Oz Scout Sailor

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  1. At one stage coffee was on the IARC list as probably causing cancer. I notice that is has been down graded to only possible now. I blame Big Coffee for that. Corruption and lobby groups must be involved. I mean how would California survive without coffee. The science behind the IARC (WHO) lists, which most other list are being based off, is they give no indication on the levels of exposure which cause the cancer: do you need 1 milligram of exposure or do you need to take a bath in it once a week for several years for cancer to occur. They are heavily criticized within the scientific community for this by several major national science bodies and by other research groups within WHO, their own parent organisation. DDT is listed as probable carcinogenic but i think most DDT related deaths were actually related to the toxicity of the poison and net effects on the body and not proven to be directly linked to DDT related cancer.
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    Mythical Front Page Upgrade

    Actually it won't be good for advertisers if we all stop reading it and skip straight to the forum. Less readers, less clicks, less money. Total FAIL is correct.
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    Mythical Front Page Upgrade

    Yep any page that tries to force me to log in with facefuck is heading towards losing my attention.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Unfortunately, now I think the RC probably needs to investigate just to maintain the integrity of the race. It would be nice if racing could finish without these sorts of incidents. As I am a dinghy sailor who doesn't need AIS, perhaps someone more knowledgeable can answer this for me: Do the Class B transceivers that they are carrying act as a black box type recorder? if so it should be relatively easy for the committee to download a record of the events . You never know maybe it turns out that Black Jack has the faulty unit and not WOXI
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    Sea Rescue in the Azores Goes Very Wrong!

    So its not just Sea Shepherd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4lk68wKfZM
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    Prop guards for coach boats

    Will you haven't said where you are from. The power drop off generally depends on how dense the vanes are at the from. Our current guards (no brand on them) has horizontal vanes about 40 mm apart. Supposedly this causes about a 7% reduction in power. However, we are probably going to fit with guards with a smaller vane distance about 23 mm, which supposedly has a 25% power decrease. Probably the Pro Eng ones listed in the SLSA document. Several other manufacturers have stopped making them. http://www.progeng.com.au/propeller-guards The Mid Coast Marine (MCM) models appear to be no longer available due to insolvency. There is also Norweld who supposedly supply to the Australian Navy http://www.norweldaluminium.com.au/propellers/#prettyPhoto[postimages]/2 We find that the prop guards help to avoid stone/log/branch strike as well. +1 to Foxy's lanyard comments
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    Tragic youth sailing accident

    Unless we are using them the next day definitely, we always flush. We have just ordered 2 Suzuki 30hp 4 stroke and they come with a hose attachment point. From memory it think most of the Suzuki 4 strokes, all the way down to 9.5, come with the hose attachment. that way we can do away with the muffs and fuel mixing. We can give the hose to a scout and say plug it in and clean the motor, without having to start it and worry about an prop accidentally turning. Plus it makes them easir to flush every day.
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    Tragic youth sailing accident

    This is terrible, the family of the sailor but also for the coach. I think the coach will live with the internal guilt for as long as the family grieves. People and organisations need to take note of yet another bad accident and do something about their local circumstances, both by things like guards and also training and SOP. Having said that, being hit by a metal or plastic guard or the the shaft of the engine could be equally deadly. Scouting in NSW requires props guards on Scout owned boats (after similar incidents) but I worry about family owned ones which turn up to events. At our boats shed we also don't let people sit on the buoyancy tubes on the Zodiacs anymore and they also need to be holding onto a rope or fitting at all times, due to a similar incident years ago, fortunately not fatal. At the investigation Zodiac apparently came out and said that people shouldn't be sitting on the buoyancy tubes, despite what all their advertising shows, and basically blamed the driver.
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    Traffic at the Mark

    Did he learn from Ainslie or teach him?
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    RS Neo

    Any idea on Australian pricing?
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Is now a good time to ask the inevitable "why don't they let multi hulls into the 2017 STH?"
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    TOPPER SPORT 16 ??

    Yep dogwatch and Seasailor are right. I'm surprised Topper don't have design plans or a manual on file somewhere. And I have found their customer service to be pretty good in the past when I wanted imagery. Of course that was imagery for a potential sponsor for 5 boats, so there was maybe a sale in the future but .... Craig Whitworth unsuccessfully went through his old files for us once, when we were looking for a manual for a Miller & Whitworth Swinger. Of course, that boat was built before Bob Miller changed his name to Ben Lexen. So its not that surprising he couldn't find it.
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    TOPPER SPORT 16 ??

    Have you tried contacting Topper https://www.toppersailboats.com/
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    Laser 2 spreader advice/help please

    I'm fairly sure tube in tube is how ours is as well
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    The national bodies would rather you sailed in classes, particularly the Olympic classes. Then they can control you. Personally I think more clubs should use the yardsticks. It encourages "sail what you have". I see to many clubs in Sydney who, while stating they run an open yardstick class, really only want you to race their 'chosen' classes. Then there are complaints about smaller membership. Clubs should be encouraging people to sail that second hand boat they picked up for $1000 in the club environment. Maybe in a couple of years they will decide to buy that new Taser or whatever. Sailing needs to broaden its base level. Yardsticks should be easy these days, excel should do all the work at both ends.