How do you feel about people carrying concealed guns on public transportation including bus stops and train platforms? That is a question that law makers in Illinois are grappling with as they try to comply with recent federal appellate court conceal carry interpretations.
In a letter addressed to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, transportation officials urge that conceal carry not be allowed on the States public transportation network.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
WHEN TO FOOT AND WHEN TO POINT
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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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!
Sailing across Lake Michigan at night is one of my favorite things in life. Recently, I was able to do just that in near perfect sailing conditions. On June 29 I raced on the 40.7 Vayu in the 74th Queen’s Cup from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to South Haven, Michigan. We took first place by only 20 seconds after more than 76 miles in the Beneteau First 40.7 one-design section.
Distance: 76 NM Heading: 117°
10-15 south / southwest 180-230 degrees. Light south winds at the finish.
What We Learned
- Keep the boat sailing fast.
- Change gears early and often, especially during lulls / light spots.
- A close-reach slightly off course is faster than sailing close-hauled.
- Minimize duels with other boats.
- Have fun as a crew and stay focused
Here is a video that shows how to use a self tailing winch on a sailboat. It is important to feel comfortable handling the lines and using the winches. Sailing produces a lot of load on the lines but you can mange them easily with a little knowledge and some practice. Please share your thoughts and tips in the comments.
Key Points to Remember
- Always wrap the line clockwise around the winch from the bottom to the top (spin the drum first)
- Wrap the line 3 times around the winch drum as a starting point
- FInd a position that gives you leverage when grinding
- When letting the line out, easing, be deliberate, slow, and in control
- Employ others to help tail if needed
- When in doubt, ask for help