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  1. Sidecar

    Putin is losing his war badly, so bad he threatened nukes. What should the response be if he does?

    “Peace for our time”. That lasted a long time too?
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    Dear Mr. Sidecar

    It was the middle of winter when you came, and it is windage if you aren’t using it …. I will send you details. It was all done with bits of string and can be done more eloquently than the photos, it was a trial run to see if it was worth the bother. Often down here, it is uncomfortably cool...
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    Dear Mr. Sidecar

    Sidecar in cruising mode, my wife on the helm:
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    Dear Mr. Sidecar

    @SkipJ We had this same conversation years ago, when Sidecar was still on the drawing board/under construction. If you are talking about pin headed mainsails, you are maybe correct. But Sidecar has a big square head mainsail, which allows the pivot to be further aft. The aim being to maximise...
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    The 2022 Aviation thread

    https://newatlas.com/aircraft/lilium-full-transition/?utm_source=New+Atlas+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4152920875-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_09_30_06_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-4152920875-91599401
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    FBI storms Mar a Lago

    ^^^^^ Why am I not surprised? Nor am I surprised by the number of times Trump gets off the hook. Mere mortals would have already been prosecuted and jailed many times over…..
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    Dear Mr. Sidecar

    Some constructive comments: The daggerboard case will take up some of the interior, so make sure you have enough “pod“ to have a decent berth inside. It is not just the thickness of the case, but also the curvature of the hull which will eat into it. The pivot attachment points of your...
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    89er

    Fixed in bold italics…… Maths isn’t my strong suite either…… Not sure what is.
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    Dear Mr. Sidecar

    So ~ 40% reduction of induced drag…..
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    Dear Mr. Sidecar

    ^^^^ In a mile, at a glide ratio of ~ 40:1, he should have dropped ~ 132 ft. Optimum airspeed /descent ratio would be at ~ 60 knots. He could have kept going until he hit stall speed, ~40 knots, so he could have kept going for roughly 4 miles without touching and normally would have lost ~ 540...
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    ETNZ To Attempt Wind Powered Land Speed Word Record

    Down here we have had the wettest winter that I can recall. The ground is saturated, can’t even mow the lawn without leaving ruts and muddy tracks all over the place. Ground water levels are so high, that our drainage soak away system is also full of water. That is also a first. The other thing...
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    Dear Mr. Sidecar

    ^^^^ @Hell-Bent, You are welcome any time….. February/ March generally has the best all round weather. Boat is out of action until Xmas. Open invitation: If anyone can spare the time and money to get to Tasmania, we will put you up, give you a tour of the Tasman Penninsula, and do some sailing...
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    LONQR 2

    I have a good friend whose parents used to go sailing with him as a “newborn” hanging in a string shopping bag off the deck beams down below….
  14. Sidecar

    Putin is losing his war badly, so bad he threatened nukes. What should the response be if he does?

    ^^^^ Ah yes, Crimea, Putin’s first bite of the cherry, and for a promise of not going any further, Ukraine gave up its nuclear capability and potential NATO membership. Any bets on what’s next after Ukraine has been totally euthanased and obliterated?
  15. Sidecar

    Putin is losing his war badly, so bad he threatened nukes. What should the response be if he does?

    ^^^^ Effectively, that is what the West is doing? ”Don’t” isn’t a threat or bluster. Equally, western politicians would not be doing their duty if they have not already prepared for the worst. You have become irrational and sexist. I won’t go there, so let’s agree to disagree.
  16. Sidecar

    Putin is losing his war badly, so bad he threatened nukes. What should the response be if he does?

    ^^^^ So how do you get Putin to show restraint? Either way, he is intent on Ukrainian genocide. Do we walk away and wash our hands of it for the good of the world? Who is next after the Ukrainians? Do we walk away from them too?
  17. Sidecar

    Putin is losing his war badly, so bad he threatened nukes. What should the response be if he does?

    Nowhere and no one is “safe” if it goes nuclear. I have friends and relatives in eastern Europe. Giving in to Putin’s blackmail on their behalf isn’t going to make them safer…..
  18. Sidecar

    Putin is losing his war badly, so bad he threatened nukes. What should the response be if he does?

    Who is pushing? Or are you saying, let him do what he wants because nuclear, which is exactly what he wants. How many times will he pull out the nuclear threat play to get what he wants? Answer: As often as he can get away with it. How many times do you want to go around this blackmail circle...
  19. Sidecar

    Putin is losing his war badly, so bad he threatened nukes. What should the response be if he does?

    You can do that now, why wait and give Putin the chance to go nuclear?
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