r.finn

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  1. Yeah, I wasn't aware of the state of TOR before posting that. My bad assumption. Reading about it now.
  2. What's going on with the Port side deck spreader in this shot?
  3. I'd push the rudder elevators into TOR boats first and let their bigger budgets foot the bill for initial development cost. See if it becomes manageable for the VG sponsors after an initial TOR lap.
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    Poor thing...

    Yikes. I heard they broke the main hull in half in Abu Dhabi or somewhere over there. This was a cool Irens design. Pushed really hard by Yvan Bourgnon, he even had a solo 24 hour record on this boat while training in the Azores. A pity.
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    Single line reefing?

    What are your clew reef attachments? Press rings, webbing with rings, etc...? Others will know better but I've seen IMOCAs using clutches in the aft end of the boom for clew reefs. Reef, engage clutch, release loaded winch. This helps relieve boom compression and has the same effect on the sail as it would without clutches in the boom. West Engineering Ltd makes an actual lock for the clew reef which is external. Not cheap. I'd talk to your sail maker, but obviously there are many above who are happy with their single line solutions.
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    Single line reefing?

    Paul C. knows his stuff, but yeah. fslijelof should stick to slab reefing. If he doesn't want the extra line, use a snap shackle or hook for the luff, maybe just use two lines for the first reef since it's used most often and it sounds like they want to stay in the cockpit. No idea what kind of boat he and his wife sail but I've set up locks on a Class 40 and it seemed like overkill for a boat that small.
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    Single line reefing?

    Agreed. I think it's fine if you're not really going offshore and can setup your reef before heading out. However, there's a reason you don't see single line reefing used by any professional offshore teams, and it's not because they like to make things more difficult for themselves.
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    Single line reefing?

    Usually done with traditional slab reefing too. Single line is not as effective as regular slab reefing. I've done a lot of both.
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    Single line reefing?

    Single line reefing has the very annoying and unhelpful habit of tightening the leech as you reef the luff, exactly when you want the leech as open as possible. It is not at all easier short-handed.
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    Used sails

    Hi Mr. Head, The Haitian donation organization is called Sails for Sustenance and is under new management. The original founders are still involved and the new Managing Director is Jay Smith, a good friend of mine. I'm happy to put you in direct contact with him, just DM me. Jay and team are working hard to streamline some of the obstacles in getting sail donations to Haiti, and have some pretty ambitious plans. For more info please refer to www.sailsforsustenance.org , and again DM me for direct contact. -Ryan
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    It looks crazy dry. I have no idea how they approached the doldrums problem, but I can assure you they have. It's a great cockpit for most of the VG and probably not so great for most of the RDR.
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    2001 Hunter HC 50

    I day-sailed one with Steve Pettengill, who put a ton of miles on the red HC with the sugar scoop. Very cool boat. Light boat with a small and easily handled rig, which is stepped on an above deck structure also attaching the boom goose-neck. This allowed the boat to drop the rig with the mainsail still on the boom for transiting low bridges, etc... I really liked the version I sailed on and would have happily taken it anywhere. That said, I have not sailed the standard version. Do you have a link?
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    Melges 24 solo mods

    Be patient and get the U20.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    She did win the 2002 RdR. And she won the Transat on the same boat prior to her 2nd place VG finish. One IMOCA design with two clear single-handed victories. There are many men who haven't achieved nearly as much in IMOCA.
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    Bow-Cow Fugly

    Exactly. If all you are seeing is the transom, who cares what the bow looks like!
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    Bow-Cow Fugly

    What you are seeing here is actually due to rule restrictions in IMOCA which limit bow volume. If those limits were removed I'd bet this boat would look much more like a traditional scow, which I'm sure you would be much more comfortable with as a traditionalist.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Welp... Sounds like they hit a submarine then.
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    Transat Jacque Vabre 2019

    All of the J2's in that fleet are on the only permanent shroud forward of the mast, the J2 forestay. Other headsails are on locks. The J2 is raised on a spinnaker halyard and lashed to the stay, and remains that way until the end of the race, hopefully. It's a terrible situation if the sails fails and unfortunately for Kevin, and for North, it did. Anyway, that's why he couldn't get it down without going up. There's no halyard to release.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    'VG - skippers race a third of the time, and the rest of the time they get their boats home' (paraphrased).  Great comment.
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    Single Handed roll call?

    The meme for that.
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    Transat Jacque Vabre 2019

    Ah, yes. I've heard their origin story, but never a company name. Just sort of dock talk.
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    Transat Jacque Vabre 2019

    New to me: https://madintec.com/en/
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    Single Handed roll call?

    Whenever I have a spare minute. Edit: day, not minute.
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    Minitransat 2019

    It's pretty wild how competitive it is in the series class over the last decade. At the moment it looks like the top 17 series boats are all in the top 10 of proto. 9th placed series, Keni Piperol on the Vector 650, is six miles ahead of 5th in proto 969.