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    J/35 - Best offshore racer of it's time?

    Cal 40 preceded J35 - late 60’s and 70’s - different time and different weapon J35 helped usher out the IOR era in the Northeast. We raced a Contessa 35 - which was the best IOR 35 footer ever - and had fun against the last generation of custom One Tons meanwhile, J24 and J30 owners were graduating to J35s and initially raced under Off Soundings rule then PHRF ... but quickly had the numbers to go One Design at events like BIRW. so maybe the best inshore boat of the 80’s????
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    IOR is dead for a reason

    Loved my IOR sailing - don’t get me wrong, the designs the rule produced were not as much fun to sail as today’s performance boats (I gave up lead when I turned 50 and sail A Cats and F18s now) - but sailing in the IOR days was more fun than today’s big boat scene in the US - In the IOR days we didn’t have to wear matching outfits, more emphasis on having fun together - it was more about a group adventure, less about stroking the owners ego........
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    Great 35-footers

    Thank Ed for the flashback at the Ericsson 35 - your right - great looking boat, maybe the best cockpit ever. Our family had 3 of the best looking 35-footers ever - an Ericsson 35 in the 70’s, a Contessa 35 in the 80’s and a Holby built Tripp 37 (OK not a 35) in the 90’s. All called Starlight, all raced and cruised in New England. These are 3 of the best and most beautiful production 35’s ever built IMHO. The boats got progressively faster, but my 94 year-old mom still reminisces about the Ericsson's cockpit. She was a bit of a hobby-horse in east coast chop, and I remember 4 feet of the deck to hull seam coming apart in a particularly rough Vineyard Race - but we lovered that boat. Will dig up picks.
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    I find todays Maxis a bit hard to get enthusiastic about. If you want to go really fast, and you have the bucks, then the answer is clear - get a Mod 70 and skip all the silly hiking. But different strokes.
  5. nope - unlikely to be, especially in current environment Hoping to hold 31st New England 100 in August (we lost Sandra at last years event) All facts seem to point to negligent power boat driving by Teixiera. He just lawyered up and bunkered up - not even a condolence note or card. Hard to blame him for layering up, sad he couldn't find a way to express sorrow at taking a life. But like countless biker killed by bad drivers - the system favors the driver, unless their is airtight evidence of the negligence such as alcohol, witnesses, confession, texting records etc..
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    ac 2021? fuggedaboudit!

    Seems the AC is in a well established pattern since dropping the 12's (which were the only affordable AC boats - thank you post war austerity) Rich guy wins a fair AC regatta. Decides its time to modernize the sport with exciting new design guaranteed to grab the world's attention! Rich guy's minions release design details slowly to ensure at least on successful defense. Then we have one or 2 successful defenses until Rich guy gives in to pressure to actually make the event "fair enough" to attract more than 2 or 3 challenges. Good fleet shows up to the greatest regatta ever and then either DC or some Kiwi wins. Then we start over.
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    well this is bullshit

    So here in Boston we have 70 firefighters who have tested positive so far - We know the Navy has a big problem - we will see how many police officers get sick breaking up parties on beaches or boats. Responsible smart sailors know that we share the water with plenty of idiots. This plague is bad and could get a lot worse. We will see what RI decides to do, Ive got 4 boats that will be ready, but I’m OK if first responders don’t want to endure the risks associated with supporting yachting right know.
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    2020 JJ Giltinan 14-22 March

    What did the 2020 Moth Worlds and the 2020 JJ's have in common? They were both totally dominated by the boat the sailed upwind with the most windward heel. Sailing either boat with windward heel requires a higher skill level to avoid digging a wing in during a lull or a header. Honda was so dialed-in that they could achieve windward heel while playing their mainsheet much less than others. Commentators said that the Kiwis spent more time practicing vs. racing - compared to the Aussies who prefer to race. Certainly and number of the top Aussie boats seemed to implode 1 out of 3 races - making mistakes that were surprising for such excellent sailors. 18 are super hard to get around a course, maybe that makes basic speed and boat-handling training more valuable - even for world class sailors. It would be fascinating to have a panel discussion with Slingsby and the Honda guys.
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    2020 JJ Giltinan 14-22 March

    Any local discussion of cancellation? Second only to the NHL playoffs, this is my favorite spectator sporting event, well as of now, this is my favorite event.... love to see it keep going if they can maintain the social distancing...
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    Aerodyne 38

    Quest 33 - Better built Martin design - little smaller - better racer https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1998/holby-quest-33-3586547/
  11. Pretty frequent reader and occasional poster (sp?) on this site. We have the best sailors in the world racing in the Nacra 17/49er/49erfx Worlds right now - these classes represent the ultimate in Athletic Sailing - and I guess the Olympics have some relevance - AND unless the search function is broken, there is zero chatter on this site. Have we (Americans) lost all interest in the athletic side of sailing?
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    DNA vs. eXploder - buying new A Cat

    thanks - good advice - I've been sailing a 2015 DNA for the last 3 years mostly solo sailing to learn catamarans-101 and then how to foil with some stability - getting ready to do a regatta or 2 and maybe if not too dangerous to those around me, do the Worlds next year. Unfortunately, not much A Cat activity on Narraganset Bay - they love keels around here......
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    DNA vs. eXploder - buying new A Cat

    Good stuff - thanks - for clarity, I'm buying a new boat - my 2016/17 reference was to the design vintage of current boats on offer.
  14. eXploder and DNA are selling pretty stable platforms - 2016/17 designs that have been refined . which is better?
  15. We had passed the spot of there accident on the course 5 mins or so ahead of Sandra and Alex - so ARE NOT EYE WITNESSES to the collision - my knowledge comes form sailing the course and then packing Sandra's F18 for the police - the collision took place near the end of a long leg down Narragansett Bay - it was a Starboard tack 2-sail reach to the center span of the Newport Bridge before cracking off to finish off Goat Island - as reported before, Sandra's boat was damaged on the cross beam and the inside of the Starboard hull. The scenario that is consistent with those observation is that motor boat came from leeward and behind, ran over the windward stern of Sandras boat cleaning her off the back and running her over, while pushing and spinning the boat so that Alex (on the wire) was knocked feet 1st not the hull with his back to the collision. Going thru the center span on a Sunday does call for vigilance - Sandra was headed South - so going thru the bridge like 99% of the traffic - and I'm sure she was aware of anyone ahead or coming up from directly behind. But going 7-9 knots, you never expect to be run over from behind and leeward - even if you saw someone coming at you from that direction, not clear what you cool do to avoid at the speed the powerboat mush have been going.......... However, it appears there were going to be no criminal charges unless the PB driver was drunk or a witness saw intentional recklessness....