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About aussiejen98

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    Sailing (especially the pointy end), kayaking, hiking, skiing. Anything on the water really...
  1. I sure hope Hollywood does a better job with it than they did with All is Lost.
  2. aussiejen98

    newbie bowman tips

    Minor disagreements here. If the mastman-pit don't ring the bell, grinding will take a while and other boats will gain. Loser. Somebody has fucked up. Usually caused by an overzealous sheet trimmer inflating the kite when it's only halfway up. Don't always unclip the tack and clew turtle straps; in big air the kite can come out prematurely, go under the boat and waste thousands of dollars of the skipper's kitty. Halyard because it's reversed Velcro has to be unVelcroed seconds prior to hoist, and prefeed the guy can be done by a trimmer with some grunt blowing the suitcase Velcro open at the last second. I'm dismayed by newbie bowmen who'd done 30 light air hoists and think it's always a hook the suitcase to the lifelines, open up the suitcase Velcro completely and round with a beautiful fast hoist. Different conditions require different procedures, seen too many kites plop out prematurely (disaster) or only go up halfway and waste time when it's windy and ruin the entire day. The stinker play is after you round the upwind leg in coastal races, the wind is up and after a while on an outboard lead on the genoa the call is to go to the reaching kite to go faster downwind. Everything is powered up, unlike a W/L race. Then the best protocol is to have the bowman sitting at the suitcase after setting the pole, etc., controlling the guy prefeed, sneaking the spinnaker head under the genoa with tension so the whole kite snakes up behind the genoa before the sheet trimer powers it up. Then, down comes the genoa. Hot crews can combine the hoist and genoa down process. Sail transitions are different depending on apparent wind, sea state and wind angle. I tire of conversing with supposed pit men who always close the halyard clutch, put four wraps on the winch and then can't keep up with me at the mast during a hoist in 4kts true. Hey dude, open the clutch no wraps on the winch keep up with me! Slam the clutch down when you feel overpowering resistance. Losers. Anyway, the best thing about having a tight crew is seeing boats ahead and boats behind at roundings lose massively because they don't have a clue about how to to do the sail transition, or fail during the downwind leg when transitions are necessary. Meat in my locker! +1! I like to wait until the last minute to blow the Velcro unless it is really light air. Same goes if you are launching out of a hatch. I've had arguments with a skipper telling me to get the hatch open BEFORE even setting the pole. Again....fine in light air. In heavy air, I'll wait, thanks. There is nothing good happening when the kite starts filling prematurely! Had it happen to me once when the mast person thought I had forgotten to open the hatch, so he thought he would be helpful and just flick it open for me. Out went the kite! And nothing worse than when you are on mast and have a ton of halyard at your feet.
  3. aussiejen98

    newbie bowman tips

    +1 - had this problem when I moved to the States from Aus. People looked at me strangely when I said "kicker" and "brace". Better known over here as downhaul and guy. Took me ages to stop saying it the Aussie way.
  4. aussiejen98

    Best Sailing Knife

    I use the Leatherman Wave on the bow and just keep a shackle key/spike in my pocket. Though since I've had the Leatherman, I never use the shackle key anymore - i just use the pliers instead and it easily clips to my PFD or harness, so for me the only thing the Leatherman is missing is a spike. It does rust up easily, so needs a bit of TLC but I've been happy so far.