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  1. stayoutofthemiddle

    whats up with West Marine?

    I think WM is quietly moving to an online format only. I think they are slowly bleeding inventory from their stores. Chicago store is half empty. I think they are just burning off the shelves then will close physical locations. Online suppliers like Marine Part Source have tons of stock. I think West Marine wants to be those guys and not pay the employees and building costs... Covid is a great chance to make this transition.
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Did some google mapping... Saw Detroit Yacht Club. Out of curiosity, what is that place? Any racing based out of there? Looks like a nice piece of property...
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    2020 Hook Race

    Main sheet is fast in the video so it's hard to see what happened. Did you have your hands on it before the gybe started or were you trying to play catch with fastball on the way past?! PS, I wonder if there is a way to loop that video and create a "gif" file to text your friends?!
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    2020 Hook Race

    You were lucky! Apparently the owner of Farr 40 Bandit broke his collar bone in a similar situation. Hats off to him for finishing the race. I would have taken my ship to shore and got to the hospital.
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    2020 Hook Race

    Interesting insight... If I say someone is one of the best sailors I know, that to me means they are in the top 5% of sailors I know, not that they are in the top 5% of sailors worldwide. I think that statement sums it up well, it's relative to the circles and fleets you run in... For clarity, my original comment was in no way a moratorium on me! I don't claim to be a good sailor, don't pride myself in such titles, and don't even sail that often anymore. I know some of the best in the business but I'm even in the same league as their level of play. I overheard the following at a rum party some years back and still laugh everything time I think about it.... "He's the best spinnaker guy trimmer in the fleet". True story. In generally, I leave it to the Red Hat's to make the anointments of the best in the fleet!
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    2020 Hook Race

    It's SA here, what's wrong with a little banter and some truths?! Question still stands, unless you have implemented the "pleasantries only" rule. The question also has nothing to do with the MOB incident, (I'm very relieved to hear all ended well), it is a separate topic in response to "one of the best sailor I've ever know".... I'm unfamiliar with the phase so I was curious how those determinations are made.
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    2020 Hook Race

    I'm sure she is but I always laugh when people say "One of the best sailors I’ve ever known", phrase that is thrown around a lot... What does that really mean and how is it substantiated? 1. Can they do all positions competently on the boat bow to stern? 2. Can they helm a variety of classes of boats from Lasers, Escows, to J/111? 3. Of boats helmed, did they place in top positions at national events? I mean really, in the world of amateur sailing it's generally a silly statement with some rare exceptions.
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    2020 Hook Race

    Which 111?
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    2020 Hook Race

    What does that J/92 rate to the T10? I didn't see a kite up in their videos, maybe that's why you stay with them since yours was flying.
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    2020 Hook Race

    Sweet! Boat type?
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    J/35 - Best offshore racer of it's time?

    The is the cheapest one on YW I found @ $18,500 which is a lot of boat and utility for the money. Beer cans and weekend cruising... https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1985/j-boats-j-35-3650723/
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    J/35 - Best offshore racer of it's time?

    Interesting history. How many T35's were built?
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    When does the time expire?
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    J/35 - Best offshore racer of it's time?

    T 35 was a Thomas 35 wasn't it? Not Tartan 35... I thought Lindy had a hand in it but again, I could be wrong.
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    J/35 - Best offshore racer of it's time?

    So you are saying the T35 wasn't a loose copy of the J/35? I thought that was well accepted, even to the point of "Level 35" racing here on Lake Michigan... Again, perhaps I'm wrong.