Donnybrook makes the news

Soley

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I raced on Donnybrook for the first time in 8 years. I actually enjoyed it. We had a pretty good crew and the boat is pretty decent. Much more fun to sail than the old bus. Its a shame we didn't have a Code Zero as that would have given us a pretty decent chance of being at the top of the fleet. (Reason being as MAgnitude the boat sailed with masthead genoas that kill your IRC rating. We couldn't get a zero in time)

Definitley confusing thinking you have run aground in the middle of the ocean. I thought it might have been a container. I think the whale is pretty fucked up. I expect dead by now. I expect to sea the Steve Irwin protesting the start of the next race!

I actually think it was my week to be the Jonah, my ride back from Halifax was pretty tough as well.

 

Serge A. Storms

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We took some of their crew home once and after hearing what the race was like on our ancient 6KSB, they said it sounded WAY more fun than they had.

Also beat them every now and then ages ago racing in A-0 on corrected time. They used to finish - wind dies - they win or finish - wind does not die - someone corrects over them.;

DISHONEST ASSHOLE said:
They sure seem to have a knack for hitting stuff.
Sometimes stuff hits the boat. Like the fingers of crew.

Search the forums for the boat name and owner. Entertaining stuff
I sailed on his (previous) boat.

Once.

That was enough.

Did the Annapolis to Oxford race years ago on the old SC 70 Muldoon had. His behavior was appalling from the moment we left the dock until well after we'd tied up in Oxford. I was amazed.

Have to wonder if his various boat troubles have a little to do with the mountain of bad karma he's generated over the years....

Check the following thread- the Muldoon stories start on page 2-

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=67941&hl=muldoon&page=2

I chimed in about the race I mentioned above..... Others had some interesting things to say...

Worst rage-aholic I ever sailed with until last summer when I ended up doing mainsheet on a big gaff-rigger in New England. But I digress....

Serge

 
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left hook

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I raced on Donnybrook for the first time in 8 years. I actually enjoyed it. We had a pretty good crew and the boat is pretty decent. Much more fun to sail than the old bus. Its a shame we didn't have a Code Zero as that would have given us a pretty decent chance of being at the top of the fleet. (Reason being as MAgnitude the boat sailed with masthead genoas that kill your IRC rating. We couldn't get a zero in time)

Definitley confusing thinking you have run aground in the middle of the ocean. I thought it might have been a container. I think the whale is pretty fucked up. I expect dead by now. I expect to sea the Steve Irwin protesting the start of the next race!

I actually think it was my week to be the Jonah, my ride back from Halifax was pretty tough as well.
D'aww I love you too babe

FWIW Serge, there wasn't a single hint of the kind of abuse you're talking about during this latest race. Even in the high stress moments following the whale impact and an unrelated kite blowout. Mr. Muldoon was a pleasure to sail with.

 

Cement_Shoes

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I raced on Donnybrook for the first time in 8 years. I actually enjoyed it. We had a pretty good crew and the boat is pretty decent. Much more fun to sail than the old bus. Its a shame we didn't have a Code Zero as that would have given us a pretty decent chance of being at the top of the fleet. (Reason being as MAgnitude the boat sailed with masthead genoas that kill your IRC rating. We couldn't get a zero in time)

Definitley confusing thinking you have run aground in the middle of the ocean. I thought it might have been a container. I think the whale is pretty fucked up. I expect dead by now. I expect to sea the Steve Irwin protesting the start of the next race!

I actually think it was my week to be the Jonah, my ride back from Halifax was pretty tough as well.
you better hope you don't see Steve Irwin at the start of the next race! that race would be a short sprint across the river Styx.

 

Zonker

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That didn't take long: "“I’m really looking forward to this race,” said Muldoon, who set a course record for the Race to Oxford last fall aboard the current Donnybrook. “Hopefully, we won’t run in any piles of rocks like last time.” This was for the Annapolis-to-Newport Race in June... http://www.capitalgazette.com/sports/sailing_boating/rambler-donnybrook-headline-strong-fleet-for-annapolis-newport-race/article_a779f91e-7807-5023-90b4-6ceffb777497.html Sailed on the old boat quite a few times when we lived on the Bay--managed not to get yelled at even.

 

mad

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DISHONEST ASSHOLE said:
I raced on Donnybrook for the first time in 8 years. I actually enjoyed it. We had a pretty good crew and the boat is pretty decent. Much more fun to sail than the old bus. Its a shame we didn't have a Code Zero as that would have given us a pretty decent chance of being at the top of the fleet. (Reason being as MAgnitude the boat sailed with masthead genoas that kill your IRC rating. We couldn't get a zero in time)

Definitley confusing thinking you have run aground in the middle of the ocean. I thought it might have been a container. I think the whale is pretty fucked up. I expect dead by now. I expect to sea the Steve Irwin protesting the start of the next race!

I actually think it was my week to be the Jonah, my ride back from Halifax was pretty tough as well.
D'aww I love you too babe
FWIW Serge, there wasn't a single hint of the kind of abuse you're talking about during this latest race. Even in the high stress moments following the whale impact and an unrelated kite blowout. Mr. Muldoon was a pleasure to sail with.
Santorum warning in effect!
You could find a better ass to kiss !
Sounds like Wes has got a bit of thing for Soley.....let's hope Soley's ok with this.
 

mad

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The skipper of a sailboat that struck a whale off the coast of Nova Scotia says the vessel hit the behemoth with such force that the crew thought they had run aground.

Skipper James Muldoon and his crew were taking part in the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race, a biennial, 670-kilometre race from Massachusetts to Halifax.

Muldoon said his 24-metre yacht, Donnybrook, was cruising at 12 knots in the middle of the night. The impact stopped the yacht dead in the water.

“I was tossed out of bed, and everybody woke up, believe me,” he said.

The crew immediately started bringing out life rafts, thinking they had run aground.

“They noted the position, they got ready to get on the radio in case we had a need. We had everybody pulling up the floorboards to see if we were taking on water,” said Muldoon.

“About the time that we were trying to figure out what happened, a whale's tail, or fin, came up next to the boat and put its tail up in the air and flapped it a couple times and swam off," he said.

Muldoon said it was too dark to have spotted or avoided the whale.

He said it was a large whale, but the crew couldn't identify the species.

The collision delayed the boat for half an hour.

Muldoon says divers later found blubber on the sailboat’s cracked keel.

The boat is now in Rhode Island for repairs.

The Donnybrook finished the Marblehead race, taking second place.

It's not clear what happened to the whale.

The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race began in 1905 and runs every two years. More that 100 yachts participate in the 670-kilometre race across five different divisions that runs from Marblehead harbour, Mass., northeast to Halifax.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/07/17/ns-whale-strike-yacht-race.html

I'm frankly surprised that more people weren't seriously hurt.
I'm surprised you haven't hooked Gator with this one. Maybe mummy cut of his internet.

 
I sailed 2006 Gov Cup with him and tried to sail the 2006 Vineyard Race with him. He was a royal prick during the Gov Cup.

When we drove (in a coupe) to Stamford. Imagine three guys and gear in some toyota coupe. He called and asked if we could pick up an extra mainsail because it was the only sail they forgot... Like any car besides a truck would fit a 73' mainsail.

When we were on the way out to the start of the race. Jim screamed for a full hoist (despite advice to the contrary) on the mainsail, which was, fyi, the year there was some tropical storm or some shit like that. Ripped that fucker before we even got out of the harbor. When we got back in to the harbor he had his paid crew guy make him his dinner and pretty much told every to go fu*k themselves.

Karma... for a second time. Although I am glad he has apparently mellowed out.

 

Rasputin22

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Muldoon sails his boat with no pros (100% volunteers) so it can be a "foundation boat" aka tax shelter, amirite??

That's rich... I sailed on a boat whose owner, after being told by his skipper that his choice of boat to compete in and he could only have one 'pro' on board, and he had to helm and the rest of the crew had to be 'amateurs'... his comment? "Then I want the best amateurs that money can buy!!!"

 


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