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  1. I believe "Armageddon" was the safe word in use that day
  2. Radar is significantly expensive and power hungry - and for smaller boats a significant weight and windage impost. AIS is cheap and low impact. From AMSA's perspective, and the RO, I'd imagine the spectre of a fully crewed 30 ton missile doing 30 knots across the open ocean close to other boats and crossing shipping lanes in the dark with limited manoeuvreability has something to do with the AIS transmit requirement.
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    Club/offshore racers in Aus up to $80k AUD

    That was a short tenure...
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    So is Reschs...
  5. DickDastardly

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Cats piss. Get with the real stuff.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    The legendary / notorious John Biddlecomb did it. IIRC it was originally a Farr designed Whitbread 60 hull shell built at a serious boatbuilder, maybe McConaghy for an "Elle Racing" syndicate which didn't end up eventuating or died along the way. Biddles bought it for peanuts then did the mods.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Well put. I'd love to think that Slingsby comment is true.
  8. I sorta like the idea of a thread where it's a competition to move as far away form the original intent as possible via a series of logical, incremental steps.
  9. Or what is in my humble opinion Melbourn'e finest ever band
  10. I saw the Sydney gig on Tuesday. Pretty cool but after a couple of hours talking and plunking and a couple of inane questions from the audience Nick baled out. Still was huge fun though.
  11. The Saints were not really broken in the UK, they effectively died there however. They only really lasted a couple of years but thankfully Ed and Chris are still soldiering on doing good things. My first ever gig (I should be on Rockwiz) was The Saints and Radio Birdman at the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney. And as to whether Birdman was the pivotal Sydney band, impossible to say. Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil both have a way higher profile.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Signed up already
  13. DickDastardly

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Fastnet is operating in a way bigger market and it's not an annual race so plenty of pent up demand and time to raise budgets facilitates entries. And the idea that ocean racing isn't elitist at pretty much every level is laughable, Rolex or not. Turning media and public attention away from 100 footers to say TP52s is hardly a move to sell the sport by showcasing the little Aussie battler. Imagine what the Ichi Ban, Celestial, Zen or even Voodoo budgets were to do the race... Even a 40 footer costs many tens of thousands to campaign in this event. When did we last see any significant 6ksb participation in Sydney-Hobart? Long gone.