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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    You're up against the Adams 10s in Div 3 this year I see. Good luck with that! The whining from the Beneteau owners must have drove them out of Div 2.... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Solid line up for Division 1 IRC / AMS. About as close to an HPR division as Melbourne gets these days. I hope Matt knows where the shallow spots are! Interesting that this division has gone from being dominated by TP52s to having none... BLACK BETTY - GP42 GOLDFINGER - Farr52 ICHI BAN - C60 PATRICE - Ker46 PRIMITIVE COOL - RP51 SHAMROCK - RP46 SIMPLY FUN - HH42 TERRA FIRMA - Cookson 50 VELOCE - Elliot 44 Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Not this year, unfortunately. All indications are that RGYC and the event promoter & sponsors have done an amazing job of providing an inclusive event that suits everyone's wants and needs. By "all indicators", I mean that we don't have 7 pages of posts about the price of accomodation, the division splits, the timing of the passage race, the regatta entry fees, the price of a Bundy & Coke, etc, etc, etc They must have been listening all these years. Either that, or I missed the news of Walrus' untimely passing... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    With Laurie Ford's 'Spirit of Downunder' colloquially know as 'Dipped in Dogshit', will S F become known as 'Dipped in Slime'? Green was traditionally thought to be unlucky as a colour for boats. Could it be a tip of the hat to PC's chosen Q Sails? I was thinking the colloquial term for a vanilla slice might suit... Snot Block. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Good view of the large for-triangle. Ample play pen for Pickles. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    And that was the A4! Can't wait to see the size of the A1 / A2... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Carbon mast and alloy boom. Halyard locks for main and masthead spin halyards - Southern Spars HH42 hull #2 is Island Fling in HK: IRC rating of 1.222 (edit: Simply Fun is hull #3) Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Ever wondered why you're not in the loop and why no one will give you anything? All the flat one had to say was that he topped himself, but.... hmmm... there then wouldn't be your little Melbourne loop who don't give anything haaaaaaa And what do you give? Apart from giving everyone the shits?
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Respect has to be earned, "Some fucking respect"? well that's another issue again, which word is the verb? Even for the dead? 'Have' was the verb, although maybe 'show' would've been better. Dead? who's dead? back to my original question.. what happened? Ever wondered why you're not in the loop and why no one will give you anything?
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    I hear that FoS has been chosen for the Beneteau First 40 National titles as well. A bit of a turn around in progress maybe? Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Oh dear, what a shame... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Yep, the proposal got up. Only on race days and they specified "rubber thongs". So, for all those out there into S&M, bring out the PVC thong for twilight racing! Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Ding Ding!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    News making the rounds is that an HH42 is coming to SYC in time for summer. Fast is fun... apparently. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Yep, nothing's changed. The club with the most Adams 10s wins again, yay! Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Gee, well there is the problem Mexxy. You see mate, I always thought that the "key stakeholders" were the owners and crews of the competitors yachts. This event is not like some fucking rock concert where the band plays no matter who attends, if their ain't no boats then your "festival of sail" is just a bunch of fucking unemployed Geelong Bogans wandering around looking for a fight. I mean think of it Mexxy, There is a crew to organise, food and drink to be purchased and a boating asset worth between $10,000 and $3,000,000 or so to be punted down to Geelong - and we aren't the "key Stakeholders"? Ever heard of the marketing terms "buy In" and "ownership" Mexxy? I'll bet those stupid RGYC, Geelong Council and State Government pricks convinced themselves that "Festival of Sail" was a "Brand" right? A "brand " that they owned. That came through loud and clear when Scandia first sponsored the race; the yachting population was immediately divided into "Grand Pricks" yachtsmen welcomed into the corporate tent and the rest of us great unwashed boaters. Each year you progressively alienated more of the Victorian yachting community till we were just a fucking sideshow, a pleasant backdrop for the Bogans to look at, with no real stake in the proceedings. That is what your "branding" has achieved. You see Mexxy, in days gone by every yachtsman in the Bay had "Ownership" of the Geelong regatta and we dutifully "bought in". We organised bought and paid for food, drink and accommodation each year because it was something everyone did as a matter of course. We went because everyone went. And this year you fucked it up even worse than last time.. No passage race and sailing during a work day as well. Let me tell you what the original highlights of Geelong regatta actually were: 1. Passage races from every point in the bay, the course, starting order and start times chosen so that everyone arrived at the Hopetoun channel at once. For those on board that provided fun and games at the narrowest point and it was not unusual to see several unwary players go aground. The spectacle of about a thousand yachts (which is something like the numbers that attended in the late 1960's) arriving en masse was pleasing to the watchers. - But you fucked that all up now haven't you? 2. Then there was the fact that all yachts held "open house" and you caught up with people you hadn't seen all year, wandered off to get drunk together and eat something. Now replaced by acres of commercial food stalls. 3. Then there was the Sunday afternoon race for the teams in the inner harbour. The action at the gybe mark produced several magazine covers. I was there when Police Car broke its vang. All that is gone now - replaced by boring up/down races in the outer harbour. 4. Then there are the prices of everything. We didn't mind buying beer tickets, but today prices are just gouging. So tell RGYC, the City of Geelong and the State Government to take their "Brand" and stick it up their arses. What's the quote? "Don't argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience every time...." Nice rant, however, you've made some sensational assumptions which have no basis. When you say "But you fucked that all up now, haven't you?" I presume you think I'm somehow involved with New Tack, RGYC, et al. Nothing could be further from the truth. I've been racing at Geelong Week (as I still think of it) for over 25 years as a crew and have seen the same changes you rant against. And I do agree that the event has taken a turn for the worse from a sailor's perspective. The difference is that I see myself, and the sailors who race at the event, as the customer of the event. The reason I've termed RGYC, the City of Greater Geelong, the sponsors and the State Government of Victoria as the key stakeholders is because they're actually in a position to make decisions regarding the event. The only decision you or I have to make is whether we buy the product. This year, I did not. So we can vote with our feet and not turn up; as many did this year. The point I'm trying unsuccessfully to make is this may not be enough to change the course of the event. I'm absolutely certain ranting on the internet is not the solution. It's also clear, to me at least, that bagging New Tack will not change the outcome. So how do you influence a change in the event for the betterment of the sailing customer? You need to influence the people and organisations who actually make or have a huge influence over the decisions made about the event: RGYC, the City of Greater Geelong, the sponsors and the State Government of Victoria. By the way, I've told you a million times before: don't exaggerate! Mex (or Mexxy to my fans)
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Maybe I need to put this another way. The Southern Cross Cup and the FoS both used New Tack as their regatta / event managers. New Tack's client (ie. the entity who engage them to run their regatta / event) for the Southern Cross Cup are the local owners of TP52's. They make all the decisions about their regatta / event. For the FoS, New Tack's client is the RGYC. New Tack's client is not the entrants to the regatta. This is where the similarities between the two events end. New Tack are following the direction of their client: RGYC. To reiterate, if anyone has a gripe with the cost and format of the FoS, you'll need to influence the RGYC directly or indirectly through their key stakeholders (eg. the City of Greater Geelong, the sponsors and the State Government of Victoria). You're wasting your time blaming New Tack. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    To sumarise the complaints about the failings of the FoS regatta: cost of entry cost of accom, food, drinks Division splits No passage race for IRC Friday passage race on a work day and no racing on the Monday public holiday Which of these do you see as being decided by the event organisers (New Tack)? With respect, none of them. All of these points are determined by the organising authority (RGYC) who are influenced by their key stakeholders (eg. sponsors, Geelong city council, State Govt). If anyone has a gripe with the cost and format of the FoS, you'll need to influence the club directly or indirectly through their key stakeholders. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    New Tack are the event organisers for both Geelong and the Southern Cross Cup, you're correct. However, in neither case are they the decision makers. RGYC and the TP52 owners assoc determine the construct of their respective events. New Tack just make the events happen as requested. You're barking up the wrong tree if you think New Tack decide what happens at the Festival of Sails. They make it happen and do a great job. Interesting to see that Matador / Bribon / Beau Geste giving the new version TP52's a touch up. Probably helps that Gavin Brady was steering. Great concept all round. Looking to get 10 boats for the April edition back at SYC. Likely to see the same numbers in Sydney for the two remaining events. Amazing to think that Key West regatta only had five boats on their start line. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Scarlett is the exception in this list. Definitely not a TP52 but does rate approximately the same. Given they are using an handicap system which accomodates build year I guess it's not that hard to manufacture one for Scarlett. The more the merrier. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    It was a reaching leg and they elected to fly a fractional spinnaker. Calm2 started the leg with a jib to gain some height and finished the leg with a kite. Shogun managed to hold a masthead kite for the whole leg and put a gap on the rest which probably won them the event. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Div 1 does look like it'll be tight. Div 2 will be a tale of two fleets. B45s versus the race boats. Why would you even bother turning up for Div 3? I'll be interested to see how many boats turn up for Port Lincoln RW. Seems to be the preferred option these days (at least for all the absent Melbourne IRC boats). Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    I believe the boat will be staying in Sydney in the short to medium term doing corporate outings. So no trip south this year and unlikely to make an appearance in Geelong either. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Living Doll's bowsprit is not a bolt on job either; it's integral with the hull. I'd suggest any damage would be a major job to fix. Calmtainer did pretty well on the Sunday gapping the fleet. To finish with a great result when they sailed to No. 79 pile instead of No. 73 pile was quite an effort. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Some pretty wild oscilations in direction too. The BOM forecast looks pretty mild from tonight onwards, however, there'll be some left over swell for sure. Could be a bit quiet by the time you get to the Tassie coast. Hope you've got plenty of diesel for the return trip. Mex