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  1. Hey, at least it was the chick in the tube top...
  2. Nope. World Sailing Q&A 2020-002 clarified that the definition of "hull" from the Equipment Rules of Sailing should be used (vs. Webster's, for example) and that sprits, either fixed of retractable, are spars. Wings on a skiff, either fixed or retractable, are part of the hull.
  3. Good summary of changes important to sailors on the water in the January version of Spinsheet, available online. Spoiler alert - there's not much. Main one being that over early and finish will be based on the hull rather than previous "hull, crew or equipment". Most of the rest is mainly rearrangement and nitpicky stuff mostly of interest to judges.
  4. Kirby 30 - super clean, very successful example in Long Beach.
  5. There's no "opportunity" any more either, and ROW only owes the keep clear boat room to keep clear initially on gaining ROW (rule 15) or if ROW is changing course (rule 16). It also looks as though 3695's pole may be in the water and she may have just crash-gybed, so this may have begun as a port-starboard. So not enough from this snapshot, I think, to say. Would need to collect more facts about what led up to the incident. Also possible exonerations for rule 14 violations (43.1(c) in the 2021-2024 rulebook.
  6. I dunno about the back tow idea. It looks fine in benign conditions in the Uma video (clear astern, flat water, slow speeds) but I'm not sure it would be much better than front tow if you were alongside the hull at any speed (see the video and pics in the PBO article). I wonder if that system includes a way to release the back tow if you need to.
  7. Good article from PBO here. Their bottom line conclusion is if someone is being dragged you need to get the boat under 2 knots in less than a minute or they're probably dead, either from drowning or blunt force trauma. Consider how you would do that in a sport boat under a kite in any sort of breeze. I think you'd have a lot better chance adrift in a properly kitted out PFD. Their other important lesson, I think, is if you use a tether use a short one and clip onto the high side. If you fall to leeward the tether should catch you before you go off the boat, and if you fall overboard
  8. Keep in mind that ideally a tether will stop you from going over the side rather than keeping you attached to the boat while in the water. Short tethers and fixed attachment points (padeyes at work sites rather than jacklines) help with this. I think if I were in the water at any speed I'd rather be detached from the boat and rely on locator beacon, strobe and whistle.
  9. US Sailing Safety Equipment Regulations for Ocean and Coastal races require a tether with "a means to quickly disconnect the tether at the chest end." Doesn't specify "under load" but seems like most tethers meet that with a snap hook with a stout lanyard. Also requires life jackets to have crotch/leg straps, whistle, light, reflective material and be marked with the boat or wearer's name. Nothing about a personal knife but they do require a sharp, strong knife accessible from deck or cockpit.
  10. I feel like weighing the cartridge is better than visual inspection. CO2 can leak through holes smaller than I can see, but the scale doesn't lie. I agree that if you're retiring safety gear because you no longer trust it it doesn't make sense to pass it on to someone else, but if you're just upgrading because you want something newer and it's still fully functional (which is to say, you'd be comfortable using it yourself if you didn't have the new stuff) then why not? Although sadly I can see the point regarding liability - maybe ask the recipient to sign a release?
  11. Yeah, AC these days is interesting and exciting in its way but it's not really recognizable as sailboat racing any more. If you want that, tune into Congressional Cup. Outstanding sailors match racing in Frank Butler tanks, routinely the best racing I've seen (and I'm lucky enough to be able to watch live from Belmont Pier)
  12. According to one source the iOS app is written in ObjectiveC and would need to be completely rewritten. The PC replay app has seemed wonky to me for a while as well. Even in its heyday a few years ago the help forum was never very active and didn't seem to be monitored by the team. I wonder, if they went to a subscription model would anyone buy it? I'd seriously consider it myself at a reasonable annual fee.
  13. A niggle - rule 19 doesn't require the leeward outside boat to "keep clear", it requires her to "give room".
  14. Personal opinion, until you get to the higher levels sailing ability will be more important than weight. That said, lots of big guys race Finns.
  15. Easiest way I've found to fill an Origo cannister is to drill a 1/4 hole in the bottom of an empty soup can or a red Solo cup. Take the (cool) cannister out of the stove, put the can or cup over the hole and fill with fuel. It'll trickle into the cannister, spill free. Neat enough that, assuming no open flames nearby, I'm comfortable refueling in the galley sink rather than the cockpit. New gaskets can easily be cut from 1/8 nitrile. I think a 12x12 sheet can be had for a few bucks. I'd agree that if you're using the stove daily it's not worth bothering with them but useful if the stove
  16. Not to quibble but timing doesn't seem right. LBRW is June & N2E late April. Are you sure it wasn't Midwinters when you lost the mast?
  17. Do people know the holey soup can fill method? Still have to let it cool but pretty much spill-free.
  18. Check in with the Westerly Owners Association, it's very active in the UK and there are some Dutch members as well - you'll likely get all the help and advice you need. I wouldn't be surprised if you could find someone willing to make the sail with you. As 30-ish footers go they can be pretty comfortable as a live-aboard. I've got a Berwick (same layout as the Longbow except twin bilge keels), very spacious salon and standing headroom in both the salon and the forward cabin.
  19. Cuz it's got a nice rack on it?
  20. Yeah, but what's on there obviously isn't the original...
  21. Given the age of the boat, I wonder if that was once the ground plane for a SSB.
  22. Non-touchscreen is better for sailing - Garmin touchscreens get really wonky if the screen and/or your finger is wet. If you race, get a Garmin watch and the RaceQs smart watch app. In addition to a start timer (with a GPS-pinged start line) and basic speed/direction info, you can upload your marks and course charts into it. One of my favorite features is a prediction of TWD on upcoming legs of the course. You have to do a little mental math to translate that into AWA but it's super useful especially on random leg courses. It will also now automatically upload your track and marks to
  23. I'm curious, how many have smoke and/or CO detectors on their boats? Wonder if that ought to be made a USCG requirement? Would seem to contribute more to safety than, say, a mandatory trash dumping placard.
  24. It's encouraging that it looks like they really will remain in business and I for one am happy with a "light touch" remodel that retains the traditional Minney's vibe. Would anyone really want a Minney's that just looked like a West Marine outlet store?
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