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    [QUOTE=DaveH;27956]Pure speculation on my part,...

    [QUOTE=DaveH;27956]Pure speculation on my part, but I'm reasonably sure they have load cells on the fore stay, and probably even on the un-stayed foresails. I wonder if the sequence went sort of...
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    Extensive repair going on aboard Alex Thomson's...

    Extensive repair going on aboard Alex Thomson's HUGO BOSS in the Vendee Globe. The breakage in the bow area was major. HB did not hit anything. It was an engineering and/or operator error failure...
  3. I don't recall having dark chocolate and almonds...

    I don't recall having dark chocolate and almonds for consolation when in the 1977 Miami-Nassau Race on IMP it was getting dark and time to turn on the double, dimpled, festoon Aqua Signal nav lights...
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    Congrats to Lee Johnson and MORNING STAR on their...

    Congrats to Lee Johnson and MORNING STAR on their successful, 21 day passage from Catalina Island to Hilo, Hawaii. Lee's voyage report is attached, and hints at his good prep and seamanship.
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    Thanks, Howard, and also to Intermission for...

    Thanks, Howard, and also to Intermission for pointing out the amazing coincidence of 3 Santa Cruz aids to navigation all flashing simultaneously as Rainer clicked his camera from his location aboard...
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    6008 Thank you! Shortly after dedication in...

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    Thank you! Shortly after dedication in 2003, it was discovered "Red, Right, Returning" using the paint scheme on the new, New England style, $1.25 million Santa Cruz Harbor lighthouse, would...
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    Santa Cruz Port District Ordinance 222, Rule 9,...

    Santa Cruz Port District Ordinance 222, Rule 9, and other right of way rules between floaty things, are red herrings when attempting to answer this quiz . Not to say there isn't something basically...
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    Rule 9, "Narrow Channels" which includes "a...

    Rule 9, "Narrow Channels" which includes "a vessel shall not cross a narrow channel or fairway if such crossing impedes the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within such channel or...
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    Sorry, Jackie, it is my understanding surfboards...

    Sorry, Jackie, it is my understanding surfboards in the surf zone are not subject to USCG Rules of the Road.
    In the surf zone, the surfer nearest the peak has right-of-way and PFD's need not be...
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    6004 As Howard and Rainer will tell you, when...

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    As Howard and Rainer will tell you, when the Santa Cruz Harbor Entrance is shoaled and dangerous for boats, it "goes off" for surfers who ride some of the sweetest waves on the West Coast. ...
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    5998 With 3 (tethered) crew in the water when...

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    With 3 (tethered) crew in the water when this photo of ARCHIMEDES was taken in the 2006 Lightship Race, Joe brought everyone home safely. Herding SSS cats will hopefully prove easier.
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    I think there are 5 reasons: 1) a shakedown for...

    I think there are 5 reasons: 1) a shakedown for the boat, with 2) a possible contingency bailout point and 3) weather wise, even though longer, an approach to Cape Horn from the northwest rather...
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    11/18/20 Other than half an inch of rain...

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    Other than half an inch of rain here last night at CBC, I see big news on the waterfront: Reading a thread below about the Berkeley Sunday Midwinters, I note that it is signed Joe...
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    [QUOTE=BobJ;27893]I'll go with #8, 'cause I think...

    [QUOTE=BobJ;27893]I'll go with #8, 'cause I think it is a modified Cal 20. They opened up the transom, added a sprit, moved the chainplates outboard and who knows what else.
    Here we go - her name...
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    5993 This fine little ship recently appeared...

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    This fine little ship recently appeared at Santa Cruz Harbor. She's got a retracting carbon bowsprit, frac rig with masthead spinny halyard, carbon fiber mast and boom, spade rudder, and...
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    Never a dull moment at CBC when the phone rings...

    Never a dull moment at CBC when the phone rings with a robo call from the Capitola police advising to shelter in place until further notice, "a mountain lion has been sighted on your street."
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    Unless I misread, it appears Whitall on SPARROW...

    Unless I misread, it appears Whitall on SPARROW has lost his 2 downwind sails, an A-2 spinnaker and Code 0, and is now down to "working sails." He reports this loss will give him more time to read. ...
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    When her boat blew over in a recent Cat.2...

    When her boat blew over in a recent Cat.2 hurricane, a spreader was broken and had to be removed, and there was no one who could assist, Trish showed her typical solo sailor creativity

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  19. Hi Jackie, Thanks for the kind words on the...

    Hi Jackie,
    Thanks for the kind words on the other thread. I second Dazzler's analysis regarding the possible faulty connections.
    I do not know how high off the deck your steaming light is....
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    Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! A trailer hitch...

    Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! A trailer hitch ball is the correct answer. Attached to a knotted line, a hitch ball can be used as a lead line for measuring depth. Also attached to a line, a hitch...
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    Sorry, not a tire rim...but has several things in...

    Sorry, not a tire rim...but has several things in common. Please guess again. I know at least one person who reads this Forum has at least two of the mystery items and doesn't yet know it. My guess...
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    Sorry, not a plastic bucket. But a good reminder...

    Sorry, not a plastic bucket. But a good reminder you can never have too many buckets of different sizes on an ocean crossing. They are inexpensive, light weight, uses are many, and they disappear...
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    Not sure a carabiner would work as an anchor...

    Not sure a carabiner would work as an anchor unless it was clipped to something. I used one of our mystery items recently as an anchor while reading Wooden Boat adrift in a local backwater.
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    Alan: not talking "poles or bandaids, boots or...

    Alan: not talking "poles or bandaids, boots or wool socks", though as kids we used to use wet wool clothing as a hiking aid to increase our weight on the windward rail against the big guys upwind in...
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    Good Morning, Ants. Suspect you had a bit of...

    Good Morning, Ants. Suspect you had a bit of breeze in Bodfish yesterday. We had frost here last night, but not the hard freeze of inland. With a windchill corrected temp of 28 degrees, riding my...
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