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UPDATE: We are getting a report that he is safe and sound. Can you help us find a missing man from Southampton.Adam Piggott, 30, from Harefield, was last seen in Southampton City Centre at around 2.15am today (November 8). Since then he has not been in contact with his family or friends, which is unusual for him and they are growing concerned for his welfare. We have been conducting inquirers in the area but are hoping you can help us this evening. He is described as being white, 5ft 10ins tall, of a medium to muscular build, with short brown spikey hair and brown eyes. When he was last seen he was wearing a khaki coat and had grey Adidas trainers on. Have you seen anyone matching this description today? Do you know where Adam is? Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101, quoting 44190401057...

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sun seeking

Law enforcement officers took action last week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), sequestrating a €4m Sunseeker following a lengthy legal battle between Sunseeker International, its former dealer Richard Obey, and a quartet of dissatisfied prospective owners. US Marshalls boarded the 74ft yacht on Sunday (November 3) as the show came to a close, moving it to a secret location on behalf of one of the aggrieved parties. The full history of the dispute involves the non-satisfaction of transfer of titles and the yachts themselves to owners who were dealing with Richard Obey and Associates, and his own dispute with Sunseeker and the subsequent termination of his contract to represent the company in the US. Today Sunseeker USA Sales Co, Inc issued the following statement: “The circumstances regarding the recently filed action for possession of a Sunseeker vessel arise from civil disputes that are pending over the non-payment for the vessel, by the selling dealer, Rick Obey and Associates (ROAA). The disputes are being addressed appropriately through judicial process. In March 2019 Sunseeker USA Sales Co, Inc terminated its dealer agreement with ROAA for material default and in order to prevent future harm to customers and the public, in June 2019 Sunseeker USA Sales Co, Inc obtained a preliminary injunction preventing ROAA from continuing to unlawfully represent itself as a Sunseeker USA Sales Co, Inc dealer. Sunseeker USA Sales Co, Inc continues to pursue all appropriate remedies against the party responsible for unlawful conduct. Read on....

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parasitic behavior?

A bit of a hornet's nest has exploded with this topic... Late to this party regarding boat owner expectations, took me a while to find my sock puppet login (and enough booze to make me write this) because I sure as fuck am not posting this under my normal account.  But this shit has been on my mind for years and there are a few other posts recently that triggered me and I know for a fact many other boat owners feel the same but no one wants to say it. For a weekend warrior program without professionals onboard the fact that traditionally (at least in the U.S.) a boat owner is expected to cover all costs for the crew, including travel, food, beer, dinner afterwards,  shackles, winch handles and all the other shit that some fucking idiot lost overboard or breaks because they were careless is bullshit, plain and simple.  Tell me what other amateur team sport expects this? Not talking about pro teams or millionaire boat owners here, just weekend warrior guys who are blessed with a job that pays enough to buy a boat and all the expenses that go along with it.  If you drop a winch handle overboard or a shackle because you were just careless and I'm buying dinners, booze, sails, new lines, updating the electronics and oh yeah almost forgot THE ENTIRE COST OF THE FUCKING BOAT ITSELF to begin with would it really kill you to spend 30 fucking dollars as a show of appreciation for the shit you carelessly lost? Read on and comment....

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omg i want it!

As an OG Lite at SDYC, I fully well know the history and historical significance of Ganbare, and so do many of you. That's why when I saw that it was finally for sale, I yelled "I have to have it!", but my finances would dictate otherwise. Seriously, how long can this boat possibly stay on the market??...

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jam packed

There's a big ol' Eyetalian  Laser regatta going on! You are probably familiar by now with the huge fleets in the 4.7 and Radial at youth Laser regattas in Europe. For the European and World championships, for both the 4.7 and the Radial, levels of attendance of some 400 sailors are regularly reached. What is less known is that national regattas can also attract such huge fleets. The regatta that just started today in Italy is an example. This is the 2019 Italia Cup, organized in Naples, by the Molosiglio Sailing Center, on November 8-10. Let’s have a look at the registrations: - 182 sailors in the 4.7 - 151 sailors in the Radial - 43 sailors in the Standard Read on....

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pay to play, part 2

This is a follow up to this post. This "pay-to-play" thread has brought up the cost of offshore racing, with a 10-20k number thrown around a few times. Interested in what others' estimates are for a competitive 35-40' boat doing say Annapolis or Newport > Bermuda.  With just some quick back-of-envelope numbers, I'm getting roughly between 20-30k. Sails & rigging: $12,500 - 16,500 #4 heavy wx jib meeting SER requirements: $4000-5500 storm jib & trisail: $2000-2500 Spare halyard & sheets, snatch blocks, extra shackles, etc... : $1000 (optional) Code zero (for those long reaches): 5500-7500 Safety & electronics: $3500 - 8350 Satphone & Iridium Go rentals for 2 weeks: $1000 Weather routing (Predictwind pro vs  Expedition): $250 / 1300 EPIRB: $350 Liferaft (rental / purchase)  $1100 / 2500 SOLAS flares, backup lights, radar reflector, bilge pump, misc repair supplies: $800-1200 (Optional) AIS beacons for 8x crew: $2000 Consumables & Misc: $4000 - 4800 Food (8x for 10 days): 1200-2000 Gas: 100 Dockage: 500 Entry Fees & ORR cert: 1600 Safety at sea + 1st aid cert: 600 Jump in and discuss!...

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