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  1. Long races are now too much of a sail by numbers. With AIS, Expedition, and Predict Wind, the "luck" factor is next to gone. Now the back of the bus just plugs in, the rest of the crew sit on the rail and the nav stares at a screen. No longer can you jump on a boat and if you are half decent get a drive or take over trim for a spell. Or get some separation and buffalo girls a podium.

    We have all gotten busier. The kids have 3 sports and 2 arts things after school. The significant other also works and I have to book in my weekend racing.

    And skills have declined. With all of the above only a few can keep a light displacement  moving at all times. Whereas the older heavy boats trundled along and off the numbers by .2 wasn't enough to drop you off the back. now it is 1 knot upwind and 5 knots downwind. Separation kicks in quickly and backmarkers go twilighting.

  2. Decided to do my Judges ticket a couple of years ago. More to assure myself that I did actually know what I was talking about when calling rules while sailing with others or watching the kids.Totally agree with Sneaky Duck that sometimes two very well intentioned sailors have a different view of what took place. Had a couple recently. One dismissed, one had an excellent witness who had said do your turns in support of the protestor at the time.

    Arbitration Appendix T is helping get more sailors at a hearing and in and out faster.

  3. In NZ the Optimist Nationals have been rescheduled from Easter to November and the Starlings (junior class - 100 boats at Nats) to early December from mid-April.

    Keelboat winter series have all been delayed from their usual early May start, Now looking at mid-May if our lock down recovery goes according to schedule. I suspect the short handed divisions will be popular......

  4. I'm a couple of years out of date in NZ keel boats as am chasing the kids around.

    YNZ do a good job of listening to the active sailor while still dealing with the big clubs grizzling about all their launch owners and cruisers having to pay their affiliation fees. A lot of funding comes through the dinghy High Performance grants and foundations supporting children in boats. So they have an excess of resources in this area, but are getting the wages from targeted funding. People tend to forget this.

    In terms of Keel boats, IRC is dead. I'm biased but initially all certs had to be endorsed. We had a perpetual issue with Mike Irwin refusing to accept travel lift weights, or even 4 pads under travel lift wheels. Then everyone focused on Code 0s making their boats uncompetitive under IRC forgetting the extra pace they got which is why they bought them in the first place. And the cost of IRC renewals got a bit ordinary after a few years, especially for the racer cruiser which is the majority of our fleet, especially outside Auckland. Plus YNZ didn't do a good job of convincing clubs how to offer IRC scoring within their existing racing. As if 2 divisions starting 5 minutes apart but sailing the same course was really going to impact results. Sheesh. To be fair they don't do this well with PHRF either.

    Prior to IRC we had IMS Club which was actually ok.  - now ORC Club. But there was pressure from owners to move to IRC because it was so popular in Oz. Look where that got us.....

    PHRF is a reasonable system. Over time it moves between a past performance bias to a measurement bias. Depends who the conveners are. I suspect it is currently on a past performance swing.


  5. Plenty of obsessive work going on. Amazing - but obsessive. Bogging the floor and where the deck non skid goes doesn't make sense to my "just get it finished" brain. 

    Anyone know what sort of condition the PT is in up in New Caledonia? It's been a while since Aaron did her up.

  6. The Oz ones were well built. Most would have had the rigs replaced / rebuilt by now. Cruising or shorthanded will be easy with a furler and slides/cars on the main.

    Look for one with the extras - 3 blade folding prop, decent anchor winch, good fridge and auto pilot

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  7. I asked the same question a couple of years ago. Perhaps on Cruising Anarchy.

    I thought an early boat with an extended transom to get better light air performance and act as a boarding platform would be a great idea. Never heard a word.........

  8. Yachting NZ was surprisingly bullish in their email to clubs. Our Club in NZ will run out the remainder of the LTS season 3 weeks. The Young 88 keel boat Nationals are still on this weekend with no briefing, party etc. Opti and Starling Nationals due to be held mid-April are having plenty of discussions about proceeding. The Optis would fall under the large gathering restrictions so will have to do something and the usual AUS and Tahiti sailors won't come in any event with our self isolation requirements.

    And most importantly the Auckland Girls regatta has been postponed from this weekend.

    We're due to travel 800 km to the Starlings and have booked so if the regatta is cancelled we will just turn it into a family holiday.

  9. One came to NZ. Called Formula One - funny that. The owner ran a number of cool upgrades such as a TP52 rig and a keel with trim tab. When he went to the TP52 it went pretty cheap. The current owner has rebuilt it and added a small cabin and has been sailing the North Island circuit.