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    Team NYYC

    The AM comms ARE very chaotic with no clear plan or hierarchy. They need to work on that. It’s critical to state what you’re going to do, how your going to do it, and why - with time for feedback. And no, they’re not going too fast. If I can do it in a jet formation going 500 knots, they can do it in a boat going 40 knots. It’s not easy, but it’s not THAT hard, either. If they can’t think ahead of a 40 knot boat, they’re in the wrong game. Goodison can obviously do it.
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    Team NYYC

    Goodison was correct of course, but my guess is he was looking at the course and the tactical situation, not boat/crew capabilities. This team could handle both maneuvers, and just happened to dick up the one they chose. They’re not the first ones. With the caveat that I know jack about sailing these AC boats, in a foiling multi a tack and bear away is tricky since it is a huge range of trim and wind, but a gybe has at least as good of a chance of sending you swimming because the track and timing need to be exact, or its over. Racing and foiling multis have sent me swimming more times that I can count, and the majority have been gibes. It seems possible they screwed the pooch maneuver-wise, and Goodison was correct about something else entirely.
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    TS5 capsize

    Soma I suspect you have more time in cats than I ever will, but with all due respect, it’s not terribly hard to pitchpole a cat.
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    S2 27

    Amen. I buy boats to sail with her. Works amazing.
  5. Finland is awesome. Just sayin.
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    Buffing/Cleaning Catamaran Hulls

    Wet sand for heavy oxidation, but only if you have to. Follow that with buffing and wax. I agree, you won’t see any speed diff on a cat with wax. Also, when buffing, you can use wool on gel coat, but use waffle pads on paint. I use Starbrite and the Collinite. Will try ceramic next.
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    What's a Kirby 25?

    Window shopping on Craigslist, and for some reason "Kirby" rang a bell. What are they known for? Looking through the photos she looks fun around the cans. I need another boat like I need a hole in the head, do they do?
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    Caption Contest

    You should have used SA belts
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    Here we are this March on the icebreaker Sampo out of Kemi, Finland. Built in 1960 and still going strong.
  10. Just to add to the dumpster fire that is 2020, Bow says she thinks she's done with the F-16. I guess I'm not surprised. It's been awhile since she ran through the parking lot in high heels after work to jump on the boat. She wants to race our S2 7.9 more. Bless her heart she loves our boats, and I love her, so that is what we will do. I've been racing the F-16 single handed, and it does very well, but it has occurred to me that there might be better ways to race cats solo. I have begun to cast covetous eyes upon the A-cats. Sexy, and fast upwind. Be still, my heart. So, to foil or not to foil. Selling the F-16 puts either one into the price range. It will be mostly local handicap or one design racing; I don't think regional or national competition will be on my radar, but who knows. Trade-offs: What does a foiler give up to a C-board? Vice versa? How comparable are they upwind? Downwind seems pretty obvious. What's the effort and skill level comparison? It wouldn't be fun to slog around 90% of the time just to foil 10% of the time, IF that were the situation. Or are the foiling boats always hauling the mail, just sometimes more so on foils? What are the give and takes, pros and cons? Anyone want a mint F-16? Bow says the 7.9 stays, period dot end. I count myself lucky.
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    girls run aground in WA State ....

    I’ll say this for them, they’ve got the main stowed well, considering. I’m pretty sure ours doesn’t ever look that good after a Wednesday night race with six beers helping.
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    Where would you retire?

    You will be happy where you decide to be happy.
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    American Dumbass

    Their plan was to relocate as the eye passed over. Wtf. Betting on exactly where the eye will be is a very bad bet. Even if it hits you dead on, you don't have long. Amazing experience on dry land, though.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    A little racing experience would fix that
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    Where would you retire?

    Do you know why Scotsmen wear kilts? Because sheep can hear a zipper.
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    Where would you retire?

    There's a helicopter on the way to Mars right now. Talk to those people. I'm sure they've figured out the air density thing. At least, as long as the people who whacked the Mars Climate Orbiter straight into Mars at a few thousand mph, after using the wrong unit measure, aren't involved.
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    Where would you retire?

    I think I would enjoy being part of a rational society that had its shit together, lockdown or no.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    I removed the existing single blocks and installed double blocks in the same location. On my boat, it is the aft most bungee, and runs back and forth 5 times between the hulls, right about where the trap lines are.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    Thank you Simon; that makes sense.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    Where do like to stand to to get up on the foils, downwind? Currently I'm always in the back footstrap to start foiling and continue foiling, but I've seen photos of people much further forward, and have read about moving fore and aft to adjust the boat. I'd like to be further forward, it's more comfortable and a better place to handle the boat from. Can you get up on foils from amidship, downwind? Or do you move forward?
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    Covering your new racing rf sail

    How do you protect a roller furling race sail from UV? Yes, racing and roller furling tend to be mutually exclusive, but the shit show known as 2020 has Bow and I socially distancing by racing our S2 7.9 with just the two of us. One change to make this easier was to pull the carbo foil and put the roller furler on. Needless to say, we did not have a racing rf headsail, but since we're having fun, we are contemplating one. But, how do you UV protect a rf "race" headsail? The traditional Sunbrella seems like it might be a bit heavy. Hoist a sock over it? Paint on UV protection?
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    Covering your new racing rf sail

    Yeah, yeah, I agree, but this isn’t our serious racing laminate full hoist Carbo foil 155, which we already own. It’s probably going to be a light weight crosscut Dacron cut for the roller furler. The goal is to leave it on the roller furler for easy Wednesday night double handed beer can racing, and weekend sunsets, for the missus and I during the pandemic. Just the two of us. No hassle, no fuss, here have another beer.
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    That’s divorce. Entirely different game altogether.
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    US Sailing National Champs 2021 in a WHAT?

    I am always tempted to make fun of the Wave, but then I look at the guys in my club racing it, all of whom are far better sailors, and I keep my mouth shut. And, the harder it blows, the happier they are. It’s a fun, dead simple one-design boat. There’s a lot to be said for that.