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  1. Louis XIV Donald Trump I can’t think of any others :-) :-)
  2. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Minitransat 2019

    One quote from Jambou (2nd, Proto) sticks in my mind (from above): “The descent along the coast of Portugal was boisterous and you could easily have broken everything. To my mind, the boat was leaping like never before. The waves were really steep and it felt like the boat was going to open up every time. Kudos to all - the Pole (?) whose boat did open up (helicopter rescue); David Kremer whose boat also opened up but who fixed it with friends (departed Portugal the other day after repair); Marie for continuing on without autopilot (noted above. Impressive - and she built that boat!). And, of course, kudos to Axel Trehin, the “last-minute” winner. Impressively sailed! Very fun to follow this leg. Matthieu Vincent/L’Occitane en Province (3rd, Series) noted (post above) he struggled with solitude - the next long long leg will likely be a real challenge...
  3. BTW, speaking of being intellectually curious - I’m currently re-reading Steve Callahan’s amazing book, “Adrift”, about the sinking of his early MiniTransat boat (pre-1983, when the race still started in Penzance). I’d forgotten just how broadly skilled he is —his “intellectual curiosity” and ability to anticipate problems and constantly craft creative solutions in the face of truly desperate conditions being instrumental to his survival. Quite a story... (I remember reading it as a kid and being enthralled by the pic of him using the “sextant” [actually, a backstaff, I think - but the same concept, for measuring the angle of a celestial body above horizon] he created by lashing together a few pencils, in order to estimate his latitude.)
  4. “that”. That. :-) (Don’t know if that was your own typo, or autocorrect doing that - that the worst, when it “puts word in your mouth”, so to speak- substituting a word of similar spelling to what you intend! Like that/than. GIGO Garbage in, garbage out)
  5. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    Do you mean beauty in the Aristotelian sense, or...
  6. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    Anyway, fortunately you don’t need one of those half million dollar custom aluminum jobbies to get to Antarctica :-) One of the greatest sailing feats ever...does anyone remember this? https://www.sail-world.com/Canada/Ushuaia-to-Antarctica-by-beach-catamaran--the-Drake-Passage-conquered/-10853?source=google.ca
  7. Jesus - typing on a cell phone screen. Bad spelling. Above, read “Med” School. Read “teaches”, not trashes. “There is a prof”, not there a prof.
  8. Reminds me, there a prof at Stanford Met School, trashes anatomy. Wrote a bestselling book called “The Hand”, which looks at how key the hand has been to human evolution, cultural development, etc. Relates a story that med schools kids in one of his classes while, the “smartest of the smart”, don’t necessarily know —when he’s lectured and compared the heart to a pump— what a pump is. Most have no hands-on experience working on a car, etc. etc. etc. In this day and age, if you need to “know” something, you just look it up on Google... (I’ll admit - my parents were “intellectuals” and did almost nothing hands-on. I owned a motorcycle around the age of 20, which I used for motorcycle courier work one summer to earn money during university. I was running out of town on a long delivery...ran it completely out of oil...”threw a rod”, a shop (uselessly) later tried to explain to me...I had no clue about anything :-) You have to put oil in this thing, and check it periodically?)
  9. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Bob Perry, this thing is cute as all get out.

    It’s actually quite a moral decision - I.e., in the strict philosophical sense of good/bad, right/wrong. Do I spend money I do not have on a boat I do not need, cannot live/cruise aboard for any significant amount of time because it’s so small, but which sails fast, and would be great fun presumably on a fairly regular basis (and could pretty easily be trailered far, to do, say, things like the SHTP and Bermuda Races; or do I spend money I do not have continuing further upgrades on a boat I also do not need but that I can live and cruise aboard (longer term maybe one day?), that isn’t much fun to sail (compared to a small fast one). Or should I simply make the “you only live once” moral choice, and do both, spending even more money I don’t have (credit is so handy!!! :-) ) I know which option I like, but I don’t if it’s the right moral choice...
  10. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    It’s even more extraordinary to see it close up. (Saw it last summer - 2018.) “Beautiful”, it’s not. But so much practical thought has gone into it (and zero paint or wood means very low exterior maintenance). I wonder if it ever goes anywhere. More and more, I’m in Webb Chiles’ court of small simplicity. Can’t improve on this much: flies to San Diego where his Moore 24 is docked. Realizes he basically has enough food on board to get to Hawaii. Calls a diver to scrub her 20+ feet of waterline. Unties, goes. (“I have arranged for a diver to scrub GANNET’s bottom on Friday. I have inventoried provisions and find that with only a few additions I have enough on board, once I fill jerry cans with water, to sail to Hawaii. I don’t intend to sail to Hawaii, but I expect to sail some next week. I will turn the Yellowbrick on if any want to follow.” http://self-portraitinthepresentseajournal.blogspot.com/2019/10/san-diego-silver-evening.html?m=1 )
  11. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Bob Perry, this thing is cute as all get out.

    Imagine the deafening noise down below as they rocket downwind (as they are currently) at 12+ kts. No sleeping! :-) (Those things are cute in a slip (so small), but probably not so much when you’re praying to all the gods to keep the thing from going outta control under sail in too much wind...)
  12. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Bob Perry, this thing is cute as all get out.

    This 20 footer is pretty cute. And fast. (And fairly dangerous downwind, I’m sure :-) ) https://sailinganarchy.com/2019/10/09/mini-650-mini-transat-leg-1-day-4-leader-change-in-the-fast-ride-to-the-canaries/
  13. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Minitransat 2019

    Jambou/865 looks like he’s hit the turbo button. What happened?
  14. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I totally agree- I wasn’t saying $5k monthly is a lot at all (for what they probably spend in time/effort to produce and upload the vids, plus operating costs of the boat. Can’t be small. I can’t imagine having that kind of regular, connected commitment...but he’s “escaped” urban workaday corporate drudgery, so kudos to him.