Wandering Geo

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  1. Wandering Geo

    SailGP - Sydney Inaugural Regatta

    Well, that was a lot of fun. Perfect day (see photos), good company, cold beer, some good food and no dead people on the Captain Cook Cruise boat. Sailing was very interesting. Looks like Nathan is handling the boat the best once underway but is stuffing the starts (although he just missed a full foiling blinder in the second race by a second or two). Slingers is doing better starts. Really crap in the first race, nearly run down by Nathan in the second, really good call (or luck??) on the first beat to the 3 rd race to find some wind in the middle of the course and foil away from everyone. If this keeps up Aus/Jpn in match race final tomorrow. First race start and spectators (surprisingly large number)
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    SailGP - Sydney Inaugural Regatta

    I will be spending the afternoon (and tomorrow) on the harbour with some NT based friends who have made the effort to come down and watch. Surprising (to me) amount of SailGP interest within the yachties in the office. Looks like they have timed the weather perfectly for the first round, nice steady easterlies, sunshine, high 20s temp. Looking forward to catching up with some old cat sailing mates, a beer and the first starting gun.
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    Turbo Etchells

    Few more
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    Turbo Etchells

    Or this
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    Turbo Etchells

    Wimps, Not an etchell, but a few ideas
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    Oracle Team USA

    I think they are just sailing faster in more wind, resulting in more spray. In one of the 11/4 vids, AR pisses of the course to their compound, broad reach in a big gust and there was spray going everywhere off the foils. Looked to me like they were have some fun on the way home trying top speed the thing. Caught my attention and looked the fastest I have seen any of the boats sail at anytime.
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    Oracle Team USA

    ^ Looks like a couple of crew on the leeward hull in the first high riding photo Mid gybe in the second with to crew bailing from cockpit. Boat riding much lower.
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    Bermuda?

    Haven't see the following video linked here anywhere yet. Some video of AC45 drag racing in Bermuda during foil testing. Some guy on a sailboard pfaffing around until about 5mins then a couple of mins of amateur footage shot from the shore. Sets the scene and gives a feel for what is happening over there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MJ8-cEwtkA
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    Oracle Team USA

    Been a while since I have looked at AC forum, so I am note quite sure to post this link about OTUSA foil technology (apologies if it has been posted elsewhere). http://www.catsailingnews.com/2016/01/americas-cup-oracle-on-foil-design.html. This is the sort of stuff I find most interesting about the AC. Note the (sort of) transom hung rudders and bow down attitude. Also interesting that the some of the As (at the A Nats) are now foiling comfortably downwind without uptip foils with some reports of spurts of upwind foiling. Suspect this foil development has a long, long way to go.
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    F-22 Update

    Yep, we are going to put a bunch of them inside the F-22 container so that they can invade England... Meanwhile, someone has been busy in our second factory - any guesses? photo.jpg Ian Farrier Farrier Marine Designs that work Nice detailing on the portal frame columns and beams. For some reason valley gutters have always worried me. Overflow when blocked or with extreme weather events. Is that black paint around the walls and pile caps or has the floor settled (very uniformly) by about 200 mm. Looks nice and clean. Wish they would hang some plastic to contain the sawdust. They will be picking bits of it out of composite parts for years. Nice work bench legs too.
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    Joke

    (@|\| (_) |^&@|) |-}{|$ |= |_^/ 8()^/? I got to the last word, and that's the only one I'm not sure of... Did you find a conversion device or come up with that yourself? (Honest question) the last word in the post above yours is: Later. (@|\| (_) |^&@|) |-}{|$ |= |_^/ 8()^/? looks like "Can you read this easily boy?" to me. Dunno about the "Later" bit tho'.
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    Joke

    Fark these are old but...... What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs and a rabbit up his arse? Warren!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    BVer, There seems to be intermittent criticism that YA (and state bodies) do nothing for the sport so why do we have to pay $X dollars when they are a bunch of bureaucrats going to long lunches, occasionally funding olympians but doing nothing for the grass roots (my take). It is pretty easy to get a feel for their involvement in the sport. Check out their website at http://www.yachting.org.au/ and click on the member services tab. If that is too hard, track down a YA rep at you club and ask them. If that is too hard, i dunno get on a forum and keep complaining. By no means am I saying they are perfect. Like all organisations I am sure they have some "fat". But equally YA is a long way from being sloth like or the devil incarnate. Any constructive criticism or creative ideas to improve the organisation send em to YA. Sitting on the sidelines sniping does not really help anyone or the sport IMHO. Double memberships are a tricky accounting problem and I agree it should not be occurring but, really how do you police it effectively? Hopefully those with enough disposable income to pay annual subscriptions to 2 clubs will be able to afford paying twice(if not gracefully).
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    JS - i think the whole beef here was - not what do they do for average joe, but what do they do, specifically, for Keelboat sailors. I'm sure they do heaps of stuff for youth, kids, dinghies, whatever, but keelboat sailors ? Do you race and have a blue book? If so end of argument. JohnyS I feel your pain. Spent alot of my sailing life with the same sort of blinkered attitude as phb until I started helping with organising club and YA funded events. Very frustrating to see how little people appreciated the peak organising body. Bit like sewer systems. Much reviled until they stop working and the punters are neck deep in poo. Chin up.
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    Joke

    How do you get a nun pregnant? Fuck her!