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BFS and you still had the dodger window open. Nice pictures!
DODGER!! Who needs a dodger in the first place????

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Hey all,

I have been lurking around for a while now on the forum and this thread finally got me out of the woodwork to register. BFSs are the reason I got hooked so hard to the world of sailing. Granted, I have only been on a sailboat for probably less than 24 hours total, and a few more BFSs of a different sort might unhook me, but manning the tiller flying full canvass up in 25 knots and 6-8 foot waves in an Ensign with a captain who had to have been pushing 80 and who needed a cane to get around on land was one of the more memorable experiences of my short sailing career.

Not to mention this thread makes for great at-work time-killer reading.

So here's one for the BFS stories. Keep them coming!

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One thing to keep in mind. One man's BFS is another's snooze cruise. It's a matter of experience and perception. The first time I buried the rail to the cabin in my V-21 while singlehanding was a BFS at the time. Now I'll just get a grin outta it.
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Saw this on SA. Some fellow idiots crossed the english channel in a storm, windsurfing. At least they raised some money for a good cause.



From the press release:

The current windsurfing world champion Antoine Albeau of France and 13 times British Champion windsurfer Guy Cribb windsurfed across the English Channel in a storm, taking the long route from Cherbourg to Poole (70 miles). Antoine's windsurfing record is 56 mph, but on this remarkable journey to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Trust their top speeds were around 40 mph over huge waves and choppy water, making it very difficult and dangerous to sail faster.

Their average speed was slower as they had to deal with massive waves and giant tankers in the busy shipping lanes, and needed to rest due to fatigue and high speed crashes. At times they were over 30 miles from the nearest land with waves the size or rows of terraced houses, blocking their view of each other and of their support boats. No one has ever windsurfed across this wide stretch of the Channel before in a storm.

They raised over £7000 for the Ellen MacArthur Trust which takes young people aged between 8-18 on sailing trips to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness. They had a hero's welcome at Sandbanks with BBC and ITV covering the story live.

"This was the toughest day's windsurfing of my life. I've sailed in 30ft surf and 70 mph winds before, but nothing was as hard as this crossing. At the half way stage I left my kit and clambered on board the rescue boat exhausted. I was sea sick, cold, starving and had absolutely no energy left. I then had to jump back into the sea, 30 miles from England with only one way home. I had cramp everywhere but had to finish it for the charity. It was an amazing day!" - Guy Cribb

"This was much harder than I imagined. The waves and the chop were really dangerous. We could not of done this today with out the support of each other- when Guy was tired I pushed him on, when I was tired he was pushing me. It was perfect." - Antoine Albeau.

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TJ - "Tim, there's no need to go looking for BFS, they will find you!" I'm just teary-eyed to know that whacked slang has so seriously infected your family lexicon. Makes me wonder what your dinner table conversations are like. I just hope and pray you don't read Sailhog FC dialogue to one another. Ouch.

Neal - Welcome, dude. Great to have you. And especially great to have another who appreciates the BFS philosophy. It's rare these days - believe me. Octogenarian-with-cane burying the rail. Dude, it sounds like you've started out with the right skipper! And my hunch is that each BFS you get under your belt will just make you love it all the more. Just look at Charlie.

Tenuki - I'm just glad to see that you're finally accepting those guys as FELLOW idiots. That's the spirit! There's hope for you yet.
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Want BFS???

Like Bloody Fast Sailing?

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Want BFS???

Like Bloody Fast Sailing?
Hey, your deck is all wet. You should probably let it dry after you hose it off before you go out sailing. That could be dangerous, you might slip and fall.

ps - that is some serious backwinding you are getting in your main. Is that usual for Guilietta in those conditions?


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Alex, you are screaming! That's a fine video...
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Yo Hog! Great to see you around, dude! You been sailing lately?

Giu - good grief, man. I have GOT to automate my boat like yours so I can get into that Roman Polanski thing like you (the filming I mean - not swinging with 14 year old girls). How many knots? True. No MDB now.
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G- Would you quit blowing on the camera mic, trying to make it sound like you're going faster than 4kts!!

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