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    Here I thought this would be a discussion about stock market Contracts For Difference
  2. Without a luff wire, the rig tension will depend on the forestay. With an old wooden hull, don't be silly about how much shroud tension you put in. In similar (lower performance) Australian boats, the forestay would normally be tensioned by a lanyard on the base of the forestay, wrapped around with four or so loops between the forestay swage and the forestay fitting and tensioned by hand. For anything but top level racing, that's enough.
  3. If you sail 420's and (more so) 505's then there should be little in the way of a barrier to you learning to sail skiffs. You already have the basics (and more) and the reactions you need to sail a skiff. Now its just practice and fine tuning. To put things in perspective, I run a group that teaches (mainly) non sailors (mainly women in their 30's) to sail twin wire skiffs equivalent to an FX (see the group's Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Mr-Bond-The-Ballina-Skiff-Sail-Training-Group-110226546310465 ) After a 15 minutes shore drill they're on the water and immedia
  4. It seems hard to believe on that facts given that when you ceased to be the overtaking boat and became overlapped to leeward you gave the windward boat room to keep clear. While you were astern, the PT had every right to bear off. He does not have to anticipate the overlap, let alone your lifting to the gust. Given the point of contact and relative speeds, any turn to avoid you post overlap may well have thrown his stern in your way (so no room to keep clear). So the answer of who is right and wrong is probably uncertain. You could end up being found in the wrong. Plus
  5. Fortunately we have two lengths of the river run NE to ENE and one run SE. So well covered for the most common winds. But yes, lucky in that regard.
  6. Thanks Julian A nice arrangement. I'm jealous. Maybe I'm a pessimist, but I'm not sure I could do as good a sell for a Fifteen event as for one for the 18's Mind you, I have had a surprising number of people come up and indicate they did spectate and enjoyed it. And some of our existing sailors were very taken by the closeness of the competition and are tyre kicking a 15. I think some time ago you were looking at TV worthy Olympic Formats and I raised with you the sort of racing we get on a narrow river where boats are forced into constant tacking and gybing duals with mult
  7. Can you give us a photo of this please
  8. Well the indigenous and community dance group can add you to their defamation action. I'll pass on your contact details Here's what they had to say about it Hang your head in shame Dance troupe ‘saddened and disappointed’ by the situation The 101 Doll Squadron, a Sydney dance squad that specialises in dancehall and hip hop, was forced to delete its social media pages after footage from its performance at the event went viral. In their statement, the 101 Doll Squadron said they were booked as a diverse group of dancers and were p
  9. And the dance group are furious at the way they were presented by the broadcaster
  10. Fake news It was the national broadcaster doing a hit job on the conservative government. The brass hadn't arrived at that time and the dance troop were a local, part indigenous dance group. the twerking was shot from an angle different from the audience's perspective. the editing has been strongly criticized for its misleading content.
  11. The only way that can happen with a cam cleat (the standard cleat) is if the crew- while pulling the spinnaker down - momentarily pulls the halyard back up. It happens, especially if the halyard/downhaul is on the short side (a long pull that takes in downhaul, but also reverses the downward flow of the halyard. Also, if the spinnaker goes in the water, the drag on the downhaul can transfer pull direction to the halyard). Solutions Crew, being aware of the problem, improve technique; especially grabbing very close to the turning block (as far away as possible from the cleat).
  12. Well, whatever you use, the first step is going to be removing the existing finish and getting back to bare wood without damaging the underlying ply. In my younger years I owned and built a number of plywood sailing boats which were all clear coated top and bottom. They were sailed and raced every week. But stored inside a sailing club shed. I never regretted them being clear coated. I always thought they were a thing of beauty. Never thought of them as a burden or any harder to look after than a painted boat - except for minimizing unnecessary exposure to sunlight. I alway
  13. Understand, although it can work the other way in skiffs. Just had someone lose first overall place in the last race with a (looking for a non controversial way of putting this) capsize while gybing meters from the line after some 'close tactical interaction' with the eventual winner
  14. Again, it may not suit your circumstances or desired course, but in the title we just ran, the start/ finish line was downwind of the lee turning mark. As long as you are happy with a downwind finish, it sorts the whole thing out.
  15. Clearly the extent of the problem depends on the number of laps between start and finish. The more laps the more critical it is to keep non finishers away from the line. But yes, our club prohibits passing through the line when not finishing. The finishing line is between the clubhouse and a buoy, so not as much as of an obstacle as something sitting in the middle of the course. By the way, another way of dealing with the situation is having the start line one side and the finish the other of the same boat. Good if you've got multiple back to back races on the same day. But sti
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