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About Thisbe_8Can9

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    Toronto, Canada
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    Interested in all forms of SAILING not BOATING. Boating is for people who have engines in their boats and no sails. Current passion is racing vintage, wooden metre boats on Lake Ontario.

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  1. Thisbe_8Can9

    My New Favorite Shows

    The Expanse on Amazon Prime is a great Sci-Fi series. The most resent season of The Punisher on NetFlix was also a good binge watch. Of course you cant go wrong with The Grand Tour on Amazon either. Season 3 is playing weekly up here in the GWN. Unfortunately there is a lot of crap with only a few jewels to make you happy.
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    Air fares make no sense

    Toronto is the most expensive airport IN THE WORLD to fly out of. When I have been booking flights using my points, (Aeroplan, now owned by AC) flying anywhere, usually costs me $400 to $700 in taxes and fees, for a "FREE" ticket. AC is also one of the most expensive airlines to fly on due to the "carrier fee" they charge. (usually only on points tickets) This is the old gas tax that was implemented some time ago. Other airlines charge a carrier fee but not a expensive as AC. Good to check and read the fine print on your ticket first. Mind you, if you actually use cash and not points to fly the tickets are remarkably cheaper.???? Flying from Buffalo is definitely cheaper but requires a stop or 3 along the way to where ever you are going. Tried to fly to Europe out of Buffalo and they wanted to send me to Houston before going across the pond. 8hr flight would have taken 24 hours.
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    Lightning protection or no?

    Something that has not been discussed is the direction of travel for the lighting. It can go from the ground up to the clouds as well. It was mentioned that negatively charges clouds will seek out positively charged masts, (or trees, hydro poles, buildings...) As the clouds pass through the atmosphere they can get both charges. Strikes in the clouds only, or sheet lightning, occurs for this reason. Fork lightning is the streaks we see "hitting" the ground. In fact more often the strike is going up to the clouds but due to the speed of lightning its hard to tell which way it is going. Lightning will take the easiest path and if something is in the way it goes boom. Grounding your boat may help to "direct" the discharge in your boat but it may also make you more likely to suffer a strike. The only sure fire method would be to encompass your boat in a Faraday cage, but that's not practical. This is not proven but mainly an opinion based on the physical properties of lightning and electricity.
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    The Spirit of Sailing - Elvstrom

    Fortunate to have met Paul when he passed through Toronto on his way to a J-105 Masters event in San Fransisco. I was working for his protege, Hans Fogh, at the time and both Paul and Hans were participating in the event. At the regatta the boat they were on was crewed by some locals who had sailed in the event the previous year. One of those crew said, "last year I sailed on the 105 skippered by Lowell North, aka "the Pope", this year i'm guess i'm sailing with God!"
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    Salvage Rights

    Basic rule of thumb, if the other boat accepts YOUR tow line then its a no charge tow. If you accept THEIR line then you may have to pay.
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    NBA Playoffs

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    annoying use of the language

    Were they a "Cunning Linguist"?
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    Musical Trivia Quiz Louis Prima was the influence. Watched something on NetFlix about VanHalen and they said it in the documentary so it has to be true.
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    Musical Trivia Quiz

    MC5! I just bought the vinyl from a record store next to my job site. My wife was talking about the band with our son and when I saw the disk I bought it. Great album. Name the big band leader who influenced David Lee Roth?
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    Eight Bells - Brian Chapman

    Not only was Brian a sailmaker for Thisbe at one time, he also was a crew member and most importantly a good family friend. I remember Brian when he sailed on his father's boat Rogue out of PCYC. We followed him from loft to loft as he understood what our boat needed and he worked with us to get the most out of our old girl. Brian taught me a lot about sailing and he will be missed. Fair winds Brian.
  11. I am sure that there are marine architects who can back me up on this but the main difference is that the second rule requires the design to be a straight line from the waterline to the bottom of the keel, no hollows. Third rule boats are allowed to have a "fin" with a skeg for the rudder to hang off. If you look at Iroquois the 8Mr, she is the extreme of what the third rule allowed. The 8Mr Raven is an older third rule design and there is a hollow at the front of the keel line. 8Mr Venture also has a pronounced fin for a keel. If you are looking at changing this I believe both the 8Mr and 12's do not allow this change and you would be considered a "Modern" if you do.
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    2018 DTS Poole

    A member of a musical group A middle aged actor/actress A current/past head of a country That should about cover any possibility
  13. As expected, there is/are many varied opinions on what and how the CC should be raced and what platform it should be sailed in. I am not going to go down that rabbit hole. What is interesting is that the Melges IC-37 design is very similar to a proposed "Grand Prix" design of the metre boat rule that floated around about 15 - 20 years ago. This modification to a very old design rule was quickly put aside by the membership of various Metre Boat classes (12's, 8,s in particular) and the designation of "12mR" or "8mR" Grand Prix was not allowed to be used. I am not sure if any boats were built using this design but a regatta in San Francisco was proposed using the larger "12mR" version. As mentioned in earlier posts there are elements of the new CC plan that are good. I like that any club with this platform can challenge or defend, and the inclusion of women and youth is also good. I am in favour of using a class with a strict class rule but if the rule is not to be followed then pick another class. When the Farr 40's were used the owner driver rule was not enforced properly. (Pro skippers purchased a share of the boat for $1.00) If the IC-37 only allows one pro, and not in a sailing capacity, then the positive spin is that the CC will promote better local sailors and better competition locally. If an owner or syndicate has to bring in hired guns who are not from the local area then what benefit is left when the pro's leave after the cup? The CC is about promoting sailing, and competitive sailing, on the great lakes. I believe that the Melges IC-37 can accomplish this and the format as laid out so far for the CC, which has the next three regattas all sailed out of the RCYC (2020, 2022 and 2024) is a good start to bringing back the CC as top level sailing event on the Great Lakes.
  14. They host every year, 2020, 2022 and 2024 regardless of who wins or looses. The trophy goes to the winning club.