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    Sailing (duh), snowskiing, critiquing online dating profiles

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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    This was the first kite hoist of the Regatta. Crew who had never sailed together. Most who hadn't even sailed in the positions they had. However, we were all there to participate in a sport we love, and to learn. From memory: Halyard got 'kinked' at the base of the mast, so didn't get taken up by the Pit. Both Mast and Pit learned to keep an eye out after that, and work in unison. Downhaul didn't get pulled on, and brace didn't get taken up. I'd make the point that if women had the opportunity to fill the many different roles available on a boat, I'm sure most would avail themselves of the chance to obtain experience under the watchful eye of supportive, experienced sailors. Sometimes, though, you just gotta go for it, make your own opportunities, and remember that one can be of far more use to the sport to offer knowledge, opportunities and support than to snipe from behind a computer alias. Couta - we were not on a starting line. We were not barging or bullshitting. So don't use that photo to complain about those that do. I, for one, am always open to learn, and I sincerely thank those who contributed to the thread I started seeking advice before I got on the boat. And in this instance, after the skipper explained what had gone wrong, there were no further shitfights. So I guess everyone else learned, too. It must be lovely to never do anything wrong...or to constantly surround yourselves with experienced people who cover your errors so well no-one ever notices you making one!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    ...aaaand there you all go. Cheers!!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Ca Bouge! I had a catch ride doing bow on that a year ago. Thanks to everyone who contributed to my query about end-for-end gybing. :-)
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    I'd just like to point out that it also says women's sailing. So basically, everything other than just blokes.
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    Will Kevlar Edge be here tomorrow?

    Rhyming slang..."septic tank" = yank. But we Strayans shorten everything, and add an 'o' (or an 'a') to the end. Hence, "Seppo". "Septic" is the more formal version.
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    TP 52 Cruiser

    Do the newer ones do this with the main? After races at a local regatta in February, I saw blokes up the mast of the TP52s after races (they seem to be flavour of the month here), and got told they have a halyard lock...meant to be able to trip it from deck level, but doesn't always work?? I've never noticed this before. But it's probably just that in normal races, they finish too far in front... Do they need to go aloft for the hoist? Or does it lock somehow without a body up there?
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    Which Smock to buy

    Local Musto distributor here in my little corner of Oz tells me: Mustang are NOT allowed to sell to the southern hemisphere (?!). Might explain why they haven't responded to any of my attempts to contact them, I dunno. Claims that the Goretex Mustang uses is superior is just advertising - he says it's no better than Musto, Musto is still great... He's advised an MPX smock (I think he meant the offshore one; I'll confirm); says he has done heaps of serious stuff on serious boats and RARELY wears his HPX as it's too constrictive. Either way...I guess I'll get to see for myself whether Musto is still any good.
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    Which Smock to buy

    Aren't HH and Musto owned by the same mob now? That'd be my concern.
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    Which Smock to buy

    Bump. I need a new jacket (with Lincoln coming up). I do bow and was keen on the Mustang gear...but they don't seem to be doing the hardcore smocks any more? AND they don't seem to be bothered about responding to emails or messages... Any advice on the current gear available from the various manufacturers? I've heard Musto is no longer as good as it once was? Needs to be readily accessible (not just for timing, but to check fit). I don't do a lot of offshore stuff yet - mostly round the cans (willing to put up with my old jacket for that) - but hoping to change that. Cheers.
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    Showtime capsize on return trip

    I met Brian McDermott a couple of years ago. Lovely guy. I still can't believe he ever got back on a boat. But then, I think that about my mates from the '98 S2H, too!!
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    Showtime capsize on return trip

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    Fucking parasites

    Yeah...what the hell??
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    Greta Rides Again?

    I'm glutton intolerant. And jeez...don't I get some filthy looks when we're all in the queue at the post-race 'serve yourself' BBQ, and I ask if they plan on leaving any of those prawns for the next person.
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    Musto Sucks

    Has anyone tried the Mustang Survival wear? It'd be difficult to get here in Oz, I imagine, so one would want to be pretty committed before doing so...
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    Musto Sucks

    + Equestrian sports. A horsey friend of mine came sailing and was very surprised to see me wearing a jacket with 'Musto' on it...they try to sell to the equestrian mob but the gear's considered pricey even by their standards. I get best value out of wearing my jacket skiing (when it isn't raining)...also provides a great conversation starter with other yachties when riding the lifts.