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  1. 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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  2. 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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  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. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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
    33 points
  7. ":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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  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 1979 Fastnet. Not much to say about that one, except that we did finish.
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  11. oh yeah? well guess what, i don't want anybody here who is such a twat. adios mother fucker.
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  12. <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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  13. 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
  14. 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
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  15. And we have liftoff!!
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  16. 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.
    28 points
  17. 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
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  18. 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
  19. 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
    26 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
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  22. 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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  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. A couple of quick ones before I go and send some to the boss ...
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  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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.
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  32. 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’.
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  33. New Max Sirena interview by Bacci del Buono and Mario Giuffrè for Giornale della Vela. It's a really long interview, almost 2 hours, Max as always is very straight and open to talk about nearly everything he can share with the audience. - They knew that Ineos would have fixed the boat for the Prada Cup (edit: that's true, Max always said that in every interview). ITUK sailed better, but the main reason they lost against them was that LR did some mistakes. They didn't close the door when they could, they allowed BA to make some split and keep the race open. LR didn't apply the classic m
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  34. Dear all, I didn´t post much during this edition but tried to follow all the posts. The reason for my writing today is, that there has been a miracle on German TV. Every sunday afternoon there is a show about all kinds of sports, usually 40 minutes of football the rest about all the other events. Yesterday they sent the complete 60 minutes about the Vendee. I had to reach the age of 71 to experience this. Normally on German TV sailing doesn´t exist. And now a complete show of 60 minutes. I couldn´t believe it. Of course Boris was the main actor but the show all in all told many deta
    23 points
  35. After many hours of consideration, a lot of in-depth research on the SA technical threads, extensive computational modelling and a few quick & dirty minutes in Photoshop, I have produced this analysis of the new foil. And by some strange quirk of destiny, it bears more than a passing resemblance to ... - a seagull!
    23 points
  36. Yes, quite light but I didn't see all the afternoon's sailing, can only comment on later in the day, when Britannia 2 was running a #1 jib and foiling around no problem. They look quite quick at times, but I still think their handling is a little behind LR and AM. Te Rehutai was still busy testing I would say, lots of straight lines, at one point spending a long spell sailing in displacement mode. Dan Bernasconi was in a chase boat alongside taking photos of something at water level as they towed out so I guess there are lots of design details to check and validate. They were foilin
    23 points
  37. 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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  38. 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
  39. They towed out around 11am and the breeze was light and puffy to start with. Foiled down the Channel and headed out to the Bays. The breeze started to build around midday and they got some long runs in, multiple tacks and gybes. As you can see, there is still a bit of haze from the smoke and they were quite a way out. The third pic was taken while the breeze was still soft, midway through a tack which was followed by a brief kiss. The last (distant) pic was taken about 15 mins later and shows the exit from a dry gybe, stbd foil just coming out of the water.
    23 points
  40. I suspect the negative reaction to this young woman’s venture has two roots. First, it is a bit of a BS publicity stunt; Second, I’m hearing a bunch of cranky old folks that seem jealous of a young person with a big following who is trying to make a difference, Grampa and Gramma – it’s not a good look. You should be encouraging the next generation. Sailing, especially at the high end is all about publicity and marketing – and yes this is a PR stunt. Seriously how does the America’s cup make for better software or superior “drivers' cars”. How does sailing around the world make f
    23 points
  41. Was down at Wynyard yesterday just as they were lifting TR out. Here's the best photos I could get of the foils
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  42. I felt like digesting this whole miraculous rescue in a timeline on the race tracker...
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  43. Nice 'call out' for Peter in ATs last video :-) In reality Pete has had less sleep than Alex since Saturday evening, as he has had to all the liaison, brain work etc inc writing up instructions for Alex to undertake the repairs. The lad is really putting in the graft to get Alex back to full race mode. The Northumberland oak wedges Pete put onboard' just in case' have been put to good use...the oak came from trees we felled and used in building our home.. and making the bar in our pub (The Beresford Arms, Whalton). So lots of north east england/Northumbrain links to AT and HB :-)
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  44. here in the East Anglia I keep my boat in commission all year round certainly the weather often sucks and there are plenty of 6 layer days but two or three times a month through the winter we get a ridge come through between depressions or, even better, a high settles in. Then we get bright sunny, light wind but nut crunchingly cold days (by that I mean hovering around 0 C not 0 F). The light is fantastic and the river is full of migrating birds. The mooring fields are generally empty so I can beat from one end of the 10 mile estuary to the other without engangering the gel coa
    22 points
  45. https://farevela.net/2020/06/03/americas-cup-che-coppa-sara-diretta-4-giugno-2130-ospiti-bruni-e-vascotto-commento-tecnico-dalbertas-pinucci/ Since there are not so much news in these days, here's an old interview of Vasco Vascotto and Checco Bruni with the Italian Guys, Vittorio D'Albertas and Pietro Pinucci. @Xlot had already posted the translation when the interview was published, so it's not hot news, but it's interesting anyway. There was some serious audio issue, so sometime it was a problem to understand what they were saying. The interview is dated 3 June. If you find other old (
    22 points
  46. shes legit ... foil arm looks to be in the front end of the box ... opposite of all other teams ... what are we going to read into that?
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  47. Sounds like a great way to drive people away from sailing and make it harder for those who were thinking about racing to find crew. Are they trying to kill the racing fleet? USSailing tried to require all crew to be members in order to compete in any race. That died very quickly. Our club has a policy that ANYONE wishing to race on Wednesday nights is provided a spot on one of the boats. No one is left on the dock. You don’t have to be a member - it's a good way to recruit new ones.
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  48. So far this kid has activated 1.4 million students in over a hundred countries to protest climate change. You want to sit around splitting hairs over the exact measurement of a unit of carbon or back the kid? Go Greta Go! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg
    22 points

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