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  1. RATM

    IOR landfills?

    The owner(s) have their reasons none of which were "Plan A" I'm sure money was involved...either too much or too little
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  7. 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"
  11. 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.
  15. 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
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    whatcha think?

    Don't confuse safety with race performance. One is a requirement, the other is an option.
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    Pay to play - amateur racing

    Full Disclosure: I have never owned a boat or been a shareholder. If you're having fun, being asked to contribute some time and/or money towards food, beverages and even the cost of a sail, I say that's money well spent.
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    J 88 North Americans

    There are some odd differences between these classes for what are essentially the same basic boat. As far as having more than one kite on the boat, that means that a new owner who purchased a new boat does not have to wait for their kites to "age" in order to have spares
  20. The only sports where the Olympics represent the top of the tree are swimming and track. There are a ton of top athletes that don't get to the Olympics because their nation can only sent so many competitors. While swimming and track fall victim to this too, these sports are timed/measured as opposed to "scored"
  21. Not Cool. There is an unwritten at some of the clubs that I have raced at.. Don't ask for help to attend an event unless you had to qualify for the event. Legit Example: You place in the top 10 (out of 100) at nationals and now want to attend worlds but can't afford it.
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    minimum wind prediction for regatta

    Very very well said but remember that sailing has a required group aspect unless you sail a Laser. If you're the owner/skipper, you should pull the plug early.
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    Tartan Ten Anarchy

    From a foredeck perspective, the fact that you're coming from small boats is an advantage. You already know the value of taking the kite down to port all the time. You'll want to decide if you'll douse down the forward hatch or the companion way. See how they're set up. Ask someone who crews on that particular boat.
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    NYYC Invitational IC37

    I understand the reason for reef flags but where does that stop? Do they also have "no kite" flags and "85% jib" flags? If reef flags keep boats racing when the wind picks up, that's ultimately a good thing.
  25. I have never understood the appeal of a Code 0 on an old school boat that is rated to carry 155% head sails. Especially a masthead. A code 0 does not give you that much more sail area. Code 0s are best on boats like a J/111. I raced on a Peterson 43 that had a jib top and I can tell you it was a secret weapon. We would sheet it outboard and aft and it worked great. While we did have a spinnaker staysail which hoisted on the jib halyard and went to the masthead, we did not have a jib staysail that was designed to go with the jib top. I think that type of staysail hoists on the topping lift sheets to the #3 cars.