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Chuckles, you've just made every super-newbie out there much more comfortable about sharing their BFS. And for those newbies, I must remind you of the title of this thread since Chuckles just defamed it...

It's NOT Big Freakin' Swans*.

(give me a break on the duck-duck-goose crap - comedic license)
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Yeah - I was just kiddin' you Chuckles. But you do bring up the Achilles' Heel (or lack thereof in wimpy wind) of the whole photo/happen rule. Either you're a guy like Giu - who seems to have his own cadre of paparazzi that can chronicle his every epic sail - or you're like us normal people who have to whiteknuckle the tiller/wheel with one hand, release the straining jib sheat with the other, take a quick slug of booze, grab the Hasselblad 50MP, wait for the next set of 30' breakers to throw the boat to just right angle, focus with your pinky as you go airborne into the boom, snap the shot, look at the lcd screen to make sure it's radical enough for BFS, hit save, stow the camera back in its dry bag, take another hit of booze, then grab that jib sheat that flying sideways in the 80 knot breeze. It does take some practice.
There are worse sails of mine that are not on Photobucket or Youtube simply because either there was no camera in reach or I was too damned busy to take any shots/vids. That little cruise where the Admiral and I got slammed abeam is a case in point. The camera was in the house and she was too busy holding on to get it and too scared to use it or bring it out to me even if she had it in her hands. Sometimes there ain't no time to take pics.
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Sadly - for me - my photos on Sailnet are the gnarliest I've got so far. But, hey, I'm working on it! Anyway - a good sailing story has to have a bit of the old MDB sprinkled around. It's like MSG for tale-telling.

PS - Dad, I just noticed your sticky about Multiple "Signons" - can guys really have those? I thought they were just a myth. I mean I know some can fake them - but...maybe that one should be Off Topic.

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Speaking of chop and slop - here's a BFS from another modest sailor.

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And finally, another cool contribution from a modest sailor - but it just tells the whole BFS story, man. From a book called "A Race for Real Sailors":

"During the long thrash to windward, every vessel sailed on her lee rail, with deck buried to the hatches. Huge seas broke continually over the staunch flyers and swept the decks. The brave, laboring craft would roll under surging seas to the second and third ratlines; then would follow awful moments of suspense, as the unflinching crew, with teeth set and hands clenched, watched to see if their craft would stagger up again, or go down under her grievous load. Desperate as the chances were, not a vessel luffed or reefed, as to be the first to reef would make her the laughing stock of the town, and there was not a skipper in the fleet who would not carry away both sticks rather than be branded as a coward."

Of course, all of this took place in a duck pond with Chuckles at the "helm" (read remote control) - so it's complete MDB.
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WTF, Over?

Rigger's little buddy.
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Rigger's little buddy.
I've actually got those on all four flag halyards and also attached to two of the shrouds forward. They work great, like a mini belaying pin.
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charlie- You have a total of 6 flag halyards? Are you planning to host the next session of the UN?
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Here's my best BFS video. Things got pretty crazy towards the end.

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Absolutely gorgeous. Getting the cute wet offwind is fun ain't it?

Unfortunately, we didn't have enough air to get mine wet this time and I didn't have a camera handy the one time we did.


Charlie CC,
Is that a chute or are you just happy to be sailing?
Where is the pole? Looks more like a Genaker.

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