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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. "Sailing" v "Yachting"

    Anarchist Chris laments the lack of participation in non-yachting sailing. Fifty years ago when I sailed a Moth that I had built, our club was taken to try the new Laser. Even then it was heavy, slow and very uncomfortable compared to a Moth. It turned out the things don't even have a long racing life, yet they are the Olympic class still. After becoming effectively pro sailors in an Optimist and cutting off their life options, kids can graduate to punishing themselves on a Laser, and most probably not become a champion. This doesn't rate as fun with most people. The fact that you may perhaps be able to win a championship in a two year old Opti doesn't help. Chris has the idea: he sails an A class cat and an F18, I bet he has a ball. Most of us aren't up to a 49er, and even Frank Bethwaite's 59er for older people, although brilliant, died because it was too hard to keep upright, (I had one). Old scow Moths were a blast, modern foilers not an option for the average weekend warrior, although the Waszp (I have no connections) is promising. Could less emphasis on professionalism and winning and more on getting out and enjoying the real pleasure of sailing, in fun boats (and kites and windsurfers) bring back the numbers? Maybe the average punter is really stuffed, trying too hard to survive, to have fun any more.
  2. I am seriously considering an 1984 Olson 40 as my next boat. In the past I've sailed on smaller production boats and I owned Roger Swanson's Cloud Nine, a Bowman 57', for 3 years. I've done some significant offshore adventures on Cloud Nine and I sailed her single handed from San Diego to Monterey Bay. I discovered on Cloud Nine that I really love single handed sailing. I sold her due to not being able to convince my wife to sell the house and sail the world with me. I am now looking for a boat for myself that is bluewater capable and that will be fast, single handable, and within in my budget of $40-$75k. There is an Olson 40 on the market that is well set up for single handing by the previous owner who is a very experienced offshore single handed racer here in San Diego. I understand these boats can be wet and are weight sensitive, particularly in the bow. The interior is somewhat spartan when compared with my former boat but I am ok with this. As I said, this boat is for me. I'm hoping the community can provide some input on the bluewater capabilities of the Olson 40 and its potential as a boat for a circumnavigation, including a trip around Cape Horn. Over the next couple of years I plan to use the boat for sailing the Channel Islands, a potential Guadalupe Island race, and a trip to the Hawaii potentially via a Transpac campaign or just for fun. Thanks in advance for any thoughtful responses to this post.
  3. Discoverer Annapolis 18

    Hello Everyone! I have been looking to get into sailing for quite some time now and would like to get my first sailboat. I have never sailed before but am looking to learn/practice on this boat. Since I don't have much money or space, I was hoping to get a boat that could fit a few adults and be sturdy to take out on the ocean rather than starting with something small like a sunfish. I found one on craigslist, but have no idea if its a good buy or is a good boat. I have searched around a bit and read that it should be sturdy for ocean sailing and holds up well with time? https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/boa/d/sailboat-discoverer-annapolis/6401854656.html So far, I've learned that sails, ropes, and pulleys all need to be in good condition (not sure exactly how to tell) and that a jib is very good to have for sailing. What should I be looking for when I go look at the boat? Again, I am new to this but am excited to learn!
  4. Perfect, may build one myself.
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvMVMoS4btY&t=1s In preparation for going offshore in May 2018 I spend almost a month in Australia working on my new boat, getting more storage built in, a new mainsheet traveler system and finally I go sailing a few times to begin mastering my new vessel.
  6. Solent - Places to sail and eat

    May want to check this out... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ4WColMfEthv2ho0Sz-rpQ
  7. Solent - Places to sail and eat

    May want to check this out.... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ4WColMfEthv2ho0Sz-rpQ
  8. A friend called and said there is something unusual anchored in front of Marina T.A. Sailing russinan quarter ton with Shimshon and Boris. S/Y A, some chatter in Russian. Tell us what your inner designer and you sense of aesthetics have to say about it.
  9. My new Boat

    I find a very nice boat in Brisbane that ticks most of the boxes. I don't have much time though as I have a very busy month ahead. Photoshoots in Australia, France, Switzerland and Austria keep me very busy but its now nearly time to head back to Australia and check out the new floating home. I also weigh in on the Patreon topic. My basic point is that I dont expect a hand-out. I earn my money doing a job I love very much(photography) and I spend almost all that I earn on going sailing. Its my choice and I believe I have an enviable lifestyle and I personally am very satisfied. If people wish to support me through this platform then I am more than happy and I hope that in return they will be entertained and maybe even inspired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbp1GNpuQrU&t=5s
  10. Nacra 5.0 - Likely The Last Video Before The Lake Freezes
  11. I decide to sell "Lets Live"!!! A big decision but one that I made quite easily. I just want something a little faster and newer that I don't have to fix up quite so often. As so often happens with me, I had already met the buyer on a previous trip. His name is Russel, a Kiwi and a beginner in the sailing game. I am very confident that "Lets Live" will be a great boat for him, as she was for me the last 3 years. I agree to deliver the boat to him in Townsville. Along the way I stop at some pretty amazing places and have the best final leg. New adventures coming soon as I search for and buy my next boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aP-c-PivvQ
  12. Hi, Im new to this forum but I have an important question to ask those experienced in sailing/boating/etc. My new boyfriend, who owns and directs the biggest boat brokerage in the city, has recently been introducing me into the world of boating. It might sound kind of vain to ask such a question but I'm curious to know how much he is earning as I know we will be discussing it at some point and I want to be prepared. All I really know is that his brokerage sell all types of boats from simple boats to mega yachts.
  13. Nacra 5.0 Hot Dog'n In 10-15kts

    A wee bit of hot dog'n in 10-15kts. Enjoy... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWlPFKzIxTA
  14. When the boat breaks

    I set off from Townsville with the goal of spending a month in the Louiseiades then over to the Solomons.I didn't make it very far! A broken chainplate forced me to sail to Cairns for repairs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGfGpFdWafs&t=1s
  15. Hi, I'm a 31 year old single dad of a twelve year old daughter and I'd love to add sailing to our lives. It looks fun and I think I'd really enjoy it plus it would get my child off the phone and away from her tablet. What I'm looking for is advice on what to get. I live in the Chattanooga, TN area less than an hour away from the Soddy Daisy Lakes which is part of the Tennessee river which is where most of our sailing would more than likely be. I'm currently debating on getting an overnight sail boat with a cabin or just getting a day sailor at first to learn on and decide if it's something I want to pursue. Though I would love a bigger sale boat I would probably have to get one that can be pulled on a trailer because I don't think I'm okay with paying a slip fee, I can pay a boat off but a sip fee never ends. One question I have about getting a cabined sailboat that can be trailored is what's the bathroom situation, can any cabined sailboats small enough to be trailored have a head? If not what would be the alternative. Or am I better off sticking with a day sailor and if so what are your recommendations. For a day sailor I wouldn't pay more than $1,200, for a cabin boat I might go as high was 5 or 6 tops.
  16. Thanks Bob Perry

    https://youtu.be/Zr0nuqod7A8
  17. Musto LPX for offshore racing

    I'm doing Newport- Bermuda next year and was wondering if the Musto LPX GTX Jacket would be enough to get me there dry. I was thinking of doing an LPX Jacket with the MPX Trousers.
  18. Some sailing action from last Sunday. A great day for sailing and hanging out with friends. Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx3ucvEV7pI
  19. 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!
  20. So, some of you may remember my post over on SA looking for a "dirt cheap boat" I bought a Pearson 28, but it ended up having more serious rigging problems than I thought, and I sold it to some enthusiastic and apparently rich Vancouverites for a grand total of 650... $50 profit! Spent most of my money buying a Pearson 26 for $1200 that is in much better condition, by the name of Amrak. She doesn't have even an outboard, but has solid rigging and a half- decent set of sails. The interior is much better too, and this one has a heater (although it is kerosene :/) Oh, and I also now have a little cat.... she's a spiteful little shit, but I still love her. She was going my the nickname "Crack Kitty" in reference to her past life as a crack house rescue.... but I've renamed her "Mistral". She's been adapting well to the boat life, and loves to hiss at the local swan and prowl around the foredeck in the evenings. I'm thinking since I'm within a few hundred of being bankrupt, and don't have anything better to do, I'll head north.... to Haida Gwaii, maybe? I was gifted a survival suit that actually fits me, and nabbed a set of charts (albeit 1975 charts) from the Pearson 28 before I sold it; they cover all the way up the inside of Vancouver Island and almost to Haida. Just installed a battery today (another friendly gift from someone who was replacing theirs), and hopefully I can get the old depth sounder and VHF working at some point. I guess I need a solar panel or something to keep that charged I'd love to have a small outboard (Even, I guess, a 3 horse would push this along into a harbour or in a dead calm), but no such luck so far.
  21. AC45s For Sale

    America's Cup Event Authority is listing 2 x AC45s made by Core Builders in NZ. This comes with a tent, moorings, crane, shore handling gear and some spare parts (including North Sails sails). Each boat is currently packed in 2 containers in Bermuda; one for the hull and one for the wing. Please submit an offer in a direct message. Thanks for your interest and support of the 35th America's Cup.
  22. Want to crew on a boat

    I'm a 41-year-old male. Been traveling since the age of 17 I don't have any sailing experience. But, I'm eager to learn. I'm interested in joining a boat as a crew-member. Preferably something long-term (at least 2 or 3 months, but preferably up to 1 or 2 years) About me : born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. Been traveling since the age of 17. By profession, I'm a Software Engineer. Been doing this for 18 years now. I love nature. I love the outdoors. Most of all, though, I love to travel. I've been to a lot of places (a few times for work, but mostly for fun and sight-seeing). I've been all over North, South, and Central America, Europe, China, India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korean, Singapore, Japan, and Australia. I am also yet to explore some a few other places in Asia, but that's in the works My second-favorite hobby is cooking. International cuisine is my passion. I love to be creative in the kitchen. :=)) My favorite cuisine is Asian. In particular, Thai and Korean (last year, I spent 3 months in Korea, learning how to cook their dishes. I couldn't get enough of it :)) I speak 5 languages: English, French, Russian, Finnish and Spanish.
  23. Sailing and fitness

    So back in the days there was, and to some extent still is, the idea that sailing isn't a sport, because it doesn't require real fitness. Obviously especially dinghy sailors knew that this wasn't really the case, although the training that was required to be an Olympic champion in the 60s probably pales to today's standards. I feel that there still is a bit of the old stigma, that sailors need to prove that they're athletes and I think this is bad for the sport, Especially in the new foiling cats and many offshore boats, where instead of seeing and improving potential design flaws that would make the sailing easier, you kind of embrace the idea of having a super fit crew. In box rule boats, this is probably harder to fix ...And also would I want to hear stories about past champions who were super unfit and lived very unhealthy, just for nostalgia......
  24. 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.
  25. 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.