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    Caption Contest

    I think we can assume this is our PHRF sail now.....
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    prize givings

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    Cursing like a sailor

    Or as my wife likes to say: " there is nothing in this world that can't be solved with a good 'fuck'!"
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    Little Ensenada: Cool, or homo?

    Must not be cool - we din't hear about if from the ed. Oh he got 3rd & 11th out of 21. I get it.
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    Whatever happened to triangles?

    Public schools dropped geometry requirements, and now RCs can set square wing marks!
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    Blooper dimensions

    Call Buddy on Amante - he is the only guy who has flown one in the last 10+ years (and his guys that know/remember how to actually fly it, aren't spring chickens anymore)
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    This is critically important as the boats/loads get bigger. You normally have a strop holding the clew down. but now you only have a single reef line handiling both vertical and horizontal. and so need an extremely high load, non-stretch to be able to keep the clew low and back.
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    Not fun?!?

    This is the essence of sailing, for sure the essence of offshore sailing. Its where the big kids play. Yes, I agree its no 45-minute round the buoy in 8-12 kts Dago kind of stuff. The boats are fast and have all the latest toys, but its still seat of you pants sailing. Going through the design and build phases, picking the right strategies, managing the weather, picking the right sails, managing the boat and all its systems - this is sailing at its best!! (oh and crusing around the world at 26kts is not exactly sitting on the couch either) Looks like fun to me!
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    Velcro Or Slide on Main Clew?

    Velcro sucks to 'roll' on and off in and around the D-ring. Go with double strop material sewn with end loops, 3-4 inches shorter than boom circumference. then cinch with spare dyneema. Tight as you want, slides easily, comes on/off easily, doesn't wearout, and you don't have to deal with moving the clew all the way forward to mount on the boom.
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    Sailing electronics vs. Rating systems

    Simple - Imoca 60s use autopilots virtually full time as they are better than humans = that being said, the humans define all the speed elements - navigation, sail selection, keel angle, foil depth, etc. Drivers are a dime a dozen.
  11. Don't forget about the $450K Cal40!!
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    Wright Potter offshored?

    Grauniadangel asked me to handle since i had taken the pics....
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    suck my balls

    My daughters response to his comment would have been "I hear they look just like testicles, only smaller!"
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    Rules Question - 50.3 Outriggers

    Transpac races under ORR, which has specifically outlawed outriggers on the same side as the main boom. The stated reason is that there is a decided speed advantage (primarily for non-overlapping jibs that could use a 'spinnaker pole' even if a sprit boat) and that the VPP and measurement rules have not taken this into account - in other words, a rating loophole. They also stated the concern that masts may need to beefed up for the additional sideload the outriggers added that was not designed for on sprit boats. ORR will relook at the rating issue in 2020 to stay in touch with RRS and ERS.
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    custom shaped silicone

    Agreed - all sprit boats should be required to carry these.