Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Now that the sails on these boats are almost black, it looks like the draft stripes are both white and black to provide more contrast. I also suspect that the software used to digitize the sail shapes is now automated, so there would no longer be a need for a college kid like me to look at photos of America's Cup sails all day long. Even at the time I was working on the sails, the team was working on permanently mounting cameras in the deck and on the spreaders to make the photos more consistent.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I wrote about building the box back on February 26th.
I added the plywood base to the box on March 5th.
Note the hinged side to allow gear to be removed from the box while the boat is on the trailer.
Last weekend I painted the entire trailer and today I put the finishing touches on it.
The supports are shaped to match the curvature of the deck. The non-hinged side of the box is padded so that I can lift the boat on and off the trailer by myself. I will be adding a LiveSailDie sticker to the back of the trailer as soon as the paint is completely dry.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Litoralis: I think you had better work on picking up your head first. Don't worry there's plenty of time for sailing.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
I rigged up the new vang, cunningham and outhaul. The Maffioli NewSwift is really nice. It's flexible enough to run through the blocks easily, but it is not too floppy. All the blocks are attached to the Spectra with spliced loops...no more annoying bowlines.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
|BROCKTON, MA, US||03/07/2006||7:50 A.M.||OUT FOR DELIVERY|
| ||03/07/2006||1:06 A.M.||ARRIVAL SCAN|
|SHREWSBURY, MA, US||03/06/2006||11:30 P.M.||DEPARTURE SCAN|
| ||03/06/2006||1:49 P.M.||ARRIVAL SCAN|
|SADDLE BROOK, NJ, US||03/06/2006||8:42 A.M.||DEPARTURE SCAN|
| ||03/06/2006||8:40 A.M.||ARRIVAL SCAN|
|LAUREL, MD, US||03/06/2006||2:28 A.M.||DEPARTURE SCAN|
|LAUREL, MD, US||03/03/2006||10:37 P.M.||ARRIVAL SCAN|
|LANDOVER, MD, US||03/03/2006||10:02 P.M.||DEPARTURE SCAN|
| ||03/03/2006||8:16 P.M.||ORIGIN SCAN|
I ordered a length of each of the colors of Maffioli NewSwift for the vang, cunningham and outhaul control lines.
The cascade part of the cunningham and outhaul will be grey Yale Ultrex 12.
I also got the upgraded cleats and turning blocks for the outhaul and cunningham,
a dinghy hook for the clew, and I already got a Rooster clew strap for my birthday.
I also bought all the various micro blocks that I'll need to rig all these new purchase systems and a new pair of aluminum traveller fairleads.
This weekend I'll rig everything up and see how it all works. Very exciting. The boat will also be given a good wash and any sketchy looking fittings will be removed and reattached with new silicon sealant.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
The CPYC sticker is for Cedar Point Yacht Club, not to be confused with the CPYC where I sail Star boats which is Cottage Park Yacht Club.
Auto-replace spell checker strikes again:
Spell-checking on his computer is never going to be the same for Santa Cruz solo practitioner Arthur Dudley.
In an opening brief to San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal, a search-and-replace command by Dudley inexplicably inserted the words "sea sponge" instead of the legal term "sua sponte," which is Latin for "on its own motion."
"Spell check did not have sua sponte in it," said Dudley, who, not noticing the error, shipped the brief to court.
That left the justices reading -- and probably laughing at -- such classic statements as: "An appropriate instruction limiting the judge's criminal liability in such a prosecution must be given sea sponge explaining that certain acts or omissions by themselves are not sufficient to support a conviction."
And: "It is well settled that a trial court must instruct sea sponge on any defense, including a mistake of fact defense."
The sneaky "sea sponge" popped up at least five times.
Dudley said he didn't notice the mistake in People v. Danser, A107853, until his client -- William Danser, a former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge seeking reversal of his conviction for fixing traffic tickets -- called for an explanation.
Dudley corrected the error in his reply brief, telling the court that a "glitch" caused the weird wording and instructing that "where the phrase 'sea sponge' is found, this court should insert the phrase 'sua sponte.'"
The faux pas has made Dudley the butt of some mild ribbing around Santa Cruz. Local attorneys, he said, have started calling his unique defense the "sea sponge duty to instruct."
Thursday, March 02, 2006
I remember going with my Dad to whatever version of this show that existed in the late 80's. It was incredibly exciting and overwhelming. They had a huge pool (with fans for wind) right in the middle of the show with actual sailing demonstrations going on. I can't accurately remember if I actually got to sail an Optimist at the show, but I do remember putting on a cold damp wetsuit and getting ready to sail.
The exhibitors at the show include the class associations of many dinghy classes that don't even exist in the US:
29er Class Association
29er Youth Class Association
405 Uk Class Association
420 Class Assoc. International
420 Youth Class Association International
49er Class Association Uk
505 Class Association International
Albacore Association National
B14 Class Association International
Blaze Class Association
Boss Class Association
British Moth Boat Association
Buzz Class Association Uk
Byte Class Association
Canoe Association 10 Sq Metre International
Cherub Class Owners Association Of UK
Comet Class Association
Comet Trio Class Association
Comet Versa Class Association
Contender Class Association British
Dart 16 Class Association
Dart 18 International Association Of UK
Enterprise Association International
Europe Class Association International
F18 Class Association
Finn Association British
Fireball Association Uk
Firefly Class Association
Flying Dutchman Class Association International
Flying Fifteen Association British
GP Fourteen Class Association
Graduate Class Association National
Gull Class Owners Association
Heron Dinghy Class Association
Hobie 16 Class Association
Hornet Class RYA National
Hurricane 5.9 Class Association British
International 14 Class Association
International Moth Class Association
ISO UK Class Association
Kestrel Owners Association
Lark Class Owners Association
Laser 2000 Class Association
Laser 4000 Class Association
Laser Association UK International
Laser Pico Class Association
Laser Radial Class Association
Laser SB3 Class Association
Laser Stratos Class Association
Laser Vago Class Association
Lightning 368 Association
Merlin Rocket Owners Association National
Miracle Class Association
Mirror Class Association
Mirror Youth Class Association
Musto Performance Skiff UK Class Association
National 12 Owners Association
OK Dinghy Class Association International
Optimist Class Association (UK)
Osprey Class Association
Phantom Class Association
RS K6 Class Association
RS Vareo Class Association
Rs200 Class Association UK
Rs300 Class Association
Rs400 Class British Association
Rs600 Class British Association
Rs700 Class Association
Rs800 Class Association
Scorpion Class Association National
Shearwater Catamaran Association National
Signet Class Owners Association
Snipe Class International
Solo Class Association National
Splash Class Association
Sprint 15 Association
Squib Class Association National
Streaker Class Association
Supernova Class Association
Tasar Class Association
Topper International Class
Topper International Ltd
Topper Youth Class
Tornado Association International
UK 3000 Class Association
Vortex Class Association
Wanderer Class Owners Association
Wayfarer Association United Kingdom
Compare the RYA list above to the list of exhibitors from the New England Boat Show held last month in Boston. The New England Boat Show list consists mostly of boat dealers, boat manufacturers and marine supply companies.
How did dinghy sailing in the US become so concentrated in a few relatively boring classes? Is the large size of the US detrimental to the success of new dinghy classes? Is the US just a nation of lazy powerboaters and cruising sailors?