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  1. 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.
    14 points
  2. 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
    12 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Our previous vessel TIOGA (IV) from the drafting board of K. Aage Nielsen. The family we sold her to visited us this weekend.
    11 points
  6. 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?
    10 points
  7. 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
    10 points
  8. 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
  9. 9 points
  10. In the US, "guidelines" for mammography say that older women( eg over 55) don't need yearly mammograms. This is a cost-benefit calculation by Medicare and insurance companies, endorsed by some but not all medical associations. Not surprisingly radiologists say yearly. I thought "right, you greedy bloodsuckers" and went along with it. By chance, I decided to get a mash and flash 6 months early because my primary care wanted me to get a DEXA scan and I figured get it all done in one fell swoop. Turns out that was amazingly good karma. Consider carefully, tell your female family
    8 points
  11. They should be coming down now, I just bought my newest boat.
    8 points
  12. There should be no Judged events, that would be an excellent start.
    8 points
  13. 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
  14. Next up: Nacrophilia noun sexual intercourse with or attraction towards dead catamarans.
    7 points
  15. Olympics: restrict it to only the events held at Olympia by the ancient Greeks. Dump all the rest, including sailing. Require all competitors and officials to stay in tents. That will cut out the luxury-seekers. Ban all coaches, team medics etc from the Olympic village, and ban competitors from phones and internet etc until after their last event. Ban all advertising from the venues. America's Cup: Ban all sponsors. It was more fun when the Cup was fought out between rich feckers rather than big corporates. Bring back the 12-metres. They are ri
    7 points
  16. I'd say if you want to fly just the state flag, it should be flown from the spreader/yardarm. Only the ensign should be flown from the stern.
    7 points
  17. 50+ year old Albacore. Almost all components, standing rigging and running rigging original. Purchased about 6 years ago for $250.
    7 points
  18. Strangely, I really don't care if the response and planning was the worst or best. It is completely overshadowed by the magnitude of the event. Just like I really don't care how well FDNY planned and responded to 9/11. When the rioters engaged the police, whether the police were fully prepared and shot every single rioter dead before they got up the stairs, or whether they were completely overrun, is completely irrelevant to the fact that a sitting president just tried to pull off a coup. Putting Pelosi's role in this as anything other than Planck level minuscule is utter BS. After we co
    6 points
  19. How do we change anything at grass roots when the head organisation doesn’t understand the basics of cashflow. We are a very small country club that might get eight mixed class boats of cats and mono’s out on a good day around the cans. We also run a midweek Pacer junior sailing program after school in summer, to which between twenty and thirty kids turn up and over run the club. We love it and to run this we need about ten volunteers so that there are always enough experienced people. This used to be easy, now we need to have enough people with instructor tickets recertified despite most of u
    6 points
  20. Trump and his dipshit fuckwads are solely responsible for the riot. The damage caused by the riot and the response to the riot can be debated. Trump and everyone of his little minions should be in jail right now. The only debate we should be having is whether to shoot them or throw them in prison for life. End of story.
    6 points
  21. A reminder for those who are not interested in finding the truth - "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding...And a fact-finding commission would be prudent." -- Rep. Kevin McCarthy, January 13, 2021
    6 points
  22. I haven't posted on this thread in a while. The arguments go round and round. The facts remain the same. Whatever your political views and whatever your definition of freedom, this is a medical issue. The best medical advice is to get vaccinated against covid 19. I am on staff/affilaited at two hospitals in CT. They are seeing a sharp pick up again in hospitalization for covid. This is after a relatively quiet early Summer. The data will lag because it is only reported once a week on Thursday. The Delta variant is clearly more infectious and spurring an increase. They are reportin
    6 points
  23. Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparent's house to visit her 95 year-old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, "He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning." Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble. "Oh no, my dear," replied granny. "Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to do it was when the church bells would start to ring. It was just
    6 points
  24. One has degrees in English and poetry writing, but one builds things from wood because it pays one better than writing. This is a bad time to gig out as a freelancer, or to look for staff positions with newspapers & magazines. My partner runs a small publishing imprint and has also written and edited perhaps ten books for other publishers, still in print. There's great amusement opening the royalty checks that arrive every six months. "It's from (Famous) University Press -- ooh, you made $4.33!" Writing, successfully, for a living, requires a degree of narrow-eyed cynicism that makes
    6 points
  25. I think that word "entertainment" misunderstands what the channel is doing. This is a form of reality TV, which doesn't sell entertainment: it sells a sense of belonging. The viewers are repeatedly told that they are part of a group, and that their donations make this all possible. Sailing Uma calls their group of donors "the Uma Nation" and SV Delos calls theirs "the Delos tribe". I can't recall what terminology La Vagabonde uses, but it's the same technique of selling belonging. This is very similar to the manipulative sense of belonging created by commercial sports teams, which
    6 points
  26. Be nice guys or Ricky will leave for the 7th time!
    6 points
  27. Better chance of Wess getting “ILCA” tattooed on his neck than him paying you your well-deserved rum.
    6 points
  28. I can't believe you are all talking about Skorpios correcting out.! They have no farkin intention to correct out.! Their "ONLY" intention is to win line honors and break records. Correcting out is for smaller boats.! LOL
    5 points
  29. #1 Yes. #2 Yes, Explained. She understood and was fine with it. The candidate was studying to be RN. Incidentally the nursing school has announced all students need to be vaccinated . I was sitting in a board meeting yesterday and discussing issues with a local business.... vaccination of employees was discussed, resulting in two board members exclaiming that "requiring vaccination was a HIPAA violation" etc etc. Normally I keep quiet but in this case it was going to be harmful to let decisions be made on misinfo, so I provided them some info on what HIPAA
    5 points
  30. I am not much of a sailboat racing fan, but the events I love have a couple things in common. Big personalities, gamesmanship, nationalism, high standards of sportsmanship. Also zinc oxide, blow dried haircuts, Sperrys and Ray Bans. Foiling, helmet mics and flight controllers do nothing for me.
    5 points
  31. My last head wound was pretty embarrassing. We were just getting ready to open a run for the season where I work part time. A fellow patroller said you should do a lap on 66 before we open it to the public. So of course I did. It was still early and I didn't fully have my legs under me, but I ripped it top to bottom in heavy powder slop shit. A couple turns from the bottom with my thighs were on fire, a couple customers looked up and one of them said hey check that out, so I tried to give them a show. Which I did, in uniform no less. As I tumbled forward ass over tea cup the tip of a ski
    5 points
  32. Fuck. Now we are going to have the 'only way to stop a bad guy with a paving stone is with a good guy with a paving stone' crowd.
    5 points
  33. Back on Wa terra firma. The shrink wrap seems to have been worth it's weight in gold. Hull looks great for the amount of time it was in the desert and heading up. Back to work putting it together, even squeezed the out of water portion of our survey in today.
    5 points
  34. I really wish plonkers like you that focus on some abstract stat of dying from COVID could have seen my pts who survived in the dark days of my hospital from Dec '20 through Jan '21. Try wearing a bipap strapped to your face for a week and you might wish you were dead as it wears away the skin on your nose and cheeks. And after being feeble and bed ridden for weeks enjoy your stay in a rehab facility when you are discharged because now you are too weak to walk more than 10' and can barely wipe your own ass. Oh-- and that kidney damage. They should get better eventually. And all that solu-medro
    5 points
  35. So muche foire Goode Humoire...................
    5 points
  36. I'm 66 and still sailing a twin wire skiff 52 weeks a year, often twice a week; teaching newbies to sail them when I'n not actually racing them. Good for staying fit and agile. I can't imagine going back to a hiking boat. I suppose one day I'll have to give them up, but am optimistic enough about the next few years to have just ordered a new one.
    5 points
  37. Moored in Port Clyde. Rain Sunday and brisk southerlies Sunday and Monday. Today was epic. Crystal clear, zero humidity, I sailed through all these rock ledges and islands. Sea doggos and porpoises everywhere. Wind was southerly but off the nose enough that only 2 tacks needed to get here.
    5 points
  38. We are just a tiny boat shop in the center of the desert called Texas.….…. Where recent winners of the J-24 and J-22 worlds just happened to have their underbodies worked over before those events. …..gonna have to buy myself a bigger hat
    5 points
  39. I think it is more about indifference and lazyiness. Climate change is real: Take mitigating action Climate change is a hoax: Do jack fuck.
    5 points
  40. Tip & Shaft: GABART: "SAVING 5 TO 10 DAYS ON A ROUND-THE-WORLD PASSAGE IS DEFINITELY POSSIBLE" SVR Lazartigue, François Gabart’s new Ultim, was launched yesterday in Concarneau in blazing sunshine in front of a large crowd. Born as M101 the new giant was known for a long time only by this code name after the withdrawal of its initial sponsor. The VPLP design is the result of 150,000 hours of work and is characterised by its strong design choices. It is, in essence, a radical but very carefully conceived concept, just like its skipper who was very involved in every stage of the de
    5 points
  41. I can do tasteful. A cook during medieval times is ordered to prepare a feast for the king. Knowing this was a feast for the king, the cook prepared everything diligently and carefully. At the day of the feast, the king and his guests arrive and begin to eat. They are in love with the food from the lamb to the roast duck to even the soups. The king recognized the cooks ability and made him a top chef of the kingdom. Many apprentices flocked across the world to be his student, but the cook never took any in. Until he came upon one apprentice he was very fond of. This man did everything
    5 points

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