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PaulR last won the day on March 8 2015

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    S34's, Farr 727's; blind sailing
  1. Do 6 x Supertankers get their own division and prizes??
  2. Another consideration would be to use a snatch block or snap shackle so that the sheet / barber hauler can be led from OUTSIDE the lifelines by using your alloy toe rail. This would be a better solution when reaching as it would open the slot between mainsail and headsail wider. Perhaps using two barber haulers would make move the sheet outboard a lot easier and safer for solo sailors.
  3. One friend who does suffer, used to take seasickness pills for the MONTH before a major race. Mind you, that was because of the "unreliable crew" in the OSTAR races years ago as well as many other solo trips. Several other competitors did similar for say a week before. For you youngsters, OSTAR = Observers Singlehanded Trans Atlantic Race from Plymouth UK to Newport RI USA.
  4. Sorry can't help but the Harbourmaster or should that be "Harbour-mistresses" are getting so much younger these days
  5. Simplicity is good, but everything depends upon the loads involved on nice days and the abuse expected in stormy weather. Yours looks fine.
  6. On the S34, I used a small loop of spectra around the car to hold the double block to the car. The advantages were it was cheap, easy to replace but more importantly it transferred the "PULLING LOAD" point to the REAR of the whole car, avoiding the need to drill holes or fit saddles etc that could "Pull Out", wear or simply break. Effectively I was "pushing" the car forward as the loop transferred the load to the aft side of the car.. I like the idea of the continuous loop and the cable tie to keep the "Drop down" pin in the UP position. Our spectra loop has lasted over 6 years n
  7. It get worse when one sees a sea bird moving in circles towards a plane flying by, moving in the window of a boat that is moving in relationship to waves and swells moving in from the moving horizon which is moving in relation to the distant land, whist the contents of your glass are definitely moving differently to the contents of ones' stomach, which is all well and good until one tries moving to stand up.
  8. There are three stages: 1. WANTING to die 2. WISHING you were dead 3. WONDERING WHY you are knot dead already. The best known cure is to read a book about GASTRO REFLEXES whilst sitting under a tree and see how great that knowledge has improved your outlook.
  9. To really enjoy cruising I would suggest a highly paid cook/chefette will help the relaxing a lot. As I don't enjoy cooking, this works for me!! (However I have done a lot of dish washing to compensate and reward the chef!
  10. Tradition states that there are 3 things you don't need: Wheel barrow, umbrella and a naval officer!! From UK Services Compo food packs, the boiled sweets packed inside a tin stay good for a long, long time until open when they immediately vanish!! The tins of creamed rice were prized as they can be eaten cold straight from the tin in the tropics or warmed up for colder nights or in higher latitudes. Good comfort food that seems to settle many stomachs!!
  11. I too am interested in the other idea of small before the larger drogue, especially the increase of holding power to 4 times, especially if deploying off the bow w/ bridle to act as a "stopper" and not lie ahull.
  12. in another scenario, it could be a major consideration as to the distance between the two drogues, whether rope only or some chain is involved. I could envisage the smaller drogue being deployed first from aft as a "slow me down" stage and then with searoom, continue downwind and then ease the smaller drogue out further and use this to pull out a larger drogue, not that much pulling would be needed. The big advantage especially if some chain was used, would be that the smaller drogue would sink more and remain in the water and stop the larger drogue surfacing and collapsing or popping out
  13. 8 things to go wrong covers the major points of the compass as well as the: Portside, Starboard side, topside, inside, outside, lee side, weather side and "besides . . ."
  14. one with central heating, without leaks and with adequate rum!!
  15. I always was told there are only 2 REAL rules when sailing: 1. One hand for yourself and one for the boat, IN THAT ORDER! 2. Keep a weather eye peeled. Later I added to rule 2, "& think of the 8 things that can go wrong and how to avoid them". Seems to cover most situations, IMHO.
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