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  1. after seeing the 'new' Anarchy on the front page, I wondered how much it costs to get a new boat for SD beercan: so I looked for FT10 rebuild costs - found some on SA from last year: SCANAS Super Anarchist Members 190 5,637 posts Location:Brisbane Interests:Water and Mud Posted February 23, 2017 Its worth single figures 5-6k 2nd hand alloy boom with rigging $1k 2nd hand set of sails $5k New sails $17k Rudder $3k Bottom job $3k That's still 35k on the cheap end with an alloy boom! Albeit with shiny bottom & sails. ---now compare that to current, ready to sail prices of $35-44K, and Scot got a nice deal given the sweat equity he put into it. And the fleet now has another viable race boat!
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    Pac Cup 2018

    AIS is good for 7 miles - hell, you can see that far. only good for knowing if a given boat is going faster/slower and higher/lower - not good for offshore navigation. Tracker delay makes absolute sense. Else, you know exactly what the weather is at a any position on the course - sure helps the guys behind make decisions that the guys ahead had to make on seamanship alone. Depends weather you want to play at seamanship (including weather management, fleet management, etc) or simply a live video game where everyone would follow each other.
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    How do you define bad crew?

    I don't go offshore without having taken the prospective crew member an an overnight - its amazing how quickly the turds shine an night. Get scared and want to shrink or drop sails, they cleat sheets, make a mess below, won't volunteer to clean up dinner or the bilges, won't go forward for jib changes, aren't on deck on time for sail or watch changes, etc. All the while boasting how they are gods gift......
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    When men were men.....
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    "Sailing is Hell" on 7/5 FP

    makes you wonder what the left did to cause such a hard turn to the right, I mean besides calling them all 'intolerables' a week before the election!
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    PredictWind vs Sail Flow vs Whoever - The sequel

    Synoptic scale, meso scale, and hi-res - pick which you need and don't be surprised if the others are wrong. If you don't understand these, pay Michaelsen to explain them.
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    Protesting other fleets

    Its simple - remind them that you are using the 'new' rule book where starboard has right of way over port!
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    GRIB File Sources

  9. As one gentleman stated, use a multi-number system - it can be done (at least for a 100nm straightline race): From the California Race Week Spinnaker Cup SI: 13 SCORING 13.1 Northern California PHRF Ratings will be used to calculate the corrected times using Time-on-Time scoring. 13.2 Either standard or downwind PHRF Ratings will be used. The rating used will be based on the following data observed during the race: Average wind direction calculated from hourly data reported from the following National Data Buoy Center buoys for the 14 hours after the first class’ starting signal. Each buoy’s average will then be averaged. Any individual observations that are missing will be disregarded. a.) Station 46026 (San Francisco) located 18NM West of San Francisco b.) Station 46012 (Half Moon Bay) located 24NM SSW of San Francisco c.) Station 46042 (Monterey) located 27NM WNW of Monterey Observed data from these buoys is available at www.ndbc.noaa.gov 13.3 Standard PHRF Ratings will be used if the computed wind direction is greater than or equal to 65 (degrees true) and lower than or equal to 245 (degrees true). 13.4 Downwind PHRF Ratings will be used if the computed wind direction is lower than 65 (degrees true) and greater than 245 (degrees true). You can then addin wind speed data if you wanted to. In the end, its horse for courses!
  10. So we have seen boats pulling the boom WAY above centerline, and doing just fine... so, can our sail maker friends give us the skinny: - is it driven by the large twists normally found in squaretops - does it require a different design than your standard phrf main - is there some upper limit - etc Lets get some real 'trickle down' from the pros!
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    275N Deckvest

    Christian is special so we must all be hacks so this is just "meaningless conjecture and guesswork" BUT, the new VOR Spinlock is speced at 170N. At 200#, you don't need the 275N and in fact i expect it to be so bulky that is slows you down for anything except drinking wine while motoring! Your call.
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    N2E Wx Thread- Could Be Interesting

    Mark - your advanced view may be coming into a sense of rationality. Current runs show , lets say, fast times. Fingers crossed the ridge holds.
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    N2E Wx Thread- Could Be Interesting

    Can you help us feeble minded how you see that on the GFS? I see some consolidating pacific highs and dwindling SW lows but i don't understand what you see as a possible storm. I would love to understand if you can help us.
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    Brian does have a point about seamanship, but the VOR world has moved on beyond pure seamanship - its now about sponsorship and shortish sprints and schedules that must be met. It is no longer about around the world seamanship like the Vendee Globe - so lets accept it and move on. This did remind of a conversation I had with John Jourdane. He stated he has probably broken more rudders and more masts in more oceans that anyone else (a dubious honor but might be true), but what he was most proud of was that he has never been towed in to a port by a coast guard - they may have been notified and were monitoring the boat, but he always found a way to get to land by the boats' and crews' ability. That being said, it's still a far cry from the requirements of a corporatized set of sprints the VOR has become. Different races - different requirements - different actions.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    ..and apparently spreader bases are moving as well (either one could have been the Vestas cause but we will unfortunately never know).