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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    It might be a "first " for the asshats at CYCA...but DH has been racing world wide with technological support for years.....that is the issue here...that they didn't do their research, didn't judge the pushback from the local mafia and didn't hesitate to buckle. The result is that punters spent big dollars and prepped in good faith, only to have the rug pulled just weeks out. Harsh? They couldn't give a shit! Business as the bucks.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    The result was inevitable...and the real travesty was the about face so late in the game....the entry rules were clear right up until the Mafia started moaning....and suddenly the rules changed. So for those that bought boats, trained & prepped on the basis of being in the main event...only to have that taken away just weeks out?...well that's the standard of this race's management.
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    Finn dinghy help

    There's a massive Finn Community out there that's easy to contact...not sure what you're doing here?
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Wharro & Hayes doing the DH div? ......they'll kill each other before they clear the'll be a win for the cyc....and another story in the Hobart saga! Whatever you wanna say about GW, he's a serious and very competent sailor....the other one, well, hecan match him in the "talk it up cup" but doesn't come close on the water. Will be interesting to watch unfold...much like any train wreck.
  5. ^^^ Pencil is the Pied Piper of Australian Finn sailing...wherever he goes, he builds a fleet of Finns...using nothing more than encouragement, positive feedback, quality information, commitment, energy (!!) and a great sense of humour! He currently sails outta RQ....and yeah...he's convinced me to join the Finn fraternity...and I'm in Melbourne!
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    World Sailing and China's Leadership

    ^^^^^ Google translate works just fine ;-)
  7. Of course the Finn fleet is thriving...they look after themselves, focus on fun and sharing ideas...and have the awesome Pencil driving the show. He's built a fleet from just 3 to regular turn-outs of over 20 boats. Fraternity, fun, learning together and a few beers.....That is how you do it!
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    World Sailing and China's Leadership

    I, for one, welcome our new over-lords and stand willing and ready at their beck and call, to execute any order, in the eternal fight that will forever be known as "The Great Leap Forward" for wind driven aquatic sport!! All hail The Leader!!
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    Australian Sailing

    Or....we could all go and do a little "cruising in company" turkish style.......
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Gotta love the justification..."The Club believes further understanding needs to be gained regarding the full capacity of this technology and how it will be accommodated within current handicap rating systems."....Like they've only just realised that short handed racing yachts use self steering tech......and have been doing so for years. Either the club threw the idea of short handed into the mix as a poorly considered "brain fart"...or there's been a serious push back from the power brokers necessitating a back down. Pretty clear what happened.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    And here's the decision from that tight-knit little fraternity that looks after its own.... It's the classic "shit sandwich" approach with the "we value you" opening statement..followed by the shit .....followed by the "we really value" you on: "Thank you for your patience and understanding with regard to the Two-Handed eligibility decision The Club has spent a long time considering all aspects of this decision. We are writing to advise you of the Board’s decision. The Club remains incredibly excited about the inclusion of two-handed sailing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, particularly as this area of our sport becomes increasingly popular worldwide. Nevertheless, this new division adds a layer of complexity through the sophisticated sailing technology associated with Autopilot units. The Club believes further understanding needs to be gained regarding the full capacity of this technology and how it will be accommodated within current handicap rating systems. As such, the Club will be amending the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Notice of Race to reflect that two-handed entrants will be scored within their own handicap category divisions and not be eligible to compete against fully crewed boats in divisions or for the overall race win. The inclusion of two-handed sailing is an important step forward for the Club and we will be honouring this division with a new perpetual trophy for the IRC Two-Handed overall winner. The Amendment to the Notice of Race will be published early next week." This is despite meetings and reassurances by none less than the commodore and sailing manager that this would not just did...because a handful of power-brokers on big name boats threatened/persuaded the club to reconsider their priorities.... Entries have been withdrawn....
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    Australian Sailing

    Wanna go sailing? How bout a bit of racing? Here's the only rules you need to know.....give way to the right.....give way to boats with overlaps at marks....give way to anyone you're overtaking and don't hit anyone...ever...Don't be an arsehole....Have fun! That orta do it for the vast amount of racing most clubs do...and you don't need to be AS affiliated to run by these guidelines because nobody has a lock on common sense. If you are the type that immediately started looking for exceptions and loopholes... then you are an arsehole and you probably need to affiliate! Good luck!
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    But you're still missing the point...our constitution is based on a federated model...that means that whatever powers that do reside at a National (Federal) level only exist because they have been ceded by the states. The states have considerable powers. It's arguably easier under our governmental structure, for states to agree to get rid of Canberra, than for Canberra to eliminate state powers!
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Wielding a big stick....yeah right. If that was the case WA would be opening too. Scotty's idea of leadership is to watch carefully and see which way the states are marching...then and only then...jump out in front and declare he's the band leader!
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Except...we're a he doesn't have the authority to make that call. Each State will determine what is in their interests...just as WA has. SO...all Morrison is saying is this point in time, the state leaders have informed him that it is their intention to reopen by Xmas....subject to covid remaining controlled. Like alot of Scotty from marketing doesn't mean much.