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  1. 6 points
  2. PHM, you are exactly correct. Peggy Slater, with her flaming red hair, great strength, and sailing skills was one tough lady and match for anyone Peggy, member of a long time sailing family, began sailing at age 3 and never looked back. By 13 she was skippering small boats in local San Pedro races.and at age 28 launched her red hulled K-38 VALENTINE. Typical of Peggy, VALENTINE had a chrome plated bronze cherub figurehead whose wings wrapped protectively around the bow. As well as being a professional sailor and racer, Peggy was naturally good at teaching sailing and selling boats from
    5 points
  3. My covid lockdown project was to convert my old Iload into a camper van/surf trip van. Now I had always considered ‘tenting’ to be like being homeless but vanlife means not sleeping on the ground, and lots of cute vanlife chicks ask if they can see my ‘set up’. After much research I decided that keeping it simple and spending money on a good mattress was the key. It was a fun project and the child bride, the dog and I have been loving it. I am leaving on Monday for a 3 week 4000k round trip to do a few jobs in Sydney and Adelaide.
    4 points
  4. Some boats just raise your spirits It is a Tela 16 .. https://essex.boatshed.com/tela_dayboat-boat-211334.html
    4 points
  5. The built up energy in 100 ft of springy rope must be impressive. 30 ft should be enough, but the guy needed to get to the road, so there is that. I'm always surprised that more parts don't get ripped off. And not those idiots with a hook on a plastic bumper cover.
    4 points
  6. AJ, I probably agree with 95% of what you believe in but you really come off as a prick. I have to agree with the comment below. As an environmentalist, hippie and sailor myself, this is not the path. If you piss of half of SA in a half dozen posts how are you planning on negotiating a path forward with Iran? Or Republicans?
    4 points
  7. I think that was ballast for when folded in a marina. Be really handy for hurricanes.
    4 points
  8. I remember a Chi Mac race with my 4 knot SB being off Racine working the left side shoreline when Helmut passed us. He looked over at us and said " keep it going, you guys are doing well" . Made me feel good to have someone like his program recognize a competitor like me.
    4 points
  9. Here is that same boat about five years later checking the wind up the first leg before the start of a race around Conanicut Island. The guy in the middle of the boat in the dark shirt and white visor, looking aft with the stopwatch in his hand calculating time to get back to the starting line, is the late Jeff Spranger, part of the crew of the first fiberglass boat to win the Newport Bermuda race in the 1960s. The guy on the bow is Ed Adams, multiple-time Star-class world champion and Star class Olympic sailor. We all worked together back then. That's me on the tiller, with my bear
    4 points
  10. So, after all the quarantines we’ve done, the nights at the covid hotel in Vancouver, wearing masks and face shields on airplanes, washing our hands raw, wiping down our groceries, restricted our travel (SWMBO hasn’t seen her dad in 18 months), chased down and signed up for our shots, we are supposed to let those who refuse the vaccine on board? I don’t fucking think so. My boat, my rules. No vaccine, no splash.
    3 points
  11. It saddens me deeply that this pandemic has become so politicized to the point that people are refusing our only hope out of it - vaccines. Not very happy these same clowns are allowed to post their bullshit here continuously. Since I can't fix stupid I just ignore it. I eagerly took the vaccine and will do so if it's necessary for a booster shot. In Feb while looking at a boat the seller announced "you don't have to wear a mask because I have had it twice". (parentheses added since when I posted this earlier the bullshitters were unable to comprehend basic English). I recently lost a frien
    3 points
  12. 3 points
  13. A true tradesman is neat, clean, organized & correctly labels all of his drawers.....
    3 points
  14. Simply insane conditions on day 3! Those have to be the biggest swell I have ever seen a dingy sailor sail in!
    3 points
  15. At Harbour Court, a sense of entitlement is the strongest of the five senses
    3 points
  16. Shit, all We have to do is stop growing almonds for the world, and there will be plenty of water for those lawns and pools in SoCal.
    3 points
  17. Trip report as promised to @Bull City: Great weekend to be in Maine! And nice to be able to re-live a window of Spring while traveling. Right now from Portland northward the trees are just budding, and the blooming yellow forsythia in particular makes for intense color. Saw first boat in northern MA, then headed up I-95. In NH our daughter diverted us to The Beach Plum for one of the best lobster rolls I've ever eaten. After that, we were able to see the second boat on our list, the passport 40 at Seal Cove. Getting there is part of the adventure, with the scenic two-lane driving once off
    3 points
  18. The vast majority of Scoxit supporters are simply fed up with the fact that the Westminster government is never representative of their political views, and doesn't have to care. That is the reason to seek independence. The loss of EU membership is a perfect example of this, and is also tipping the balance for more people to choose to leave the UK. EU membership was used by the unionists as a threat in the previous Scottish referendum - if you vote leave, you'll lose EU membership. Now it is the only way to recover membership.
    3 points
  19. I don't know if most will be able to see this video but when Olympic sailing allows and promotes this then all hope is lost... https://www.facebook.com/470olympicsailing/videos/10159751226964301
    3 points
  20. Probably political science students. If they're anything like their professor, a grasp of engineering (or reality) is pretty far down on the qualification list. FKT
    3 points
  21. Non-engineering students - that just about describes them.......
    3 points
  22. I guess I was lucky. Stories here, and any number of friends and acquaintances tell stories of parental problems. I couldn’t have asked for a better Mom & Dad. So I join the Boy Scouts at 11 yo. Came home with a list of uniform and camping stuff that was required. As a military family we didn’t exactly have “excess income”. Mom...who was a military stay at home wife suddenly announces she has a job. A month later I get surprised when I come home from school with brand new Boy Scout stuff. Mom works another month or two and quits. Says she got bored. Another word was never spoken a
    3 points
  23. I like how the crazy scale starts at 4
    3 points
  24. Camping is just hoboing with better stuff. Don't complicate it with expensive crap you don't really need. Simple is better. Enjoy the experience.
    3 points
  25. So your basic stance is "slow is fun and I don't mind motoring when wind & seas are light, as long as I'm as comfortable as my house". What you're missing is that fast is fun, and actually sailing in mild conditions instead of motoring is really fun, and you can have both of those things and still have high WAF (wife appreciation factor). It just costs more. Fast, Cheap, Comfortable - pick two, or pony up for all three. I think GPS has enabled a lot of people to go cruising who would be driving an RV if they had to develop pre-GPS navigational skills. Prompted by tropical beach fantas
    3 points
  26. As I think this over, it occurs that US politics are needlessly complex. In a nutshell, you either lap up AJ's drool and spittle, or ... you're a Nazi. Simple stuff really.
    3 points
  27. I can’t see them making a new sail that would up the optimum rate.
    2 points
  28. El FBI no tiene una definición de tiroteo masivo. Solo tienen una definición de asesinato en masa. La definición más aceptada de un tiroteo masivo, entonces, es como un incidente único en el que cuatro o más personas son asesinadas a tiros.
    2 points
  29. Yes, I agree with WG. GBrown's article ( https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/09/scots-independence-union-nationalism ) about three Scotlands yesterday is only right on the surface. Indeed, I find the article promotes GB own organisation, rather than about what's best for the Scots. Anyway... The middle Scotland that GB identifies as being generally pro devolution can also be identified as pro Euro. In devolution, governance looks a lot more Euro, cultural structures look more Euro, etc. The smart play for Scottish independence is to push the Euro association. If you
    2 points
  30. 2 points
  31. It wasn't then but is now. The decision taken in 2014 was to stay within the UK and the EU. That option is no longer available to Scots, despite voting solidly for it in both 2014 and 2016... Hence the significant number of Scots who think that a further referendum is needed. Cheers, W.
    2 points
  32. Hot chines on that outdoor jacuzzi...
    2 points
  33. 2 points
  34. Lets not go down the kinetics rabbit hole. It is a whole separate topic. Ironically the Finn class got it right. One flag lets you do as much physically as you like. Another flag strictly prohibits kinetics. But lets not go there.
    2 points
  35. It seems like the underlying assumption in this thread is that the IOC has an interest in representing sailing accurately as a sport. This may come as a surprise, but that simply isn't the case. At the end of the day, the IOC (and professional sports in general) are in the media/entertainment business. Sailing has so few medals compared to the other 'boat sports' because the ROI% for media coverage is significantly worse, and probably even negative. The IOC and host cities have to spend significant amounts of money fitting out sailing venues (which they can't sell tickets to), supplying boats
    2 points
  36. The last thing we need is "Deep Thought" to actual think about this. What would the dolphins or mice think, or for that matter Zaphod Beeblebrox or Ford Prefect. And most of us have digital wrist watches (I don't) jB
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. Are these corrected times or actual elapsed times? Because they seem to suggest the Lagoon 380 is quite a bit slower. The second photo with apparent wind angle of 28 degrees seems wrong. They have shallow fixed mini keels and can't do a 28 degree AWA unless there is a ton of tide helping them upwind. The tacking angle from the track is a very consistent 104 degrees (pretty good for that style of cat and consistent with what a typical mini keel VPP shows) I used this VMG calculator and adjusted boat speed to get the VMG shown. https://l-36.com/polar_calculate.p
    2 points
  39. One luxury my aging bones really appreciate is a quality sleeping pad. If you can find one a paco pad is the shit. https://www.nrs.com/category/2914/camping/sleeping-pads http://www.jpwinc.com/pages/photo-pacopads.html
    2 points
  40. NYYC lost the Cup back in 1983 and have not regain it since, that is 38 years ago! Now they want a say in how to run the Cup? I think it is better to concentrate on how to win the Cup first.
    2 points
  41. As a kiwi I’m not against some of the idea put forward by NYYC and I commend them for wanting to carry on with the AC75 boat. I’m sure the people at NYYC are smart and are totally aware that there proposal has no validity that cant be enforced in any manner. So there’s some political angle going on here, what that might be I’m not sure. Maybe the outside syndicates are working together to try and stop the one off private challenge between RNZYS and the RYS.
    2 points
  42. The beauty of living next to the US is you can have a mediocre health care system and still smugly compare to south of the border. The smugness drains away with broader comparison. When living in Europe I sampled the health care system in the UK (formerly a European country), France and Italy – I found at least the latter two more satisfactory than Canada.
    2 points
  43. Well, southern California was a fucking desert before the gov't spent all that money on INFRASTRUCTURE to capture snow melt and also pump the Colorado River to LA. Well, if you didn't like living in a socialistical society that is totally dependent on a major gov't project for the very water of life itself, you shouldn't not have lived in California in the first place. Bitching about it now just shows what a dumbass you are Of course, you can always show 'em... move to another desert - DSK
    2 points
  44. 2 points
  45. George Dom a previous commanding officer/flight leader of the Blue Angels gave a talk at a leadership conference. He was also an instructor at Top Gun and a commander of an air wing on a carrier. The best part was all his Blue Angels stories. Told us that the Blue Angels actually fly the "crappiest" jets in the fleet because they feel the pilots flying actual missions should have the best equipment. In one (or more I don't recall) of their maneuvers it is with complete and unquestioning trust in the commander that they navigate. They don't look at instrument
    2 points

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