a boat, but not sure that it even meets the 3.8m at the rudder criteria!
  12. 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".
  13. 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!
  14. 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....
  15. Northern Century

    Good on ya. Enjoy!!!!!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

  19. Squamish Open Annual Regatta

    Two people? That's two complete watches....a full crew! Go Race!
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. Race Replays

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