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OLDIES DAY 24 AUG 2019

Posted by Terry Smith on September 17, 2019 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Oldies Day was well attended with an especially good roll-up from Mawson Lakes Model Yacht Club. There was no formal racing as such, just a general sail around,goggle at each others' boats and jibbering.

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There were the usual mishaps. President Dean Bonnett  came all the way from Mawson Lakes with his gaff rigged schooner - less the keel. He made up for this by setting sail in his gaff rigged ML45 which popped a hatch and sank over near the island over by 'Bob's Buoy'. We were unable to locate it from the dinghy and Dean stripped off and went for a wade to find it. Eventually it was found in nipple-deep water, just where John Lykke kept saying that it was. Dean finally displayed the 'meat and two veg' as he dried off and tried to restore the blood flow to the extremities. Come to Paris Creek, we have all the entertainment.

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Don Turnbull, ex Parks and Wildlife, showed up with an EC12 that he was given. This is the first one of these that I have seen in the flesh. It is a lovely shaped hull but somewhat smaller than I expected. Don was having a sail of m A Class when my jib swivel fitting decided to do its' own thing and dropped the mast into the drink. It was nothing that Don did, just something that I had on my list of 'I had better check this out sometime'. Sometime became now.

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Commodore Tony White from the South Australian Radio Yacht Club paraded his chopped strand fiber-glass Marblehead. How many chopped strand boats are still left around the place. Not many is my guess.

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John Polnitz has been modelling and sailing model yachts since.....forever. He arrived with a scratch built model of the ship that his family sailed in to South Australia in the 1800s. That ship was square rigged but John opted to rig the model as a gaff schooner for simplicity. This boat got the "Commodore's Choice' trophy. I couldn't take my eyes off of it. It is a truly beautiful craft presented by a master model maker. The detail on the rigging of the masts was amazing. Thank you for coming John, and thank you for bringing that magnificent craft.

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Brian Moir also made his way up from the deep South. Cheers, Brian.

 

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Mawson Lakes will host the next Oldies Day on the first Saturday in December. I urge everyone to support Mawson Lakes, just as they have supported us, and come along even if you don't have an Oldie. It is a great venue for a family day out and some of us need to broaden our horizons.

RESURRECTING THE YACHTS OF YORE

Posted by Terry Smith on August 6, 2019 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi guys, having problems here. I think Mrs Webs.com wants me to buy more space.

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Second try. The following was sent out to all clubs. I have no idea how big a response there will be, but there is no reason for SEHMYC members not to come with more modern boats. There is plenty of water.

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The Titanic Award

Posted by Terry Smith on July 18, 2019 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (2)

You may not be aware that we have a Titanic Award. Last Year's winner was Bob Watson. The award shouldn't be won twice in a row because the current holder has to nominate the next year's winner. Of course, he could nominate himself if he tried hard enough.

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To the best of my recollection Bob has broken the A rig on his Marblehead four times this year. That's a pretty solid attempt to keep the prize in your own portfolio.

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There have been some other pretty valiant attempts to wrest it from Bob.

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Phillip Neville had his Marblehead in the water. This boat was just a super cheapy  that he was using while he completed his A Class boat. Don't rush him, this has been going on for 47 years. And you reckon I'm slow? Anyway, the Marblehead began to sit a bit lower in the water. And lower. And lower. It was in the general vicinity of where Roger's Marblehead, after being t-boned by Bob Tuohy's 10 Rater, sank years ago. Roger's boat went all the way to the bottom and was retrieved via dinghy and grappling hook. Phillip's boat just bobbed around with its' nose pointing  in the air. The amount of nose above water was diminishing rapidly. No time to get the dinghy from the shed. Phillip ripped his clothes off quicker than a gay bar stripper but entered the water somewhat slower than the dudes on Bondi Rescue. The water at that time of year was cold. Not just cold but COLD. Phillip emerged from the water, with boat, but wearing the family jewels as a bow-tie. Bet he doesn't do that again in a hurry.

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Then there are those who take a more laid back approach to boat recovery. Bob Dare's boat went NON COMPOS MENTIS and grounded itself over near Stanhouse Bay. Bob just sat back and watched the other boats sailing around. When asked if he was going to go get his boat, he replied that if he left it long enough it would probably drift back to our side of the dam. Next week would be good enough. Cool, calm and collect it when it wants to be collected.

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Philip Scapens..........oh deary me. Part way through an A Class race, Philip's transmitter started making beeping noises. It looked like his transmitter batteries may have been going flat. And, of course, his boat was half way across the dam towards Stanhouse Bay. We assured Philip that the batteries could be changed with only minimal loss of boat control while the receiver re-linked. Phillip started ripping batteries out and they flew through the air like spent bullet cases from a machine gun. New batteries in, wait, try to control boat, no response. Everyone, being in race mode, finished their race before going back to assist in shepherding Osprey back to shore. Too late. Osprey had driven itself into the only tree on the far bank and snarled the mast in the branches. Time for Philip to put his time-honed rowing skills to test. He got over to Osprey and had troubles untangling it from the tree. He eventually managed to clear it and then attached Osprey to the dinghy with a hawser. By this time Osprey had drifted back into the tree. Undaunted, Philip applied himself to the oars and endeavoured to retrieve his craft from the clutches of the tree by applying brute force. It worked. Osprey came free and followed the dinghy away from the tree. Unfortunately the freedom was accompanied with a resounding crack which coincided with the mast falling into the water. Osprey, the hull, floated along behind the dinghy with a bedraggled mess of mast, sail and rigging trailing along behind. On reaching the near shore the sorry shambles was removed from the water. Diagnosis revealed that the boat battery was OK. The new transmitter batteries were OK. The receiver would not lock on to the transmitter. Quote of the year from Philip. 'Does it matter that the transmitter is saying MR MAGOO?' Somehow he had managed to get the transmitter to go from the A Class 'Osprey' channel to his IOM, 'MR MAGOO'. Good one Philip.

COURTESY AND RESPECT

Posted by Terry Smith on July 8, 2019 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi guys,

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it has been brought to my notice that a degree of discourtesy/disrespect has crept into our sailing. I take full blame for this as I have failed to notice it while being distracted by other things in my personal life.

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The problem mainly occurs when we have a specific class sailing day - A Class, Marblehead etc.. On those occasions we ask other classes to please give the courtesy of 'room' to the day-specific class at buoys and in general sailing. This is purely as a courtesy not a hard and fast rule. At all times the sailing rules of the road still apply regardless of which fleet you are sailing in, and even if you are only sailing casually.

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We have a large disparity in the skills level of our sailors and those with more experience can become frustrated by those with less water-years under their belt. It is my view that the more skilled sailors have a duty of courtesy to the up-coming sailors of politely showing how conflicts can best be avoided and what actions would best fit the 'courtesy' model. Berating other sailors for real or supposed transgressions can only lead to ill-will. A little advice in a timely manner must be to the benefit of all and the sport in general.

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Respect and Courtesy are both two way streets. If the older sailors give the respect/courtesy of coaching others out of awkward situations, and newer sailors heed this coaching, we can all have less stressful sailing.

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We all do out 'narna' occasionally and quite often it can be done in a humourous and entertaining manner. However, we must always be aware that we can be causing friction. It is a fine line. I greatly value the experienced sailors for their knowledge. I greatly value the newer sailors for they are our future and a pond with only one or two boats on it will please nobody.

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Again, my apologies to any newer sailors who, rightly, feel that I have not acted in a timely manner. I value your sailing.

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I also apologise to the experienced sailors for not giving more coaching to the newer guys so that potential conflicts would not arise.

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Please, everyone, take a deep breath, settle back and sail with courtesy and respect.

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The bottom line is that we are all supposed to be having fun.


CLUB MOTTO - REVISED

Posted by Terry Smith on April 30, 2019 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Hi Terry :-)

I think the expression you are looking for is

Ventis enim variabilis est stagnum ignis :-X

cheers

Graham A :-)

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Ave Graham, transferendum tu salutant.

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The phrase ‘Venti in stagnum, sit variabilis’ was produced by Google Tranalate. I had some reservations as to its’ accuracy.

Venti...............the wind

In.....................in/on

Stagnum.........the lake/pond

Sit....................let it be

Variabilis.........variable

This would be OK as an invocation to the gods i.e. ‘Let the winds on the pond be variable’, then sacrifice a goat/duck/virgin as appropriate. The problem then becomes, which of the Venti should we invoke; Aquilo, Auster, Vulturnus or Favonius? I would propose Favonius as he would give us our best sailing conditions. I really think that it would be better to separate our club from religion.

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The first thing that stands out with your phrase is the word ‘ignis’ which, as we all know, is fire.

Secondly, the verb ‘est’ is not at the end of the sentence.

Word by word your phrase comes out as

Ventis.............the winds

Enim...............for

Variabilis........variable

Est..................is

Stagnum........the lake/pond

Ignis............... fire

Or ‘For variable winds is the lake of fire’. Doesn’t quite trip off of the tongue. And we do not have a burn-off permit.

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The Latin that I learnt in high school would have the verb at the end of the sentence. I think that it should actually be ‘Venti in stagnum variabilis est’.

Venti...............the wind

In.....................in/on

Stagnum.........the lake/pond

Variabilis.........variable

Est....................is

‘The wind on the pond is variable’,

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iubentium,

Terry

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Should we add

MAXIME CIRCA MORTUOS LIGNUM

I am not sure of the latin for "Bob's Bastard Bouy

We were very short of virgins and goats.

It will have to be a duck.

Cheers

Graham A

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cave volantem per calceus

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Bob pila bastardis est

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STELLA TABULA !

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CLUB MOTTO

Posted by Terry Smith on April 21, 2019 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

VENTI IN STAGNUM, SIT VARIABILIS

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And don't you forget it!

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HERSELF

Posted by Terry Smith on April 21, 2019 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Herself took off to Pomgolia for a couple of months. She went especially to see the Staffordshire Bull Terriers at Crufts. Unfortunately she was so disappointed with the standard of Staffies at the show that she went and watched at the Soft Coated Wheatens instead. I thought they were biscuits.

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I don't know what the big deal is with house-keeping. I slept on my side of the bed until the sheets were due to be washed and then I moved to her side. After an appropriate period I moved into the spare bedroom and that gave me another two weeks sleep. When I got down to sleeping in the swag it was time to do the washing.

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She came back and promptly took off to Hobart.

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On her return she stayed for a couple of weeks and is now in Mount Gambier - for another round of dogs shows.

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I am racking up no end of boat buying brownie points.

BOO !

Posted by Terry Smith on April 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Did I scare anyone?

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Things have been a bit hectic and whilst my mind and body have been on a go-slow strike.

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Hopefully, things will imorove.

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I've got a few things to sort out today regarding online picture storage, but after that all things should start coming back together.

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But..................................................Don't hold your breath.

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WORKS AND JERKS

Posted by Terry Smith on February 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

TOILET FACILITIES

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Our toilet is almost ready to be re-commissioned. Mark kindly did our digging for us. We figured that the hole was deep enough when some Chinese guy at the bottom of the hole started complaining that the water was draining out of his rice paddy.

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We might ask The Toad to cut the ribbon at our AGM.

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DOCKLANDS

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While Mark had his Tonka Toy there he also re-arranged some of our beach in order to dredge ot Brian's Channel. When the water comes back Brian's Channel will again be available for navigation. We'll get Brian to cut that ribbon.

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We will be building a wharf area for the launching and retrieving of A Class boats. The Club has a couple of sleepers but more are needed. Before we go out and buy some, does anyone have any sleepers - timber or concrete - that they can spare?

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CALENDAR

Posted by Terry Smith on February 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Just a heads up on the calendar.

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03 MAR 2019

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Philip Scapens has managed to fit us into his VERY busy schedule. Our Annual Function will be at his house, 12 Hume Street, Seaview Downs on 03 MAR 2019. The Club will supply the meat and members are asked to bring a salad or a sweet. Philip has promised even more spectacular entertainment than his last Fire and Light show. Thanks for the venue Philip.

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30 MAR 2019

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Our AGM will be held at the dam on this Utility Day. Following the AGM we will continue with some Novelty Races and maybe even some prizes.

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06 APR 2019

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This A CLass day has been nominated as a Ranking Event. Scores from this are sent to ARYA for National Ranking. There will only be A Class boats on the water. Despite this there will be plenty to keep other Club members interested and involved. Come, watch, learn. Being an A Class day there will also be the usual BBQ.