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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. 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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  3. 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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  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. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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
    19 points
  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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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  12. 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
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  13. A quick update for everyone, after talking with Hope this morning. Mark is eating solid food as of yesterday. He has to really chew a lot before swallowing, because his throat is still sore from being intubated. He's getting along well with Hope and the medical staff. His hand restraints were removed, but only if he promised not to pull out tubes, which is why he had restraints. His feeding tube was removed this morning, because he got two meals down yesterday. He will be moved out of ICU and up to the next floor soon - perhaps today or tomorrow. No word on how long till he's r
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  14. 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
  15. Last I heard he was working as a pilot on the Suez Canal
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  16. 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
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  17. 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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  18. 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.
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  19. 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
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  20. 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.
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  21. The only thing that sailor did wrong was not hit that abomination with enough boat speed to punch a hole!
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  22. 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.
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  23. 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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  24. 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.
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  25. https://www.facebook.com/1838775308/posts/10215733359767179/
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  26. 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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  27. Because listening to or god forbid, reading the work of an educated person is a better investment of time, let alone a better method of learning about our country than having some paid bullshit artist work us into a Yosemite Sam frenzy of anger by stoking ignorance. There is nothing wrong with learning. There is nothing wrong with being intelligent. Our country is in the shitty spot that we find ourselves in because of the celebration of ignorance, not because of intelligence.
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  28. Asked hope about that yesterday. Fortunately since beating the pneumonia and weened off the sedatives he hasn't had a problem breathing and doesn't need oxygen. However he can only speak low and quietly due to being intubated twice. The one thing he seems to be suffering from is - his short term memory isn't up to par yet. He also appears to be suffer from a malaise which is apparently common in about 30% of the COVID survivors, and manifests itself with a bit of brain fogginess. He's also been a bit cranky as he weened off the sedatives, but once again the Doc said this was common for being s
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  29. 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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  30. 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
    11 points
  31. Sorry not in order, but here are a few external p photos. If people are interested, We can post some internal ones once I get them organized. And for the curious, yes, her spirit animal is the phoenix and she's only on the port side - the one reborn out of the fire ;-)
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  32. First let me say that, Soma, your initial article is brilliant and is the first place I send people when they ask me the story of our boat. A few details are off, but that only became transparent over time and with a lot of scraping, cleaning, in-person and independent expert investigations, etc. You were close enough to help point us in the right direction a few times when the trail on our repair journey became cold. Thank you! As to the new owners, you'll have to stop by some time and determine for yourself our state of sanity, but the coffers are certainly not overflowing ;-) As to
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  33. 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
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  34. 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?.....
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  35. That in no way diminishes the validity of their choices. They are buying the boat for themselves, not for you or me. I happen to prefer a deep fin, spade rudder, tall carbon rig, paradoxically on a wooden boat with a 1930's interior aesthetic, but I appreciate the different boats out there as other people's ideas of the pursuit of happiness. If an Island Packet is what makes you happy, that's what you should sail. If a Pogo makes you happy, that's what you should sail. Classic, catamaran, meter boat, catboat, whatever. The goal is happiness, and whatever gets you there.
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  36. That's funny Sock, I'd heard they were about to change their name to the "Multi User Public or Private Event Technical Society for Sailing" but that acronym wasn't allowed to be used in QLD for legal reasons...
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  37. 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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  38. 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
  39. He wasn't a keyboard warrior/wanker like you: Philip was appointed as a midshipman in January 1940. He spent four months on the battleship HMS Ramillies, protecting convoys of the Australian Expeditionary Force in the Indian Ocean, followed by shorter postings on HMS Kent, on HMS Shropshire, and in Ceylon.[25] After the invasion of Greece by Italy in October 1940, he was transferred from the Indian Ocean to the battleship HMS Valiant in the Mediterranean Fleet.[26] On 1 February 1941,[27] Philip was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant after a series of courses at Portsmouth, in which he
    10 points
  40. Boomer - gonna ask a question about Hobot that hopefully isn't too personal. Is his family in need of anything the community here can provide? I'm thinking if they're having a rough time and some money could help, this is one of those cases where a Go-Fund-Me would both make sense and be going to a very deserving individual. Medical costs can be expensive.
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  41. 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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  42. Well, I've learnt more about PP from this thread than I ever knew before, such was how little I cared. However, he was a sailor and a seaman, so I wish him fair winds and following seas.
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  43. Rest in Peace, Prince Philip. Well done, well done indeed. My sincere condolences to Queen Elizabeth, a true icon of the last 80 years. And my apologies about that whole Markle thing. She should feel free to behead her for treason, along with that Ginger Twat.
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  44. As a guy who spent 43-plus years in residential construction & high end fine finish carpentry (and other things) in So Cal for the semi-rich & somewhat famous Hollywood attention whores.... ^THIS^ is without a doubt the most fugliest of fugly monstrosities of an architectural abortion I've ever seen.....and THAT includes the mansion on Sunset with the naked statues out front owned by some Middle East oil pump-fuker.....that thankfully got arson-aged one night. And the fuking psycho-fuk paranoid twat-waffle who built a miniature castle on a hill top east of Malibu.....that not only DID
    9 points
  45. Thanks Boomer, make sure you look after yourself as well.
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  46. Nathen just calls out 'my rudder' everytime he gets close.
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  47. 1) The Random Pic Thread 2) Hobot's random pics
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  48. Hilarious to watch Kiwis who've been around since AC35 twist themselves into intellectual pretzels to give ETNZ a pass on what they screamed bloody murder about when Oracle did it. Even Oracle didn't try to make agreeing to the future boat a condition of entry. It's also hard, at this point and after not having serious nationality rules for decades, to view those as anything other than keeping ETNZ's labor costs down by not allowing some of their top sailors any opportunity to negotiate a better deal for themselves with another team.
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