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I am doing the Oregon Offshore on Rage this year.
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Some day I will sell everything, buy a 50 ft sailboat, and turn left at the Columbia River Bar
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Thank goodness this was not me .
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!

Mack! What the hell happened with that thing?????

Your upcoming ride, Rage, looks very nice, dude. What is the course for the OOS?
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That laser and his supposed helmsman were racing over in Europe last week. I guess a pretty good 30 knot gust came threw and some one was there at the right time and place to catch that shot.

Oregon Offshore (100 mile race) starts out at bouy 2 just out side the Columbia River entrance. Usually its a beat up the coast, then go around Straits of the Juan De Fuaca bouy for a spinnaker run down into Victoria. Last year was my record run on Riva a J-46 at 29 hrs.

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That attached plot is from 2006 when I did this race on a Mumm 30, red was rhumbline, the other line was our course. It was cold and wet, like most typical offshore races here in the PNW. This will be my 16th offshore I think.


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HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!

Mack! What the hell happened with that thing?????

Your upcoming ride, Rage, looks very nice, dude. What is the course for the OOS?
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I have absolutely no connection to the makers of this life raft. i just ran across the story about these 4 dudes who rode out 190 knot winds and 35' seas in the thing.

Pretty freakin' impressive if you ask me. Check it...

Four Men Survive Hurricane Allen in a Givens Buoy Raft
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I have absolutely no connection to the makers of this life raft. i just ran across the story about these 4 dudes who rode out 190 knot winds and 35' seas in the thing.

Pretty freakin' impressive if you ask me. Check it...

Four Men Survive Hurricane Allen in a Givens Buoy Raft

Impressive yes, but then again you NEVER hear the stories of those rafts that fail in some way....

BTW, I think we should caption the laser picture.

"Honey, do you think we should put a reef in?"
"Hey, lets put up the spinnaker."
"Hey captain, what are the signs of an impending jybe?"

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How about this...

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I'd call that a spinout. I've done that on the V-21 but I didn't catch near as much air...
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Hey - I just noticed the BFS thread has more views than the "Jokes of the day..." thread in Off Topic. Now I know this whole big sailing thing is legit.

If we could just catch that pesky "Song Chain" thread through more wild-eyed sailing stories!

C'mon fellas! Shovel that snow off yer decks and go sailing!
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Hey guys. So Sunday the 28th we were racing in about 20 knot wind. Damaged my traveler and actually shipped water over my coaming into the cockpit. Took 3rd place overall and the traveler is fixed. (Although I think I bent it too.)

Saturday on my friend's C-27 we actually did it again, shipped water over the coaming into the cockpit, got the jib sheet winches wet. Took 2nd place in our class.

Guess we might have had a bit too much sail up??? Nah!
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Although I don't consider it BFS, Smack asked me to tell my story so here it is:

After getting 3 winter day sails under my belt, I decided it was time to show the wife where all the the money went. So on a Saturday in early March, I satisfied the pre-sail checklist, and for the first time ever, had a brief argument with the outboard, and then we departed with 4 souls onboard.

15-20 minutes later, we put the bow into a 10 kt wind and I raised the sails. All text-book so far. After 10 minutes of sailing, the wind simply died. I shook out the reef in disappointment.

I floundered around for a bit in the weak breeze watching the water settle into bumpy glass. I noticed 3 sailboats behind me also flailing around, getting nowhere. After a bit, they fired their engines and glided past me. I muttered something about "f-ing cheaters".

A weak breeze from the NE came in fits and starts pushing us a little further into the Chesapeake, and south for a time.

Just as I'd decided to give up and motor home, the wind changed direction to NW, and built over 5 minutes to 15kts or so. Whatever it was, it was stiff.

We zipped north, flying through flat water that hadn't had a chance to build waves yet to the river entrance bouy. The crew was cold, so I sent them below to warm up with the heater, and I decided that this would be a great time to learn to single hand. Judging by all the chatter and cackling I heard from below, they seemed to be warming up and relaxing nicely

I rounded the bouy and headed due west, steering the "sweet spot" that kept my jib tell-tales flying level. A moment later a gust heeled the boat over a bit, nothing crazy but I called below for everyone to hold on as I corrected with the tiller.

A while later, we arrived at the Whitemarsh Creek entrance which was dead into the wind. The channel is a little skinny to tack so we dropped the sails and motored the last leg back. The sun was below the horizon so I burned the nav lights. We made a perfect, stern-first docking just as everything went black.

Being alone in the cockpit during that blow was heaven. For a brief time, I was master of my vessel and master of the elements. (Don't worry, I know it's just an illusion)

As an aside, the next day my wife told me that she was facing the leeward port, watching the water flow by when that gust hit. She said that all of a sudden, "the sky disappeared, and the water was very close to the window!" Kind of a "Hello!" moment for her. I informed her that the solution is to look out the windward port, where all she'll see is the sky.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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