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  1. Regarding this consideration at the beginning of this topic... I went for a solo sail a couple of days ago. It began with a 6 - 8 knot breeze from the south, and I headed north, so I could eat my lunch. After a few miles, I noticed that the breeze had picked up, and so had the "seas." It was a pretty steady 15+ knots, with whitecaps, and a chop. I tacked most of the way back, and decided to see how the pod drive would do in a stiff headwind and chop. It was marvelous! The old Honda 2 would have struggled, and the Torqeedo would have had a hernia. The pod drive pushed through it easil
    7 points
  2. I wish everyone would forget about Kyle. He’s not important and it would be better for his health if no one else’s. In any case, if the problems were with the laws that facilitated these events and the LEOs that encouraged it, THATS where our passions and energy should be sent. And stop calling those killed “protestors”. Protests are non violent and somewhat organized around actions other than destruction. Folks taking part in chaotic marches bent on looting and burning cars, buildings are present at a riot. Don’t saddle liberals and Democrats with having to include these a
    5 points
  3. Winter is coming. I shot this a few years back in late November. I was walking home along the beach from Banzai Pipeline after shooting Pipe Masters for Sports Illustrated. The surf had gotten too big for the competition and a storm was coming in so they called it off for the day. The locals paddled out for a quick session. The sun popped through the clouds on the horizon just above the ocean. I pulled out my Canon 1D with 400mm f/2.8, 2x extender then put it on the tripod quickly and shot 3 frames. Here's one of them.
    5 points
  4. Back in the day, when I did my own wrenching of cars and motorcycles, we always figured out we were smarter than the engineers, because we always had unnecessary nuts and bolts left over....
    4 points
  5. Glorious video showing a race of Patin, a small rudderless Spanish catamaran. Watch the mark turn at around 4 minutes, the cross at 1:40. Silly, wonderful and worth it
    3 points
  6. But the ocean fifties are certainly the easiest and less taxing to jibe : No "matossage" (don't know the English equivalent, moving weights around, like sails and everything), or very little probably. Contrary to the Imocas and class40. No canting mast (contrary to the ultims)
    3 points
  7. Did your Msc in Geo-Engineering include a reading comprehension class? I'm guessing no. Maybe go back and re-read Fiji Bitter's post. It had nothing to do with your day job, and everything to do with your previous posts regarding boats which you clearly have a limited knowledge of. But I'm sure you're one of the smartest, bestest Geo-Engineers here. There is an anchor thread over on Cruising Anarchy that you could apply your relevant education towards. Cheers.
    3 points
  8. if you want it to be competitive in it's class, upkeep will be expensive, but then, which competitive racer's isn't. For cruising white sails, 1x19 wire & a lesser than NKE gyropilote will do. For a displacement of <1000kg all of that will be "reasonable" (if any boatstuff ever is...). There are really "old" minis, much less extreme, too...: e.g. the old Harle design Coco
    3 points
  9. Definitely a most interesting and beautiful island (archipelago). Sailed past it a few times, usual in a bit of a hurry, but finally had a chance to make a short stop in good weather. This was quite a few years ago now, and there was not a single boat in the anchorage, a handful of eco tourists on the island, and just a couple of villages and a small navy garrison. Nowadays it's still a regulated nature reserve, but seems pretty much out of control as far as tourism goes. This video vlog may be a bit long, but is worthwhile if you like good photography:
    3 points
  10. 30 pages of bullshit about whether or not the jury, should have sent this kid to jail for the rest of his life, when the real question is: why the fuck do you let your children run around in the streets with rifles in the first place? JFC
    3 points
  11. They are so fucked. Couldn't happen to a nicer group of people. What an absolutely idiotic argument. There's been some burglaries committed. You see someone you don't know jogging by. Said person isn't carrying a TV or anything like under his arm. Nothing visible. You have 'reasonable suspicion' that the person is fleeing from a crime you don't know has occurred but might have somewhere, some time? You're claiming that you thought on reasonable grounds that you were pursuing someone so as to make a citizen's arrest for a crime you don't even know has happened? Fuck. They are IDI
    3 points
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  13. I find it pretty foolish you guys making these personal attacks, now you all will require the last bon mot thus continuing the attacks, insults and swearing ad infinitum. Keyboard warriors one and all, a good number of interesting threads here degenerate into name calling etc. to absolutely no purpose.
    2 points
  14. Recap, lots of info, visit hem, will snip a part; https://mailchi.mp/tipandshaft/147-conclusions-from-the-mini-transat-americas-cup-the-protocol-discussed?e=35fa5dddd3 Double successes for the Raison designs The victory of Hugo Dhallenne who dominated the pre-season in the series fleet (and finished second in the first stage) is also a win for the Maxi 650, a first for the IDB Marine yard. With a Maxi650, a Vector650 (Alberto Riva) and a Pogo3 (Melwin Fink) on the series podium, the constructors' game was very close. "In 2019, Ambrogio Beccaria had the edge by driving the boat fast
    2 points
  15. Here is the way I figure it: The Mercedes AMG/Petronas Formula 1 team has a staff of around 1500. Due to the 2022 funding cap they cannot keep them all however they don’t want to lose the talent. During the recent video Allison (new Ineos CTO from Mercedes) said if a Formula 1 team looked at a challenge on the scale of an America’s Cup they would probably put about 500 people on it (as opposed to the 100 or so at most well-funded Cup teams). So let’s say Mercedes F1 “lease” 200 staff to Ineos AC. If you listen to Allison he identified the following ways that Mercedes has expertise to
    2 points
  16. j/99 is 200k in Europe dressed up with a good set of electronics and a good set of sails. 100k more is a lot for a non carbon boat. they also appear a bit slower than expected, but I like the looks of the dehler 30.
    2 points
  17. Good on you for unreservedly sticking your hand up, that's pure class. None of the other doubters did so yet. I think me and one or two others have mentioned before that all the three challenging team leaders have sailed and worked with/for Dalts. And consider him a "good" communicater or not, like him or not, there is no denying that if you ask him a question that he will give you an answer straight to your face. And he seems to inspire his team to do the same, both between themselves as well as with outsiders.
    2 points
  18. We all know you mean well, Shackle, but please stop lecturing us about stuff you know shit about, or you risk being called out for a grote sukkel. Just saying...
    2 points
  19. Not for me. I don't find the DeVos family's politics or source of wealth very attractive.
    2 points
  20. What you're missing is that the bodies might lie in the USSR, but the products of German industry are spread across Europe and on the bottom of the Atlantic. Basically 90% of German economic output went into the air and sea war against the west. The USSR could push back the German's in the east because they could dominate the air and the German tactic of combined air and land warfare was destabilized by the need to withdraw their air assets back to Germany to defend the homeland. The Luftwaffe basically abandoned the east, leaving a token force. A minuscule proportion of German
    2 points
  21. The cost is not as important as the attempt to remove what was always considered a right of the winner. A right for over 130 years, one that Dalton once fought for. One that he now wants to either remove or at least get a nice payout for losing. At the same time, anyone that thinks 20 mill isn't even chump change to the filthy rich hasn't spent much time with them.
    2 points
  22. What GD would give for a spare 20mil currently… hardly onerous? Lol
    2 points
  23. You don't really get it, do you? Fore is obviously sitting right behind Dalts, and believe it or not, me right in front of Jesus, who's coming, they say.
    2 points
  24. Certainly not as congested with automobiles…..but Chicago, San Francisco, New York etc……still plenty busy! A couple quick history minutes video on how the harnessing and responses worked. Cool stuff…….
    2 points
  25. US$20m is hardly onerous if you desperately want to change the boat class.
    2 points
  26. This is excellent news I'll stick my hand up there, assumed that the reduction in crew and weight was a surprise to all the rest and a nice head start. But then again all we had to go on from the AM side was their YC proposing their own protocol. If TH is still going to be the skipper and on the boat then I'm not sure how much they've been following it, or should I maybe check Strava to see his cycling mileage? Surely if they learnt anything from their Auckland review be needs to move into the GD role, he was excellent at it. I'm not concerned about AM having a yacht club burgee to r
    2 points
  27. well when you drive through texas and see this guy hitchhiking, don't pick him up... otherwise you'll be just fine...
    2 points
  28. Hash, it's supposed to be a spoonful of sugar. Not a cube with a little stain on it. Be more careful next time.
    2 points
  29. I inherited a Patin from a dear friend, but it was in Wisconsin. My buddy happened to be driving through there and brought it back with him, but somehow it's now his. That's okay I guess, as I get to sail it every once in a while and that's all I wanted. I used to see the boat in Wisconsin and think it was a bit nuts. I didn't understand it. Seeing one sail is something. The rig is a tweaker's dream and they go amazingly fast.
    2 points
  30. I grew up in South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee and moved to NY when I was 12 and then retired in South Carolina Been down here almost 3 years and never seen a gun off the shooting range or gun shop and the whole recent open carry shit show is not at all popular with anyone and there is a massive amount of places we’re you can’t conceal carry Personaly my pistol stays locked up unless I am making my monthly trip to the range and can’t imagine trying to defend myself in the Walmart parking lot with a once a month range skill set
    2 points
  31. I think the jury did what was asked. I think the law in Wisconsin leads to “shoot first” behavior as well as absolving folks of personal responsibility for their actions.
    2 points
  32. Got to love the irony that when we last saw a compulsory "mini-me" class, it was built in NZ, bringing employment and skills to NZ..........but wait a minute! That has to have been bad for NZ because it was done by Larry and Russell so therefore, this time, we must not build in NZ. Got to admire the logic.
    2 points
  33. That Starboard! I was on a conference call with them month or so ago, part of greening the sport. They are also part of the i-Foiler from memory. Small side note is that the original name of Bethwaite Design was Starboard Products, registered in 1965. It was changed in 2001 because that's what people called us. Foaming my hull, come back to you tomorrow. jB
    2 points
  34. 2 points
  35. Jeff's new "say what I really think" sock?
    2 points
  36. 1. That the winner defends in their home waters. Sort of part of being the proud holders. 2. That the winner gets to chose the design, along with their hip pocket challenger. Without having to pay a penalty. 3. Zero one design, supplied parts involved. If this is needed to keep costs down it is the wrong design. 4. No forced to play in a secondary 'world' series. Have it, if the defender wants, but not as a compulsory event. Probably a couple of other things, but most of the other shenanigans are fine. All part and parcel of the thing.
    2 points
  37. The dead are dead and the living walk to kill another day.
    2 points
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  39. The legendry Mark Ella was recently asked how his all conquering Wallabies side from 1984 would go if they played against todays Wallabies side. When he replied 'we would beat them by about 5 points' the interviewer asked why such a close game. Ella replied 'We are all in our mid 60's now.'
    2 points

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