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    And The Say The Airlines Don't Have a Heart

    WHAT's IN THE BOX!? oh it's just Kevin Spacey's career... nevermind.
  2. totally legal - you're unrestricted in what you do with splicing (or at least you were in 2014 when i was racing) so long as you don't add any hardware. I'd say if you made a shock cord take up system to deal with the mess (similar to what 49er's and some 29er teams do for the kite sheets), you would have floated a gray area but ultimately i doubt anyone would protest you. I never did it for the reason you listed though - if it comes uncleated you're screwed! At least with knots you can just pull it all the way in till you hit the stopper...
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    Are they Racers?

    when it comes to beercan racing on a sunday, i think it makes a lot of sense to change it up. That said, the last few beercans i've done (like, 6 over 10 years....) took less time to actually compete in than actually getting the boat together to go race! Is it really worth a 50minute drive, an hour getting the boat in the water and ready to sail, get out to the course 30 minutes before the race, just to go out and do a 50minute race? I think two hour races can be really boring, eventually everyone spreads out , and i personally enjoy the commotion of starts and roundings.... but to each their own.
  4. the hidden advantage is staying class legal. Read the rules! In the marginal shit like the photo you posted, the crew can get it just fine. In breeze, just awkwardly roll forward and it yourself. In an ideal world the controls would have been lead practically anywhere else but you get used to it after a while. Their location will be the least of your problems for a long, long time. Just keep in mind if you end up with all the slack on the wrong side you might need to let half off before the tack/gybe and then get it back on the other side.
  5. Jib ship is a matrix of the track pins - those are for angle of attack... IF you're constantly footing for planing or power through waves, consider moving out a hole, etc. The clew board is your trade off between leech and foot. If you over trimming the foot trying to close the leech, then you move up. If you're always shutting the leech and stalling it out, you go down a hole. There;s also some modes where you might go center track, top hole. It's all a matter of playing around. The 29er is pretty good about telling you what it likes or hates - but of course two boat testing is best. As duncan says, this all means shit if you blow a tack, capsize on a gybe, etc. BTW, i recommend practicing panic maneuvers. Just sailing along, finding a groove, then start shouting TACK TACK TACK, or whatever, - it just raises the bar a bit and forces you and your teammate to react instinctively - even if you're smart enough not to get into panic shituations on the race course.
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    License To Swill

    dear god.
  7. all of this. To add, if the crew needs to be behind the shrouds, then the grab rail is a very convient place to trap from. You may want to take some of that 3M safety walk tape and wrap the rail though - at that forward most section. I think in 8-10 you're going to be in this mode, rather than in front of the shrouds - but your mileage may vary.
  8. I like what these guys are saying. The short story is, in that wind range you can 2-block the main if your bridle is set right, and you should bone flat. I would add, i don't like the crew's form. They are hunched, their feet are very high on the rail. I prefer to trap closer to the balls of my feet when in marginal conditions, probably be higher on the wire than they are, and focus more on bending knees than hunching up like a hermit crab. Do you have a coarse adjust to raise the whole trap adjust system up? Up is the clamcleat fixed to the wire? Like steamflyer said, you can be flatter than that. In super flat water, the 29er actually responds rather well to having the windward chine digging (so, practically speaking, healing to weather). General thoughts on 29er sailing in lightish air... It's like ratcheting a screw. You start off coarse, just get the thing started. Then once you get a few threads in (get some speed going) you can ratchet it up (start bringing the sails in, sail harder on the wind). Once the speed falls off the cliff, you start again. In lightish breeze like that, you'll do very little easing for puffs. Maybe a tiny bit just to let the top unload a little then right back on. Your main focus for staying flat is weight. The 29er is actually very much like any other dinghy in this regime. Even that pig of an FJ we sail here in the states. It's sort of fun - you can really man handle the boat. As the breeze builds a little from there and the crew is always fully out, then you make a mode change and get the helm on the rail. Since it sucks to transition between sitting in the boat verse the rail, i liked to try and pick modes. The 29er really breaks down into several different modes (under powered, fully powered, over powered, whyamiouthereinthischaos). It takes either a conscious team or at least good communication. When it's time for the helm to come on the rail, it might mean the crew has to go back to kneeling a little or raising themselves on the wire. As you the breeze builds into the teens and you start getting into upwind planing, the game intensifies with making big mode changes. When you make the mode change is somewhere between a scientific choice and a personal gut feeling based off your team's habits and weight. The mode change is big because it might include, but is not limited to: putting the bow down (obviously), letting the sails out some, maybe letting off some kicker to allow a little twist, and the crew walking back on the rail to let the bow ride out. As you fall off the plane due to a lull, bad waves, or shitty sailing, you'll need to reverse everything - starting with the crew walking forward again to get that ass out of the water. A common problem i see with newer 29er sailors is either an overly static jib or an overly dynamic jib. In any breeze conditions, the jib needs to be trimmed properly (obviously). Don't be afraid to ease it in a puff along with the main - like Mozzy said you want to match leach profiles. However, if you over ease it, you'll get a massive amount of twist which can create these awful oscillations where the main then gets over eased, then over trimmed, trying to deal with these big power changes occurring. So the answer to how much the ease the jib is.... just enough. So, that's the cliffnotes. Hopefully i didn't confuse you. I think it's important when sailing to categorize the buckets of knowledge, then break everything down into smaller and smaller manageable parts. Both for understanding, and while you're sailing. You can only focus on so much at once. There are lots of threads here you can search on 29er's. if you google "29er" you'll get much better results than the sailing anarchy search function, btw.
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    License To Swill

    dynema sheets instead of wire, ball bearing blocks instead of those Shafer monsters, and GPS probably....
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    World Sailing Needs Some Competition

    We could even call it something sensible.... like international sailing association federation.
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    Unanchored: New TV Show on Bravo

    goddammit. make it stop.
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    I am Seriously f*#^ing Impressed...Seriously

    that's not really a darwin thing.... when you're paying money to an operator you should have an assumed level of safety. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't, but that's because i've got some level of experience with old fabrics, old cordage, floridians, and sun.... I was in the sail loft one time and a parasail operator came in to get a hole fixed, the owner just looked at the dude for a moment and very flatly said hell no. Good move....
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    So which famous sailmaker stuck is dick in the wrong hole?

    thank you thank you. I'll be here all week. Tip your veal, try the waitress, etc etc
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    505 vs. 470

    Yeah my 29er held tension, but you could see the boat bend (and feel it if you sat on the boat when someone pulled tension - freaky feeling!). I think some of the 470's are effectively missing a bulkhead about 3ft behind the mainsheet traveler? Sort of a "well if no one sits here, why have support?" and that lead to a bit more oil canning due to general lack of support. Not sure if that was a rumor - been a while. Thankfully i never had to use a magic box.... We just had 32:1ish cascades. Call me crazy, but a strange part of me enjoys getting rig tune numbers. Not when you're getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, ankles getting destroyed by that fucking fireant hill you didn't see, and inhaling gnats desperately trying to get your shit together before a regatta, but a nice cool windless day in the boat park working through the matrix? I sort of enjoy it.,
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    Electrical engineering internship

    good luck china!
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    More FP stuff - Olympic Offshore?

    the coverage World Sailing had at the last OCR event was actually pretty damn good. Biased towards people that actually race, but i think enough simple stuff to keep non sailors engaged.... but really, you gotta know your audience and most of them are at least going to be sailors, if not experienced racers themselves.
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    29er Spinnaker Halyard Routing

    Are you having issues with the top section? Why do you want to lay up glass? It's the middle section hole that's elongating, not the top. The only issue for the top section is making sure the two mast track sections don't start prying each other off.
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    505 vs. 470

    One of the 470's i raced required letting the tension off at the top mark so we could get the board up. They're definitely bendy boats when they get older. Keep in mind though that just because you're getting tension doesn't mean the boat isn't still bending more than a new one. The string between the chainplates can be depressing and enlightening at the same time.
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    So which famous sailmaker stuck is dick in the wrong hole?

    they seem to find every fucking hole on the race course from what i can see.
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    A Green Beret walks into a Marine bar carrying a large snapping turtle under his arm. All of the Marines go quiet. The Green Beret sets the snapping turtle on the bar, pulls out his dick and taunts the turtle with it until it latches on. He lifts the turtle off the bar with his dick, swings it around in a circle, spins it around, slams it back on to the bar and gouges it's eyes out with his fingers, killing it. He puts his dick back in his pants and turns to a stunned crowd of Marines. "I bet none of you pussies can do that." The crowd stays silent. A moment later, one of the Marines slowly raises his hand and says, "I.. I think I can sir, if you promise not to gouge my eyes out."
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    Related- An Army soldier, a Marine, and a Navy sailor are in a bathroom. The Marine finishes at the urinal, and goes to the sink to wash up. He scrubs quickly and heads to the door, saying over his shoulder "The Marine Corps teaches us to be quick and efficient." The soldier finishes, zips up, and starts at the sink, taking the full two minutes to wash up. "The Army teaches us to be thorough." The sailor finishes, zips, and heads for the door. "In the Navy, we learn not to piss on our hands."
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    A reporter was interviewing members of the Army, Navy and Air Force in Afghanistan. He asked them what they would do if they woke up and found a camel spider in their tent. The soldier said "I would leap on it and kill it with my bayonet." The sailor said "I would crush it to death with one of my sea-boots." The pilot said "I would call reception and ask them why there was a tent in my room."
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    An infantryman is in a foxhole while it's raining: "This sucks." A Ranger is in a foxhole while it's raining: "This sucks, but I like it." A Delta Force operator is in a foxhole while it's raining: "This sucks, but I wish it was worse." An aviator flying over the foxhole while it's raining: "I bet that sucks."
  24. cans are no bueno to chuck since they have a plastic lining to prevent corrosion, so i've read. Only food, piss, and shit should go in the water, if you're at the appropriate distance offshore.
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    Air fares make no sense

    as far as i can tell, it seems to closely mimic the options pricing model.... ridiculous swings as you get close to the strike date.