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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. ^this. Tack early and hope the wind shifts in your favour (it is moving north, which would favour that strategy). He's not going to overtake by playing follow-my-leader, he's just not consistently 15% faster than ALC.
  2. Mr Thomson has found another gear:D
  3. Fantastic to see Enda working his way through the fleet from the back. Latest sked shows he's got the afterburners on, possibly because he's asleep with too much cloth up!
  4. Thanks all. Will take it to the local loft and get them to check all round, and will check the top of the mast for anything that could be rubbing. It never lays on the boom though, we take it off every time we sail. Cheers, AB
  5. Hi all, I'm having some issues with a relatively new main (11 months old) with the stitching on the luff coming apart despite there being no signs of impact or rubbing. It's happening in two places, both near the masthead, and I'm getting concerned that the whole luff is going to go. The tape appears to be bonded to the laminate, as well as stitched, so I doubt it's going to let go immediately. The sail has been used for much of the year, but always rolled with reverential care, and swapped out for the old one for cruising and very heavy weather. The sailmaker has asked me to take it to a local loft (I'm c. 200 miles away from the sailmaker, most of it water) and for the bill to be sent on to them, but I'm not sure that's a great idea if this is the beginning of more stitching coming apart. Suggestions on best course of action? Cheers, AB
  6. Serves myself right for sharing a story.... You can see what my preferences are in a tough offshore situation..... Not at all Rob, and you'll remember that that your not the only one to have done the same trick of clawing your way back onto a Melges while holding on to the main sheet! I'm sure Sharpy/Henning Snr did the same 5 or 6 years ago. Must be something about sailing here, we can't hang onto the boats! Nice to hear from you again, the GYC is a poorer place since you left.
  7. Perhaps "putting his racing on hold" includes not worrying about violating the ice limit, especially if someone shoreside can give him reasonable confidence that there isn't ice immediately on the other side of it. He could always go back and re-start from that spot, a la JPD, if/when he feels safe doing so. ^ That's how I read it. Head south for a few hours to avoid the worst of it, and don't worry about the AEZ.
  8. Yes and no, some stuff is non removable, think liferaft, feul, epirb. Bu the rest (majority) can be moved. MichDes had a system as you describe. Some had lines and bags with hooks. Sooty Pussy w/Stamm - about 38 secs in. There's a better video somewhere but can't find it at the moment.
  9. Looks like Armel may have picked up a nice little boost from the local currents, while Alex may be punching one in the opposite direction. He also seems to be sitting in slightly better breeze, but big chunks being taken either way....
  10. Looks like a good decision from AT, although I'm not sure it'll gain him a huge amount in the end. Great to see JPD out front, even if AT is going swing underneath him as the morning progresses. Turning into a great battle at the front.
  11. Thanks for the advice. I'm coming to the conclusion that a backing plate is going to be a good idea, possibly one that goes over the spider as there isn't much space around the bolts themselves. What sort of thickness would be suitable? I'm considering 7mm stainless, tapered to c.3mm at the edges where it meets the hull surface. Lots of strength in the centre, bit of flex around the edges. Will of course take the advice of a proper marine engineer before doing anything at all but trying to get a budget together in a meantime. I would recommend reading the findings in the report on the Cynthia Woods incident (where the entire keel tore through the hull) found here: http://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/communications/cynthiawoods/Cynthia-Woods-Report-SIAD-OGC-FINAL.pdf It references 7.3.1 of ABS Guide for Building and Classing Offshore Racing Yachts 1994 7.3.1 is in relation to single skin laminates which ABS states in 7.3.2 (Sandwich Construction) should be used in way of the keel. Essential points of 7.3.1 are: - While providing formulae to calculate shell thickness it also states the thickness of the bottom shell shall be no less than the diameter of the keel bolts. - Thickness should extend a distance of 50 mm (2in) outside the perimeter of the keel bolts. - Bi-directional laminates are in general to be used It doesn't seem to provide guidance on the thickness of the washers, only the materials to be used. Not saying you should follow ABS - just thought I would draw your attention to it. Thanks, that's really useful. I will revert back to the builder to check these standards were applied and then add a stainless plate on top to make sure nothing moves.
  12. Thanks for the advice. I'm coming to the conclusion that a backing plate is going to be a good idea, possibly one that goes over the spider as there isn't much space around the bolts themselves. What sort of thickness would be suitable? I'm considering 7mm stainless, tapered to c.3mm at the edges where it meets the hull surface. Lots of strength in the centre, bit of flex around the edges. Will of course take the advice of a proper marine engineer before doing anything at all but trying to get a budget together in a meantime.
  13. If that homeport is pronounced "Jurzee", then yes. GTLS - gym, tanning, laundry, splicing, like they said on the MTV show. If it's that other Jersey in the Channel Islands, than it's probably just the default Eurotrash lighting system. It's the latter. Yep, photo not taken in this neck of the woods. And I dare say we'll never see her here either, like many of the superyachts registered in these waters. There should be a minimum requirement to allow a local skipper to race your locally-registered yacht around the cans at least once a year, preferably with a can-only-open-one-eye level hangover and a crew made up of newbies and the infirm/incontinent. That'd make people think twice about slapping our name across their shapely behinds like some sort of elitist tramp stamp.
  14. I had thought about doing that with some c.8mm stainless plate, but I'm a million miles from being an expert on marine engineering and I know you can do more damage than good if you start spreading loads to areas that aren't designed to withstand pressure in that direction. Last thing I want is a perfectly normal bit of keel movement to put the corner of a plate through the hull. Will take some advice on it though as it seems like the obvious belt&braces solution. The points at which the grid flanges meet the hull are very robust and look in great shape. I've sent photos to the builder and he's offered to visit to check if he feels the photos merit it.
  15. Inner shrouds did it. Couldn't be 100% sure but it was so close as to be indistinguishable from what we were feeling on each landing. Would definitely indicate the vibration was rig-based. Also took lots of detailed photos of keel bolt area and where the spider is bonded to the hull, no cracks visible, and sent them to the builder.