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  1. I just found out this morning that one of my lifelong best friends died yesterday. I met Don 54 years ago when I went into 7th grade. Like me, Don was a bit 'different' and as water seeks sea level, outsiders find each other. Don and I both served in the Army, we had so many wild and crazy adventures over the years, good times and bad, we shared it all. I have another close friend that I have known literally all of my life. Dave and I 'met' when I was 1 year old and he was 6 months old and we had moved into the house next door to his. Don, Dave and I were like the 3 Musketeers, one for a
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  2. I will jump in here . The Rapido 60 was built with beams that plugged in to sockets mainly to save money for shipping . However we sailed the first one for 18 months with the boat held together by the 4 bolts and the rig and the highly tensioned nets . This was fine and probably would be still . There was some noise that came from the minute amount of movement as loads came on and off that was more disconcerting and a bit loud and annoying in big seas than a real issue . So as there was little likely hood that we would not be shipping the boat again we literally coated the beams in
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  3. How much do you think the contract is worth? $15 - 20K Main, genoa, trampoline, and new stack pack. They pay real money and get nothing. How is this a "minor contract dispute"? Did you watch their video. It's not unseemly in any way if you have an audience to call these assholes on non performance. Putting a bit of public pressure on them is more likely to get their money back than suing in a S.African court.
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  4. It's a precise mathematical calculation of: (What Progress Am I Really Making) / (Fuck This Shit)^2 Fuck This Shit is a product of: (It's Cold Out Here + It's Wet Out Here + I am Breaking Expensive Things+ I Am Tired and/or Hungry^3)
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  5. I haven't painted since the pandemic hit us, but here's one I finished just before:
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  6. Why? Leo has referred to this several times over the years. Technology has changed, but this boat is still being made by hand. However, the imperative and motivation back then, was and is not, the imperative and motivation now. Tally Ho was built based around a boat language and knowledge derived from commercial designs, but it was to be used for private and pleasure purposes. Bear in mind it was still being built by the minds and hands of those who only knew about building for a mostly commercial realm. There is no comparison for that, now or then. Back then a boat wa
    13 points
  7. 50% deposit with order, balance upon delivery. Period. And 100% pre-payment for dickhead customers
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  8. It's that time. Channeling my inner hasher.
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  9. Does it come with a codpiece? And I can easily singlehand or cruise with the wife and no crew. I say that a lot when I see an exotic, beautiful car, or a mansion that is just too f'n big. Sometimes I wish I wanted things, but I just don't. I'm so happy with my entire life right now. We've had our granddaughter in town, she's an inspiration for politicians everywhere. THIS is how you get your foot in your mouth!
    12 points
  10. something like this, perhaps?
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  11. She floats and the engine runs! Was a long day transiting the Westerschelde and then navigating the canals across the island of Walcheren
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  12. However the spread of the new strain of mental illness that has infected roughly 40% of Americans could be called the ‘Donald variant’.
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  13. Yes, but, Moving to North Carolina, so soon to be splashed, of course your invited
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  14. No music. No influencing. No unnecessary commentary (just some very minor subtitles). No Patreon account. No 'follow me on Instagram and give a like' Just sailing as it is. The sounds, the small hours, the nights, the inexplicable mixture of exhaustion and happiness that only the sea can give you. The waiting. The boat. The wind. The family. It's one of the best sailing videos there is, in my view.
    11 points
  15. Let me get this straight: some of you are whining about a young person trying to clean up our mess? We collectively made such a garbage dump of the oceans. Are we just going to do nothing? Independent of political viewpoints any sailor has witnessed first hand that the waters, rivers, lakes, canals, and the seas, are full of trash. We should all invest in cleaning up! Donate your time or money, whatever you have available. It can start on your local beach: next time bring a garbage bag and pick up some trash.
    11 points
  16. 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
    11 points
  17. Wow, that is bad as a standalone, but wait, there's more: Bonus points for the fact that this is the cover of the 2020 official annual report of the US sailing body. It is a pretty good example how far sport apparatchiks can be estranged from the sport they pretend to serve.
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  18. They've also used their "celebrity" to; Lobby Astra Zeneca to provide free cancer treatment to a fellow cruiser Raise US$28000 for a local Fiji animal shelter raise money to buy Ukeleles for a music school in Tonga amongst other charitable things.
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  19. My wife drives with her foot on long downwind legs. How the hell else are you supposed to Knit?
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  20. For people who proclaim to be post-racist, californians sure do obsess over race a lot. Why does it matter what color is sailing boats? The barrier to entry in the sport (in the US) is generally wealth, and not skin tone - focus on that.
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  21. WARNING: RANT AHEAD! So an afternoon of being hit around the head by the new world of Cat 7 racing as it now appears to be. I have entered and will be skippering a 1932 Fife 9 metre in the Hobart Classics Regatta on behalf of a wonderful and generous owner who is overseas. Paid the money, got a receipt, and then another email or two. But then this afternoon I get forwarded to me an email sent by a Regatta Committee member that was sent to the other person who looks after said yacht, saying I haven't signed the Conditions, oh and they won't accept the Cat 7 from SASC - who due to COVI
    10 points
  22. My favourite shot of the 2014 Hobart. I think we furled and unfurled the genoa 20 times up the river.
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  23. I'm less than a week away from having Jzerro prepared to launch. I'll update shortly.
    10 points
  24. My H-Boat is Awlgrip Carinthia Blue, a shade lighter than Flag Blue, so you can tell it’s blue.
    10 points
  25. Over the last 21 years that I have been a part of this forum I would say that 75% of my contribution has been in the form of weather information. The bulk of that came in 2005 and 2017 when I spent countless hours forecasting Katrina and then Harvey, IRMA, and Maria in 2017. Thank you for recognizing the fact that yes, I am not just a vendor trying to sell you guys stuff...I have given back and will continue to do so.
    9 points
  26. Yeah we are. Daughter number one (the one pictured is number 2) graduated from Annapolis 2 years before that pic, I just didn't have a good enough camera at her graduation to get any good pictures of the ceremony. I didn't make that mistake twice. This Lt. JG at the time performing the oath for her little sister. The one on the left is doing her part to menace china and the one on the right is overseas helping run a hospital for the Air Force.
    9 points
  27. 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.
    9 points
  28. Today will be the 5th presentation in the Excellence in Yacht Design series being hosted by my fan club on Facebook. Today's guest will be Ron Holland. The presentation begins at noon Pacific Standard Time. I suspect it will go for 2 hours. The presentation will be available on Youtube later if you cannot see it live on the fan club page. To see the presentation live you will have to join my fan club (no, I did not start my own fan club) and this requires you take a one question test. But I don't think that will be difficult for SA'ers. This series has been a real kick in the pants and a uniq
    9 points
  29. Its bad when some illustrator has no idea how a sailingboat really looks but its even worse when the yacht designer dosnt.
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  30. I've always tried to recruit as many women as I can to my crews. Plus my wife and daughters crew for me as well. I'm not sure it's too much to ask that they have a private place to pee, and don't need to dehydrate themselves, etc, etc, just to enjoy sailboat racing. As I'm in no danger of being invited to helm at the next Cup races, I figure I'm not paying to big a penalty in not having a proper head for them.
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  31. So, a senior member from the staff of a peak sporting body decides to use his position to stitch-up a highly accredited and experienced official / volunteer of that sport as a means of pay-back over a decision that did not go his way, by fabricating a complaint from a seemingly innocuous incident. How is it that an employee in this organisation can undertake this action without first advising senior management of the complaint and intended actions, knowing full well the serious repercussions that may ensue – ie to either party or the organisation? When did the senior management know a
    9 points
  32. Ok Zonker et al, you've changed my mind. I've watched the video and reviewed the pleadings and the 6th circuit opinion, and I'm prepared to issue a full retraction. There is actually more to this than I initially assumed, and I'm satisfactorily convinced that the Wynns were in fact victimized by willfully dishonest actors. And, while they may or may not have been foolish by paying the entire amount up front, they still deserve to get what they paid for. I'm still not 100% clear on the connection between OneSails and JRS is, but to the extent that there is one it's pretty clear that JRS
    9 points
  33. The reason there was no vaccine hesitancy during polio is because people who work with their hands didn’t have any method to have stupid crap thrust into their heads by profiteers and political charlatans. Unfortunately social media has provided a wonderful way for the undereducated and religiously indoctrinated to be manipulated by bad actors into positions completely unsupported by fact or logic and reliant on grievance and religious dogma for their energy and power. Every piece of data supports it, every study of demographics, religion, voting, and government mistrust shows that t
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  34. For a start you would have more credibility if you had the guts to state your real name . Amazing how people are so happy to throw shit anonymously at real people with real responsibilities on here with no consequences to them selves , pretty brave of them I recon . The owner did not get Butt Fucked in to anything . We are fixing the issues at our expense , I am not going in to any detail with you and all the other geniuses' here . Why don't you go and design and build your own boat instead of tearing apart anyone who has the guts to do something different . I have been building Tr
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  35. Ah, the good old days, when GD was grateful for the support his country and fellow citizens gave him. For sure, the recent developments must make us think about what's happening. I'm a LR supporter, since I'm from Italy, but ETNZ has always been my second team. Whenever Luna Rossa was eliminated I cheered for them, and I hoped they would win - even if LR has been quite always stopped by them. They have always been a model for how to overcome budget difficulties thanks to ideas, which also means thanks to people. The Teamthink book about the 95 campaign was a great inspiration to me
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  36. My parents sent me a photo they took when we were buddy cruising. I returned the favor...but maybe not as well....
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  37. The internet is very unforgiving of poor spelling, as well it should be!
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