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  1. I have a lot of work ahead of me still. I am and isolation for 2 weeks still at the new facility. I have so much to say to all of you that and so much for Hope and I, My heart has been touched and this all has been a very humbling time and i will find a better way in the future too express how I feel. Still having hard time drinking words together I'm told it's because of my lung capacity. My bra in is coming back online quickly but I've been laying flat since the beginning of March and it's really messed me up when it comes to trying to walk. I can stand vertical using a w
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  2. Better..............Day 8. Day 7 was indeed the turning point and things are a little better since. Still minor waves, but the fevers are not as high, not much in the way of chills, still really really tired but appetite improving. A little cough still. No shortness of breath except for a minute or so climbing the stairs or similar exertion and its not really short of breath, just winded. Sweaty nights still......yep but not as bad. Sat in the sun for a while this morning just marveling at how wonderful it is just to be outside and alive........I've felt that way on several occasions before. I
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  3. I am sorry to say that our resident cow expert Austin1972 has passed. He had been sick for the past month and was down in Illinois selling his house so that he could move to Michigan and live with his SO/childhood sweetheart. She had last talked to him this past Sunday, and when she hadn’t heard from him by Tuesday she called the local Sherrif to do a wellness check. They found him face down, and deceased. His Mother had him cremated, and there will be a Memorial for him this Summer in Onekama, MI. He wasn’t tested for Covid, and there was no autopsy, but his girlfriend thinks it wa
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  4. It's pissing down outside and yes, we are back to Level 3. To all those moaning and bitching about it and calling the PM childish names, get a grip, we are the luckiest people in the world right now, to have had a wonderful, normal summer, an Americas Cup regatta, and a government that had the gumption to get on top of the problem early. Meanwhile, here is a bit of rainy day, AC75 action-less filler ...
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  5. thank you for the greetings, things are still pretty wonky trying to do this so just bear with me and My energy level is low but I know this is good to bring my brain back online so I'll keep posting as best I can.
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  6. To give you an idea of how close we were to the action, this was taken with a wide angle lens!
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  7. If you bash a 17 year old girl for trying to save the environment and laud a 17 year old boy for committing murder, you're a broken person.
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  8. 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
    34 points
  9. Thanks Nimbus. The whole reset of the SA website where all the pages were wiped clean really had me at a low point. The last six months of it's life I had been just stomping on the gas pedal trying to get to 1M posts and literally came up just short. Then... Covid 19 blind sided me and thanks to Boomer all was documented and the SA family circled around me and my small family (Hope and Lucy say Hi!!), got me back up on my feet again and motivated. It's still shocking to me to see how many fans of the page are out there....I truly had no idea! As everyone knows I spent a lot of t
    33 points
  10. It is with great sadness that I report 8 bells for Innocent Bystander. IB was a skilled sailor and an incredible human being. He raced in venues around the globe, served his nation faithfully and with honor. He was a gentle, moderate soul but neither did he suffer fools gladly. He was a cherished mentor to me in sailing and life in general and he also graciously officiated my wedding. He contributed much to my sailing and boat knowledge and to these forums with experience and good humor. I am damned grateful to have known him.
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  11. 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
    32 points
  12. ":A 2h18 heure française, le team PRB a été informé du sauvetage de Kevin Escoffier par Jean Le Cam. " Kevin has been rescued.
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  13. 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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  14. And just to add to that record, Mozzy Sails contacted me direct to ask permission to use my photos and even offered to purchase some, by way of compensation. I am more than happy to contribute any pics that might help his efforts to add to the technical conversation about these amazing machines, and very appreciative that he asked. Like RG, Mozzy puts his neck out and puts many hours into his YouTube channel and contributions to this forum. He adds far more to this place than do the serial sideline critics and grumpy fucks. Keep up the great work Mozzy!
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  15. Mark's recover continues at a steady pace. He was transferred to Kindred Hospital in Seattle for three weeks of rehab. Hope asked if he was ready for his ipad, but he wants to wait. The swelling has mostly gone down in his hands and feet, but Mark wants his motor skills to improve a bit more. It may take the whole three weeks, or until he gets home till he's ready for an ipad. When I talked with him the other night, using a smart phone was still a bit of a struggle. Hope says his weight is just under 200lbs, and that's a good thang - of less weight on his hips. Hope said he had a good day, and
    29 points
  16. 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.
    29 points
  17. 1979 Fastnet. Not much to say about that one, except that we did finish.
    29 points
  18. oh yeah? well guess what, i don't want anybody here who is such a twat. adios mother fucker.
    29 points
  19. <long answer> I think you have the wrong end of the stick, old chap. Think about the owners and crews, not the boats. Admiral's Cup, for example. When else could you have 600+ mostly brand new 39 to 53 foot race boats battling it out all across the world every 2 years to be selected as one of their nation's 3-boat team? 57 offshore racing boats were sent to Cowes from everywhere, Japan, Australia, Argentina, USA, Canada, New Guinea, you name it, sailed by about 800 mostly amateur sailors, inshore and offshore. Boats designed by dozens of different naval architects, yet all
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  20. 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.
    28 points
  21. It's my father's boat. It has been sitting on the trailer at Lake Lanier for a few years. He has been unable to sail for quite a while now due to health reasons. We had a lot of fun on that boat. We did the Ft Lauderdale to Key West (in 2008) and broke the mast in the middle of the night off Marathon Key when it was gusting in the upper 30's. We followed that up with 2008 St. Pete NOOD's in Pensacola and watched a new owner take delivery of their brand new boat the day of the regatta. Having never been on his new boat, he whipped everyones ass with a 1, 2, 7, 1, 5, 3, 1, 1, 6 to finish first i
    28 points
  22. And we have liftoff!!
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  23. Give it a rest chaps. HB was another attempt at evolution, and they should be applauded for spending a fuck ton of money to do so. If you want to try and be innovative you run the risk of breakages along the way, they knew that, tried anyway and shit happens. That makes me respect them more, not less. Full kudos to them, I hope they work it through and come back even harder. If you don't want breakages, don't go ocean racing in a sail boat.
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  24. VG sailors at sea in the rough A translation: JLC: Damien can you receive me ? DS: Yes Jean I can (garbled)... I don't think you're receiving me that well but I receive you very well. JLC: Yeah, now I do, clac clac clac.. and ... clac clac clac (0:30) DS: What are you doing, you're playing with your camera ? JLC: Yeah because, its screwing up... cla clac clac... there we go DS: Listen (garbled) JLC: Well listen its a pretty incredible story right, we meet in the middle of the indian ocean, 3 miles from one another, its pretty extraordinary. DS: (garbled) what you did
    27 points
  25. It's tough losing a good guy like Matt. We'd communicated a bit privately since meeting on SA, but didn't get to really know him well till 2014, when Kim Bottles recommended me as the photographer for Launch Digital Media for a redo of the PNW School of Wooden Boatbuilding website. We finally met in person at the Spike Perry Rendezvous at Bob's in June of 2014. Hard to find a more personable and caring guy then Matt. We exchanged gifts and specialty meats. We even have a few frozen packages of his last wonderful gift of bacon wrapped chicken breasts. I'm still trying to figure out why a cattle
    27 points
  26. I have often wondered if I could rescue people while singlehanding. I got the answer yesterday and it went perfectly. A canoe with two people tipped over in Cadboro Bay (near Victoria) yesterday. It was blowing 18 knots with a chop. I heard a very faint "help" in the distance, and after a bit of looking around I saw them waving at me. I waved back to let them know that I was coming. I tacked around and sailed up about 50 yards above them. Then I tacked again and hove too, and drifted down to them. I was still moving forward a bit, so I tossed them my spinnaker sheet and the
    26 points
  27. He checked into exumas this morning!!! He is safe!!!
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  28. Learning to walk again has been the most painful part of the journey. I've always been anti heavy pain medication but I finally gave in and started taking .25 (?) Of an oxycodone pill to help manage it and and it works for about 4 or 5 hours which gets me through physical therapy/walking with crutches. Not saying it eliminates the pain but it definitely dulls it some. Having to wear a mask and breathing in hot air as I start to pant really sucks! I've done good on everything else and have been discharged from occupational therapy, but I keep up with doing laps around the building in the w
    26 points
  29. I have launched another Random Pic page. Though I am doing better my coordination and my brain is a bit foggy still and I was laying here thinking that maybe this would be a good exercise for me to do. I'm having to use my phone to do this so bear with me and I will start pumping out pictures I have saved.
    26 points
  30. Just for the record, I contacted @erdb @MaxHugen @doroxand @weta27asked if they were happy me using images or graphs etc. I always try to credit them in the video and in the description as agreed. I am sorry if I have missed that once or twice, but am happy to go back and fix it if I know where. Same with Sail Chaser and Justin Mitchell where I approached first before using content. I still post here as much as I always have and get involved with discussions as much as I always have. I don't think it's fair at all to say I am lurking. Secondly, I don't believe I am simply regurgit
    26 points
  31. RING RING RING RING JS "um...cia... errr... pronto!" RC "Jimmy, it's me" JS "Who?" RC "Me mate, your old boss" JS "Fuck you Kiwis all sound the same to me mate, and I've been owned by plenty of you cunts, so you're gonna have to narrow it down for me" RC "Jimmy it's me! Russell!" JS "Ah minchia! Look I dunno what Slingers told you, but I definitely left that wheel at the base in Bermuda when I left" RC "Look don't worry about tha.." JS "Plus these Italians mate, they are all about leather and matte black anyway..." RC "Look just shut up fo
    26 points
  32. For fuck's sake, after the reenactments of the Napoleonic wars can both newbies and old salts here please stop the technical-detailed-nit-picking war regarding planes, satellites, DSC, SART, EPIRB, PLB, whatever it is in this thread? Start your own thread and do the dick contest there who know's what about something a lot of people don't want to know, or care about. But still have to go through reading. This threaddrift becomes unreadable and very, very irritating. If this continues I'll have say goodbye to this thread because of the very negative I-know-it-better dickswinging energy and my i
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  33. Ok - make that 100%. This is my dad's boat in 77 or 78 at the first Atlantic City race week - photo from the committee boat, pretty sure we won our class. That's me driving, with my brother the blond on the weather rail looking back and my dad just to his right in his beloved Peter Storm sweater. The treadmaster was a work in progress at the time (we added the additional pieces later on that summer), but you can see the seams on what's there exactly match the photos above, plus in the 5th photo you can see the yellow under the blue where the dock line has chafed it. We won a lot of races on th
    26 points
  34. If you think that letter was his first step, you would be completely incorrect. He worked through the chain of command for several days. It was common knowledge in and out of the Navy that TR had diverted to Guam with more than 100 positive COVID cases aboard. As the CO stated in the letter, if there was a wartime requirement, he would have sucked it up and "fought sick." If Acting Secretary Modly was just finding about it, it may be because he was out of touch and thinking about the new "War on Drugs" he elped teh President roll out Wed evening. A tough situation and he knew he was offer
    26 points
  35. I don't think I posted this when she wrote this. Pretty good writing for a 15 year old. But I'm biased as her dad. Pass it on to somebody who might be thinking of taking off with the family on a sailboat for a few years. It didn't seem to hurt her. https://www.seventeen.com/life/real-girl-stories/a42210/i-live-on-a-boat/ She's 19 now and is heading to university in the fall. A dual degree program: 2 years at Sciences Po in France (Macron and the elder Trudeau went there so you know it's appropriately high falutin') and then 2 years closer to home at UBC in Vancouver.
    25 points
  36. Good News! I just received an email from Hobot, so he must be doing a bit better! Whew! Made my day!
    25 points
  37. 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
    25 points
  38. A couple of quick ones before I go and send some to the boss ...
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  39. I just banned BlatantEcho until 10/1 for posting fake information about COVID. I'm not sure why he wants people to die while he takes advantage of the the pandemic to take a low-cost sex tourism trip through eastern europe, but it doesn't matter. Anyone else who posts pretend science from history professors, pretend epidemiology from demon sperm docs or stem cell promoters, or posts monday morning numbers over and over again to try to prove that the we are 'rounding the corner' is going to get the boot for at least a few weeks. If it looks like you are deliberately trying to get people
    25 points
  40. Hi ya’ll! Day 11. No fever now for pretty close to 3 days. I get winded pretty easy and still a little cough. I’m REALLY fatigued now all day but trying to do a little each day.....a few tasks. Today was garage reorganization but I did a lot of sitting and sorting. Mrs PB is my angel and watches over me like a hawk. Balancing activity with rest is a little hard to calibrate. I have this notion I gotta keep moving as much as possible without overdoing it. Lungs are definitely compromised. It’s a marathon now.......
    25 points
  41. Eight years ago today we lost Spike Perry. The SLIVER project was started just about that time. The project was then dedicated to the memory of Spike. The Spike Burgee will fly on FRANCIS LEE today.
    25 points
  42. OK...so I've nearly sobered up... and want to say a few things to the SA team that have followed the Voodoo story. Firstly - Thank you for your support and input! From the outset I've put thoughts and rough ideas into this group for consideration and feedback...I've been very upfront about our thoughts and had some valued responses. This group is an amazing source of information for those that are prepared to take the risk!! I won't mention names, but right from our outset with the Cookson 12 training platform, there has been great knowledge shared here...and we have benefitted from
    25 points
  43. Buying my Sailboat I have been thinking about the value of writing this for a few days and now I am writing, so you decide if it is of value. I retired in October of 2016, there were a variety of reasons but I was 52 and I realized that there is not enough daylight left in my life. At the new year I looked at finally getting some kind of formal sailing training to add to my years of actual sailing dinghys, hobies, flying juniors, mono’s of around 25’, and occasional crewing on larger stuff. I knew how to sail small craft but never skippered anything over 25’.
    24 points
  44. 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
    24 points
  45. Radical greens is just a smear word by people who don't want to be held accountable for the damage they make to our environment.
    24 points
  46. Pretty much. Too expensive to produce, too few views to make any money, advertisers don't seem interested. Patreon is a bust. While I suppose I don't mind doing these for free, Nobelman Productions can't continue donating their work forever. We were hoping that if we made enough of these on a consistent basis, we would get enough traction via you tube views, but it never happened. Getting around 12,000 views per video isn't shit in the You Tube world. You Tube can make decent money, but at numbers like 50,000 views and up. What makes it doubly frustrating, besides the rea
    23 points
  47. That makes me very sad. I can’t tell you all what a tough year this has been. Too many good people have had very bad things happen to them. Fair winds Austin. I wish you had been able to realize your move to the PNW and live to a happy old age. There is a lesson here my SA friends........and I have learned it at a very dear price. We are not promised tomorrow. We only have today. Live that way.
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  48. On the door into my waiting room there is a large polite sign explaining that (i) We only allow three people at a time into the waiting room and (ii) In order to protect the patients and the medical staff, everyone must wear a mask before entering the waiting room. Yesterday my medical assistant came into my examining room in near tears because there was a person in the waiting room who refused to wear a mask. Thinking their might be a medical reason, I stepped out (wearing my PE) to see if we could bring him to another room.....but it turned out he was exercising what he thought was his
    23 points

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