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Main Message Board / Merry Christmas
December 25, 2010, 08:46:51 AM
Merry Christmas everyone!
For those of you lucky enough to go sailing on Dec. 25th, I'm jealous.

Main Message Board / 'Tis the Season...
December 08, 2010, 06:28:57 AM
For Spammers I'm afraid.

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Main Message Board / Re: unwelcome guests
September 27, 2010, 12:46:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up Ken. I'll be heading for the dock in the next day or so to offload some gear. I'll make sure to leave a trail of pretzels to a powerboat.
Not sure why that would be, I haven't heard from Kyle.
I did notice his track favored a more westerly course up the lake...
One of our own is racing again this year. Kyle Ewing on Donnybrook.
I was on the starting line and took these photos of Kyle and his crew.
He is racing in Cruising Division 2.
Chicago had torrential rains last night causing many crew transportation problems due to flooded streets.

QuoteSevere weather causes racers to change plans
In the 102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot

July 24, 2010 (CHICAGO) – The 102nd Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, kicked off today despite the torrential rain that plagued the Chicagoland area for the last 12 hours.

"The Mac will sail on rain or shine," explained race spokesperson Christie Denson. "Crews prepare for these conditions by having proper foul weather gear, layers made of synthetic performance fabrics made to dry fast, as well and proper footwear and a change of socks."

Despite having the right gear, sailors still scrambled to make their boat calls amidst flooded streets.  Many boats had to register last minute crew changes with race officials, as sailors were trapped due to the havoc of the weather.

"Several boats had crew due to arrive from Michigan via train this morning. Due to flooding on the tracks, trains were shut down and they were unable to make the race," explained Chicago Yacht Club's Race Coordinator Amanda Matta.

This means many boats will be sailing lighter than anticipated, which can make for an added challenge to the 333 mile adventure up Lake Michigan.

353 boats made the starting line, and we will continue to monitor how weather impacts their race over the next several days. To track the boats, go to
Rudder post is behind the aft water tank.
Fill hose, vent line, and an inspection/cleaning port on the aft water tank.

Hi Dan,

You shouldn't have to drop the rudder, the post is behind the tank.
Throttle, transmission cables and pedestal wiring forward of the tank.
I'll send additional pictures.
Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Rendezvous
July 02, 2010, 08:08:35 AM

The event in Holland, Michigan is not sponsored by Catalina Yachts.

It is a local event sponsored by the Lake Michigan Catalina Association and their invitation extends to Catalina Fleet 21 in Chicago and all other Catalina owners who may be interested in attending.
Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Rendezvous
July 02, 2010, 06:02:35 AM
And not to be left out... the Midwest Event.

Catalina Rendezvous
Mac Bay XVII – Mexican Fiesta
July 9 – 11, 2010
Holland, Michigan

Register at
Main Message Board / Re: U-Tube, Lewmar lubricaton
June 29, 2010, 07:50:29 AM
Links to the Lewmar Videos have been added to the Tech Wiki also.

Tech Wiki>Rigging and Sails>Running Rigging>Clean and Lube your Winches
You can see them at the the bottom of the article:

Main Message Board / Re: I pad/ phone navigation
May 06, 2010, 10:32:15 AM
I would be remiss in my duties if this was not mentioned.

Current state of the GPS Satellite System
Worries about the GPS system arose in May 2009 when the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report saying, "It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain the current GPS service without interruption. If not, some military operations and some civilian users could be aversely affected."  

The satellites have a limited life, typically seven to ten years. There's no practical way to fix them once they break. Of the 59 GPS satellites launched to date, 31 are still operating. Of those 31, 17 are past their life expectancy - the oldest was launched in 1990.

The problem is that 24 functional GPS satellites are required for complete global coverage. With 31 still beeping, we've got plenty of spares for the moment. However, due to a combination of schedule slips, construction problems, and cost overruns, we haven't been launching new satellites fast enough to replace those likely to fail soon. The GAO estimated that that over the next four years or so the probability that at least 24 satellites will remain operational will be less than 95 percent, at times dipping as low as 80 percent. Having something less than 24 working satellites would mean total system failure.

24 hours after the report was released, the Air Force responded by saying that "going below 24 won't happen". This was followed up with a plan to move spare satellites closer to those expected to fail, improving current coverage, minimizing outages, and buying time to get new satellites aloft.

Main Message Board / Re: attaching pictures
May 06, 2010, 09:45:07 AM

The max file size for images is currently set for 150 kb. (150,000 bytes)
The photo will automatically be physically re-sized to 640 x 480 dimensions. (and will expand to full size when clicked on)
The max number of photos allowed per post is 5, with a 250kb limit per post.

For example, You could attach:
5 photos to a post if they were 50 kb or less.
2 photos if they were 125 kb each.
1 photo at 150 kb.

If your photo is 800 x 600 and 150 kb, it will be accepted to the forum without you having to worry about re-sizing it.
If the File Size is too large you will get the Error message as seen below.

Just "Click" on the Additional Options... to expose the uploading menu which is below the message posting area.
When "Previewing" your post, the image WILL NOT display in the preview.
If you upload the wrong image by accident, just "modify" your post to delete it.

Hope this makes it a little clearer.
Everyone loves a good picture.  :D
Bob Kuba