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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Just maintenance... mostly. New bulb (lighter and smaller) is the major piece of work and a general tickle up with a jobs list a mile long. Gook luck BA and Co. Mex
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    New Rambler

    Air Conditioning? I don't think so. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    With insurance companies being hit by dumb arsed claims such as this, the affordability of insurance starts to become a problem... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Rumour has it (if I can remember rightly) carbon rig, PBO standing rigging, express spinnaker drop line, refaired hull, new fin and rudder. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    The state of big boat sailing in Melbourne has hit rock bottom and is showing signs of starting to dig with ernest. Scarlet Runner is off to NZ with Rob now the proud owner of an Adams 10+. He's taken Matt Allen's lead on the well known IRC bandit and taken it up a notch. XLR8 is off to Sydney to become a harbour racer. Veloce is still on the market and there seems to be some mumbles about a deal being close. It'd be a great buy. What's left of Div 0 for the Club Marine series: Primitive Cool, Simply Fun, Terra Firma (when not on holidays in Sydney), Hart Breaker, Rush and Cadibarra. Not a particularly inspiring list... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Yeah, a fairly ordinary effort by the RC last Saturday for what is supposed to be the premier inter club series on the Bay. First race was too long and quickly became a one beat / one gybe per leg zero tactics affair. No attempt to move the top mark (singular) to ensure an even windward / leeward race. Three laps should have been shortened if they weren't going to correct the course. Second race was shorter to fit it in but still no attempt to move the top mark. Still... lots of opportunities to practice our gybe sets. Lovely day for a sail too. Decent squirt and some well established waves. Continuing poor turn out for Div 0. Can't blame the RC for this... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Weird end to the race. That random little not quite windward / leeward bit at the end.... Decent enough length though at 2 hours for the fast boats and 2 hrs 45 mins for the slowest Wet and cold is right. The dehummers are going to be working overtime this week. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    The ORCV Winter Series RC has jumped the gun a little early with selecting courses for Sunday's race at 11:00 pm on Thursday night... don't you think? Link to the original comms: http://www.orcv.org.au/index.php/winter-series-blog/4495-2015-orcv-winter-series-day-2 I presume this preemptive communication is designed to encourage crews to come racing. Given the forecast breeze has already been revised downwards they might be setting expectations that won't be matched in reality. I'm also not a fan of running a short race just because of some vigorous conditions. It's a lot of energy getting the crew and boat onto the course... Thought? Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Any publicity is good publicity? Hmmm...
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    Flying Tiger

    An order of 10 FT 7.5's went to that area for an adult sailing school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQoVUjedAhM#action=share They're doing a great job of promoting sailing to women. I would have thought an FT7.5 would be the last place you'd require a sausage fest... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Double Black?
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    Construction of a Pogo 12.50

    Port Douglas?
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Hardly a "big boat", I know, but given that this thread has in reality become the Melbourne Keel Boat thread I thought I'd ask the question hear: Any truth to this rumour? Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Surprisingly, Simply Fun sails pretty well to her handicap in the sub 8 knot range. Keep her upright and all weight packed forward and the WSA reduces markedly. What breeze there is will be on the beam (SE?) which will be right in the sweet spot for the Fun Machine. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Looks light! And cold!
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    The primary purpose of the boat plus size lends itself to either a wheel or tiller option, however, you've got owner drivers in the Maxi 72 class mostly running tillers and yet still doing passage / short ocean racing. And I doubt whether any of those drivers have an issue with "swivel head"; even if they are amateur. I think, irrespective of this, some drivers simply do better with wheels and other do better with a tiller and so it's a personal preference. Cheers Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Next combined club series is the ORCV winter series. Another which has seen reduced numbers over time, however, no more significant than the general decline in yacht racing (?). I'm sure we'll see the same complaints about cancelling racing on windy days and the usual stories of boats burning a hole in their main during the flare shoot. Hopefully there will be a good turn out of those boats that this thread was originally created to discuss. DATE WINTER SERIES 28/6/2015 Day 1 12/7/2015 Day 2 26/7/2015 Day 3 9/8/2015 Day 4 23/8/2015 Day 5 6/9/2015 Re-sail if required Geelong Passage Race 12/9/2015 Women Skippers and Navigators Race 13/9/2015 Mex
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    New Rambler

    Close racing after 2.5 hours. Less than 2% difference in time. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    I do say "boo hoo". Even races need to have equal amounts of uphill and downhill racing. Otherwise, you're benefiting certain designs unfairly. Did you not read the NOR and SIs prior to entering the series? Did you not see the designated courses? And you blame the RO for running the race exactly in line with these documents? Did you not benefit from the exact same courses when run in a northerly breeze? Sayonara, cunt.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    It's only awesome if you know what you're doing. Exactly. Who wouldn't want to be on the right side of a 30 degree shift with a 15 knot pressure build... Mex
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    New Rambler

    Nice low WSA photo. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Protest hearing: XLR8 disqualified , Simply Fun exonerated and granted redress . Repairs progressing well. Ultrasound indicates that the damage does not extend beyond the obvious. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Whilst internet prognostications are amusing and a great way to waste your life... they don't amount to much. It speaks volumes that no one is dumb enough to come forward who has first hand knowledge of the events. Protest hearing is tonight at RYCV. Questions of fault and liability will be determined there. Admittedly, this will not magically fix the boat. Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    Yep, significant damage. Saving grace was that there was no bulkhead or frame damage. Ultra sound will tell more of the story. Phone calls were in made and plans in place before we hit the travel lift. Likely an extra 10 days in Melbourne before heading north. Fingers crossed. Insurance policies don't pay out on the 6 months of effort to get the program to this point... Mex
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    I'm not aware of any legal precedent in Australia of criminal nor civil litigation relating to going out for a sail and running into trouble. Anyone else across a case or cases in Australia where the organising authority or skipper has been found culpable for proceeding to stage a race or even just going for a sail where things went pear shaped? Cheers Mex