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This speaks for itself

I'm not gonna say a word.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whSHw4k2yLo

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OMG!! These guys seem proud of their accomplishment.
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Heh, ok, my amateur analysis:

Starts with the basic assumption that a crew that is half children can handle a spinnaker in so much wind. But it's racing, and they're willing to take chances to go fast. At least the women and children have life jackets on, but the men should too. When they go to deal with the spinnaker halyard, there should have been more than one person, she should have been attached to the boat (?), the halyard should never have been on a jam cleat (I hate jam cleats but maybe that's just me?) and maybe a stronger hand on the helm might have helped? I assume the sheet man was tailing the spinnaker sheets which is why he never moved during the whole thing. Poor direction from the skipper, but at least he kept the crew calm and managed to get back under control.

But what do I know? I'm just a noob. Be interested to hear the opinion of any real racer.
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Actually, the guy who posted this video had a great write up about what his purpose in posting the video was, along with a good deal about his sailing philosophy and such. If I can remember where I saw the post, I'll link to it.

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I just hope they STOP reproducing now and let natural selection run its course.
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Tell you what, I am a real non-sailor myself and the more I see of it the more I realize how complicated it really is. I have been a helo and airplane pilot for years and I do take lots for granted how easy it is (for me) since I have been doing it for over 30 years. There are so many little things involved with both sports we tend to take for granted, things we pick up that only come with time and with a experienced instructor. Flying actually is easy just takes time and patience to do it well; I imagine sailing is pretty much the same. Things can go bad to worse in a heartbeat. My hat is off to you sailors out there. One day if I am fortunate I will get to actually get to do it on my own very small day sailor.

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BTW, the e-mail from the poster of the video in question is located here. It might be wise to read Mark's e-mail in full before opening one's mouth...

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"Ham-it-up" ...Pigslo is that you?????
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BTW, the e-mail from the poster of the video in question is located here. It might be wise to read Mark's e-mail in full before opening one's mouth...
I like his attitude. You should hear all of the monday morning quarterbacking from the armchair pilots after hearing about a aircraft accident on the news. I always tell them that unless you were actually there you have no idea what really happened...do you?

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What a shame the French weren't listening.
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