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The NOR has relaxed the rule to allow stacking of sails on deck. Could this be one of the most irresponsible and dangerous things to happen in what is effectively an amateur fleet? Do current day safety inspectors actually understand the implications and dynamics of allowing boats to stack sails? Probably not.

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beau geste has had structual damage and is heading to norfolk island all vessels in the area have been asked to divert to their position by the race committee norfolk island is 101 miles east of them best of luck to the crew

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beau geste has had structual damage and is heading to norfolk island all vessels in the area have been asked to divert to their position by the race committee norfolk island is 101 miles east of them best of luck to the crew

 

Initial report says deck has cracks. Not sure there's a lot at Norfolk - certainly no marina or similar facilities iirc.

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Initial report says deck has cracks. Not sure there's a lot at Norfolk - certainly no marina or similar facilities iirc.

 

Not even a harbour at Norfolk, cargo is brought ashore by lighter, by the way it is west of Beau Geste not east.

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Initial report says deck has cracks. Not sure there's a lot at Norfolk - certainly no marina or similar facilities iirc.

 

Not even a harbour at Norfolk, cargo is brought ashore by lighter, by the way it is west of Beau Geste not east.

oopps lol :P :P yes the other east!!!

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Bit of a sensationalist headline from the media...

 

http://www.stuff.co....-stricken-yacht

 

Hopefully the weather doesn't get that shit that they can't make it to Norfolk safely. Sounds like they'll have assistance in the morning from a cargo ship.

 

Hey 'Tuggi' - no sensationalism - not this time - 35 to 45 kts wind & some seas (got to be 8' to 12') is not good at all c/w 18 people on board. I'd rather be home here thanks.Think there's only 1 Lady on board.

 

However I'll jump in a cold sshower if you'll post some Naked girls - you asked - if that would help - my answer is YES - several please - cause I'm really good at shower back washes - they have been known to take some time but we don't have town water & the river never runs dry. Thanks for the offer - really appreciate it & again YES if would help. Ciao, james

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Nope, ...... no harbor or marine facilities at the Island, but if you are getting ready to break up and sink, would be nice to have a shorter paddle to any shore in the rafts. no?

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Just had a good yarn with my mate Matt Woodley, who is the commodore of RAYC. They were saying at that club tonight that there are more incidents in this years race than in all previous races put together. It's certainly been a full on trip so far.

 

The Cookson 50 Akatea reported a maximum of 66 knots yesterday, with nothing under 38 knots for 24 hours. That's seriously gnarly stuff.

 

The organisers are obviously very relieved that Beau Geste made it in. The guys on that boat felt it was very touch and go whether the vessel would break up and sink. Now that they're at the island they have to stay out of the weather. All but a couple of the crew have now left Norfolk Island. What to do with the boat will be a tough call.

 

Starlight Express damaged their luff track and can't hoist a main. They retired but are now heading west to link up with the Ker 40 Ice Breaker who are having some pretty serious structral issues. The plan is to try and get Ice Breaker to Norfolk Island as well. The situation will be a lot better if the big Davidson can get to them tonight. The situation isn't too much different to the Beau Geste issue - pretty tense stuff. I hope like hell they get through the night tonight without incident.

 

The excellent communication for the Australian and New Zealand races is a big credit to RAYC and RYQ.

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the designer told them to get off the boat

 

gavin brady talks about the crack

He says's they have had 3 major structural failures since 2009 and that they where only sailing 70%.

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The NOR has relaxed the rule to allow stacking of sails on deck. Could this be one of the most irresponsible and dangerous things to happen in what is effectively an amateur fleet? Do current day safety inspectors actually understand the implications and dynamics of allowing boats to stack sails? Probably not.

 

Seriously? What implications should inspectors actually understand? That a stack of sails might weigh the same as a full crew hiking? Better ban fully crewed inshore sailing too!!!

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