KnotAClew

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  1. KnotAClew

    Brisbane to Gladstone 2019

    Huge congratulations to Drew and all of the crew on Rushour. A great effort well rewarded by 1st OMR and 1st PHS. To finish 2nd on line honours to the well sailed Mod 70 Beau Geste in a tough squally race is a fantastic result. Well done to all of the entrants, the gusty conditions and big seas meant that there was lots going on and most suffered at least minor damage of some sort. As often happens in these sort of conditions with boats hitting high speeds there were plenty of cases of rudder damage to varying extents. The live coverage of the start was excellent and as always the trackers meant that everyone could sit in comfort and watch the various tussles and battles unfold. Great atmosphere at the start and finish. Well done to the MYCQ organisers - this is a big event to run and a small handful of volunteers do all the work.
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    Brisbane to Gladstone 2019

    Pity the same can’t be said for you or your posts. Unending negativity in public forums doesn’t do much for the public view of our great sport.
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    Brisbane to Gladstone 2018 only

    Like any good cat . . .
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    Brisbane to Gladstone 2018 only

    Your opinion is noted and filed. The race committee and the skippers wanted it this way.
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    Brisbane to Gladstone 2018 only

    YB results and MYCQ web site results now all correct.
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    Brisbane to Gladstone 2018 only

    Please note that the finishing times in Yellow Brick have been rounded and are approximate only. This is so that the final placing a are not known until the presentation. After the presentation the exact finish times will be entered to show the actual results.
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    Brisbane to Gladstone 2018 only

    As always the tide will likely play a big part, although good wind will reduce the impact. With high tide at Gladstone around now, boats finishing in the next six hours will be pushing some amount of tide whereas people arriving after 3pm will be assisted. Could be a big year for Plan B!
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Overweight is generally a factor in a multi losing it's rig. The forces on the cap shroud in a gust are a lot about the wire trying to lift the windward hull up. If the hull is overweight for the design of the rig then it is going to overload the wire sooner.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Took me a while to read this thread, there's a few hours of my life I won't get back. It appears that the summary of the thread is: Thankfully (maybe due to all the prayers?) everyone got off the boat safely with no apparent injuries. The boat probably shouldn't have been out there, and possibly isn't there any more. With that design in those conditions there must be water coming in everywhere, hope they left the bilge pumps running and had lots of battery capacity to keep them pumping! Magnificent boat, but maybe not for those conditions, great crew and rich owner who has hopefully learned something about whether any boat will ever give you "authority over mother nature" (paraphrasing). As to whether it is a monumental maritime screw up I'm not sure - masts do come down (I can vouch for that first hand) and often the problem is not caused by a monumental screw up but something much simpler. Gunboat as a company have nothing to be ashamed of and no need to defend themselves or rely on support from posters here. They have the runs on the board to show that they are very good at what they do. I wouldn't (and probably couldn't) buy one but there is a proven niche for these boats and the only people who really have to work out whether Gunboat as a company is somehow to blame for this incident are the small number of future Gunboat purchasers, not many of whom are probably reading this. And I do recognise that my contribution to this thread, like virtually all of the previous posts, adds nothing of substance and only wastes more of other people's life reading it. Sorry about that!
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    F-22 Update

    There goes your handicap . . .
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    F-22 Update

    Not sure about these analogies to German cars - I have an old Audi which is comfortable, powerful and fun to drive but it guzzles the fuel, bits are starting to fall off and I would have to get second mortgage to take it anywhere near a mechanic. Does that mean it's like sailing in a Maritimo?
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    Crowther 43 project.

    50lbs delta should be OK and 30m of chain with extra rope would do for the bay. I would rather have 50m of chain always though - it just helps. With cats it's not so much the weight of the boat as the windage - they can move around on the anchor quite savagely in a decent blow and heaps of heavy chain is what you need to keep the anchor from being tugged around. A good bridle setup helps a lot too. I have a 44' cat and use 50m of 10mm chain and a 27kg delta is on my shopping list.
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    Crowther 43 project.

    Looks great! If you're in Brisbane it would be good to come for a sail in a few WAGS races once you get the boat in a nice trim - the racing is mild but it's a great way to see how it performs in company! See you round the bay!