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  1. fan

    Thanks KMag

    He's ok
  2. fan

    Santa Barbara to King Habor 2018

    Well the forecasts were clearly wrong. We went with what we saw instead of what we were supposed to see. It was the right call just ask Destroyer, Vespa or Mr. Bill. Got the shit fouled out of us at the start which put us a good 1/4 mile back right off the bat. We manager to catch back up to some but not all of our fleet by fighting low the entire crossing. Got ahead of Warrior (the other J125) and up to Horizon then the Farr 11 came up to us and we had to jibe away into the Island. This was a bit brutal made worse by some kelp on the sail drive. As someone above said backing down is slow but we did it anyway and were glad we did. However once this was over we were back behind Horizon and Warrior and some others again. Managed to make some decent gains to get back up to them by picking a good line along the Island. We were one of the first to put our bow up and cross through to the other side in towards shore. Sailed along pretty even even with the Andrews 40 until the breeze got up over 16 then we sailed down and away from them on the step. Actually saw 20 for a few minutes. Manage to close up on Warrior. We played back and forth jibing in and out with us trying to get close enough an din position to be on their breeze. Finally on the last jibe around dark we managed to be close enough to have some affect. We sailed along on what would prove to be our layline all the way from shore. They did a good job of staying low and clear ahead for an hour or so. Finally we were able to force them to come up to us to protect. So there we were about 8 feet apart tight reaching us trying to get on their breeze and them to get bow out. We got them eventually with all of us fully hiked and they came up behind us and played on our weather hip. We got about two boat lengths on them an did a change down from A2 to A1 they closed and almost got over us but not quite. We protected then slowly extended to about a 10-15 length lead when the south shift came and brought Horizon in from the outside. We changed to Code 0 Horizon to a Jib and we just kept pulling further ahead but didn't think we would get our time. Crew did a great job on Code 0 to A1 change right as we came up to the turning bouy with Code 0 furled and down in time for us to jibe into the finish. We thought we had it until we saw the boat finishing behind us was the Andrews 40 not the Horizon. So we ended up second in class and second over all finishing before midnight. I was an amazing night sky, great sail and great group of people to race with. We had ups and down and never gave up or got down just kept racing. Thanks to Viggo for bringing us all together looking forward to the rest of the schedule over the next few months.
  3. fan

    Santa Barbara to King Habor 2018

    I haven't used their GRIB's. Do you have to use their degrib program to download them? I am using GFS, ECM and the hi-res Predict WInd. Always interested in a new source. I look at the NOAA site but have never used them for GRIB or routing just text forecast and current conditions
  4. fan

    Santa Barbara to King Habor 2018

    Ran some routes. Not looking quote as bad as it seems but have little faith in anything currently. Will see how it develops over the next few days currently 3 different models have from 10-18 hours. It does seem pretty clear if you do not finish by midnight it gets ugly which is normal. The questions seems to be will we see a light NE or a decent 7 knot south breeze.
  5. fan

    Santa Barbara to King Habor 2018

    OWN3D wooohooooo I really need to get on the water
  6. fan

    Santa Barbara to King Habor 2018

    Buffalo girls go round the outside
  7. fan

    Santa Barbara to King Habor 2018

    Bring all your foulies, lunch and dinner. It will be light at the start and build while shifting right all morning out to the Island. Once around the big decision is when to cross the shadow this is really about watching and paying attention. As this is probably the most critical decision I will have to let you figure it out on your own. After that is usually breeze on running down the coast I like coming into the points for the compression. Eventually you will get down the coast into the bay and wind will die. If you don't finish by 10 or soo you will be out there for a while and maybe the night. Have not looked at weather or routing yet this is an example of how most of these races go.
  8. fan

    A4 at Arden Regatta

    Wow Ed you really suck haha Well except for at the finish apparently.
  9. fan

    Dear Dr. Rules

    So if you are sailing around an Island and you run aground do you have to spin? Or are the pillars of bridge and the part of an island that’s underwater treated like the anchor line on a mark and not part of said mark?
  10. fan

    SoCal Race M&A

    It was them.
  11. fan

    SoCal Race M&A

    N2SD was awesome finished a little after 8 home by 9:30. Took home fastest elapsed for this race for the second time in 3 years. Trading back and forth with Mighty Merloe the past 4 years. Finished overlapped with a fast little tri
  12. fan

    thank you

    Eds lost it next thing you know he is going to buy another 6knt shit box
  13. fan

    Remove DSQ boat from race?

    I had a screwed up situation similar to this. We were doing a 3 day regatta. On day two for the first race we did not see the boat that was second behind us at the start. But 1/2 way up the beat we see them over on the right side of the course. So we start discussing did they start did they not start but we are unsure. They cross over form the right side to the left side through the course and tack on our hip. They must be racing right? As we get closer we are shouting asking did they or did they not start eventually they say they did not start. We tell them to get off the course. They follow us into the mark ehind with us yelling to get off the course. They round the weather mark and set right behind us we say Protest you are interfering with our race. They sail high forcing us to sail higher then we would and eventually with a lot of yelling we jibe away. So we protested them. The thought being they could throw out a DNS but not a DSQ. The finding form the race committee and I still do not believe it to be correct was that they did interfere with us and were in the wrong. But and this was the big but they could not DSQ them from the race because they were not racing in the race. But they are in a multi day regatta there must be some recourse? We were told our choice was to file a rule 69 or forget about it. I was red faced asking how as a competitor who had interfered with another competitor who they raced against yesterday and would race against later the same could there be no way to protest them if they broke the rules?
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    VOR Man Overboard

    While it may have been asked too soon it was not a dumb question. As someone who has raced on boats where we used AIS PLB's I am also curious why they were not able to recover him admittedly in those sort of temps it may well have been too late. It is always the debate between AIS or EPIRB PLB's. Unless you are sailing solo AIS wins in my mind because it tells the boat or other boats nearby where you are rather then center thousands of miles away. But if in those conditions line of sight becomes an issue due to it being underwater or just above to the point it just didn't work I would like to know. I believe all this will come out later and I would not have posted this at all at this time but felt like the question needed support. I cried and will never forget the picture of Hans son waving goodbye that leg and this too will be permanently in the back of my mind. Feel horrible for his family and sending my best thoughts and support.
  15. fan

    PV Race

    All sorry for the delay but this is the first time I have been back in front of a computer since before the race. SO as we all know the forecast was not great for us Fri starters. A bigger issue for us was that the routing was showing a strong move to the outside. So some backstory while the Blue Blazes is a great boat she is an old boat and as such tight reaching is a weak spot for us anything in 80-100 under 15 or so we get killed by the boats with Code 0"s, Masthead Genoas, A7's etc. Our only go to is Jib Top which needs breeze to go and even then there is no step for us to get onto. This thought of do what we do played a major part in us going where we went. So we got out of the bay ok only behind SRM. The routing was saying to go between the Islands going out. As we headed out I was saying everything except the routing is telling me to put a kite up and go below. Our fearless navigator agreed despite the routing. Once we got through the Coronados it was my inclination to close up in front of everyone as we were punched out ahead. We went back to Jib on an outboard lead and went up towards them. It was at this time we committed to the inside. I think the conversation was we should consolidate up with everyone we are down here all by ourselves... Navigator "I am ok with that". There was, we believed pressure on the inside and a lot less distance. SO we played the inside working any shifts that came along never a ton of breeze but never no breeze. So we felt good about where we were approaching Cabo could have gone into Lazaro a little harder but all in all happy. This is usually where we make out money from here to PV in the lighter stuff. I think we may have even been 1-1 still. We had some freighter craziness around Cabo and got bounced to avoid a collision. AN interesting VHF conversation with the freighter saying they were going to go in front but instead attempted to run us down. We were happy with where we came out and felt we had a good line. Bretwalda was 16 inside and 2 ahead we figured with their tighter angles this would play well for us with the lighter breeze. Well the wind picked up 12-16 90-110 TWA which is the chink in our armour. SO instead of VMG running/reaching in 6-10 we were blast reaching in 12-16 a big issue for us. We put up the Jib Top and messed with several iterations of Stay sail arrangements trying to get whatever we could out of the old girl. We know the 46 and the J-125's would probably be on step with a frac something up. As some of you know I normally race on Timeshaver so I had a pretty good idea of what they were doing and it wasn't good for us. Our only hope was it was a but too tight with a bit too much side wave action for them to go forward but this was not the case. We had been talking about arrival timing for a few days already and where seriously concerned. As it turned out we were correct we came in to about 9 miles form the finish ands parked. IT took over 6 hours to go the last 9 miles and with that any hope winning. It was great race with great group we worked really hard and didn't leave anything on the course. It really proved to me again what great boat the 125's are. Congrads to Bretwalda and Timeshaver on well sailed race. Happy to answer any questions. Not sure if this will be last PV for BB or not because while to owner is 80+ he was feeling pretty pumped up. As always JC did an amazing job of keeping us in the hunt and as always rocked the turn at Cabo. Still haven't looked at the tracker but will try to peek today.