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    Scooter: Deathmaster of the FT-10 class

    Is there a list of knots we are no longer allowed to use? I want to be sure not to offend anyone Too soon?
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    Marina Karen

    It would have been really funny if 'Karen' had tripped and fallen in the water in her rage!
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    Beer can racing - When to protest or not

    Frontier Justice - for the next race: - for the barger, well before the start take the offender up head to wind and stop him from him starting at all - when he complains, you know your response "its just a beercan" - same for the mark, just take him up to the point of stopping - and if he is ahead of you, cut the mark and take him out - again "its just a beer can race" It may take 2-3 races but he will finally get it (oh and you probably didn;t want him as a friend anyway)
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    Great 35-footers

    might be a bit pricey, but a great 35 footer!!!:
  5. But really, do these trumped up tornado cats really do anythig for sailing? A handful of pros move from one set of pro-only boats to another, and thats about it. the people that watch this are at best nascar fans. I really don't know anyone that cares that much - mean we all like seeing crashes, but after that... it is truly boring to watch. I have tested it with no sailors and after one 12 minute race, they are bored as well. For the pros, it provides them more dollars and artificially raised their expectations. And as for trickle down, really? moths are probably more avanced, ice boats are faster, TP52s do more real testing,....okay, for your run of the mill PHRF racer, yes the doubled sided mains have made a real in roads, but besides that..... So given all that, I don't really care and its not surprising that hardly anyone knows (or cares)
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    I have no problem with this as long as the ratings systems overassume the speed advantage and builds in the appropriate penalties (for sure to over penalize at the beginning). So if the megabucks teams want to announce they have outriggers, then they will have to cary the extra weight and windage, and hopefully for less net corrected times. (or you can play the game of using them and NOT announcing you have them- hmm, i wonder who that night have been). So you want to go faster on elapsed time? sure spend more bucks, but that spending should net to zero (or less in my book) on corrected time. There are lots of ways to spend an owners money (how many CodeX sails does North now offer?) The other option is to just limit sails - then the mega bucks groups have to decide if they want wide or closed winded sails on board as they won't be able to carry all of them. So bring it on, just penalize them appropriately, or more so.
  7. NYC is being hit so hard as they decided to delay shutting down by another week and a half after CA nd WA (and then left the restaurants open until the next Sunday night). Living on a prayer. And I would sure like to see an expose on the pandemic planning (or lack thereof) for the countries, states, counties and hospital systems - they all seemed to know this was coming from last year's WHO recommendations, etc, yet had zero capacity or supply chains to meet any of it
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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!