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rule69

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In Topic: Team New Zealand NZL-82 Hula Design & Breakdowns

22 April 2014 - 06:00 PM

TNZ boat was built very light, spec'd to the normal historical wind strengths expected for the time of year the finals were held. That year was an El Nino (or El something) which caused the wind to be much stronger than normal/expected. Had the series been sailed in 8-12 knots the story could have been much different.

That is the most implausible story I've heard all week.


In Topic: Surface supplied air diving

21 April 2014 - 09:29 PM

I once read about someone that got a compressor for about $150, put a T fitting on the end with a checkvalve, and stuck one end of the T in their mouth. Total cost under $200. Safety - not so sure.......

In theory a tee should work. Stuffing the hose into a snorkel with a valve works (though it could be hard to see through the bubbles). It's even possible to just stick the hose in your mouth and let the excess air bubble out. I pass no judgement on the wisdom of any of those ideas.


In Topic: Surface supplied air diving

21 April 2014 - 01:33 AM

:unsure: Did someone up there say they were running a 12V breathing-air compressor while running the boat engine to provide power?  Sounds like a good recipe for carbon monoxide poisoning...

 

BTW: I've seen kids in Mexico harvesting shellfish on really questionable-looking hookah rigs, and we could smell the weed the "tender" was smoking from clear across the water.  I wondered if there was a bong built right into the rig...

Potential rotary oscillator, body interaction: bad. 


In Topic: Ridiculous Mistake, Ridiculous Punishment

20 April 2014 - 08:41 PM


 


Rule69: more people play organized (American mis-spelling for yoru benefit) American Football in the States than go sailing [sail in organized races in the States]? doubtful - any proofs? or is that again just "hearsay"

If my google-fu is on: youth leagues have about 3.5 million active players, there are about 1.3 million high school players (more than any other HS sport), about 100,000 play college football, and a couple thousand play in the NFL. USsailing reported 42,119 members in the last annual report.
The number of players not in the NFL, still playing after they have left college would be a better comparison.

Why?

 

It wasn't my example and it's a bad example.

 

However, I think when you start going down that route you'll need to include all the off the field players. Coaches are a big part of the game and there are a great many of them. Also, the comparison with the "beer can" race is going to be the pick-up game. Again, we're not in the same orders of magnitude of participation.

 

Sailing just isn't anywhere near as popular as football in the USA. Football doesn't have anything like isaf or USSailing.

 

I prefer sailing to football, I know a lot more sailors than football players and I don't have any existential problem with ISAF.

 

My point is that the comparison with football in the US doesn't provide any quantitative support for the need for central governance. The assertion I posted to correct was that American football couldn't have different rules for the NFL and college. But the fact is they do have different rules.


In Topic: Ridiculous Mistake, Ridiculous Punishment

19 April 2014 - 06:07 PM

Rule69: more people play organized (American mis-spelling for yoru benefit) American Football in the States than go sailing [sail in organized races in the States]? doubtful - any proofs? or is that again just "hearsay"

If my google-fu is on: youth leagues have about 3.5 million active players, there are about 1.3 million high school players (more than any other HS sport), about 100,000 play college football, and a couple thousand play in the NFL. USsailing reported 42,119 members in the last annual report.