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  1. TUBBY

    How do you define Good Crew?

    When it all hits the fan they are the one standing next to you, in what they were wearing in bed, & stay there until things are safe!
  2. TUBBY

    Favourite Boat pic?

    So old that my favourites are still on film! But here's a good one of about the most comfy way to get to Hobart in a breeze. She is an X 50 and a large part of the crew have been together for 10 years or more, in one case it's closer to 35 years. Done the big fast boat thing, now it's just a bunch of old blokes and ladies having some fun!
  3. Not as nice a place to watch the start from though.
  4. TUBBY

    ........ to Noumea

    The race may not have quite made awesome, but the first afternoon reaching with the Fro in the high 20s boat speed, (top somewhere in the high 29s), & and the last 24 hours or so coming in under JT in 25 -30 knots and holding better than 20 boat speed for long periods was definitely memorable. I think the last day was probably my longest 24 hr run at somewhere well over 300 miles.
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    Containers at sea

    Such fun with Noumea starting on Sunday & boat speeds of around 20 predicted in this area. HMMM might pay to go another way.
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    ........ to Noumea

    Yep, missed the decision time by nearly a full day! Apparently all the models agree it's going to be a bit nasty, so no point waiting to make the decision. TUBBY
  7. TUBBY

    ........ to Noumea

    Decision to be made Saturday AM.
  8. TUBBY

    Things on the Bow.

    Since they started backing boats into their pens, I've forgotten how you get to the bow. Many would say that is a good thing! TUBBY
  9. TUBBY

    275N Deckvest

    Of course the best system is to stay inside the fence! Having said that the CYCA now mandates a PFD any time it gets dark OR blows over 25 knots. They don't insist that you clip on though. TUBBY
  10. TUBBY

    Rad new Ran Fast40 for Niklas Zennstrom

    Is it just my glasses or is that seriously ugly? I know fast is pretty, so maybe it's a bit early for that question.
  11. TUBBY

    Some of my old sailing photos 2

    Ah remember when we had a winch for every string! And a different jib track for every time someone thought we were slow. Kids today just won't believe you! TUBBY
  12. TUBBY

    Chicken Chute

    Ahhh, but just the memory of the sound of a loaded wire heady sheet being eased on an 80' aluminium maxi still raises the hairs on the back of my neck. The power in that noise was just awesome! And no I don't miss being there half an hour early each week to meat hook the wire halyards with the back of a knife, but my now 21 year old daughter complains every time she comes down to the CYCA that it just doesn't sound right without all the halyards clanking away like they used too. TUBBY
  13. TUBBY

    Chicken Chute

    Used wire luffed 2.2s on a number of boats from 40' IOR 1 toners up to a 65' pocket maxi. The frightening thing was looking up at one in 40+ knowing that it wasn't going to blow up, & that you would at some stage have to take it down with all of that bloody wire whipping around your ears. TUBBY
  14. TUBBY

    Chicken Chute

    Doesn't count as a chicken chute without wire luffs! Oh and "do not open until 35 knots" written on the bag. Sailed with a few of these, never blew one up, but taking them down in 40+ was guaranteed to get your attention. Did blow a 2.2 star cut without the wire luffs in a knockdown in 60 knots south of Tasmania though. Ah the Mewstone Rock Race, I wonder why they don't do that one anymore. TUBBY
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    The bloke who has probably spent as much time as all of us put together "crunching the numbers" has entered a both a (hopefully) bulletproof 60' er & a TP for about the last 3 years. Not sure what your budget is but you could possibly add a good upwind 30 - 35'er to these 2, to cover an upwind year which goes NE on the 3rd day. Oh & you might want to throw a few bucks at the weather man to help you choose. I've done over 20 of these things & had results from the front to the back on both line & handicap with some of the dud results being on boats that should have been up there & some great results on boats that had little chance when we left Sydney. TUBBY