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    On the beach, at Java Junction, at the Santa Cruz Harbor Entrance, is a morning assembly point for "Coffee Club." Depending on the time, weather, and surf report, you are likely to find the most interesting assemblage of characters discussing everything from sailing to music to Harbor operations, to surfing history. And a whole lot more. The dredge captain can often be found. As well as the local rigger, current harbor employes and retired, and boat builders.

    Just offshore can often be seen big waves, whales, otters, dolphins, and birdlife.

    Yesterday at coffee club, between the subject of hybrid car technology and guitar fingering, arose the subject of whether it is better to have a flexible or stiff catamaran or outrigger canoe for waves. Coming from a racing background, I supported the idea of stiffness. But a fellow multi-huller reminded that beginning with the Polynesian voyagers, to Nathanial Herreshoff's catamarans, to James Wharram, all had flexilbility built into their designs. "Reduces stress on the hull, rig, and crew," pointed out my friend.

    Herreshoff used ball joints to connect the hulls of AMARYLIS and his other cats. Wharram used old tire tread between the deck and akas for a smoother ride.

    I suppose if you are flying your multi-hull on carbon foils, that stiffness counts for speed. But most things in nature are flexible, and bend before they break. If you're on a boat with no stretch or flexibility in the sails, running rigging,
    and hull, you may go faster. But something will eventually break...

    Cal-40's and MERLIN were probably the most flexible and successful ocean racers going. And are still going strong after more than 55 and 40 years respectively...just sayin'
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    If you haven't caught it, an excellent and thoughtful description at https://tbeetle.wordpress.com/ of Rob single-handed re-rigging his 45' TIGER BEETLE at Ala Wai Harbor, in Hono.

    For those considering a Solent (staysail) stay aft of the headstay, this is a good primer on the bottom end construction. Knowing Beetle's meticulousness, I'm sure a lot of measuring went into the project.

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    Overrides happen even to the best. But can be lessened by being aware of their cause.

    1. The angle of the sheet or halyard needs be slightly downwards from the winch to the lead. i.e. the sheet should lead to the bottom of the winch drum.

    2. When tailing, allowing slack to develop in the sheet can increase chances of an override.

    3.Tailing with more wraps than necessary on the winch can also develop an override. Usually 3 wraps is best to begin with, laying on additional wraps as needed. Takes practice.

    4. Being observant to what is happening on the winch drum. Sometimes as an override is beginning it can be removed by carefully removing the top wrap. But watch the fingers!

    Getting out of an override depends on the situation and urgency. If time is available, a lazy sheet or stopper knot led to an available winch can unload the override. If time is not available, a sharp knife should always be at hand. Cutting a loaded sheet near the clew (to save line) is usually the best method. The load on the sheet greatly increases the ease of cutting the line: one good touch with the blade of the knife as you begin the tack usually suffices.
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    A prominent member of the FORUM recently encountered one of the largest cruise ships in the world, RUBY PRINCESS.

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    The Princess is BIG, 951 feet. Carries 3,600 passengers and 1,100 crew. That's a lot of poop.
    Security and the Coasties don't let you get near. It was raining as they ferried passengers ashore.
    For the usual chicken dinner, what historical California port is this?

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    how are they gonna race the Shields with that hotel parked half way to the top mark?

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    Dodge the otters near Monterey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    how are they gonna race the Shields with that hotel parked half way to the top mark?
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    Dodge the otters near Monterey?
    Winners, winners, TJ's Chicken Pot Pie dinners at the Capitola Boat Club. We have a tie, with both DaveH and hodgemo correctly hinting that it was Monterey where the ultra-large cruise ship RUBY PRINCESS was anchored off Philpot's front porch, blocking the view of Pacific Grove.

    At some point in the past, at least one cruise ship, CRYSTAL HARMONY, has been banned from Monterey after dumping 36,400 gallons of waste into the sea otters' bedrooms.

    The cruise company fired the ship's chief officer, who was on watch that night. ''He simply failed to remember that they were in the middle of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary," said a company spokesman.

    Really?

    The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary covers 5,322-square-miles, and is home to 27 species of whales, dolphins, otters, and other marine mammals.

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    Cruise ships have slowly come around to cleaning up their holding tank discharges with more modern facilities. But they are still gross polluters with the litter of the traditional release of helium filled balloons, shiny mylar and latex, often seen by sailors as the partially deflated balloons skim along the ocean's surface.

    Birds, turtles and other animals commonly mistake deflated balloons for food. In addition, animals can become entangled in balloon strings. Sea turtles are being especially hard hit by confusing balloons for food.

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    This balloon release was from the RUBY PRINCESS" even bigger sister, the MAJESTIC PRINCESS. Princess Cruise Lines claims their balloons are biodegradable. BS. Maybe in five years, after they rot in a sea animal's gut. Shame on companies that use the sea for profit and pollute the waters they sail on.
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    Regarding the ocean whale (I mean liner) off Monterey. In 1984 we were tied up at the MPYC's float right up against the bulkhead. Starting in the afternoon we stared up at dozens of U.S. Sailors staring down. It was a rare sunny afternoon in Monterey and Sue was enjoying the sun in the cockpit. That night was raucous in the tourist part of Monterey. The next morning we left for Santa Cruz and popping out the marina entrance ran smack into the "U.S.S. Missouri" anchored crosswise to our course. Shooed off by picket boats, we did an end run, looking down the "Missouri's" graceful bow with those 16 inch guns pointed at us! It's interesting that WWII's almost most famous battleship (I suppose the "U.S.S. Arizona" comes in 1st) would have seemed small compared compared with the cruise ship. I suppose the probable somewhat elderly "sailors" from the "RUBY" were quieter than the gobs from the "Missouri" and there were fewer sirens late into the evening.

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    Cancel Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival?? Horrors.

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    PTWBF (2014) is where the Race2Alaska was conceived by Jake Beattie and friends in the PTWBF beer tent. Here's a letter from Jake, the Director of the NorthWest Maritime Center that puts on not only the R2AK, but also the Wooden Boat Festival.


    Hello friends,

    Apologies for the big group email, but this is big news and we wanted it to get to you as fast as possible. You may or may not have heard the rumble before this email but the short story is we were almost forced to cancel this year's Wooden Boat Festival. Really.

    The Port of Port Townsend was a vote away from advancing construction options that would start in July, putting Port Townsend's high season at risk.

    Today, at a special meeting the Port Commissioners did the right thing: they listened to the community, they considered the big picture, and weighed the overall impacts, and in a 2-1 vote decided to preserve the commerce of our town and only put forward breakwater construction options that start after the 2018 Wooden Boat Festival. As of that vote, the festival can happen, and local businesses can thrive.

    It happened because of you. So many of you reached out, sent word to your networks, wrote letters to the commissioners (hundreds), and turned out to today's meeting (nearly 400) all to express the importance of this decision... and it worked. They heard the significance of the festival, and so did we.

    I opened the public comments today by reading the attached letter that pledges the proceeds from the Wooden Boat Festival if the Port would not move forward with summer construction options. This wasn't a decision we took lightly; we depend on that revenue for funding our programs. It's that important.

    What followed was inspiring. We were in awe of the business community who joined us during the public comments and pledged additional support to offset cost increases: $160,000 in total pledges! It was the participation and passion of this great community that tipped the scales. Peak season commerce is protected and the festival will happen on schedule-all without risk of contractors setbacks.

    For all of you who advocated (and those who wanted to) we'd love it if you also wrote to say thanks to commissioners: Pete Hanke (phanke@portofpt.com), Bill Putney (bill@portofpt.com), and Steve Tucker (steve@portofpt.com)

    A few months ago a co-worker pinned to my wall an image of a double sheet bend (for those who don't speak knots, this one that joins two lines in perfect symmetry.) The caption read: "Stronger together." It's true, and today we showed that we truly are.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Onward,
    Jake Beattie
    Executive Director
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    Thanks to Vicky and Craig of Los Osos turning me onto to the wonderful time lapse video photography of Skyglow project filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic featuring storms and stars sailing over the Grand Canyon. 3+ minutes of wonder. https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/cl...canyon-skyglow

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