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  1. J/24 Worlds in Rochester a few years ago. Offset mark was poorly placed, or there was shift, so the offset was to weather of the windward mark. Friend's boat didn't notice that little detail, so tacked onto port on the offset leg in front of 50 boats piling in. Driver- Are we crossing? Are we crossing?? Bow- I am, I don't know about you
  2. Racing area is behind a low barrier island for flat water, with pretty reliable seabreeze. Gorgeous white sand beaches. The host club, Fort Walton YC is very laid back and has loads of space. It's about a 5 minute sail from the dock to the racing area. Local knowledge: beware of the bushwackers. I hope we're going to see attendance in the 60's.
  3. It appears I will be sailing as an honorary convict for the week.
  4. I'm in for my first
  5. Do you do bow? Well, I spent far too much time on the bow of a J/111 in the Miami to Havana race and return. "Bow" on a Viper is amusing...
  6. I'm astounded that we're sitting at 51 entries. I had hoped for 35 and I thought I was being optimistic. There is a serious discussion about 1 or 2 containers (4 or 8 boats) shipping in from Europe, for existing and new owners. There are a handful of Brits and Europeans who have been chartering Vipers who are likely to pull the trigger to buy a boat for Bermuda and 2016/2017 winter racing in FL. I dare say we could be flirting with having 55 or even 60 Vipers racing in Bermuda if this indeed comes to pass. I'll be there but damn, I need to find someone to sail with!
  7. Indefinite term charters start at $35,950. We can deliver directly to BER. What color would you like? Seriously, we could easily ship a container of new boats in for this, there's time. 47 entries as of today. At this point I wouldn't be shocked if we have mid-50's. Which would be astounding.
  8. An Olympic sport with a win at all costs mentality? Shocking! I'm not much involved in this stuff anymore, but I still know a few things: Top US SKUD skipper currently, from California. Powered adaptive aids are allowed. Most SKUD skippers use powered canting mechanisms for their seats in fact. In your other thread you said something about US SKUD sailors being off the pace. 2008, gold medal. 2012, silver medal, the only sailing medal for the US in the London Games. And the photo of the Weta was Jen French, the SKUD skipper who brought that home. It's not the game for you. We get it.
  9. Hey, Thanks all. We don't claim to be perfect, but we are always trying to improve products, service & parts supply. After fifty years, I hope we've figured out how to do at least a couple of things reasonably well. Cheers, Dan
  10. Moving further towards "Gentleman Farmer" mode Ultra? Wait, can that happen in the ROT??
  11. Don't sell yourself short Ultra, your brain is plenty small! ;-) Sorry, you set yourself up for that one JJ, I couldn't resist! See you this week in Houston brother. I've got my Yankee passport and the Republic of Texas visa is stamped...
  12. Yes. Low Viper turnout at HPDO, as the North Americans are the same weekend in Houston. 60+ Vipers racing that weekend between the two events. I imagine more K6s will turn up, as it's the home club of a good sized fleet.
  13. Rich told me in January at the Chicago Boat Show he was planning on going again in '16. Read his book on the flight home. I just saw the boat in the harbor on Sunday for the first time. Glad to see it coming together! I'll be cheering for all of them, but especially for Rich.
  14. On a happier note, Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of the Pebble completing chemo and radiation. He's a happy, healthy, active 7 1/2 year old boy, excited to start second grade. A survivor, who very nearly wasn't. I couldn't help but to reflect on our 5 1/2 year journey, the ups, the downs, the experiences we've had and the friends we've made. To the survivors -particularly my cousin Kara. To the lost -my dear friend and crew mate Michael, my college roommate Jim, my high school buddy Jim (sophomore year in high school), and of course Catherine. Not going to see Michael before he passed is one of my greatest failures/regrets in life. Taking the Pebble and the Rockette to visit Catherine, and see her take joy in the innocence of his life in her last days, was one of the best things I've ever done.
  15. Thank you all And best of luck for your friend's son Boomberries. PM me if your friend would like to talk to another parent who's been through it. It was one of the things that was very helpful for me going through it. Thanks for sharing those videos, very touching. My eyes seem to be leaking once again.