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    Cheap West Coast Sleds...the others...

    Dogpatch 26, despite it's name is most definitely not a dog. Overall 1994 Pac Cup winner under the Erkelens.
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    Coach boat cut up ceremony

    And here endeth the thread!
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    Thoughts on Novasail VS Prostart

    I've been using a Novasail NS 360 for about four years now on my Viper 640. Absolutely zero complaints with the unit itself. Boats speed is GPS based but the compass is magnetic so it works for static wind checks. Visibility is great and the user interface is very intuitive. Pinging the marks for distance to start is straightforward and the battery life is more than adequate, plus you only change out a AA. The only complaint I have is the mast bracket was crap. I think the newer units have a better mast bracket. Overall, after four years I'm very happy with it. It will not be going with the boat when that goes on the market!
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    2018 Big Boat Challenge

    Ocean Yacht Race Trophy..........competed for in the harbour!!
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    PHRF is not run by self-interested clowns

    So, to summarize. PHRF is not a competition, it is a social gathering.
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    Transpac 2019

    Thank you. Don't know how I forgot that epic year!
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Yes. It's funny being an expat Brit and listening to it again for the first time in at least a decade, it's somehow comforting, albeit completely irrelevant to my locale!
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    I grew up listening to the shipping forecasts on BBC radio 4. Here is a sample: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001h26
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    Soft boats

    No. Trader and Renegade were twin Andrews 70's built in Estonia.
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    Transpac 2019

    The recent fairly heavy rainfall, preceded by the extreme fires in Norcal and SoCal caused me to go back through my log books and look at weather going into Trans Pacs '97 and '99 and Pac Cup '98 . All three years were marked with higher wind speeds than the wind matrixes used for each event. I believe that 2015 was also above the norm, but I missed that year so don't have any real recording of it. However, all of those years had a fairly moderate or even strong El Nino preceding or during the year the races were held. In reading research I came across this piece written in September of this year. Very interesting read. I'll just leave it here: https://weatherwest.com/archives/tag/el-nino
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    Soft boats

    FIFY. I look at it as job security!
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    Brexit, WTF

    Three words. Boris Johnson Racist.
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    Star racing on TV is compelling to watch

    If I understood the comment from one of the pundits correctly, rule 42 goes out the window in 6TWS and above, and then it's a free for all.
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    Soft boats

    Yes. Below the waterline anyway. Foam above.
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    Soft boats

    This is the panel section that was removed.