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  1. Many happy summer vacations on Wrightsville starting in the 1974. I remember going to Newell's and being amazed with the wide variety of clothes and beach gear that featured the Stars and Bars. Mom and Dad would not let us buy any of it. Wings stopped stocking that stuff years ago. If you stray off Rt.77 or 40, you can still find that stuff being sold.
  2. I have family in Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Wilmington NC. I will second your statement. If you're looking to migrate south to get out of the snow, be careful what you wish for
  3. Interesting approach that will ultimately get you nowhere. If you hate the sin but love the sinner, the sin will never go away. Love the sinner by helping them to change.
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    Scattering ashes at sea.

    My oldest grandson knows my wishes..... In the water and no bagpipes
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    Deck layout Beneteau First 34.7

    Wow.... all this to race PHRF.
  6. As a last resort, your bowman may need to shimmy out to the end of the pole. A good bowman will have his or her own harness
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    Break-up Value (Melges 40)

    Whoever the original poster is, they might just be taking a cute little passive-aggressive dig at the Melges 40.
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    Break-up Value (Melges 40)

    Don't worry... the original poster won't be in the EU for much longer
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    Beer can racing - When to protest or not

    Think of it as a free pass. Next time, t-bone him and say "it's just a beer can race.....fucktard"
  10. I used to do that with the Sears Wishbook.... If you raced One Design, APS was turnkey.
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    Caption Contest

    Sails should have expiration dates just like condoms and first wives
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    What defines a true circumnavigation?

    The SIs for the Jules Verne trophy are an example of this definition. It really is that simple
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    Our refreshed 1D35 comes out to play.

    Why didn't you use lazy sheets and guys? The boat was designed for those and the best sailed ones use them.
  14. Couldn't agree with you more. Endemic is the right word here. The blanket ban is meant to discourage all forms of cheating.
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    Full Main + HW Jib?

    Look at those reef points! By the time you're on that third reef, you have reduced your main by 50%. Was that a requirement back then? It's worth mentioning that when you so those TP52s out there in 25+ with their 85% jibs and a full main, that main is a very flat, heavy weather main