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I LOVE THIS STUFF! That Corsair was definitely scooting - but I'm a mono-man. No doubt. The tri was too "easy".
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Video from the Corsair I drove this weekend. Totally smokin'



PS - Thanks DaveK for making the video available.
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Welcome to the dark side, Luke Smacktalker. I see that the dark force in you is growing stronger by the day. Give in to the desire to go fast! Glad to see that you are finally coming around and are beginning to understand why “fast is fun”. The Smacktanic is looking good – your trimming is coming along nicely. I sense that you may still suffer from Yoda’s stretchy Sta-Set halyards. Don’t let halyard creep round out your sails and rob speed from you on windy (20kt) days. Resist the light force and really, really crank on the halyard tension to get rid of those scallops around the slugs and shackles. Also, put on more outhaul to move the draft back. Read the draft stripes, trim in and go fast. Feel the force!

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Welcome to the dark side, Luke Smacktalker. I see that the dark force in you is growing stronger by the day. Give in to the desire to go fast! Glad to see that you are finally coming around and are beginning to understand why “fast is fun”. The Smacktanic is looking good – your trimming is coming along nicely. I sense that you may still suffer from Yoda’s stretchy Sta-Set halyards. Don’t let halyard creep round out your sails and rob speed from you on windy (20kt) days. Resist the light force and really, really crank on the halyard tension to get rid of those scallops around the slugs and shackles. Also, put on more outhaul to move the draft back. Read the draft stripes, trim in and go fast. Feel the force!

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Heh-heh. So you're the one that cut my hand off? You bastard!

I see what you mean on the halyards - and I'll work on the outhaul some more. I was too focused on the driving. And I totally should have shaken out the reef on the downhill run to the third mark. I lost some serious time on that too. My new hand will definitely help with the line work...



Yeah, this going fast thing is pretty cool. Are you going to be around late June, early July? I'm still trying to schedule a jump out to SF to sail with you. I hear those Tie Fighters are freakin' rockets!
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Luke Smacktalker, June 25-27 and July 9-11 look like the best weekends for the Empire. The Imperial Battle Cruiser is cruising the other weekends and we will be tied up to the Death Star at EYC for the 4th (we’ll be too far buried in the raft to go sailing that weekend.) I’ve got no rides lined up on TIE fighters this summer, but we will have a new hyper dive for the cruiser so we should achieve hyper speed. Will Princess Leila and the two Ewoks be accompanying you?

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My truly big freakin’ sailed happened on Lake Superior in the mid 1990’s. I sailed my new to me C&C 36 from Grand Marais, MN to my marina in Bayfield, WI. I was single handing with clear blue skies, temps in the high 70’s, light winds and flat seas. It was a short distance, about 55 miles, and did most of it on one tack. It was one of those perfect days.

When I was tying up in my marina a sailor 25 years my senior came over and asked why the heck I was wearing a harness. My boat neighbor spoke up and said that I sailed across the lake single handed. The old salt didn’t say a word, just walked away. I found out later that he never went out unless he had a full crew.

This was my Ah-Ha moment. I realized that I was truly involved in something that I loved, had some skill at, and had the respect of the old salts in the marina. Being 30 years old, and the youngest in the marina, that meant a lot to me. I have sailed a lot of miles since then and have seen my share of nasty, cold weather, big seas, and the wind speed hitting 60.5 knots right before a race in Chicago last summer. But that day on Superior is one of the few that I would put on the highlight reel.
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Oh, man, how did I miss this one Tim??? I see your point. And I absolutely understand that Ah-Ha moment - and what it means.

What a great memory.
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Holy crap - look at this. Some language in the video - so be warned. But talk about sobering.

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Dom Mee is a British adventurer who attempted in August/September 2005 to cross the North Atlantic Ocean in a 14' (4.26 m) kite-propelled boat, dubbed the Little Murka.

His journey began from Saint John's, Canada, on August 19, 2005. The main kite was 107.6 sq. ft. (10 m˛.) in area, which gave the boat speeds of up to thirteen knots. The boat was carrying 60 days' worth of provisions. The total length of the journey was to be 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km): he planned to arrive at Exmouth in Devon, southwest England, in 35 days, but arduous weather conditions slowed his progress, often driving him back, and damaging his communications equipment. After weathering three severe storms, the Kite Boat lost its sea anchor on Sunday 25 September, lashed by 70 km/h winds in seas up to 18 m high.

A series of capsizes followed, and Dom's cabin filled with water. He spent five hours clinging to the upturned hull, before a wave righted the boat. For a further 24 hours he managed to keep the boat afloat, before he was rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard.

A year later the Little Murka encrusted with barnacles washed up on the shores of Ireland and Dom's "farewell" video was recovered.
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Powerful stuff, Smack... sobering indeed.
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Dom Mee didn't weather three severe storms... he got hit by the remnants of three HURRICANES... in a toy pod that wasn't designed to handle hurricane conditions. Murka was poorly thought out... as was his attempt to cross the Atlantic during hurricane season.

I'd point out that the conditions Dom Mee describes in his video don't mesh with what appears in the video itself... it's been deconstructed and analyzed fairly heavily that he was describing conditions that just didn't happen.
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