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  1. smellibits

    Brexit, WTF

    And so it was last time. And so it was with Trump/Clinton. Just saying, and agreeing with much of what Expatriated has said. In England, hearing and seeing it, spending time in Europe, listening and talking, but professing no knowledge and wisdom beyond.
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    Brexit, WTF

    Events of the last few decades might give pause for thought on this. - the breakup of the former Yugoslavia - Czech/Slovakia - Catalan, Basque, Scottish, Welsh..... succession movements, which the EU feigns to ignore as they are antithesis to an increasingly centrist philosophy - you even get mutterings in Belgium, with the Flemish and Walloon split! - nationalism has been increasingly to the fore, with increasing tones of illiberalism and racism: take Hungary as a current example It was always naive to think, as many of our politicians seemed to, that the EU would not play hard ball in the Brexit negotiations, and that remains and will remain the case - ' pour encourager les autres '. But the trends are there and if there are increasing doubts about the EU as an economic proposition, well who knows. On a point of anecdote, I've spent quite a lot of time in Europe over the past year, and when the subject of Brexit pops up, and I can't avoid it even though I know it's likely to spoil my day, recurrent themes and questions are - you ought to remain - will May get something through Parliament ( I have been pessimistic throughout - answer probably not ) - if May resigns or sacks, who replaces her ( answer - I dread to think, but it would be a much more committed Brexiteer ) - would there be a general election ( answer - Tories would almost certainly resist strongly, and there are at least they'd have the continuing support of the DUP ) - if there was a general election, who would win ( answer - probably a hung parliament ) - will there be another referendum ( answer, difficult, but there would be fundamental constitutional issues about reversing the command given by the electorate in the last referendum, and even if there was, there would be difficult questions about the question(s) to be put on the ballot paper - this would go to court, undoubtedly, IMHO ) - who would win a referendum ( my answer that there would be a very serious prospect that the leavers would win is met with heads shaking in disbelief, but that's my take: there are strong, some would say ill-informed, views, in England anyway where such a referendum would probably be won or lost, of fuck you politicians, fuck the establishment, fuck the City, fuck the South East and those that want to keep what they've got, you remainers ( and many others ) cried wolf at the last referendum about the economic impact of Brexit and have been caught out - and last but by no means least, fuck Brussels and the EU ) Time to go and have a drink
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    Brexit, WTF

    I think there is some truth in those who say that the EU project now has at its heart social and financial engineering rather than its post war origins of being a trade and agricultural pact. There are undoubtedly substantial tensions within the EU, e.g. most recently Italy, and for some time now about the Euro. This can't be a surprise to anyone when the membership is so diverse, having, in horribly broad terms, a north/south and east divide, with Germany both the lynchpin and the dominant force. The most compelling argument to my mind for leaving was - and this didn't ultimately sway me to the leavers' cause - that if you believe the EU project will fail, better to get out sooner than when the whole thing begins to implode. You'd have thought that with all his shagging, Boris would cut a rather more svelte figure. But then again he might just be very selfish and self-centred.
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    VR Route du Rhum

    I did it the one before last, coming 144th despite doing an Alex Thompson twice up the Drake Passage and losing about 10 h. I started this one on a whim, at the end of a weather window, and had a slow beginning, but an excellent descent to and crossing of the equator, and have been inside the rhumb line just about all the time, with a pretty smooth track and good pace. Os in 18d 15h, in 106th, just under 15 h after the leaders. Have just detected 3 boats within 5+ hrs of me, so seeing and chasing oppo is good, provided they're not too turbo-charged. If I get to the Horn within another 8 days, that'll be OK. A gaggle of leaders seem as though it is well gone, now a good way up the S Atlantic, with about 5000NM to go after 28 days. It looks like they've had consistently very good conditions just about throughout - so far.
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    VR Route du Rhum

    Am doing the VR-JV. No money, just foils and slippery bum. I see Guf and Cam are as well. Quite quick at the moment. Placed low 2000s to the equator. 330 odd to the SA waypoint, but c 19hrs slower than the fastest there. Should hit the Oz WP soon, in about 18.7 days. No foil or trippy up problems! F... these things are fast. And I recognise there's much less skill than in the 20-30 knt shit boxes. But quite fun as the tedium of Xmas engulfs.
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    VR Route du Rhum

    Should have said, code 0 and heavy weather. Nighty night from Suffolk.
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    VR Route du Rhum

    Back for this also in IMOCA. Sans argent. Boat name Ballance. Wake up TR, or have you got messy again?
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Umm.. I think Your Mom may pop up in the west!
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    Your mom, Ticks my box I can't conceive that Scally would have given up searching so quickly as he alleges, and is it odds with what VOR are saying. As rather reluctant, reactive communicators as they are when the s... hits the fan, as did it with Vestas going into HK, I prefer their account to Handjob's effort because they can't afford to get it wrong. Very offensive, immature, ill-considered effort in almost every respect, although I will nod to the notion that the cockpit is extremely exposed. But let more informed, unemotional views be espoused when the circumstances of his MOB become known. First post on the subject, so I'll convey my thoughts to his family and friends particularly, and the Scally team, and to the whole fleet, who can't be feeling too good about things at the moment - and also acknowledging moments I've had when I have been involved, as I suspect most of us have, in instances very close to the wire, some of which in hindsight simply should not have been allowed to occur, but others which were beyond any reasonable anticipation in the circumstances.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    BM, I think you were right. When you and Thistle hardened up I was already to leeward and leaking by c5NM. So you 9 me ) go with the other route. Sailed the stretch OKish. But I think a quick boat well sailed wouldn't have suffered as much, but no way ( IMHO) in as conditions emerged, would it have panned out. Great fun ( better half away ) jagging through islands though Round the corner I'll have some different options from you I think. But also recognising it's bollocks not to kit the boat up fully.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Driftwood. Everything up - jib, staysail ( poled out ) foresail, a blooper, tops'l, mains'l, mizzen, towels, dinghy dropped from the stern most davit, blankets, towels and hankies, with boards up. 6kts. Might have to drop the pole on the staysail with the gap to be squeezed through in about half an hour. Still, have a rendezvous with the trimaran in about 5 hours and so will accelerate - belatedly. Right guest no. Under a brit flat.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Slow boat to China. Went the coast route, westwards. Now approaching Cape le Grand, and readying for island dodging. DTF c300NM less than Shockwave, but wind going flakey and it'll be slow to Cape Leeuwin, and any advantage should be gobbled up. Boat is Guest64418. Only extras are code 0 and foils.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Am in for this leg. Good to see familiar enemy. If there's room to squeeze smellibits into the listings, that would be grand.
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    Origami Boat Thread

    I believe BS wanted to be ousted because he knew that on this site, at every turn, he and his views ( with some very occasional exceptions a long way back which were of passing interest ) were being demolished and he found or was provided with the means to get banned. Doubtless he'll claim those grounds were a conspiracy to suppress his wisdom. Good riddance. But I'm afraid there was a rather horrible inevitability about it all. Thoughts go to RP and his family. If for no other cause than reassuring Panope, steel ( and aluminium ) boats are great IMHO and nothing BS can say or do will do traduce that, or ought to do so in any reasonable person's mind. They are much admired hereabouts, particularly in continental northern Europe. I have a steel Dutch built mobo built on trawler lines and I adore her and her qualities, and if I say so myself, those shine through in admiration when set along side the admittedly rather faster, but thirstier GRP comparators. I even have a very small steading main ( and a jib, though what that might achieve leaves me scratching my head ). I doubt that even in a F8 they'd get her over 4 knts. Must try it, but we could be claiming the sub 4.5 knots shitbox accolade. Anyway here's to Shit Gargler fucking off.
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    Live Racing Thread

    Glad all well. At least with BAR's DNFs they crossed the start line. Sorry for the Kiwis. Hope no major issues and they're OK for racing tomorrow, if called upon. But I have to say, towards a very small percentage of posters, there's some schadenfreude on my part.