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  1. Former MDR Vandal 1

    Bob Gibson - RIP

    I like when Willie Mays says, "Nooooo !!!" and when Hank Aaron says, "...don't charge the mound, because he's a Gold Gloves boxer." "Between games, Mays came over to me and said, 'Now, in the second game, you're going up against Bob Gibson.' I only half-listened to what he was saying, figuring it didn't make much difference. So I walked up to the plate the first time and started digging a little hole with my back foot...No sooner did I start digging that hole than I hear Willie screaming from the dugout: 'Noooooo!' Well, the first pitch came inside. No harm done, though. So I dug in again. The next thing I knew, there was a loud crack and my left shoulder was broken. I should have listened to Willie." —Jim Ray Hart (Hank Aaron told me) 'Don't dig in against Bob Gibson, he'll knock you down. He'd knock down his own grandmother if she dared to challenge him. Don't stare at him, don't smile at him, don't talk to him. He doesn't like it. If you happen to hit a home run, don't run too slow, don't run too fast. If you happen to want to celebrate, get in the tunnel first. And if he hits you, don't charge the mound, because he's a Gold Glove boxer.' I'm like, 'Damn, what about my 17-game hitting streak?' That was the night it ended." —Dusty Baker Gibson was surly and brusque even with his teammates. When his catcher Tim McCarver went to the mound for a conference, Gibson brushed him off, saying "The only thing you know about pitching is that it's hard to hit."[
  2. Former MDR Vandal 1

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Yeah, Joyon always seems lucky with the weather. When he did the 74 day and the 57 day and the 40 day (without discussing the Atlantic sails) ... all lucky. The streak of 800 mile days in the Indian and Pacific ... That must be what it is ... LUCK.
  3. I am planning on chartering a 50 ft monohull to sail from Antigua to Martinique (One Way) for March either 2021 or 2022. I plan on taking about 12 days for the sail. I am considering stopping at Montserrat, Guadeloupe & The Saintes & Marie-Galante, Dominica and Martinique. I am wide open as to suggestions, including leaving entire islands off the itinerary, best places to stop, off the beaten path anchorages, etc. Interested in hearing the good and the bad including any safety concerns. Thanks in advance.
  4. Former MDR Vandal 1

    The world’s largest sloop by Royal Huisman — 279ft LOA

    Yeah, that fucking asshole was also an Anti – Fascist. In fact, as Rush Chairman Eric Stratton once said, “Let me tell you about a few other anti-fascists – Air Marshal Arthur Tedder, Admiral Bertram Ramsay, General Walter Bedell Smith and Air Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory.
  5. Former MDR Vandal 1

    WTF did they do to this J/125!?

    So, for example, if someone bought a modified 1D 35 to use primarily for daysailing, you would think that is OK? You are just looking for a fight. I’m not. Have a good day
  6. Former MDR Vandal 1

    WTF did they do to this J/125!?

    Don’t understand the tone of your response. The guy directly asked how “to get the most out of the boat.” So I offered my opinion. If he didn’t want various opinions, he should not solicit them. BTW, the new owner has already responded and seems to take no offense … which is appropriate, since no offense was meant.
  7. Former MDR Vandal 1

    WTF did they do to this J/125!?

    Walter changed the entire dynamic as to how the Boat Vendors (f/k/a Boat Boys) interacted with the boats in Tobago Cays and the surrounding areas. I have several good Walter stories, but I will only bore you with one right now ... In the old days, The Moorings had a base on Canouan. The person who ran the base was a man mountain (six foot four or taller) Australian named Scott Cundy. Scott was the real deal and a great guy. He has a girlfriend or wife ran the diving concession. She was actually the hard-ass of the two, but also a cool person. She was at least a foot shorter than Scott. Anyway, one time Scott was giving the local “chalk talk” he mention one of The Moorings boats has ended up on a reef in Tobago Cays. He ran down there in a 20 ft RBI and found all the Boat Vendors from yester year (Free Willy, Mr. Fabulous, etc.) waiting to salvage the boat. Scott, who was just a monster of a human being (and one of the nicest and smartest guys you could ever meet) motored up and said in a really loud voice, “I am dealing with Walter on this. Does anyone have a problem with that?” That was the end of discussion. His point was you ONLY set things up with Walter. The guy who ran the Usual Suspects website (which was the seminal source of Southern Grenadines info in the old days) turned me on to Walter. Walter and I called him once from Tobago Cays in March. The guy was in Canada in the snow. Still not sure who enjoyed that more … including me. Walter’s family owns (or runs) the airport bar on Union Island. I always stop by and tell a Walter story when I am in town … His no nonsense approach changed the entire Southern Grenadines for the better. I have always thought the government should name the national park the “Tobago Cays/Walter Bobb Memorial Marine Sanctuary.” His was just a giant … and a great guy who loved his country. A great Vincentian.
  8. Former MDR Vandal 1

    WTF did they do to this J/125!?

    Dr. A – I am sure you are a good guy and mean well. I can appreciate the thought of sailing “fast” through the Grenadines is appealing. No place better to sail even if we lost Walter Bobb years ago. He was a giant in the area. If you are a Grenadines person, I am sure you know of Walter (aka “Engine”) and his immeasurable contributions to the region. The only appropriate thing to do with that boat is sell it to someone who actually knows what it is and has the money to bring it into race mode. Get enough money to buy a boat that suits you … a J 120 (with money left over), a J 122, an X-44 … anything but a 125. There were only 16 built (and I think one had been destroyed since then). Don’t let it wilt as a daysailer when it can be resurrected as the “unicorn” racer it is … That is the only way "to get the most out of the boat."
  9. Former MDR Vandal 1

    Should we tell Ed?

    Robbie Benningfield told me years ago that one of his favorite (and one of his first) Mexico races was on Dr. Lee Neufield’s (or is it “Neufeld”) Santa Cruz 33. There were only 4 on board (the two other guys went on to become well know like Robbie but I don’t who it was – maybe Jim Linskey was one). Apparently they did very well (possibly a podium finish in class). He said the boat did well and the crew was great. Considering all the Mexico Races Robbie eventually did on Grand Illusion, Sorcery, Amazing Grace and probably Checkmate among others, it actually speaks well of the SC 33, at least in the distance context. It also shows that often times, in retrospect, the early races are the ones that are the most meaningful even if the later ones come on cool boats. And that it’s the crew that makes it memorable …
  10. Just because he has a piece of paper that represents 127, doesn't mean it was accurate. The Board made a mistake, fixed the mistake and life went on. Zingara usually sits on a mooring in Nantucket Harbor. Perhaps it has changed hands recently. Either way, if a boat usually rates 114 and it gets a rating of 127 that means the Skipper should at least question if the current rating makes sense. Opera House Cup ... poor guys having a great time until rich guys got wind of it ... that is where I have seen Zingara. Only one thing to say ... I have been in a position where I got a phone call that told me I wasn't first place (after drinking the rum, etc.,0 but the RC said I was in second place. My first question was, "Have you already spoken to Tom?" He was the skipper of the boat that won, but was scored second.
  11. What he said … Look, the real aggrieved party are the guys who thought they finished second, but in fact, were first. The guys on Zingara had a great sail followed by a fun night where they got to be congratulated, go to the podium and have a fun time. The guys on the M 24 got an apology and a trophy in the mail a week or two later. Making a big deal about this might be interesting. Zingara (through no fault of their own) raced with an invalid certificate (you can make that argument). What’s to stop the 3rd place boat from requesting redress and getting you tossed? Litigation has many unintended consequences …
  12. It never rated 127. It always rated 118.
  13. To me a scrivener’s error can encompass a clerical problem that may exceed a mere typo. For example, if PHRF board added the calculations wrong to arrive at the final figure …
  14. Former MDR Vandal 1

    In the slings at Norwalk Cove

    PJ 62 Merrythought?