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  1. With respect, few at SYC have any interest in the Association Cup at all and I doubt Jason had that in mind when he decided to purchase what is a superbly prepared and equipped yacht that he can race hard but still have a bit of fun on with his family and mates. Tons lighter than his last ride, it has to be more fun to sail! Adams Tens still need to be well sailed to beat the A31 but If cockpit space was the determining factor, then he couldn't have gone past an A10. A10s are fun, fast and relatively cheap boats and yes, some of them (by no means all A10s) have proved to be hugely successful
  2. Interesting to note that RPAYC are allowing Sat Phones as an alternative to HF Radio for the Cat 2 Coffs race: http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Club-Marine-Pittwater-to-Coffs-Race---Advancement-in-Communication/116170 When asked whether ORCV is considering this same alternative, the response was: "...The ORCV is always looking at new cost beneficial technology to improve safety. For example position scheds in the Melbourne to Osaka race were conducted by HF and Email or SMS. There are some aspects of YA Special Regulations that Organising Authorities do not have discretion to c
  3. Little bit on in Melbourne today... anyone for some heavy air training?
  4. Gee, well there is the problem Mexxy. You see mate, I always thought that the "key stakeholders" were the owners and crews of the competitors yachts. This event is not like some fucking rock concert where the band plays no matter who attends, if their ain't no boats then your "festival of sail" is just a bunch of fucking unemployed Geelong Bogans wandering around looking for a fight. I mean think of it Mexxy, There is a crew to organise, food and drink to be purchased and a boating asset worth between $10,000 and $3,000,000 or so to be punted down to Geelong - and we aren't the "key St
  5. MSA, having sailed in 35 or so iterations of this event I believe I am coming from a slightly more qualified position than you. I have closely witnessed the evolution of the event since the late 60s and witnessed the more recent steady decline in value for money.The high by any standards series entry fee is just the start; its all the add-ons such as accomodation, food & drink that kill the deal for me. Price gouging in Geelong accomodation facilities is rife even to the extent that many hike their prices and then require a minimum booking of more nights than the duration of the event. Lo
  6. Bit on in Melbourne today, one day out from the annual trip across Bass Strait to Stanley. Could be some ugly seas left over for the start on Friday night if this stays in for a while.
  7. MSA, having sailed in 35 or so iterations of this event I believe I am coming from a slightly more qualified position than you. I have closely witnessed the evolution of the event since the late 60s and witnessed the more recent steady decline in value for money.The high by any standards series entry fee is just the start; its all the add-ons such as accomodation, food & drink that kill the deal for me. Price gouging in Geelong accomodation facilities is rife even to the extent that many hike their prices and then require a minimum booking of more nights than the duration of the event. Lo
  8. So did the contract of sale include a charter option for Royals to bring her back to Melbourne for the next Association Cup?
  9. Beg to differ on this.... I think that you will find plenty of owners (particularly locals) that would be very happy with a sausage and BYO VB on-shore as long as there is some good quality racing on-water - at a reasonable price to recover reasonable costs such as temporary berthing infrastructure, race management resources, etc that can be directly linked to the on-water component.
  10. Notice of Race for the annual pilgrimage to Geelong for the 2013 Festival of Sails (non IRC Aust Championship component) released at: http://festivalofsails.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/FoS-NOR-2013_FINAL.pdf Interesting observations: Passage race on the Friday....... no racing (presentations only) on the Monday...
  11. NoR for 2013 Audi IRC Australian Championships is up on the Festival of Sails website. http://festivalofsails.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Audi-IRC-Australian-Championship-2013-Notice-of-Race.pdf First observation is the price - $720 (with $50 discount for early payment). Ouch! Fair old whack for 4 days racing. Translates to $74 per race compared to between $21-$30 per race in Club Marine Series. Similar pricing to Hammo (7 days racing, plus generally better facilities, moorings etc) for those of us with boats between 8.0m – 12m LOA, but is a reduction for the bigger boats. (Cynical
  12. Hammo is a sliding scale depending on size of boat as per below: Slight difference in the "quality" of the environment and experience though!! Boats up to 8.0m LOA AU$250 8.0m - 12.0m LOA AU$665 12.0m - 14.0m LOA AU$770 14.0m-16.0m LOA AU$875 16.0m-18.0m LOA AU$980 18.0m - 24.5m LOA AU$1,230 Over 24.5m LOA AU$2,500 So for us in a 40' Bene, Geelong entry is about the same as Hammo..... ouch!.... Particularly when scheduling both within a year!
  13. Noted... and like most things on this forum.... ignored. If enough people want this change they can tell me in person... you know where to find me.
  14. Yeah, but it doesn't blow like it used to! With respect, handling any boat downwind in a blow takes a shitload more than just careful helming. Inattentive crew who just set and forget and don't adjust the pole or choke the sail down when it gets rolly are more likely to be at fault than the helmsman. I don't doubt Ash's helming capabilities but wonder about the trimmers ability to respond in those conditions. Most boats weren't using chutes on the day; perhaps a wise decision? Been there, done that on Wicked.... also in our first SYC Winter Series with the boat in a 25-30kn Northerly..
  15. Some interesting points there. As you have said, in the early 90s RYCV used to run a Sunday winter series (NEC? IIRC)for boats under 35ft. We used to race the old wide red beast in those days and it was great fun against Bruce T in earlier Chutzpahs, Rob Hick in some of his designs, Dave Eichmeyer in various Hot To Trots, a bunch of half and 3/4 tonners and a number of one designs like J24s and S80s etc. Unfortunately they wilted under pressure and opened it up to bigger and bigger boats until it folded against the competition of the long standing ORCV Winter Series which had always run on alt
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