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  1. Somebody Else

    Tattoo 26- WTF???

    I don't agree. I have been on too many boats with too many newbies to ignore the user experience on a good-sailing boat versus a shitter. Even on a good boat in bad trim, the newbie will struggle at the helm, being forced to turn it into an intellectual exercise as they struggle to keep on the wind. Get everything in tune and they can finally stop staring at the compass and tell-tales and feel the boat come to life under their touch. You leave the newbie with the frustration and stress of a poor-feeling boat, they might never come back. You get someone in the zone in a well trimmed decent boat, they can't wait until the next sail! Of course there's always the pirate wanna-be's who are so swept up in the romance that they don't care which direction the boat is going.
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    Are they Racers?

    Windward/Leeward races and Random Leg races. Long Beach [CA] Race Week has both types in the regatta. But they have separate lines and Race Committees. But it can be down without all that.
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    Tattoo 26- WTF???

    Here's the deal with 1st-timers buying boats that don't sail well: that is their experience: boat don't sail well. How can anyone expect to develop the "feel" for sailing a boat well if the boat itself presents such a formidable obstacle? "We'll get a better boat if we like it." Well, they're not going to like sailing a crap boat so that's the end of the line for them. Same thing with poorly-rigged boats. "We don't need big winches; we're not racing." Incorrect! That is precisely why you need large winches. Your frail niece will never get the headsail in tighter than a loose close reach. The boat won't point, or balance right, and all the other boats will be sailing right past you. "Well, we're not racing so we don't care that we're the slowest boat out there." It simply doesn't work that way. Every time there's a newbie on board and you get passed, what do they always say? "Why is that boat faster?" Part of the appeal of sailing is the tactile, visceral sensation of a well-tuned boat. If that's missing... boring!
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    what is it?

    I'm critical of the whole vertical landing paradigm. Sure, with enough compute power, you can balance that broom handle on your finger tip but it will always be intrinsically unstable. I'm critical of the gyroscope and gimbal method of rocket control but until something better comes along, we're stuck with WWII technology.
  5. Somebody Else

    American Is Killed by Bow and Arrow on Remote Indian Island

    Ah. So not instrumental. Merely a spectator.
  6. Somebody Else

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Any news about when Rimas' triumphant homecoming to America might be?
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    What are the rules on traffic sailing through a race?

    Newport Harbor, CA, has heavily attended Beer Cans on Thursday evening during summer. All of Newport's channels are relatively narrow. The 60-foor to 100-foot tourist harbor cruise boats have their busiest nights on Thursday so the riders can watch as the sailors struggle to keep clear in the confined channels.
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    What are the rules on traffic sailing through a race?

    Yikes! The best photo platforms are like 20- to 23-foot center consoles with high bulwarks. You want your photo boat to be agile and unobtrusive. Get into position then come to a complete stop and drift as the boats pass by.
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    What are the rules on traffic sailing through a race?

    You pedantic putz! You know perfectly well that COLREGs was used the same way Kleenex(r) is used in the United States to refer to any brand of disposable facial tissue or Hoover(r) is used in England to refer to any brand of vacuum cleaner.
  10. Somebody Else

    what is it?

    Of course with improved flashy now a-go-go outer appliance shell in designer colors. Professional installation required.
  11. Somebody Else

    club racing

  12. Somebody Else

    What are the rules on traffic sailing through a race?

    That takes too much skill. See below. This. Or tie up to permanent navigation buoys which are sometimes used as marks of the course. When I'm mark-set boat, I'll sidle up alongside and start a casual conversation, asking them what's biting, etc. Then I'll point to the dozens of sailboats heading right at us and say, "All those boats are converging on this mark, right here. You fine folks have just as much right to be here as they do, but realize that these guys are in the frenzy of racing and are likely to be somewhat agitated even if nothing goes wrong. If you folks could move 100 meters away, everyone will have a calmer day." 100% of the time they are all, "Oh! Sure! No problem." For the most part, power boaters can not figure out the logic of what sail boats are doing. To wit: How to Sail a Sailboat by Dave Barry Figure out where you want to go. Whichever way it is, do NOT point the sailboat in that direction. Aim the sailboat in some other direction. Trust me, this is the way sailboaters do it. They are heavy drinkers.
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    What are the rules on traffic sailing through a race?

    It works both ways, of course. Several years ago I was on a boat skippered by an owner with a reputation as a bit of a loose cannon. As per normal on his boat, his steering got worse as the race wore on and his ADHD started peaking. And thanks to unexplainable crew work, every mark rounding was a disaster unrolling in slow motion. Typical: 3+ minutes to get the spinnaker set after rounding the weather mark. So we're on the last longish beat before a shortish run to the finish. Bringing up the rear in our class, per usual. We're on the favored port tack in a slowly clocking breeze, out of the strongest current, sailing along in decent trim. There is no reason to tack, the logical choice being to sail until you think the startboard tack lift will bring you up to the mark. Coming straight at us on a reciprocal coarse is a power boat of 40+ feet. Both boats have been in eye contact for several minutes. Skipper is holding as steady a course as his ability allows. The power boater does the correct, logical, legal thing and alters course enough to pass port-to-port with ample room between the boats. As the boats get closer, the skipper asks me: "Should I tack now?" I respond, "No, and here's why. It's throwing in 2 extra tacks which do not gain us anything and only work to slow our progress to the mark; it's not tactically a sound move. Plus, that power boat has courteously moved to pass port-to-port and if you tack now you will plant your boat directly in his path with no room to maneuver." You can guess what happens next. The skipper yells, "Ready about!" and throws the wheel over before the crew can get untangled from the lifelines, where they've been paying zero attention to the race course and have been discussing how much of the post-race free beer they're going to guzzle. He tacks directly in front of the power boat which is steaming along at about 10 knots. The power boat skipper slams both engines into reverse and revs to redline, stopping inches away from T-boning our boat. The power boater is screaming, "WTF!?!" and the idiot crew, oblivious to the developing situation, are yelling at the power boater the typical noobie catch-phrases like, "Hey man! Sail boats have right of way!" I'm trying to discretely silence the crew ("It wasn't his fault." while motioning with my eyes back at the skipper.) In retrospect, perhaps the skipper was planning to get his boat totaled for the insurance $$. In any event, that was the last time I ever went on his boat again.