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  1. Nothing like a nice 140 miler with a 40 mile breezy beat to kick things off.

    A typically mixed New Zealand fleet. A Rapido 60 tri (Romanza), a V65, a canting keel modified Gen 1 TP52(V5), a gaggle of smaller 28 - 40 racer cruisers - Ross's, Elliotts etc inc smaller multis, and a range of cruiser racers. About 40 entries which is good these days. Plus the Queen of NZ sailing - Ranger, which dominated keelboat raceing for decades - 1930-60s

    A few didn't like the forecast which Predictwind said would be gusts of 30+. In the end it never really got over 25, and it was a soft breeze at that. We hung onto full main for the whole race which was a surprise. I went on No Worries, a Ross 930 which recently had the cockpitcsut out and modified to no coamimings and a shallow floor.

    We sailed our own beat tacking on a few oscillations and chasing smoother water on the Coromandel side. Breeze ranged 15-25kn which sounds ok but is tough on a light weight 30 footer sailing 5 up. Gave a little back at the end as there were a lot of boats out the left and we wanted to keep in touch. It meant another couple of lightweigts that pushed the right hand corner gained a bit of time on us right at  the island. Given one was a 40 and the other 35 we weren't overly stressed. Then a displacement 2 sail for 20 miles which gave us a chance to eat and rest on the rail for the next corner. Then a 50 mile broad reach down to Tga. We set the A3 and were 10-15kn all the way down. Plenty of puffs and changes of direction so instuments were our friend. Had to hold our line to get around Slipper Island 1/2 way down so couldn't fully send it but still fun but hard work. The last 10 miles the breeze softened and went aft 10 degrees. This was predicted but we'd chosen to come up to the fleet a bit by then so didn't chase the nth degree out of the forecast. Well done to Truxton that gambled hard and hung onto the low road all the way. We sailed our angles well and trimmed through all the way to get under Speedwell the Elliott, and over Urban Cowboy, the legendary Ross 40 right at the end to finish around 4am

    So a great line result. Won our Division and 2nd overall on PHRF to the V65. Beat V5 by 10 minutes which was a peasant surprise. Not bad for a 40 year old 30 footer!

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  2. Hi All.

    We were parked 10 metres away and had a chat to her.  She actually went and said hi to the LR guys and was on the RIB for selfies.

    Turns out she is a proper good sort.

    2 x Breast Cancer Survivor and co-founder of Paddle For Hope, Karin Horen 


    There were also a heap of jet skis and kayaks show up for a chat, and one of them was showing wake board foiling fins to Jimmy. This was all on the left side of the course closest to the beach and away form the madness on the RHS and bottom of the course.


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  3. I recall the Verdier Seahorse article from a year or so ago regarding a bow chop being a cost effective option.

    Has anyone seen any info regarding what series models would be good to add a scow bow to vs those that don't have the right lines?

  4. Watching the 75s live is totally awesome, but agree it is more fun when the racing is close. We then get to go home and watch the rerun on double speed. Still awesome. But I'm too out of touch to ever hope to sail on one.

    I remeber watching 95. I'd watch the start and the first couple of tacks. Black Magic was then well in front so I'd settle back into work. I'd lift my head for the mark roundings but in reality not a lot was going on. People only remember the romance, not the actuality. And if we know someone us weekend worriers can generally still get out on a 12,  or even possibly a J.


  5. We/re in lockdown so perusing the sites.

    I see Nips was on offer but showing as llisted again. Beachball still for sale. Avalanche looks best. IRC of 1.15 seems low. But looking at the photos it might be detuned for sail area? Of the Sydney 38s  has 1 gone.? - I can never pronounce it's name

  6. I think Stingray is confusing Race Mgt boats which are actually the ETNZ big boats. As we were motoring back in after the race they both came out flat chat. Based on the photos they were bigger than anything else alongside and I'm sure were welcomed by AM.

  7. They were on the edge of the puff in the tack. It was way more than 20kn. A minute later when LR showed up it might have gotten back down to 20kn but my recollection was it was still higher than that.

    And yes, I was at the top mark.

  8. TC - They were way different in their roundings. AM went in hot and it was a whiparound and then skywards launch. LR sat the boat down and either got organised or worked out whether they were going to stop per SIs or keep going and then relaunched. Plus even in the minute later the line squall had settled. AM tacked right in the front edge of the squall. That said, the approaching rain line was really obvious,

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  9. I thought the crowd on Sunday was pretty good. There were big issues around the cable area, but that was well forecast to the Marshalls early in the day. Coming home was also very good. Probably the best I've seen considering the numbers of boats.

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