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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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    STANFORD SAILING NO MORE 2020-21

    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

    Excalibur?
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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.
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    Australian Sailing

    And being a member of one doesn't get you out of having to pay if you want to race at another one. Not even reduced rates to acknowledge we'd already have insurance (which would be a component?). Not here in South Oz, anyway.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Well done, Clockwork! Safe trip home.
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    'Catch ride' and end for end gybing

    I think it went OK? I'm never going to be a rockstar, but I mostly manage to get stuff where it's supposed to go...I have yet to have to cut anything, or go up the mast to retrieve anything. I didn't bother about the jib sheet, TBH. We had SO much going on that I completely forgot, and unfortunately we didn't get as much racing as we'd have liked. We just did our best to 'keep the knitting in order' in the time we were out there. I had a great time with a fabulous crew - they're gonna be ones to watch! For my part, I'm looking forward to getting back into my 'comfort zone' again...just one, relatively short, dip pole where I can curse the guys in the back of the bus for cocking it up, cos my bit is so straightforward! Thanks to all here for the help. It was brilliant!
  19. I've been asked to do bow on an Inglis 38 for a fairly prestigious national Regatta in 2 weeks. I've not sailed on this boat before, and won't have an opportunity to do so beforehand - other than a short-ish delivery the night before! I won't deny...I am nervous! I've been doing bow (fairly competently, I hope?) on a Sydney 38 for almost 3 years, a caravan for about 18 months before that - but I have only EVER dip-pole gybed. I've read the process from a 2004 forum thread (thanks to the dudes who pointed out about the jib sheets over the shoulder! Noted) and I've watched as many videos as I can find (all of which were made in very civilised conditions). They ALL seem to say to trip the mast end FIRST - but to stand to windward of the pole if I want to keep my face in its current configuration. However, the Skipper has just told me that it's critical to trip the outboard end first - I don't want to appear completely clueless by asking (and I certainly don't want to argue with her or her team when I've never even done it before!!!) but can only assume it is because of the risk/strength needed to gal-handle it until the pressure is off it? I believe she said they run separate sheets and braces, too. Any other genuine tips 'n tricks would be appreciated, not just about the gybing, but preparing - this is my first 'catch ride' and I don't want them to regret it. Here's hoping you use your collective powers for good. :-)
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    'Catch ride' and end for end gybing

    The bowman is obviously less worried about retaining the current configuration of his face than I am...I'll definitely be doing my best to stay to windward of the pole. My take-away from that video..."A confidence that all success from the gybe hinges more on the driver and trimmer than your own actions". Although, watching with captions at 4:21..."Good fundamental bowel technique can make the difference between a stressful day on the water and confident tactical execution" was a very close second. Thanks for all the useful info, guys (and gals). It's been really helpful! And, at the risk of having to explain to some of you blokes why women still feel it's a relevant Regatta, and how keelboat racing is absolutely a sport where a lot of blokes still won't give women a go (here's looking at you, SMB)...is anyone going to AWKR this weekend?! My first time!!
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    No more "She" or "Her"????

    I'm the expensive bag of stuff hanging off the pulpit...
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    Dip Pole Gybing Whisker Pole

    ^^^ I guess skying the inboard end as high as possible would help with the topper...
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    Dip Pole Gybing Whisker Pole

    I was trying to figure out what I'd missed in all the discussion above...I do bow on a Sydney 38 and yes - I've always thought the process was to fire the pole to release the active sheet, run the topper back towards the mast so that the heady clears it through the gybe, then load the new active sheet into the beak. Not that anyone has shown me - that's just what I figured out, so... It's not a telescoping pole - just the normal spin pole - but that shouldn't make any difference?? I am keen to find out if there's a better way. Bearing in mind we only ever do it on Wednesday Twilights (AKA Beercans?) and the boys at the back have normally had a few beers by the time we go downwind and aren't interested in too much fancy shit.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    It's been parked at CYCSA since Lincoln Week. It will still there last Wednesday, anyway...
  25. I was checking for the offshore boats on the tracker this am, and saw this guy in our 'hood! Bummer. But that answers the question, "What is Jasmine Flyer doing here, too?"... I'm sure the Squadron guys will help him commiserate! Bad luck. Bloody boats.