Foiling Optimist

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  1. Foiling Optimist

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Sorry to go back to scrimshaw on what is shaping up to be a great evening of mocking on Mocking Ads on Craigslist. As I was googling about the bone ship at the Vancouver Maritime Museum earlier this afternoon, I mostly found references to the following 2013 story which in a nutshell is, Vancouver mom complains about scrimshaw porn at Maritime Museum Further research reveals however that this collection of genuine scrimshaw porn may be fake! I must confess that I have never, even upon joining SA, been asked to submit any pictures of anyone's decolletage, so I humbly sumbit this story in lieu. Somehow this seems appropriate for this great thread.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Scrimshaw! For people who haven't visited the the Vancouver Maritime Museum, look here: I suspect that one is worth more than $10K
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    What with the ability to stop in at various islands, and like, Spain, and the variable and slightly unclear finish deadline, and the fact that we had one of our fellow forum members in the race and actually writing about how amazing it was makes me think how much this is like a big, Atlantic, Race to Alaska, and I mean that in the best possible way. They should allow human power next time so the guys can pedal their ultimes around the end of the island when it's flat calm.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    Yup that's the one. Does look like there's a couple of creases there, perhaps recent. It's extraordinary though to think about how much better it looks than any other car you'd have parked on the street since the early 80's. Remember all cars up until around 1990 would just rust eventually rust badly in our kind of environment. One story that appeared in Road and Track magazine maybe in the later 80's was about a guy who had done all the engineering for a twin turbo version of the Renault V6 in the DeLorean so that the car had some actual performance. It was supposed to be in the 82 or 83 model and they had prototypes running and everything but unfortunately they were one of the companies that got stiffed and ended up going bankrupt.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    I have Hillel Levin's "Grand Delusions, The Cosmic Career of John Delorean", which I read long ago but I recall is quite shocking in how it descended into fraudulence, particularly pulling down Lotus and Colin Chapman with it, but there were a lot of people who got screwed as well. To JonB's point, I wonder when he crossed the line from rampant optimism into unreality and then outright fraud. The point was made in Levin's book that he'd worked up to that stage essentially in an institution, a giant company in its golden age, where you could get a $100 million dollar casting plant built just by filling out a form. It's sad though, I have the book he wrote called "On a Clear Day you Can See General Motors" and you can see how bright he was. There is a guy near my office with a running DeLorean which he parks on the street. The body is still for all intents and purposes perfectly new. I'll bet that burnt one is actually worth something as the front body panels will be totally fine.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    I can state definitively that it's not an old DNA sequencer since I know all of them. (there's not that many) I'd paddle out there this weekend and have a look but outlook is for it to be cold this weekend.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Any boat like that in Vancouver has to be seen in the context of the housing crisis. If there is some grandfathered affordable moorage there or something you're looking at two years rent on a two bedroom in that neighborhood for the price on the boat and it's fine as long as it doesn't sink.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Go Peyron. And Hennessy. Balmes is faster that Peyron at this moment but we all know how this back side of Guadaloupe thing goes.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    What a catastrophe. Thanks for posting Nachocampos.
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    Hervey Bay A Class Worlds

    Scolded cat indeed. When I scold the cat for demanding the balcony door be opened and then she just sits there not going outside when the cold air is coming in, she pretends to ignore me. Nice to see the top guys doing well here especially Burling rising up the order. Not that Ashby could have risen any more up the order. I totally have not read this thread except the scolded cat comment but I guess none of the several Outteridges are here?
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018 - Thanks ProaSailor that is the map we were looking for!
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    It apparently spends too much time at the Marina, which doesn't explain why it's currently anchored in the Virgin-Gets-Sacrificed-To-King Kong spot at the entrance to False Creek.
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    Stolen Boat. Culatra, Portugal

    Seems like this guys bought it recently and it needed quite a bit of work. I do appreciate the puns and snark above but you have to say it's an odd thing to steal.
  14. I have to join my fellow Canadian in admitting that I have always found the older style tris, especially many of the Newicks to be aesthetically dissatisfying. It's the curviness that somehow doesn't quite come off, as though the excessive shear (if I have the right word, the upward curvature of the deck to the bows) were inspired by traditional Polynesian designs but they come off as forced and self conscious in these boats. But cats and tris are just generally hard to make look good, especially in certain sizes such as the smaller cabin boats, and even if they look good in line, these boats, particularly the very skinny tris look uncomfortable to be on. Call me a one piece jump suit flying car futurist but I much prefer the modern shape of thin straight hulls with reverse bows and more volume down low as you find from A-cat and F18 to Gunboat 68 to Ultime. Also, I just don't like tumblehome
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    I had to go to a dinner party wth about 9 other people and literally had to pull my phone out and explain the entire edifice of French professional solo sailing to provide context for explaining the RdR and the backstory leading to the last ten minutes of the race. The table generally seemed to come down on the side of cheering for Joyon.