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  1. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    C, I should also say that not all states have invested the same in the VHF networks so coverage varies. Ironically the state with the best coverage now is the one you would not expect but that is part through the efforts of a private radio group running the network and installing repeaters.
  2. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    Agree, shit even Australian Sailing can't get their shit together to give the clubs software or app to run yacht races through DSC group calls. I just figure they don't understand it and most RC have no idea about it. Only maybe 2 ocean races in Australia go outside VHF range and all cat 3 and 4 would be in range. Never have to do a sked again! Dr google tells me that a least a few clubs in the UK have embraced the technology in this way. As saying something and doing nothing!
  3. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    My normal cruising grounds, any assistance will almost be certainly someone I know save for one chopper that can't fly over water at night or a police boat that happens to be on patrol in the area that day that might be once a month. At best it is a 6 hour steam if they are up town.
  4. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    Agree completely and Australia has being slow on the uptake for domestic vessels.
  5. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    And there is the problem, as much of the coastline we do not have the rescue assets available in a serviceable time. Too much coastline and not enough people. Assistance will be locally based outside the major centres.
  6. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    Actually, some of us still use Wagners and even better Codans. They were built to a different standard to the lesser standard that is used now. So if it ain't broke don't touch it! I do have a ICOM and give me the Codan any day. But agree the SEA 2200 were rubbish. And of course as they say, good HF installation and use is more art than science. That is what people don't understand. Most criticism of HF is not a system problem but a people problem. Like the famous incident when a know nothing race committee mandated a 2 meg sked at noon to a land station 600 miles way in August (high solar activity month) As one long time navigator said at the time, "we would have more luck standing on the back of the boat and yelling at them". And for GMDSS you assume the nearby vessel has it.
  7. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    but you need every nos in the fleet
  8. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    We have lost this battle unfortunately . monitoring of HF will be discontinued shortly.
  9. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    Agree with you Abbo but AMSA don't see it this way!
  10. lydia

    Identifying boats in movies

    Van de Stadt Ocean 60
  11. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    So part of the year I cruise around southern Tasmania so often at anchor and it is very fresh. So when was last time a cat 1 or 2 boat used the 2m of chain. Maybe raft up in the upper harbour for a stern anchor? Because what is the fucking use of 2m of chain in a Cat 1 or 2 race. anyone know the justifiaction. And no one better say in case you lose the first anchor
  12. lydia

    what is it?

    isn't there a you tube thing about someone who sailed a star across the Atlantic?
  13. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    And that would be the point, so kill off another race.
  14. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    "You are only incompetent if you race" Quote of the thread!
  15. lydia

    Australian Sailing

    Also seems to me that with most of those changes AS is simply doing the bidding of AMSA at the expense of owners.