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  1. sshow bob

    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    Up in Castine on that 18th: The Maine Retired Skippers Race has run continuously since 1952. Originally a match race between two retired professional skippers, the race has evolved into a “pursuit race”. The racecourse is a twelve-mile triangle, which begins at the entrance to Castine harbor. Since its inception, the purpose of this race has been to allow retired skippers, aged 65 or older, to show their boat handling skills at the helm of sailing vessels designed primarily for cruising. Fifteen trophies are awarded (sorry, you can’t take them home), and the winners are recorded in the Race History. While race boats are not expressly excluded, each vessel is expected to contain full cruising amenities for a boat its size.
  2. sshow bob

    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    Yes, totally!
  3. sshow bob

    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    This is great advice.
  4. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    Already happening!
  5. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    MP - where are you seeing the breeze as east of south? I'm seeing it west of south.
  6. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    The delivery from Maine will be wet, but that ride looks promising.
  7. <British documentarian voice> Now we see whether the dominant male recognizes the value of sharing part of what he's scavenged with a beta member of the pack, cementing his position at the top of social hierarchy, or whether he chooses instead to hoard what he has, showing weakness through his effort to show strength. </BDV>
  8. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    The sailing instructions should be up tonight, clarifying the starting and finishing procedures. The documents will be available here. People continue to sign up. Please consider joining us.
  9. sshow bob

    The changing coast of Maine?

    I was thinking about the lobsters, and read an article today that suggests the science may be different from what I understood. At least one study finds that the temperatures are about right for the lobsters themselves right now, but there may be a decline in microscopic crustaceans that they eat. I don't yet understand what would be causing that decline, but one of the theories in that article is that the lobsters are starving in their juvenile form. The article also posits that an increase in jellyfish may be resulting in increased predation of juvenile lobsters. There is still a correlation between the increasing temperatures and the decrease in the reproduction rate of the species. I don't know which theory is right, but given the persistence of these posts, I wanted to add this information in case someone reads my first post, and it turns out to contain the wrong theory. Either way, the fishery is in trouble. I'm going home to eat lobster and pasta in a sherry cream sauce while I still can.
  10. sshow bob

    The changing coast of Maine?

    As goes Maine, so goes the nation.
  11. sshow bob

    The changing coast of Maine?

    I am joining this thread late, but there is a lot here that is near and dear to my Maine located heart... I represent lots of lobster fisherman, and I am on the board of an oceanographic laboratory. The scary issue for the lobster industry isn't really overfishing. While that could be a problem, the failure of lobsters to reproduce successfully is the death knell. Lobsters take 7 - 8 years to grow to legal size. They start out with a nymph-like form, then develop shells and molt into the shape we recognize. They do that in their first season, and would fit on a dime. We are not seeing those tiny lobsters precipitate out of the water column anymore. As a result, there is no supply of young lobsters coming up behind the current mature examples. We think that the shells don't calcify properly in the warmer water we're seeing. The Gulf of Maine is the fastest warming body of salt water on earth (second fastest in some studies). The last two winters have seen wintertime water temperatures 14 degrees or more above historical averages. I share the disdain for the industrial lobster operations, and I agree that they will result in fishing out what's there sooner than later. As far as too late to prevent collapse, however, if we are to rely on natural processes, the game is already over since we aren't getting any more juveniles. We probably need to work on seeding lobsters by raising them through the fry stage to at least the beginning of the shelled stage. Its already ugly. I no longer represent debtors in bankruptcy, but I still do divorces. The debt these guys are carrying is staggering. I see guys in their 20's and early 30's with hundreds of thousands of dollars in boat and gear loans. (The gear loans are the real killers - 800 traps, plus spares, plus line, etc. All of which can be lost in storms etc.) We are going to wind up with a whole lot of hunry, scared, angry dudes around here. Fuel costs are rising again. Its going to be 2008 all over again. The political climate also really kills business. Both Airbus and Kestrel proposed to put significant facilities at the Brunswick Naval Air Station when it closed. The summer people in Harpswell shot them down because they didn't want to overflights, and our conservative Governor wouldn't deal on the tax front. There have been serious efforts to build LNG terminals in Harpswell, Eastport, and elsewhere. All shot down by the nimbys, supported by the lobster guys afraid their traps would be run over. South Portland has levied a moratorium on the use of its pipeline and oil facilities. Oil used to be imported because Portland was the northernmost coldwater port that could be relied on not to freeze over. That oil went to Montreal. Now there are Canadian ports that can accept that oil. We could export oil off those same docks now. There is supply and a market, but folks won't let it happen. I started out a liberal greenie, but have concluded that its hard to eat smug. The housing cost issue cuts both ways, or perhaps one if you start on the wrong place. Our house in Bath is worth almost four times what we paid in 2005. Some of that is attributable to work we've done, but most of that is market movement. It will serve us when we sell it and move to the farm, but there are not a lot of Maine families moving in. We marvel at the increase of New York and New Jersey license plates. (I'm a transplant from New Jersey, for the record.) We took to counting Porsches this summer. We used to remark on them because it was rare to see one in town; now we see several an hour drive past. I am absolutely thankful for the retirees - and I will retire off the increase in value from our real estate. In the meantime, I'm transitioning my practice to serve the people joining us from away. Simultaneously, I am afraid of what will happen when the fisheries finally die all the way. Lots of people here are going to be really, really broke. SSB
  12. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    From one of the Marblehead side guys: I just read the SA thread. The SI's will be out soon. We'll have two starting areas, the first out of the way of NOOD's, and one further out in case of light air. We just need to hear back from the boat doing RC how far he's willing to go.
  13. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    Could you post the exclusion zone link?
  14. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    Interesting. Predict Wind and OpenCPN agree with your plan, at least with tonights forecast.
  15. sshow bob

    2018 Downeast Challenge

    Really happy you, even though Im sorry to hear halifax is off.