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  1. Luna Rossa have been amazing in this regatta, as they were in 2000. Great competitors, good people. Italians must be enormously proud of their team.
  2. I watch on Youtube via www.americascup.com - I wouldn't give Rupert 'real-life Mr. Burns' Murdoch a cent of my money.
  3. Thanks Duncan. I'm genuinely grateful. Totally understand if the transmissions sounded like a fart machine.
  4. Agreed. Couldn't be more appreciative of Jo and her crew. I wish them well for the remainder of the Hobart campaign. This is true - my daughter is called Freya.
  5. Spirit of Freya turned around and sailed 7 miles upwind to rendezvous with us on Koa and then stood by us for 22 miles back into Newcastle. They only resumed racing after we had been met by Newcastle Marine Rescue. We cost them hours of time, but they were heroes for doing what they did. No other vessel responded to our request for assistance - presumably because they weren't monitoring VHF 16 at the time. They cited 'time constraints' because we cost them about 5-6 hours of time. We couldn't be more grateful for their assistance as we had no assurance with hull damage that we'd make it ashore
  6. Three super-high quality boats launched - amazing effort from these teams interpreting a new rule. ETNZ are an outlier in respect of their foil design. AM do not have the bustle - a more aero hull. It will be really interesting to se the next iteration of these boats.
  7. I'd love it back - I was theParadoxOfThrift and I had a rule that if my ranking was getting too good I was spending too much time on Sailx!
  8. People in this thread seem to often forget that doing the Hobart and not winning is still better than not doing it at all. Owners and their crews are following their dreams and giving it a go. It's a great challenge to get to the start line and the race provides a test for boats and crews. For those of you doing the great race - good luck and see you at the Customs House. For those of you not doing it - have an enjoyable break. For the haters and armchair experts - ***chuckle***
  9. <sarcasm> It's pretty rugged for Tony and Vesna to learn that even though they'd been sailing all over the ocean (Fiji, RNI, Cook Strait, etc.), often in seas just like the S2H (it's Wellington FFS), the vessel is actually dangerously unstable, weak and generally unsuited to offshore racing. </sarcasm>
  10. I think we've seen the death of round-the-cans club racing in big boats. Some events and regattas are still going strong but getting 13+ people together every Saturday is too hard. Plenty of people I met in Melbourne were up here in Sydney racing BWPS of the past couple of months. Also peeps from Perth, NZ and a bunch of Queenslanders. They're leaving the boats in Sydney for a chunk of the year and racing here instead. It takes a big commitment - most people pay their own air fares and use leave from work to do the races & regattas. The boats would do 1000's of miles a year goi
  11. Those remarks probably do a disservice to some committed and helpful boat owners who gave a lot of people, particularly young sailors, opportunities where previously there were none. A lot of people from that era have made careers in boating-related industries and many of us sailed our first Hobarts, etc. on the Div 0 boats you speak of. There were a few wankers circulating around (like anywhere), but the overwhelming majority of people were excellent and that would definitely apply to 100% of the skippers who put their time and money into those programmes.
  12. Spoke with CD and the boat is for sale. Had some great sailing this past year and our share of good results. Had some interesting discussion about what's next Apparently fleet ownership is only in vogue if you're a Japanese warrior in Geelong.
  13. So did anyone claim the sail in the end?
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