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I see that the USS Amway has capsized at Auckland. 

Boy, that is really a shame . . cue the thoughts and prayers 

Somebody forgot to blow the running backstay . . 

@billy backstay   was that you ?? 

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LOL!!  My days of racing top tier sailing vessels are well past now.  Lucky if I can get a middle spot on an Etchells of late.  OTOH, if a certain Schock 40 has not been sold by start of the season, I may have a spot at mainsheet trimmer....

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The boat from Amway may be toast . . 

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More american right wing exceptionalism up in smoke: 

 

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Meh.

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4 hours ago, billy backstay said:

LOL!!  My days of racing top tier sailing vessels are well past now.  Lucky if I can get a middle spot on an Etchells of late.  OTOH, if a certain Schock 40 has not been sold by start of the season, I may have a spot at mainsheet trimmer....

main trimmer is my favorite job on a boat (unless it's driving downwind in big conditions).

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4 hours ago, jhc said:

More american right wing exceptionalism up in smoke: 

 

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Looks like the right wing rose up in righteous power... unfortunately the rest of the boat was thrown a bit out of balance

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I thought this was the USS Amway.

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Must . . . not . . . give . . . in . . .to 

schadenfreude - which is actually not a very good emotion. 

It can mess with your Juju, Mojo and even that Karma thingy. 

But still . . I might make an exception just this once. 

For sure, very glad that the crew are OK. 

But wait, when you are leading in a race, why go for a risky maneuver ?? 

(I'm sure the Cup Anarchy site is much better informed on this . . ) 

American Magic capsizes during America's Cup challengers series

 

 

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5 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

I thought this was the USS Amway.

That boat was docked in the nearby Huron River a few years back  . . 

and somebody untied in during the night. Hilarity ensued. 

They never caught the perps, but if they do I'd pardon them in a heartbeat. 

(Can you even imagine a such a vessel with no night watch ??) 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/betsy-devos-40-million-family-yacht-untied-causing-10000-in-damages/

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13 hours ago, 3to1 said:

main trimmer is my favorite job on a boat (unless it's driving downwind in big conditions).

 

SORC 1982 IIRC, on Shorty Trimingham's Holland 40 footer, "Flirt of Paget", I got to drive a lot downwind, as I could keep her surfing a wave longer than the other boys....

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Could the Prada Cup be any more symbolic of America right now?  Crash, almost sink, get saved by NZ, England and Italy, only to have a herculean effort required just to get back in the race.

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However it happened they tried to turn the boat without letting the main out sufficiently. They were far in the lead and there was no need to make such a decisive helm input and were at the point of no return in like 2 seconds. Boat flew up, slammed down and stopped sideways to the wind with no way on to get the boat rotated into the wind. Blew over. Like a huge Hobie Cat.

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20 minutes ago, Chris in Santa Cruz, CA said:

Like a huge Hobie Cat.

Hey!!

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OTOH, if a certain Schock 40 has not been sold by start of the season, I may have a spot at mainsheet trimmer....

And it still will be forever at that price point.

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