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7 hours ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

Fair Skies and Smooth Sailing, Boys!

(Is there a Japanese equivalent to that old saw?)

順風満帆 (junpuumanpan) is the equivalent of the latter, literally meaning may your sails be full with tailwind.

晴天 (seiten) literally means fair weather or fair skies, but I don’t know if it alone is used as a message of encouragement in the same way “fair skies” is. What is likely used is less of a phrase and more of a proper sentence, either 晴天になりますように or いい天気になりますように (may you/we have clear skies/good weather).

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13 minutes ago, SunlitZelkova said:

 晴天になりますように or いい天気になりますように 

 晴天になりますように (seitenninarimasuyouni)

いい天気になりますように  (iitenkininarimasuyouni)

For those who can't read kanji/kana. 

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55 minutes ago, RCgothic said:

Expected 20s, more like 12-14s. Early shutdown? Also number of engines unknown at present, awaiting confirmation.

A full tank would only need low autogenous pressurisation, so wouldn't need that many engines.

Could have been an early shutdown or maybe Elon just got it wrong or the plans changed. I believe he previously said that the second static fire would be 16 engines but they ended up doing 14 instead.

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On 11/29/2022 at 6:15 AM, SunlitZelkova said:

順風満帆 (junpuumanpan) is the equivalent of the latter, literally meaning may your sails be full with tailwind.

Curiously, a sailor needs a good side wind.   Sailing directly downwind, unless in a hurricane, is typically slow and prone to grindy sail issues as the wind switches sideward bias causing jibes.

With the wind on the beam (side), one can sail faster than the wind.   Somewhat analogous to a fan blade traveling faster than the airflow it is pushing

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Naval sayings are more applicable to square riggers—for European navies anyway (since such sayings date to that period). Unsure what the best point of sail is on a junk rig, but for a square-rigger it's probably a broad reach (running puts the foresails behind other sails so they aren't doing anything).

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2 hours ago, darthgently said:

Curiously, a sailor needs a good side wind.   Sailing directly downwind, unless in a hurricane, is typically slow and prone to grindy sail issues as the wind switches sideward bias causing jibes.

With the wind on the beam (side), one can sail faster than the wind.   Somewhat analogous to a fan blade traveling faster than the airflow it is pushing

 

1 hour ago, tater said:

Naval sayings are more applicable to square riggers—for European navies anyway (since such sayings date to that period). Unsure what the best point of sail is on a junk rig, but for a square-rigger it's probably a broad reach (running puts the foresails behind other sails so they aren't doing anything).

Aren't square rigs better for ocean travel?  I've read that latteen sails are better in seas like the Med. 

Although Asian navies seemed to prefer junk rigs... 

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2 hours ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

 

Aren't square rigs better for ocean travel?  I've read that latteen sails are better in seas like the Med. 

Although Asian navies seemed to prefer junk rigs... 

Square rigs still go faster cross wind than downwind.  The square sails are trimmed to an angle to the beam wind.  No different than the angle of attack of a windmill blade. 

Common misconception.   Square rigs were not limited to downwind only.  Though they don't point into the wind nearly as well

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