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  1. Hobot was kept on a drug that put a protective layer over the ulcer yesterday and last night. The bleeding has been stemmed. He was taken off the respirator this morning. However his blood pressure keeps going up and down, and his doctor said this is because of Hobot's worry and stress for Hope, his daughters and any and everything else. The doctor asked Hope to come in and see him, to hold his hand and help relieve this stress. Hope will be gowned and masked like the nurses to do this. They will allow his daughters masked and gowned in succeeding days to visit him as well. Hobot is now puttin
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  2. Two days ago, Hope was gowned and masked by the nurses to help with his care to relieve his stress. Yesterday Hope returned to the hospital in the morning early to stay with him and help the nurses care for him. They will allow his daughters masked and gowned in a few days to visit him as well. He is now putting whole sentences together when speaking. The doctors are still confident that he will continue to improve. There can be more possible set backs. However, hoping for the easiest and best outcome.
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  3. Hobot is off the ventilator and they pulled the intubater. He's working a bit to breath, and will till he gets stronger. On the road, pulled over now, will add more details after I get home.
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  4. Alden had the hull and deck of my boat cast in fibre glass in the UK in 1959-60. Hallmatic shipped the hull and attached deck, along with a thick roll of blue prints, to the Poul Molich boatyard in Denmark to be finished. There, along with the cockpit, interior, spars, the Danes built my house 60 years ago. When I bought the boat, the house was already 40 years old. I was an experienced home builder but I didn't know much about these houses. We sailed it every season but the house was showing some battle scars after 40 years. Christened in the Great Lakes, it made it's way to the Bahamas
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  5. I do all I can Mike, and can only wait for Hope to call, after I text her. Hope finally called a few minutes ago. Hobot's blood pressure fell last night, and they had to find out why and what was causing the blood pressure to fall. They gave him two units of blood to bring the blood pressure up. They found two stress ulcers that we're causing the blood loss, but didn't say where, but possibly his stomach. They've got him hooked up to a third unit of blood right now. When this came down last night, they brought in all the specialist doctors, doing what they could do to determine the b
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  6. It appears as if Hobot is on the road to recovery. He's propped in his hospital bed up and alert, cutting it up with his nurses. He's also being combative with one of his doctors a tall blonde Doctor who Hope says looks like a Barbie Doll, walks around on air, and has total disregard for everyone beneath her including Hope, and ignoring her questions. The one doctor who is down to earth, whom was Hobot's primary care doctor, whom Hobot gets along with. Whom with the nurses was responsible for saving Hobots life, along with the vascular surgeon who clamped off the veins leading to the blee
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  7. I want to thank all the amazing people I had the pleasure to meet here on Sailing Anarchy during this America's Cup. It's a huge list. Brits, Irish, Kiwis, fellow Italians, French, Dutch, Americans, Canadians, Brazillians, Germans, Aussies and the rest of the world. I got richer in meeting you guys. Let's keep in touch! If by any chance any of you come to Italy, I hope we can meet for a good glass of wine and a dish of pasta.
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  8. Just received from Bermuda: Hello and a big Congratulations all the way from BDA, Emirates Team New Zealand has done it. Great ending to AC36. I will miss the sights and sounds of New Zealand on the television. I'm typing this at 2:33 in the morning here in Bermuda watching the celebration. Never in my life have I seen such a celebration. Enjoy the celebrations and hope to chat again soon. Congratulations New Zealand! ALL THE BEST ALL THE WAY FROM MyislandhomeBDA!!! Jason
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  9. Hope called this morning, and Hobot continues to improve. They've stopped giving some meds required to help, while starting other drugs that have proven effective in the march toward recovery. As his breathing and oxygen retainment have continued to improve, the respiratory therapist who works with the nurses, has disabled parts of the respirator including removing the extra tube and funnel shaped device from his mouth, which help with breathing. The respirator may be removed as early as Tuesday, and possibly as late as Wednesday. His kidneys are getting stronger too, but he may still require
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  10. It’s a broad reach, the boat is in the groove and trucking nicely, we’ve more than enough horsepower. I hear a faint ‘pressure’ and bear off another 5-10 degrees, well at least I think so as its so bloody dark I can’t see the masthead and some numpty is standing in front of the compass again. Out of the darkness to windward I hear a sail start to flog then faint shouts of alarm before an awful tearing sound. Then the gust hits, the TWS jumps from 15’s to 20, then 22-23 and the wind goes forward. The boat heels another 10 degrees before converting the energy into go-forward mode and then just t
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  11. The least I can do. Thanks for the well wishes and condolences. Just got off the phone with Hope. Hobot is improving but he's not out of the woods yet. Hope will be doing a virtual call tonight and share this thread with him. The nurses said she can call at anytime, even in the wee hours of the morning. Hope says the nurses are working hard to do everything for him day and night, to help with his recovery. The nurses will be attempting to roll him onto his back, to keep the lungs from filling with fluid. He's both being intubated and on the ventilator.
    19 points
  12. One guy I really take my hat off to is Dan Bernasconi. When the concept of a large, fully-foiling monohull was first promoted I was sceptical. I figured that the power required to get up on foils would be high but that at least a wing sail could provide that power. To then learn that a double-skin soft sail would be used made me even more sceptical, but I acknowledged that if they pulled it off then it would a huge advance in sailing technology and capability. To have now achieved what Dan set out to do puts him up there with any of the great yacht designers. In fact, what he
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  13. I copped a fair bit of flack for having a go at you Mozzy. As someone who was a content producer I take copyright very seriously, and even litigated more than once to protect my own content. That said, I unfairly maligned you, and do take it back, and sincerely, and unreservedly apologize.
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  14. RIP. He served his country and the extended Commonwealth until his dying day. Never complained about it and just got on with it. As a British citizen I will mourn his passing with respect. Clearly too difficult for some ignorant idiots to achieve on this thread.
    17 points
  15. Got a text from Hobot on the 18th after I messaged him on the 16th to ask when and if Scot was going to restore the Random pic thread. Hobot's reply, " I've been really sick over the past 10-12 days. Quit eating food and barely could drink liquids. Got completely dehydrated." I replied,"WTF!" Hobot replied, "I'm in the hospital now at Swedish in Edmonds. Turns out I have COVID-19. Can you please come visit." I explain, "Hospitals don't allow visitors with COVID-19 spreading like it is." Hobot replies, "That must be why Hope(his partner) hasn't visited." I ask, "Ho
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  16. In the last year my physical condition has gotten to the point where I can't really do much of anything short of existing. I can walk, but only for a short distance and then I have to rest and anything beyond a hundred yards just isn't possible, no matter how long I rest. Simple tasks leave me trembling like I did after doing muscle failure PT back in my Army days. So what's a guy in his not so golden years to do? Well, as long as I mostly sit at my computer all day I decided to write a blog. I have always like to write but I also can be lazy, so other than a few false starts I never
    16 points
  17. Ha ha. There is a little anchorage on the West Coast of Scotland, Ardinarmir. At the head of the inlet there used to be a lady (long time ago) who lived in a croft (small holding) I seem to recall her name was Irene. Anyone who anchored there was, by tradition expected to go and sign her visitors books - she had volumes of them which i understand are now held in the Clyde Cruising Club archives. One day a chap took his boat in there and went to sign the book whereupon she informed him his boat used to be blue. He countered that he had had it several years and it had always been white. A couple
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  18. Hobot's oxygen was reduced from 90% yesterday to 70% last night to 40% this afternoon, so he must be close to getting off the ventilator. They are still saying he's not out of the woods yet, but Hope noticed Facetiming with him, his color has returned. They rolled him from his side onto his back last night, but he hasn't slept on his back for four years due to bad hips. Even sedated they were able to see his discomfort, and now roll him side to side every half hour. He's being fed via a tube into his mouth. The nurses according to Hope are actively busy with his care and mo
    15 points
  19. Bravi Kiwi, deserved victory. We fight at our best but it was not enough. I congratulate to all of you (except Mrs Tina Symmans of course ). I hope you will continue to honor the legacy of the America's Cup and your competitors also in AC37, and I'm sure that all the rumours we heard about a DoG challenge is simply not true. Orgoglioso di Luna Rossa. Potevamo quasi vincere anche con un pizzico in meno di velocità. Grazie ragazzi!
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  20. But we are talking of the upwind leg here. The following picture is soon after the possible crossing when instead both boats did the tack, LR going to left and NZ forced to right. You can see NZ entering the wind hole (buco di vento) that Bruni had saw and that suggested him to go to the left (read the wind values): But the zone of low wind was actually very small and NZ find themselves in more wind than LR, more than 2 kts at this moment the wind is still left, with slight more pressure on NZ Now the boats tack (on the lay lines) and the wind it b
    15 points
  21. Conn Findlay, 90, passed over the Bar on April 8. He was the best of shipmates. Conn, who rowed for USC as an undergrad and received his MBA from Cal Berkeley in 1956, was a four-time Olympic medalist, and one of the special few to medal in two distinct sports, winning Gold in rowing at the 1956 and the 1964 Summer Olympics, and Bronze in the 1960 Games. In the 1976 Olympics, Conn Findlay was on the trapeze for Dennis Conner to win a Bronze medal in the Tempest two-man keel boat . Unfortunately, with a Gold medal in reach, Conner picked the wrong side on the last weather leg and dro
    14 points
  22. I respect their rats. Let them abstain. Get everyone vaccinated who wants a vaccine, and open things up. Let Darwin sort the rest out.
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  23. Hope just called again for another quick update. Hobot's condition has been stabilized. They gave him drugs to stem the bleeding and to protect the ulcers from further - and the bleeding stopped. They put four units of blood in him now, and have a fifth unit hanging and ready just in case. They hope to get him back off the ventilator by tonight or tomorrow morning. They expressed confidence that he will get through this. Stay positive sailors.
    14 points
  24. Last I heard he was working as a pilot on the Suez Canal
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  25. TNZ - My first meeting with TNZ was in 2009 - I begain to work in 2010 - I have aneye on everyting on the boat but works part time because busy on other projects - I give ideas but it’s a lot of work, you have to develop it each idea - I like a small team because it’s efficient, we are even too many, lots of people coding, too many, we have to keep a global vision AC75 - One day day Ray Davis asks me to meet Howard Spencer, willing to get a fun 40 ft. - I design a foiling mono -
    14 points
  26. The happy conclusion of this thread is finally here! Just took her out on her maiden voyage in San Diego. Wonderful afternoon for a mellow shakedown sail; 4-6kts of boat speed in 5-10kts out of the South, which made for a good test of the Hoyt self-tacker as we worked our way out past Point Loma. It's so easy it feels like cheating. Downwind wing-on-wing is a breeze. "Ready about?" "Yeah sure - whatever..." No need for anyone to put down their beer or sandwich. It's the perfect boat for this use case and she moves really really well. Just our luck, a group on a Swan 40-something
    13 points
  27. He was a veteran and a sailor, counts for a lot in my book. Fair winds, Prince Phillip. Unless the person was truly, heinously, evil and malevolent, speaking ill of the dead is poor form. I don't believe that Phillip rose to that level. The good news is that nobody really cares what the graceless here think.
    13 points
  28. The only thing that sailor did wrong was not hit that abomination with enough boat speed to punch a hole!
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  29. I wonder if Hobot is feeling just a little relief from the tyranny of needing to keep the random pic moving forward. I too miss it, but I have nothing but deep gratitude for the Hobots efforts over all these years(!) and offer him a virtual standing ovation and certificate of appreciation for all the enjoyment he’s given us. Enjoy your rest, sir.
    13 points
  30. Here is the data from the last race, just for the record. No surprises, ETNZ clearly dominated both upwind and downwind: They've sailed some amazing apparent angles: For me the most remarkable is how ETNZ switched to a whole new level of performance within a few days. The two boats were matched pretty good on the first two days, and then ETNZ figured out something. They not only started to tack better, but somehow found an extra gear in straight line speed. I think this sums it up pretty well : What an amazing machine and a group of sailors / engineers who
    13 points
  31. By introduction, I did the opening post. I am South African. I am definitely not a Royalist. Under the British Empire rule my great-great grandparents and their fellow countrymen were put into concentration camps under atrocious conditions during the Boer Wars. More people died inside these camps than by enemy fire. I therefore would have plenty of reasons to knock the Royals. But I chose not to. I am also a keen sailor. Prince Philip was also a keen sailor. I can say that I have competed against him at Cowes Week in '85 and '86. I don't think he spotted me though! I can re
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  32. Philip Mountbatten, rest his soul. There was a story years ago, sailing at Cowes and Prince Philip on port tack. Starboard tacker hails. Prince does not alter course, sails on. Starboard tacker ducks and the skipper shouts out, "What, do you think you own the water!?!" The Prince shouted back, "NO, but my wife does!" Sail on Prince Philip.
    12 points
  33. https://www.facebook.com/1838775308/posts/10215733359767179/
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  34. Checco would probably be doing better if he didn't keep letting go of the tiller every time he tacked onto starboard dai cazzo!
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  35. Australia punches above its weight in many areas because it is a young country with a prematurely mature economy with an educated population built on a can-do culture with a big inferiority complex about the rest of the world. New Zealand punches way above its weight in many areas because it is a young country with a prematurely mature economy with an educated population built on a can-do culture with a big inferiority complex about the rest of the world and Australia.
    12 points
  36. I totally disagree. If Luna Rossa won 3 races so far, and almost other 2 that instead they lost by a hair, it was exactly for their good match racing tactics, strategy and good starts. Or do you think they did it because they have a faster boat? Or were they lucky by any means? If today the score were 5 - 4 instead of 3 - 6 for LR because of those two races, nobody could say that the score was not deserved. But they did one error in rounding the mark in a race (ETNZ did the very same error of falling off the foils but they were in the middle of the race course where it was more windy and cou
    12 points
  37. Now I know most ETNZ supporters think JS is a cock sucker ofthe highest order, ...his dickhead behaviour in SF pretty much cemented him as such. But (and it’s a big BUT) it’s pretty clear now that it’s the team that has shaped him into the person he is today. In my opinion Oracle were a bunch of pricks, from the top all the way through to the boat cleaners...they thought they were bigger than the Cup and their behaviour was to act like wankers, basically from 2010 to 2017. To me LR have obviously instructed JS to act with dignity, grace and poise, to give praise where praise is due. To me it m
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  38. And on the 16th of January my videos weren't monetised. If you'd asked me in 2003 if I'd ever been to Portsmouth I'd have said no. Does that make me a liar in 2021? You accuse me of plagiarising forum members and the truth is I asked permission and gave credit as requested by the persons involved. You accuse me of not posting and just lurking. Again, not true, I've posted here more in the last two months than ever. You accuse me of passing off original content in here as my own, again not true. I never passed anything off as my own that wasn't. I show things that's have b
    12 points
  39. I made a little shrine in my kitchen for H & H, orchids, candles etc... No idea if Christian, Jewish, Pastafarian or other, but it seemed like the thing to do.
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  40. The Santa Cruz surfing and sailing communities lost a long time friend when Jim Foley died yesterday after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jim was the consummate waterman, an outstanding surfer and board shaper, sailor, boat designer, and builder who was always enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experience with anyone who was interested. Jim began his surfing career on rubber surf mats in 1950. By 1953 he and his father, Chuck, were building surfboards out of wood planks. Early on Jim was experimenting with shapes, materials, and construction methods. He
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  41. Indeed Russell quite so. Hobots keen eye for the compelling, the dynamic and the unusual has been an awesome gift for all of us. You know the owner of Frankie - Kim Bottles. I also met you, when I was the photographing Frankie at the School on a couple occasions when you were there, helping give insight to the deck mold and other construction details. I also got some photographs and may have got some video, of you streaking by us in our Ranger 33 the wee morning hours passing Comox on the approach to Cambpell River in 2018 R2AK. No we weren't racing, just taking a cruise up the insi
    11 points
  42. This just in from a beach village on the Baja Peninsula: Could someone here PLEASE let Hobot know that La Familia Mariachi just heard about this f'ng fuckasco.....and that the Nurse & Nursetta and I are all pulling for him?.....
    11 points
  43. Wonderful unique event. Congratulations to ETNZ and commiserations to LR. You can watch non-foiling boats any year. The TP52 circuit is televized and on You Tube videos. Go ahead and watch it and start a thread with like minded folks who cannot understand why the AC gets so many views for the boring foiling boats. The AC has always been about pushing the envelope with boat design. America herself was considered ahead of her time and unseaworthy by many. This is a design competition as well as a sailing compatition and the AC has broken so many boundaries and records it is unbeliev
    11 points
  44. Has anyone of you subscribed to this newsletter? https://www.sailjuice.com/categories/essential Today's issue: The AC75s are rewriting the rules of match racing in the America’s Cup. In today’s second match, one of the most bizarre yet thrilling duels in the 170-year history of the event, the Kiwis were their usual relaxed, methodical selves as they chomped down on the Italians’ lead on the first downwind leg. As Te Rehutai closed to just 60 metres behind Luna Rossa, Pete Burling and Co. threw the boat into a routine foiling gybe and promptly fell off the foils. Initially the
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  45. Or David Lynch. Twin Hulls: Water, Walk With Me. You expect to see, blurred out of their perfectly staged salon, Dennis Hopper huffing nitrous and crawling up to Nikki whimpering "Mommy mommy mommy." It is also possible they are simple, happy people and that we, less simple or happy, despise and distrust blithe spirits. "What are they hiding?" we ask. "Are they unmoved by the suffering in this world, or are they too stupid or self-involved to recognize it?" Perhaps there is nothing hidden, and they are living the life they want and that brings them joy. Their wake is reasonably cle
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  46. I just set up a go fund me page for Hobot and added a donation to get the ball rolling. Any donation no matter how small would be helpful and appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-mark-vraney?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR3C0V2T7OBysBjdNgRM1-wFYNOMscQ4hVv0jgpXN83iSDl1Bz-uGl07yxc
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  47. I've received notes and letters from friends in healthcare as well as from healthcare workers I don't know. The following are a selection of those notes and letters. 1)One a nurse anesthetist who said all last year they were, "cancelling elective surgeries that could potentially result in an ICU admission due to no ICU beds. Other hospitals are not even doing electives right now. This is a huge problem! Let’s put COVID aside for a second...not doing these surgeries alone is creating a HUGE backlog. After we get done dealing with COVID, we will then have to try to get as many of the
    10 points
  48. Nothing more to pass from Hope then Hobot continues to improve through the day. The latest text I just received > Hi Boomer, Hobot is the same, although he is starting to open his eyes. He is still heavily sedated. I will be checking with his nurse around midnight on how he is doing. Talk with you later. Hope
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  49. Strider. We know what's its like to be on the receiving end but LRPP can hold their heads high. I was fortunate enough to see the LRPP supporters when LR dispensed with the Americans and then the poms. They were loud in support for their team but the first to honor their competitors. These are the same young people who will be deeply disappointed today. They won my respect. If you ever come to NZ I will buy you a beer or vino and I am sure I will not be the only one Barnyb
    10 points
  50. Race 9 telemetry and video feeds are uploaded: https://ac36.herokuapp.com/map I've added course-VMG which shows how good the team has sailed the shifts. So you can easily see the 6kn VMG difference which lead to the lead change on the leg 5 of the last race.
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