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  1. The New York Times article from 1972 about Beowulf V set me to wondering how it compared to an M32 (Marstrom) catamaran as they are the same length. Turns out the M32 at 18 feet is a couple of feet wider though it's 27 feet with the racks. More importantly the article states BV had a sail area of 361 square feet, and the photo indeed shows only a main, a deck sweeper, no less. The M32 with gennaker totals out to 1220 square feet so I guess things have progressed here and there. Still they claimed 35 kts on the 825lb BV where the M32 is 1125lb. Thanks for posting this, the Dashew philosophy is certainly an interesting topic to ponder.
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    The press coverage was overall better than might have been feared. CBC didn't cover it on the provincial or national radio news to my knowledge, which was a bit disappointing but it must have been on the Island CBC as it did get on the CBC website. The Times Colonist evidently did a great job and I think their story got picked up by several other outlets as the text looked familiar. I don't know about everyone else but right up until the end, which, as someone here said, was very far away even when it was close, there was always the thought that Jeanne might have a major failure and it would all be over. And it would probably have felt like, "Oh well, it never had much chance of succeeding anyway". Now that she really is finished though, the enormity of the achievement really sinks in. At 77 you can go do whatever the hell you want but I hope she goes around and gives a few talks at yacht clubs or whatever. I'll be there with bells on. Thanks to everyone on this site for making Jeanne's journey that much more compelling to follow.
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    There was some symbolism in this thread popping back up the CA page at the same time Jeanne Socrates wrapped up her amazing journey. It's a reminder from the universe that there are only a limited number of great things in sailing and we must stand ever ready to heckle the infinite amount of total nonsense that exists in our sport.
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    race committee boat, available cheap

    For optis you could just start them at the stern and use the bow as the windward mark. It would make watching for rule infractions easier.
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    Congratulations Jeanne. Here's the main Victoria newspaper: https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/round-the-world-sailor-77-reaches-victoria-finish-line-after-339-days-1.23938949
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    If Windy is to be believed with a putative westerly moving east up the straight, she could get in nicely on Friday. Fingers crossed.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    You go on Sailing Anarchy and you just can't get away from boobs. I wanted to ask if Brest Atlantiques was a one shot or a stage race but thought I ought to google it. Which I did but of course it auto-selects what it thinks you want and you get all sorts of pre and perinatal breast feeding courses you can take. For the record they are going around Ilihas Cagarras off Rio and Robben Island at the Cape and then straight back to Brest with no "a".
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Looks awfully foily, actually, as foily as you would hope it would in the conditions, in that picture.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Nice transition, Santana, to get the thread back on track from cars and trucks by finding an ugly boat with a truck canopy.
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    I once got talken out to Vancouver's Orpheum Theater to see the brilliant Mel Torme with the Vancouver Symphony. He had a line about, "I've just been in Sarasota, where old people go to be with their parents" I think about Victoria that way.
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    I had a conversation related to population health in British Columbia yesterday that reminded me that Victoria is special. If you aren't from this region, rest assured that demographically speaking, Jeanne Socrates arriving in Victoria is more or less equivalent to Francois Gabart arriving in Lorient.
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    I'm going to try but it depends on the date. I have a couple of other tenuous pretexts to go to Victoria so I'm hoping it lands on a weekday but will have to decide at the last minute. I'd be on bike probably so would have to find a vessel....
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    Tracking Malizia

    I know IMOCAs are big in France and all but 30,000 likes and 3500 retweets for a water over the roof video is a hell of a lot of engagement.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I was a bit succinct about it but yes I completely agree the description is a bit of a literary triumph in the used boat field. It starts out quite positive and then the problematic details emerge bit by bit, like those pharma ads which have all the nice stuff before listing the side effects. It's also random like it's been through a couple of halfhearted rewrites. Here's another bit that is downright poetic: "Make an offer. Serious offers only please. Please make offer. Boat has to go." Actually that's more like tragic but alas, sad stories are rather familiar on this thread.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    "Only the masts were damaged from termites. I have only one of the masts." This content is why I have to check MAoCl every day. In its defense though, I think everyone must recognize this is really being sold as a zombie fleet live-aboard that's not supposed to go anywhere, but we must still maintain the fiction that could be ready to sail across an ocean. Perhaps the key to living on a zombie boat is to indeed maintain the fiction that you are just doing some work on it before sailing off to Tahiti. Boats are so much living embodiments of our dreams about ourselves.