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I just added the next installment for "The Smack Boys & Their Yacht" blog:

How We Got To Hunter



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Nice! I was just reading your BFS site this afternoon. We are at the Brunswick Landing Marina in Georgia currently. A Hunter 41 either side of us. Damn Hunters everywhere!

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Nice writeup Smack.
It's a nice boat. Period.

Can I get 'Yappin' Chucklehead' on a BFS shirt???
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Thanks Smack!

An insightful piece. Valuable for lots of reasons.

Fair winds to you and your young men. Hope our courses cross.

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Dude, you're a Hall of Fame BFSer - you can post whatever you want in this thread. I'd love to see them!
Was going to post last night and realized I don't have a picture of the outside of the boat. Will take one today and post tonight.
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Re: Big Freakin' Sails

OK, We are real newbies. This is our first year sailing. We went on Lake Michigan. Wind was a steady 20 knots and gusting to 25 from the NW. Waves 3-4 feet. We had never been out in wind like that. We didn't have on our PFD's (stupid, next time we will). It was a "hold on instructional" sail. We went straight out heading west for one hour turned around and came back. Fun but it took a lot. There were two other boats out there and we thought they couldn't be moving as much as we were and then I saw the bottom paint on the others quite frequently and knew they had as much movement as we did. But we did it.
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OK, We are real newbies. This is our first year sailing. We went on Lake Michigan. Wind was a steady 20 knots and gusting to 25 from the NW. Waves 3-4 feet. We had never been out in wind like that. We didn't have on our PFD's (stupid, next time we will). It was a "hold on instructional" sail. We went straight out heading west for one hour turned around and came back. Fun but it took a lot. There were two other boats out there and we thought they couldn't be moving as much as we were and then I saw the bottom paint on the others quite frequently and knew they had as much movement as we did. But we did it.
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25 knots on that big ol' lake is no joke. I agree with you on the pfds - but well done dude!

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EYC’s 2013 Second Half Opener on San Francisco Bay - After a little over three hours of racing over a 21 NM course, we missed first place by a mere 12 seconds on corrected time. The windy side of the course was 18 – 22 kts true and the final run down the Estuary 10-12 kts. Flew the #1 on all windward legs. Flew two different spinnakers with multiple gybes down the Oakland Estuary on the half ouncer. So not quite a BFS, but we had a good time anyways. Photo courtesy of H20Shots (yours truly in the back of the boat).

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Very nice GB!! That is one wicked main!

What's the seastate on blustery day like that? 4'-5'?
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Inside the Bay (south of the Bay Bridge) there isn’t enough fetch to generate much more than chop. The wind under the fog bank in the background (Candlestick is on the left) funnels through the gaps in the hills making for localized windy conditions on the San Francisco side. By the time the wind gets to the Oakland side it “fans out” and drops velocity. Our second windward leg was here and we did have to “plow” through the left over chop which is a real speed killer.

We had a “Mr Toad’s Wild Ride” earlier this year on the Point Bonita Race where we had 5’ swells (but not much wind) outside the Golden Gate. We had 30kts of wind running through the Slot while flying the 1.5 oz “Cal” kite. The boat was marginally under control on that leg as well as the beat back up the slot to the finish. Would have been a BFS but no camera boat – as they say “Pics or it didn’t happen”.

Azure sports Carbon UK Tapedrives for the main and both headsails. Here is a shot of us in the process of taking the #1 down (looks like we’re doing hull speed here) and a nice shot of our stern graphic and a mini rooster tail. Old Cals rock!



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