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  1. He's a relative newbie Matagi and by the time you have reached my age he will have to work harder to be considered rude My first sailing mentor stopped sailing when he was 85 - dead at 86 so i have decided not to stop sailing
    6 points
  2. <long answer> I think you have the wrong end of the stick, old chap. Think about the owners and crews, not the boats. Admiral's Cup, for example. When else could you have 600+ mostly brand new 39 to 53 foot race boats battling it out all across the world every 2 years to be selected as one of their nation's 3-boat team? 57 offshore racing boats were sent to Cowes from everywhere, Japan, Australia, Argentina, USA, Canada, New Guinea, you name it, sailed by about 800 mostly amateur sailors, inshore and offshore. Boats designed by dozens of different naval architects, yet all
    6 points
  3. Hello! Just joined this forum and topic because potentially nasty things are brewing around the laser our beloved beachboat-turned-hotbed-of-competitive-sailing. I have been sailing for now 58 years (i'm 62) and racing lasers competitively since 1978 . I've been also a club chairman, sailing school executive, sailing instructor for more than four decades (all that on a not for profit unpaid volunteer basis) and organized one big laser event (laser masters European championship 2008 in Corsica, a real challege as 170 lasers from 17 nations turned up and our volunteer run beachfront sa
    5 points
  4. IOR/Admirals Cup/SORC was awesome because it was near the pinnacle of the sailing world at the time and felt attainable. Highest level of racing in the world and a lot of people could see the pictures in the magazines and say "I could do that". Same with America's Cup for the most part. All of it translated pretty directly to things you did on Wednesday nights. That doesn't exist anymore. Not only are the modern grand prix level stuff for monohulls fractured between the TP52s, the RC44, IC37s and what not; now you have the multis with all their circuits and such. And don't get me sta
    5 points
  5. Absolutely unnecessary remark. Here's your current Jules Verne winner. Now go get off that iPad and exercise and you may stand a chance... in 10 years.
    4 points
  6. Ha Ha - Quite wrong. I bought my Bolero 20 years ago having wanted one for 10 years but there was never one available when I was 'between boats' and I wasn't old when I bought her. She is 40 years old and having just gone through a refit 18 month ago looks almost like new. The second QT I launched in 2008. She was built in 1982 but never wet and I had to complete her myself. She is a Dubois 1 off and i have told her story on SA in the past. The beauty of these boats is there is no South Sails Tuning Guide, no standard set up for the rig or mast (both have custom masts) and you cannot "get
    4 points
  7. Children, please mind you manors and play nice. some info from the Sailing Illustrated interview with Terry on Friday. According to TH, Defiant and gear will be loaded onto the ship on Sunday/Monday and the boat will set sail on Tuesday to NZ. He jokingly said they are in a race with NZ to see whose boat will reach Auckland first. Defiant is scheduled to arrive June 6 - 8th. All of the NZ members of their team are either already in NZ or are currently on their way to NZ. He mentioned that they will follow any restrictions that the NZ government puts on them. He pointed out how th
    4 points
  8. Trump et al wanted to kill government. They have. Simple as that. This is acceptable breakage as far as they are concerned, to reach their goal. The vast majority of judges will be behind this, thanks to Moscow Mitch. Therefore: the dead are dead. Life is for the living. For those that survive, they will have a better life, free from the shackles of the nanny state. Kill or be killed. There may be pockets of the Enlightenment, but they will be few and will need to fight to survive. Boom and bust will allow quick wealth, but harsh failure. Men will be manly men, facing death and ruin
    4 points
  9. The article tries to draw lessons learned from the Vassa and apply them / show parallel with modern projects - notably software development. Other than language and dress, those of us that have tried to get 21st century projects done might have been surprisingly at home in 17th century Stockholm: Change orders inconsistent with what had already been built (build started as 108” ship, after timbers cut scale increased with keel laid for 111’ ship then built to 135’) and with no revision to existing work. Untried designs never executed / tested before combined with largest pro
    4 points
  10. I had a girlfriend who drove her very nice Volvo into the ground. I don't think she ever had a standard service or oil change but instead would just drive along until something catastrophic happened, then tell "her mechanic" that she didn't want to get ripped off, just fix it for as cheap as possible. During the last year of operation, the Volvo was going through oil in a rate measured by MPQ. It's like MPG... She would drive along doing her shopping and restaurant circuit, leaving behind environmental disasters wherever she parked, until the Oil Pressure light came on at which point, whe
    4 points
  11. I'm going to guess that I've been arrested a few more times than you have and no, my lawyer mother never taught me about not resisting arrest nor was it covered in school. Since I was a white boy, even in Tennessee, while I did get jailed, I didn't get cuffed. I do remember the warning about not needing to answer any question other than identification and I even refused to answer that before 7AM (I didn't want my dad to get called in the middle of the night). That might have been covered in school discussing Gideons Trumpet. I can't quite remember. One of my brothers said it's all fun and
    3 points
  12. A road to jail paved with good intentions. They thought they had a burglar IMO. Yeah, maybe he was one, maybe not, but either way these two good ol boys will be lucky to get away with a couple hundred K owed to some lawyers...because they thought that waving a gun would result in their quarry being submissive. You pull it you assume you are going to kill someone so you think things ALL the way through. This is a prime example of why I feel the gun culture is dangerous. Statistically speaking, for those who are not well trained and must live with room-temperature IQs a firearm us far
    3 points
  13. Trouble is: Who will win what in the end? My guess is everybody looses through some sort of Pyrrhic triumph The aussies may gain the sales of a few hundred "ILCA DINGHIES" in Europe in a 5 or 10 year period through the rather leonine contract they carved with ILCA, for the supply of boats in big championships, only for the olympic wannabees and the 5 ring circus, but there may be no real second hand market for those boats in Europe (too expensive and boats rejected at measurement in national european championships -specially if the carbon rigs are accepted and pitted against lots of
    3 points
  14. It is just stupefying that these assholes seem to believe they are magically immune. Look at her. Every fucking person wearing a mask....except her. I am no longer of the opinion people don't deserve this. These assholes, who continue to go against guidelines and best practices deserve every fucking thing they get. Sadly, their selfish fucking attitudes wind up putting others at risk.
    3 points
  15. Not rude gewoon ik, just accurate. I hit 65 later this year but still single hand my QT in quiet weather including runners, checks and spinnaker - gybing is a bit of an effort though. You are right, much of the fun of the level rating regattas is the closeness of the other oats in the class around you. I don't have a link to the QT but as it was one of the first articles I wrote for Sailing Anarchy i have a screenshot - hopefully it attaches OK Found.doc
    3 points
  16. Agree..mostly. Reagan caused a lot of damage to the country. He was the first in the modern era to really play games with appointments, to court the religious right, eliminate the fairness doctrine, start the war on government and put through tax reforms that enabled the wealthy to accrete unhealthy levels of wealth. Gingritch took this to new levels and hypocrisy with the impeachment on Clinton - basically he got Clinton to perjure himself for an affair between consenting adults that he himself was engaging in - and got even closer to the religious right and transformed the NRA and the
    3 points
  17. Why do you think Herr Miller is a top? Cite please.
    3 points
  18. I had a good laugh in New Caledonia where I was having a conversation in French and had to switch to English because we outstripped my limited French. The French speaker complimented me on my excellent English. "Well, I'm American, so I'd hope it would be good," I said. "No, that's not it," he replied. "None of us can understand the Australians."
    3 points
  19. WHY CADDIES ARE NO LONGER USED AT MOST GOLF COURSES Golfer: "I've played so poorly all day; I think I'm going to go drown myself in that lake." Caddy: "I don't think you could keep your head down that long." Golfer: "I'd move Heaven and Earth to be able to break 100 on this course." Caddy: "Try Heaven. You've already moved most of the Earth." Golfer: "This is the worst golf course I've ever played on!" Caddy: "This isn't the golf course, sir. We left that an hour ago." Golfer: "Well. I have never played this badly before!" Caddy: "I d
    3 points
  20. Woohoo! Doctor just rang - test was negative! Yay - we may go to a fancy restaurant to celebrate ... Oh, wait ...
    3 points
  21. ^Have to remember to put popcorn on my Instacart list next year for when the sordid and deranged (SD) Herbie conspiracies are spewed after Defiant 2.0 or whatever Amway B2 is to be is trounced.
    2 points
  22. Prepping bow transom and bottom to be attached to existing hull pieces. Bow transom with reinforcing beams pieces glued on; bottom hull panels stitched together. On the bow transom, I ended up driving a few screws in to the beam pieces as “clamps” to help squeeze the pieces together. (I have clamps, of two types, but not many —and, in any case, I find some areas hard to clamp well especially when parts are slathered in slippery epoxy, so a few screws driven in semi-tightly holds the parts together strongly until the epoxy sets. After that, I simply remove the screws and fill the ho
    2 points
  23. Wow, you are like some little, snot nosed kid that keeps obsessing over some story about dragons.
    2 points
  24. While my “Undereducated” brain can’t quit grasp the depth of this conversation I felt it necessary to correct just one thing Alan said …. He USED to race on Hoodlum! How’s my spelling now asshole? The Afterguard Hoodlum Racing
    2 points
  25. Old cat Supplejack nostalgia: launching Little Shoal bay,1977, Bay of Islands race, first sail, getting used to the high speed, Cape Brett, Bay of Islands entrance, a siren on Suppleack.
    2 points
  26. Absolutely the case. Its well worth considering that from the start of Barbarossa the Soviets faced a minimum of 75% of Axis forces and it only got that low a couple of times in the immediate aftermath of massive Soviet victories because they wiped out large chunks of the Nazi armies. Over 80% of Nazi casualties & equipment losses were on the Eastern Front. There is also a strong argument that it was the rapidity with which the Soviets smashed the 700,000 strong Kwantung Army in Manchuria which actually scared the Japanese into surrender having not yet actually unders
    2 points
  27. Completely agree Left Shift. The only 'good thing' about being caught out in that sort of weather is you might (note might) have some good stories to tell in the bar. I was seconded skipper on one of the JSSCs Nic 55s down the North Sea through a 10 many - many years ago. Half the crew were young seamen and completely incapacitated by seasickness (or perhaps a healthy helping of fear) it was an experience for me as the Nic had always been my dream boat when growing up - just an experience and even then i came away with a broken wrist. I was also supposed to nav a boat in the '79 Fastnet which
    2 points
  28. J-Bird III Restoration Yesterday at 16:15 · We are super excited to announce that the original designer of J-Bird III will also be doing the designs for the new deck. Alan Andrews is excited about the project and stated that he is looking forward to seeing the old girl back out racing. As the original designer for the TP52 class with the first two boats his designs, he knows a thing or two about this boat and to have him designing our new deck is a huge bonus for us. https://andrewsyacht.com/
    2 points
  29. Surely when it comes to matters of the AC spying is a essential activity not a recreational one.
    2 points
  30. I was pointing out a fact. if you want to dress it into something else go ahead. And if casualties are what you are basing things on. Then the war must have been won by the USSR. I guess we should be thanking them...
    2 points
  31. Saving our sorry ass country? We didn't need saving, we could have happily sat down here and kept out heads down. As it stands, NZ went to fight in Europe two years before the US declared war against Japan and the Axis powers. We declared war with Japan the same time you did. I lost a grandfather and two great uncles fighting alongside the US in the Pacific war so I don't feel like we didn't do our bit.
    2 points
  32. That was something Jefferson had to live with. On one hand, dodging all military service as a prominent citizen of the Revolution was hard to forgive. Marshall didn't care for him much. "Where's Jefferson" was a question in Washington's army, and Marshall was a soldier in that army. Yet on the other hand Jefferson (and Madison) both had personalities ill-suited to military service. It would have been a hell of a waste to have those guys out there catching musket balls. The South rose again in the early 20th century, Wilson thought Birth of A Nation a splendid documentary and scrubbed al
    2 points
  33. FBI: If he tells the truth (which we already know), he's confessing to a crime. If he lies, he's committing a crime. Trump people: They shouldn't have even talked to him, ever, in the history of Earth. Ever. The end.
    2 points
  34. What a load of fucking shit. IOR didn't send boats to the bottom in the 79 Fastnet and nor did the 79 Fasnet end IOR. The Irish Sea and a winter style depression occuring in summer that hovered abnormally over the race course did that. There were some stability issues back then but quickly fixed. IMS design would fair little better. Try IMS designs in 98 Hobart also a weather abnormalitiy. Also some other similarities to Fastnet such as nothing in the forecast at the start and also some things occured late. For instance a critical Fasnet weather update wasn't broadcast until af
    2 points
  35. I've been hearing Trump for decades. I never watched his TV show. So my perspective is from his shenanigans being a 2-bit real estate mogul wannabe. He has always been one to "throw it out there" to see what sticks. He talks that way. He never actually said, "people should inject bleach." Not at all. If you are used to his stream of conscious way of thinking out loud, you can understand it. He often seems to completely change his mind a few day later. He tries ideas on for size and if they don't fit, he discards them. He is not like any politician actually (and that by itself is not necessaril
    2 points
  36. Well, many of them are. And you seem far more interested in siding with them. Dog has pretty much succeeded in convincing me he's an alt righter and possibly a white supremacist himself, with all his impassioned defense of them and his vigorous hair-splitting and gnat straining to say they are not what they so clearly are.
    2 points
  37. In a video interview Boris Hermann says the IMOCAs are actually not restricted from going sailing when they come out the yard, as its a business requirement to get the boats signed off from the yards by the sailors (or some similar loophole) but that the class decided not to train until the lockdown is lifted as it looks bad on them as a sport.
    2 points
  38. Exactly what he said! I have owned JOG boats, IOR 1/2 ton (x2), IRC and IMS based boats and plenty of one designs. JOG (MORC) racing was effectively level rating as everyone rated around 18 feet (most 1/4 tonners and the J 24 was a bit higher) IOR 1/2 ton , enough said I have raced IOR 1 ton both 27.5 and 30.5 raters Sure my 38 is a shit lot faster than an old 37 foot 27.5 rater and much nicer to sail but does not deliver the closeness of level rating regattas of old. The problem with IRC level rating (ie lets take 1.100) is that different boats at that rating are
    2 points
  39. For my sins, I have been sailing for over 60 years now and have raced under IOR, IMS, JOG, Channel Handicap, IRC, JOG, Performance Handicapping and everything else that was ever promoted. Inshore, Offshore, dinghies and keel boats both plain and radical and plenty of One-Designs too. Without question, the very best, closest, most competitive and most enjoyable yacht racing I ever did was IOR Level Rating racing. I know I can't impart that experience to those who have come along later; you had to be there. Those who were there know what I mean.
    2 points
  40. Pick the boat you like and ignore the numbers when the results email comes out next week.
    2 points
  41. It depends on the build quality. We've sold lots of prototypes for 7- 9000 dollars with rigs and foils. I think a really carefully built PT 11 should be worth $10,000, but that seems a bit nuts. It's an expensive kit, especially with the rig and foils. It's also a labor intensive build, so building one for profit is not easy. I'm not proud of how much these boats cost, but not sure what to do about that. It's a complex little boat and producing the kits is very labor intensive and expensive. We make money on the kits, but only because we have no employees and work
    2 points
  42. Well, it seems that SA like Facebook is full of that generation that made things possible for this generation. So just suck it up and say thanks.
    2 points
  43. Running repairs on the foil (ON the foil ...!)
    2 points
  44. Special messsge from Pebble on the lockdown:
    1 point
  45. that is so cool. i think it is going to be a total blast. lotta work to get one good, but i love thios kind of shit. btw, i hear someone in so cal builds replacement rudders. anybody know about them?
    1 point

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