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Dear Chester; You are not postponing the 2020 Chester Race Week until 2021. You are cancelling the 2020 event, and looking forward to the 2021 event. Why is this so hard for so many people to figure that out? The Chester Race Week Steering Committee would like to recommend to the CYC Executive that Chester Race Week 2020 be postponed until 2021. The situation with the pandemic in Nova Scotia, although seeming to be stable, is not something we can be sure about and to put race organizers, the Chester Yacht Club, volunteers and race committees in jeopardy would be irresponsible and reckless. Although there were many positive responses to the recent survey, which received over 130 responses from past skippers, there were indications that the ability for boat owners/skippers to get a commitment of a full crew, and the prior knowledge that there would be a good complement of competitors in each fleet tempered the positive results. Other respondents to the survey told us that they did not think that Race Week should run in the current conditions, and that it would not be a good idea to host an event that was not in line with previous and future events, they encouraged us to err on the side of safety, to cancel early and to respect the community of Chester. We have heard from some long term in-kind sponsors and other sponsors who are concerned about the running of the event during the pandemic, not only about the value of their sponsorship but also the logistics of lending equipment and the safety of their personnel. Withdrawal of sponsorships, along with a competitor drop of at least 60% would mean that the regatta may not be financially viable....

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i’ve stepped in it now

Occasionally we love to run choice shots from the best photographers on the planet, and Richard Langdon has recently send us a few. This beauty is from KWRW, 2009. Hell, any of you who have some cool shots from  the way back, just do it....

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accepting all offers

As you might imagine, we get weird shit thrown at us all the time. Check this one out from today: Is it true that **** ****** tried to purchase Sailing Anarchy in order to kill it off or merge it with his web site, and if so, whatever happened with that? About a week before COVID-19 shut everything down, I was at the StFYC bar and he was at a nearby table, yakking away that he and some buddy from Southern California were trying to buy SA. He said you had basically pissed off everyone in sailing and the SA site looked like something from 1998 and they hoped to get it for a bargain price. Anyway, I happened across his awful web***  the other day and figured I'd see what was up. Also, I've noticed that SA still has its edge, so it hasn't been turned to milquetoast, which it would if **** ****** owned it. - Anarchist Richard...

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the shit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY5B1kNPnxE&feature=emb_title If you weren't around in the day, you may not ever get it.  That's cool, we wuz. Jump on in the discussion....

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their plan

Returning to Racing - Our Plan Here is the letter that Cortez Racing Association is sending to the Governor, County Supervisors and Port Commissioners. It is our hope to return to racing in some form in June. Cortez Racing Association (CRA) is a non-profit boating association dedicated to providing our members with the best sailboat racing in San Diego Bay. CRA has no land assets or employees and is run solely by volunteers to support its membership of over 150 boaters. Sailboat racing is an active, non-contact outdoors sport. The open-air nature of the venue and the constantly moving boats contribute to the safe aspects of the sport for all involved. The sport does not attract spectators to a central area. We believe that the sport of sailboat racing can be conducted in a safe manner with regards to COVID-19 by following these guidelines: - Social Distancing between boats is currently accommodated by the nature of the sport. CRA races are governed by the rules of US Sailing which prohibit boat-to-boat contact. - All boats are to conform to guidelines issued by their own marina or launch site. - Each boat racing will be required to register all persons aboard for purposes of contact tracing. - The person in charge of each boat will assume responsibility for confirming that each person aboard has shown no signs of illness within the past 14 days and does not live with or had contact with any person who has had signs of illness for at least 14 days. Signs of illness can include cough, shortness of breath or trouble breathing; or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. - The person in charge shall be responsible for...

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breaking bad

“At 4 o’Clock we discovered from the Mast head thirty eight Islands of Ice extending from the one Bow to the other, that is from the SE to the West, and soon after we discovered Field or Packed Ice in the same Direction and had so many loose pieces about the Ship that we were obliged to luff for one and bear up from another. From the Mast head I could see nothing to the Southward but ice. I did not think it was consistent with the safety of the Sloops or any ways prudent for me to persevere in going farther South, even supposing this to have been practicable, which however is doubtful.” (Cook’s position in the Resolution that day was at 64º18'S. He eventually turned back at 71°10'S.) Commander James Cook – Journal of the Second Voyage (1772-1775) Title inspiration thanks to Jesse Pinkman....

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seems the right thing to do

The Grand Prix Guyader, scheduled to be held from 15 to 23 August has been cancelled. (Translated) Christian Guyader, President of Guyader Gastronomie, Gwen Chapalain, manage Sea to See, and board members of administration of Douarnenez Regatta Society showed their determination to maintain the event despite the difficult context related to the health crisis have finally made the decision to not pursue the organization of work of the Grand Prix, believing it impossible to do safely and calmly. A huge regret for the different actors who deploy all their energy for many years to provide Regatta very high level, but also enhance the reputation of the bay of Douarnenez for tourism and economic purposes. They said... "It is with regret that we make this announcement, but the Guyader Grand Prix is an event based on fun, either for competitors, spectators, organizers, volunteers. Since its inception, the event has managed reconcile sport and usability. no friendliness, this is more Guyader Grand Prix. "...

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why do you think they call it dope?

Here's a story you don'y hear too often in the sailing scene these days... A former Western Hemisphere Star Junior Champion Star crew (1997)  and son of a wealthy San Diego real estate investor,  faces up to 32 years in prison for his role at the top of an organization that illegally grew marijuana in Colorado and transported it across state lines. Scott Pack, 41, was convicted of six felonies — two counts of pattern of racketeering and conspiracy (under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act), a first-class drug felony, conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, and two counts of securities fraud. Story here....

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