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Passage Race Replenishment

04 May 2014 - 09:40 AM

So after the start of a say 300 miles passage race you realise you will need more drinking water to get to the finish.

You arrange a re-supply after say 100 miles.

All is good and you finish.

So should you declare the assistance.

Make no declaration of the assistance.

Or should you withdraw on finishing.

Thoughts everyone! 

Early Westerly gets another one

04 May 2014 - 09:28 AM

In the mainstream media tonight, a US multi called "One world" abandoned off the South Queensland Coast.

In what is an annual event every autumn another  cruising boat finds the last hundred miles to the Qld coast the longest of the trip across the Pacific when an early Westerly powers up like this weekend.

Looks like all crew taken off without injury at 0300hrs Sunday.

So good luck there.

Back when sailing was fun again!

23 April 2014 - 03:38 AM

Just spent Easter doing the 156th Port Esperance Regatta in Southern Tasmania. And lets say we all hopped in our time machines and went back several decades.
Sure we sailed old ior warhorses and in my case a 1982 dubois 30.5 rater but every night boat rafted up to the fishing wharf and people slept on board and one night was the spit roast and another the curry night and a live band.
There where no paid pro and volunters served at the bar.
No race to the airport at the end.
It was fun plain and simple.
You made the boat go as well as you could with the gear you had.
It was plenty shifty and breeze from zero to thirty all in half a mile.
So thanks to the people who put it on and thanks to the people I sailed with especially Mani the owner.
Lastly next time you see some old bloke in his 70s cruising round in an old ketch just remember he might have won a few Star Class nationals in his day. Cheers Bruce!

Sydney Mooloolaba Yacht Race

10 March 2014 - 02:05 AM

Gotta love qld Notice to Mariners 060 of 2014.
Larger ships cannot be operated in Mooloolaba harbour.
A larger ship is defined as length more than 35m or beam of more than 15m or having under keel clearence of 0.5m.
So that takes out prety much everyone.

Trumpcard gets a new custodian

22 February 2014 - 11:07 AM

Trumpcard first graced the front page in late 2004 with a Hobart story.


Since then we have had the a few more front page appearances and any number of threads about the adventures.


We have had OA's Tasmanian cruising thread, another passage race front page in 2011 and countless thread references from the SAers like Greasy Al, JasAus, Yowie, Lonely Boy 15 (and his 400 socket pupets)  and of course OA, each been part of the Trumpster story.


Tonight Trumpster has new custodians and for the first time since I was about 12 I don't have a racing sailboat.


The great part is that the boat has gone one of the longstanding crew (our naviguesser) who has done every major race with us for the last 15 years including the lows of the 2002 Hobart crash, the 2004 Hobart campaign dismasting and the highs of the 2011 passage race prizes.


So it is his story to write now.