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  1. Cowes Week one year leading in class - X99.

    Had to anchor 3 boat lengths from the finish. First little puff that got the boat moving forward led to 2 crew pulling like crazy on the warp. The momentum was enough to continue the slingshot over the line for the gun and a sly chuckle from the finish boat.

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  2. Loooongest one I've ever done.

    On a BBW 38 cruiser racer. New owner, some of the sails hadn't even been up apart from a quick check on the berth. Boat is ex Obiwan / Avela out of Perth.

    We were Div 2. Only the Force Eleven was in by the time limit but 7 of 25 were still racing. We did pretty well. One tack from the start to Rangi Shore. Went through Tiri Passage. Going outside the Hen and Chicks worked well for us and the J120.

    I think we were the last to actually sail the whole course. We crossed the line with a shy kite about 5pm. Miss Silver gave us a finish gun.


  3. And despite all the talk about sailor safety on the water and for the shore crew on land, I saw a GB sailor biking home last night on a main arterial road without a helmet on and in flagrant breach of NZ traffic regulations.

    Absolutely shocking....... How can it be??? Why doesn't he get a Landrover too???

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  4. Paging Wal.... He's told a few 727 stories in the past. Interestingly no-one has done the cockpit job on the NZ boats. A few are chopping up the 930s to make them nicer to move around.

    I got my license in a 120Y. No towbar. Then went to a Viva to tow around the dinghies. We were 3 in our family.

  5. I totally get the hull. I need some help with the rig. 

    To the best of my knowledge junk rigs are reaching / downwind only. So that is fine for the Milk run, but then what do you do for the beat to NZ? Electric power and a Max Prop?

  6. Slight thread drift. But if we lose a summer of race programmes, will the Corinthian Division gain a whole lot of ex pros who are now hammer hands or in sales?

    Auckland has ex-Volvo sailors everywhere and they either still sail for fun or have bought launches. But the Sydney air always seemed a bit more rarefied to me once you went beyond the truely good folk.

  7. I raced the demonstrator 36.7 in NZ. We had it set up with a masthead symmetrical.

    Upwind the thing was a train. Loved it. Downwind to 15kn true it was fine. Once other other boats could get on the step we were left behind.

    I thought the cockpit was fine and interior awesome.

  8. Other parts of NZ are looking a whole lot better than Auckland right now.

    2 weeks of lockdown and looking like another few weeks of restricted gatherings and no sailing allowed. Rest of NZ is allowed racing / cruising and gatherings of up to 100.

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