theParadoxOfThrift

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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Thanks Duncan. I'm genuinely grateful. Totally understand if the transmissions sounded like a fart machine.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Agreed. Couldn't be more appreciative of Jo and her crew. I wish them well for the remainder of the Hobart campaign. This is true - my daughter is called Freya.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Spirit of Freya turned around and sailed 7 miles upwind to rendezvous with us on Koa and then stood by us for 22 miles back into Newcastle. They only resumed racing after we had been met by Newcastle Marine Rescue. We cost them hours of time, but they were heroes for doing what they did. No other vessel responded to our request for assistance - presumably because they weren't monitoring VHF 16 at the time. They cited 'time constraints' because we cost them about 5-6 hours of time. We couldn't be more grateful for their assistance as we had no assurance with hull damage that we'd make it ashore. Sometimes there's more of a story behind 'time contraints' than first meets the eye.
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    Fatality off Forster

    Gutted. That is terrible news.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Three super-high quality boats launched - amazing effort from these teams interpreting a new rule. ETNZ are an outlier in respect of their foil design. AM do not have the bustle - a more aero hull. It will be really interesting to se the next iteration of these boats.
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    Paradigm Shift...or Same Ole Same Ole?

    I have thought for a long time that a 'JOG' class for offshore sailing based upon this model would be a really good thing. Is it better or worse that the race takes a day longer and is more epic because you are in smaller, slower boats?
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    Sailx status?

    I'd love it back - I was theParadoxOfThrift and I had a rule that if my ranking was getting too good I was spending too much time on Sailx!
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    People in this thread seem to often forget that doing the Hobart and not winning is still better than not doing it at all. Owners and their crews are following their dreams and giving it a go. It's a great challenge to get to the start line and the race provides a test for boats and crews. For those of you doing the great race - good luck and see you at the Customs House. For those of you not doing it - have an enjoyable break. For the haters and armchair experts - ***chuckle***
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    <sarcasm> It's pretty rugged for Tony and Vesna to learn that even though they'd been sailing all over the ocean (Fiji, RNI, Cook Strait, etc.), often in seas just like the S2H (it's Wellington FFS), the vessel is actually dangerously unstable, weak and generally unsuited to offshore racing. </sarcasm>
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    I think we've seen the death of round-the-cans club racing in big boats. Some events and regattas are still going strong but getting 13+ people together every Saturday is too hard. Plenty of people I met in Melbourne were up here in Sydney racing BWPS of the past couple of months. Also peeps from Perth, NZ and a bunch of Queenslanders. They're leaving the boats in Sydney for a chunk of the year and racing here instead. It takes a big commitment - most people pay their own air fares and use leave from work to do the races & regattas. The boats would do 1000's of miles a year going north and back again. A lot of the crew would participate in those deliveries in some capacity. Most people I know who sail big boats also race one design like skiffs, dinghies, Dragons, Etchells, SB3s etc. That would be the preferred format to race if you're not going to the ocean. It's better racing than handicap racing on club boats.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Those remarks probably do a disservice to some committed and helpful boat owners who gave a lot of people, particularly young sailors, opportunities where previously there were none. A lot of people from that era have made careers in boating-related industries and many of us sailed our first Hobarts, etc. on the Div 0 boats you speak of. There were a few wankers circulating around (like anywhere), but the overwhelming majority of people were excellent and that would definitely apply to 100% of the skippers who put their time and money into those programmes.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Bump
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Spoke with CD and the boat is for sale. Had some great sailing this past year and our share of good results. Had some interesting discussion about what's next Apparently fleet ownership is only in vogue if you're a Japanese warrior in Geelong.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    So did anyone claim the sail in the end?
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    I hope you still continue to chase my arse! Sounds like more arse chasing to do than Mardi Gras Gidday Up
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Let me know if you want a delivery crew from Woolwich Dock to the CYC.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Under IRC a Code Zero counts as a spinnaker right? Also the NOR said you could carry an extra kite in the race. Are you saying that someone had a code zero that would have been higher rated than their biggest kite, or are you saying someone had more kites than they were allowed?
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    interesting, details any one?? Hull colour and what sail? Amazing anyone saw anything in the dark or in the fog. You could've used a Whomper-Parachute-Seecret-Weapon and no one would know:
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    It was the way they did it which was so hurtful:
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    It sounds like a bummer, but shit happens. People give up a lot of their time to run races and from time-to-time mistakes are made. It's OK to be frustrated, but "wasting a day of my life" might be overstating the situation, eh?
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Lookee here... SMB 3.5 swarming with activity earlier this afternoon. Men at work... Great to see that boat back. It looks great (again). Let's hope there are no issues and they can get amongst it throughout summer. So good to see so many competitive 50 foot boats. The more the merrier. Any news about the secret new Geelong TP programme? I think Graeme Wood has fleet of them for sale up here if anyone else down there is shopping around. The blue boats would only need a couple of white stripes and they would be in official Geelong strip. You could just call the boat "Wot", which we all know is how people greet each other in Geelong.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Disappointing there is no Scarlet Runner or Cougar, that would have been fun. The forecast does get lighter and lighter - ride home looks like it will be good though.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    There's a lot of people hard of hearing around here. Living Doll will be competing in the Blue Water Point Score out of CYCA in Sydney this summer. This may make it difficult for her to be competitive in the Range Series in Melbourne... Mex Interesting Mex, so you're saying the Doll won't win the Range series if it doesn't turn up - big call, interesting to see if you're right. For the rest of you - go for bronze OK!!!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Agree with your comments Eased, but Cougar (and other competitive TP52s) were not racing at Hammo/Airlie. the two most competitive Melb Div 0 boats has to be Cougar and the Dolly. It should be close between these two boats with the rest of the fleet fighting out the 3rd position. Everyone will be absolutely fired up for their shot at 3rd then.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Big breeze again for Sunday. 30 knots again. Have fun guys.