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By Bill Lee If you are responsible for organizing a sailboat race or regatta for boats of varying speeds and design, you need to use a handicapping rule to fairly score the racing. At the Offshore Racing Association, we’re commonly asked which of our two popular rules should be used – ORR or ORR-Ez? Let’s start by summarizing the rules. What is ORR? ORR is a measurement rule that accounts for various speed-affecting factors such as displacement, draft, stability, propeller drag, sail plan and sail inventory. All of these items are professionally measured. All are processed through the ORA’s Velocity Prediction Program (VPP), yielding predicted speeds and different ratings for different uses. The cost is higher, but there is much higher confidence in the ratings. ORR is a pure measurement rule and no subjective factors are allowed. Lastly, with professional data, rating protests are easier to resolve. What is ORR-Ez? ORR-Ez takes all of these same things into account, but allows lower-cost owner-declared measurements in place of professional measurements. For designs where designer lines are no longer available, the Ez team will approximate a hull shape. The same VPP is used. However, for ORR-Ez, if the predicted speeds appear either too fast or too slow, the ORR-Ez administrators may apply subjective factors to adjust the predicted speeds as needed. Because ORR-Ez allows owner-declared measurement, costs are much lower.  Read on....

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We don't normally pimp without $, but we found this boat to be of some interest. What is truly amazing is the unreal list of boats they have for sale - ya gotta check it out....

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lifesaver

It all started with a simple yet remarkable torch, cleverly designed and purpose-built to solve one of the most intractable problems in offshore sailing. When someone falls overboard at night, the chances of getting that person safely back aboard can be frighteningly low. Rough weather, cold water, doubledigit boatspeeds, spinnakers, lack of practice, panic and many other factors make it even more of a challenge. That said, technology can dramatically improve those odds. Exposure Light’s MOB light, which won a DAME Design Award for lifesaving and safety in 2014, was arguably the most significant advancement in man overboard technology since the introduction of affordable, easily portable personal locator beacons. Over the past five years that first innovation has evolved into a full man overboard rescue solution, with further developments now on the horizon. Read on....

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class action

A killer shot of Eärendil, Catherine Pourre's French Class40  which won Line Honours for the Class40 Division for the second year in a row. More here....

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maga?

This is fucking scary. Good thing this Coastie didn't pull over the libtard ed while driving A4...Or is it? A self-professed white nationalist who is also a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard planned to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country" before being arrested in Maryland last week, federal prosecutors said. Christopher Hasson, 49, faces federal charges of illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents. But prosecutors wrote that those charges are "the proverbial tip of the iceberg." "The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct," prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland wrote. Read on....

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how much??

UPDATE: Cam Lewis corrected the estimated cost to buy and race this thing to Hawaii: As you might imagine, we get some interesting e-mails from time to time. This one from Cam Lewis was cool in terms of  Lewis looking for a potential buyer and a program to run for the Transpac. The fact that it is 5 months away isn't exactly great planning, but okay. And then it gets interesting. See below: New sails to get best chance of win...optional 200K...main, Solent, gennaker…. ( according to owners rep3 new sails will help yet are not required - yet better chance for a win he says ). Full Insurance @ 200K for full year ( according to owners rep ) This is a big number - yet realistic in today's market. The rest of the bucks for logistics and crew salaries...per diem and back up bucks for the unknowns.. 400K - I am looking for one unique individual with a passion for sailing fast boats fast. THE MISSION is winning the 2019 Transpac Race and Breaking the Race Record I am looking for a project to run and to build a winning team and race onboard the winning and record breaking boat. 2019 is the TRANSPAC’s 50th Anniversary Race. Los Angeles to Honolulu. Its a summer time race - with the fast boats and multihulls start on July 13th - a Saturday - typically its a 5 day run or thereabouts on a fast boat - yet here is the record to beat 2017 Record Smashed by Mighty Merloe - an Orma 60 - the record now is 4 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes, 30 Seconds & beats the 20 year old record of Bruno Peyron's and Cam Lewis’ Commodore Explorer by more than a day, previously set at 5 days 9 hours 18...

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moving to monaco

Wanna know why the rich guys have the cabbage and you don't? Take a look at what fracker and money man behind Ben Ainslie's Team Frack, er Ineos does to save a little dough... Britain’s richest man, the Brexit supporter Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and two of his key lieutenants at chemicals firm Ineos have reportedly been planning to save up to £4bn in tax after moving to Monaco. The company, which is valued at about £35bn, is working with tax experts at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to create a new structure for the business to dramatically reduce the tax paid on its global revenues, according to the Sunday Times. Ratcliffe, who has lobbied to weaken green taxes and reduce restrictionson fracking, owns 60% of Ineos, which made profits of more than £2.2bn last year and employs 18,500 people. His top two lieutenants at Ineos, Andy Currie and John Reece, each own 20% of the company worth £7bn and were also reported to be moving to Monaco and involved in the tax avoidance plan.  Read more thanks to the Guardian... Title inspiration thanks to Frank Zappa...

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no portugal for you

Just received via email. Not great news for the hard core board riders... Dear Friends Due to unexpected complications with the funding for the event, we have been left with no choice but to postpone the 2019 Portugal Grand Slam until next year. We know it will be a big disappointment to many of you who were looking forward to the event this year, but the indications are positive that it will go ahead in 2020. We have forwarded on a message from the event organiser below the body of this email. The final disciplines for the Korean PWA World Cup have been confirmed, with a full World Cup taking place, including Slalom for men and women, and foil for women only. We will bring you further updates on the calendar as we have them. Kind regard The PWA...

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iced out

This iceboat crash took place the day before the 2019 World Championship while tuning up with some other racers. Glad I was with other people and wearing a full helmet and face guard....

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