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  1. Dubois

    Flying Tiger

    It's a local loft... Sydney Sailmakers. Maybe not 'local' to you... Although at current exchange rates, you may be surprised at the bang for buck?
  2. Dubois

    Flying Tiger

    Sorry to say, there is no magic fix here… we’ve been racing the Tiger for 10 years (Sydney) and we’ve learned to accept that a single handicap will favour us on light days and punish us in pressure. There’s the usual trim changes that will help (and a good J2 - J3) and an adjustable forestay makes stiffening up rig easy and worthwhile. But you can’t defeat physics… longer, heavier boats will close the gap in pressure. At least until the Tiger starts to plane downhill. Oh and one addition we’ve added that helps keep us in the game, is our new, larger spinnaker. It’s around 122 sqm (say + 12 sqm over Class) and allows us to sail v. low (rotates really well), reducing the advantage sym bags will have. Gets to be a bit of a handful if pressure builds however... and it doesn’t like to be asked to go in a direction it prefers not to.
  3. I don't think you guys are taking this seriously? How about all available hull space is filled with helium. This will effectively reduce the boat's weight and improve performance. By releasing the helium on the last leg, there will be no evidence to prompt a protest....save for Spitball sounding like a chipmunk during the post race interview.... Worth a try eh?
  4. A well funded campaign isn't going to come from one person (or family) but it does need an individual, preferably influential, ruthless, egotistical, uncompromising to drive it.. (is there anyone like that in sailing?), then get a sponsor with very deep pockets. My personal favorite would be Lotto... after all we built an opera house that way! First it needs Team NZ to win so the Cup is in the neighborhood, Which as an Aussie is tough as up until now I was rooting for Team Oracle Australia.
  5. Dubois

    Flying Tiger

    Post a pic of it. It is probably cosmetic (bog cracks). I got fed up repairing ours and just cut a slice off! Yep, it looks like just bog cracking. It's really quite minor. Ours was delaminating as well. All the strength is in the steel internals so it should not be an issue to just grind and fill. Whilst you're at it, we'd recommend replacing the OEM bolts that hold the bracket on the stern. The OEM ones are fully threaded which can eat into the fibreglass and allow movement. Replace with shanked bolts. Oh and then there's the bottom pintle the cassette pin goes through... it sees most of the load and the hole elongates. Check for movement there. We've bushed ours and that gets replaced periodically. I hate the barn door...
  6. Dubois

    Flying Tiger

    Post a pic of it. It is probably cosmetic (bog cracks). I got fed up repairing ours and just cut a slice off!
  7. Dubois

    What's happened to the C&C 30?

    The list of entries for the Super 30 Fleet will be requiring some editing prior to kick off. Some misfits in there. And yes... as far as I know, it will be the first time a C&C 30 comes up against the regular Super 30ers. Should be interesting. Crew for crew, the numbers suggest it will be right in the mix.
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    What's happened to the C&C 30?

    For mine, the biggest issue with building and maintaining an OD class is folks tire of being exposed… There is nowhere to hide if you suck. Even if you can build the critical mass to run events, irrespective of the rules (owner driver, pros or no pros…), folks don’t like to just make up the numbers and continuously finish down the pack. Yacht racing is an intellectual exercise, translated into a physical skill, by a group of disparate people, crowded into a confined space… and then put under pressure… (what could possibly go wrong?!). Those that manage to contain and sustain it, go much faster than those that don’t. OD or not. It seems some find easier to drop out (usually suggesting all sorts of nefarious, alternative facts) than look in the mirror, see where the problem really lies and do something about it. The other issue is, there are too many bloody 'OD' boats! Take 30 footers; it seems every other week someone is launching a shiny new one! In my dictatorship, we’d have one designated 30 footer (35 footer, 40 footer…) then every event would turn into a OD race! In the meantime, in my part of the world, if you are brave enough to be exposed to OD, go buy and Etchells…
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    What's happened to the C&C 30?

    I am not sure the CC30 is the cool boat. Yes I have sailed it, and it was a fun 30 footer. But, it also has its downfalls such as coming out over weight. Dollar for Dollar, there may be better options. The new G-Force 32 is around the same price point. They don't list weight yet, but it may be the better option. The MC31 could be as well if someone imports one to the states. Best bang for your buck right now in the 30 range is a used Melges 32. Just go ask the ED. MC31... Serious? better do some research on that one... Melges 32 is limited to W/L. They don't carry safety gear weight very well, cant go upwind in waves or Carry reaching sails with out breaking stuff. Been there, done that. Got the t-Shirt. Is there 10 G-Force 32's sailing on one start line anywhere? What happened to the mc31? A few showed up in Aus, and I haven't heard a word since Ill let that one slide through to the keeper. Look at Geelong Festival of sails results in the Super 11 fleet. An MC31 races in the Sydney Super 30 fleet against Farr 30s, Flying Tigers, Melges 32, HIck 30... Pretty handy bunch of blokes and it has its wind range but with comparative crew, is Flying Tiger/Farr 30 pace in moderate breeze. No where near the Melges 32. I know they made it to meet Cat 2 (because we all dream of long distance offshore races on a flush deck 30 footer...) but how they managed to make a smaller, carbon boat weigh the same as a low tech Flying Tiger is a mystery. If you want to be out in front, buy a used Melges for a third of the cost. Want to mix it with the fleet, buy a Tiger for half that again, or the Farr and then you can even dream of going offshore for days too...
  10. Dubois

    Flying Tiger

    We had a F/G box made with a slit at the top that slides over the engine cav plate. Original door bolted to the bottom. The fin at the bottom of the engine leg is bolted to a couple of angles inside the box. It raises and lowers with the engine. Faultless.
  11. Dubois

    Flying Tiger

    +1 on the cabin... +1 on the B Max extending... but a removable underhull rudder would be my pick. Perhaps like the MD35 (tapered box with regular rudder stock/bearings) rather than the more complex (expensive) Melges 32 arrangement. But we're not complaining! We've had 9 years of fast fun... amazing bang for buck. Silencing most if not all of the critics.
  12. Dubois

    VOR 2017-18

    I guess there's no chance of them adding DSS/Foils a la IMOCA 60s then?? That could brighten them up.
  13. Melges 32 is the pick but a good one can be expensive. Bang for buck... FE28 is a damn good thing. Or a FT10. Or a Farr 30 with a dick...
  14. Dubois

    Sydney Super 30s - Who's in?

    A few straggles To come but shaping up as a fun and competitive bunch... https://www.topyacht.com.au/db/aus/entrants_display.php?SeriesID=4041&Task=ShowSeriesEntrants&EventID=648
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    Hamilton Race Week results ( so far)

    It is done. Super 30 schedule for SHR... from Super 30 Div Rep... '...it is proposed to include both days of the Sydney Harbour Regatta, instead of just Saturday, and doing two races each day as part of the series. First day 2 x Sprints and second day 2 x fixed short courses.'