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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Caught one of the volunteers in the race village today and asked why the Pro-Am was cancelled: they just shook their head and mumbled too much breeze in the bay, and the hassle of getting the boats out under the bridge and back in. Pretty easy to tell even the local staff were disappointed in the quality of the event, and blamed the holidays and the Ashes test for stealing the spotlight. Mapfre at least went out and put sails up to give the VIPs a tour - only boat to do so. Scallywag went out under the bridge and came back 20min later. There was a lot more activity on the dock today. Lots of teams looked like they were giving sponsors/family/crew tours of the boats. There is a Race Office on the 2nd floor of the Docklands mall, well away from the dock where the boats are moored. We are leaving tomorrow and did not get a chance to see if they had an official notice board posted. Maybe one of the other anarchists can poke their head in and ask about penalties or jury requests for all the repairs to Dongfeng, Scallywag, and Akzo that required outside assistance? https://www.google.com/maps/place/BOQ+Docklands/@-37.8142707,144.9386631,18.83z/data=!3m1!5s0x6ad65d680955e721:0x881f184484731ebc!4m5!3m4!1s0x6ad65d5d5584d49d:0xaaff9ea5bb3bee78!8m2!3d-37.8140766!4d144.9390328!5m1!1e1
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    This seems appropriate for all the whining going on. An oldie and a goodie.
  3. Evening wrap up from Melbourne: Scallywag appears to have repaired all stanchions. No damage visible from the dock this evening. I was able to talk to one of the boatyard guys and confirm they pulled the rig to repair spreader damage. No word on penalty for the repair. Will have the rig back in tomorrow so they can do the pro am race Saturday. Akzonobel is moored just around the corner from the bridge, literally waiting for the tide to come in. Water in the channel is too shallow for the last run to the boatyard where they will pull the rig for 2-3 days of repairs. No pro am race for them. Goal was to have them at the boatyard around 11pm local time to pull the rig. No program for the race village tomorrow (29th). Next official activity will be dock out for the pro am race Saturday morning.
  4. Reporting live from the Melbourne stop: Scallywag is back at the dock about an hour after they left, with the rig pulled. Sounds like they have a temporary boatyard set up somewhere just outside the bridge. Will try to get photos to see if they repaired the stanchions later today. Akzo crew was brought in via RIB. Great reception on the shore with lots of the other teams stopping boat work to greet them. Akzo boat still moored just outside the bridge. Not sure if they will come in to the dock, or go straight to have the rig pulled - will update later this afternoon. First impression of the race village was underwhelming, especially after coming from CYCA and the RSHYR start yesterday. No schedule posted anywhere. Lots of crew walking around and obviously working through a long list of items to prepare for the next leg. We did see a poster someone had just taped up advertising the pro am race this Saturday the 30th on the walk back to the hotel.
  5. Scallywag off the dock and back out under the bridge a few minutes ago. Not sure if they are out testing or doing sponsor tours.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    The Oats family of yachts. OatsXandXI.pdf
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Got my Christmas present today seeing Oats and Commanche in person... no words to describe it, just awesome machines. Beau Geste in foreground, the indian, and the Oats twins. OatsandCommanche.pdf
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Last I saw Oats was still racing. Test sail went well earlier this week, and they were at the pressers today. They talk about the lighting strike around 7 minutes in. Credit to Nic (Adventures of a Sailor Girl):
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Heading up to Woolwich tomorrow morning to sneak a peak at Oats and the indian. Any other recommendations for marinas to check out with a few of the other big boats? Took a quick stroll around CYCA this afternoon and will be back tomorrow. Dorade has a great parking spot right in front of the club. Chutzpah, Ichi Ban, and a few others are a short walk down the same dock.
  10. Any recommendations on keel boat racing Dec 27-30 during the Melbourne stopover? We will be visiting from the US and looking for an opportunity to crew for a beer can race.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Tangent- I think we are looking at this all wrong. Look. At. How. Perfectly. He. Parked. The. Boat. (in the sand, keel and rig up, in Alaska...) Whole new untapped market in the USA for trophy wives everywhere: Rimas the docking Tutor. So what if your husband doesn't know how to dock your 60' Bayliner? For the low low price of $599 and a plane ticket from American Samoa, you can fly Rimas Messelshesusy, Americas Sailor and newest do it yourself yachting instructor, to your boat for customized on the water teaching sessions. Windward shore? No problem. Run out of viagra? No problem. Rimas can teach you the finer arts of calling for help and getting towed back into the dock... 60% of the time its guaranteed to work all the time!
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Couch already picked up on the movie trailer, but I would love to see this one in poster form: Rimas phone home?
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Rimas... you're going the wrong way
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Anyone done a cross check with AIS to see if he is stuck on the bow of a supertanker yet?
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    And to add my two cents... I challenge everyone who has donated to donate the same to the youth bunch. I would welcome the Ed to put this on the front page. It would be fun to see which party would get more over a set time period. STYC donated more than $8k to SSP last year. Even if we convinced enough SA wankers to donate the same to both... well... I don't really want to see what 8k will do to a SJ24 campaign...