PDG

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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Thanks. I feel so provincial not knowing these things.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    ...the fuck is a cockwomble?
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    I was just wondering about Infotrack as well. Setting up for a hotter angle expecting the glass off? Whatever they're looking for, they paid dearly for it.
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    Sunset pictures

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    The Stupid Are Among Us

    My favorite documentary.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    Sean Trew is my favorite photographer as well. My fave is this one he took of Artemis (Andrews 53) at Round the County.
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    No Swiftsure thread?

    Yeah. Now we can park up in a hole at Trial Island instead.
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    Bad Company

    Get someone to skirt that jib over the stanchion it's hung up on, and she might go faster...
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    Random PicThread

    Is that Randy's?
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    Joke

    Interrupting cow is good. next time try "interrupting starfish". When he starts to say "interrupting starfish who?" clamp your hand over his face.
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    This Non-Violent Stuff Will Get You Killed

    No, but it is the media's fault for characterizing something as so common that I should be afraid to stick my head out the front door for fear I'll be shot and killed. Do shootings happen? Of course they do. Is gun related violence a problem that should be addressed? Sure it is. Are Shootings "common"? I don't even know what you mean by that word. But I know I provide field service for dialysis centers and home patients in the greater Seattle area, including the worst places the area has to offer, and have for the past 22 years. Guess how many times I've been shot and killed? I realize Seattle is a pretty rural Podunk place, but you'd think by now I'd have been killed at least half a dozen times already, what with how common it is... The proliferation of firearms in this country is, in my opinion, a problem, especially as it facilitates access of same to non- law-abiding citizens. But the hand-wringing fear mongering is counterproductive and wrong headed besides. Cars kill more people a year than guns, shouldn't everyone be afraid of cars too?
  12. A tank? Seriously? If I was a cynic, I'd think this was all a publicity stunt.
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    Police Perspective

    Meanwhile, in Ferguson... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ferguson-two-police-officers-shot-after-gunfire-directed-exactly-at-officers/ar-AA9Ga81 More gasoline on the fire. America is a tough place to be a cop these days. I hope the officers are going to be okay.
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    Police Perspective

    I never once said that the problem was "too difficult to tackle", nor have I denied any facts you've stated, though I think your "murder-suicide" comments are specious. I also haven't held up any statistics to support my point of view. Agree or disagree, totally up to you...plus I agree with you: Statistics are too easy to bend to an individuals narrative. If I left the impression that I disagree that the proliferation of firearms is a problem, I apologize. It is clearly fuel on the fire. What I did say, and the only point I intended to make, is that as a country we are collectively focused on the wrong problem. Wave a magic wand and make every firearm on the planet vanish in a puff of smoke, I firmly believe that the US would STILL be a violent place.
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    Police Perspective

    Boink, I have two problems with yours. 1) The intentional homicide rate paints a (slightly) clearer picture. Sorry, but if you see someone committing suicide with a firearm instead of jumping off a bridge as being a firearm problem, all I can say is that I disagree. 2) Correlation does not prove causality. Switzerland, for example, which would rate much higher in the Wiki list if it included government owned guns in the possession of citizens (military reserves), has a rate of gun related deaths/intentional homicide that is quite low by comparison. In other words, we are not violent because we have guns. We have guns because we are violent. If more time was spent addressing the root causes of violence (sorry, but I don't believe 15 round magazines is one of them), then maybe we'd see some progress. Unfortunately, those are all going to be insanely difficult to deal with. And politicians don't want to deal with anything difficult, they want to be perceived as doing something so that they will be reelected, and that's all. And while I agree that having a shitload of guns in the US is not an answer to anything, taking them away from responsibly armed citizens while leaving the criminals theirs isn't either. It's a deep dark messy problem, it's NOT going to be solved with a quick and dirty gun control law, and quoting Wikipedia stats is not going to change that.
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    Joke

    So a nice looking young lass, upon arriving at a party, spies a Marine Sergeant Major standing off by himself nursing a beer. Feeling patriotic, she walks over and strikes up a conversation. "So what's the worst thing about the Marine Corp?" she asks. "Well Ma'am", he says hesitantly, "it's the sex. There's hardly any at all." "Oh come now", she says, "a handsome man like you in that dashing uniform? You must drive all the women wild. When's the last time you had sex?" "1950" the marine replies. "Oh NO!" the young lady gasps, "That's AWFUL...we can't let that stand, now can we?" whereupon she drags him upstairs to show him a good time. 45 minutes into the experience, and she gasps out Oh MY! I would have thought you'd never last this long, seeing as how long it's been... The marine looks at his watch and says "It hasn't been all that long, Ma'am...it's only 2130."
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    Joke

    Malbec wine?
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    newbie bowman tips

    Just have better balance...and if you don't then don't do the bow. Who died and made you Elvis?
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    newbie bowman tips

    This. I do foredeck on several boats and each skipper/tactician has their own preference. One skipper prefers verbal communication over hand signals. Another skipper is indifferent as to whether I'm on the bow, up the mast, or taking a piss off the stern during the start, so hand signals are a moot point. Still others prefer hand signals, some the same, some different from each other. The bottom line is, ask the brain trust what signals they want you to use. This way, you avoid confusion. My thoughts on a TRL: We used this method on the J/120 I crewed on for 4 years (before the boat was sold). There was a shackle on the tack end, which clipped onto the bail of the tackline shackle. The other end was tied loosely around the shrouds. We were usually short handed, so we didn't have a sewer. Once it became clear which tack we were going to be on when we doused, we untied the TRL and, if necessary, brought it around the forestay to the windward side. Bowman stood by the forestay, mid-bow by the hatch. DUMP the sheet, EASE the tack. Confusing DUMP and EASE often resulted in a bowman (me) nearly getting slung off the boat like a pebble from a sling. Bowman pulls in TRL as tack is being eased, gathers in the foot, and passes this off to mid-bow, who helps drag it all back to the hatch. Once the foot's under control, pit can release halyard. This method works fine in light or heavy air, and is pretty shrimp-proof because the clew is (should be) loose. The caveat, as mentioned before, is that the driver MUST drive the boat deep until the foot is under control. The heavier the wind, the deeper the driver must sail. In 20+, you need to be going just about DDW, or else have a bow team comprised of 6 mountain gorillas. If you can't sail deep, then trim the jib to blanket the kite and help collapse it. Not really. As long as you've blown the sheet and tackline entirely the kite should be under control no matter what point of sail you're on. That's the beauty of the technique: It works on almost all points of sail. I disagree. Sailing deep briefly is, in my opinion, the correct way to unload an assm for dousing (using the lazy sheet to retrieve). Any other method is a way of compensating for the fact that, for some reason, it can not be done correctly. My 2c.
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    newbie bowman tips

    Never get off the bow.
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    newbie bowman tips

    Glad the reaching douse is not "The Usual"! Unfortunately, "Aw-shit!" happens some times, whattayagonnado? What about leeward strip? Aside from the fact that the gear would have to be re-run and the kite packed, keeping you off the rail long enough for the vegetable bin types to start hyperventilating, that is. +1 on not burping the halyard. Everything goes pear shaped when the foot goes in the drink. The sail does need to unload before you can do much with it, though. I'm in the blow the tack line and haul like hell on the lazy sheet camp. Get some help and make 'em buy you beers.
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    newbie bowman tips

    Seriously, though...you should be having this conversation with the driver to work out how far above the leeward mark he should be aiming so that a clean weather douse happens. Something that should probably be worked out in practice.
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    newbie bowman tips

    Trade jobs with the driver and ask him to demonstrate how to douse an assym whilst reaching. Bring a go pro camera and popcorn...
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    newbie bowman tips

    Soverel 33 downfucker turning blocks are not all that far forward, so you shouldn't have to mash the genoa up too much to get it far enough forward to be clear. Deck flake it as best you can as it comes down, z-fold it in thirds, and throw a sail tie around it so it doesn't go swimming. Lots of ways to do this, though I think Loopy's is the most common. The thing is, if you never gybe, the boat will be clear to tack at the next rounding as soon as you lower the spin pole, as the lazy sheet was an top of the pole/bridle, which is the whole point to doing it that way. If that is important to you, then do as Loopy suggests so that whichever board you are on, the pole side jib sheet runs over the pole forward of the topper. If that is not important to you, let the jib sheet fall to the deck at the first gybe and don't worry about it. When the pole comes down, you can briefly unhook it from the mast and set the jib sheet on top, disconnect the topper and hook it up to the butt end spin pole car (behind the jib sheet) and viola...clear to tack. I'm not advocating either way, just pointing out that nobody in the back of the bus gives two shits how you do it, as long as the boat is clear to tack asap after the rounding. So work out a way that is fast enough to keep the ladies in the vegetable bin from hyperventilating and that also works well for you. Then do it that way every time. And most importantly!!! ... put some bungee cord around the base of the mast so you have a keeper for the aforementioned cold ones. Priorities!