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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Would be fairly straight forward to use circuit board plating tech to put on a few mils of copper.  Anybody try that?
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    Schock 40 - shockingly easy and fun.

    Cool boat.  Keep us posted on learning how to make her go, playing with the foils etc. 
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    Team NYYC

    Ineos foils aren't ballasted, maybe these are?
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    Medicane, you know what it is ?

    Yup, turns into a Gulphoon when it crosses Florida
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    Vodka and Ambien use by a crew member

    Long distance race, up current, little wind, at o'dark thirty, go below to wake my replacement:  He breaks out the No-Doze, hits a doobie, mixes a big whiskey/Jolt cola, slams it, makes another and offers it to me first.  I figure I better drink some or he'll be too wrecked to sail so drink...
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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    Not blaming or criticizing, just one inviolate principle:  When the foulies go on, the life jacket goes on.  I'm totally paranoid about trying to swim in them, especially with boots on.  Scares the fuck out of me.
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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    Person on left in photo looks like they have inflatable on but maybe not buckled? Sure looks like a lot of crew in foulies with no evidence of lifejackets.   I don't want to try swimming in foulies so always wear a lifejacket with them.
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    Cool or Homo .... are we "That" PC

    Fucking Racoons.
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    Arete' tri going for Chicago to Mac record

    Fucking cool effort.  Thanks for the entertainment Arete'
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    Funniest Interaction with Non Racers Thread

    Racing J 24s when they were cool, a ski boat wakes us pretty bad on a very light air spinnaker run, our foredeck flips em off and says something rude about slowing us down, he smiles and does laps around us at max wake speed.  I figured we deserved it, so pretty funny.  Foredeck fumed...
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    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    12 ft seas at 7 seconds is worse than the shit that Skip left Wildflower in.  "Stay away, monsters be there"
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    Jib up with assym on sportboat?

    How about a little more detail on "sheeting to windward to drive out of a broach".  It makes sense but hadn't thought of it before.
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    Jimmy Buffet just bought one of ugliest sailboats I have ever seen...

    The strap-on toys are pretty cool.  An OC-1 or 2 though, not surf ski, you can see the ama.
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    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    A local FBI guy, who is supposed to always carry, leaves his gun home when fishing.  He gets sick pretty easy and figures he'd use the gun to self medicate if it was available. Ganja is the answer.
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    Google earth shows most of those barrier islands have a 10-15 foot tall sand berm near the beach but most of the island is under 10 feet elevation.  A 13 foot surge plus 85 foot wave will be ugly.  Hoping for the best, but hard to see any relief at this point. Can't the government shut Florence...
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    GB5508 Rebuild - Soma's Project

    Interesting question Zonker:  I wonder if it would make sense to have some spring / stored energy you could apply that would do a similar function.  Put it under tension to lift a foot or whatever and let the natural wave loading move it when its easy.
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    Ft. Lauderdale to Key West

    Smart strippers also provide "Boat cleaning" services...but rates may change depending on service level.
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    Best Sailing Knife

    Read "Shadow Divers" about finding a U boat off New Jersey.  Great book about diving deep pre-nitrox mix.  They laugh about posers using expensive dive knives and use cheap ones on the theory that if you drop it or need to abuse it, you don't want to risk your life for even a moment for a...
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    Rod Rigging Tension Gauge for 11mm rod shroud

    Thanks Zonker, pretty handy rule of thumb: Key table shows:   5% of breaking load = 1 mm stretch in 2 meters of 1x19, or 0.05% (strain) Dyform = 0.95 mm Rod = 0.7 mm 
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    What is going to happen to the boats in the Hawaiian Islands harbors due to Hurricane Lane?

    I guess launching all that energy vertically is a good way to dissipate it.  And it looks really cool.