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  1. It's amazing what people think they're entitled to when they have made a mistake.
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    Protesting other fleets

    You should have protested because at least one of you would have learned something. You would have answered your own question "Can I protest boats in other fleets?" The answer is yes The port tacker would have learned the they should have given way
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    How do you define Good Crew?

    Minimum Requirement # 1 to be an owner: Puts the safety of his/her crew above everything else. Can keep their cool when things go from race mode to survival mode. Minimum Requirement # 2 to be an owner: maintains their boat to ensure seaworthiness. A vessel that Starbuck would have no problem taking out. Good Owner: takes the time to fill their boat with good crew. Great owner: All of the above + commits the time and money to the boats performance. Race ready hull, race ready sails. Plans out entire seasons and will think about destination events
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    How do you define Good Crew?

    Good Crew = Any person that understands that they're not perfect and that every race is an opportunity to learn something new. Great Crew= Good Crew + a person who is on time for everything and does not bolt until the boat is put away.
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    Beneteau 10R

    Here is the message I would give to anyone getting ready for a distance race.. Look at the way the boat is rigged and decide what options you have for sail changes (kites and jibs) Carry extra sheets (spin and jib) Carry gear for outboard jib leads Make sure you have your storm sails and understand how to rig them (NOR and SI may require them) Make sure you can double reef the main (NOR and SIs may require this) Make sure the shitter works or be prepared hang your ass over the side. The Great Lakes have regulations regarding pump out. These may be different depending on which lake and which country you're in.
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    These guys are higher then Rick James

    Everything is relative. The cost of re-vamping a 12 is < The cost of a full on TP52 campaign.
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    Rules Question: Time limit for protests, but not race finish..

    You have to love this sea lawyer crap. If you can't file a protest within 3 hours of your finishing time, you're the one with the problem.
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    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    The crew position list will build itself by breaking down each maneuver and listing the minimum number of crew to perform said maneuver. I am not talking about minimum to do a booze cruise, I am talking minimum to be competitive on the race course. Once you know the minimum, you start adding helpers until you reach the max number allowed by your class and / or rating authority. It will be weight or body count. This method works regardless of the boat. If you are the crew boss, start building a depth chart.
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    FP First Blood

    Jesus Christ....it looks like the race is over....
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    J 121

    Looks like the pig tail on the clew of the flying jib. The lazy sheet goes forward around the forestay. I have to admit this is a pretty cool setup. It looks like they sheet the flying jib between the D1 and the V1 shrouds? An earlier post mentioned that the flying jib measures in as a jib so I'm assuming that they could run it up the forestay. Nice to have options when heading offshore.
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    NYYC One Design

    I agree with this statement 100%. There are so many of these types of clubs (sailing, golf or otherwise) all over the place.
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    laugh or cry?

    The point I was trying to make is that the actions of the boat and crew of Vestas reflect on the sponsor and can have some unintended consequences. Sponsors are looking for ROI when they get into events like this. Right now Vestas' ROI has a body count. They can't be thrilled that on top of all this, one of their employees aka skipper of the boat they're paying for, is just bringing more bad press. Sponsors pay the bills. In 2007 Rabobank walked away from pro cycling thanks to their bad press.
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    laugh or cry?

    Bad form Vestas. Say what you will about the rules and laws at play here, it's just bad that you even asked for redress. I don't know what Vestas is or what they sell by I'll avoid their goods and services from here on out. I hope you're happy
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    what was it?

    Mean Ass Cunt Eaters
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    Douses on a 105

    Having all the possible sets and douses in your "clip" is very important. There are lots of scenarios that can happen especially when you throw leeward gates into the mix. We trim our jib sheets to the cabin top winches but when we're coming into a leeward mark or gate, we use the primaries for the simple reason that this gives us the most options. Our "cheat" that we like to do on Mexicans is pull out the sheet to starboard which is to say wrong side. Another poster mentioned the same thing. The jib acts as your backstop. A Sambuca is the name of a spinnaker set that is a variant of a gybe set. The traditional gybe set involves gybeing at the mark and setting the kite to starboard. Your willingness to sneak the kite out as you approach the windward mark is up to you. In the days when you could put wool stops on a kite, you could basically pull the tack all the way out and hoist all the way to the top and pull on the sheet as you gybe. It's a pretty sexy move. A Sambuca is a gybe set even with the kite set for a bear away. You do not re-rig. As you approach the windward mark, you prefeed the tack as usual but you also start pulling the clew to starboard. At the same time you're pulling the clew to starboard you pull a ton of slack out out of the port spin sheet. At the mark, you leave the jib sheeted to port, you may burp it a little to help bear away but 6" max. The jib will act as your backstop. As the boat gybes, you hoist the kite and sheet it to starboard. Once you're on port gybe and the kite is all the way up and around the front of the forestay, you can furl the jib. Also a very sexy move