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  1. Rawhide

    Australian Sailing

    I fit the same profile. Because we predominantly do ocean races, all of my regular crew are members of a club. Forking out so much to go sailing, I don't have an issue with casual crew and a large portion of regular crew who are not members of a sailing club paying their small part of AS costs. My issue is that just like Kerry Packer quote below, I see no benefit flowing to me from spending my time collecting this sailing tax for AS. I pay whatever tax I am required to pay under the law, not a penny more, not a penny less... if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra.
  2. Rawhide

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Jason revised keel parameters are noted up thread. By all means if our designers got it wrong and imposed greater loads on the hull structure I am interested to know. But otherwise until the hull washes up on a beach somewhere it's a pointless discussion. in the meantime I'm shopping for a new or newish offshore yacht in the 40 to 46 ft range. Got any recommendations? Now that's an idea for a new thread.
  3. Rawhide

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Glad you approve of the Socket joint. This is exactly what Andy designed for Showtime. Your earlier uninformed comments make you look like a right twat now don't they?
  4. Rawhide

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    As some here know I am one of the owners of Showtime and do all the offshore races in it. Just to throw a few facts into the uninformed opinion. The keel was designed by Andy Dovell, to a similar design he has used for many other yachts. The design and the fabrication plan were then certified by DNV-GL. The builder then signed off on the fabrication report and provided 100% NDT for certification. All of this was required to obtain the ISAF certificate you need to be able to race offshore these days. Not exactly a half assed exercise. The new keel design has reduced bulb weight by 369kg and fin by 318kg, despite the increase in length of 400mm this has reduced the righting moment of the boat and resulted in lower loads on the structure than under the original configuration. So despite Jason Ker's self serving bleating's, he remains solely responsible for the adequacy of the internal structural design. Whether this in anyway caused or contributed to the keel lose, I don't know, nor does anyone else at this time. The delivery crew, who were quite experienced and who can be credited with the positive outcome in a very dangerous situation can not be faulted in their seamanship under difficult conditions. I am only happy that all crew got off safely from what was a harrowing experience where only cool thinking averted a tragedy. I have no interest in playing some blame game. if the boat is recovered, then we will likely be able to positively identify the failure mechanism, but until then it is pure speculation to say who is or isn't responsible.
  5. Rawhide

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Well Jason old chap, interesting to see you ducking for cover. But since the initial indications from the crew is that the failure commenced in the keel beam/ring frame connection, I'm guessing that you had a hand in the design of this component?
  6. Rawhide

    Australian Sailing

    Beat Ichi Ban
  7. Rawhide

    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers

    There is a good reason these things are so cheap to buy. Few can afford the running costs or find the crew needed to run one with out blowing up sails each race. To put it in perspective the new owner of a high end TP has spent over $1m in setting up for offshore, repairs, sails and running costs in season one.
  8. Rawhide

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Sounds like we need to fly in a few international judges and senior council to sort this out
  9. Rawhide

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Because 3.18.4 references 3.18.2 and 3.18.3 (an addition to that requirement) which require water to be carried at start, when read as a whole, I interpret the emergency drinking water to only be required at the start. But who knows how an auditor would interpret it.
  10. Rawhide

    SailGP 2020

    I resemble that comment. Got an awakening to the difference in attitudes to sponsorship between USA and AUS at the NYYC Invitational Cup a few years ago. We fully self funded our low budget team with no support from club members. Meanwhile one of the US club teams with a budget about 3 times ours were bitching that if they couldn't get another club member to cough up, they might have to actually put their hands in their pockets for a few hundred $ each.
  11. I feel strangely let down by Hot Rod, I was convinced that the FH was his vison of a floating dungeon equipped trailer, that would slowly rot on various more and more backwater moorings as he got moved on. That he took it to sea and it died without video evidence was extremely disappointing.
  12. Rawhide

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    No only at start
  13. Rawhide

    PIL66-XL2 health check

    But will it be fixed in time for the S2H?
  14. Rawhide

    DNA vs. eXploder - buying new A Cat

    I have a Wildcat and race occasionally with other F18 designs. In up to 12 to 15 it is very competitive, but would benefit with a new generation deck sweeper and non hobie kite. lack of rocker and fine bows mean you can't push as hard downwind and is harder to keep in the groove. But you should still be in the pack.
  15. Rawhide

    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Big budget programs usually fail for one or both of the following. 1. the owner does not get the results and recognition which he demands (and in his mind deserves) for all that money spent 2. he gets sick of the crew and associated hangers on having their hands in his pocket all the time, all the while bagging him out for his poor sailing ability.