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    Hobart Scene

    It was good to see the new RYCT Commodore out and about on Sunday, even on the bow of one of the Div 1 boats!! Well done Alistair.
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    Hobart Scene

    Can I interest you in a literacy program kidrock? Travelled on their bottoms = sailed to Hobart from whereever the owners bought them from (ie not on trailer or truck). Therefore they must have had life-rafts to do so, BUT the owners said they are not really interested in long distance or offshore races, SO the life-rafts won't get much use, SO they might be available to hire or borrow.
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    Hobart Scene

    Just checked out your posts givemgas. A total of 6 since January and 3 of them have been personal digs at me. I'll refrain from name-calling but if I couldn't resist the urge then I think I'd at least have a reason.
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    Hobart Scene

    I agree whole-heartedly about the efforts that two out of the three clubs are doing. I have also run regattas and weekly pennant races as a volunteer PRO, often totally without support, so I know how hard it is. Sometimes you make mistakes but the best chance of not making mistakes is to minimise the effect that they will have before they do. The one thing that is predictable about the Derwent is that it's unpredictable so yesterday shorter legs would have reduced the risk of two boats getting around the mark while the rest of the fleet was left going backwards in no breeze and strong current. War Games didn't pull out because we passed them - they pulled out because the conditions (natural and imposed) made it impossible for them to make any inroads on the boats they are really racing, the other Farrs - which finished almost an hour in front of Jeff in Host+. I think we have to do a bit more than turn up on Fine Cotton on Sunday but we might troll a fishing line or two. I think Gav would prefer to anchor in the middle of the course and go fishing but our nazi in high heels tactician won't allow anchoring.
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    Hobart Scene

    Brett and Jacinta are sitting in about 6th in the sports boats. It blew a bit on Friday and they broke their bowsprit but are still hanging in there. Like the handicap adjustment for Frenzy - 1st to last - harsh!
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    Hobart Scene

    Banga wasn't sailing War Games as he's in Airlie so I'm not sure who was driving. A guy I used to crew for had the mantra, "Never pull out while the race is still on." We cursed him for that when we were the only boat to complete the HYC Green Island Zuidpool Rock Race which took us 18 hours in an Adams 10, but it has seemed to have stuck. War Games pulled out just after we passed them. Don't worry, we let them know that they were soft but really it was a complete lottery. I know how hard it is to run a fair race and appreciate the efforts of all the race committees and PRO's but really the BYC needs to have a look at itself this season. We had race 1 where even if the breeze held in some of the boats at the back end of the Div 1 fleet would not have finished in the time limit and then yesterday!! Blind Freddy could have seen that the land breeze wasn't going to hold and with that amount of flow in the river to set legs that long was a recipe for disaster when the wind went up in the air. I guess if I had the same view as givemgas I would say, "But I suppose what could you expect from a minor club?" That sort of attitude really pisses me off and is typical of the snobbiness/bitchiness aluded to above. Sometimes I rise above it .. Other times (and this is Anarchy after all) .. I sail where I can get good competition and the best facilities for my boat, and have supported all three Hobart clubs since I bought Spanish back in 2002. I'm Vice Commodore of the Port Esperance Sailing Club but only sail my keel-boat there once a year when I can drag some other top boats down there for the regatta at Easter. When we launched the Mumm 30 some bright spark arsehole from the Royal read the transom and said, "Port Esperance Sailing Club? Bet you have a whole fleet of Mumm 30's down there?" "One more than you've got here mate," was my reply. I have been criticised by the BYC as just another boat from "over there" taking our trophies, when we were doing well in the twilights. I got criticised by the DSS when I joined the RYCT, what are you going over there for? (It was for hardstand crane access - OK, seeing as the water's too shallow under the crane maybe the DSS were right) Yet when one of my crew resigns his RYCT membership and joins the DSS he gets the same criticism, and some unfounded accusations that he can't pay his bills. Yacht clubs are about sailing, not society pecking order wank, so let's get back to what we are here for. Rant over, I'll now rise above it and concentrate on next weekend where hopefully I can help Fine Cotton to a second overall winter pennant in a row. At least it probably won't go as fast backwards as the Mumm.
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    Hobart Scene

    I think a few of the War Games guys were there as well but I didn't see anyone from Wired or POW. That's always been the way though, the "top guns" of the RYCT won't go over to the DSS to drink even if it's a DSS race, so it's not an F40 phenomenom. I suggested to the RYCT that they make Sailing South the official Tasmanian Keelboat Championships which might attract more boats from up north and down the Huon etc, give it some status, make it open to interstate boats too but they can't win the TKC trophy. I don't know about the format for 2008, seems like a regatta for the sake of having a regatta to me. I like the DSS concept of a pennant up to Christmas and the sprint series ideas. Going to be a bit of flow in the Derwent on Sunday. Huon River has flooded already.
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    Hobart Scene

    I don't think they tried that hard with the charter side, just wanting to get enough to pay the boat's keep. Having said that, capitalism is a wonderful thing. The guy who bought my old boat for $17K, spent around $5K on it to tidy it up, "obtained" some new sails thanks to an insurance company (allegedly) and then put it on the market for $40K. Do you pay capital gains tax on a boat??
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    Hobart Scene

    That's not barging, just making sure we know our place.
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    Hobart Scene

    A bunch of pirates! Come on March Hare - identify yourself. You seem to know a lot about us.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    My understanding is that Cookson 50's aren't CBTF - they don't have the forward canard.