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  1. from another source: Sailing legend Bruce Kirby passed away July 18, 2021. He was 92 years of age. Bruce was a newspaper man in Ottawa and Montreal before he became a yacht designer. A competitive sailor in International 14 dinghies from age 15, his focus was on making the boats faster. After being beaten in a regatta at Cowes in heavy wind, he drew the Kirby Mark I on a piece of shelf paper. It was fast upwind in a breeze. He sold 30 of the Mark I. Untrained, Bruce began designing by observing. “I had a copy of Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design. If you can understand 50% of
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  2. Please please bring the AC to Hawaii. We’ll hold the races off of Diamond Head in our usual 15-25 knot trades with our usual 3-5 foot close set swells. Which will mean that not a single AC boat designed since the 1970s could survive a single race. They’ll actually have to make functional ocean-going sailboats. Plus, the scenery will be terrific.
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  3. It means that those of us who know what it means are old!
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  4. To quote George Takei- "oh my..." What an incredible day. Clear and sunny, beautiful temps. The wind was right so I sailed off the mooring and out of the guts of Cuttyhunk. I'm close hauled for Block and I haven't touched the wheel in an hour and the autopilot is turned off. Does it really get any better than this?
    12 points
  5. That's an awesome set of rose-coloured glasses you've got on! Yes, I prefer the discourse be public as other anarchists are interested also in the discussion. You must be puzzled by the disconnect between your insider view and the almost universal dissatisfaction with AS expressed by posters here. How can you say "safety is on point" while promoting 5 hours of motoring endurance "away from danger"? And while "helping thousands of people become coaches, instructors or race officials" sounds laudable, an alternative view is that AS have created an income stream for themselves run
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  6. Adagio just started the Port Huron to Mackinaw race In her 52'nd year of racing. First large wood-epoxy boat boat built without fasteners. She rates faster than the Santa Cruz 70's.
    12 points
  7. Can someone please explain to me why Shanghai Sailor is always able to have his posts slapped up on the Front Page? To be honest, his latest serving of pablum is nothing more than blatant propaganda for the PRC. International judges will find out quickly that participating in this “30 boat regatta” is going to cost them dearly. Anyone entering that hell hole of a country will need to be quarantined for 14 days AND are required to receive a jab of China’s miracle cure vaccine. A western vaccine does not count. I have done business in China for over 20 years, and I met my wife the
    12 points
  8. For those of you that think you can not break free from the tyranny of AS you need to look at the history of Professional sail training in Australia. When I returned from living and working in the RYA system in 1997 I established an 'AYF' accredited sailing school. After dealing with the RYA I could not believe how amateurish AYF were at running sailing training. They were fucking hopeless- zero concept of how to train instructors, support training centres or create national standards - each state was allowed to run the scheme their own way - totally different standards in each state - no tran
    11 points
  9. Our previous vessel TIOGA (IV) from the drafting board of K. Aage Nielsen. The family we sold her to visited us this weekend.
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  10. What sailor can resist watching another boat, sail into the docks? Coming in dead down wind with just the main up, is one way to size things up. Gives you a chance to look over dock space. You have to think quickly, you can't get downwind. The boat went onto a beam reach telling me, we're coming into the dock, under sail. Speed goes up on the reach. Think, think, think,.....Now? Tiller slowly to leeward, boat speed increases (you might want another start at this moment,...), but they're committed. You're in for it now. Might as well look good
    11 points
  11. It was a childhood dream to build my own boat and sail it across the ocean. One day I walked into an empty shed with a set of plans, a pile of foam and rolls of glass and resin. And I would picture the boat reaching into an anchorage after a trans-ocean passage. Finally did it at age 50-something.
    11 points
  12. A few notes- I was feeling sort of demoralized after yesterday's long motor and very lumpy trip around Cape May. Then, a family in an O'Day 35 loaded with gear pulled in next to me, also from Annapolis. They are really nice and the skipper does this trip every year (sails to NYC) he was full of good information. There's nothing special about them. If they can do it, I can do it. We compared forecasts and I told him my plans. He agreed that stopping in Sandy Hook is prudent. I've just finished checking out the engine after its long run yesterday. Everything is in spec. Time for a
    11 points
  13. Real kids are away so next best thing is to take your other kids for a sail.
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  14. It is interesting that a number of comments have in their own way reinforced my earlier comment about how AS (or its predecesor) ripped apart club learn to sail programs. It was something I dealt with at some length in another thread in response to a US sailor who lamented the "deporable state" of Australian Sailing. In my reply I specificially referenced in detail just how the National/State bodies had damaged the clubs, especially the smaller ones and especially their LTS programs. It will be interesting to see how much that aligns with the views and histories of some other commentators
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  15. My strong opinion is that Churches of any sort should not have tax exempt status. Not Churches, MOsques, Synagogues, Buddhist temples or even 8 tentacle Vishnu god worshippers. Not even the church of the FSM. And in the meantime, Every religious org that engages in political speech of ANY kind should immediately lose that tax exempt status.
    10 points
  16. JFC - this is not the solution. Ragy people don't call rage hotlines when they are raging. The actual solution is so easy: 1) find countries that have the fewest mass shootings 2) copy their gun laws 3) enjoy fewer dead people
    10 points
  17. Some of us just want to build a boat. I spent 10 years building mine in the back yard, then sailed it around the world. Not clear to me whether the high point was finishing it, or sailing it 40,000 miles afterward. Life is short, so do what works for you. At the time I started building my boat, I couldn't afford to buy one to do the sailing I wanted to eventually do. A divorce had cost me my previous boat and every bit of cash I had. I had a house with a mortgage and a six-car garage, an old car, a 40' empty fiberglass shell in the backyard, my guitar, a Leica M4, and $300 in
    10 points
  18. seems like if you knew a tropical storm/hurricane might be headed your way it would just be best to remove all the sails/covers.
    10 points
  19. 9 points
  20. There should be no Judged events, that would be an excellent start.
    9 points
  21. had this one fall into my lap this past week, a cosmetically rough but structurally sound pearson electra 22. this should be a fun little project. also if anyone has an old electra jib they'd like to unload. let me know.
    9 points
  22. As I was there that day (double trailer, road grim, that pesky Bethwaite(s), etc etc) so my list, in order of importance 1) front 20-25% of you rudder especiall the LE 2) front 25% of the centerboard, keel, fin (what ever) 3) the rest of your fin (centerboard, keel, whatever) 4) front 25% of the hull 5) rest of the rudder 6) rest of the hull. The really big reason is the bondary layer, at the bow and front of the foils there is no boundary layer, or it's miniscue. As you get to the back of a 49er or 18teen at speed it ends up being about 20mm thick, and
    9 points
  23. Hi anarchists, a warm "moin" from north Germany! I would like to introduce you to a new member of the proa family out there in the world: Proasis! Proasis is an 9 m long shunting outrigger canoe with a comparable large windward hull for some accomodation (kind of drua style). She has a traditional Marshallese sail and an unique double-kickup rudder system. We have designed and built her as part of the Proasis-Project on a budget of 4000€ (that includes everything, even the cost for renting a workshop and transporting the hulls to the water) the past two years and launched her
    9 points
  24. https://www.sail-world.com/news/239700/Laser-designer-Bruce-Kirby-dies-at-92-yrs Rest In Peace, Mr.Kirby. You put thousands of smiles on thousands of sailors.
    9 points
  25. Not sure why this feels like such a monumental moment. Its just some white 545 that's gone on and now it feels totally transformed. Really looking forward to seeing the glossy coat go on now. Only 2 million more things to finish and then we can go sailing again!
    9 points
  26. I thought this was going to be about the rise of the Chinese sailing Empire written by Shanghai Sailor…
    9 points
  27. Great to see the boat moved safely. But the new shed seems sterile and joyless compared with the magic of the old location with dog and parrot I expected that the stars of that episode would be the amazing boat movers. They were of course great, but for me the real standout stars were Raoul & Darlene telling their story, and hearing how the Tally Ho project had helped them find a way forward after too many setbacks. That had me in tears.
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  28. it has nothing to do with trailer weight, ballast or displacement. I think it’s some obscure 1960s or 70s system based on how much marijuana the crew can stash below decks.
    9 points
  29. I thought it horribly inconsiderate of Branson to fail to thank all the politicians who made the massive accumulation of wealth for the few possible. He also failed to thank all those who voted for those politicians, despite the fact it was not in their best interest to do so. And now CNN is hailing him like a hero who just saved the planet rather than a billionaire who just came back from a joy ride in space.
    9 points
  30. The "cat" was figurative. I arrived at Block Island at 3:15pm today. That's the boring part. The un-boring stuff: I can now tick off "sailed in New England fog" off my list. You guys warned me and you didn't lie. That shit is thick. AIS, talking on the radio and other prudent actions kept me safe. The fog rolled in shortly after I left Shinnecock and was heaviest as I entered Block's inlet. About Shinnecock- That was not a decision I made lightly. I vowed not to use any of these little inlets due to my inexperience. Then I decided that I'd rather get struck by lightning at ancho
    9 points
  31. I am following this like it’s the vendee globe
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  32. Horse shit. Americans were sheltered and were never really aware of the horror show going on in hospitals. Sure there were photos of morgue trucks in parking lots-- which Trump 'tards such as yourself ignored, but Americans were so blissfully ignorant of the Horror that Trump 'tards, such as yourself, would show up to hospitals "investigating the hoax." One day in January a nurse on my unit started her shift with four patients. They were all dead by the end of her shift. Nurses and docs with ptsd. Nurses and docs committing suicide. If more Americans had seen air hungry people begging to
    9 points
  33. Just five weeks after last month’s massacre at a San Jose light-rail yard that left nine people dead, the city has taken unprecedented gun-control action. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, San Jose’s city council approved a national first that will see gun owners being forced to compensate taxpayers for the spiraling costs of gun violence. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, gun owners in California’s third-largest city will be required to take out liability insurance for their firearms, and pay an annual tax that will help fund emergency responses to gun-related calls. In a new
    9 points
  34. First sail. Lots of fun. Xmas present for my wife who has been wanting a sunfish but I was just was not excited about getting her a sunfish. Saw this last december and jumped on it. So far so good. Only negative for us is when we launch from the dock the stern goes under and scopes up a bunch of water. What you don't see in the last picture is the stern is sitting on a roller so it is super easy to just roll it in and out of the water. Dave a nice accessory would be a cover that goes over the boat and sail as it sits on the dock. One to protect the sail from the sun and two to pr
    9 points
  35. Even at the highest level of sailing (the Olympics arguably), competitors don't know the rules. This is an indictment of both competitors and the rule writers. Yes, the rules are too complicated, but it's on the competitors to know how they work. This is a constant and ongoing problem, which acts as a barrier for new participants while driving active sailors from the sport. I was incredulous to see the Danish Radial (ILCA 6) sailor completely baffled by the outcome of what appeared to be her failed attempt to foul out her next closest competitor. In and of itself, this was a curious tacti
    8 points
  36. No. Any right that requires another to provide it is, in fact, confiscation of someone else's rights to their property or effort.
    8 points
  37. If you find it so unconscionable, I think you should fall on your sword and leave. Hang on a tic....that's right, you DID leave remember? Wasn't it just a week ago? Only fuckwits cry poor me I' m outa here and then stick around. I thought you had the perfect life or some similar bullshit and that Anarchy was a bunch of pussy lefties not worth your time?
    8 points
  38. Weather can surprise you. Squalls can pack a bigger punch than you expect. Out at sea there aren't any tree branches blowing around or flags getting shredded, or neighboring boats heeling 'way over to alert you to a puff's strength. A downdraft bomb doesn't have to arrive over the surface of the water and indicate its power by making waves, either. It can just drop down right where you are. It appears the boat and crew were capable, well equipped, and well experienced. The weather overcame them anyway. Glad the USCG was there to help them out.
    8 points
  39. Finally got a first coat of primer on the deck. Whew. That was a lot of work.
    8 points
  40. ... from the peanut gallery here, an easy little daysail out of Richmond, kindly granted by Paradox's owner because I taped a "can I get a ride?" note on her fender when she was briefly stationed in our marina. Sustained 25 kts with only smaller sail area up was so easy and yet such a thrill. They even let me drive a bit, but she devours yardage so fast that the very crowded Sausalito waterfront got stressful in a hurry. This boat is worlds apart from driving a cruising cat, in my albeit limited experience
    8 points
  41. Big day today! Took the boat out under sail for the first time. 5-8 knots of wind and sunny. Just had a 100% jib and main up and we were doing about 5 knots to windward - the boat is fast. Considering none of us had ever sailed it and were working everything out for the first time I couldn't be happier - there is awesome potential there. If we had a 150 up we would probably have been doing near wind speed. I discovered one thing I don't like much - the helm is super light, one or two fingers in those conditions but the boat doesn't track worth shit. If you don't concentrate at all times
    8 points
  42. Let's hope the other front doesn't fall off.
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  43. Half a boat. Took about 4-1/2 years, working 2 days a week on it. The Big Push when we hauled it for one month and did the following: - dropped the mast - installed a new bigger carbon mast beam and glassed it into the hulls - re-installed the mast - removed the old bridgedeck and inside uppers of the boat with a chainsaw - put in a new bridgedeck/cockpit sole, glassing it to the hulls and fore/aft beams. - put together a new bridgedeck cabin - put in a diesel (outboards before) and all the diesels auxiliaries including a prop shaft and strut. - pai
    8 points
  44. Pull the Genoa off, it doesn’t take much to catch part of the sail and then cascade from there.
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  45. One more view
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