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  1. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    This close racing is too exciting and I'm supposed to be writing a proposal. They should have on board reporters.
  2. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    11:45am. Is that Russell? He's right with Ptarmigan and Wild Card now.
  3. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    I've be aware of much of the above ever since I stumbled into the Proa Warsbut what really sealed the deal of Russel as a sailing hero is that scrap of video from last year where he came back to the dock in Bella Bella (or Shearwater, can't remember) having bought a couple of used novels and a six pack of beer. And nothing else for food or replacement gear as evidently he was on top of his game otherwise. Pure insouciant excellence right there; up there with Loick Peyron for leading debonair man of the sea. I know he already said in this very thread it wasn't that easy but he made it look pretty easy.... I know I'm always bringing up the paddlers but Torrent is rocking. Now ahead of Volcano pending variable tracker updates. It seems like a really strong group of paddlers this year, even with Karl not racing, and in all different craft too, so if the wind stays light it will be an interesting few days.
  4. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    Russell will now provide a live demonstration of how you are most effective when you work smarter not harder and get enough sleep.
  5. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    I looked at it and I recall about $30K. Russell certainly demonstrates it is a heck of a boat.
  6. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    NB There's some delay in the weather as well. The tracker was shown 5kts at Jericho at 20:20 but the wind reading directly at Jericho fell of a cliff at 20:00 https://jsca.bc.ca/services/weather/ Regarding the ten minute random offset and tracker junkies, for the Seventy48, a couple of local SUP racers we were following ended up paddling together but the tracker kept having them randomly get a head of each other, which resulted in some freaking out on the part of their friends watching at home. That was a much shorter race of course so more of an issue. The new feature on the tracker where the sidebar goes to the Facebook page of the team you click on, for participating teams anyway, is very cool. I've found in previous races you had to a bit of work to figure out which team is sailing what boat and what the back story is and such, so the more easily available information the merrier.
  7. Foiling Optimist

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    What we need here is for this thread to turn into a print journal for this race, where we receive a copy of all the posts each month and then have two weeks to furiously respond to each other with suitable screeds which would then have to be mailed in, in time for the next monthly edition of the thread.
  8. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    Awesome job Russell and crew! Hey does anyone know he name Inga raced under for seventy48? A bunch of us were following it very closely due to several Vancouver paddlers being in the event but of course you know you are missing many other interesting people and stories.
  9. Foiling Optimist

    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    That's fantastic history JS. It's amazing how much history involving non Europeans just gets buried. I just learned that around 1870 a big fraction of the population of Victoria BC was Hawaiian. Wasn't that JJ Giltnan fellow of 18 foot skiff fame some sort of cricket grandee? Or an Aussie rules football grandee? Ah for the days when field sports were less specialized. I shall have to look up the Gordon Bennet book. If you want some crazy nautical and engineering technology history by the way, read A Thread Across the Ocean By John Steele Gordon, about laying transatlantic cables for the first time(s). It took them a few tries.
  10. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    NB Seventy48 is starting at 5:30 today (Monday June 11) http://tracker.seventy48.com/ Good question efrank. Proas are indeed an asymmetrical mystery wrapped in an online argument enigma. Even the establishment of facts seems fraught with challenge. (sorry please let's not start something; I'm just over excited since I have close friends in the Seventy48)
  11. Foiling Optimist

    R2AK 2018

    Russel has the outright solo record at 9d 5h and Karl Kruger has the fastest solo paddle or row time at 14d 6h, which is only a day slower than the Angus boat at 13d 1hr in 2016. I'm betting on Russell for 2018, especially with his well engineered prop system. By the way, for those with an interest in paddling stuff, the R2Ak people are putting on the Seventy48 race starting this Monday June 11th. It's 70 miles from Tacoma to Port Townsend in a maximum of 48 hours for SUP and Outrigger Canoes and maybe other paddle or row craft. Tracker junkies go to https://www.seventy48.com/
  12. Foiling Optimist

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Since we've been visiting Saltspring with several other families for years and have otherwise run out of novel adult things to do (I think you can argue drinking never loses its novelty), doing a comprehensive survey of the docks seems in order. I guess there is Fulford, Ganges and Vesuvius as well as Burgoyne Bay if you really want to get serious with the zombies. Are there any others? It's obviously not at Musgrave Landing at the extreme southern tip, which I have actually driven to and where there is a dock.
  13. Foiling Optimist

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Ah. Another way to say this is that the fucked-up-ness is Scale Free. It's fucked at all characteristic scales such as length, eg. from the whole boat at 10,000mm to the chain plate bolt holes at 10mm. In fact if you plot Log(length) vs Log(how is it fucked?). This should be a straight line. It's in Ganges yes? I'll be on Saltspring for some family thing in July and will go visit. That dock is indeed a dense repository of broken dreams.
  14. Foiling Optimist

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Out of curiosity for the experts, briefly what is the worst thing here? I'm guessing it is the need to totally replace the deck, but the rot in the cabin around the windows seems expensive too. The hull seems to have a couple of sketchy spots in the photos but could be repairable? Or is it just a cumulative disaster?
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Save that thought Left Shift, in a couple of months this thread is going to have to take a deep dive into Heyerdahl and whether we need to reexamine his sailing, anthropology and whether his ability to get laid a lot just annoyed other academics.