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  1. Fintho

    On That!

    If my rather sketchy memory serves me alright there were some engine troubles in the pre start? But yes, I remember Alive and Enchantress both retired before or very soon after the start.
  2. Fintho

    On That!

    After last years failed Hobart they took the boat up to Brisbane to compete in the Bris-Gladstone race, which they had to retire from. The boats been there since, until they took it to Sydney
  3. Fintho

    On That!

    @Editor This thread is also a good place to shout out the skipper, Dr John Willoughby for his amazing volunteer work in the pacific islands through his charity Vision of Islands.  He was recently awarded an Order of Australia medal for his work, which is the...
  4. Fintho

    Australian Sailing

    Welcome to Hobart, where we always know who's gonna win. I'll give you a hint, the name sounds like midnight rambler
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    You’re doing it wrong.

    you haven't heard of FRS? Front rudder sailing, just like front wheel cars! I heard its the next america's cup challenge
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    which way to go?

    I still shudder at the thought of high level/professional opti racing. I couldn't imagine anything worse than the most spoilt and arrogant kids in the world being hounded by equally awful parents to sail a bathtub with a broomstick faster than the next kid. For fucks sake, when can we get rid of...
  7. Fintho

    Best setup for asym peels?

    Honestly, the time lost by just hoisting the jib, rigging the new kite in the bag ready to go, dropping the old kite, hoisting the new one is not going to be significantly more than peeling, especially offshore imo. The potential for fuckups with peeling big A2's wouldn't be small either.  The...
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    which way to go?

    Uhhhhh who hit who with the what? any more info?
  9. Fintho

    Highest speed logged under sail

    very... 40+ knots with 2 reefs and a no.3, green water back to the helm.
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    Highest speed logged under sail

    12.1 in a Laser 4.7 17.6 in a Farr 1104 35.1 in a RP66 
  11. Fintho

    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers

    Fuck me, thats a pretty funky looking bowsprit attachment point. Seems cheap too for what looks like a pretty quick boat...
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    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers

    Compared to modern proto's or even series boats this thing would be absolutely no match anyway, but its still a shame to see it rotting away...
  13. Fintho

    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers

    I don't know how familiar you are with the mini650 class, but they really do get up and go.  I guess that the keel drops down much further, and is canted with blocks and lines, as is standard for the prototype class.
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    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers

    And it sleeps a whopping two people, if they snuggle up on a spinnaker bag!!! pretty much a classic cruiser if you think about it
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    Aussie/Kiwi ocean and club racers Shit like this is hard to see. Was last listed around a year ago in WA for less than 17,000, now for sale in Vic in a worse state for $2k more. I doubt it even still floats.  And to top it off they...
  16. Fintho

    44 with TP52 rig, plumb bow, and dual wheels

    Unless my eyes deceive me, it looks like there's no bulb or anything to make that keel powerful, how the fuck could that carry TP52 size sails without any form stability or a massive keel? How cut down must those sails be!
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    Who know more about the Aeolos P30?

    I think it's more about stability with the twin rudders downwind, and they tend to be better at getting out of broaches etc right?
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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    I look forward to welcoming retirees at the halfway point in Hobart. I'm sure there'll be at least one
  19. Fintho

    Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Either way, she's been saved, at least for the time being. Maybe it will work out and we'll see her back on the start line 2023
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    "Soccer" parents in sailing....

    I recently had the absolute joy of a soccer parent of several kids being placed on my rescue RIB as an assistant rescuer... Absolutely no idea about sailing, seamanship or humility, which was needed given the conditions, constantly abusing and mocking his kids as they rounded whatever mark we...