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    I just bought the book from Amazon and read it. ...

    I just bought the book from Amazon and read it. It's a must for anyone who's thinking of doing this race . . . it gives the "feel" of crossing an ocean in a small boat, and also gives good practical...
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    Michael Richey - below the hatches

    My sailing hero, Michael Richey, died just before Christmas. He was the kind of Englishman who would say that he'd "done a little sailing" - by which he meant that he'd only crossed the Atlantic 13...
  3. Thread: Top 10 list

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    The one piece of gear I needed and did not have...

    The one piece of gear I needed and did not have was a gimballed cup holder! I thought it was too Chris Craft, too Marina Del Rey! I should have swallowed my pride; after I made a cup of coffee, I...
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    My engine (and alternator) croaked the day before...

    My engine (and alternator) croaked the day before the start of the SHTP. I sailed with 2 40-watt Kyocera panels on the pushpit, and two 20-watt Flex Pro flexible panels on the dodger, connected to a...
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    Thank YOU, Ruben and Robbie, for being the race...

    Thank YOU, Ruben and Robbie, for being the race chairpersons! I spent just enough time with you to get an inkling of the time and effort you put in. Getting up every 4 or 6 hours to keep track of...
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    I respectfully suggest that the rule be changed...

    I respectfully suggest that the rule be changed so that a completed SHTP can be used as the qualifier for the next two SHTPs. So, for example, a skipper and boat that completed the 2008 SHTP could...
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    Well, that's what they told me. Maybe they...

    Well, that's what they told me. Maybe they realized that I am a lawyer, and, as you suggest, gave me the legal department. But would one lawyer give another lawyer bad information? Is there no...
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    Last year before the SHTP, I e-mailed the Davis...

    Last year before the SHTP, I e-mailed the Davis company and asked whether putting electrical tape around the edges of the echomaster would impair its effectiveness; they replied that it would! Based...
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    http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/5471/crossing....

    http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/5471/crossing.htm
    http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/5471/chalupaprep.htm

    Try these links. They are to articles about the fitting out of Chalupa, a Cal 20...
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    Wow!! I just read the Jordan Drogue website. If...

    Wow!! I just read the Jordan Drogue website. If it performs as advertised, it's the greatest thing since the magnetic compass!

    - Tom Kirschbaum, Feral
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    I'd also like to wish everybody the best for the...

    I'd also like to wish everybody the best for the season and the new year . . . and to say a heartfelt thank you for getting me off my duff for a great adventure after having thought about it lazily...
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    Repowering - German vs. Japanese

    Well, saltwater thorougly infiltrated the innards of Feral's engine (a one-cylinder BMW MD7), ruining same. My new mechanic, who is from the Baltic, suggests that I get another BMW or Farymann...
  13. Thread: LongPac 2009

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    I won't be racing, but I may volunteer for RC...

    I won't be racing, but I may volunteer for RC duty. It's difficult to predict my schedule for next summer. Have the dates of the race been set yet?

    - Tom Kirschbaum, Feral
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    I'm also very impressed! Everyone I've showed...

    I'm also very impressed! Everyone I've showed the video to is also impressed. I wish I could do that! If I could, I would even put on a kilt to do it! But, sadly, if I tried to do it, an ambulance...
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    When I think about all the help Skip has given me...

    When I think about all the help Skip has given me and so many others, it makes it even harder to read about the loss of Wildflower. Couldn't King Neptune have pointed his trident elsewhere? Well, I...
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    I also recommend Larry

    I'd like to join Bob in recommending Larry of Load-a-Boat to anyone who will be shipping a boat from Hawaii to California. Larry was always straightforward (no game-playing or hidden charges, as...
  17. Thread: Past Poetry

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    You're a poet? We didn't know it!

    You're a poet?
    We didn't know it!
  18. Thread: Past Poetry

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    Not my sentiments at all, but a good bit of...

    Not my sentiments at all, but a good bit of doggerl:

    How pleasant to gaze on the sailors
    As their sailboats they manfully sail
    With the vigor of the vikings or whalers
    In the days of the...
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    I listened to tonight's radio check in with my...

    I listened to tonight's radio check in with my little Grundig G5 receiver and whip antenna. I was able to hear Carole E, Ankle Biter, Polar Bear, Haulback, and Feolena well, and Dogbark faintly. ...
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    Under your fowlies, you should wear ski clothes. Polartec, Caplene (spelling?), etc. Wool is okay. No jeans or other cotton. I had to learn this the hard way!

    -- Tom Kirschbaum, Feral
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    Unfortunately I didn't get to listen in. I was...

    Unfortunately I didn't get to listen in. I was on the road, driving to N. Cal.

    - Tom Kirschbaum, Feral
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    I may try to listen in on my new Grundig...

    I may try to listen in on my new Grundig receiver. -- Tom Kirschbaum, Feral
  23. Thread: watermakers?

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    Thank you, Erika! "I do not own a boat . . . ."...

    Thank you, Erika! "I do not own a boat . . . ." A clear sign that you are highly intelligent!

    - Tom Kirschbaum, Feral
  24. Thread: watermakers?

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    Thanks, Jim and Alan! The watermaker I was...

    Thanks, Jim and Alan! The watermaker I was thinking of is hand-powered, so I would probably work up a thirst just by operating it. A classmate of mine recently did the Transpac with a crew of...
  25. Thread: watermakers?

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    watermakers?

    Does anyone on the SHTP carry a watermaker in addition to the required 21 gallons? It's been suggested to me that a watermaker might be a lifesaver if, for example, I were dismasted and proceeding...
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