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If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Santorini
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    Remember those "Sirens"? Homer was just being polite...…

    The views expressed here are my own, not to be ascribed to Homer or his later followers. they are derived from my realisation that the Greek boats of that early time could not have been capable of voyaging as far as the Straits of Gibraltar, which would not have been known then as the Pillars of Hercules.
    I hope some scholar of Greek mythology will find that 'bump of curiosity' to follow up on this general idea.



    --- Last Edited by Rod at 2018-12-29 14:49:37 ---
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Santorini
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    Find the island of Karavos, find a photo of it. There is one in the Google Earth view, which shows three rocky stumps. You are looking at the Pillars of Hercules, which old Herc 'cast down'. Note that they are on the direct route from Athens to Santorini. Santorini was part of the Atlantis (Crete) political state, and both were destroyed when the volcano at Santorini erupted.
    Homer was writing some 400 years later, and just romanticised their political system. The Odyssey just describes the voyage in a 4-5 man fishing boat from Athens area to Santorini, going from island to visible island, which took a long time because Ulysses either got lost or went off exploring rather than going home to the wife and family!

    --- Last Edited by Rod at 2018-12-29 14:43:10 ---
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Jerky screen movements on a desk-top computer screen
    Board » Technical Support
    Just how do I get any answer at all on this Forum?
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Jerky screen movements on a desk-top computer screen
    Board » Technical Support
    Has anyone else found that movements of the screen position using the mouse control are very jerky and irregular? This occurs only on the SOL screen, others that I use are still smooth as previously.
    The screen movements occur in discrete steps, making it hard to position the centre of the screen except by using the double-click method.
    Is this a SOL error, or is it specific to my own computer?
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Interface lagging and jerky on map area of the display
    Board » Technical Support
    Where do I find the "Flash Cache"? I have to re-authorise Flash every time I log in to SOL, and click "allow always" again and again. Is this everyone elses experience of is it just me??
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Golden Globe Races 2018 - Seat Of The Pants commitment
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    SOTP---as usual! Rod
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Golden Globe Races 2018 - Seat Of The Pants commitment
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    It is not suffering! It is exercising your OWN brain, rather than relying on the previous exercise of someone else's brain...
    Just consider it a Gift from SOL!
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Golden Globe Races 2018 - Seat Of The Pants commitment
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    Total agreement! I sail SOTP all the time, not because I am old-fashioned, but because I am 84 and need to keep the "old grey cells" churning away at problems---like the wind and weather!
    It is just too easy to stop thinking...and then you stop living.
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Proposition for a race San Sebastian-La Rochelle
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Races
    In view of the continuing concern about racial inequalities and the slave trade, what about having a race on the old "Triangle Route"---Britain to Africa to the Caribbean and back to Britain. This would be intended to enlighten the sailing community to the great wrong that was perpetrated during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries by the sailing industry, among others.
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: VOR, Vestas incident & report.
    Board » General Discussion
    I am not ever likely to need the "Guide" to plan an ocean voyage/race....but I would like to make a related comment about SOL.
    The Sol program was developed originally as part of a course in yacht design, to allow the students' work to be evaluated. However it has become a "computer game" for many people in which they try to use the mechanics of the game to 'win' bragging rights. For others, it is a way of practicing tactics for sailboat racing.
    For many, however, it forms an educational program in reading the weather for the beginning sailor.
    For all of these groups, there is a marked deficiency in the "chart" upon which we sail.
    Is it not possible to use a more realistic chart that includes most of the hazards to navigation that must be avoided by any "real" sailor, such as the reefs and shallows which are such a major part of any "real" voyage at sea? The Vestas report shows clearly the importance of the "charts" on which we "sail".
    Rod
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.

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