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  1. I call bullshit on the whole poxy bunch. The premise for all these bulbous bow/scow shaped small boats is the French penchant for long distance single or double handed races with weather routing that will ensure they seldom or never have to go upwind. They are shit sailors upwind in any sort of chop in any sort of breeze. We raced against 3 new 3300's and a 3600 for 3 days at the end of February in Port Phillip and hammered them on handicap, both PHS style and measurement TCF.I will admit that it may not have been a fair test, but our boat was almost always faster than these rockstar b
  2. Heard on the commentary over the weekend that Luna Rossa wanted to ditch the runners altogether. Apparently their data shows that they are not necessary to keep the rig in the boat, given the breeze is always forward of the beam. Their request was denied - the rule says must have one set of runners; probably to avoid bendy rigs with multiple sets of runners/check stays. Anyway that's why they don't seem to be tight. My question about the rigs on the boats is that Ineos and the yanks seem to have sprouted a solid boom spar since Christmas. Pretty sure there were no spars earlier, and L
  3. I always assumed that a hi-vis colour like red or yellow was the "safest" colour for gear on a boat, but when I was sailing from Port Fairy in Bass Strait the local fishos told me that black was the most visible daylight colour at sea. Maybe they were taking the piss, but all their cray lines were marked with black flags on their buoys. Go figure.
  4. I like the concept but the wheel is a deal-breaker for me. Excessively complicated and unnecessary. you can get that far forward in the cockpit with a tiller extension, and if you need to hide behind the dodger you can flip on the autopilot, Cunt!
  5. ...and if it breaks I've got another 12 feet downstairs.
  6. https://www.casio.com/products/watches/pro-trek/pag240t-7
  7. Could be just about anything from that era; agree it looks in the 40-45 foot range. Looks a bit slab sided for a Peterson though.
  8. The pic on the hardstand looks a bit Bob Miller/Ben Lexen to me but also is redolent of a 4KSB called a Supersonic 27; couldn't sail out of sight on a dark night. The line drawing 'Design 30' looks to be either the actual or preliminary Miller design that became the near sister-ships 'Ginko' and 'Apollo II' that starred for Aus in the 1973 Admirals Cup. Ginko was beatifully built in timber and was sold to an Italian after the Cup and didn't come back to Australia. She was eventually sunk in the Atlantic(?) after hitting a whale. Apollo II was slightly different with a small doghouse a
  9. Not all that old really. Bought for the 100th Sydney to Hobart race in 1994 which we did on Helsal 2. It's been with me on just about every sail since, and worn about half the time. Still works perfectly. Not a legal PFD but no body realyy knows (or cares much) any more. It still supports me in the drink and is lightweight, comfortable and hardy. I may have to get the zipper replaced soon
  10. That would be Mondrian. Modigliani was more bendy portraits.
  11. What happens when a widely varied fleet, in size, type, expertise, all come together in a restricted channel after about 6 hours and 20 miles of racing. The camera is on board a Bavaria 44 (?) I'm on the J35 Spirit with the white kite with the black letters. Enjoy.
  12. The use of the Giudecca Canal by cruise ships (Grand Navi) has been an issue with Venetians for more than a decade. There have been protests and agitation against it years. Just this sort of "accident" has been predicted and feared by the opponents of the practice. it was indeed fortunate that this collision caused no loss of life and relatively little damage to the fabric of La Serenissima, but there could have been an absolute tragedy for the world if the loss of control of the MSC Opera l had occurred 20 minutes earlier and the ship had careened into the Piazzetta or the entrance to the G
  13. Apart from the brilliant idea of putting the multihull start line 100 meters to leeward of the Mono fleet line AND THEN starting the multi's 5 minutes BEFORE the mono's...I wasn't aware of any significant problems on the line, certainly no banging and crashing. Any names???
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