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  1. Ah! I admit, it doesn't sit as well. It would be more comfortable the other way around. I'm tall, so the straps keep falling off my shoulder.
  2. Yes T2 and T3 Zhik with Velcro closures. Mind you, whether you can do it when panicking is another matter.
  3. Not sure what you mean. Most skiffs now have full carbon rigs. As for why insurance companies seem cautious of carbon rigs and skiffs, my understanding is it is at least partly due to the problems with the early 49er rigs (even though they may not have been full carbon). Plus I suppose the learning process of making carbon mast had to be learnt. Now they seem to be more robust than alloy
  4. I insist my trainees wear the life vest inside the harness for just that reason. Harness on top of everything
  5. The problem here is that they seem t be mandating something that doesn't yet exist. If a manufacturer does come up with one in say 12 months, then every trapeze powered sailor has to buy one in three months. Terrible economics (monopoly vendor of a product), let alone supply issues. Do these guys live in the real world or, like too many politicians, come straight out of Political Science (or some sailing equivalent) without ever having some experience of real life?
  6. I believe there is, at least in the skiff world in Australia. Really the skiff sailors course we do at our club and the good active fleet of twin wire skiffs that have come out of it is grass roots at the grass roots level.
  7. So there's a multitude of readily available harnesses that already comply? Within my world the T3 looked like the safest available to me, but won't seemingly be good enough. This idea has been around for ages and no one I know of has yet come up with a solution that definitely works in all circumstances. And if there's one which meets this standard, why didn't AS tell us what it is?
  8. This is where Australian Sailing majorly fails. They put out a statement like that with absolutely no guidance as to whether such harnesses actually exist and if they do, whether they can be bought in Australia. Sort of like 'not my job'. I'm safety conscious, have been aware of this issue boiling for years with no apparent solution, have just bought a new T3 to replace my old T2, in each case thinking a Velcro release was the best I could find (having previously had a Gill release hook version that had more problems than it solved) and now I find I've wasted my money. Not happy
  9. Lockdowns seriously affect some groups more than others. You can be sure the Dan supporters on here are in that group of people well insulated from their effects - probably in one way or another living off government money. Small businesses have taken a beating. They still have to pay rent and other overheads and many are in severe financial distress with the owners having no way out. Its one of the problems with a political class who come straight out of a political science degree to go into politics. They have absolutely no real life experience, no knowledge of how the world actually wo
  10. I think Bill%'s definition is the right one. It sort of needs a club or organization, otherwise, rather than grass or having a root, it's more a weed
  11. Interesting. On our boats, with the boat leaning so far to windward, the inclination is more for the boat to bear away; except of course for the drag of the crew well out from the boat which can act as a turning point. But as you pull yourself in and take away that turning point, they tend to bear off and take off. Can be a bit crazy as you have the boat flying on a close reach at high speed as you're trying to get properly back aboard. A brave move to duck the boat (especially in cold water). You have my admiration if you can do that.
  12. Interesting in your first video that the crew doesn't use the mainsheet to pull himself back to the boat in a teabag . I teach non sailors to sail twin wire skiffs and that's the first lesson; never let go of the mainsheet in a teabag and use it to quickly pull yourself back aboard (after explaining to the younger generation that 'teabag' is an old sailing term, we had it first, use it more literally and they shouldn't giggle when we use the term ). That's not to say we don't have more than our share of bloopers. The group's Facebook page has more than a few blooper videos, here
  13. Or just a granny. I sail high performance skiffs and we sometimes do it even in them. But it can be an each way (losing) bet. Grannying means two passes through the power zone, which is a skiff can sometimes be worse than a gybe.
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