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Old 09-02-2008, 07:29 PM   #21 (permalink)
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No, I don't think you can see them in the photo. You can see them in the video. If you pause at 1:35 they're right there. It doesn't look like they're moving with the breeze much.
Those are called "reef points", they are used to reduce the sail area in heavy winds. A simple way of explaining how it works: you roll the bottom of the sail and tie it to itself using the reef points, then raise the sail, wich is now not as high and not as big.

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Old 09-02-2008, 09:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Reef points? Hadn't thought of that (and don't do video), but as I said, my sailing experience is mostly sailboards.
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Hi Gabier! Looking forward to seeing you when we get to PEI (if you are who I think you are)

The 24 hour watch on a boat is a really interesting experience, especially when the sky is clear at night. The high pressure system that's been depriving us of wind has been rewarding us with spectacular, clear views of the night sky outside of the built up areas.

One of the aims I had for this trip was to pick up a little more astronomical knowledge - learn a few more constellations, etc. Fortunately both the skipper, George, and one of my crew mates, Tom, have plenty of experience with the subject matter, so we've had some good discussions & mini "star parties" when not searching for channel markers.

For anyone interested, I've been using a really good open source night sky simulator/planetarium called Stellarium - Stellarium web site . Definitely worth checking out if you ever look up in the night sky and wonder exactly what it is you're seeing.

We're in Trois Rivieres tonight, after a marathon run straight through from the 1000 Islands. Beautiful, vibrant city. Friendly people, forgiving of my rusty French! A non-stop stream of residents has been walking past, admiring the boat, some asking questions about it or our trip.

Tomorrow we're aiming for a very early start to make Quebec City by nightfall. In that distance, we'll be moving from fresh water (we stopped and dove off the ship in the middle of the stinking hot afternoon at Lac St Pierre) and minimal tidal effects (about 12 inches) to brackish water and significant tides (16 ft.) @ Quebec.

Tasdrouille - want to meet up? PM me your contact info, or check at the Bassin Louise around dusk (hopefully).

After Quebec, I'll have limited internet access until PEI.

We're also keeping an eye on the remnants of Gustav and the three Atlantic tropical storms as well...
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I'm partial to a full on clipper from the 1700's, but a schooner would be still awesome.
The square sail ships are impressive for sure, but I'm happy I don't have to go aloft for sail handling on a schooner! Not crazy about heights.
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I've been using a really good open source night sky simulator/planetarium called Stellarium - Stellarium web site .
Thanks, downloading now, looks pretty cool. Will play with it tomorrow.
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Darin, how fast does it go with the iron jib and how much of that is Fleuve current?
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Tomorrow we're aiming for a very early start to make Quebec City by nightfall. In that distance, we'll be moving from fresh water (we stopped and dove off the ship in the middle of the stinking hot afternoon at Lac St Pierre) and minimal tidal effects (about 12 inches) to brackish water and significant tides (16 ft.) @ Quebec.
Am I wrong in thinking that there are a bunch of locks between Lake Ontario and the mouth of the St. Laurence? I grew up not that far away, and seem to recall a school field trip to watch the ships going through the locks...
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Quick! Someone push Darin in the water!
The opportunity didn't present itself ;P

I met with Darin on the ship last night. What a great guy. We talked mostly about aerodynamics and what's going on at ecomodder. It's really fun to meet people sharing the same interests as you do, especially when said interests are not shared by that many people around you.

Again, good luck for the race, I wish you wind.
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:41 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Those are called "reef points",...
Ahh. reef points. Sounds like something you would want to avoid to prevent poking holes in the bottom of your boat...
I crack myself up.

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