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THE ECOLOGY OF PARIS CREEK

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments ()

The bio-diversity of Paris Creek has been compromised by the introduction of an invasive species - Cyprinus Carpio. This beast is more commonly known as the European Carp.

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Thankfully our Club has an ecologist/greeny who has made it his task to rid our section of Paris Creek of this blight on Australian waterways.

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Bob Tuohy has fearlessly attacked the Carp population with his fishing skills, gradually whittling away at the stranglehold that they have. The size of these beasts can be quite monstrous. They can also be quite sneaky. Unknowingly, Bob latched onto a monster that moved away slowly and dragged his tackle, rod, reel and all, into the dam without Bob noticing.

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The first hint of the drama that was about to unfold was when a strange object started floating away from the bank. This was the handle of Bob's rod which was, luckily, floatable. On realising what was happening, David Draper went into the water like a Bondi life-saver. Unfortunately he startled the denizen and it took off before David could reach the handle.

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The monster from the deep then proceeded to swim around the dam to show off his prowess in buggering off with a rod. Several boats tried to catch the rod on tneir keels but this was ineffective. The breeze was so slight that even if they had snagged it, they would not be able to drag it back to shore.

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The boats dropped away as the rod approached Eastern Island leaving only Bob's boat trailing after the rod. The rod came to a halt just off the western bank of Eastern Island and Bob very cunningly got his boat snarled on the island too.

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Time for me to do my Steve Irwin act. After a neck deep stroll over to Eastern Island I did a catch and release on Bob's boat. Then things got messy. There I was with a potential man-eater lurking about the submerged tree roots.

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'Crikey" I thought 'this may not be the best idea that I've ever had.' I retrieved the rod and passed it to Bob who was bravely watching from the bank. I then commenced tracing my way back to our aquatic nemesis by following the line. It ran over and under several snags before I ran out of slack. Then began an enormous struggle as I battled against the severely tensioned line. Just when I thought 'Crikey, if I have a heart attack right now things may be not very good' there was a sudden rush of line towards me.

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The line had snapped right at the hook. I reckon the wily beast had stuck the hook into a snag and buggered off, chuckling, while I fought against a tree root.

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Curse you foul, slimy beast of the depths. You haven't seen the last of me!

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DON SMITH

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 5:30 AM Comments comments ()

It is with sadness that I inform the Club that Past Commodore Don Smith passed away in his sleep 14/15 JAN 2019.

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I will let Club members know more details as they become available.

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NO SAILING 16 JAN 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 5:25 AM Comments comments ()

Due to the forecast temperature for this Wednesday, there will be no sailing at Paris Creek.

THE FESTIVE SEASON

Posted by Terry Smith on January 14, 2019 at 9:30 PM Comments comments ()

We had some pretty good turnouts over the festive season. There was no formal racing and everything was Rafferty's Rules. A lot of barging went on at the marks but it was all taken in good humour.

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One of my highlights over this period was a day spent sailing Roy Shelton's Wee Nip. This is not a real hard boat to rig. To set up you:

stick the mast into its' hole in the deck, and

attach the main (only) sheet to the boom via a cleat to set your close hauled position.

Depending on the weather conditions you might adjust the foot tension via another cleat.

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I believe that it could benefit from a another adjustment - a line to give downhaul on the clew to adjust the leach shape.

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Nevertheless, it is a fun boat to sail, quite sparkling in performance when the wind suits and a ROCKET down-wind.

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If anyone wanted to make one, Roy has the plans. They are a simple hull to construct. It uses a servo to adjust the sail. The sail has a cunning method to induce shape into it. All up I reckon you could have one in the water for under $100 if you already have a transmitter.

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Thanks for the chance to have that day sailing, Roy. Cheers.

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05 DEC 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on December 4, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments ()

Bring your buckets and spades, kiddies. We're going to build sand castles!

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01 DEC 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on December 2, 2018 at 6:35 AM Comments comments ()

I won't call it racing because there was only one person stupid enough to put his boat in the water. You need two fools to have a race.

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We couldn't even have a barbecue because we didn't have enough nails to fix the sausages to the plate. I don't know how we would have managed to glue the sausages to the bread even if we had cooked them. Angus and Tillie would have had a ball chasing the sausages across the paddock.

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DUCK RACE 11 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 15, 2018 at 7:50 AM Comments comments ()

Oh dear, my duck was a total failure. As soon as the big fan started, the duck rounded up and barged into the transom of the swamp boat where it stayed for the duration of the race. Planning/development for next year's duck has begun.

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We had a fair club turnout to tackle the VERY trying conditions on the river. The main wind was swinginging through 180 degrees with mini shifts happening several times per minute. A definite trial. I think that the boat that handled it best of all was Brian Pennifold's Micro Magic.

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Only one of our boats had to be rescued. Graham Alcock hijacked the Rotary tinny and played gondoliers to retrieve his Focus.

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We all have that moment when racing on the dam when we try to sail someone else's boat. This is understandable when there is a crowd of similar boats, of similar colours on the far side of the dam. It is a bit harder to explain away when there are only two boats on the water. The boats can only get about 20 meters away from you. One boat is pale blue while the other is very dark blue - almost black. It takes a real good line to explain when all  of these conditions are met AND.................ONE BOAT IS A MICRO MAGIC AND THE OTHER IS AN A CLASS. Should have gone to Spec Savers, Graham.

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MOST EXPENSIVE PART OF R/C YACHTS

Posted by Terry Smith on November 14, 2018 at 8:05 PM Comments comments ()

I was ordering parts for the A Class when I suddenly realised how much one particular part cost. I wonder if anyone can work out what it is?

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It is a part that is common to the majority of RC yachts.

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It cannot be bought as a single item, only as part of a kit. Every other part of the kit can be bought separately.

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The excessive cost is not so noticeable per item, but if you bought it in bulk. Think of it as buying gold. A tiny bit won't cost you much but if you buy it in bigger amounts it will cost heaps. It is only because the part is relatively small that you don't realise how much it is costing you.

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Send me your guesses as to what you think that it might be.

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A prize for the winner. I'll find something in the shed - I'm off there now to continue cleaning up.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY - STRATH DUCKS

Posted by Terry Smith on November 4, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments ()

11 o'clock, 11 November 2018 is the one hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War 1. I ask everyone please to spend a quiet minute in remembrance of all members of the Australian Armed Forces.

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11 November 2018 is also the day of the Strathalbyn Rotary Duck Races. I urge anyone that is able to come along to please do so. Bring a chair. There will be most of the regulars there and a few fresh faces would be welcome. The sailing area is suitable for most classes in our Club. Longer keeled boats such as Marbleheads and 10 Raters are more than welcome but they will be restricted to display only. Unless you want to get muddy feet.

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It would to be great to have more than one Focus there to have a bit of a race for the public to watch.

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Come along and you may even score a free sausage from Stan on the Rotary food stall. Don't say that I sent you.

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DUCK RACES 11 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on September 25, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments ()

Dear Terry,

The Rotary Club of Strathalbyn is once again holding the annual “Great Duck Race” on Sunday 11th Nov 2018.

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As you are aware this event is one of our most significant community service fundraisers, which has become iconic in Strathalbyn.

I am the Duck Race Event Coordinator this year, and can be contacted on 0406500783.

Rotary is seeking the support of your members to provide a demonstration of your model yachts on the Angus River.

We also invite your club to enter our “Best Dressed Duck” competition, where - for $50, your club can support the projects of Rotary and could win from a range of great prizes. I will attach an information sheet to this email with details on the Corporate Ducks and you may decide to enter your own duck and get creative. I can be contacted at any time on 0406500783.

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Regards,

Jane Littlejohns

Watervilla House