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About 1sailor

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  • Birthday 03/28/1967

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    'Usual Suspects' Farr 400
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    Laser sailing and offshore racing on the great lakes

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  1. LTYC always does an awesome job with this (we are not talking about 2020 here ok) and the ‘suspects had a blast !! so fun watching the 52’s on friday in breeze from a powerboat
  2. this link explains to me (C student) why nobody had a quick answer to the question--- it is massively complicated and seems in theory better to me than the personal EPIRB but is reportedly pretty unreliable in terms of comms with the boats VHF s system. Humm. https://panbo.com/testing-ais-mob-beacons-acr-dsc/
  3. no, that’s a next step, I just thought with 3,000 sailors having these required vhf radios that are enabled w this technology that most would know how they work— that may be the case, I just need to learn more myself
  4. you’re right— sorry am indeed talking about the AIS unit from ACR that we carry. I know that when activated, all DSC-enabled vhf radios (as reqd by mackinac race committee) will receive their location as an MOB alert broadcast from the individuals AIS unit (in the water). what i’m seeking is a video demonstration or test that shows it’s use in real time so I can see it work and / or learn how to test our devices for proper operation. maybe i’m the only skipper who needs to see it actually happen… maybe i’m not
  5. in advance of the Chicago-Mac race i'm trying to get educated on how the PLB's in our offshore harnesses work with both the handheld VHF (yes, the DSC variety req'd by rules) and also the fixed-mount DSC on board. Shockingly, I cannot find a decent video to post on our crew page as an educational tool for all aboard my boat. Anyone seen anything worthwhile that demonstrates how this stuff works ? Seems like 0400 during a storm with a guy in the water is a bad time to learn how to use this tech.
  6. Sorry to hear about the TRIDENT bummer. I'd like to add in here that Abordage - also an SA supporter-- has been AWESOME to work with, as speedy as promised and at a very reasonable set of numbers. They sourced their own line drawings from designers without bothering me and relied on photos for the rest such as colors, graphics font styles etc. They've done I think 6 for me now (distant pic below) and I could not be happier with the end product, the pricing, responsiveness and for extra credit, a side-order of accountability!
  7. Nathan Titcomb, director of Offshore at US Sailing, is no longer employed there and thus a bunch of interns are rolling out the certs now in his place. Dunno what conditions preceded this but there ya have it. Got mine an hour before the start of Friday's queens cup
  8. interesting that in ORC the guys on Grit beat all the big budget 52 programs. reminds me of the early days of NJ, so cool !
  9. same here. why would any race organizer NOT want the simplicity and organizational benefit of yachts coring to make their event better? because they’re better at tabulating results? I don’t get it either. YS makes any event planning committee look smarter than this.
  10. finishing order posted but looking for final results to compare ORC vs PHRF anyone find that yet?
  11. anyone here seen their ORC certs yet for the season ?
  12. ORR, IMS, ORC certificates all seem to share the commonality of a GPH 'general purpose handicap' rating. They aren't used for scoring purposes, as each of the named rules are multi-faceted so I presume the GPH to be "a ballpark" of how many seconds it takes the boat to sail a mile. Is it something more than that ? How can we explain massive differences in potential boatspeed / time to cover a mile when compared to reality (or PHRF, or other rule) compared to what the stated GPH would have us believe ? I dont get how it works I guess
  13. fair enough.... our F400 has 4 electric bilge pumps, which we dont really use as the boat seems fairly dry after 3 years compared to what I was told to expect. I will say, one thing in favor of the Farr 400 is the pedestal grinder which is super nice for jibes and hoists. Do you have an off-site storage option at lower cost than the boat yard ? that was another thing I liked about the F400 vs. Soto--- they come with a road trailer and any 3/4 ton pickup can pull it. Soto is an awesome machine too. Any of these fast light modern boats are super fun to sail.
  14. Soto 40 in light air / flat water is very good. if there's any bump, the ClubSwan 42 will go better than the Soto and the Farr 400 up until about 8 knots of breeze at which point they both light up. if there's any reaching component, the Farr 400 is the choice of the three assuming the same PHRF numbers I'm used to (swan @ -9, Soto at -15, Farr at -18). I bought the Farr 400 due to the trailer ability for storage or travel and the fact I can stand up in it. It is WAY more comfortable offshore. I did spend a couple years on Soto 40 hull #1 and it's a perfect wednesday night race bo
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