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  1. Jono

    Where would you retire?

    I take exception to the shit boats.... The rest - your experience may vary. And it depends what your case of comparison is. We haven't had a frost yet this winter.
  2. Send it by fax. NZ just had the agency change from one dinghy store to the other.
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    Where would you retire?

    Auckland, New Zealand is still pretty cool. Rates well in liveable cities Adult dinghy is mainly Laser or an NZ design called Zephyr. Pockets of Flying 15 and Elliot 5.9 Keel boat one design is NZ Young 88, Stewart 34 or the Squadron fleets - MRX and Elliot 7.Otherwise similar but different in the 30-42 feet range. Most boats can overnight as there is really good cruising close by. Even (most) NZ cruisers are fast. Think Farr, Townson or Beale Aucklanders tend to migrate north to Whangarei or Bay of Islands, or down to Tauranga when they cash up or the commute gets too hard.
  4. In NZ we have the Elliott pilot house cruisers. They go fast and are easily sailed. Range of sizes from 40-50 feet.
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    What is it?

    28 foot in 1975 makes it a 1/2 tonner
  6. Don't forget to add too much damping to the equation. "you're too high.... oh never mind"
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    What is the closest 40’er to a TP52?

    That is/was my Ker40, in reality the GP42's struggle to beat us over the line. the performance curve is very similar to a TP52 Final verdict available?? Steve has the Icebreaker up for sale in NZ as a replacement.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Or Tauranga. Most likely the transporter ship is going there. They also have everything close together. Whangarei would have to have all the boats at Marsden Cove
  9. I blame the introduction of resin
  10. Hey LB15. Be nice to the Dry White. In Auckland today it is 12 degrees and raining.
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    what was it?

    I read the link. I didn't realise the Oceans 70 were the same design. Anyone know if the displacements were the same or the glass ones way heavier?
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Back on topic. Change happens but isn't always immediate. IMS stayed premier for 1 or 2 years too long. Yendys and Beau Geste were 1 year wonders but won the Tattersalls so paid their way. Canters and powered winches came in pretty fast but that helped the big money campaigns so not really a surprise. I agree with David who has written in the past that power tilted the playing field too far. I sail on a powered 55 and we can throw in tacks or gybes at the drop of a hat. I kind of hoped that with World Sailing recognising autopilots and the Fastnet allowing them that CYCA would include them straight away but was probably being a bit optimistic. I think it will come, but not until a few more influential people offload their current boats.
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    NZ Shorthanded Series

    Did my first SSANZ for a couple of years on Saturday. Nothing like a 25 mile beat in gusting 30 kn and 2 metre chop to get you back in the game. The breeze was up and down with 15 kn then becoming 25 with the odd line squall of plenty too. I was on the long course of 102 miles on a NZ cruiser racer, a Young 13 with a lift keel and twin rudders. It was quickly obvious it wasn't going to be our day so we settled into keeping the boat and ourselves moving and comfortable. Had a great race with the Pogo Class 40 Krakatoa with us swapping positions several times and even a port and starboard in the middle of the Firth of Thames. Had a #3 and 2 reefs in for the beat and 1 reef for most of the trip home. The run with 1 reef and the fro was good fun when a line squall came through with boat speed in the mid teens. Finished in 15 hours in the middle of the night. While a few didn't start and a few retired, I haven't heard of much damage which is a good sign as to the quality of the fleet. We got a lot of water down below so its time for a new prod gasket. A shout out to the crew of the Townson who had a blinder. The design is an upwind machine and for them to be in front of the Stewart 34s to the Cow and Calf is very impressive.
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    INEOS Team GB

    Any word on when they are packing up the sailors? My WAG is they are waiting to fly B2 down and will sail B1 up until the time they leave for quarantine.
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    2020 Hook Race

    For any women sailors looking for a comfortable foam vest check out the Baltic Genua. It has a split front which follows women's contours far better than most dinghy vests. Not USCG approved. Re the tether. Unfortunately the quality of the piston spring can be variable. Better to swap out to a Gibb or Tylasker if you want a quick release. People also forget that you can soften up the inflatable to make it more comfortable while retaining plenty of buoyancy. You might only have 100 - 130N rather than 165N but at least it is able to be worn without pain.
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    Young and Full of Promise

    I got along to the funeral service for Jim last week and watched the sail past. Everything from Tango to Relapse was out. Plus plenty of Y88s and a surprising number of 11s. It was a nice farewell. Lots of talk of Camp Freddie. Where is she again? Plus the Y88 Keruru now on the English South Coast. It was originally built for Jim's son Frank and went to Singapore first off. I sailed on it in the late 90s. Scored a 4th at the IRC Nats with no optimisation.
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    What is this?

    In NZ we had the Silver Bullet. Grant Firth design? Rumour was the owner had the decision of a new Elliott 55 - Future Shock or the Bullet. Didn't really work out......
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    Great 35-footers

    Looking at the Donovan 35 footer makes me think of the Ross 35 - Higher Ground and The Guarantee. Both are for sail in NZ. Also Kevin and I talked some years ago about the 34 footer. As I recall the starting point was it had to be faster than an Elliott 1050 and fit into a 12 metre marina with the prod.
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    Have you seen the Harbourmaster notice about moorings in Coxs Bay, Motions Creek and Meola? The end of another quiet little backwater
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    I was kind of hoping for the Sea Spray siren shot. Made quite an impression on a young lad back in the day.
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    what is it?

    The Bus did get sold to a long time competitive yottie wanting a toy after coming out of a furniture class dinghy. He has mentioned doing the England QT trip.
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    Rudder Stock Bent

    Then just leave the stock alone and stick a new blade around it. Go Boating. Catch fish. Drink beer. Save for a complete new rudder. Job done.
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    Die! Die! Die!

    Long races are now too much of a sail by numbers. With AIS, Expedition, and Predict Wind, the "luck" factor is next to gone. Now the back of the bus just plugs in, the rest of the crew sit on the rail and the nav stares at a screen. No longer can you jump on a boat and if you are half decent get a drive or take over trim for a spell. Or get some separation and buffalo girls a podium. We have all gotten busier. The kids have 3 sports and 2 arts things after school. The significant other also works and I have to book in my weekend racing. And skills have declined. With all of the above only a few can keep a light displacement moving at all times. Whereas the older heavy boats trundled along and off the numbers by .2 wasn't enough to drop you off the back. now it is 1 knot upwind and 5 knots downwind. Separation kicks in quickly and backmarkers go twilighting.
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    ticky tack?

    Decided to do my Judges ticket a couple of years ago. More to assure myself that I did actually know what I was talking about when calling rules while sailing with others or watching the kids.Totally agree with Sneaky Duck that sometimes two very well intentioned sailors have a different view of what took place. Had a couple recently. One dismissed, one had an excellent witness who had said do your turns in support of the protestor at the time. Arbitration Appendix T is helping get more sailors at a hearing and in and out faster.
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    Racing 2020? Who Are We Kidding?

    In NZ the Optimist Nationals have been rescheduled from Easter to November and the Starlings (junior class - 100 boats at Nats) to early December from mid-April. Keelboat winter series have all been delayed from their usual early May start, Now looking at mid-May if our lock down recovery goes according to schedule. I suspect the short handed divisions will be popular......