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    Humoring the ill-informed and engaging in pointless on-line discourse because there is fuck all worth watching on television these days.

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  1. Flatbag

    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Shouldn't that be Cliteria?
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    Australian Sailing

    Hughie H is delivering Ichi Ban direct to Adelaide from Hobart and she will sit there until Ad - Lincoln and Lincoln Race Week. Ichi did not want to do the Passage Race, just the TP 52 Class Racing stuff in G-Town. (Not sure why because IB is not a true TP 52 anyway with her taller rig and deeper keel) Apparently the Regatta organisers wouldn't accept an entry on that basis so she is a non starter. Looking at the entry lists with a bit over a week to go to the regatta and official entries closing today, this regatta continues its downward spiral from once dizzy heights of participation. Many years of food, beverage and accommodation price gouging is taking its inevitable toll. Those who go will still have fun but the burning questions are, of course, will Bundy & Coke top $10 a can and what vigorous new strain of STIs will be served up at Lambies this year?
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    FIFY See above OP
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    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers

    Oh dear, the Thommo knock-off T-980-Mod. It seems to have been for sale for quite a while now. With Fehs's Shaw 11m Akatea just shipped across to commence racing in NZ, Smoothie also on the market and with her price plummeting like a brides knickers and all the Melgi 32s now gone it looks like the mildly interesting Super 11 concept is pretty much dead in the water. Shame, it showed potential for some interesting racing.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    How embarrassment? Sydney-Hobart: Victorian makes a little White Noise By DD MCNICOLL The Australian 8:54PM DECEMBER 17, 2019 Victorian architect and town planner Daniel Edwards is not well known in Sydney yachting circles but he is something of a hero south of the Murray. Edwards was crowned the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s offshore champion in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in his very fast Beneteau First 35, White Noise. His success had him looking further afield — about 800km north. “I decided to build a new boat to compete in the 75th Sydney to Hobart race and for the following four years after that,” Edwards said on Tuesday. “I had my eye on a 45-footer designed by Irishman Mark Mills. “I contacted the builders, M.A.T. Yachts in Izmir, Turkey, and they set to work. The boat finally arrived, shrouded in shrink-wrap plastic at the start of October and we worked flat out to get her into the water.” Also called White Noise, the new yacht was everything Edwards hoped for and was third in its first, and so far only, outing: the Melbourne to Stanley race. It is now waiting at the CYCA in Sydney for Edwards and his 10-strong crew to arrive from Melbourne for the Boxing Day start to the 630 nautical mile classic. “She was purpose-built for the Sydney-Hobart race. We decided we wanted to play outside the bounds of Victoria and she is the perfect ocean racing machine,” Edwards said. “We like to think of ourselves as just a bunch of Melbourne mates who decided to go for a cruise down the coast at Christmas. Just a bit of fun.” Edwards and his mates will be carrying the hopes of the famed Sandringham Yacht Club on their shoulders in the 75th anniversary race, acknowledging that, despite the skills of Victorian yachtsmen, it is the Hobart race that captures the public’s imagination. “It is always a race in which the weather decides the winner,” Edwards said. “We are obviously hoping for a small boat race with a lot of wind on the nose. “If there is a lot of downwind sailing, the bigger yachts will just romp away from us but a tough race into the wind would give us a great chance on handicap. “White Noise was the ninth M.A.T. 1245 built and we are hoping she will be the ‘lucky ninth’.”
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    More unsubstantiated Bullshit but then that's what this place is here for. IIRC the SYC Commodore published his best wishes to Sandy members, keelboats and dinghies, participating in the Lipton Cup in the club online newsletter on Friday. Looking at the entry list for the Lipton, looks like RYCV is flogging a dead horse with what once was a viable and competitive regatta. Not well supported by many from other clubs either and and if it weren't for the venerable S-80s and the even more venerable Bluebirds, there wouldn't be much of a regatta at all. They did succeed in dragging a few Etchells away from their home base at Brighton. which is a notable achievement. Can't blame other Club's boat owners for not wanting to park their boats in that dodgy, surge affected excuse for a marina either. Pity RYCV don't yet have a floating marina but then they do have a very nice concrete lined hole in the water that no other club can boast. Sandy ran a variation on their standard W/L on Saturday with a slalom course which was obviously deemed more attractive to a reasonable sized fleet than trudging all the way up to Willy and back.
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    Greta Rides Again?

    Hasn't anyone told her? Modern day Musto is shit gear. Leaks like a politician.
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    Front Page: "Woxi Woes"

    Seamanship is not the same as Semen Ship. Seamen aren't wankers and wankers aren't seamen.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Buy a fucking ad. Why would I want to pay $180 to stand on a boat loaded with half pissed Post Christmas bogans on Boxing Day when I can watch Ricco live, up close and personal for 2 hours on Channel 7 for bugger all?
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    Scallywag 100 For Sale

    Drums are rumbling...the natives are getting restless.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Yep, prepare for the annual onslaught of blinkered Mumblespeak from the Oats campaign. Hilarious oversight that he declined to mention that the team that so professionally 'saved' the boat also royally fucked it in the first place. Chalk that up to an Oats psych-out by BlackJack. The Summer of 2019 scoreboard thus reads BJ -1, Oats - 0. And as the saying goes, Once you go Black...
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    EVERYTHING gets filmed these days! Not so sure that Low Stress (DA) would have lived up to his name in that situation. Loads of blue water experience on the No Limit so it just shows that 'shit happens' without fear or favour. Hopefully damage was "limited" to a few bruised egos rather than to that fine vessel.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    At last a "big" boat coming to PPB ( or more properly, Corio Bay) with the new Eccy being ex Ubox and ex a few other names including Jazz which bloody nearly won a S2H a few years back.. Has had a successful record like pretty much all of the Cookie 50s - will be good to see her carving up the Big Boat scene here. Coming ex Honkers and pitching for the 75th Hobart. Nice buy Paul, with a bit of help from Nudge who is driving her home.
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    9/11 Remembered

    When I think of the tragedy of 9/11 I still am amazed that so few actually died in that horrible atrocity; somewhere around 3000 souls. And yes, the death of 3000 souls in one event is appallingly tragic but then I reflect on the fact that just about the same number of Americans are killed in gun related deaths EVERY MONTH and that has been going on for decades with little or no moral outrage. America quite rightly did something about the causes of 9/11.