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  1. Good luck & enjoy ! Very envious and looking forward to hearing the updates.
  2. A Worlds is a Worlds... You've got to be in it to win it ! These events are won & lost before the racing begins anyway - The real battle (& achievement) for most lies in simply making it to the start line & participating. 23 boats equates to upwards of 180 competitors alone, plus race officials - Has to be good for the sport, however it's different & hardly comparable to a dinghy event. So the 2019 TP 52 World Championship will have a fleet of 11 boats - Will the winners be worthy of the title? Absolutely, and how about the "trickle-down" of technology from these
  3. Very few will admit to the truth of why tillers replaced wheels in Farr40OD's, TP52's etc. The "published" reasoning for using tillers for inshore racing was faster maneuverability, better helmsman weight position, less boat weight, etc. The "real" reason was/is very simple; helmsman concentration for optimal boat steering only. The tiller locks the helmsman sitting on the rail, facing in the boat, with no view "outside" the yacht, which is perfect for close quarters, inshore racing. Tacticians (especially paid ones) hate helmsmen (owner/helmsmen) looking around outside the boat making tact
  4. Actually they are the antenna pods for the new microwave inducted relativity surface friction transmorgrafication system we've just installed. Unfortunately, anyone within 100 metres of Smooth Criminal when the system is activated will require lead lined Helly Hansens, or they will end up teleported to RMYS in the mid 1960's. No doubt the final result will be functional & look great... The boat was certainly well ahead of its time when launched, terrific to see it's obviously still delivering plenty of joy to its longstanding owners & crew!
  5. Who's the 12 Syd38s maybe? Phoenix are the ones to beat at present? 1. Phoenix 2. 38 Deg 3. Audacious 4. Challenge 5. Chutzpah38 6. Cinquante 7. Mille Sabords 8. Playground 9. Sierra Chainsaw 10. Slipknot? 11. new team? 12. visitors? Hmm... F40's not that far behind in numbers, seven at the recent Victorian "States" and apparently a Worlds coming to Sydney next year... Opportunity maybe for some of the Syd38 teams to step it up a notch and go International??!! Would be an easy transition for the likes of the Phoenix guys!
  6. No doubting S38's popularity here in Oz, but it would be hard to think of a more successful 40 foot design worldwide (past or present) than the Farr... Soto 40, MC 38, Farr 400?? In a buyers market, S38 & F40 both look like pretty good value nowadays!
  7. Yeah, fantastic news if it happens. And then he can race it in the virtually non-existent Div Zero. WooHoo, bet he can't wait for that!! Let's face it, Div 0 is dead. Begs the question what's happened to all the boats? Calm (only boat out racing regularly) Terrafirma (in Sydney, hardly sailed, why?) The Doll (hardly sails nowadays, why?) Goldfinger (hardly sails nowadays, why?) XLR8 (hardly sails nowadays, why?) Shogun (Sydney based, hardly sailed, why?) Cougar (sold, rumoured to be replaced, but will they get their crew back from Calm?) What are Phil Coombs and Chris Dare
  8. Hammo is a sliding scale depending on size of boat as per below: Slight difference in the "quality" of the environment and experience though!! Boats up to 8.0m LOA AU$250 8.0m - 12.0m LOA AU$665 12.0m - 14.0m LOA AU$770 14.0m-16.0m LOA AU$875 16.0m-18.0m LOA AU$980 18.0m - 24.5m LOA AU$1,230 Over 24.5m LOA AU$2,500
  9. I appreciate you point of view. If that is the general consensus, why does SYC enter a team, considering the cost of entry is born by the members? Save the $1000 and put it to use elsewhere? If so where? The concept of some form of interclub competition is still sound, provided it's in a relevant format. Some suggestions... 1. Why not just incorporate it into the Range Series which is already an "interclub" event - Best three boats from each club on the day count??!! OR 2. Send a bunch of the best SAILORS (as opposed to rating bandit boats) from each club out in a One Desi
  10. Not the first time they've done it. And re the fixed marks for the overnighter, reckon that can't be fucked up ? Ask Don about a certain Tam O Shanter a few years ago Thanks for the reminder! Now I have to restart my medications! Must be Viagra judging by the length of your prodder!!
  11. A regatta costs a lot of money to put on. And needs a lot of volunteers to make it happen. There are always a few who want it all for nothing and just will not understand that it would not happen without volunteers and $$$$$$. Geelong might be a victim of it's own success. Because it is a great regatta it got big. Because it got big - it costs more to run. Should that expense come out of the volunteers pockets? Very much appreciate the time and effort the volunteers put in, and have no issue in paying accordingly! Essentially agree with all the comments made, however a number of the "i
  12. A regatta costs a lot of money to put on. And needs a lot of volunteers to make it happen. There are always a few who want it all for nothing and just will not understand that it would not happen without volunteers and $$$$$$. Geelong might be a victim of it's own success. Because it is a great regatta it got big. Because it got big - it costs more to run. Should that expense come out of the volunteers pockets? Very much appreciate the time and effort the volunteers put in, and have no issue in paying accordingly! Essentially agree with all the comments made, however a number of the "i
  13. Yep, those greedy pricks really have stuffed what was a great event!
  14. Not to mention the other 110 boats and associated souls competing their hardest in the other divisions! Great and exciting racing in Div 2 & 3 with 40 or so similar sized boats all racked up on the same line, and not many fewer in Div. 1! A great display of a healthy keelboat fleet in Melbourne with many quality boats and crews across all divisions.
  15. The exodus is because the YV handicap committee have changed the Div 1/ Div 2 breakpoint 0.890. And all Adams 10s will now be in Div 2. Do you really think they'd rather race against all the A10s ? Not sure that is altogether correct... There is a choice of which division to sail if within 10 points either side of the breakpoint. By my understading the mid 30's were within that range, but made a conscious decision to Sail Div. 2 (as makes for better starts, less distance to sail etc etc). Historically there may have been some "Kudos" in being in Div. 1, however I think those days are gon
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