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  1. It is not politics. NYYC is talking softly, their actions are measured, but they are carrying a big stick. During extensive ongoing behind the scenes discussions, this stick has been revealed to the relevant parties and they have taken notice. While all parties have been posturing since the beginning, this posturing has recently evolved as more have recognized the possible merit of the big stick. Two outcomes seem most likely; (1) NHYC achieves their goals; or (2) the merit of their big stick is tested. There is a third possibility, but it seems reasonable to believe that NYYC and its ex
  2. An “America’s Cup” in Doha, now that would generate a huge number of local spectators. With Banda Abbas only a few hundred miles away, certainly the Iranian Navy would be willing to send some of its ships to insure that the spectators do not interfere with the racing.
  3. Older, perhaps. But certainly, the years make one wiser. And while the abundance of CCA and IOR era focused blogs on SA have allowed some to fondly remember the “old days”, even though they currently participate in yacht racing, the reason why such blogs are so numerous may be less obvious. The “old days” were simply way more fun for everyone involved (sailors, wives, racer chasers, club members, etc.). As such, these older sailors, by sharing (and yes, reliving) their favorite boats, races and anecdotes, are subliminally demonstrating to younger generations of sailors, ways to recreate wh
  4. Before LA and Long Beach Harbor yacht racing was ruined by the creation of the Pier 300 and 400 land mass, nearly every race used the Point Fermin Buoy as a weather mark and that rock was almost always right on the starboard tack lay line. Even though my father had raced past the rock hundreds of times, knew it well and I do not recall ever being on a boat that hit it, it still scared me every time we sailed past. So at 16, after seeing and hearing a dozen or so boats hit it, some really hard, I developed a total distain for that damn rock. Nothing makes a sound like an aluminum boat bounci
  5. Sirius II, 1975 (+-). One of the few times you would ever wish for 20 knots on the nose in an Ensenada Race. Ended up with the typical 12 knot dying quail westerly. Discovered that meter boats turn uncontrollable lazy circles in no wind and a small swell. Terrible race, great crew. Rex Banks, Don Vaughn, Larry Lalonde, Boo Hanratty, to name a few.
  6. What ever happened to American Jane III. (Long Beach 1977 (+-))
  7. The stock photos on the internet notwithstanding, my recollection is that M&M designed the boat with both a hard and soft mains, but ended up racing with the soft sail because it was more reliable and by then, they had figured out just how fast they were. But you could be correct. It was over 30 years ago. I will ask Gino the next time I see him.
  8. Perhaps look at it this way. Arguments can be made that the current Defender is in breach of its obligations and it seems reasonable to believe that NYYC has concluded that these arguments are well founded. Therefore, NYYC submitted a bona fide challenge to the current Defender and included points of discussion regarding the terms of a future match, with NYYC’s likely intent being to encourage the current Defender to adopt Protocols to NYYC’s liking. Participation in a Deed of Gift match is not inexpensive and having spent the day watching Dennis flag his main much of the time in th
  9. Given NYYC’s agenda, begging the original question might now seem prescient, however, if enough of the relevant facts come out, it will then seem somewhat obvious. Waiting until NYYC files its complaint is reasonable, but acknowledging the foul in your deleted post would then seem appropriate.
  10. Sorry about the operator Error. Chubasco on the 2011 NHYC Opening Day Race. The fellow standing in front of the mizzen mast in the red hat and red pants is the one who made Chubby go in the 50’s and 60’s, Dick Deaver (amazingly, he looks better these days at 90). Councilman Duffield (who also looks better these days) is grinding to the left and Major Avery is trimming the kite forward.
  11. My mother still tells the story of sitting on the cliff above Big Corona and watching the boats milling about outside waiting. Then, a small double ended, single engine fishing boat chugged into view, slowed a little to time the swell, gunned it (chug, chug, chug, chug) and made it look easy. This gave those waiting outside the courage to give it a try, with the unfortunate results shown in the film. She will love the movie.
  12. My mother still tells the story of sitting on the cliff above Big Corona and watching the boats milling about outside waiting. Then, a small double ended, single engine fishing boat chugged into view, slowed a little to time the swell, gunned it (chug, chug, chug, chug) and made it look easy. This gave those waiting outside the courage to give it a try, with the unfortunate results shown in the film. She will love the movie.
  13. In the mid-1970’s, Blackaller called to ask me to sail with him on the next St. Pete – Lauderdale race on a new S&S 60, followed by the letters “ULDB”, which he spoke quietly, almost as an afterthought. I had an idea what that meant, but Tom had frequently let me stay in his apartment during the Big Boat Series, so I owed him and was contemplating saying yes, but he kept making his pitch by naming the crew. When he said Conn Findlay, I stopped him and said, “I’m in”. The morning of the race there was frost on the lawn as we walked from the hotel to the boat, but it was a sunny day a
  14. The New York Supreme Court has a no nonsense tradition that goes back centuries, and the maneuvering that can take place in other jurisdictions is mostly absent. In a case such as this, the court will look at the evidence, hear testimony, review the four corners of the Deed of Gift, the law, and previous rulings. If other “challengers” are allowed joinder (which the plaintiff would likely oppose) then their evidence will be heard. The court will then make a well-reasoned ruling (that uses its typical economy of words) which places public benefit at the forefront of the decision and everythi
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