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      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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  1. Just faired my keel

    I’m working on fairing my keel on my Santana 20. But some areas were taken down to bare fiberglass. So so my questions are: do I need to repaint the keel? Can I race with bare glass? (It is going to be dry sailed next year.) Should I paint it with a VC racing bottom?
  2. Leeward gates are becoming more and more common, and are already ubiquitous in most big regattas, but as far as I know race committee's don't have a best-practice for setting them, especially for asym boats and other fleets sailing hot angles downwind. Can anyone make suggestions on good resources or give their own two cents? I've always assumed 6-8 boat-lengths is a good standard, but in practice, that can be ~200 ft for a J/80 fleet. This seems very large and prone to error, and so I'm writing to ask on theory, but considering boats like A-cat's, 80's, Vipers, etc. Thanks, Niko
  3. GRAND DADDY'S AXE Freedom is a 40 year old 8.5 catamaran which has had some serious mods and upgrades over the years. Still capable of footing it with modern 8.5 cats this year we had an epic coastal classic with top speed of 20 knots plus. what an awesome race. full race video here
  4. Ok. Here is a shot story about my first offshore racing experience. It was difficult to choose race because of the standart long distance 600nm. A lot of people said that it's boring. Who knows if I don't like first 100nm how can I get out at last 500nm. That's right I will not be able. So I need smth shorter. Some research and I've got a link for "Offshore Challenge 2017" which was organized by Offshore racing club of Austria and Croatian sailing federation. The place was not so far. It was Adriatic sea. I have to fly app.4 hours. The distance was shorter and interesting. It was a half of the standart race. I mean 300 nm. Moreover it was a break for a day at the middle of the race. So, there are 2 rounds measured by 150 mn. We sailed from Biograd-na-more to Dubrovnik and then go back. The first round was exciting with fresh wind 15-20 knots blowing in our course. So we sailed broadreach or deadrun all the distance. Some times wind changed direction rapidly up to 30 degrees and it was nice practice of sttering with spinnaker. To the end of the race at last 4-5 nm all wind dissapeared because we get into the land shadow at night. So race became ordinary inshore distance. All the other story was awasome. The second distance was passed on a half and wind was ended at all. So how was good anyone we don't know by tracking system. But I suppose that such calm conditions make officers to cancel results of the second stage. Anyway, here is the second race of the Offshore Challenge 2017:
  5. Next year I will be moving to either Chile or Argentina and I was wondering about the racing scene there. I know the soto 40 used to be hot, and there is some irc racing but i cant find that much information on the current state. Does anyone here know of specific regattas or hotspots? I'd like to keep sailing on a fairly high level if possible. My spanish is decent enough btw.
  6. New job has a Seattle based office. I'll be spending some time out here. Looking for opportunities to crew in local PHRF or whatever the local scene is and make connections. I've crewed Stars since college, sailed in 3 Star Worlds. Sailed dinghies in college. Good sailor, not much time on larger boats.
  7. Hey buy an ad!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pearson-Ariel-/162674010642?hash=item25e0206a12:g:tFMAAOSwpDBZjKUf&vxp=mtr So last year I raced this boat and came in last, this year we did much better. This is my first boat, but she's gotta go so can get something a little racier (which would be anything). Any suggestions for my next boat, I'd like to spend around 15k. The family isn't into sailing so not too worried about creature comforts, light air performance a big plus, I really like Hobie33's what is similar? or do i just buy an old J boat of some sort? Sailing is in Chesapeake Bay. Racing was the smartest thing I could have done to become a better sailor, its really been enjoyable.
  8. So with the worlds coming up in Annapolis at the end of the month who is in with a shot at the title? What kind of conditions will Annapolis deliver at the end of September?
  9. Looking to crew - NYC area

    I've raced mostly shorthanded offshore over in Europe, mainly in Sweden and Norway and to some extent France and Ireland. Also lived in Sydney for a while and sailed a 49er. I've done a few of the classic European offshore races, including Fastnet. Have lived in NYC a couple of years now and looks like I'll be here for another while so would love to get back out on the water for some racing, the closer to NYC the better, but have a car so up for a bit of travel. Happy in most positions, shorthanded or fully crewed. Have experience from 49er, Mini Transat, Class 40, First 34.7 and others. Let me know if you're looking for crew and let's have a chat! Cheers, Nick
  10. So I am a big fan of Dinghys such as the Laser Bahia, Sport 14 and Wayferer (and on occasion Redwings). I love the feel of racing through the waves in Boats bigger than Fevas and Topaz. We have a decent number of sailors in the Handicap when racing at my club. However occasionally I don't have a crew when I am supposed to go out. So my question is: Can you sail a Bahia well by yourself? (eg would furling the jib and maybe reefing work). (I do have a plan to singlehand one in a few days in 20knot winds, call me crazy but any useful suggestions would be appreciated)Thx -Note if anyone has experience in other boats that are roughly the same size, pls feel free to give me some advice.
  11. Hi everyone, with numbers more and more declining for the major events all over the globe, I was wondering what makes people attend races? I want to do a survey on this and want to include different factors to better understand how strong these factors influence the decision to drive to an event. So first of all, I try to identify the most common factors and was hoping that you would give me your thoughts on this. So far I was thinking of the following factors Distance to Travel Average Wind Speed at Event Venue Expected Fleet Size Number of Groups (Divisions) Expected Weather (Air and Sea Temperature) Entry Fee Sea vs. Lake Venue Event Integration Event Importance (National, Continental, Worlds, Series) Hotel/Accommodation Costs Any other factors that come to your mind? Any help is really appreciated. As I plan to send my insights to ORC to help them improve race planning, any support might help us all having better attended events in the future. Cheers!
  12. Handheld Color GPS

    We race our Melges 24 in a beer can series. They have given a number of government marks references (A, B, C, etc) and then post the course as A B C A , for example. So I want to name waypoints, then create a course. I have an old Garmin eTrex Legend (https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/173#specs) that is black and white with a tiny 160x288 pixel screen that does everything we need, except it is too hard to read. What is a color handheld GPS with a bigger screen suitable for sailing use? We'd want it with coastal charts included, with the option for inland lakes. A 3 or even 4" screen would be great. TIA
  13. The Pulse 600 Saved My Life

    Well, the new trimaran by Corsair saved my sailing life anyway... In short, I found myself without a fleet in my early 40's asking the question "what's next?". I learned to sail at age 7. I won my first national championship at 11, was a four year letter at USMMA with a few national titles in hand by graduation in 1997. After college, like many others, I continued to sail lasers and V15s though many of my fellow collegiate sailing competitors went into full time Olympic campaigns. I qualified and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 & 2008 to showcase how much better the full time campaigners became over the years. For my personal fleet, I traded usage of an S525 for a J22 along the way and raced it for 13 years. I ended up with a J30 that my wife and I enjoyed overnight cruising on but now with three kids, two boys 9 & 6 and a girl now 3, the contentment and solice the J30 brought my wife and I does not quite do it for all of us. One day about three years ago, the owner of the J22 Green Flash called requesting his boat back. We originally traded boats because we were both moving simultaneously, I left my boat where it was in Port Arthur for him to use, he left the J22 in Houston for me to use. Sadly, I delivered Green Flash back to Port Arthor and the two of us decided I would donate the S525 along with some cash from him to the sea scouts. I looked around for a new fleet and was not pleased with the state of the sailing world. It was the new age of the handy sport boat with new fleets popping up every six months. I went to a regatta that had 8 fleets of sport boats under 30 feet none of which had more than 6 boats and I could only think "this could be an awesome regatta with 50 boats on the line but instead it is a whole bunch of mini-regattas going on simultaneously, yipee, what is wrong with this picture?". I had no intention on waiting for one fleet to take over the others which may take years and didn't care to buy a boat that propaganda dictated "that's where the competition is going." Watching the sport get stretched so thin was depressing and, frankly, I just wanted to go sailing again, have fun and go fast. After much research, I bought the Corsair Pulse 600 last spring and can't say enough good things about this boat. I have raced it with my family of five, single handed and with an experienced crew or two . I have hit 25 knots with three experienced crew and I have returned to port at 19 knots with my 6 year old attempting to do flips on the windward trampoline. One Friday afternoon, I left the office, splashed the boat left the dock at 2:45, went sailing came back put the boat away and left for home at 5:07 after logging 21 miles of blasting around Galveston Bay in my button down shirt and slacks. For the first time in a long time, I am excited about just going out for a sail. The boat is fast while staying within the envelope of control and comfort. Over the last year I have had the opportunity to push the limits of the Pulse 600 and have become more pleased with my decision to purchase it each time. The boat rounds up when it should and plows through pitch-pole situations just as the designers intended. It weight 992 lbs rigged and trailers at 90 mph with no problem. You can take my word this boat is fast and easy or check this out this fast replay of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Rum Race #2, an 11.3 mile, staggered start with fast boats starting last and everyone theoretically finishing the triangle course at the same time. TEAM AMERICA 142 is the green track leaving the dock when the first boat is rounding Mark #1. https://www.facebook.com/chadtroywilson/posts/10213254384977377?notif_t=like&notif_id=1497797056038278 And a first attempt of some on board footage, admittedly not the best but it doesn't suck either So the message here goes to all those Anarchist who may be contemplating suicide of their sailing life, THERE IS HOPE and it is the Corsair Pulse 600.
  14. Viper 830 vs pocket rocket 22 vs melges 24 vs martin 243 vs martin 241: Where I race it's generally light conditons for 9/12 months but during the winter racing season it's 20+ knots. Any suggestions on a good all round sport boat that can race in both conditions.
  15. Platu 25 setup

    Hi everyone, My brother and I recently bought a platu 25 (beneteau 25 platu). It's a really nice and fast boat to sail. When we bought it, we asked the yacht broker if they could rig the mast. We're now sailing clubraces and we are not getting the real speed we should get. Of course we need to get a little more feel for the boat, especially after 8 years of skiff sailing and this being our first keelboat. But we also got the feel the rig setup (shroud tension etc.) is not exactly a race setup. Also besides rig setup, we're still working on optimizing sail trim and of course sailing with the spinnaker. Does anyone have tips or advice on how we need the setup for our platu 25 to be and racing the boat in general? Coen de Nooijer
  16. Racing and Commercial Traffic

    As I have mentioned before I am fairly new to racing, but yesterday we had something interesting occur (at least to me). We race near the Craig hill Channel in the Chesapeake and yesterday with a bunch of boats approaching the first mark (gov't channel buoy) there was a large Cargo ship going north and a tug/coal barge going south passing each other close to said mark. A number of our boats were approaching or rounding the mark at that time. I got 5 blast even though I wasn't in the channel, nonetheless we tacked. Post race one of the guys said he had moved to channel 13 and found that the tug wanted to go outside of the channel to give the Cargo ship more room. None of us knew that of course but these guys were pissed, taking down sail numbers and boat names to report to CG. So couple of questions for my knowledge , should RC have known to switch to 13 for a few minutes size up the situation, switch back and forcefully instruct us to make room, or is it just what it is (from my vantage no one was dangerously close to this traffic). There is now a worry that our club is going to get an earful from the c.g. Can the coast guard prevent our racing if they concur with the commercial traffics frustration ( I am assuming hell yes they can). Anyways, the tug wanted to go outside, and we were completely in his way for that (but we didn't know intentions in realtime).
  17. Hi all The missus and me have both been doing a lot of dinghy and small keel boat racing in our youth, during our study years we've been limited to do some long distance racing in our 30 ft cruiser. We are now considering to buy a dedicated one design racer either j/70 or melges 24 to race with old friends, so here comes the question: How competitive is the older (90'ties and early 2000) melges 24's compared to the newer ones, only considering hull and maybe spars?
  18. NOODS CANCELED - PARTY ON

    Well....NOODS Have been cancelled due to this Gale/Rainstorm in Annapolis. However, even with A over AP, rumor has it tent party is a go. Question though, who gets bragging rights? First to the bar??
  19. Hello everyone. My company once planned to get into competition and they bought ORMA 60 hulls and mast. As we changed our strategic plans, they are now for sale. Any ideas how to sell something so particular ? Amazon won't work They are based in the north of France.
  20. New #3 sail problems

    How does this foot round look for my new #3 racing sail designed for the Chesapeake Bay?
  21. Come on, Come all You are cordially invited to Beaconsfield Yacht Club, which will be hosting this year's J24 Canadian Championships, form July 20 - 23, 2017 To resister for the regatta, please visit:http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13994
  22. Can anyone steer me to an insurance company that covers sailboat racing in the US inexpensively? 'Normal' insurance companies (AAA, State Farm, Allstate, etc.) will insure my boat for sailing but will not cover me for racing, and as I will only race a couple of weekends in casual PHRF races each year, I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on racing insurance as it is something I will do so rarely. Any advice? SailNick
  23. Hello, Minimum Requirements 35yrs and younger, must weigh 180 pounds or less. Ideally this is what I'm looking for. I want someone that already knows how to sail. A College Sailor that is Skilled sailing a Dingy would be great. Sport Boat experience dealing with an asymmetrical sail also helps. Some experience on the Bow and willing to be trained. Is excited about working on the Bow!! Is willing to be dedicated to a Reasonable Race Schedule. I'm not interested in teaching anybody how to sail so if you don't know don't apply. We sail out of Milwaukee Yacht Club and mostly race on Saturdays. We do travel with the Boat and have Raced Key West, Chicago NOOD and J/88 North Americans in New York this fall. Key West 2nd, Chicago NOOD 3rd and not so good in the North Americans. Lots of mistakes! 2017 we will travel to St Pete to do the St Pete NOOD and maybe another race if possible. Colors Regatta, Chicago NOOD. Possibly the 2017 NAs'. 2018 we will start with Key West and work the program north. We sail with our friends and have lot's of fun, while been successful on the race course. We like to goof off a lot too! Please contact Tod tgit10@gmail.com
  24. PHRF or ORC

    So here in the Annapolis - Chesapeake sailing area, class racing has just about all been a PHRF rating system. Which I may say most racers have become accustomed to; however there are the many squiggly guys out there that are really catching on to ORC. I am sure this has been reviewed on one of these forums, but I'd figure it was reasonable to bring the subject back around do to the many racers that necessarily have not done so well in their class; are causing an uproar for an established ORC rating system in the area. To myself, I see both pros and cons on either rating. What do you say eh?
  25. Our particular racing is a bit off the normal for "ocean racing" but there's not a forum for "Big Old Boats Thrashed Slowly Around Buoys" that I could find, and the gear/software that we use is common to "Ocean Racing" so here we are. We do 3-4 mile beer cans with 3-4 guys on a yawl, in a 200 meter wide tidal estuary with 20+ boats milling about on a Wednesday night, and follow up on weekends with 10-15 mile races on the SFBay. That's one to tail, one to grind, one to steer/main/mizzen and if there's 4th to be foredeck. On a good night we don't hang up too many tacks, but there's nobody free to poke buttons on the instruments, so getting them into some vestige of an automatic sequence would be ideal. On weekends, some times my wife is available to "navigate" but not always. Seeking advice on how to get best use of the tools before/during race by setting up before the warning gun, I can do the post analysis well with Exp. Pre-start: tracking shift periods, and TWD/TWS is pretty straight forwards, and we've the Oakland inner harbor tide station as a resource to EXP. Not sure if there's a similar resource to feed the H5000/Zeus2 with currents/tides (have CMAP) Start: Line: We use a combination of ATON, Fixed reference and dropped buoy/committee boat so one end is known and the other can be "pinged" during the milling about. Timer: Been experimenting with GFD vs Zeus2 display of countdown, and using "Start" vs timer displays, So far the crew seems to be able to obstruct all choices equally well. Not figured out how to have the GFD/Zeus2 roll over from start to "sailsteer" or other databoxes. Courses: there are 9 or so choices each for either beercan or "interclub" racing, we tend to use the paper course sheet for beercans as we find out the start at the warning gun, and without extra hands/ navigators have not tried to select from menus though, that might be worth 30 seconds. For Bay races, legs are long enough to enter in course. On Exp, I can retroactively set course and replay as needed, though not use the send mark features as it's on the chart table not in the cockpit. Race: given the orientation of the Estuary, sometimes our line is ridiculously biased and the first leg is a tight reach on Port. Other times its' a real beat. Given the lack of fingers to set displays trying to figure out what to have on the GFD (port and starboard cabin bulkhead, in easy view of helm) vs Zeus2 12" next to companionway. Have been experimenting with the "sailsteer" on GFD and augmenting with databoxes on Zeus, have not yet used Exp to display alternating channels on H5000/Zeus We have the gofree Wifi and can use an Ipad to remote the Zeus display the 8 feet from cabin bulkhead to wheel +/or Splashtop for Exp display, and if Ventus Pro i the magic, it's affordable. Things I'd like to have the tools do, but don't know how to, of if they are possible? Be able to pass the course selection, not just next marks to/from EXP/Zeus2 by menu, not SD card. Be able to synch start timer between H5000 and Exp (starting on H5000 triggers Exp) Display the EXP start/screen on Zeus2 (use the "video" ? ) Have the Zeus2/GFD roll over from start to upwind configuration either when the line is crossed, or at "N" seconds after the gun. Any suggestions other than get more crew and be able to use the tools as currently configured?