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    Australian Sailing

    Had a long and leisurely social lunch with a couple of the Mandarins today.....not happy with the reporting, but not surprised with it either...there's almost an acceptance that the lympix party is in "end of days" with the public...
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    Australian Sailing

    Glen, the issue is that this represents another impost on boat owners and crews.....and it begs the question....the big question... asked by members of clubs around the country...what do we get from this, or in fact any dollar spent on the demands of AS? Please enumerate the benefits...ideally alongside some $ contribution...so we, the great unwashed, can understand and justify the dollars we spend, because, quite frankly, the vast majority who join a club wonder why they also have to pay a substantial affiliation fee to an organisation that doesn't appear to offer much (any) value. I know this sounds like a whinge, but I'm sincere in this appeal. As a member of an AS affiliated club, can you tell me what my benefit is for the thousands of dollars my club collects from members on the AS behalf.... What do we get for the money demanded?
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    Rogue wave formation research

    Yeah...went to that particular nightclub quite a bit back in the 80's...Clipper Cup....and yeah....horrific internal injuries were sustained...lucky to have survived... ;-)
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    Australian Sailing

    And ya wonder why the sport is fucked.....AS have precisely no interest...that's a close approximation to zero interest...in anything that's not Lympix focussed. They occasionally cast a distracted eye over the megabuck fleet...but really, if your club doesn't have a lympix pathways program, their interest and consequent contribution to you and your local club is....fuck all.....beyond using your data...participation numbers ..to justify their latest grab for govt cash....that goes straight back to their own interests...Lympix programs and trough snuffling.
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    Australian Sailing

    ^^^^^^ Well Don.....excellent question... and given the examples where your club has been the first responder to another clubs event....an interesting one! Keen to hear from anyone with legal liability experience. Amnd yep...your club does play that "Safety is the reason we need to take your money so you can sail with a club member friend on his/her boat" It really feels like an excuse...
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    Australian Sailing

    "...Sorry squire....scratched your record...sorry squire...scratched your record....sorry squire...." So here we go again....Lympix has hijacked our sport to deliver medals to satisfy political aims....AS does not represent or serve the broader sport. Lots of questions around even why the Australian taxpayer should be expected to subsidize a relatively non-inclusive, high socio-economic group like those involved in elite performance sailing (and I'd also include any winter sport here). Want to save money? Well they could move into a more cost effective admin location...but...The bigger question should be...where should we spend money that best advocates for our constituents? If this means scaling back olympic programs...so be it. Build grass roots and see what happens. And frankly, I doubt there'd be anyone outside of AS that would shed a tear to see funding for Lympix programs slashed....wingeing, self important, bunch of buggers begging for middle class welfare! Rant over...for now! ;-)
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    Australian Sailing

    Yeah...and for some more history....I personally registered the name "Tackers" for a program that our little club was running.....and as the owner, I was approached by a mate who was running the Oppys. He explained what they were doing...and I liked it ...so I donated the registration to them.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Are you a handicapper? ;-)
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    Geeelong FOS Jan 25.

    Seriously - don't be so fucking condescending.....this regatta is the most dangerous event on the calendar....the number of poorly experienced sailors in a confined area makes it so. Throw in the massive disparity in the ability of crews, the massive disparity in performance of boats all on a congested shared waterway...(not to mention the impaired sailing!!) and it's a volatile mixture....but what would I know...I've only been attending the event since 1966...in virtually every division. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a much appreciated "annual gathering of the salt water tribe"...but that doesn't change the risk profile! And since you asked... I have been to Hammo & Cowes & pretty much everywhere major sailing events take place in the world over a long career in the sport (and the industry)...so very happy to defend my comment. Geelong FOS is a fucking compromised racing event due to high levels of inexperience and ineptitude, fuelled by egos and alcohol.....
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    Australian Sailing

    Hey Lydia...the last thing AS wants is to engage with individuals...they can be cantankerous and demand value. Better for them to deal with another level of bureaucracy and avoid accountability!
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    Geeelong FOS Jan 25.

    And the cowboy attitude doesn't just apply to the "cruising" divisions....I just celebrated my anniversary - a very serious spinal injury, the result of being T-boned by a Thompson 7, before the introduction of a clearance buoy at the top mark - while hoisting, the at-fault boat was distracted/had limited visibility, with the result that it collided with us on our windward mark approach.....I spent the next 10 months in the spinal unit and in rehab.... 5 broken vertebrae - kept alive by the quick action of my crew who provide mouth to mouth resuscitation ( same guy sent me a valentines card at the spinal unit on Feb 14 with the note " one kiss and you never called!") Lots of positive stories around mates and recovery....I was lucky and made a full recovery. The point is....this is a dangerous regatta at which there is a huge variety of skills and capabilities. As a result, a serious racer cannot really race to their potential as they cannot ensure that their rights will be acknowledged or respected. As a result, the racing is very compromised....as to push for your rights will result in serious circumstances and potentially life threatening boat-to-boat contact. Enjoy it for what it is... a gathering of the tribe....a social get-together.....a seriously fun piss-up.....but don't go there expecting to "race"....you'll be disappointed and dangerous!
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    Geeelong FOS Jan 25.

    FOS...a Drinking event...with a sailing problem!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Ok trt131, so we wanna get pedantic so...Yeah second protest was upheld, redress provided...first one found despite the fact that the mark had 10 metres of line floating line...that fouled the keel....and despite acknowledgment from committee that it had been incorrectly laid...t(heir excuse was the lack of available volunteers and training) Yeah, so they admitted the mark hadn't been laid correctly, but refused redress, saying that we hadn't been materially prejudiced!!! (15 mins of fucking around!!!) Then we didn't get redress for the fact that we couldn't sail the most direct course because the course was laid in such a way that we couldn't sail the most direct course(too shallow)...but the TP 52s could....so...brilliant race management! And yeah...some drink was had...but some memories are burned in ...so I'll back my memory against anyone else who claims to have been there....Didn't feel the need to go back this year, but understand that the regatta is really a drinking event with occasional outbreaks of sailing...and I'm ok with that....I've been doing the event since the mid '60's, so have an idea of what it's all about!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    We contributed heavily to the bar take because we spent so many hrs waiting for our protests to be heard...ya know, the ones where they kept laying marks & finishing lines in places our boat was too draughty to get to?!!! Incidentally all protests were upheld...wot a joke!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    ^^^ TDK...FOS is, was.. and will always be.... a piss-up, periodically interrupted by some occasional sailing...generally the best part is the cruise home!