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PostPosted: December 18, 2019, 10:01 pm 
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About this time last year I was on my way home from Fargo ND after a heart attack. One of my rehabilitation goals was to go back to this year's regatta, held north of Madison WI. I did, and even finished third in silver fleet (the also-rans ...). I'm not home yet because my step mother passed while I was travelling so I diverted to Ottawa for the funeral, tomorrow. At 99 she got her money's worth from life.


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PostPosted: December 19, 2019, 12:25 am 
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Hi Warren,

Wow, a year since your heart attack, my how time flies! Too bad about your step Mom but, as you said, its hard to complain at 99 other than just missing out on the 100th birthday congratulatory letter from the Queen.

How high into the wind will the iceboats point?

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PostPosted: December 19, 2019, 4:05 am 
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Third in Silver is pretty good for just a year from your heart attack. Always had a interest in DNs but never acted on it. Think that window has closed.

Condolences for you step-moms passing. Lost mine at 84.

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PostPosted: December 19, 2019, 8:23 am 
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Warren-
Great to see you back on the ice, racing again. Third in your class! Well done, Sir!
Sorry about your step-mom, but 99 is a good long run.

Mostly I'm just happy to see you back at it again. Congrats!
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PostPosted: December 19, 2019, 12:43 pm 
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Congratulations on your regatta finish, Warren.

I'm very sorry to hear about your stepmom. I hope I make it to 99 (I think).

Now, we just gotta get that Locost finished so you can do some ice racing with it. :wink:

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Thank you all for condolences. I made it home this evening. Oddly enough, when my wife's mother died several years ago she was 99 too. But my biological mother died at 49 and three of my uncles in their 50s or younger, so I'm beating the family record just by surviving. :-)

As to ice-boats pointing, they can do as well as most soft-water boats, but generally you foot off more and gain more in speed than the extra distance costs. Downwind is the reverse: you sail with big gybing angles like catamarans, to generate apparent wind. If you try to sail dead downwind it is really, really slow. The first day of racing was windy and our gybing angles were about 45 degrees. The second day of racing the winds were under 5 knots and we were gybing through as much as 120 degrees. Heading too low resulted in getting out an pushing.

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There must be a lot of this going around! :cry: I'm in the process of making final arrangements for my Wife, Carol! My dear, sweet Carol has gone home to be with the Lord! She passed away peacefully this past Friday evening. After too many years of battling cancer, she is finally healed for all eternity, resting in the arms of Jesus! She will be greatly missed! :cry:

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Our thoughts prayers are with you and your family.
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OMG Mike. I can't believe it!!! I'm so sorry. Is there anything I can do??????

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Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

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Sorry for your loss Mike, but I guess at least she isn't suffering anymore.
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Mike, so sorry to hear the news about Carol. I'm glad that it was a peaceful ending for her, it hurts so much to watch loved ones suffer and not be able to do anything for them. And to quote Limey Kid, "F*#k Cancer!!"

Thinking of you and your family, Bill.

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What can one say? My heartfelt condolence on your wife's passing. I know she had been ill for quite a while. At peace now.

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Thanks for all the kind words Gentlemen! Fortunately, I'm blessed with some very supportive friends and neighbors, not to mention our (MY???) Church family!

Russ, thanks for the offer, but there is little that needs to be done. Like I said, I have a very good support network. We are planning a Memorial tribute, but plans are in the very preliminary stages at this point. The only thing that HAS been set so far is that it WILL be in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Any one here that would care to join in would be most welcome. If interested, I'll post plans as they are developed. It may take a while to square things up as we have family and friends scattered all across America and beyond!

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BTW, the guys that came to the 2018 Midwest Gathering already Know where Mountain Home, AR is!!!

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