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    Queensland, Australia
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    Sailing, journalism/writing, public relations, sailing event management

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  1. scribe

    Motorbikes you dream owning someday anarchy

    Any British bikes of the 60's.. BSA, Triumph, Norton, Vincent, Matchless ...just for that twin sound.
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    Less strenuous back/hiking dinghy classes

    Some excellent ideas there. Looked at the Weta but they are really expensive and even secondhand still prohibitely priced. Contender is interesting but trapezing is out. we had a Hobie wave turn up at a recent social day and was surprised at how easy to rig, sail and depower they are ..Haven't seen a 2.4 in decades. they were a wet boat even on a lake and not favoured by our sailing area which builds a vicious current wind/tide choppy sea. All food for thought ..Thank you all for your suggestions..
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    Physics of beachcat capsize recovery

    If you are doing the Wild thing in light air there may not be enough wind to get the cat upright again. Seen that done with a Tornado and lightweight crew had no chance until the wind filled in .. Never fill a mast with water.. it can stay in there forever because of the foam manybuilders install to compartmentalise mast internals, especially carbon ones.. There was, from memory, a US righting plank you attached to the front beam and loosened and swung out to give huge leverage as a righting tool for even the lightest crewe.
  4. Embraced the dark side several years ago and bought a 30+ year old Laser after sailing catamarans for decades. The good points: the Laser is fast and easy to rig and move than a catamaran to lug around.. Bad points: the damn things are so twitchy, heel so fast in any wind increase and downright savage in gusts unlike the leverage of an 8 foot wide multi. What other classes are there that are less strenuous to sail, less tender, more stable and kinder to an old farts aching back and lack of core strength? We have the S box laser series at my club where the original intent was buy a $1000-1500 Shit box laser and social sail.Needless to say some upgraded with near new Lasers with the go fast bits, bells and whistles and as i can't beat em without being in agony I want to outpace them with a kinder more amenable dinghy. What can you suggest?.
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    Dinghy Beaufort Scale

    Hearing ten times World A class champion Glenn Ashby come ashore after the last 2018 Worlds championship race at Hervey Bay in a very gusty northerly wind and say 'That was fresh to frightening' was understatement of the year for those of us wildly buffeted onshore. Also memorable was seeing top A sailors roll up their mainsail and sail home at good speed under rig only.
  6. Humpybash regatta, Woody Point, redcliffe, Brisbane, Oz, is next weekend with Seabreeze predicting 10-15 knot Easterlies and temps in the 27-28C range. Am happy to report the bane of A class and F18 fleets, the blue jellies are remarkably few in number so there will be no repeat of jelly plague numbers as experienced some years back. If you haven't registered as yet please go to to help the club with logistics, race organisation and catering.. PRO Allan Crawford is scheduled to ensure racing on both days of the regatta remains on time and with minimal, if any, delays between starts. Conditions should be perfect. Camping is available on a first come first served basis near the rigging yard.
  7. I use a Canon 7D and 600 Eos for images and a aim it in the generral dirtection and pray JVC handycam for recording vids of sailing regattas.. Suggestions invited on best secondhand pro level video camera with a decent telephoto for tripod mounted vision or shoulder mounted in RIB or start boat action
  8. The latest word is over 160 entrants for Winterbash coming from Sydney to Gladstone in central Queensland. One third of entries are two person or more craft so we are expecting a big fleet for the three races on Saturday and marathon on Sunday .. The weather bureau is saying showers rather than rain and probably around 10 to 12 knots both days with the prospect of maybe up to 15 to 20 on Saturday. The registrations have been fantastic and are still rolling in ..This looks like being the biggest off the beach regatta in recent years for multi fleets.
  9. One week to go till WinterBash.. forecast is for 23C and Sunny with 10 to 15 knot Easterlies which will make the Saturday three races and Sunday marathon fast sailing and competitive for the differing classes competing.
  10. Club has upgraded showers and toilets with new tiles, paint, installed new shower cubicles and all new gas water heating .. And checks are ensuring more than adequate supplies of gas. Just Two weeks to go now.
  11. Humpybong yacht club, Redcliffe, Queensland, will stage its fifth Winterbash regatta on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July 2020 and is expecting keen interest especially as the Covid 19 lockdown eases in most states . The event is also being used by the Queensland Nacra Association to stage their state titles. Go to Humpybong Yacht Club website for registration and further details.
  12. scribe

    bob lazar and the ufo story

    Remarkable Rogan interview with David Fravor, the Navy FA18 pilot involved in one of the Tic Tac incidents .. believe Fravor comes across as professional, competent and credible..
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    water from air

    FWIW ..As well as the Genny system featured on the SA home page there is the US Source solar powered water generator which is generating world wide interest.. there's 300 units in Australia.. helping out in regional and remote communities whose local water had dried up ..
  14. Just wondering what happened to you in the Worlds? Steve was hurt and put out of action with damage, what led to you not exiting the last races? 



    Mark D

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    When you've lost Fox News

    Some Fox presenters, like some Republicans, are only now coming out with mea culpa's or they've realised its their job survival and they are jumping ship like lemmings Audiences are demanding real journalism and this fawning by hannity and others can only end in disaster as they are totally discredited, but then again they've made squillions by lies, smears, distortion, bias and racism .. they don't care. ..