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  1. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    Great to see Ian Gleeson again after so many years, even if only on Video. We bought one of his earlier boats from him in 1983, his Adams 11.9 "Terror" which became our " Sportscar 3". He was a nice bloke to deal with.
  2. Old hack indeed. I have been walking up and down that bloody long pier for nigh on 50 years and the return walk from your boat yesterday morning was without doubt the wettest and windiest I have experienced in all that time. It was certainly in stark contrast to the same walk in shorts and polo shirt and bright sunshine on Friday afternoon. Plenty of activity so stand by.
  3. Sign 'O the Times

    Saw this in the July 1973 issue of Yacht Racing (for the one-design and offshore yachtsman) These are different times.
  4. Bob Dylan - The SECOND best lyricist?

    Ian Anderson’s finest lyrical moment, from Aqualung, “sitting on a park bench, eyeing little girls with bad intent” pure poetry
  5. Bob Dylan - The SECOND best lyricist?

    Anyone who can string the words “little old lady got mutilated late last night” into a meaningful song is a genius. RIP WZ
  6. Best Race Committee Boats

    This one is OK if you happen to be on the start line side of the boat. The view of the flags is not too flash from this angle if you're in a pre-start and doing the right thing by keeping clear of the line.
  7. Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Omar actually, could be related.
  8. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    The Botin 40 is still parked in the yard at Sandringham Vic, has sat there since the Aus Yachting Championships in mid-January.
  9. Chicken Chute

    The sound of flailing galvanised wire, a sort of low pitched demonic whistle, is something I don't miss in sailing.
  10. Chicken Chute

    The young'uns will never know true fear because it doesn't blow like it used to.
  11. JG, was Ian Harvey post Gary Banks / Ian Margan at Eagle Yachts?
  12. Yep. Some sellers tell us their boats are ready to photograph for listing when the interior looks like an explosion in an Op Shop, beer cans or worse in the sink, filthy toilets, sails lying around un-bagged etc. You wouldn't offer up your home or your car for sale looking like that and boats are no different.
  13. Anarchist Hacks

    Or Pineapples?
  14. Thommo T980 in Melbourne, Aus. Same deal, swinging Di#@, similar solution, wetsuit leg or arm with a stainless steel ring to hold it in place. Theres enough stretch in the neoprene to allow the pole to swivel.
  15. what was it?

    Soto 30, not even close: This is a Soto 30
  16. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Autocorrect function on Anarchy? It'd be busy as a one armed paper hanger with crabs.
  17. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    L. R., the man, the legend....
  18. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    That was Wild Thing 1 aka Wild One. She was sold to an eminent French short-handed sailor for the Osaka 2-hander but his sponsorship evaporated and that didn't happen. Don't think she failed entry requirements , the program never got that far.
  19. Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    I was discussing this with a well known sail maker in front of his wife just the other day. I was reminiscing with him about the good old days when there used to be about six around the bay races on the annual calendar. He whispered "Shhh, she thinks there still are!"
  20. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    Vendetta was not alloy. Cittadinis' next boat, Valtair, was alloy. That one, a Lyons 55 (?), was later sold to Matt Allen who scored a PHD win in a Hobart with her and she's now residing somewhere in Asia, having changed owners a few times The Inglis 47s Wild Things 1 & 2, Vendetta, Scavenger, Fast Forward and maybe others were strip cedar construction. We got involved with Cittadinis and the legendary Vendetta crew putting the second generation deck on Vendetta when they converted her to a flush-decked day-sailer. She was later converted back to something similar to her original deck plan but I believe has been changed again since. Launched thirty years ago in 1988, she was built pretty tough. Most of those Inglis 47s have had many owners over the years. They were great fun boats to sail and to watch sailing in a good breeze. Hard on the crews when things went pear shaped but exhilarating when they got it right which they mostly did. We put some additional bulkheads in WOT Wild Side when she was owned here in Melbourne by Peter Hansen who had previously owned WT1 for a while. A gung-ho Sydney based delivery skipper with an over-inflated opinion of his skill drove her out of Port Phillip Heads into the teeth of a south westerly gale with far too much sail and bloody near destroyed her dropping off the huge seas running just outside the Bay. His brief had been to get her to Sydney for the Hobart but they rushed her back to us at Knights Slipway in Williamstown for emergency major repairs and ended up doing the Melb-Hobart West Coaster that year. The guys who sanded her bottom for an earlier antifoul reckon Jim got his inspiration for her hull design from his mum's ironing board. She was as flat as a tennis court underneath and just about as big so lots of painful overhead long boarding was required.
  21. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    I got to know John when I sold his trailerable called Cripple Creek Ferry. He sailed on our Elliott 10 Sportscar a few times too. Outstanding TV camera man and such a sad end. One of the good ones Couta.
  22. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    GW was a bit bigger than WT at 50ft Built in Melb by/for the late John Hawley, a ripper bloke, gone way too soon.

    Sorry guys, we shot that start from the pin end and then moved along the line astern of the fleet. The first we saw of the incident was Team Hollywood dropping their jib and then we saw their mangled port side lifelines. We were not aware of who hit who until we got back to shore. Team Hollywood is now out of the water at Sandy undergoing repairs. They were polishing the whole hull yesterday and working up the rig today so I don't think shes a write off just yet. She is certainly a very different looking yacht, not particularly attractive in the commonly held view of yachts but she looks to be a potent weapon on the race track. She was getting faster every race as her crew got to know her better so it was a shame to see her knocked out like that. As for the protest, the event had assembled a pretty weighty jury in terms of their qualifications and experience so I would have faith in their decision. In the event itself, we saw some great sailing, and some not quite so great from a diverse fleet of quality boats in the three IRC divisional fleets. The racing was often very close and there were no easy wins for anyone, with good boat handling paying dividends. SYC Race Management was up to its usual very high standard and getting the 8 race program completed in the three days was well achieved. Others have tried to run this event in the past with far less success. AMS fleet was sailed on the Saturday only with 2 x w/ls and a shorter passage race than the IRC and Multi fleets. We didn't see much of them at all as they raced on a separate course to the IRC or multihull fleets although all boats finished on the same finish line right in front of the club which must have been a great spectacle for those watching from ashore.
  24. Australian Yachting Championship 2018

    Got myself the best seat in the house for this regatta , Access All Areas, driving the Press Boat for Event Photographer Alex McKinnon and Nic Douglass AKA the Sailor Girl. Should be a hoot, weather looking good, great fleet of competitive boats for three days of hot racing. Whats not to like?
  25. Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Why is that? She did win a Hobart.