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Search: Posts Made By: acunningham
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-06-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By acunningham
Re: Solo bareboat in Newport

So I rented a Rhodes 19 today and went for a solo sail. There was no jib, and winds were fairly light, so I didn't go anywhere in a hurry, but it was a very pleasant couple of hours on the water!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-05-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By acunningham
Re: Solo bareboat in Newport

Thanks Chuck! That does look very simple.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-05-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By acunningham
Solo bareboat in Newport

I'm in Newport, Rhode Island, for a few days on my own and would of course like to do some sailing. I'm not an especially experienced sailor, but am not a complete neophyte either - I've done the ASA...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 613
Posted By acunningham
Re: Sequitur - Two New Blog Posts

Very interesting as always. Thanks! Always pleased to see Sequitur articles pop up in my RSS feed.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 10-12-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 2,422
Posted By acunningham
Since my first lesson on 2nd October last year,...

Since my first lesson on 2nd October last year, I've been out 31 times, totalling 120.5 hours. I first skippered a boat in Sydney about a month ago, and have done so 4 times so far. I'm highly...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-27-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,052
Posted By acunningham
The density of air is about 1.22 kg/m3 at sea...

The density of air is about 1.22 kg/m3 at sea level at moderate temperatures. The density of pure water at precisely defined standard conditions is exactly 1000 kg/m3. The density of sea water is...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-23-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,052
Posted By acunningham
If the mark is visible and there's land behind...

If the mark is visible and there's land behind it, watch whether the mark is moving relative to the land behind. If the mark is moving downwind, you'll make the mark, and you can even bear away to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-23-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 655
Posted By acunningham
I did the 101, 103, and 104 courses with Castle...

I did the 101, 103, and 104 courses with Castle Harbor last year, and was happy with them:

CastleHarborSplash (http://www.castleharbor.com/)
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-31-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,603
Posted By acunningham
Was it perhaps a gusty day, with variable wind...

Was it perhaps a gusty day, with variable wind directions? If so, you may just have been unlucky.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-31-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,603
Posted By acunningham
Were you "headed" by the wind changing direction...

Were you "headed" by the wind changing direction more towards your bow?
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-30-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 5,239
Posted By acunningham
149 degrees!

149 degrees!
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-27-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3,266
Posted By acunningham
A good explanation of stability curves can be...

A good explanation of stability curves can be found here:

GZ Curves (http://sailskills.co.uk/Stability/sailskills_stability_stability_explained_righting_GZ_curves.html)

In particular, note the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-27-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3,266
Posted By acunningham
Bear in mind that the stability curve will depend...

Bear in mind that the stability curve will depend on the distribution of weight within the vessel. Cruise ships will have enormous weight low down, in the form of engines, fuel and water tanks, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 5,846
Posted By acunningham
I have about 300 hours in light aircraft and...

I have about 300 hours in light aircraft and gliders (started in 2004), and about 80 hours sailing (started last October). Both are extremely rewarding, and given the choice of which to do on a...
Forum: Racing 07-16-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,175
Posted By acunningham
My brother and I went sailing on Sydney Harbour...

My brother and I went sailing on Sydney Harbour yesterday in a J24 with an instructor, and it was a lot of fun. It started out with very light winds, and we feared it would turn out boring. However,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-10-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 1,280
Posted By acunningham
Indeed. The USA is one of the cleaner countries...

Indeed. The USA is one of the cleaner countries out there. Compared to most of the third world, it's not immaculate, but is close.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-05-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,323
Posted By acunningham
It's completely unreasonable to expect this...

It's completely unreasonable to expect this tactic to work in anything but the most contrived situation. You could always test it by having a friend or relation "attack" your boat from a tender. Use...
Forum: Racing 07-02-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,175
Posted By acunningham
I'll be in Sydney from 12th July, and have a...

I'll be in Sydney from 12th July, and have a lesson booked in a J24 for 16th July. Will report how it goes...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-30-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 5,132
Posted By acunningham
What a great article! Information like this is...

What a great article! Information like this is what makes Sailnet so worth reading. Thank you!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-02-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,401
Posted By acunningham
Not only could this be used for hulls, it would...

Not only could this be used for hulls, it would be excellent for rigid wingsails!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-05-2011
Replies: 103
Views: 11,951
Posted By acunningham
As long as you're comfortable with that level of...

As long as you're comfortable with that level of accuracy not being reliable, then it sounds like you're good to go!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-05-2011
Replies: 103
Views: 11,951
Posted By acunningham
Let's say you're on a road at exactly 0°N, 0°E...

Let's say you're on a road at exactly 0°N, 0°E (in the Atlantic, I know, but let's pretend). Due to GPS errors, the GPS receiver is 1/10 of a nautical mile out, and is reporting 0°0'6"N, 0°E to the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-05-2011
Replies: 103
Views: 11,951
Posted By acunningham
Be aware that GPS software for road navigation...

Be aware that GPS software for road navigation will often move your location to the nearest road without telling you if the GPS signal indicates that you're off-road but near a road. It may therefore...
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-27-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3,829
Posted By acunningham
I did the ASA 101, 103, and 104 courses last year...

I did the ASA 101, 103, and 104 courses last year at Castle Harbor and was very happy with them:

CastleHarborSplash (http://www.castleharbor.com/)

They also do races in Harbor 20 keelboats...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-26-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 4,137
Posted By acunningham
(Disclaimer: I have very limited offshore sailing...

(Disclaimer: I have very limited offshore sailing experience, so take anything I say with a large grain of salt)

Clothes which fill up with water if you go overboard are not necessarily a problem,...
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