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    Sir Robin Knox-Johnson checks in:

    On November 24 at 0835 GMT off the Spanish coast of Cape Finisterre (Lat 42 53.6N Long 009 30.3W), a pod of 7-10 Orcas surrounded my Farr 56 SANJULA and began to barge into her rudder. This eventually broke a steering connecting rod.

    The engine was switched off and the boat lay hove-to whilst the emergency steering was rigged. After ten minutes the Orcas moved away, no longer finding a hove-to yacht interesting … but that is only an assumption. The boat sailed to Vigo for repairs.

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    I read about this tonight, and wonder what prompted it. Confusing a sailing, silent boat for food, or what ? Amazing that this happened to him- of all people

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillyB View Post
    I read about this tonight, and wonder what prompted it. Confusing a sailing, silent boat for food, or what ? Amazing that this happened to him- of all people
    Not "confused." Juveniles having fun! Not sure RKJ was aboard.. This rambunctiousness has been going on for several years in that area, and is spreading north as orca pods learn from each other. Wait till the kids get hold of an IMOCA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
    SSS meets Inverness YC 110 Fleet 56...
    Where do I start? The Inverness Yacht Club is an idyllic spot on picturesque Tomales Bay. It's a sailor's Camelot. The breeze was perfect, the hospitality unmatched and the boats were a blast to sail. Their owners were most generous, especially when you understand that the boats had to be prepared, rolled on their trailers out to the end of the long pier, launched with a hoist and then rigged to sail. All was reversed at the end of the day.

    This must be done with an eye towards the tidal cycle. Once the water gets low enough, owners may be faced with the "110 slide" across the mud to get close enough to the hoist to retrieve the boats from the water. But all was well-planned and the boats were back on their trailers in plenty of time. The day ended with tasty pizza at the Reyes Cafe in Pt. Reyes Station.

    The only hiccup occurred during our lunch break. While staid (ahem) members of IYC were debating the merits of smaller jibs, inhaulers and multi-part sheets, one SSS representative tried to start a food fight. This effort was quickly "squished" and fortunately we were invited back out on the water for an afternoon session. (You can't take 'em anywhere!)

    A big thanks to MillyB, David West and Ann Lewis for letting us sail your boats, and to Sled for keeping a weather eye out - 'cause he knows us...

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    It was great to have you guys- ANYTIME !!!! Wait-what ? Staid IYCers ? We have mostly refrained from food fights, but rather engage in mud fights, as the mud is more plentiful and the club has often been referred to as " Club Mud " . Thanks for posting the great pictures too. - Not the one of my butt so much but I love the one of our beloved club house with our smiley anchor. Come back for more !!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post

    What's this? SSS meets Inverness YC 110 Fleet 56 for Sail-a-110 Day on Tomales Bay in perfect conditions: smooth water and wind 6-14 knots. There was Philpott driving SILVER SURFER with Annie on trap, Cliff helming PINK with Milly trimming jib, and BobJ pulling off a spinnaker jibe infront of IYC on David West's GUNSMOKE.

    Judging by the smiles, a fun time had by all.
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    PS: If you want to join the fun, Inverness Fleet has two 110's ready to go that could be yours. Both MIRACLES and PEACH were used in the recent National Championships by East Coast 110ers, but currently need some love and attention and most importantly need to be sailed. Dinghy and spinnaker experience would be required, crew and coaching is available, and helping defray dry storage costs would be discussed, as would membership at IYC, $33/month.

    110's will be more fun to sail next year and we have all agreed to race with jibs, not genoas. This will make it
    more fair, especially for lighter weight juniors, adults, and seniors. Safer with better visibility to leeward, and cheaper without having to own and stow 2 jibs and choose which one to zip on the morning of the race.
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    Best to check your rudder before shoving off on the SHTP. I can't imagine 11 days at sea as these 3 did. But you do what you gotta do. There But For the Grace of God Go We.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/29/afric...ntl/index.html

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    That is incredible Sled ! Yes, we are damn fortunate

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    We got a Trivia lined up in the outbox for Macapuno. This one shouldn't be too hard, as there is a hint in the last paragraph of post 5336. What were David Hodges and Sleddog doing this morning pressing a 30 year old, brass, #30 press ring grommet into a stainless steel webbed ring on SMART SHOE's jib clew? Milly probably knows, as she knows most everything, so is DNS

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    Looking to prevent chafe ?
    I noticed double lines run for jib sheets. 2:1 with no winches?

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