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UTILITY DAY 26 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 24, 2018 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We have a few small jobs to do. The main one is to re-locate the pontoon to where the steps are.

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After that we can do a bit of sailing, or whatever. If you feel like it, bring a fishing rod and we'll have a Carpathon. Prizes for biggest carp, most carp, most inept fisherman.

SAILING 23 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 24, 2018 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sailing conditions were so good that Bob Tuohy and I went gathering fire-wood.

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WIND DROUGHT 19 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 24, 2018 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If we had tried to have a Stern Chaser the Division 13 guys would be sitting as close to the start line as the Division 1 guys. Fifteen minutes after the count-down finished.

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Doldrums

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Discouraging

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Bob Watson and Bob Dare tried to go sailing. The winner was the one who pushed his boat hardest from the pontoon.

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And then Bob Dare had a crisis. His newly acquired IOM was sinking. All turned out well in the end. It wasn't sinking. It was an optical illusion caused by the still water and the curvature of the Earth. I don't know why he got into such a flap.

SOCIALISING 16 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 24, 2018 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I couldn't call it racing because that would imply that there was some wind. There wasn't.

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We had a fair turn out jibbering in the shed.

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David Hyde had the funniest story ever in the shed. Or we think that it probably was the funniest. David certainly did. He laughed so much that he couldn't get it out. Maybe he will tell it to us some day.

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RACING 12 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 24, 2018 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A day out for the Marbleheads and 10 Raters.

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John Lykke, the quiet achiever, just laid back and carved them up. Nicely done John.

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Bob Watson didn't break a mast. This is becoming a habit Bob. Be careful because Bob Tuohy was just three points behind.

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There was some very entertaining sailing between these three. Great to watch.

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John Lykke also took out the Corrected Time.........only just.

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Bob Watson and Bob Tuohy had the same results as the Line Honours but it was close. Well done Bob Watson, you got there on count-back.

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Well done Bob Tuohy.

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In the fleet Line Honours Graham Alcock made it back to first place. Well done.

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Richard (?) from SSS Brisbane sailed Wizzle Wozzle for the first half of the day and I sailed the second half. Technically we can't have a combined race day, but who cares?

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Bob Dare sailed well, again. If Wizzle Wozzle wasn't there Bob would have been right on Graham's hammer.

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Brian Pennifold chucked in a few first places to prove that you still have to keep an eye on him.

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Geoff Smith is still experimenting.

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And experiments work! Well done Geoff Smith for first place on Corrected Time.

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The Richard/Terry team missed by one point. That three pointer in Race Nine was what dunnit. WHO WAS SAILING THEN? Oops it was me.

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Graham Alcock nosed Brian Pennifold off of the podium.

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What happened to Bob Dare? That big Correction Factor that he ran up at the last races really nobbled him. Oh dear.

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The new Correction Factors for the whole club. Bob Dare should be a bit more comfortable come the next racing day.

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RACING 09 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 24, 2018 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Bob Watson sailed up a storm to take Line Honours. Well deserved. And he didn't change class of boat part way through the day.

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Graham Alcock has only just got Tonga out of his sytem, and he only just got second place from Bob Dare.

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Bob Tuohy has a slight drag problem with his IOM. Too many cobwebs. Still, not a bad result.

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I sailed Race One with the Ragazza. During Race Two the jib boom pivot cord broke and the jib tried wrapping itself around the mainsail. Took ages to get it back in. Re-entered the water for Race Four and the jib lead parted from the jib boom. After repairs I handed the tiller over to Richrd (?) from SSS Brisbane. I figured the Ragazza wasn't happy having me sailing it that day.

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Graham Edwards bummed out with a winch that spat the dummy. It's a pity, you did well in the one race that you finished.

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Graham Alcock returned to the top step of the podium on Corrected Time. Good one Graham!

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Bob Dare has been sailing quite well lately. On this occasion a mere three points separated him from the top position. Onya Bob!

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Bob Tuohy's antique IOM took third place from Bob Watson's flying Focus on count-back.

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There are no results in Race Two because I was too busy trying to recover my wayward Ragazza to get times. Tough.

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There are only minor changes to the Correction factors except for Bob Dare who is now right up there. I wonder how long he can stay there?

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VISITORS

Posted by Terry Smith on May 24, 2018 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the last month we have had visitors .......... from Queensland!!!! Who knew that Banana Benders would head South for the Winter?

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The first was the Commodore of the Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron where the bias is definitely on racing IOMs and DF95s. Unfortunately I didn't get his name but he sure could make a Focus boogie. Apparently he is a dab hand with the IOMs, various titles etc. It was good to see him.

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http://moretonradioyachtsquadron.com/

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The second was Richard (?) from the Triple S Model Boat Group where things are definitely social based sailing. I let Richard loose on the Ragazza and we threw him into the racing. We also had to explain some of the Rules of the Road. This shows the draw-backs of purely social sailing - you don't learn the rules. Richard came back on a Saturday for a second dose and took to the water with Wizzle Wozzle. The first A Class that he had ever seen. Did alright too until he had to leave to appease SWMBO. Apparently he is now hooked on racing and A Class. Good to see you too Richard.

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http://triple-s.org.au/

COMING UP

Posted by Terry Smith on May 6, 2018 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday 09 May 2018

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Bob Tuohy is threatening to bring out his antique IOM. Bob Watson raised the ante with his Focus. I suppose I had better bring the Ragazza. No doubt there will be the usual delinquents with a bunch of Foci. Get ready to rumble.

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Saturday 12 May 2018

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Marblehead/10 Rater day.

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RACING 05 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 6, 2018 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Still windy, but I got the start line fixed. We had a pretty good breeze coming down the gully from the west. There was one quirk with it, the far side of the dam appeared to be getting the breeze. The water showed all of the usual signs but boats got over there and were becalmed. Bizarre.

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Despite it being an A Class day there were only three on site. Bob Watson had a rudder servo problem and so we finished up with a sort of match race between David Martin and myself. Watto's day was not totally wasted. He did a damned good job as the Master Chef. Thanks Bob.

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Congratulations to David for taking out a well deserved Line Honours win in Condor of Paris Creek.

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Wizzle Wozzle and I managed to get a couple of races off of him, and there was at least one where I snatched defeat from the jaws of victory through bad decisions. I had David so worried that he started making adjustments. My story and I'm sticking to it.

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David has been heard to say 'you can't beat the handicapper'. How prophetic. I won but not by much. And it pushed my Correction Factor from 0.80 to 0.84.

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There are no Corrected Times for Race 5 due to a finger fault on my behalf. Comes from trying to race and score at the same time.

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Throwing all of the 'big' boats together on their own course gave David Martin another Line Honours win. Good to see the A Class up there..

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John Lykke sailed well for second place after having boat problems. It turned out to be the satellite receiver hanging off of his main receiver. Luckily I had the trailer there and a new satellite got John back on the go.

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If I had put off fixing John's boat for one more race I should have taken second place from him. Not to worry.

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Bob Tuohy had some navigation errors in the earlier races and discovered Australia. Or the part around the edge of the dam at any rate. Don't try to tail gate the A Class boats with a 10 Rater.

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Corrected Time A Class 1 2 finish. How good is that ? Well done David.

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John Lykke took third spot with Bob Tuohy not far behind.

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I only have Line Honours for the Foci fleet. There's only so much I can do while competing myself.

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Congratulations to Bob Dare for being the dux of the class.

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Graham Alcock was a close second.

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David Hyde started out very well with a third and two seconds before lunch. He then ran another second after lunch. And then things started going pear-shaped. Was it the sausages weighing him down? Or was it the water in his boat? Probably the water. Then the battery complained about getting wet by sending out a smoke signal, It was sort of like the China Syndrome waiting for the nuclear pike to melt its' way out of the bottom of the boat. The joys of boating!

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Geoff Smith had a fairly ordinary day but managed to stay right until the end, for a change. Post-racing he was doing a bit of free-style sailing when I swapped boats with him. I found the Focus to be slightly overpowered  in the conditions. Geoff Smith came up with the quote of the day while sailing Wizzle Wozzle - 'I can see myself sailing one of these.' A Class boats are addictive.

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SAILING 02 MAY 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on May 6, 2018 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I don't have a great deal to report from here. The wind was strong enough that I decided not to try rowing out to fix the start line.

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Bob Tuohy and David Martin were busy cleaning up Stan's fallen down trees. There were a cople of Foci there but no-one gave me a result.

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No doubt Bob Dare has a huge report compiled and ready to send to me.


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