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    try looking at the front page, for fucks sake.
  2. Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron has closed its doors, suspended all racing and is providing no further tangible services to its members. That’s fully understandable. However in a letter sent out yesterday they are still planning to charge full membership fees. I understand that they will have certain fixed costs that they need to cover but at a time when everyone else is taking a big financial hit, this attitude feels a bit like profiteering? I wonder what other Yacht Clubs around the world are doing? - Anarchist Mark.
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    the world doesn't stop

    One fucking comment? This place is about discussion and it would seem that this is discussion worthy. A bunch of businesses in our sport are not likely to make it through this, and hearing what North is doing isn't of interest?
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    Wrong time to buy a boat?

    I know one thing, it sure as fuck is the wrong time to sell, at least for me. Gonna lower A4 to 30k...
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    the world doesn't stop

    One of the nicest, honest and serious movers in our sport is Tom Whidden, President and CEO of North Technology Group. We thought it would be of interest to see what some companies are doing during this Covid-19 situation. Enjoy. SA: No doubt, this Covid-19 pandemic is almost unbelievable. In the larger sense, and in this short time period, how has this impacted North Sails? TW: Pretty Fluid at the moment. Some cancellations and obviously a number of regatta cancellations. But what would you rather be doing and where could you be safer than on your boat on the water? SA: Assuming that a lot of people who might be considering sails have now put their orders on hold. What will you guys do - discounts, coaching, tuning, etc. - to entice people to buy? TW: All options are on the table. But so far, not many orders have been cancelled. Our business has always been in large part servicing the sport in any way that promotes the pleasure of sailing. If this turns out to be the worst case scenario people will have other things on their minds and won't need sails. If we do what Americans do so well and persevere through this challenge, sailing will be a great way to be outside and safe, but most of all to enjoy what we love. It is our responsibility, I believe, to help facilitate that in any way that we can. Coaching, teaching, crewing, promoting, writing, speaking will all be important. My philosophy has always been, we can never stop learning and we can never stop teaching. SA: Given that no one really knows how long this is going to last, a "let's ride it out" philosophy doesn't really work, does it? TW: No, this is a new challenge, and I must say, never thought about in our various contingency plans. Luckily we are a global company so we do have some options. But our loyal team comes first, and any decision we make going forward will be considerate of their health, safety and well being. But to "just ride it out" would be irresponsible. Our Executive committee has been having bi-weekly calls since February in an attempt to understand and adapt to the fast changing landscape. SA: How does "Buy now, pay later" sound as a marketing strategy? TW: As I said, all ideas are on the table and that surely could be one. SA: I am assuming that North already has a backlog of orders, but do you foresee reducing your work force at some point? TW: I hope not. In the downturn of 2008, in which our order book was suddenly substantially lower, we voted as a team to all take a 10% pay cut from top (me) to bottom, in lieu of any workforce reductions. I was proud of our team to agree to that strategy to save reductions. In the end, we had a decent year, and as a surprise at Christmas we gave them all the 10% we withheld for a bonus. I would rather find a way to keep them all. Our technology lead is important to us, but our people come first! SA: With so many of your customers owning high profile, full on boats and campaigns, and now that so many regattas are being canceled, do you guys do anything to keep hope alive for them? TW: Sure, as I said, what could be safer than sailing? Let's keep the regattas going and practice social distancing on the shore. There have been zero CV-19 cases on any of the many bodies of water we all race on! SA: Does this give you time to spend more time on developing new products? Are there any that you can share with us. Gotta keep people psyched, Tom! TW: Scot, if I told our guys to save money and stop developing, I couldn't stop them anyway. It is in all of their DNA. Lot's of development today with Helix load sharing technology being used in so many upwind and off the wind applications. And material science is ongoing. Sails are getting lighter and stronger all the time. Remember, we use monofiliments (human hair thickness) in ultralight composite membranes today. That is how your North sails are made on your own boat. If you asked me 20 years ago if that was possible I would have said no. On the wild idea side, I can imagine spraying a liquid solution in an adjustable mold that forms a firm, but very light, non porous downwind spinnaker material when it cures. Lots of great ideas out there to make sailing more fun and easier. Honestly, the sky is the limit. SA: Thanks Tom! TW: Thanks for all you do for our sport Scot. It is time for all of us who love our sport the way we do to be champions for something that we can do safely in the outdoors and on the water. As I said earlier, What would you rather be doing?
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    rich folk rule?

    Normally, these folks and their overindulgences doesn't impress, but gotta give some credit where some credit is due... Some of the world’s most successful businesspeople are making pledges and donations in the global relief effort against the COVID-19 pandemic... Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea Football Club and the 162 metre superyacht Eclipse, has offered NHS staff working in London free accommodation at his Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge over the next two months. The gesture will help shorten the commutes of hospital workers and relieve some of the pressure on the NHS. Read on.
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    stay home

    The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has cancelled the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The biennial race, founded in 1906, had 200 entries and was due to start for the 52nd time on June 19. “As representatives of the race’s co-sponsoring clubs—the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club—the BROC believes in promoting the practice of safety as a way of life offshore,” Jay Gowell, BROC Chairman, wrote in a letter to competitors today. Read all about it.
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    hope/false hope?

    We do not endorse any potential cure for anything. Many people say that indeed Sailing Anarchy is a virus, and there doesn't seem to be any cure for it! Per usual, we just like to put content out there that people may find of interest You may have heard by now that there is significant hope with treatment to be available for the coronavirus. This was little known just a week ago. Here is a piece about what the treatment is, what are the current indications about its effectiveness, and how it is being progressively adopted in various jurisdictions. It also reflects about the implications of this development for controlling the pandemic. This is informational, and does not intend to provide false hopes. All the sources are quoted, so check for yourself and form your own opinion. We will know more in a matter of weeks about the treatment’s actual efficacy. Yet, this may well be a game changer and may help to control this pandemic faster than initially thought. There is a shift of paradigm regarding how to deal with the raging coronavirus pandemic. Treatment is on its way. And it takes the form of a very cheap combination of an anti-malaria drug and antibiotics. Here is the treatment now recommended by Professor Didier Raoult - the number one expert in the world in communicable diseases, according to expertscape.com - Read on.
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    tokyo out

    The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, likely until 2021, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told Christine Brennan of USA Today. "On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided," Pound said. "The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know." Prominent sports leagues across the world suspended play indefinitely to limit the spread of COVID-19, while UEFA postponed Euro 2020 until 2021. The Olympics remained the most prominent holdout, however. Read on. We are pretty sure the above picture is the actual Covid-19 stealing the Olympics. - ed.
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    not 100% sure if that is a start (looks pretty reachy), but i am 100% sure we won that regatta!
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    christ, somebody should learn how to start!
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    just what in the holy hell is this shit show all about?
  13. when you say "his", i assume you mean me? it is my second one. email if you need more info.