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Thanks.  Jon Santarelli was one of ours.  One of the Area 3 good guys. We sailed may miles together and drank many different types of alcoholic drinks together.  We did Macs on Goblin together an

I do love it and the factors you lay out have very little to do with my love it. - Low turn out. : whether there are 8 boats in my class to race against or 16, we are still racing just as hard.

Allan Teske crossed the bar on April 30th. Others are more familiar with his accomplishments than myself, so feel free to add anything I missed Over 50 Chicago Macs Master Mariner

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RACE COMMITTEE TO RACE DIFFERENT COURSE LENGHTS L KWIAT 2018 COLORS REGATTA Chairmen

 

Note the time of this post (23 minutes before the first warning on Sunday) and where it was posted (not the (un)official notice board).

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For us it was a paid practice day and it taught us that RC's still have a difficult time squaring up a race course.  The conditions were challenging Sunday, but it was a "get in line" set up.

Need to throw a postponement in there when a wind shift makes it unable to make the start line on starboard CH.

 

 

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It was good to get some breeze-on conditions to shake off the cobwebs. 

Shutting down the bar during the awards is a dumb idea.  Yelling at people to be quiet and pay attention at a party is childish.

 

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1 hour ago, Grinder said:

It was good to get some breeze-on conditions to shake off the cobwebs. 

Shutting down the bar during the awards is a dumb idea.  Yelling at people to be quiet and pay attention at a party is childish.

 

how else are people going to know who won the pickle dish? 

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8 hours ago, Grinder said:

It was good to get some breeze-on conditions to shake off the cobwebs. 

Shutting down the bar during the awards is a dumb idea.  Yelling at people to be quiet and pay attention at a party is childish.

 

Edit:  The orders to ‘quiet down’ we’re not from Steve Kindra.  Steve did a great job. Thanks to him for sponsoring & running the regatta.  

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Waking this thread back up ---NOODs looked fun this weekend. Did a double take at the dragon 65 class... Never done the RC thing, but more and more people seem to be enjoying it. 

I am traveling for work in Chicago this week, from Seattle racing mostly with CYC on a J/109, other various levels of experience including T10s from LIS years ago. I was looking for any recommendations for getting out for some beer can racing Wednesday night. I'll be working/staying downtown, but should be able to make it just about anywhere. So far I have been told DuSable Harbor, Belmont Harbor, and Montrose harbor all have boats heading out. In Seattle the marina is big and spread out, but there is one pier with a crew circle that has mixed success, most race boats on Wednesday also leave from about 5 different piers making walking entrance to the docks a bit easier. Anything similar in Chicago to aim for?

Any advice to be shared including timing (starts appear to be 6-6:30 so I'm guessing 5:15 walking the dock will be early, but a good start), highest concentration of boats heading out (assuming travel time after work isn't an issue should I head to Belmont Montrose or Dusable?).

Thanks!

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16 hours ago, fingerbang said:

new Mac Entrant; "MockingBird USA 52329", TP 52, Columbia Yacht Club Chicago, Chris Duhon,   (yes, old-heartbreaker)

Will be nice to have another 52 to play with, 

It's the old TP52 Heartbreaker, being chartered by the owner of Tequila Mockingbird.

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I went from Belmont to the party on Sunday to get our 3rd place award and to see some friends.

Parked in 'Lakeside Garage' next to Millennium Garage.  I was there for 1 hr 12 minutes.  $30.00 parking fee.

No wonder people don't want to sail in Chicago. 

 

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Event parking rates due to Bluesfest. If it was much cheaper, the whole garage would be full and you wouldn't be able to park at all. CYC was running a free shuttle to and from Belmont.

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33 minutes ago, Grinder said:

I went from Belmont to the party on Sunday to get our 3rd place award and to see some friends.

Parked in 'Lakeside Garage' next to Millennium Garage.  I was there for 1 hr 12 minutes.  $30.00 parking fee.

No wonder people don't want to sail in Chicago. 

 

Just wait until they build the "Community Sailing Center" at the end of Balbo that Westrec is alluding to.  No parking will be available there at all.  I can't imagine a single parent that's going to try and navigate getting their kids down there for sailing lessons.

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Looper said:

Just wait until they build the "Community Sailing Center" at the end of Balbo that Westrec is alluding to.  No parking will be available there at all.  I can't imagine a single parent that's going to try and navigate getting their kids down there for sailing lessons.

 

 

That's an outreach program, they will probably bus them in.

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17 hours ago, Keysrock35 said:

Why would you drive in Chicago? What do you expect?

I have 3 kids under 7 and live in the city.  We drive everywhere and it works fine for us.  We just don't go places where parking is difficult.

 

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4 hours ago, Glenn McCarthy said:

We're giving Eleven it's 2nd shake down, up to Waukegan and back.  New rudder, new main, new electronics, etc.  Time to see what she can do!

What is Eleven?

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On 6/16/2018 at 6:23 AM, Glenn McCarthy said:

11th offshore boat Gene has owned. and QLite nailed it.

Rumor has it another guy is bringing in another E35 MkII.

A new Chicago OD in the works? I could get onboard with that...

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17 hours ago, Keysrock35 said:

A new Chicago OD in the works? I could get onboard with that...

The more the merrier.

 

On 6/15/2018 at 10:24 PM, QLite said:

Great question.  Ericson 35 Mark II.  Should be fun to watch the Providence duel and their overall performance.

Eleven was 1 and 1 Saturday and Sunday. 

This boat was on the fine edge of either going to the wood chipper or being rehabbed.  I've spent 45 days over the past year rehabbing this long in the tooth boat. That does not include the other crew who have done things, nor the pro's that did things too.  This is the 2nd and 3rd race we have done with her, with a very dramatic difference over last's year's single race.  Only added another 8 new projects this weekend to the 30 item unfinished list.

The only other boat that was first both days was Asylum.  Congrats to them.

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23 hours ago, 12345 said:

That was a fun ride north this year!

I watched the start. Was interesting because there was an onshore breeze with some boats sailing in it on Port, then a convergence zone, and beyond that a seabreeze where the boats were sailing on starboard.

Starting line was setup ~1mile off of Belmont so everyone started on Port in the onshore breeze then the lucky ones at the boat end of the line that soaked out onto the lake were able to transition to the seabreeze. The guys in the middle were dead, the guys inshore were trapped. Be the time the last start happened boats up the course looked like they were all into jibs (jib reaching or beating?).

Curious to hear from someone who did the race, how the above played out for the remaining miles of the race...

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2 hours ago, stayoutofthemiddle said:

I watched the start. Was interesting because there was an onshore breeze with some boats sailing in it on Port, then a convergence zone, and beyond that a seabreeze where the boats were sailing on starboard.

Starting line was setup ~1mile off of Belmont so everyone started on Port in the onshore breeze then the lucky ones at the boat end of the line that soaked out onto the lake were able to transition to the seabreeze. The guys in the middle were dead, the guys inshore were trapped. Be the time the last start happened boats up the course looked like they were all into jibs (jib reaching or beating?).

Curious to hear from someone who did the race, how the above played out for the remaining miles of the race...

You described it pretty well. However, getting through the fly swamp into the thermal had us doing 8 sail changes in pretty rapid succession. Then it settled down for an easy ride the rest of the way pretty much with the spin. It got lighter as we got closer being a slower boat, Defiance did the course in 2 hours 15 minutes staying in strong breeze all the way getting the 1st overall.

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29 minutes ago, Glenn McCarthy said:

You described it pretty well. However, getting through the fly swamp into the thermal had us doing 8 sail changes in pretty rapid succession. Then it settled down for an easy ride the rest of the way pretty much with the spin. It got lighter as we got closer being a slower boat, Defiance did the course in 2 hours 15 minutes staying in strong breeze all the way getting the 1st overall. 

Sounds like the seabreeze won offshore...

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18 minutes ago, fucket said:

Breeze stayed pretty steady all night. Two different boats hit the RC boat at the finish within a span of five minutes.

Well, the RC was dragging anchor, we finished 20 min before the crashes, the line was about 50ft. long.

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21 minutes ago, stayoutofthemiddle said:

Was it bumpy out there at the finish? Wasn't too bad at the start...

Super flat and maybe 15-20 gusting up to 22/23 at times.  The line was ridiculously short.  Really sketchy for even two boats to cross at the same time, dont think 3 would have made it honestly.

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The first boat that hit the finish boat did so with the line all to themselves. What we think happened is that they originally mistook the lighted standoff buoy tied to the finish boat as the pin and tried to finish inside there. The ten degree knock a few minutes earlier probably didn't help matters.  I could be wrong about that but they gave the finish boat a pretty good jolt.

The second boat to hit them happened behind us so I didn't get quite as good of a view. At the time, the first boat to collide was still in the process of unfucking the situation so that could have contributed to the problem.

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58 minutes ago, fucket said:

The first boat that hit the finish boat did so with the line all to themselves. What we think happened is that they originally mistook the lighted standoff buoy tied to the finish boat as the pin and tried to finish inside there. The ten degree knock a few minutes earlier probably didn't help matters.  I could be wrong about that but they gave the finish boat a pretty good jolt.

The second boat to hit them happened behind us so I didn't get quite as good of a view. At the time, the first boat to collide was still in the process of unfucking the situation so that could have contributed to the problem. 

Which boats hit the RC? :)

I hope it was a club RC boat and not privately owned. I know they used a sailboat for the start...

It was basically a full moon so I'm struggling to see how this happened. It wasn't thick fog.

 

 

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Given the events of the previous weekend, and the ongoing BS from "jzk" in the other thread, bumping this for the benefit of others.

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Thanks. 

Jon Santarelli was one of ours.  One of the Area 3 good guys. We sailed may miles together and drank many different types of alcoholic drinks together.  We did Macs on Goblin together and he sailed on our J30 a lot.  He's been over to my house for parties, and we've done road trips together and skied together.  He's been there constantly as a sailor and a friend.  It's tough to imagine life without him around.  He's just always been around!  I truly hope he rests in peace, with copious amounts of scotch, rum and ice!

  RIP & Godspeed Jonny!

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On ‎8‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 5:20 PM, CFS Klopas said:

A boater was killed in an explosion at the Wilmette Harbor fuel dock. 

I saw that...

https://abc7chicago.com/wilmette-boat-explosion-leaves-1-dead-1-injured/3931831/

It sounds like he had a fuel leak / fumes in the engine room and perhaps wasn't running his blower.

I run my blower every time the engine is running. Some people think it is just on startup but it should be on all the time to ventilate the engine room.

 

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23 hours ago, Lightfoot said:

I know this is a long shot but anyone have an extra 2017 Mac Race Patch lying around? I got every year I’ve raced except that one.

I am certain I do. PM me this weekend and I will try to find it.

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19 hours ago, stayoutofthemiddle said:

I saw that...

https://abc7chicago.com/wilmette-boat-explosion-leaves-1-dead-1-injured/3931831/

It sounds like he had a fuel leak / fumes in the engine room and perhaps wasn't running his blower.

I run my blower every time the engine is running. Some people think it is just on startup but it should be on all the time to ventilate the engine room.

 

A friend said they felt the blast at his parent's house which is 4 blocks away.

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This year's badge is the ugliest I've seen.

Verve was a ton of fun. In the white circle at least, the races were well run and Saturday's postponement worked out about as good as it could have, given the conditions. The party was a blast, no more stupid fucking tickets.

 

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1 minute ago, stayoutofthemiddle said:

I hear I should be at CCYC this Wed. Kinda sailed out after NAs so I wasn't going to come up.

Thanks for letting me know.  Truly, it's important.  Did you ever realize that doing the Chi-Mac on  a M24, would be your only claim to fame.  You come across as unknowledgeable and angry.  Best of luck to you and I'm sincere.  

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23 minutes ago, Bad Andy said:

No need to sail just come and drink!  Evolution Sails just bought a keg of Oberon and I will be pouring.

https://www.facebook.com/events/228708374515492/

Tee'd you up for that one buddy. :D Who's the sour Detroit expert? I thought I knew most of the SA regulars in person but don't know this class act...

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2 hours ago, stayoutofthemiddle said:

Tee'd you up for that one buddy. :D Who's the sour Detroit expert? I thought I knew most of the SA regulars in person but don't know this class act...

What time are you going to start pouring Bad Andy? 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, 12345 said:

What time are you going to start pouring Bad Andy? 

 

 

 

I've been a bar steward for these pours before.  Typically the keg gets tapped when the steward opens the bar.  I'd guess 6PM.

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On 8/15/2018 at 3:04 PM, stayoutofthemiddle said:

Looks like racing may get cancelled today so the keg will run dry faster than usual. :lol:

AFAIK, things went pretty late.  I started having trouble speaking around 11 so I decided to do a faceplant in my v-berth.  People were still going pretty strong at that point

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2 hours ago, Looper said:

AFAIK, things went pretty late.  I started having trouble speaking around 11 so I decided to do a faceplant in my v-berth.  People were still going pretty strong at that point

Beer ran out at 8:30, basically just opened the tap and left it open to feed demand.  Party went well past midnight after we tucked Looper into his boat.

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The light show was pretty awesome and threatening at the same time.  Not too happy with regards to the debacle of finishing times among 5 or 6 boats in the 105 fleet. 
Not finishing around anyone early in the darkness makes it difficult, but no one visibly on the boat recording finishes.

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Folks,

Not attempting to dredge up some bad memories, but I find this deplorable.

Link posted in other thread.  In short, no investigation (that we know of) of John's demise.  CPD didn't look into anything since there wasn't a crime, USCG didn't look into anything since it wasn't a commercial vessel (I find this odd as they hassled a support boat that was following the rules and the law Sunday for flying a drone to film the M32's), and all the evidence was destroyed.

If CYC is investigating, they aren't saying anything - unlike the Wingnuts incident where an investigation was announced.

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Wish I could, but can't say conclusively yet.  Once the cat gets anywhere near the bag, I'll have a go at letting it out!!  Can tell you this, though, it won't be the only one of its kind here, and will complement the higher performance programs nicely.

 

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19 hours ago, fingerbang said:

Wish I could, but can't say conclusively yet.  Once the cat gets anywhere near the bag, I'll have a go at letting it out!!  Can tell you this, though, it won't be the only one of its kind here, and will complement the higher performance programs nicely.

 

Yikes a Time Share TP... :ph34r:

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