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RACING 04 AUG 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on August 10, 2018 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the wonderful world of wild and woolly weather.

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We had the A Class racing. The clowns were those who risked life, limb and boats. The face painting was embarrassment as the sails did a striptease act. At least the sausages were good. Thanks to Tony White and others who did the cooking. Thanks to Graham Alcock for doing the scoring. Now we just need to sit down together and get some coherent instructions on how to do it.

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Congratulations to David Martin for taking out Line Honours, A Class, in swash-buckling style.

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Only slightly less swashing and buckling was Peter White who missed top spot by two points.

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Hardly any buckling but plenty of swash was Steve Rosenberg a further two points behind Peter White.

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Brian Pennifold snuck into fourth place, one point ahead of Bob Watson.

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Poor old Wizzle Wozzle. Her sails got shredded at the start line of the third race. And they were only thirty years old. Time to rip up the bed-sheets and make a new set. The old ones finished up looking like Mrs Murphy's washing in an Irish gale. Talk about an untidy start. Look at my results. Sixth in Race one. Third in Race 2. I was just about to go through and wipe the rest of the field off of the dam.

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Just before the sails got shredded, I had to do a run down the dam to get back behind the line. I picked up a ripper gust and the Wizzle Wozzled like you wouldn't believe. She was planing along with the hull out of the water nearly back to the keel. She didn't even look like nose-diving. Eighteen foot skiffs would be proud of a run like that. AND NOBODY SAW IT!!!  Talk about the one that got away.

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Steve Rosenberg rose to the top of the crowd on Corrected Time. From his score it is obvious that he sailed well above his rating. Well done Steve.

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David Martin got the silver.

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Peter White scrambled his way in for the bronze by beating Brian Pennifold on count-back. Bad luck Brian. Usually Corrected Time is your strong point. Maybe the handicapper is onto you.

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Bob Watson retained his fifth place from the Line Honours.

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Terry Smith got the raspberry plated jock-strap for sixth.

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Grant Edwards took Line Honours in the IOM class. Well done in trying conditions. I'm not sure that you skippered all of your races. It was kind of you to let that other gentleman have a play too.

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Tony White came in second with an amalgamation of father/son scores. This balances out the sheet for the combined effort first place winner.

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Onya Cam, you got on the podium, and even won one race. Well done.

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Bob Dare dipped his toe in the water and decided that it was too cold.

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Results panned out the same on Corrected Time but with Tony breathing down Grant's neck. Cameron made the podium again and took another first place in one race.

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Oh me miserum!

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For those of you who have forgotten your first year Latin classes, that translates as 'Oh woe is me'.

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After Wizzle Wozzle did her 'dance of the seven handfuls of sail material', I raced to get the Ragazza going. Somehow I managed to mis-place the spreaders. This meant that the sidestays were not going into the deck eyes at the right angle and were not attaching as securely as they might.

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I went to give Graham a hand with the scoring and handed off the 'Wog Boat' to Bill Edwards. He happened to be the unfortunate one holding the transmitter when the sidestays decided to do their own thing. It's amazing how long a boat takes to drift down dam in a gale when the mast and sails are hanging vertically under the boat. Bill was all apologetic but it wasn't his fault. And the sails are in better condition than Wizzle Wozzle's are. Guess who was holding the transmitter then?

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Just to rub salt into the wounds, I found the spreaders while I was packing up.

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RACING 04 AUG 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on July 31, 2018 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Sausages!

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Clowns!

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Face painting!

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Round 1 of the 2018 A Class Club championship.

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RACING 01 AUG 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on July 31, 2018 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I wasn't there and so we'll have to wait to see what happened.

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My non-attendance was due to my popping another rib. You'd think that a Troopy starter motor would last more than 480,000 km. At this rate I'll have to replace another one before the 1,000,000 km mark. Maybe by then I'll be smart enough to let someone else swap it over.

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CHRISTMAS AT STEVE'S PLACE

Posted by Terry Smith on July 31, 2018 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Well we couldn't have asked for a better day, or location. Thanks to Steve and Stewart for the use of the site. It was excellent and Steve's decorations were the icing on the cake.

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Speaking of cakes, I over-did it a bit. Hopefully I wasn't the only one. The meat from ? butchers in Strathalbyn was excellent and the salads provided by members were too.

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I believe that everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did and again, thank you to our hosts.

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When I get the photos from Roger I'll post them.

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RACING STERN CHASERS

Posted by Terry Smith on July 31, 2018 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry about the delay. I had trouble getting into Photo Bucket.

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We had two stern chasers, Saturday and Wednesday and so I will combine them.

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Saturday 21 July 2018

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Reasonable conditions brought out a fair number of sailors and a wide range of boats.

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Congratulations to Graham Alcock on taking the day from Bob Dare by three points. Graham was sailing Bob Dare's IOM which has had a make-over. It no longer has the Port Power paint scheme. Instead it has the same paint as his Focus. Watch out for Bob doing a Hayden Haitana and sneaking his IOM in as a Focus. 

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Bob Tuohy rounded off the podium with his 10 Rater. Well done.

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Brian Pennifold with his A Class Beat David Draper (sailing Graham Alcock's Focus) for fourth place on countback.

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Terry Smith with the Ragazza pipped Bob Watson for sixth place.

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Our surprise guest for a Stern Chaser was David Martin who unfortunately had to leave early. Had he not gone he would have been right in the running as the larger boats caught up on the handicap towards the end of the day.

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Wednesday 25 July 2018

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Well done to Graham Alcock who won again, this time with his Focus.

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Grant Edwards with his red IOM was only two points behind and started a procession of one point margins.

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     Bob Dare sailing his IOM.

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     Roy Shelton sailing his Monsoon.

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Terry Smith broke the pattern by following Roy by five points. My score line was ably assisted by a string of buoy collisions and one very untidy start. I won't blame the wind because that would cost me another $5.

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Gentleman Bob Tuohy opted for a DNS/DNF in the last race. Without this he would have been right in the middle of the crowd. Bob was the only one that realised that he had taken a short-cut on the course. We just thought that he was sailing excellently to finish nearly a lap ahead of the crowd. Thanks Bob. You weren't lost - just geographically embarrassed.

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Bob Watson managed to kill his boat .......... again. I believe that it is an acquired skill. Perhaps he should volunteer to do destruction testing for boat manufacturers.

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SAILING 18 JUL 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on July 19, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Well it was not quite a cyclone, but it was a close relative. Actually it wasn't quite as bad as last Saturday.

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All the usual suspects (a great film just in case you haven't seen it) turned up with their Foci but it wasn't worth taking the chance on ruining them.

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Undaunted, The Green Machine ventured forth for its' second day of sailing in ............I'm not quite sure how many years. She was romping around and having a ball with the B rig.

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A potential new member turned up - Grant Edwards. He is maybe starting a transition from aircraft to sailing. And - surprise,surprise - he would actually lower our average age. He has a background in sailing Cherubs. If you don't know what they are you're missing out. I used to enjoy watching them when I was a kid. Anyway, Grant brought his TS2 IOM. A RED one 'cos RED ones go faster. When he saw that the Green Machine was not going to self-destruct with a B rig, he joined in. What a hoot! That thing boogies. It will be interesting when it comes up against some of the more modern designs. The sugar scoop transom is very distinctive and the TS2 looks like it is riding on a razor blade when it gets a bit of heel up.

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Alas for The Green Machine. Maintenance can only be ignored for so many years before it comes around to bite you. My steering servo has earned itself a position in that great resting place for dead servos. At the bottom of the dam. I'm still trying to get it out of the boat to replace it. I'm sure that Roger got the servo and winch first and then built the boat around them. As Roger tends to say 'That looks like a job for the Dremel'.

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David Draper did some fishing. As a responsible fisherman he did not strip mine the resources. I can confidently say that there are just as many carp in the dam now as there were before he started fishing.

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FOCUS ALERT

Posted by Terry Smith on July 19, 2018 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Ahroooooooooooga          Ahroooooooooooga       Ahroooooooooooga 

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL     I SAY AGAIN     THIS IS NOT A DRILL

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If anyone wants a Joysway Focus for $262.96 -  delivered, from Hobby Warehouse - please contact me ASAP on [email protected]      

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The offer runs out midnight on the 25 July.

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RACING 14 JUL 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on July 17, 2018 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Marbleheads and 10 Raters off of Division one, everyone else off of Division two.

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And what a day for it. The breeze was just on the edge of quitting because it was getting too heavy. Even while this was going on, there were big holes with boats dead in the water.

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We had a few hard luck sailors. Grant Murray turned up to sail with the transmitter/receiver that I had working perfectly at home only to have it fail at the dam. Again! It was good to see you anyway Grant and thanks for throwing in a few races for Team Green Machine.

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John Lykke fared no better. His boat was working like a charm until it got to the dam whereupon it too went on strike. We have since tracked it to a cranky receiver. John and Delvene had been out the night previous and Delvene had won a bottle of wine as a lucky door prize. It was nicely donated to the club and put up as the prize for Line Honours Marblehead/10 Rater.

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Tony White won the wine and well done.

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Bob Tuohy put in some spectacular runs to take his second place.

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Peter White rounded out the podium.

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Terry Smith (and syndicate) missed out on being on the podium by the barest of margins. Well eight points isn't bad for a boat that didn't even get dusted off and drew complaints from the "Save the Spiders" protesters. I know now why I like A Class boats so much. When you're trying to score, answer questions about tuning and helping people repair their boats all at the same time, you don't have to get your socks wet when you run aground. A Class ground in a far more civilised manner and can be reached with the standard pole without having to go wading. I'm also claiming a record for the longest submarine run. I got from the windward mark at the Meadows end to the leeward mark (bullshit buoy) with only my periscope above water.

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Bob Watson did what Bob Watson does best. Never one to hide his feelings, Bob let us all know how he felt. And his boat had breakdowns too. On one of the occasions when Bob actually sailed he showed what a C2 rig could do against Tony White's B rig. It powered upwind in the gusts like a steam train.

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David Martin and Roger Hartley were over-powered for the day and retired quietly.

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On Corrected Time Peter White took the cake with a straight run of aces after the discards were taken off. How on Earth did he manage to start the day with a Correction Factor of 0.79 ? Not gunna happen again sweetcheeks.

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Bob Tuohy sailed to within three points of his Correction Factor to take out his second, second place for the day. Good sailing Bob.

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Done by two points eh Tony? Well done to all (or most) of the podium.

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.All of the rest of the positions were the same as the Line Honours.

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The Foci didn't get timed properly as I was busy racing. We did however, get places and so we have Line Honours but no Corrected Time.

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Well done Graham Alcock. Graham also set a record. He went the furthest distance without his rudder in the water. It looked sort of like a duck feeding.

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Bob Dare came in for a good second. I wish I could remember why he didn't finish Race three. I'm sure it must have been something that I could have razzed him up about.

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Geoff Smith? What happened there? Thinking too much about your new Marblehead perhaps?

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Roy Shelton tried to get his Monsoon going but the wind conditions were too much for it. I honestly think that he would have been better off with his Wee Nip under those conditions.

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As Brian Pennifold rightly pointed out, he did a clean sweep of the A Classes.

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As a result of today's results, some Correction Factors have changed a bit.

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Bob Tuohy only moved up about 0.03.

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In the three races that Bob Watson sailed, his aggregate time was only 9 seconds behind Tony White. Bob gets to join Tony as gun sailors.

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Peter White jumped fron 0.79 to 0.94. That'll learn ya. Of the seven races that Tony and Peter competed against each othe there was 3 minute 40 seconds between them.

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My Correction Factor for the day - 0.92 - was based on my results from the first three races. I must have been going great guns early on. At the end of the day my Factor has been changed to a more realistic 0.87.

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Just out of interest, this is how the Corrected Time would have looked if Peter and I had our newer (more realistic) Correction Factors.

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SAILING 11 JUL 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on July 17, 2018 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If you weren't there ...................................... you missed out.

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Bob Dare was there first, thought no-one else was coming and unfortunately left.

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Peter White, Bob Tuohy and myself had a great relaxing day. I didn't bring a boat and so we only had Peter's and Bob's boats with transmitters getting passed around on whim.

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The breeze was just good enough to be interesting, bright blue skies - it doesn't get much better than this.

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CHRISTMAS AT STEVE'S PLACE

Posted by Terry Smith on July 10, 2018 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Re ; The Christmas Party, Graham Alcock has a query.

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"Is the date of this event a secret  ??"

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No it's not. For those who have been taking jelly beans instead of their psychic pills .......it will be on Saturday 28 July 2018 which would have been our next Utility Day.

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Or you could have looked at the calendar.  :)

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