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  1. antskip

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    oats normally would have done a lot better on the beat to the turning mark. the reefed main was backing the whole way. looked dreadful, sailed slow - for oats. she was overpowered. something was very wrong. she normally loves that stuff. but once she turned and shook out the reef and the main looked fine she wasn't particularly quick either. maybe it was under something other than the sails? ballast, foils? didn't look the oats of old. yet now down the coast she is doing fine...race might be decided in next hours and dependent on positioning rather than just boat speed - of the 100's oats has chosen the most easterly course, Comanche most westerly...that said, Comanche has far more to fear in the light stuff than Oats. Oats is so slippery - she hardly ever stops moving even in the lightest of winds - Comanche can just stop dead and give up all its lead in no time. Comanche needs to keep the wind. Oats is designed for the Hobart.
  2. antskip

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Unfortunately Comanche is a dog in the light. They will make the best of the present - but are quite capable of losing to the narrow 100's however far ahead they get. Their starting remains dreadful. Amazing they seem unwilling to fix something so basic. Who knows how that late start will impact on the race - especially in a boat with a known Achilles Heal. The boat should be given every chance.
  3. antskip

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Australian TV coverage by Channel 7 of the start today must be just about the worst ever. About 1/3 advertising, 1/3 background interviews, 1/3 actual coverage. That's like broadcasting 15 minutes of each half of a rugby match. Just vandalism. Do a decent job, Channel 7, or give it to someone who can!
  4. antskip

    rs aero vs low-riding scow moth

    Portsmouth Yarstick has Tasar at 108, RS Aero 9 109.3. Finn 112, RS Aero 7 112.3, scow Moth 115, OK dinghy 115.5, foiling Moth 60, Waszp 70?
  5. antskip

    2019 Chandler Macleod Moth worlds

    Tom Slingsby already world champ with a day to spare. Simply in a class of his own. Had a significant speed advantage, and sailed impeccably.
  6. antskip

    Finn Sailors Dropping Out

    wonderful footage of finn sailing, thank you! such an old-fashioned boat (akin to the Star), but a lot of fun in a breeze - and if the numbers are there, provides close tactical racing. to me the finn was always too heavy and too much boat for so many of us.
  7. antskip

    rs aero vs low-riding scow moth

    thank you all for very helpful replies! I am asking question after many years out of sailing to concentrate on my career I am considering whether I could get the new foiler called the skeeta for low-riding competition as well as foiling. I am steering towards rs aero7 club racing but intrigued by the amazing possibilities of foiling. the skeeta is promoted as a low-rider as well as a foiler and i wondered whether i should consider just getting a skeeta rather than an aero7 - and later add a foiler - a skeeta or a UFO. I prefer the concept of the skeeta over the UFO as it is basically a very up-to-date version of the scow moth but with foils (stayed rig with spreaders, scow hull, boom vang track, all rigging and launching and vice versa can be done with boat upright). i don't want to just joy-ride but also want to to club fleet race hence the aero - but not keen to buy 2 boats...hence considering buying just the skeeta and sailing it as a foiler for joy-rides (and perhaps against the local waszp fleet when i ever get proficient enough?) - and as a low-rider (i.e. minus horizontal foils) against the local aeros. the skeeta people say it should be comparable to the aero but posted the question on this forum to get advice on whether substituting an aero7 with a skeeta might work? so far i am thinking best to get an aero7 for low-riding club competition and then later perhaps a UFO for foiling fun? (though i am not keen on the wishbone sailboard-style rig of UFO and waszp, and feel the skeeta would be a much better low-rider than the UFO or waszp)...
  8. antskip

    2019 Chandler Macleod Moth worlds

    glitch on results page on MBSC website. Meantime you can see them on
  9. I was wondering how well a low-riding scow moth (with modern equipment) would match up against an rs aero, given an equal helmsman? has anyone sailed both. and could compare them in performance?
  10. antskip

    2019 Chandler Macleod Moth worlds

    Burling and Tuke are preparing for the Olympics in the 49er.
  11. antskip

    Tokyo 2020

    The loss of an amateur olympics has in my belief done immeasurable harm to sailboat racing in NZ and Australia just as much as in the USA. Club racing fleets in NZ and Australia are but shadows of what they were like in the 1960's and 1970s'. Nicholas Hayes' fine book "Saving Sailing: the story of choices, families, time commitments, and how we create a better future" (kindle) covers well the downward spiral of competitive sailing in the USA the past 50 years but it applies pretty well to NZ and Australia too. Hayes goes into the many factors that have affected club participation rates. At so many clubs down here where once there were healthy fleets of P-class (NZ only), Moths, Cherubs and R-class (NZ only), everywhere you now find Lasers, and otherwise "open" divisions of 1 or 2 or 3 of a myriad of classes. My club had 3 fleets of the junior class (P). As we got better we we competed inter-club and nationally. The olympics by raison d'etre is now another species from club racing - a part of the professional circuit created to be a part of global pay tv - as is the gigantism of the America's Cup. Australia and NZ may win more medals now at the Olympics, but I don't believe competitive sailing is actually stronger or healthier. The career paths and healthy bank balances of olympic and AC sailors does not make up for the participation, energy, publicity and money their existence has taken from the heart of sailboat racing - the Clubs.
  12. antskip

    Most exciting race footage

    watch any of so many series/race of the Sydney Harbour 18 foot skiffs - immaculately shot - full length with preambles, brilliant commentary, recently adding drone and onboard footage. amazing boats needing great skills on fascinating long courses in tricky wind and tide and shipping on Sydney Harbour.
  13. Yep. And the Finn suits 185+. So there is a need of two classes - or the RS Aero 7 and 9? I sailed an OK in the days of wooden masts only because I was too light for the Finn. I think the OK suits 175-195? The fair criticism the Finn brigade has on behalf of bigger blokes works equally the other way. But the problem is made so much worse now with the 49er in place of the FD. The FD was quite suited to Finn-sized sailors up front.
  14. The Finn is a lovely boat, but it has been out of date for 70 years. It was the single-hander equivalent of the 12 sqm Sharpie at the Melbourne Games in 1956, which was replaced in 1960 by the Flying Dutchman for the next 32 years. In the late 1960's the Contender, a single-hander equivalent of the FD, won trials to replace the Finn - but the Finn lobby kept their boat in. 50 years later, the Contender is still a great boat, but not cutting edge. Foils are now revolutionizing sailing. The foiling Moth class is utterly up to date, is very demanding on skills, and attracts the best sailors, but it is a development class. Perhaps the right boat is not there yet? In the meantime the Laser will plod along - even though its modern equivalent the RS Aero won the trials easily.