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We spent another day on the Committee Boat for today’s start for MexORC.  We had no duties, we were just there as spectators.

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Grand Illusion showed up, flying their battle flag.

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Nancy still wants one of their crew shirts.

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See if you can figure out where the sail engineers think the loads are. Each black line is a carbon fiber, captured between two polyester (Mylar) sheets.

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Las Chicas de el Velero.

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Fancy sails, yarn tell-tails.  Just like us.

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Photographed though polaroid lenses, you can see the strain in the mylar panels.  I’m not sure if the strain was created during sailing or manufacture.

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Besides being a pretty boat and a pretty picture, this shows how much surface area is raised from the water when the boat heels.  It doesn’t show, but you can sort of tell, how much the waterline also increases when the boat heels.  Longer=faster.

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The start today was staggered.  Slower boats started earlier, timed against their rating and the race characteristics.  If they did it correctly, everyone finished together. After all the monohulls started and left, a huge Optomist dingy fleet showed up and surrounded the start boat.  It was wild, but crazy unsafe.  I finally hailed #768 (a twelve-year-old boy) and yelled “Senor, Mas Peligro!” and pointed.  He took one look and herded everyone away from the start line.

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And Orion showed up.  It started an hour or more after everyone else.  It didn’t even untie from the dock until everyone else had started.  Fast is not the right word for this thing.  It’s a whole different kind of boat.  It sounds like an airplane going by.

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Lining up for the start.  The Laser is the stand-on vessel.  Orion gave way.

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