Couta

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    Finn rigging

    Yeah Pencil is in QLD and I'm in Victoria...and our borders are closed ...he's a great mate (we go right back thru various classes) and has been at me for years to get serious about the Finn...I did a season in them in a borrowed boat he arranged before he moved his family north - he's built his local fleet from 3 boats to ~20 in just a few seasons (he just ran a state champs with 34 entries!!)- now he says it's my turn to revitalise our local lot. It's a bit hard when we are limited to just 5km of home (strict) and only beyond that with written permission...and an 8pm -5am curfew...and obviously no sailing. So yeah, we're super strict, but the virus numbers are dropping and there's a good chance we'll get together for our Nationals in Sydney in November.... How do you know Phil?
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    Finn rigging

    Just added a 2007 Devoti to my "dust collector" collection.... so called because we're in strict lockdown....I can't even go and pick up the new purchase, let alone sail it. But fingers crossed it'll get wet as Spring kicks in and people behave responsibly....So definitely an "armchair admiral" for a few weeks yet!! But I can still work on the fitness!!!
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    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers

    Willo & I are climbing the walls in covid frustration....even planned a pier-head jump & 3 day escape ion the X50 nto Bass Strait just to get out for a bit....fantasy..but ya gotta hava plan! Geelong? Probs not at this stage...but fingers crossed. Bottom line is that any chance of the 3 of us catching up WILL be taken... even if it's to sit around the legendary BOX smoker with a beer or a sail on the Lake...or a fish off Gump..
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Peter Fletcher has/had every Hobart on VHS...give him a try..his memory is pretty encyclopaedic on the subject! He and I were opposite watch captains on a Capetown to Rio back in 2003 and he asked how many and what years I'd done Hobarts...he was on ~20 at the time...anyway I told him I'd done a fair few and next thing he's sent me a VHS copy of the interview I'm chasing...Involved a reporter putting a microphone under my nose and camera in my now unrecognisably young face..me making some inane claim about the race and how we'd been doing..classic! Just checked the GF, GN trailer...very cool R2A docco!
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Hey Lydia...any idea where the mythical footage might be found? I know it exists 'cos I've seen in on VHS...just not online. Would love to get a copy!
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Hey Scanas - where'd you dig this up from? It's GOLD! I just sent a link thru to some mates who are loving the nostalgia...so many good stories!! Listen, there's mythical footage out there of a Hobart that was a bit rugged...early/mid 80's...done (I think?) by the ABC....covered an interview of the crew of Joint Venture after we'd smashed every ring frame and limped back to Eden...I had a VHS copy (courtesy of Fletch) but it's gone missing and I'm scouring the internet for it without success... Anyone with info leading to its discovery will be well rewarded!!! Couta standing bye......
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Damn we were young!! Lou & the Challenge team with Budgie at the mast....Dave LeRoy...S&S34s and Swanson 36's....vinyl wet weather gear meant we were wetter on the inside than the outside....and some great footage of just how slow beating in these boats was in big seas....how lucky to have been part of this era!
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    What happens when adults are in charge

    Recently reported that the US administration Covid response is relying on a vaccine, that 20% of the US population would refuse a vaccine outright....and ~30% still need to be convinced....and nobody wants to admit that for a vaccine to be effective wrt herd immunity requires 75% uptake! meantime 160,000+ deaths so far and ~1000 more added to the toll each day.....USA is #1....sadly.
  9. I'm with Lydia on this...I think that the sport has jumped the shark....the absolute lack of fucks given over this off the charts... not even if viewed from the perspective of "manufactured hype for the purposes of entertainment in these covid lockdown times" does this warrant further comment...
  10. With the long and ever expanding list of shit the States of America has to deal with right now....this issue is ......where exactly?
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    Australian Sailing

    Yeah..cos ya know AS was there no doubt doing everything it can to promote the sport in these days of lockdown....while desktop would be maritime lawyers debate some vague issue that is never openly explained so that it might be explored....but yeah..again you're right...this is shit coverage..I mean compared to all the others that covered it..so ...yeah ...fucken crap job Ginno & co...so I wont bother posting the rest of it ...cos it's even more shit...sorry I interrupted...please don't let us stop you getting back to your parochial, mystery bitchin'! Cheers Couta out. ps. I love S.G.....but she wasn't there...just sayin'
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    Australian Sailing

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    Australian Sailing

    Ahh yes...as Kenny Everett would suggest..."a country member" ;-)
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    Australian Sailing

    Apparently anyone can get into the CYCA these days...... https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-28/sydney-yacht-club-linked-to-potts-point-outbreaks/12500734
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    Australian Sailing

    Hey Lydia....ya gotta relax my friend...you were the one that explained to me years ago on this site that if you want to enjoy sailing...you gotta relax and accept that the Admin runs this sport...for the Admin. Wanna go sailing? Fine! Just don't think about doing it in any kinda organised, official way - 'cos that's Admin territory and your needs don't enter into it. Admin is for Admin....and if you push back, well you'll be disappointed...So...take a deep breath....Just cast off, head where the breeze suggests and ......relax..... ;-)
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    Do your crew just quit trying?

    Oh yeah...forgot to mention......we were sponsored by YellowGlen sparkling (Big Kite with logo) so once it went up....the newbies cracked out the champers for the team...so being passed didn't feel so bad...oh..and the newbies? They were always female.... So the fundamental rules applied "Have fun. Be Safe.....and introduce more people to our sport!!"
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    Do your crew just quit trying?

    Years ago I was given use of the old Sweet Caroline for a season..just to play with..so we got a few mates together and some newbies and committed ourselves to having fun. We knew we were dogmeat downwind against the newer boats esp in light air..so just agreed that we'd give everything to the start & first beat....everything...full focus...and after that ..relax, kick back and tell stories. The result was inevitably a very competitive position at the top mark...and you know what? Nobody wanted to back off - even when we knew we would be run down....so my advice is, when it looks like it's not going to be your conditions on the day...Just get everyone committed to the start & first beat...and then see what evolves......
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    Do your crew just quit trying?

    Get rid of the plastic lightweight winch handles.....the old bronzies have a much greater intimidation value!
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    Finn sailing

    ^^^ and Onepointfive...they have a few guys that are seriously committed to building fleets...they share all the info, are constantly chasing gear and new class entries, encourage each other and operate pretty independently...they are the model for healthy class development. Not surprisingly, they are building numbers sustainably....and they're just a cool bunch of buggers!!
  20. Strava!! It's ok...relax....we're gunna be fine...'cos....Strava!!
  21. With Garmin down...there's absolutely no reason to exercise...I mean...what's the point?
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    Finn sailing

    Regatta run & won...Jake Lilley a clear winner!
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    Finn sailing

    37 finns today at the state champs at RQ in Oz.....not bad considering that's just one state (borders are closed 'cos virus)......live streaming but currently under AP waiting for wind!
  24. Finn states @ RQ have 37 entries this weekend.....but this morning...no wind!! There's live streaming...so standing bye
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    Australian Sailing

    ^^^^Hoppy forgot to use the "ironic" font.....that Blackadder episode was a cracker!