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    34 boats with 34 sailors and snotty conditions predicted. What was the verdict at last nights skippers meeting?



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    " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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  • #2
    Better book your seat on the big orange hell!

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    • #3


      Just saw this on the interwebs.

      When we get to plus 12' of tide, those seats in the View section don't look so bad...
      " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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      • #4
        Makes watching the game from the cove easier for boats with smaller rigs though!

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        • #5
          New business possibility... Where can you get plans for Gondolas?

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          • #6
            Players locker room and parking could be problematic.

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            • #7
              Google barges!

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              • #8
                Talked to David Nabors and Brian Boschma, gnarly as shit just past Bonita...

                I'll let those who experienced it 1st hand tell the tales...

                Inside the Bay was "Brisk" as well...Salt water enema's were free for the taking...
                " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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                • #9




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                  " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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                  • #10
                    Retired 2 miles from finish





                    This was my second race and first offshore race on TIJD, my new First 30JK. I have done the SSS Farallones many times on my previous boat Xpression (C&C 110).
                    Starting with small jib (85%) and reefed main. The boat handled well but I could have used a second reef. The big difference between my previous boat and the F30 is that it moves really well through the waves. No slamming whatsoever and good speed. The wind lightened a little past light bucket and dropped to 15 knots TWS close to the Farallones. It was a beautiful ride. I set the asymmetrical chute on the way back. Currently the only chute is an A2 and it is huge. Making good speed going home and I was able to stay it touch with Freedom and close enough to Racer X on handicap. Wind picked up closer to half way down the channel and I was getting ready to take the chute down. The boat rounded up and the spinnaker twisted around the headstay. For some reason the jib sheet came loose and the chute got tightly twisted. Only the top 1/3rd stayed full. Nothing I tried could get the twist out as the top of the spinnaker stayed full, no matter what I tried. I decided to wait so that I can tuck in under the north shore to untangle the chute. That worked, the chute filled and I the boat took off under the GG bridge. Before I could take the chute down, the boat broached and was pinned broadsided. The sheet got stuck and the only way to get the boat back up was to blow the halyard. The halyard was still stuck at the top of the curler. I blew the tack line which allowed the boat to come up. The halyard worked itself free and the spinnaker floated behind the boat. To make things worse the boat slowly made it's way to the south tower and I couldn't bear off due to the spinnaker, acting as a sea-anchor. I decided to use the jib to bear off and then pull in the chute. However the jib would not unfurl. Later I found that due to the spinnaker jerking the foil had bent and got stuck. Being close to the south tower I decided to start the engine, which allowed me enough control to bear off but also retired me from the race. This is the worst spinnaker cluster-fuck I ever encountered and it made me think of the incident with Fast Forward years ago. I can totally see how a combination of events can lead to a bad outcome.
                    I never expected to get into this situation, having sailed many single-handed races in the last 14 years. Lesson learned is that I should have sailed the boat conservatively and not assume I can sail it the same as my previous boat. Also many little errors lead to big problems. I hope to sail the next 14 years without experiencing something like this again...

                    BTW the boat is a lot of fun and it was definitely user error that got me in this situation.

                    Dirk- TIJD (First 30 JK)

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                    • #11
                      Nice write up Dirk, bummer about the Demon taking its toll. How well is the new boat set up for shorthanded sailing?
                      She looks comfy and dry!

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                      • #12
                        Hi Single Hander,

                        I really like the boat for shorthanded sailing. Tiller, comfortable seating upwind with foot braces, no overlapping jibs, double rudders for great control and low autopilot power consumption. The boat is a little heavy but you get a great interior which means that my wife and kids sail with me, which is important.
                        It's amazing how well the boat moves through the waves, no slamming whatsoever..

                        Dirk - TIJD

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                        • #13
                          How are the accommodations below?

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                          • #14
                            There are some great pictures here:
                            http://www.naosyachts.com/beneteau-s...irst/first-30/

                            Sleeps 6 easily, separate head and shower, lot's of storage. Family loves it...

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                            • #15
                              First part of the Single Handed Farallones race on board Tijd:

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