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Everything posted by stayoutofthemiddle

  1. It's sailing! Super niche activity (sport?). You won't get 50,000 views of anything sailing. Even the AC probably didn't get that despite what hey might have like to portray of the "millions of viewers". In short, most people don't give a fuck about sailing. With all that said, I though the videos were well done and entertaining, but I'm the minority, not the YouTube majority!
  2. Seems like CRW will be the most attended Covid sailing event to date. At the pandemic winds down this it the first big turn out.
  3. No one? That's not what Yachtscoring says!
  4. Who's in? Will there be much of a party? Charleston town open?
  5. Yep, IL DNR. Don't "forget" to pay your sales tax or they will hit you with a penalty!
  6. Just saying, masking is the right way to do it. If you need to rent a storage trailer and park it by the boat so be it.
  7. One thing that struck me about their repair work immediately was the lack of masking off on the rest of the boat. Even their TV and woodwork is covered in fiberglass dust. It's toxic and itchy and impossible to wipe / blow off as get all if it out. Why didn't they mask off their work area like this guy did. Seems so basic. No different than doing a drywall job in your house to stop the dust going everywhere!
  8. One word: Youth If you club looks and feels like Caddy Shack you are on the wrong side of history.
  9. Thanks for all the responses and enthusiasm. My take away is that yes they are still cool. I can't wait to earn one at the next NOOD event.
  10. It's worth $18K as a Wednesday Night Beer Canner. Old tech. Not worth paying for new sails so use what is there then sell it on the a lower budget program who will do the same.
  11. The age old question... Are Mount Gay hats cool? Do they scream offshore yacht racer or nerdy, PHRF self proclaimed vang trimmer?
  12. Comes down to boat prep. Your tired need to be full of air before you get on the race track or you are waiting your time and for that matter your crew's Saturday too. As for an amateur crew racing against pros? This is a positive, you can only get better doing this.
  13. I would rather race bathtubes OD than a Farr 400 handicap! We all know J/105's are slow pigs but it that is the local OD boat then that is what you race if you want to get better at winning. Racing PHRF is "fun" for Wed Nights or "Learn to Sail" programs. You learn how to rig a boat, which way the winches turn, and some other basic big boat things but you can't learn the last 20% which is the difference between sailing a raceboat and racing a sailboat!
  14. OD was assumed. Unless you are racing mixed matched 90 footers, anything under 50 foot should be OD or it's a waist of a Saturday! Best man wins, the best rating or best conditions for the day for that rating.
  15. There has to be an old Mount Gay hat in there somewhere. You have been around long enough to have one from the old days when they were legitimately cool (<2000)!
  16. Not sure some would agree. At the club level the egos are sometimes the biggest, misguided as they might be. Lot's of Wednesday Night experts!
  17. Why do so many "beer" programs proclaim they are hard core racers then and surprised when they don't do well?! Beers on the dock in the morning or between races. Old rags, full fuel tanks, ect...
  18. Curious on thoughts around running a "good program".... 1. The Boat: Is it reasonable to assume anyone who is putting effort into a "good program" maintains their boat to a suitable level? Lines refreshed, sails competitive, bottom in good shape? How about the boat type? OD vs. a mismatched PHRF toy? 2. The Crew: If the owner puts the effort in to have a good boat, is the expectation to have good crew? I'm not necessarily talking about pros, but crew than can or have done all positions bow to stern and have some small boat history such as high school or college. Roll tacks, boat weig
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