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    Hi Talon - In my experience the boats racing...

    Hi Talon -

    In my experience the boats racing to Hawaii are in no position to go racing the 2-3 weeks prior TransPac start as you don't want to break anything; there's very little time remaining to...
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    Alan - sent you a private message. - rob/beetle

    Alan - sent you a private message.

    - rob/beetle
  3. From the jibeset race entry data, in 2020 35 out...

    From the jibeset race entry data, in 2020 35 out of 317 boats were singlehanded, in 2019 44 out of 333 boats, in 2018 34 out of 359 entries.

    I suggest that there are two reasons to NOT move the...
  4. I haven't seen the SSS survey, so I do not know...

    I haven't seen the SSS survey, so I do not know what the question(s) were.

    At least one potential issue for finishing Three Bridge Fiasco on the Berkeley Circle is can the Race Committee boat...
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    I know what a sporran is (I even have one) but...

    I know what a sporran is (I even have one) but had never heard of a spurtle - I had to go look it up. The things one learns - thanks, Synthia!

    - rob
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    Which NACA shape did you choose? A NACA 12%...

    Which NACA shape did you choose? A NACA 12% profile is fairly forgiving as regards stalling as it has a relatively blunt nose. It's not difficult to create a shape from by plotting a template onto...
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    That would be Thor Heyerdahl - they fetched up...

    That would be Thor Heyerdahl - they fetched up here while attempting to demonstrate that settlers in the South Pacific could have arrived from South America.

    And I thought a bore was a series of...
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    Hi Alan - I know that 1/4" structural rivets...

    Hi Alan -

    I know that 1/4" structural rivets can be set with a large lever rivet set tool as I keep one on Beetle for purposes of replacing the rivets keeping the boom vang tang inside the boom...
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    +1 Buzz sent to me a set for for an...

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    Buzz sent to me a set for for an intermediate (solent) stay tang and it is installed with structural rivets as per Buzz's specifications. The rivets are designed such that the center mandrel...
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    A way to solve flutter while also inducing vortex...

    A way to solve flutter while also inducing vortex shedding is to set up a sharp edge on (say) the upper half of the foil to port, and reverse that sharp edge on the lower edge of the foil. I've seen...
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    That's a marine isopod. These are common, fun to...

    That's a marine isopod. These are common, fun to observe run about, and harmless. Not sure exactly which genus it would be in.

    - rob
  12. I don't believe I recharacterized the issue. To...

    I don't believe I recharacterized the issue. To paraphrase Greg's initial question is asking a response to whether or not the SSS should allow power-assisted boats to race, but if so should they be...
  13. There's a distinction between meeting racing...

    There's a distinction between meeting racing rules (electric winches or not) and how a particular boat scores in the results. The discussion concerns what it means to sail a boat (stored power or...
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    Hi Dave - Globalstar publishes a constellation...

    Hi Dave -

    Globalstar publishes a constellation footprint, and that shows a fringe area almost but not quite extending to Hawaii. I have heard anecdotal evidence that sometimes the Spot works to...
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    Deciding what to purchase first requires...

    Deciding what to purchase first requires determining what functionality you're looking for over what geographic range. The range is: transponder, SMS messaging, email, email with attachments, and...
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    Remember Ray Thayer on his Brewer 60 Wild Thing? ...

    Remember Ray Thayer on his Brewer 60 Wild Thing? He had 3 - count 'em: 3 - roller furling headsails mounted on the giant 90' carbon spar. The boat also flew an enorous spinnaker (in a sock). This...
  17. Most likely not. I am supposed to be in French...

    Most likely not. I am supposed to be in French Polynesia this year, the border closures across the South Pacific ended that idea. Hopefully next year will work.

    - rob/beetle
  18. I'd be happy to do a Rosie Ruiz and show up at...

    I'd be happy to do a Rosie Ruiz and show up at Cat Harbor having skipped all the excitement down the coast. Perhaps Morning Star and Beetle could provide some sort of finish line - maybe a crepe...
  19. Hi Brian - I thought that Globalstar was using an...

    Hi Brian - I thought that Globalstar was using an LEO satellite constellation, and based on the information regarding their 2nd generation satellites there are 24 of them up there orbiting at...
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    The diver's boards talk about the feeling of...

    The diver's boards talk about the feeling of being 'shot' by a snapping shrimp as the equivalent to being snapped by a rubber band - the surprise of being snapped is most mentioned.

    The Mantis...
  21. Spot utilizes the Global Star satellite...

    Spot utilizes the Global Star satellite constellation - this a continent-oriented system that intentionally does not cover open-ocean areas.

    i do not know which unit you have, the Spot X manual...
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    Hi skip - There are lots of fiberglass mites...

    Hi skip -

    There are lots of fiberglass mites (aka snapping shrimp) are well known to anyone that has spent a night in marina del rey - their incessant clicking sounds like something is outside the...
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    Hi Skip - I am an amateur entomologist and...

    Hi Skip -

    I am an amateur entomologist and have looked for those water striders for hours on end while passing through the High - that's amazing that you found them! Can you tell us more about...
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    There is a Halobates water strider that is...

    There is a Halobates water strider that is pelagic, I have spent a lot of time looking for them and never seen one.

    Skip, is this what you're talking about? If you've seen them I'd love to...
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    The trouble with dinoflagellates is they are a...

    The trouble with dinoflagellates is they are a plankton and plankton live in the water. So do pelagic crabs (they have gills). That's why I'm suspecting Skip is aiming at something metaphoric here...
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