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  1. from another source: Sailing legend Bruce Kirby passed away July 18, 2021. He was 92 years of age. Bruce was a newspaper man in Ottawa and Montreal before he became a yacht designer. A competitive sailor in International 14 dinghies from age 15, his focus was on making the boats faster. After being beaten in a regatta at Cowes in heavy wind, he drew the Kirby Mark I on a piece of shelf paper. It was fast upwind in a breeze. He sold 30 of the Mark I. Untrained, Bruce began designing by observing. “I had a copy of Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design. If you can understand 50% of
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  2. It means that those of us who know what it means are old!
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  3. Can someone please explain to me why Shanghai Sailor is always able to have his posts slapped up on the Front Page? To be honest, his latest serving of pablum is nothing more than blatant propaganda for the PRC. International judges will find out quickly that participating in this “30 boat regatta” is going to cost them dearly. Anyone entering that hell hole of a country will need to be quarantined for 14 days AND are required to receive a jab of China’s miracle cure vaccine. A western vaccine does not count. I have done business in China for over 20 years, and I met my wife the
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  4. Please please bring the AC to Hawaii. We’ll hold the races off of Diamond Head in our usual 15-25 knot trades with our usual 3-5 foot close set swells. Which will mean that not a single AC boat designed since the 1970s could survive a single race. They’ll actually have to make functional ocean-going sailboats. Plus, the scenery will be terrific.
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  5. What sailor can resist watching another boat, sail into the docks? Coming in dead down wind with just the main up, is one way to size things up. Gives you a chance to look over dock space. You have to think quickly, you can't get downwind. The boat went onto a beam reach telling me, we're coming into the dock, under sail. Speed goes up on the reach. Think, think, think,.....Now? Tiller slowly to leeward, boat speed increases (you might want another start at this moment,...), but they're committed. You're in for it now. Might as well look good
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  6. It was a childhood dream to build my own boat and sail it across the ocean. One day I walked into an empty shed with a set of plans, a pile of foam and rolls of glass and resin. And I would picture the boat reaching into an anchorage after a trans-ocean passage. Finally did it at age 50-something.
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  7. A few notes- I was feeling sort of demoralized after yesterday's long motor and very lumpy trip around Cape May. Then, a family in an O'Day 35 loaded with gear pulled in next to me, also from Annapolis. They are really nice and the skipper does this trip every year (sails to NYC) he was full of good information. There's nothing special about them. If they can do it, I can do it. We compared forecasts and I told him my plans. He agreed that stopping in Sandy Hook is prudent. I've just finished checking out the engine after its long run yesterday. Everything is in spec. Time for a
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  8. Real kids are away so next best thing is to take your other kids for a sail.
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  9. Greg was the best shipmate one could ask for. I’ve known him for close to 15 years. We were both members of the Washington Yacht Club, (University of Washington’s student sailing club) and had joined around the same time. I first met him when I was taking one of the club boats to Duck Dodge (a popular beer can race in Seattle’s Lake Union) and needed somebody with spinnaker experience to help with the foredeck. I emailed the club list and he was first to respond, and I ended up racing with him almost every Tuesday evening for many years after that. He totally ruled the foredeck and helped us w
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  10. My strong opinion is that Churches of any sort should not have tax exempt status. Not Churches, MOsques, Synagogues, Buddhist temples or even 8 tentacle Vishnu god worshippers. Not even the church of the FSM. And in the meantime, Every religious org that engages in political speech of ANY kind should immediately lose that tax exempt status.
    10 points
  11. JFC - this is not the solution. Ragy people don't call rage hotlines when they are raging. The actual solution is so easy: 1) find countries that have the fewest mass shootings 2) copy their gun laws 3) enjoy fewer dead people
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  12. Some of us just want to build a boat. I spent 10 years building mine in the back yard, then sailed it around the world. Not clear to me whether the high point was finishing it, or sailing it 40,000 miles afterward. Life is short, so do what works for you. At the time I started building my boat, I couldn't afford to buy one to do the sailing I wanted to eventually do. A divorce had cost me my previous boat and every bit of cash I had. I had a house with a mortgage and a six-car garage, an old car, a 40' empty fiberglass shell in the backyard, my guitar, a Leica M4, and $300 in
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  13. seems like if you knew a tropical storm/hurricane might be headed your way it would just be best to remove all the sails/covers.
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  14. Yes the 50 is sailing and from the report I had from one of the design team who was there it is a stiff solid platform that sails very well . Sorry but have only received very few long distance photos as yet so nothing I can offer there other than these . Boats was doing 9 knots hard on the breeze in 12 knots of wind . Also seems the weight was overstated in the past by a significant amount . It's new light ship weight including rig and sails is 8275 kg as weighed by the owners rep. From the owner : Hey! Sail was BRILLIANT. As to where we are at , we have now sold 5 x Rapido 60's ,
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  15. Refugio and dolfinos
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  16. Our previous vessel TIOGA (IV) from the drafting board of K. Aage Nielsen. The family we sold her to visited us this weekend.
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  17. had this one fall into my lap this past week, a cosmetically rough but structurally sound pearson electra 22. this should be a fun little project. also if anyone has an old electra jib they'd like to unload. let me know.
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  18. Hi anarchists, a warm "moin" from north Germany! I would like to introduce you to a new member of the proa family out there in the world: Proasis! Proasis is an 9 m long shunting outrigger canoe with a comparable large windward hull for some accomodation (kind of drua style). She has a traditional Marshallese sail and an unique double-kickup rudder system. We have designed and built her as part of the Proasis-Project on a budget of 4000€ (that includes everything, even the cost for renting a workshop and transporting the hulls to the water) the past two years and launched her
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  19. https://www.sail-world.com/news/239700/Laser-designer-Bruce-Kirby-dies-at-92-yrs Rest In Peace, Mr.Kirby. You put thousands of smiles on thousands of sailors.
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  20. I thought this was going to be about the rise of the Chinese sailing Empire written by Shanghai Sailor…
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  21. Great to see the boat moved safely. But the new shed seems sterile and joyless compared with the magic of the old location with dog and parrot I expected that the stars of that episode would be the amazing boat movers. They were of course great, but for me the real standout stars were Raoul & Darlene telling their story, and hearing how the Tally Ho project had helped them find a way forward after too many setbacks. That had me in tears.
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  22. it has nothing to do with trailer weight, ballast or displacement. I think it’s some obscure 1960s or 70s system based on how much marijuana the crew can stash below decks.
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  23. I thought it horribly inconsiderate of Branson to fail to thank all the politicians who made the massive accumulation of wealth for the few possible. He also failed to thank all those who voted for those politicians, despite the fact it was not in their best interest to do so. And now CNN is hailing him like a hero who just saved the planet rather than a billionaire who just came back from a joy ride in space.
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  24. The "cat" was figurative. I arrived at Block Island at 3:15pm today. That's the boring part. The un-boring stuff: I can now tick off "sailed in New England fog" off my list. You guys warned me and you didn't lie. That shit is thick. AIS, talking on the radio and other prudent actions kept me safe. The fog rolled in shortly after I left Shinnecock and was heaviest as I entered Block's inlet. About Shinnecock- That was not a decision I made lightly. I vowed not to use any of these little inlets due to my inexperience. Then I decided that I'd rather get struck by lightning at ancho
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  25. I am following this like it’s the vendee globe
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  26. Horse shit. Americans were sheltered and were never really aware of the horror show going on in hospitals. Sure there were photos of morgue trucks in parking lots-- which Trump 'tards such as yourself ignored, but Americans were so blissfully ignorant of the Horror that Trump 'tards, such as yourself, would show up to hospitals "investigating the hoax." One day in January a nurse on my unit started her shift with four patients. They were all dead by the end of her shift. Nurses and docs with ptsd. Nurses and docs committing suicide. If more Americans had seen air hungry people begging to
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  27. Just five weeks after last month’s massacre at a San Jose light-rail yard that left nine people dead, the city has taken unprecedented gun-control action. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, San Jose’s city council approved a national first that will see gun owners being forced to compensate taxpayers for the spiraling costs of gun violence. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, gun owners in California’s third-largest city will be required to take out liability insurance for their firearms, and pay an annual tax that will help fund emergency responses to gun-related calls. In a new
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  28. First sail. Lots of fun. Xmas present for my wife who has been wanting a sunfish but I was just was not excited about getting her a sunfish. Saw this last december and jumped on it. So far so good. Only negative for us is when we launch from the dock the stern goes under and scopes up a bunch of water. What you don't see in the last picture is the stern is sitting on a roller so it is super easy to just roll it in and out of the water. Dave a nice accessory would be a cover that goes over the boat and sail as it sits on the dock. One to protect the sail from the sun and two to pr
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  29. Adagio just started the Port Huron to Mackinaw race In her 52'nd year of racing. First large wood-epoxy boat boat built without fasteners. She rates faster than the Santa Cruz 70's.
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  30. If you find it so unconscionable, I think you should fall on your sword and leave. Hang on a tic....that's right, you DID leave remember? Wasn't it just a week ago? Only fuckwits cry poor me I' m outa here and then stick around. I thought you had the perfect life or some similar bullshit and that Anarchy was a bunch of pussy lefties not worth your time?
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  31. As I was there that day (double trailer, road grim, that pesky Bethwaite(s), etc etc) so my list, in order of importance 1) front 20-25% of you rudder especiall the LE 2) front 25% of the centerboard, keel, fin (what ever) 3) the rest of your fin (centerboard, keel, whatever) 4) front 25% of the hull 5) rest of the rudder 6) rest of the hull. The really big reason is the bondary layer, at the bow and front of the foils there is no boundary layer, or it's miniscue. As you get to the back of a 49er or 18teen at speed it ends up being about 20mm thick, and
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  32. The point about Col Regs is for both boats to know what to do. So if the stand on boat starts wandering randomly around the ocean to be nice then a simple situation can turn complicated. The other thing that's important is to make big changes of course and make them early, again do there's no doubt.
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  33. It's a shame really. If the Cubans would just learn to ship us oil and buy our weapons, we could ignore everything bad they do and play nicey-nicey with them.
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  34. Finally, the many different levels of SA explained!
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  35. I departed Block Island this morning. I think I actually hit the currents right. I was making excellent time. The water was very swelly and sloppy. 8 -10 feet for awhile before settling down to 5. At the place of his choosing, I scattered a portion of the ashes of @Innocent Bystander. I made a recording for his widow. I resumed travel. After a period of time, I became aware of a driveline vibration that I cannot easily explain. It's not "bad" but I do feel that it will get worse. I'm not going to shake apart all my hard work on the transmission, damper plate, gland seal, yaddah yadd
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  36. ... from the peanut gallery here, an easy little daysail out of Richmond, kindly granted by Paradox's owner because I taped a "can I get a ride?" note on her fender when she was briefly stationed in our marina. Sustained 25 kts with only smaller sail area up was so easy and yet such a thrill. They even let me drive a bit, but she devours yardage so fast that the very crowded Sausalito waterfront got stressful in a hurry. This boat is worlds apart from driving a cruising cat, in my albeit limited experience
    8 points
  37. What kind of participation strategy is creating barriers to casual participation and BANNING MEMES?! My club thinks a junior pathway goes in a straightline from Optis to the Olympics. Everyone I know that almost won a junior nationals in 420s or was a training partner to that guy who got silver in the Lasers doesn't sail anymore. I like sailing with the stereo on and crushing beers with my mates after. We're your growth demographic AS pay fucking attention. Or better yet leave us alone.
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  38. I got my first job at the age of 13 because I wanted to build my own boat. Since then I have built from ply , cedar strip and foam sandwich. It became a compulsion , learning with each build and knowing with what I had learnt I could still do better. 50yrs on, Mad Hatter was my last build and I promised the misses that it would be my last.
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  39. They will, but only when they have vaccinated enough of the population to make it safe to do so. Why do you think the NZ government are clowns. They controlled the virus and have had one of the best economic results in the world due to controlling the virus. The people of NZ clearly don't think the government are clowns and they handed them the biggest election win since 1951. A sure fire way to lose the next election would be to open the borders too soon, although I suspect the government would be more worried about the human cost of a major outbreak, followed by the economic devastatio
    8 points
  40. Pull the Genoa off, it doesn’t take much to catch part of the sail and then cascade from there.
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  41. Her exterior ugliness pales in comparison to the festering shitpile of hate she vomits from within.
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  42. Yes I miss IB weighing in on discussions too. Talked with his misses on Sunday. Saying, "I know that I and others, miss Larry's words of wisdom and stable influence on Sailing Anarchy. He was an exceptional individual. You can bet, he's still sorely missed on SA." She replied, "Thanks Boomer. He is missed here too. Hard to think we are nearing 2 month since his passing. Thanks I appreciate it and thanks for thinking of him and me."
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  43. I'm starting a thread, "Dood with a Patreon account gets killed and eaten in hot place." 1. Captain James Cook.
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  44. Napoleon was the second general (after the Swedes under Charles XII) to think that raising a big army and marching into Russia would be no big thing. The Russians, however, took advantage of their invaders inability to understand the sheer scale of the country. They could, essentially, just retreat endlessly, leaving a scorched earth behind and nothing for the invaders to eat. Then, they just needed to wait for the weather and watch the armies die off. Napoleon went in with 450-650,000 men, depending on how you counted them, and came back with about 10,000 after a bit of a rugged winter.
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