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  1. Back on topic.

    Change happens but isn't always immediate.

    IMS stayed premier for 1 or 2 years too long. Yendys and Beau Geste were 1 year wonders but won the Tattersalls so paid their way.

    Canters and powered winches came in pretty fast but that helped the big money campaigns so not really a surprise. I agree with David who has written in the past that power tilted the playing field too far. I sail on a powered 55 and we can throw in tacks or gybes at the drop of a hat.

    I kind of hoped that with World Sailing recognising autopilots and the Fastnet allowing them that CYCA would include them straight away but was probably being a bit optimistic. I think it will come, but not until a few more influential people offload their current boats.

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  2. Did my first SSANZ for a couple of years on Saturday. Nothing like a 25 mile beat in gusting 30 kn and 2 metre chop to get you back in the game. The breeze was up and down with 15 kn then becoming 25 with the odd line squall of plenty too. I was on the long course of 102 miles on a NZ cruiser racer, a Young 13 with a lift keel and twin rudders. It was quickly obvious it wasn't going to be our day so we settled into keeping the boat and ourselves moving and comfortable. Had a great race with the Pogo Class 40 Krakatoa with us swapping positions several times and even a port and starboard in the middle of the Firth of Thames. Had  a #3 and 2 reefs in for the beat and 1 reef for most of the trip home. The run with 1 reef and the fro was good fun when a line squall came through with boat speed in the mid teens. Finished in 15 hours in the middle of the night.

    While a few didn't start and a few retired, I haven't heard of much damage which is a good sign as to the quality of the fleet. We got a lot of water down below so its time for a new prod gasket.

    A shout out to the crew of the Townson who had a blinder. The design is an upwind machine and for them to be in front of the Stewart 34s to the Cow and Calf is very impressive.

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  3. For any women sailors looking for a comfortable foam vest check out the Baltic Genua. It has a split front which follows women's contours far better than most dinghy vests. Not USCG approved.

    Re the tether. Unfortunately the quality of the piston spring can be variable. Better to swap out to a Gibb or Tylasker if you want a quick release.

    People also forget that you can soften up the inflatable to make it more comfortable while retaining plenty of buoyancy. You might only have 100 - 130N rather than 165N but at least it is able to be worn without pain.

  4. I got along to the funeral service for Jim last week and watched the sail past.

    Everything from Tango to Relapse was out. Plus plenty of Y88s and a surprising number of 11s.

    It was a nice farewell. Lots of talk of Camp Freddie. Where is she again? Plus the Y88 Keruru now on the English South Coast. It was originally built for Jim's son Frank and went to Singapore first off. I sailed on it in the late 90s. Scored a 4th at the IRC Nats with no optimisation.

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  5. Looking at the Donovan 35 footer makes me think of the Ross 35 - Higher Ground and The Guarantee. Both are for sail in NZ.

    Also Kevin and I talked some years ago about the 34 footer. As I recall the starting point was it had to be faster than an Elliott 1050 and fit into a 12 metre marina with the prod.


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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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......

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

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