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P_Wop last won the day on May 18 2020

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  1. Pasquale Landolfi. A great owner - he had multiple boats called Brava.
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    Cultural differences. European out of office message: "I'm away sailing for the summer. Email again in September." American out of office message: "I left the office for two hours to undergo kidney surgery, but you can reach me on my cell anytime."
  3. Will the divorce settlement be bigger than the record-breaking Jeff/Mackenzie Bezos one ($35B)? Make your bets... The one great thing she did do for him, however, was to sort out his hideous body odor problem. Honestly in a small room it was like being in a nest of badgers.
  4. Reminds me of that old story. A golfer pulls out a one iron in a thunderstorm, and addresses his ball. His sheltering friends shout, "What are you doing you idiot?" "It's OK. Not even God can hit a one iron." Back on topic. While Prince Philip was being carried to his funeral in the back of his old land Rover, Prince Andrew said that he'd like to buried in a fifteen year old Escort.
  5. In the early 60s my parents would pack the 4 of us into the car, bags on the roofrack and take us for 10 days at Easter on the Norfolk Broads on a typical Broads motor cruiser. To keep us out of the way while they supped G&Ts they also rented 2 small gunter-rigged clinker-built sailing dinghies which towed along astern like a pair of ducklings. Arriving in a suitable Broad, the mud weight went over the side and off we went in the dinghies, 2 in each boat. Lifejackets on, sailing into the reeds, exploring and laughing - not much to go wrong. Learning while doing. We met tw
  6. Definitely not USA-11 which is alive and well in San Diego. Lots of fun racing that one with Sweeney on SF Bay 20 years ago. Still, it's sad to see the amateur "conversion" (into what, exactly?).
  7. So sad to hear. A good man. That bloody disease grabs indiscriminately. If I had my time over again, I swear I'd dedicate it to eradicating the big bad C.
  8. Yup. My early morning finger slipped!
  9. Looks like Hagar, a very good quarter tonner.
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    And the reaction one from Hood. "If you're sailing with a Hard on you should be wearing a Hood."
  11. Togo VII, Japanese fractional Peterson 42 in the 1983 Admiral's Cup. It was just silly.
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    Following up on @carcrash great 77 Round Grenada story. Tony Maidment, his diminutive (and slightly non-sailing) wife Cindy and I had sailed the red Holland half tonner Scarlet Shamrock down from Antigua for the race. Somehow lacking fuel (I had dropped the ball there) we anchored off St Georges, intending to go ashore early in the morning, grab a small can of diesel and 2 or 3 crew, and do the race. Of course we over-slept, and were rudely awakened by the 10 minute gun. Anchor up, sails up and off we went. We did manage to finish and won on time. Short-tacking up the St G
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    Very sad to see the end of such a classic yacht. There's a fine model of her in a big glass case in the foyer of the St Fancy YC in SF. All that's left now, except memories. My first encounter was racing against her in January 1977 in the Round Grenada Race. What a mighty machine.
  14. You obviously only flew long-haul. That was a privilege granted to the senior staff, tropical layovers and all that. There were some nasty old bats on the Pan Am flights to and from Hawai'i. "Put your legs in." "Why isn't your bag properly under the seat?" "Sit up straight." Eventually some wag coming back from the Clipper Series loudly said "If I wanted this sort of abuse, I'd have stayed at home and got it from my grandmother." Lots of laughter from fellow sailors, and some frigid stares from the stews. I find the short-haul and therefore very junior (and rather more nubile)
  15. Right. HMS Birmingham wasn't a little ship, either. Plunging into a sea that washed green right over A and B triple turrets and exploded into the wheelhouse produced a big issue. Many ships have been lost off the Agulhas. It's a nasty place.
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