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Our first Park It story in response to this and it is a beauty! If you have one (pics are good!), send it on in. I will never, ever forget a parking job in one of the teeming marinas of the BVI, Hodges Creek or one of those. I was working for one of those sailing camps down there, sailing a 50' Beneteau POS with 12 spoiled brats as my crew. I'd been sailing for two years and somehow had been assigned to be a captain, despite being hired as a mate (flattering and formative, gotta give them some credit on that choice). The big thing was that you had to have a kid on the wheel at all times, even when you were docking. It was OK for the captain to control the throttle though. Our program director sent me in first, because she had a high opinion of my docking skills and wanted me to take the deepest, tightest spot, so the pressure was on. It was windy, as per usual, and the harbor was not as sheltered as you might like I got us all the way in, started reversing and got the kid to start turning. I quickly realized I wasn't gonna make my turn — too much breeze blowing the bow around and not nearly enough space. Two options: bumper boats or an ignominious retreat: probably bumper boats anyway but with plenty of kids to hold fenders. Ignominious retreats were very much the norm at this sailing camp. In a flash of decision, and with the wanton steel balls of a 19-yr-old who's never really crunched boats before, I gunned the throttle in reverse, accelerating my rate of turn. The kid on the wheel's eyes just about popped out of her head, but I'd chosen...

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https://youtu.be/ja--eLM7E0o Pretty nicely done. Came in a bit hot and almost blew it with the hiking stick, but pulled it off. Got any "parking" stories, videos or pics? Send 'em in....

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the death of art

“In the early part of the last century there was a very fine old sailmaker, Eversfield, who lived at Gravesend, and who always made mainsails for the Pearl cutter, built for the Marquis of Anglesey in 1820, by Sainty of Wivenhoe, who also built the frigate Pique for His Majesty’s Navy, and I believe, ruined himself over it. But the Marquis of Anglesey was a kind old man, and gave Sainty a pension as long as he lived. Lord Anglesey retained the Pearl up to the day of his death, which was, I think, in 1854, and my father used to tell me that they were nice, smooth sails with a good round leech and foot and no one could find very much fault with them – in fact, they were held up as pattern sails in those days. Unfortunately, Everfield’s sons did not continue the business at Gravesend, and the art died with him, as he intended that it should.” Thomas W. Ratsey ­ - Lecture at the Marine & Small Craft Exhibition (1924) (Established in 1790, the Ratsey & Lapthorn sailmaking firm has been in continuous production for 230 years. Lord Nelson’s Victory set Ratsey sails during the battle of Trafalgar. With lofts in Cowes and New York, Ratseys were happy to make sails for both defenders and challengers in the America’s Cup.)...

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fuck this prick

Your fat, orange, lying, criminal, anti-science,  presidunce, Covid-45, is once again doing his best at shitting on your environment.  Go ahead - give him four more years - that sounds like a great idea. Craig McLean, who until recently was the acting chief scientist, had sent a memo to political appointees at NOAA requesting that they, like everyone else, observe the agency’s scientific integrity rules, The New York Times reports. The next day one of President Donald Trump’s political appointees, Erik Noble, told him he was out and had already been replaced. Read on....

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molave

A fast-moving typhoon crossed the Philippines and headed west towards Vietnam on October 26, leaving widespread destruction and stranding numerous ships with their passengers and cargoes. At least a dozen fishermen are reported missing, and the Philippine Coast Guard went to the rescue of multiple vessels as the storm with wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour moved west. The storm - known as Typhoon Quinta in the Philippines, and Molave internationally - moved over the southern provinces displacing at least 25,000 people. Some reports suggested as many as 50,000 people had been evacuated as the storm approached the island nation. Read on....

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrUswhgIygo&feature=emb_rel_end From last week. Holy lord, sometimes we wonder if any of these are going to last any regatta, ever....

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