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  1. Well, yes. Warning: if you listen to this, especially Clapton's solo starting at around 2:56, you may give up trying to play rock guitar. Cream - Tales of Brave Ulysses LIVE! - YouTube Clapton may be a miserable human being and a full-blown conspiracy theorist, but he can play guitar pretty well.
  2. Here's what the Deed says: "The Club challenging for the Cup and the Club holding the same may by mutual consent make any arrangement satisfactory to both as to the dates, courses, number of trials, rules and sailing regulations, and any and all other conditions of the match, in which case also the ten months’ notice may be waived. In case the parties cannot mutually agree upon the terms of a match, then three races shall be sailed, and the winner of two of such races shall be entitled to the Cup. All such races shall be on ocean courses, free from headlands, as follows: the first ra
  3. Ah, the trusty Monitor at work. Our last sailboat was Calypso, and her Monitor was named "Brave Ulysses." (you will need to be a serious late-1960's hard rock aficionado to understand that particular reference.)
  4. The original challenge by the non-compliant "club" was ruled invalid by the NY court after Larry sued. In this case there is little realistic chance of the RYS challenge being ruled invalid, unless you believe in conspiracy theories.
  5. Until the challenge that is already on the table and has been accepted is dealt with, that can't happen.
  6. DeSantis was good early on at prioritizing the vaccination of older Floridians, me among them. As is typical with him, however, he did it with one eye on the political winds. Seniors are a huge voting bloc in Florida, they turn out to vote, and they break to the right on most issues. By prioritizing them for vaccination, he almost guaranteed support among seniors in his current campaign for re-election, as well as establishing a stronger base for his expected 2024 Presidential campaign. Recently, however, he has de-emphasized vaccination in favor of treatments such as monoclonal ant
  7. Our knowledge is generally incomplete or imperfect at any single point in time. When what we thought was the correct approach proves to be wrong based on newer findings, we have to be willing to change course in the light of new understanding or circumstances. That's not flip-flopping: it's growth.
  8. The gist of the article, if you haven't been able to read it, is that compliance with vaccine mandates within health care systems and hospitals in Texas has been very high--98% in the Houston Methodist system, one of the earliest to require employee vaccination. The governor of TX seems like a low-budget Trump with his insistence that private companies cannot mandate covid vaccination for their employees. It seems a lot of large employers in TX are going to ignore that. Yes, let's reduce government regulation of private companies, in the interest of freedumb. Let those companies deci
  9. It was most certainly an odd summer in Maine. I have never seen a wetter summer, and the fact that we had fog at times throughout the summer was unusual. Since we now have a powerboat, we look for calmer days rather than windier days. There were plenty of days this summer when the wind didn't come up until much later in the day than normal, and seemed to die off earlier. There seemed to be fewer days when it blew more than 15 kt or so, even in Penobscot Bay, which tends to be a bit of a wind funnel for both southerlies and northerlies I always use the PB forecast for determinin
  10. It is usually calm in the evening and morning, particularly in the sheltered anchorages that many of us frequent. More often than not, there is a seabreeze of some type during the day.
  11. For those of us who have owned and loved Herreshoff designs from the early 20th century, you are really going to need to explain those comments with regard to the NY 30.
  12. Here is the wording from the Deed: "No vessel which has been defeated in a match for this Cup can be again selected by any club as its representative until after a contest for it by some other vessel has intervened, or until after the expiration of two years from the time of such defeat. And when a challenge from a Club fulfilling all the conditions required by this instrument has been received, no other challenge can be considered until the pending event has been decided." The Deed doesn't say when a "vessel" is considered to be a new vessel. Generally, the Protocol for each
  13. If it had been a wooden boat, that would have been and add-on, for sure.
  14. Usually done in the mold. A little fussy to prevent voids between the gelcoat and the laminate, but not that bad for an experienced laminator. That's the great advantage of fiberglass construction. Complex shapes such as tumblehome and reverse transoms usually require a split mold, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I suspect the reason was to reduce crossflow under the transom when the boat was heeled over. Not sure if it did much or not. Bob Perry would know. By the way, many of the cold-molded IOR hulls had the rule-driven rudder skeg done as an external wood add-on to t
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