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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?
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    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.
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    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...
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    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!
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    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...
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    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.
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    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.
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    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. First race is just a couple of weeks off. A few of the usual suspects still to enter. Assume youse'll all be there... Maxstar - Melges 32 ? Jet - JS9000 ? Flying Brandy - FT10 ? Bullet - Bull 9000 ? Krakatoa - Young 31 ? Likalizard - Mount Gay 30 ? Matagi - MBD35 ? Troppo - Elliot 7.8 ? Monkey Business - Shaw 650 ? . . And I have it on good authority that Saudade (MC31) is now ready to join the fray so we eagerly await Andrew's entry. Would also be good to see the FE28r Wildling 2 come along and enjoy its natural home (Conrad?). Bedicked Farr 30, Skeeter (Sandor?). FT10 Hitchhike (Trevor?)... Others? See you on the water.
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    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.'
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    Sydney Super 30s - Who's in?

    I'm confident Very Tasty will not only be out there, it will be honouring Chris by staying up the front. He spent his last months making sure he provided a competitive boat for his crew to continue to race. They'll be doing him proud.
  18. May be a little late on Farr30/FE28 preference but I'd go with whatever was most popular in the area. Unless one is trying to hide, being able to race against like boats is the best way to judge ones performance/ability and measure efforts to improve. Comparing performance, an incomplete study suggest the Farr would be generally quicker. We race an FT10 against an FE28 regularly and accepting there is little difference in ability the FT10 is quicker just about everywhere save for approaching pressure of mid teens, off the breeze, where the FE28 planes and the FT doesn't. The FT10 and Farr 30 are line ball for performance. Having said that, the FE28 is a cracker wee thing especially at the price. Looks the part too. Up against a very well crewed example at one regatta, it was all over us (superior sailing brightens it up no end). What impresses me is it is built to a price and yet weighs in at an impressive 1450kg or so. Note it is not 28 feet but is (according to Fareast specs) 29' 9". Compare that to say an MC31 for example, which is just 3" longer at 30' (not 31'.. go figure), is a no compromise, flush deck, carbon build (at nigh on 5 times the price) and weighs over 2 tonnes. In fact according to AMS/ORC rating certs, the MC weighs the same as an FT10 (low tech build) which is 2 1/2 feet longer! Mysterious, My uneducated perception is the FE28 is a tad under canvased... comparing performance through a range of wind pressures, it needs a wee bit more sail area. Another metre on the stick and it would have been ab absolute weapon. Perhaps a square top main would do the trick?
  19. So what's the deal with International withdrawing Ultra ('replaced' with old Longlife)? Ultra so much better. got a comfy extra 50% life out of it. Did I just answer my own question?
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    Spider 22 wanted (AUS)

    Bakers Dough is modified... quite a bit...
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    Bad Boat Names

    There is a beautifully maintained Northshore 38 moored close to us named after the Egyptian Goddess of Health Marriage and Wisdom... ISIS...
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    2016 Phuket Race Week

    Did it last year. Delightful regatta. Impressive after parties! Staying at the comfy Cape Panwa has it's advantages (e.g. the short stagger home). I'd recommend it.
  23. Almost... diesel and sail drive removed (5hp outboard added), carbon stick, new sails (Doyle/McDiarmid, all with a bit more area), new carbon rudder, trimmed bulb, plumbed bow...
  24. To repeat a post from elsewhere... Chris Sligar and I sank too many beers trying to settle on what was and what wasn’t a Super 30. Tried combinations of SA/D, LWL,… Assy… in the end we concluded a strict set of numbers was not going to work but that ‘we knew one when we saw one!’ General rule was max 32 feet, light weight (able to plane…), ideally assy off a dick. Chris was keen to be inclusive as long as it fitted the desired direction (e.g. towards all assy sporties) and was a performance fit. And avoided attracting boats that didn’t (e.g… Adams 10s?). There were exceptions… after much angst Orbit was excluded as a non fit for among other things, being 34 feet and sail area being such a step up from current Super 30s (+30% of largest). It really is one class/division above Super 30s. Rational was being too inclusive might boost fleet numbers in the short term but buggers the on water competition making it a less attractive fleet in the long term (a la MC38s in Super 11?). But then special dispensation (and a trial inclusion to gauge acceptance) was given to Matagi an MD35, which despite the LOA/LWL isn’t out of place at all. Even after it ‘stole’ the Club Championship from Tasty by winning the Kelly Cup... by a few feet... (sorry again Chris!). I reckon Chris would be supportive of a push to establish Super 11s in Sydney. And he’d fight like hell to get the M32s, FE28 and MC31s… in Super 30s (where they belong!). Or perhaps even consider adopting the Super 11 rule (two divisions? Promotion/relegation?). To some, he may have appeared an uncompromising fellow, in his drive to grow/protect Super 30s but there’d be no disagreement over his energy and dedication to building the fleet that’s provided some of the best racing on Sydney Harbour. I miss him.
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    Flying Tiger

    Regarding the 'fancy shmancy C/F replacement rudder... Interesting. Much as us poor Tiger owners yearned to relieve the arse of 50+lbs of bog, we've not been able to determine an advantage when racing against our richer Tiger brethren who did. Best (most often quoted) comment we've heard is the C/F jobbie holds on better down wind (preventing a lay down). Of course, sailing properly also achieves this. And yes, we have a wee wooden wedge that allows the rudder to be raised in the cassette, to reduce drag downhill on light days...