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  1. Robin Knox-Johnston report on knockdowns in the Golden Globe

    Very interesting report by Sir Robin (That's what his friends call him) on knock downs in the Golden Globe, and the use of warps or drogues. Well worth reading for all of us who one day dream of...
  2. Ilias, I'm glad that you are enjoying my book....

    Ilias, I'm glad that you are enjoying my book. Take a look at my new novel "My Brother Chuck". In answer to your first question, it takes a very special wife to marry a singlehanded sailor. ...
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    tboussie, your comment doesn't surprise me at...

    tboussie, your comment doesn't surprise me at all. If you look at the study in my tips book, (chapter 8-B in the free version) you'll see that lack of sleep, nervousness, and all the associated...
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    There has been so much written about sleep...

    There has been so much written about sleep deprivation and hallucinations while singlehanding, that I can't believe that he was not aware of it before he set out. I remember well when I had my first...
  5. Believe it or not, it's sold more than 10,000...

    Believe it or not, it's sold more than 10,000 copies all over the world over the past four years. And lord knows how many times the free version has been downloaded. Now if I can just get the same...
  6. Phipott: You must have been the first US order...

    Phipott: You must have been the first US order for the paperback book. THANKS VERY MUCH! You are very special indeed. The answer is that Amazon doesn't order in until they receive their first...
  7. I'm sorry about that. The books are out - my...

    I'm sorry about that. The books are out - my copies arrived a couple of weeks ago. I guess it takes a bit to get them to Amazon. I'll let my publisher know and see if I can get an update.
  8. For all who liked my singlehanded tips book, my...

    For all who liked my singlehanded tips book, my first novel has just been published. You can find "My Brother Chuck" in paperback or ebook on Amazon. The first reviews are very encouraging: “An...
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    I did the SHTP on my O30 with no engine. Didn't...

    I did the SHTP on my O30 with no engine. Didn't have any problem exiting under the bridge, but in that same race another boat DID have a problem, started his engine and had to go back and restart....
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    Victoria, British Columbia. Used by Jeanne...

    Victoria, British Columbia. Used by Jeanne Socrates and several others for their Recognized Official RTW voyages. And just a darned nice place to live. One day, in the distant future, I hope to...
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    18 Different Olson 30's. Still the best boat in...

    18 Different Olson 30's. Still the best boat in the world! (completely unbiased opinion)
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    Thanks Rob. I saw her Monday and yesterday...

    Thanks Rob. I saw her Monday and yesterday evening. She is making short walks around the hospital floor; her new version of a circumnavigation (that's her own words, not mine.) Her ribs are not...
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    Jeanne was just a few days away from another...

    Jeanne was just a few days away from another attempt at being the oldest person (she's already the oldest woman) to solo circumnavigate but she has suffered a fall. Her boat was on the hard at a...
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    Great writing for all of her race legs. Felt...

    Great writing for all of her race legs. Felt like I was on the boat with her. But that would be cheating.

    Also worth reading Mary Rook's blog http://www.maryrook.com/blog/
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    I used spectra as the bottom of my...

    I used spectra as the bottom of my backstay/antenna. I can't think of any reason why not to use it as the top as well. (I did have an insulator at the top on FM).
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    Holy Cow! Her description of the first leg is a...

    Holy Cow! Her description of the first leg is a must read:
    http://envoleeadventures.blogspot.ca/2017/06/leg-1-start-and-gironde.html?view=sidebar...
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    bad news Flash: The Franco-American solo...

    bad news
    Flash: The Franco-American solo skipper Nathalie Criou (Richmond Yacht Club Foundation) has contacted Race Direction to signal her decision to abandon Stage 1 of La Solitaire URGO Le...
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    This is really fascinating, to watch Nathalie...

    This is really fascinating, to watch Nathalie enter the big time race scene. She's living my dream. It's unfortunate that with the new boats coming it will become virtually impossible for a regular...
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    Thanks for the videos. Very nice install job. ...

    Thanks for the videos. Very nice install job. I'd love to see the Pelagic handling your boat in 20-25 knots with the chute up. Let us know when you make that video.
  20. Thread: Gybing

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    Yes, about 40,000 extra words on really important...

    Yes, about 40,000 extra words on really important stuff. And of course professionally edited and printed.
    And don't forget to read the paper I wrote on meal planning for improved performance in...
  21. Thread: Gybing

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    :-) That's where the "lots of guts and lots of...

    :-) That's where the "lots of guts and lots of practice" part comes in.

    With all the times I've done this technique, I've never had a broach or even come close. Perhaps because I'm...
  22. Thread: Gybing

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    Gybing

    You're all familiar with the main-first gybing method. It was first taught to me by a Figaro sailor. I just ran across this really good video about it:...
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    Thanks Guys. I had a long chat with Brian...

    Thanks Guys. I had a long chat with Brian yesterday and I've decided that this is the way to go. I like the fact that he has integrated the course computer, compass and control head into one unit. ...
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    Pelagic Autopilot - any experiences?

    I'm looking for a new autopilot for my Olson 30 after my 10 year old Raymarine finally died. I see California company Pelagic is claiming several users from our group (http://pelagicautopilot.com)...
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    Update on this. When his shore crew boarded the...

    Update on this. When his shore crew boarded the boat, they found the broken off end of his tether. Lord knows what happened. Just another warning for us all.
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