dickie greenleaf

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  1. dickie greenleaf

    Was the Ugotta Regatta just cancelled?

    Throw a few pretty pillows on the boat, pack up some clean and fancy clothes, clean the head, and go cruising on that gorgeous boat of yours, my friend! They do call the 111 a 'family racer cruiser' for a reason. ;) DG
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    Vakaros

    Got mine in the mail on Monday. Order number 234. Threw it on the Melges tonight for the first time, and man... I'm impressed. Easy to read in the sunlight, I love the ping feature for the line - incredibly easy to use and accurate - timer is easy to use, and it's just a great little package, period. Fast data updates.... just great! Totally worth the wait. Apart from what it does now, I'm looking forward to an app at some point, and the additional features that they are considering. In short, I love it... period. Works as advertised. Well done Vakaros! Total win. DG
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    Chicago/Mackinac Race 2019

    Congratulations my friend! Yup... the boat was out practicing yesterday, but I had a hall pass - My wife and I were sailing the 36.7 for the weekend. I practiced last weekend with the team, and now the boat is in the slings getting the bottom cleaned up. Good luck Hroth! DG
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    Maiden

    I saw it in January at Sundance, and even got a chance to meet Tracy Edwards while I was there... It's a great documentary, highly recommended. DG
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    Chicago/Mackinac Race 2019

    This will be my 16th straight Mac for me - J111 class this year. Yup. DG
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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    If an order is placed today, when will it ship? Mr. Vakaros... any guidance on this? My wife wants something under the tree, and this would be perfect.
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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    Not to me. A straw poll in my household and in my family told me that such a request would be expected and, quite frankly, appreciated. Common response in the house... 'we'd be offended if they DIDN'T ask about looking at the jacket....' All this garbage is due to someone NOT asking ahead of time. I'd rather ask, and it's doubtful that it would be held in bad taste. A 10-year old, given the facts and circumstances, would have most likely done a better job in preparing a list that needed to be done in advance of locating the body. Prepare for the eventuality that the body would be found... get your ducks in a row. DG
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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    Simply put... they (the CYC) can just 'ask,' of which, it's doubtful that any family would say 'no thanks' to such a request. Our sport is an incredibly small family, and knowing the passion of why we all do this race, it would be an easy 'ask' directed to a family that would most likely, and totally, understand on behalf of the racers. From my perspective, I echo others, in saying my level of trust in these systems now has me second-guessing whether or not they'll work. I found myself during Saturday evening of the race, pounding to windward in my full gear, saying (in my head) 'if this thing doesn't inflate, I'll be fucked' not knowing what had happened hours earlier. I'm a small dude - 145 lbs - foam floatation is fine with me. I'm truly upset at the thought that the CYC wouldn't have the foresight to approach the family and ask to examine the vest EVEN BEFORE the body was recovered. A simple 'we are incredibly sorry, but we really want to get to the bottom of this by examining the vest' would have done the trick. Fuck... I would have made the phone call myself on behalf of the 3,000 racers that rely on safe equipment. DG
  9. dickie greenleaf

    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    The CYC has an ethical commitment to the race for which THEY write the safety rules..... They could have simply said 'we would like the opportunity to determine the cause of failure, so it doesn't happen again,' and shut the fuck up. It's doubtful that any family... ANY family at all..... would disregard such a request knowing the lives that rely on the safety equipment that failed. So... what's the CYC supposed to do, you ask? 'Ask,' is the answer. I'm 'lamenting' your laziness in wanting an answer. Signed, DG A 15-year competitor in the CYC race to Mackinac
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Excellent!
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    J/88

    I'm waiting for J-boats to register J121.org before I get too excited. DG
  12. dickie greenleaf

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    ... and looking forward to the race. Good times, for sure. DG
  13. dickie greenleaf

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I believe the same thing happened on the 111 that I sail on as well. Whatever.... it's been fixed. Can't expect perfection. DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Surprising the amount of pole deflection under load. Thanks for the videos.... Always first class! DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Congratulations. Looked good in the water today. And already some offshore fixes to the rig. Me like! http://www.blur.se/2012/03/29/j111-blur%C2%B3-nastan-klar Blur splashes tomorrow afternoon in La Trinite. Love the white, my friend. Nice. DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Looks good, bro. DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Nice! Who caused the wipeout in the moderate breeze... a bit greedy on the helm? Thank God you don't have that terrible music much like Onne's Vanderwal's 111 video. Good times, and well done! DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    They might have cleaned the scummy bottom for the shoot! Thought the same thing.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Some great photos of another 111. Kudos to Blur for hosting them on his site. Well done. 111 Photos DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    ... So, the 111's in Holland come with an 'added freeboard' option? DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Great video. More vang. Less shitty music. DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Could you please comment on a few of the modifications that you have made to your 111? Thanks. DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Jib interferes greatly with the flying of the kite, you can observe that just by trying it. We have staysail up usually when breeze gets up over 13 kts sustained. Staysail is smaller and much farther in/removed from the kite, hence less interference. Anyone have polars/targets? DG
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Preference is to bring the headsail down as fast as you can once the kite is up. What Mental did in the Chicago Noods this weekend was... Hoist chute Ease jib completely Then when kite fills roll jib up. BTW: we have the collapsible horizontal battens on the jib (Doyle). They work really well. Much better than the horizontal battens we had on the J109 5 years ago. Those sucked. I was told that over 12kts or so, doesn't hurt leaving out the jib.... haven't really had a chance to try this yet, as we've only seen light winds since I launched the boat. Is that in lieu of a staysail?
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Preference is to bring the headsail down as fast as you can once the kite is up. What Mental did in the Chicago Noods this weekend was... Hoist chute Ease jib completely Then when kite fills roll jib up. BTW: we have the collapsible horizontal battens on the jib (Doyle). They work really well. Much better than the horizontal battens we had on the J109 5 years ago. Those sucked. Thanks! Anyone have the polars from the boat by chance? It would be very helpful for us. Thanks again. DG