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    SailPass around Australia

    Breaking this out specifically, I'm curious how your (Australian) club has introduced SailPass. There is some standard wording kicking around as follows: "SailPass is a way for people who aren’t already a Member of a sailing club to be eligible to sail in ${CLUB} races in accordance with Rule...
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    Mark room, proper course, and a beat to windward

    Ok,  So I have an interesting one (well I thought it was interesting) that goes like this: W and L are on a beat to windward, on starboard, in variable to light winds and smooth water. They are sailing close to the starboard lay line for a starboard mark rounding.  W establishes an overlap...
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    Hang time...

    Phwoar... https://www.facebook.com/HobieCatAsiaPacific/posts/3361529313896301
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    Converting broken Laser to Rowing Dinghy?

    Slightly random thought...   I have a laser dinghy that needs a mast step and gunwhale repair.  I've torqued it apart basically and deck has become separated from hull.  Cost of repair professionally is more than an equivalent replacement.  Even if I do it myself, it's never going to be the...
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    "Miss Nylex" Notes from wing designer

    My parents are cleaning out, but in their position was a book of mine I specifically asked them to keep:  "Catamaran Sailing To Win", Chris Wilson & Max Press , 1973 Which you can amazingly still get on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Catamaran-Sailing-Wilson-Chris-Press/dp/B002I7IKCI...
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    Safety at Sea practice

    Winds were a bit light today so we did some safety at Sea practice.   Starting with always staying clipped in...  And keeping one hand for the boat I think everyone agreed this safety at Sea thing was fun.   Are we doing it right @LB 15? :)
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    Mellow Yellow...

    The W36 From the FP.   I'm not a fan of flush decks from an looks point of view, but it looks like the designer of that thing has some interesting boats, including what looks like a class 40
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    Laser mast step repair

    What's the commonly accepted method for fixing a laser mast step? Leak is significant.  186000 series.  Trying to avoid cutting large holes in the deck.  Would like it to be class legal afterwards. 
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    Bouy room (again) mixed fleet.

    OK so I'm back again with another bouy room question.  Three boats in a mixed fleet come to a mark A, B, C.  A is overlapped and inside B.  C is overlapped and inside B. C is clear astern of A but inside to the mark.  A is 40' and a little slower than the two 30'ers,   A reaches the zone and...
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    Text book bouy room stuff? Closing the door and protests

    So I poked my nose in where it didn't belong tonight.  Circle time and that was the end of it. but... The manoeuvre is a fairly text book fleet racing one.  Find yourself at the ugly end of a multi boat pile up at the bottom mark.  Slow down, drop back, hug the stern of the inside boat as the...
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    Exhaust Thru Hull

    Heya, My diesel exhaust thru hull is a fairly poorly made bit of stainless tube angled "down" to match the forward rake of the transom.  I need to replace it and was hoping to do so with an off the shelf thru hull, except any such off the shelf product will extend perpendicular to the transom...
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    Forever Outside the Environment

    Perhaps not the usual 8 bells given he's not really a sailor (well he could be, I don't know), but given his impact on some aspects of this forum, you might like to know John Clarke, the comedian behind "the front fell off" passed away recently...
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    The yacht fomerly known as...

    ...nicorette Geebus! http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Revamped-radical-supermaxi-is-launched-in-Tauranga/149626
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    The Blue Blazers ain't got 'nuttin

    From the FP http://sailinganarchy.com/2016/10/20/fuck-em/ Reminds me of a pool at the Mohammadia sailing club (actual name escapes me) in Morocco. There was for some reason, a Star parked at one end of it. It wasn't long at the after party at the '97 Laser Radial worlds that people started...
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    Securing Sh... shtuff in race boats

    So, Curious what sort of solutions people have come up with for securing stuff in the bow when there's basically just ring frames. Specifically, I have a porta potti, an anchor, and some other cruft currently just lashed to the mast foot. Wondering if I can come up with something a little...
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    Crack out the Cigars! Boating tips for pending first child...

    Hey Folks, So as the topic suggests, we're about half way through our journey to the birth of our first child and own a wee 30'er. I'm looking for tips and advice on not only if it's possible to bring said first child on board and at what age, but how have you managed it? did you get any...
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    Organising a Stabillity Cert, Sydney

    Hi there, I need a stabillity cert for Cat 3, but don't necessarily want an IRC or ORC cert. Has anyone in Sydney organised *just* a stabillity Certificate only for their boat? Who did you talk to to get that? Cheers Craig
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    2014 Solo Trans Tasman...

    24 days till im glued to a screen watching little dots? http://solo-tasman.co.nz/ Only run every four years, Definitely a bucket list race for me i think. Of note, doesn't look like nz has the same scantling rules for cat 1. I was wondering how that 9m made safety or indeed how a boat 6.7m...
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    Random thought: plants on boats...

    So i had this random thought about keeping a plant on board . Boat sits on a mooring most of the time and im not a live aboard, just half thinking it might freshen the cabin up, perhaps help with the humidity on board if you got the right one, make it a bit homely when swmbo is onboard. You...
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    This day 30 years ago...

    Sept 23, 1983... ...a small country south of the equator brought across a well honed team to create history and take the cup for the first time to Australia! While this year seems to resemble more like the bledisloe cup than then the american cup, could this date be an omen for Team NZ?
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