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  1. 21 minutes ago, Stingray~ said:

    I guess the optimistic part of that is this premise's possibility:

    Kissinger urged the United States and the West to not seek an embarrassing defeat for Russia in Ukraine

    It is perfectly possible. Russia is facing major problems with equipment, logistics and resourcing. They could still win, but there are lots of signs that RU have issues with running out of precision weapons, willing soldiers and tanks. UKR have problems also  so nothing is  guaranteed, but RU winning, or even perpetual stalemate are not assured by any means

  2. 1 minute ago, Stingray~ said:

    :D Maybe while doing their backwards-circles figure skating routines they sometimes collide?

    Seems obvious that GD is pursuing an ACWS event in Jeddah; will be interesting to see what if anything teams have to say about that..


    If you throw a paper aeroplane into a tornado enough times, eventually it will hit a bullseye 100m away

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  3. This is based based on Lithuanian plan. I don't think it will happen, at least not yet, though I am tempted to think we should. Perhaps when more countries have food shortages as this conflict goes on it will be considered more seriously. But although undertaking this now would save lots of people from starvation I don't think it will be enacted

  4. 21 hours ago, Forourselves said:

    Your misguided, misplaced disrespect of Dalton is baseless, it is unfounded, it is defamatory, iand it is plain trolling behaviour. You're a troll hating on every decision for no reason but to get a reaction. 

    You are such a fuckwit. I said nothing about Dalton, I was decrying Jeddah. I have said several times I respect Dalton for a lot of what he has done, but considering Jeddah seriously (which he undoubtedly did) was a mistake.

    That respect btw is despite the fact that I beat him in a higher percentage of yacht races when we were both sailing competitively than your (ex?) Heroes B&T have beaten Slinsgby or Ainslie. And I am a loser according to you. So what does that make them?

    For the record I am not calling them losers, it is 4fuckwit that likes to accuse everyone of that, despite having never even won a beer can race

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  5. 12 minutes ago, Forourselves said:

    I'm sure Abdulrahman al-Sadhan - sentenced to 20 years for satirical tweets - would love to move on. Oh dear he can't

    Or Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, sentenced to 6 years (and a further 6 year travel ban) for speaking up for women's rights

    Or those children executed for alleged crimes such as Mustafa al-Darwish

    Or the migrant workers who can't move on under the Kafala system - essentially they are slaves

    None of them (or many many others) can move on, but your attitude is that all must be fine because some other sporting events have been held there. The truth is that you don't care what KSA does on its soil (as your horizon is limited by Dalton's backside). Many others do

  6. 3 hours ago, Forourselves said:


    Haters gon hate, but what i've said is what Dalts says here candidly and truthfully and directly. @Stingray~@enigmatically2, @sunseeker, @Gissie @pusslicker here is the truth from Dalts himself. Now take your bullshit conspiracy theories and your dumbass sailing illustrated TE hatchet jobs and put them in the garbage where they belong.

    These are the facts and the only facts from the man in charge of the event and the defender himself.



    How very Putinesque

    Because I argue in favour of human rights and against the abhorrent racist, misogynist and brutal regime in KSA that makes me a hater?

    You really need to get your tongue out of Dalton's arsehole and then you might be able to see the world a little more clearly.

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  7. On 5/22/2022 at 6:16 AM, Rain Man said:

    If an internationally-flagged ship left the port in Odesa with a Ukrainian cargo, would Russia hesitate to sink it?  

    No, unless there were a UN ordered NATO fleet protecting it with RoE that allow them to engage any warship that fires on them or the vessels they were protecting

  8. Supplying anti-ship weapons won't be enough to force a route. RU has submarines there. And UKR doesn't have the vessels to take them on. 

    So it would require NATO to send warships in to protect UN endorsed humanitarian aid and food ships. Whilst I have proposed and supported such a suggestion, I can't see it happening. Too much risk

  9. 2 hours ago, dg_sailingfan said:

    Shut up! Right now Ben would be embarassed and he knows it. His Sailing Career is in his twilight and he knows it.

    There are at least 7 sail gp skippers who wish they were as bad as Ben too

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  10. On 5/17/2022 at 7:05 PM, enigmatically2 said:

    Let's add Brimstone into weapons being used effectively, see below  

    Also suggestions that UA have crossed a rive and are advancing near Uyzium







    I'm sure its coincidence, but the very least recent operational performance hasn't put the Polish off Brimstone:


    The British arm of pan-European missile maker MBDA has struck an agreement with the Polish military to provide its Brimstone missile for a new fleet of tank busters being developed by a local industrial consortium led by PGZ.


  11. 24 minutes ago, dogwatch said:

    Long piece on the potential diplomatic end-game. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/zelenskys-choice-can-ukraine-force-russia-to-negotiate

    I know not everybody loves the Spectator but hold your nose and read this piece. I'm far from sharing all its politics but read it daily because it is the best insight available into the Johnson government's thinking. BoJo is, of course, a former editor and a recurring pattern is that a Spectator opinion piece this week is announced as policy a fortnight later. 

    It does seem to be a clear view of the UK position.

    I'll be honest, ignoring all other policy issues, in this case I think Bojo's policy has been pretty spot on: 

    He listened to intel and provided a lot of arms and training when most of the world (myself included) was still saying Putin wouldn't invade.

    He has committed lots more aid, argued for meaningful sanctions 

    He visited Kyiv 

    Zelensky clearly rates UK support very highly (and he knows the true amount more than us) and Russia did call us enemy #1 which is see as a positive

    Certainly better than French, German and Italian leadership


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  12. 17 minutes ago, JonRowe said:

    I watched the highlights as I didn't have enough spare time to watch the replays, (or the energy to skip through them) but felt like they really could do with a longer edit, is there a seperate "each day" highlight somewhere?

    Given how short each race is, I think unless you can persuade them to issue an edit personalised for Jon Rowe, you will be better just watching the whole thing and using the FF button. 

  13. 2 minutes ago, winchfodder said:

    Is a Russian propaganda machine working for SailGP PR?

    If you check on youtube, SailGP official channel, a total of 5.4k have watched the highlights from the Bermuda gp last weekend.

    "The league reported a total broadcast audience (dedicated and secondary) increase of 220% to 823.4 million viewers in Season 2, with the dedicated broadcast audience of 39.2 million representing a 131% increase. There were also 16 million event live stream views on SailGP's digital platforms, including YouTube and Facebook, with a total watch time of 2.5 million hours."

    823.4 million viewers, but 2.5 million watch hours? By my calcs that mean on average people watched for 10.9s. Which isn't very good


  14. 26 minutes ago, MR.CLEAN said:

    Pretty clear to all this invasion has culminated, and UA knows Russians run for the hills when faced with a fair fight. 

    I'm not convinced we are there yet, and indeed that statement by UA says not. I hope we will be there in June but Ru still advancing in a few areas. And now Mariupol is captured they may be able to re-deploy. There are hopeful signs in lots of places but there is a way to go yet I fear


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