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Man - it's great to find these 8 year old threads with really cool stuff in them! I think RobG is still around...and I for one would definitely like to be "bored" by your heavy air stories!
Like I said poreviously in this thread - I've seen 50 knots only once on my boat - and I was in the slip. Freakin' scary.

Where were you when you were hit?
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This is interesting post, but I have two observations: 40+ knots of wind will typically drive seas greater than 9-feet (sustained 40 knot winds over open water, will produce seas more in the 15-20 foot range) and 50 knots of wind on a wind intrument may be more or less than 50 depending on whether you are running before the storm or beating into it, as your boat speed over the bottom is not considered by the wind instrument. On the other hand, sitting in the slip, 50 knots of wind on your wind instrument is quite accurate.
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Well, I wasn't going to say anything since this post belongs in BSS (Big Stoopid Sails), but since Smack and I sail the same waters, I figured I might as well tell on myself.

Last Sunday, I helped another sailor friend hoist a newly stitched genoa and then we went for a sail. He took off in his C28 MKII and I in my new boat (C36 Tall) I've only had sailing 3 times before and never without crew (not including the admiral).

I was a bit worried as the winds when we left the marina were about 15k WNW but figured I would give it a go with just the admiral and I. I gave the adminral the helm and right after getting the main and genoa up the winds started building. Initially on a broad reach we were clocking about 6-7k over ground.

About the time we turned up to a close reach, the wind started really picking up. I had the admiral calling out true wind and direction while I trimmed sails. I remember her saying 24, 28, 32, 34, 38...... 40. YIKES!!!!! At this point the rails were in the water and my friend on is C28 was in similar shape.

So I made the choice to bail, turn directly into the wind, and start reducing sail area.
Certainly we got home in one piece but blasting down a narrow river channel at 7+k with the rails in the water on only your 4th time out on the boat.... that is not for me. Not yet anyway.

So smack, while you may have seen 50 in your marina over Christmas, I was out last Sunday in 40k gusts and I damn near wet my pants.

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Well, I wasn't going to say anything since this post belongs in BSS (Big Stoopid Sails), but since Smack and I sail the same waters, I figured I might as well tell on myself........

.......So smack, while you may have seen 50 in your marina over Christmas, I was out last Sunday in 40k gusts and I damn near wet my pants.

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But you survived to tell the tale, and your threshold just got bumped up a bit.. no worries! Nothing broke, nobody's hurt - I trust you didn't hit the dock?

btw... did you consider another renaming ceremony after that?
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Faster's exactly right. You just bumped up your threshold Maze. Nice.

Now, I was actually (yet again) in my slip on that very day! This is getting embarrassing.

We tried to leave just about 2:00 when the winds you mention were beginning to howl. They have moved our particular dock back into the cove (which is nice as we no longer are getting hammered by the waves), but there is a huge freakin' steel cable hanging 6' above the water 15' from from our slip. And that cable was downwind - and we were beam to that wind which was blowing uninterrupted right on us.

With a lot of work, we backed the boat into the slip and I tried the old trick of having my sailing buddy stand on the end of the finger and pull the bow into the wind with a line while I punched the OB - but it was clear we were going to be blown straight into that cable - possibly losing a rig. So I shut her down and we drank - and pouted. We were stuck.

Yet again, the Big Freakin' Slipsitter while you, my man, were out learning how to handle your boat safely (very successfully I might add) in big wind.

That ain't stoopid.

I've had sails up in 40knots one time (double reefed main only) with the whole boat shuddering - and I did the same thing you did - dropped it and motored home. There's a pic of it buried in here somewhere. But I learned something about my boat. And that's great practical knowledge to have.

Nice BFS dude. And to think some dudes RACE in that stuff - in the ocean - with actual waves and everything - yowza!

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Well, I wasn't going to say anything since this post belongs in BSS (Big Stoopid Sails), but since Smack and I sail the same waters, I figured I might as well tell on myself.

Last Sunday, I helped another sailor friend hoist a newly stitched genoa and then we went for a sail. He took off in his C28 MKII and I in my new boat (C36 Tall) I've only had sailing 3 times before and never without crew (not including the admiral).

I was a bit worried as the winds when we left the marina were about 15k WNW but figured I would give it a go with just the admiral and I. I gave the adminral the helm and right after getting the main and genoa up the winds started building. Initially on a broad reach we were clocking about 6-7k over ground.

About the time we turned up to a close reach, the wind started really picking up. I had the admiral calling out true wind and direction while I trimmed sails. I remember her saying 24, 28, 32, 34, 38...... 40. YIKES!!!!! At this point the rails were in the water and my friend on is C28 was in similar shape.

So I made the choice to bail, turn directly into the wind, and start reducing sail area.
Certainly we got home in one piece but blasting down a narrow river channel at 7+k with the rails in the water on only your 4th time out on the boat.... that is not for me. Not yet anyway.

So smack, while you may have seen 50 in your marina over Christmas, I was out last Sunday in 40k gusts and I damn near wet my pants.

Sincerely,
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SWEET day on the water today. 15-20 with gusts to 25. Just about perfect:



Some regatta was going down with lots of spinnakers and shouting. And I kept wondering why those dudes weren't just screaming past us in their mylar-sailed J-boats. Yeah they passed us, but it took them an embarrassingly long time. And they had spins flying!



My two sons also learned alot about sailing today as well. The BFSd 6YO:



And the soon-to-be-skippering 9yo:



Punks.
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Three Bridge Fiasco!

Out here on the last Saturday of January, we, in , do a quaint little race called the “Three Bridge Fiasco”. Quite simple. Cross all three bridges of the San Francisco BayCentral Bay (actually the Blackaller buoy at the Golden Gate, Red Rock Island at the San Rafael Bridge and around Treasure-Yerba Buena Island for the Bay Bridge). You can “round” each bridge in any order and from any direction. You can also cross the start/finish line in any direction. What can be simpler than that? Oh, buy the way, open to only single and double handed boats. So who goes out for this? Over 360 boats this year! On Friday night, we had a storm front pass through, leaving us no more than ten knots of breeze from the high filling in, and unfortunately, the full moon brought a horrific ebb for most of the day (topping out at 5.7 kts at the Gate). We did a counter clockwise strategy this year, which didn’t work out too well for us, but we had a great time anyway. We had numerous close encounters like everyone else and fortunately, no fiberglass was exchanged. Now for the “Where’s Waldo?” moment. Freya is somewhere in the pictures.




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Goerge - I wanna see this race! But something with your posting (I assume it's a cut and paste from another doc?) is whacking the code.

Can you re-try it? Or clean out the formatting if it's a cut and paste?
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Smack,
What part of my message is getting garbled? Text? Pictures? I've been composing in MSWord then copying over. I notice that I get "funny" symbology around some of the words (like place or hardware names) which I try to edit out. The pictures are from "Ultimate Yacht Shots". Let me know what I have to re-transmit. Here is another picture showing the mark rounding at Blackaller - You mean there's a bouy in there somewhere?


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I don't know about Smack, but the text I see ends in mid-sentence, with "Cross all three bridges of the ".

After that I see two pictures. That's on a Mac with Safari 4.0.4.
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Yeah - I'm seeing what bac's seeing. And I'm on a Mac as well.

What about you other PC goons? Are you seeing the same thing? Is it just a Word issue?

As for the pics - freakin' BEAUTIFUL dude! Wow!

Looks like a "light air" day. What were the conditions?
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