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  1. Raptorsailor

    Day 1 in (brief!) review

    Race 1: Very surprised at LR's pace compared to ETNZ, it looks like they're dragging a bucket, I don't buy their 'we had problems' too much.... they looked smooth and rock solid. Just slow.... compared to the Kiwis at least. Speaking of which, they were on rails, a demonstration run. Nothing to...
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    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Okay, so Gitana and sodebo are going for sub 40 days later this year. Sodebo start their standby on October 15th. Is there anybody else going for it or just them two?  It's going to be busy in the Southern Ocean ocean this year. 2020/21 is definitely going to be one for the ages with sub 70...
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    Worst/scariest moment in a dinghy?

    What's your worst moment in a dinghy? We've all had a few proper heart in mouth moments, maybe even actually dangerous moments that didn't turn out to be... luckily
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    Team NZ 2.0

    Previous Team NZ thread seems to have been deleted, new one here. Using the "ETNZ out of Americas's Cup" thread as the new kiwi thread seems weird even by SA standards. 
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    Climbing Anarchy

    It's fun, it's safe until you fall. Discuss. Personally I solo climb, free climb but never both at the same time, I like living and I'm not Alex Honnold. I climb mainly in the Maurienne valley as it's one of my favourite places on Earth. Once a year I do a proper Alpine climb, this year it was...
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    currently on censored internet and need help

     So I'm on some highly censored internet for the next year or so and I don't have a choice. Considering I cannot stand not being able to look at what I want, read what I want, watch what I want etc; is anyone able to look up proxies I can use to configure my TOR browser? I'm already on this...
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    The Grand Tour Season 4

    Season 4 is coming soon. Apparently it's all specials. What do you guys expect? I heard there was something going on in SEA. Hope so, the Vietnam special was beautiful. 
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    Favourite movies?

    What movies could you watch over and over again without them ever getting old? -Marie Antoinette  -Lord Of War -Senna documentary -Monty Python And The Holy Grail -Asterix At The Olympic Games 
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    TIps for new sailors

    What tips would you give to new dinghy sailors looking to race or simply to sail casually and enjoy the sport? Here are a few I can think of off the top of my head: in the pre start don't dive-bomb next to the committee boat with 15 seconds to go, you'll just crash and break stuff.  When...
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    Use of performance enhancing drugs in offshore sailing

    Is there any recorded use of performance enhancing drugs in offshore sailing? More particularly singlehanded offshore sailing. Considering the enormous advantages they could give to an offshore sailor such as amphetamines(?) which reduce the onset of tiredness along with modafinil which is...
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    Bonkers Moth

    So I went in the internet and I found this: Does anyone have any info on this, I can't find any. It's the most bonker moth I have ever seen. Ever. It would definitely give an 18 foot skiff a run for its money. Now there's a thought, does anyone just happen to...
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    Quick, easy and simple 'keep warm' hack

    Was going to post this in dinghy anarchy but realised it could to apply to many more. In Winter, many of us are used to sailing with neoprene gloves. I use 3mm gloves, which stops my fingers from getting numb but that's all. To get warmer, get those really cheap disposable plastic gloves. Put...
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    Whatever happened to 18ft?

    Seems that 15 years ago they were on prime time TV, now... what's happened?
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    sketchup catamaran design race

    I wonder if this could be of interest to anyone. If I get enough entries We can start the design race on November 6th 2016. With an end to all designing on the 1st January 2017. The winner shall be determined by a vote on a separate thread. If you'd like to do this, please use this form...
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    Where to buy A-class 'foils

    Where can I buy some A-class J-boards? After hours spent on google, I can'y find anything. I'm thinking of bolting a pair on an old Laser IMOCA style, give it some good moustaches and increase speed. But where can I find the J shaped boards for an A-class cat?? chomp chomp -raptor
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    A newb's predictions, opinions & and useless tech ideas

    These are my predictions and opinions for AC35, predictions first, please don't maul me for stating the already obvious. :) Predictions: OTUSA: Unlimited pool o'money. Nice go-fast paint job, good R&D? 2 AC50's is just unfair for the other teams IMO... While unstable foils seem to be...