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  1. boomer

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Seven's coverage actually confirmed, even though they switched to an onboard view - what's fairly obvious to most, it was a perfectly executed leebow.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Fast forwarded to the infraction.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Windy Tracker Sydney Hobart 2019 Windy Tracker
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    Personal Pics Thread?

    Yes Ish that was the final Spike Memorial in 2016. More then a few SAers in this vid, too. Merry Christmas!
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    Personal Pics Thread?

    Spike memorial above - I on the right holding a white and gray Chinese Crested Dog. After arrival on Ballard to Cordova delivery. I'm the white/gray haired to the right.
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    Personal Pics Thread?

    Looks like the starboard side of the boat, and the left side of the pic. BIOT 48 years ago and sailing my T-Bird 46 years ago.
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    North Puget Sound sailors beware

    Agreed - saved many a bridge around the state and on the Olympic Peninsula back in the day, for Mowat on their emergency bridge repair crew - bringing in a latice boom friction rig or two and two way or four way clams, working with state maintinence crews or Army Corp of Engineers. Sometimes the combination of the log jam and the rising flood waters had taken out the approach on one side of the bridge. In those instances we would haul in very large rock, as large as a small car and place this rock with the clam on the friction rig and a couple large excavaters, with this we'd also place 2"-4" ballast, and large one & two man rip-rap to build the approach up, then cover it with a layer of ballast, and a final couple 7" layers of 3/4-. All the layers of rock would be compacted with large hydralic compacters attachments on excavators. Over the top of the compacted 3/4-, compacted to at 98-100% the new roadbed of asphalt, and a new concrete ramp & approach and apron for the abuttment. Sometimes after clearing the log jams and repairing the approach or approachs, the next flood might take out the bridge, if the state didn't call us soon enough - as in the case of the Bogachiel River Hywy 101 bridge south of Forks, WA - renamed the Russell Barker Memorial Bridge - this bridge had along history of being saved time, and time again. Russell H. Barker, Olympic Region, Maintenance Technician 2. Russell died in December of '79 as he drove a dump truck over the Bogachiel River Bridge. Flood waters washed out the bridge supports, and his truck plunged off that end a couple hours before daylight. Five others were rescued after they plunged off the bridge too. The Preston spoke of earlier was a Army Corp of Engineers snagboat originally based out of the Chittenden locks in Seattle, replaced by the M/V Puget the debris recovery vessel for Seattle District, but is only used for snag cleanup on the Puget Sound, dredging the Chittenden locks exit and approach and removing sunken vessels and similar obstructions to navigation.
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    Yes she did. Hands down the best addiction and speed rush ever! I had a few boards with that bottom shape and they did get planning early. In the higher winds I'd put on a high aspect fin, and load the fin with my rear heel, so so basically riding just the last foot or so of the board, but most of all loading and riding the fin, with my front foot being the accelerator I'd just keep pushing down with the front foot, and push her to the max. Usually most boards I could take into the mid 30s easily, but I was 6'3" tall and about 220 soaking wet. So obviously at that height and weight, I did well in speed sailing or just plain straight line speed. The shorter guys did better way better in the turns, and killed me in the slalom.
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    They were still using the timed speed gate at Klickitat Bar along with the radar gun. They were pretty adamant about making sure everyone knew, not to run through the start gate, on someone else's run. As I recall the Ken Winner Speed Series used the speed gate and the radar. I bought much of my initial gear and first three boards from the Alpine Hut on 15th south of Ballard and from Bavarian Surf on Lake Union, after that bought most my gear in the Gorge, though after Bavarian Surf moved shop to the north end of Lake Union, they gave me a deal on that F2 270. Living in Kingston most of my windsurfing in those days was on the Olympic Peninsula -at Cline Spit inside of Dungeness Spit, but occasionally did Hood Canal Bridge, Marrowstone Point and Inside at Fort Flagler, SiIverdale's Waterfront Park on Dyes Inlet, Purdy and a few others spots on the Hood Canal, along with summer pilgrimages to the Gorge from '87 - '97. Got rid of my sailboats during that period, because I was so addicted to windsurfing. My windsurf partner George Merritts and I usually windsurfed 3-4 days a week. During one five year stretch from '90-'95, we windsurfed at least three-four days a week for five years solid. Depending how one looked at it, I thought it was the best addiction ever, my wife thought it was the worst addiction, because I was gone a lot windsurfing. Finally she put her foot down and said get a sailboat again - or else. So I did, and my windsurfing days slowly wound down.
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    What speed series or trials did you do speed checks and what years?
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    Didn't hurt the mast at all, just twisted the boom. Those Neil Pryde carbon masts with a boom protector mounted took a lot of abuse.
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    Hit the shoal at Klickitat bar doing well over 30 mph - did a hooked in over the handlebars headplant into the shoals and twisted the Neil Pryde boom. However that was rare in open water. Early on windsurfing did a couple over the handlebars and usually got flung. However as time went by over the years, learned to either sheet in more to stall out the sail, or just bail if I knew I was going to lose it, or if it was marginal and not totally overpowered, unhook, step off the board but still hold the boom, leg up on the board waterstart and take back off in guite often under 10-15 seconds. Sometimes on forward rolls or flips if the mast tip hit the water, would end in a wipe out, but sometimes not and nailed the landing.
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    As I recall doing the speed checks at Klickitat Spit by Lyle in '91, and the Ken Winner Speed Series in Hood River in '92 & '93, they shot our speeds with a radar measured in MPH. Did 36 mph at Klickitat and not even on a speed board, but rather a plastic polyethylene O'Brien Pro-Am with a Tuttle H3 fin and Neil Pryde 5.0 Speed sail and Neil Pryde Carbon Mast and Neil Pryde boom. The fastest at the Ken Winner Speed Series was 43 mph on a F2 270 Sputnik diven-cell honeycomb & carbon fiber board with a Tuttle Fin Works 397, Neil Pryde 4.5 Speed Sail, Neil Pryde Carbon Mast and Neil Pryde boom.
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    suck my balls

    So a girl said - suck my balls - that's hilarious!