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  1. Nice little writeup in Latitude today. Can someone please explain the geometry of this photo?
  2. Keeping the boat under the kite is so easy to read and can be so hard to do. Reducing the oscillation side to side of the kite helps a lot; the pole forward and tweakers and oversheet aren't so much to move the center of effort (NTTARWT) as to prevent the oscillation side to side. Main sheet in isn't necessarily as important as vang on TIGHT. The tight vang gives you predictable side force from the leech of the main. The corollary of course is that you need to have someone on the vang to release it if you start to round up or after you round down. It would seem intuitive to lower the pole
  3. +1 Also the normal stuff. Pole a little forward and oversheeted to reduce oscillation and keep the seam on the centerline. However, despite the best technique sometimes that roundup/round down just has your name written on it.
  4. If you are in a leadmine (as I usually am) I suspect 15-16 knots is better than 20. In 20 the Moore's and E27's will light up and be gone... In 15-16 your waterline will work for you.
  5. Nelle Belle had some nice PR in Latitude 38 this morning.
  6. Smart wife. The trip home is indeed a hate mission, but it is a walk in the park compared to the old Stockton South Tower race. THAT was a hate mission. Did it on an Express 37 once. Not surprising that race died.
  7. Now there is a good idea. I sailed for a while on a Mumm 30 that had four options: masthead asymmetric, fractional asymmetric, masthead symmetric and fractional symmetric. The boat was complicated (including kite selection), but it was a hoot.
  8. A bucket list item for us as well, and it was on our schedule, but we had to cancel. Different question: what would be your ideal ride for this race with an eye toward doing well and having a ball? It seems to me that sailing deep with a symmetrical spinnaker would be better for the twists and turns rather than sailing hot angles and gybing a Melges 32 or something every 90 seconds. Moore 24 or Express 27? Cal 40 with a longer waterline, a bigger ice chest and a better stereo?
  9. The OP asked about a yacht, and that excludes all the commercial vessels like the clippers, no? The little experimental cats were a fascinating development platform, but I am not sure you could call them yachts within the OP's meaning. Reliance is certainly a sentimental favorite and an amazing achievement, but she had so many incompatible metals that she was a big battery that "fizzed like Alka- Seltzer" so had to be scrapped pretty much right after winning the Cup I thought. So for any kind of buoy racing it would have to be Ranger. If you were racing boat for boat in SORC or Clip
  10. LADY WITH A PAST SANTANA WAS MORE MISTRESS THAN YACHT TO BOGIE AND OTHER OWNERS. RESCUED FROM RUIN, SHE NOW HAS A FUTURE, TOO Santana. Even today a smile softens weathered faces at the mention of her name. "She was beautiful." says William Solari, a San Francisco lawyer who owned her from 1966 to 1969. "The kind of boat you look at and think. I'll go anywhere in the world on that boat.' " "Did I miss Santana?" says Emil (Babe) Lamerdin, who maintained her for almost a decade. "Oh. God, I couldn't even look at her for years afterward." Humphrey Bogart own
  11. Hi Sleddog, Thank you for the priceless history. Here is an article from an old issue of the St.FYC Mainsheet which is followed by an article from Sports Illustrated in 1981. SANTANA AND BOGART By John L. Fitzgerald Santana was the brainchild of the son of the founder of the Union Oil Company, W.L. Stewart, Jr. and was designed by the hotshot young designer Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens. Constructed of mahogany planks over white oak frames at the Wilmington Boats Works in Southern California, she was launched on October 24, 1935. Over
  12. It seems to me that in the Western world we are hard wired to believe that as time goes by things will inevitably get better. And, in fairness, most things are getting better. Cars are better. The quality and variety of food available in the supermarket are better. Appliances are better. Many hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of abject poverty. Just about everything is objectively better than it was 50 years ago. As a consequence it is hard for anyone, especially younger folks, to believe that something can get worse. And yet, here we are. I believe the sport of sailing
  13. Thank you. I had forgotten the story of this beautiful Rhodes design. https://classicyachtinfo.com/yachts/escapade-2/ https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/will-someone-save-escapade/ https://www.renegadesailing.com/blog/death-of-a-classic-yacht-escapade
  14. There is a simple solution to your dilemma. Move to Sausalito.
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