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    Youth America's Cup

    I’m with Ed in this one - top down show pony event seemed too contrived - and silly to think that this show would go on while Olympians sit home - guess you have to keep up appearances for the money
  2. So.... while the Ensign, Alerion and S-Class were being sunk, on land at Sail Newport 3 catamarans went for a miraculus sail. 2 F18's and a new foiling A Class - all 3 were tied down with airplane tie-down stakes. No one saw them go flying, but they wound up in a pig pile. One of the F18's and A were mine. When the first photo came to me, I was sure my sailing season was over and I was looking at many thousands of repairs. What we found when we got to the boat park was nothing short of a miracle. The A had flown at least 24 feet horizontally and at least 15 feet vertically to land on top of the pile of boats. She is paper thin carbon - any drop results in puncture. But....... the she was 10 feet in the air capsized and teetering like some Calder sculpture - hanging on her diamond stays which were resting on the rigging of both F18's. Zero scratches on the boat! After the first wave of amazement, we set about figuring how to extract the boat without doing damage. A crane would have been helpful. In place of a crane we used a truck and several structures to brace the lower hull, created stays tied the upper hull to take the strain off the mast. With the hull braced we were able to remove the mast which had a free small dings (one day of carbon work) and totally fried stainless mast plate. One the mast was gone, we got a team of 8 to slip the A offf the pile without damage - video attached. Adding to the miracle - the 2 Nacra 18's came upright ready to sail - some scratches but no hull or mast damage. The boats must have been levitated and then settled. Never seen anything like it.
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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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    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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    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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    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.
  7. 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/
  13. 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?
  14. eXploder and DNA are selling pretty stable platforms - 2016/17 designs that have been refined . which is better?
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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.
  17. 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....
  18. diagram looks fairly accurate - except Medeiros course - what is the source? - given the impact damage to Sandra's boat was on crossbeam and inside of starboard hull (and we were all straight line reaching on Starboard at this point in the course) - I had assumed that the powerboat was headed towards the Southwest at time of impact and came up from behind and leeward - that is not a quadrant that you expect to be hit from and one that the crew on the wire is blind to.....
  19. Having sailed that part of the course 5 minutes earlier, starboard beam reach with wind cycling 7-14ish, and based on the fact that Sandra was not on the wire at the time - I'd estimate the she was going 7-9 knots - based on the damage I saw on the inside of her starboard hull and the dent in the cross beam - I'd SWAG that the PB was going at least 2x the F18
  20. Ed - anyway to change the title of this thread to “World Class catamaran sailor killed while racing on Narragansett Bay when hit from behind by power boat”
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    Have posted critical comments a couple times while waiting for the unit and waiting for clear communication from Atlas. I did receive a unit. I bought it as a gift for my brother-in-law - who I sail 2 events with every year. 1st event was in June and we didn't have the Vakaros, next event is in 2 weeks... so I have not seen it action yet. He reports that display is good, but damping is way too sensitive. Tha's all i know so far. It was not a scam - just bad communicators.
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    Tokyo 2020

    Fair enough - the real point isn't the pinnacle (18's) - its adults staying athletic and sailing without lead
  23. Serious investigation - so good that they are taking there time. We were 5 mins ahead of Sandra and Alex. We didn't see the accident or even know about it until we were on shore. But we had just sailed that leg and it was Starboard tack close reach with very manageable breeze - no reason to be tacking or gybing on that part of the course. I believe I heard that they were not double trapping. I saw that the powerboat hit the F18 on the inside of the stern of the windward hull. I'm not a witness and don't know what happened, but with the facts I saw I would be very hesitant to speculate about shared culpability.
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    Tokyo 2020

    You can't expect to win medals in a sport that is unpopular in our country and adult dinghy sailing is unpopular in the US.. For the most part - American adults have given up athletic dinghy sailing in favor of sailing in a seated position on boats with lead fins. We call them "sport boats" - but what percentage of J/70 sailors could manage to get an 18 foot skiff across the harbor right side up? Kids want to do what the cool adults are doing - so in the US that means that kids who want to keep sailing are aspiring to sit on the rail of a "sport" or keel boat - if they are athletically inclined they find another sport. Look at the countries that dominate the olympics and you will see adults sailing athletic dinghies in large numbers. In Australia, opti kids want to sail an 18 foot skiff. That keeps young athletes in the sport and pushing hard thru their teen years. The pool of potential Olympians is huge and they sharpen their skills against each other. No lonely 2 boat training program - for young adults who spent their college years sailing slow boats - can compete. We will start dominating the dinghy world about the time that New Zealand starts dominating basketball.