Surprisingly timely. A bit long but very interesting. Exemplary of how to discuss and debate issues that people have strong feelings for. My favorite part is at the end when Walter Cronkite points out a Sunfish sailing on the lake and tells JFK how fun they are to sail. Check it out.

Topics include: Civil Rights, Economy and Jobs, Security, and Vietnam.

Monday, September 2, 1963 — U.S. President John F. Kennedy is interviewed by Walter Cronkite of CBS-TV.

This is raw, unedited footage from the CBS News Archives, and includes outtakes at the beginning and end of the interview.

The Art of Sailing

Originally posted on Bryan's Class:

by Bryan Hayes, January 15, 2013

Not sure what to believe in the debate on public safety and guns?

On one side, you have the NRA, many Republicans, and conservative pundits / newscasters.  Their central claim is that more guns in the hands of responsible, hard-working citizens is a deterrent to criminals and as a result there is less violent crime and less overall crime.  They argue that an individual has the right to defend themself and their family from violent criminals.  This view is anchored by the perception of natural rights as well their interpretation of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Wayne LaPierre, a prominent NRA official, said that a reason there has been mass shootings in schools, for instance, is that the government created and designated them as gun-free zones which make them easy targets for those that wish to create the most destruction with the least risk.  He went as far as say that…

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Sailing Skills, The Art of Sailing

When to Foot and When to Point


Keeping the boat in the groove is important but you won’t win against the best until you know when to sail fast and when to sail high.  If you are expecting a header you want to get to it as fast as possible, so you sail in the fast mode upwind by slightly footing.  When anticipating a lift you should sail high upwind because that will help you get to the shift first.  Keep in mind that sailing high and sailing fast (upwind) is only a few degrees difference.  Developing a feel for the helm, the trim, and the boat will greatly help you in fine tuning your adjustments.  When you can feel the boat slow down as you are sailing high, you can adjust by turning down before the speed is lost.  Likewise, if you feel that you have great speed you can turn the boat up to gain height.  If this can be done by feel you will start crushing the boats around you.


by Bruce Goldsmith  Reprinted from Rebel Rabble


Maybe you have wondered what happened to the boat that was right next to
you for most of the way up the windward leg, but all of a sudden was at the mark
way ahead of you. You know you did not do anything drastically wrong-but what
did he do that was so drastically right? Just how did he getaway?


Your “boat speed” was good, you hung in there for most of the weather leg,
only to be on the outside of 8 boats that “Just squeezed around the mark” ahead
of you, or you were on the inside of 8 boats that “powered over” you as you tried
to squeeze around the mark. You simply ended up in the wrong place! What really
happened was that your judgement of when to foot and when to point has not been


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Port to Port Races, Sailing Skills, The Art of Sailing

Person Overboard- The figure 8 rescue – YouTube

Diagram of quick stop to recover a man overboard.

Diagram of quick stop to recover a man overboard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The CYC Race to Mackinac (Chicago to Mackinac race) is ten days away.  Here is a video of how to do a figure 8 rescue.  This is not difficult but does require practice to fully understand and be able to use.  There are times when the wind is blowing 30+ knots, the  waves are big , you have a full mainsail and spinnaker flying, and it is the middle of the night.   Trust me, practice how to do this because it will be way more difficult when it matters most.  Good luck and sail fast!