Foiling Optimist

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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I've become quite keen on mentally calculating the Likes/Dislikes ratio on videos. Most objectively good, hit song videos with many millions of views tend to end up around 5-10% dislikes/likes, as do many million+ view specialty videos which the algorithm must put out to a lot of non specialists. Doug DeMuro, the most influential car influencer in the world, is an example of the latter. There must just be a good number of misanthrope YouTube addicts who just drift around disliking everything. On the other hand, the best specialty videos can get to the low hundred thousand views with 1-2% dislikes which I very non-scientifically consider to be a gold standard. If you want to see the best manual machining on the interwebz, check out Abom79, but even his hydraulic cylinder two-parter that went really viral with 2.7 million views got 7% dislikes so it happens to the best. Anyway, that brings me to La Vagabonde who, based on this metric, are doing amazingly well. Ep 11 to pick a random example has 831K views and 1.5% dislikes, which is typical for them. Which brings us to the Greta videos, where the first one is at 900K views and 19% dislikes. I seriously see the effect of Russian bots here, trolling for anything Greta related. On another note, holy absolute crap the La Vag crew are good at this. They are getting to be better and better sailors in addition to making boat life with a baby somewhat interesting, which is an amazing feat in itself. I love that YouTube has led to the emergence of amazing people like the La Vag gang and Abom79. It's just awesome and my family's TV has not been turned on since sometime last spring.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    To misappropriate the vernacular of my teenager, that video is a work of remarkable cringeyness. I do wish them the best though. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants there to be an entertaining series of close and fast sailboat racing in culturally interesting and wind-appropriate locations, more modern than 18 foot skiffs but also financially sustainable and which occurs more often than the AC. I still think the M32 series that Mr Clean commented for in Scandinavia was awesome and with the right venues and more crew experience SailGP could be even better. But how to get there????
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    we call bullshit

    5X-MOANA DESTROYS SAILGP using only SCREENSHOTS!!! This does support the hypothesis however, that you can have a lot of viewers on a channel involving a multihull. And a baby. Although Riley and Elanya's baby is perhaps cuter than Larry and Russel's baby. Seriously though, Formula1 used these billion people numbers and I thought it meant that was the combined total population of the countries where the broadcast was available. Which is not a terrible number to use if you want to talk about potential market share. Tech startups always talk about the size of markets where it's in principle better to compete in a billion dollar market than a hundred million dollar market. That's obviously a simplification but it's one people understand. In the era of YouTube this seems a bit pointless though, since now, 7 billion people can watch SailGP.
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    Don't worry, I watch Peter's videos. In case people here are interested in machining, Adam Booth, Abom79, is perhaps the most compelling manual machinist on YouTube, and Peter Stanton of Edge precision is doing some of the hardest CNC machining you will see there.
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    Agreed about practical jokes. They were, are and will be just annoying. This one was cosmically lame.
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    Being also in the medical field, on the research side, I can say, you wouldn't normally see a doctor doing a YouTube video about a specific case even with permission from the immediate family. If someone publicly shows patient data like images, it would be anonymized and we wouldn't know who the doctor is talking about. So I was thinking, "this is really weird" and sure enough, here we are. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go watch Tally Ho and Abom79 and generally other people who actually know what they're doing.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I don't think it's been pointed out here that shipping containers are generally made from Corten and painted, so at least for a salt environment that's not submerged, it works pretty well.
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    conversation starter

    I am naive in the yacht area, but I have this suspicion that there are a great many more modern craft that are a great deal better than many of the yachts on this list. Eg the J-boats, of which there are none here, and what about boats like the Pogo 12.5 or Boreals? Perhaps the readership of Cruising World is demographically biased somehow? Perhaps the question they actually answered is, "What are the best sailboats from the era when serious professionals and successful small business owners could reasonably afford a 30-40 foot yacht?"
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I just read through several pages to get caught up, and I have to say this is a great thread. It's very efficient to get all the interesting channels with comments, in one spot!
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    Spindrift 2 2019 Jules Verne attempt

    Are you *&#%+!$ kidding me?
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    The Zombie Fleet

    Wherever it is it involves successive waves of Scandinavian and Hippie settlers.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    This is Lund right? If not there is something in Lund just like this and I recall thinking of posting on this very thread when I was there in August.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I did spend some time analyzing the dabbing seagull. Unfortunately I think it's actually two seagulls with the tail of one in the foreground. What an odd photo.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Just popped in for the first time since Monday and I have the say the thread is in just tip top form. That poor woman with the 50' ferro, given the state of the yard I'd hate to see what her busy husband was otherwise doing. Anyway, great job everyone...
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    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    MACIF must be in their own little wind hole. Actual Leader has made up great ground on Gitana