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  1. A big shout out to the folks at Inverness Yacht...

    A big shout out to the folks at Inverness Yacht Club for being our land based Race Committee in Drakes Bay.

    It was different than past years when somebody had to drag a boat all the way up there...
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    Wasn't there something they called the triathlon?...

    Wasn't there something they called the triathlon? It was something like Windjammers, Jazz, and a NOOD on Sunday?
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    The new equipment requirements actually reduced...

    The new equipment requirements actually reduced the amount of stuff required but got more specific. For example, we used to require that each boat 'have' a type 1 PFD for everyone on board but that...
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    Back when Santana 35's were newer boats and did...

    Back when Santana 35's were newer boats and did Pac Cups they were losing rudders a lot. The answer was a beefier rudder post. I think they had a schedule 80 stainless shaft (that were breaking)...
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    One of my guys who lives in Foster City says it...

    One of my guys who lives in Foster City says it has been there for a couple of weeks. He thinks it ended up out there without anybody on board but does not know where it came from.
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    SI's posted yesterday which say: RRS 40 is...

    SI's posted yesterday which say:

    RRS 40 is changed as follows: All competitors are required to wear life jackets that are USCG or ISO approved. Belt Packs are not allowed. The "Y" flag will not be...
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    Yep, but please read carefully. It says you...

    Yep, but please read carefully.

    It says you are required to wear a PFD that is USCG or ISO approved OR one that meets the offshore requirements.

    Not sure why it's worded that way since the...
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    I think we have us a Darwin Award candidate here,...

    I think we have us a Darwin Award candidate here, except that he survived.

    Saw this story a few days ago and thought of the list of stuff he got wrong. No, the container ship did not "get in his...
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    Definitely a Farr 38. Called Timber Wolf because...

    Definitely a Farr 38. Called Timber Wolf because it is made of wood (cold molded I believe) unlike Gerry Brown's Farr 38 Mintaka IV which is fiberglass. No spinnaker is ugly if it wins the race. ...
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    Berkeley is a great place to race from. You can...

    Berkeley is a great place to race from. You can get to pretty much any start line in the central bay in an hour, usually less. Getting home is usually a pretty quick main only run from almost...
  11. My guess would be to give racers the option while...

    My guess would be to give racers the option while utilizing race committee staff already in place? There are just not enough people who want to spend a week supporting a few sailors who want to do a...
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    Thanks for the words of encouragement. Tomorrow...

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. Tomorrow is another day...

    OYRA's next adventure is Half Moon Bay in two weeks (June 23rd). I just hope there is enough wind ;)
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    Here is a copy of the announcement sent to the...

    Here is a copy of the announcement sent to the skippers this morning:

    The OYRA Farallones race scheduled for Saturday June 9th is cancelled.

    There are no plans at this time to reschedule the...
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    As has been communicated to all the skippers in...

    As has been communicated to all the skippers in the race, we want to do it as close to race time as possible so we have up-to-date forecasts, but we also want to allow boats to stay in the slip if we...
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    This is Saturday afternoon 1803

    This is Saturday afternoon

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    Our job is not to host races that prepare boats...

    Our job is not to host races that prepare boats and crews for other events. Our job is to do the best we can to provide our racers with fair contests of boat speed and crew skill. Sending the fleet...
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    Conditions are looking like they might qualify as...

    Conditions are looking like they might qualify as too much on Saturday.

    The OYRA board, the PRO and others at YRA have been anxiously checking various forecasts. Things could mellow by Saturday...
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    NOAA observations as of 3pm Davis Point 4...

    NOAA observations as of 3pm

    Davis Point 4 gusting to 4 (up from 3/3 at 11am)
    Port Chicago 2.9 gusting to 2.9
    Pittsburg 7 gusting to 10

    Let's see who can get to Pittsburg

    Sitting in San...
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    The PRO and YRA people have had a chat with the...

    The PRO and YRA people have had a chat with the skippers involved. I don't believe the PRO started this thread, nor did YRA.
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    There is a really simple activity that could have...

    There is a really simple activity that could have prevented this issue entirely.

    READ THE SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

    The OYRA SI's are very clear that you must check in and you must check out. Once...
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    That's what I used to think... Pleasure craft...

    That's what I used to think... Pleasure craft are not required to have a radio by law (they are in the SI's) but if a vessel has a radio (they are then a voluntary vessel) and are required by the...
  22. 2018 Offshore Safety Equipment Requirements posted

    Sorry for the delay...

    Last year US Sailing revised the list and then some wanted to do more changes based on what World Sailing did with their Offshore Special Regulations. It was messy.

    For...
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    Alameda was their "sailing specialty" store and...

    Alameda was their "sailing specialty" store and rigging shop. It was harder to get to than Oakland but the selection was much better. They closed the San Jose and Palo Alto stores a few years ago...
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    Here is another yacht clubs take on MSB ...

    Here is another yacht clubs take on MSB

    http://arizonayachtclub.org/2017/09/robot-mark/
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    We don't really know yet. It uses a cell...

    We don't really know yet.

    It uses a cell signal so it can be operated anywhere with a signal. In reality you'd need to see the thing to drive it to it's destination otherwise you might run...
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