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  1. That’s what I hate about boats. (Actually there’s lots of things but don’t get me started!) No frigging brakes! No frigging brakes! That’s gotta be dumb.
  2. I get it. Sailing races (even on these lumbering beasts) are a game. Games need rules. Without rules it would be sailing anarchy. I’ll get my coat.
  3. Moppie, I’ve furled screechers on multis my own about a trillion times. As far as I can see you have presented two issues: 1) the drum or feeder is spinning around 360 degrees so that the furler line spins around the furler and she no workies no more- very frigging annoying! 2) when you furl it’s not furling evenly with the foot furling tightly and the leech not furling enough and you end up with a big “hoof” in the middle of the sail flogging and flapping and carrying on. Very frigging annoying! Here’s my take: 1) The common solution of “fixing” the furler out
  4. Camera boat not really a factor. But why head up now? I really think all was well for a close pass of the transom, he had him cleared (just) until Panick Pete spun the wheel up on the stb boat which swung the back half of the boat into the path of the ducking port tacker. stb has luffed far enough, in fact, that he’s back winding sails
  5. I’ll go a step further. Port tacker had seen stb boat, had eased main, was bow down, was definitely clearing stb tacker but was restricted to leeward by pain in the arse camera boat that thought now is a tops time to start heading up as me mate to windward is coming down to clear the stern of Stb boat, ie following steering instructions by old mate at the side stay. All was going well for a duck of the transom until Panic Pete on the stb boat spun the wheel up which swung the back half of the boat right into the path of the ducking port tacker. Stb boat Legally in the right,
  6. I wonder: 1) at what point did they give up towing it by the rudder blade? 2) why is red so god damned attractive to all the little growing thingys.
  7. LionIsland


    They say pineapple juice can help with that.
  8. And that Mr Alan H is the crux of the whole thing. Could I sail and sleep on a 135 ft trimaran at full speed on my own arriving at the horizon in just a few minutes? A foiling 60 foot mono.? A 40 foot bridge deck cat? An S and S 34? A mini 6.5 Maybe yes for two of those smaller midsized boats...for a little while for an hour or two or a day in ideal conditions if feeling strong, in good spirits, well rested and feeling confident. On fuck all sleep for weeks? Unfortunately, no way. That’s why all those solo racers at the top end or not are revered by so
  9. 1) I agree to that. Almost. If the stb boat held course it still doesn’t look like port tacker was going to get pulled away all the away in time for a clear duck. But agree that the stb tacker certainly panicked and suddenly turning up ended up making the situation worse. Pulling away might have avoided impact. Of course the port tacker shouldn’t be crossing that close. They’re not Lasers. I’d like to think it was just a fuck up and not a smart arse move gone wrong. Big difference. 2) I think you’ve been a bit harsh on the MOB. It looked like he tried to get out of the way and got taken
  10. Righto. I see. Vendredi Treize. It was mind boggling and the predecessor to the floating footpath. I was 8. Yet Pen Duick tri captivated my fascination.
  11. Good idea. Call it 40m. That means you’re asking them, in affect, to keep off atleast a boat length. Doesn’t sound unreasonable considering what’s at stake and how big n heavy those things are. Sure, probably a bit hard to police but how often do these things race and if you take a picture of a give way boat obviously inside that zone then they should wake up. Almost incomprehensibly lucky the lack of injuries if those reports are right.
  12. my point is if it can head up quite abruptly in a desperate, reactionary but ‘mistaken’ attempt in trying to avoid the imminent collision in the last 5 seconds it could possibly just as easily borne away and pretty much avoided or highly reduced the impact force and the unfortunate forwardness of the impact (if not entirely missing maybe just clipping the back corner). Oh yeah, of course, if it was me steering, and let’s assume the steerer/owner was of a mature age with mature age reactions, and who was no doubt depending on forward spotters, young (er) gun tacticians and advisors on th
  13. I don’t excuse the port tacker, bad misjudgement, or on board communications fuck up or something (all too easy) , but it looks to me stb tacker made things worse by heading up in the last moments and shoving his counter under the incoming bow of the port tacker. It might have just about completely missed if stb tacker had taken the opposite action, ie pulled down hard and moved his counter away from the incoming bow.
  14. Yes big heavy slow fuck up. No good. But ça n someone explain to me, on the filming boat, why so much panic and why we all had to run downstairs?
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