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THE ECOLOGY OF PARIS CREEK

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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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RACING 05 JAN 2019

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Our first A Class day of the year and we got what we really didn't need. No BBQ. We were unsure of how many would turn up and so cancelled it for the day. Apologies to Peter White who was shrinking noticeably through the day due to lack of nourishment.

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We also could have done without the wind from a vary rare direction for us - approximately SSE. This brought the wind from behind the shed and through all of the trees along the road. One might call the wind 'variable'. It was certainly very trying.

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My A Class almost made it to the start line of the first race when my winch snarled and turned the spring into a very long, skinny corkscrew. Oh dear! I just had to be PRO again.

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David Martin made it through two races before he decided that corkscrews were the go and did the same thing. At least he got on the board.

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Congratulations to Tony White on taking Line Honours in a masterful display of sailing. It was an inspirartion and education to watch. I tips me 'at to yer sire.

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Peter White had to be content to play second fiddle to Tony, but put in a great day's sailing regardless. Well done.

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Brian Pennifold put in his usual solid performance to round off the podium.

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As previously stated, David had to console him self with the acquisition of a new corkscrew. Honestly David, I had nothing to do with it. I wasn't even handicapping.

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The positions were identical on Corrected Time. Congratulations to Tony White. It's a pity what it did to your Correction Factor.

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We had a good turnout of Marbleheads and Bob Tuohy's 10 Rater. Congratulations to Buoy's Toy on taking Line Honours. It was pretty spectacular when she did the occasional planing run.

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Grant Murray and John Lykke rounded out the podium with only 4 points separating first and third. Well done all.

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Geoff Smith had what appeared to be one of those days. Thinga are not always what they seem.

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Bob Dare was having a good tussle with Geoff Smith until he had to leave.

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Congratulations to Bob Tuohy for winning Corrected Time as well. Look at your new Correction Factor!

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A big well done to Geoff Smith. What appearerd to be a so-so day on Line Honours turned out not bad at all on Corrected Time. There was a minor upgrade in your Correction Factor but nothing to worry about.

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Grant Murray and John Lykke sailed pretty well to their handicaps to finish in a draw. Grant won on count-back. Congratulations to the both of you.

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Bob Dare started off fine but his early retirement shot him down. Next time Bob.

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For the mixed fleet, I deducted one minute from all of the second division boats in order to get a proper result.

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Woo Hoo! Tony White's A Class beat Bob Tuohy's 10 Rater, but only by 4 points. Looking back at the aggregate times for the day with no discounts, Tony was only 54 seconds ahead of Bob. 5.4 seconds per race average. Tony won six of the ten races. Well done to the pair of you.

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Grant Murray did well too, reaching the bottom step of the podium only six points behind Tony. Onya Muzza.

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John Lykke missed the podium by three points. Bad luck John.

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Peter White brought the second A Class home in fifth place overall.

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A bit further back were Geoff Smith and Brian Pennifold.

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Even further back were the truant Bob Dare and bottle-opener David Martin.

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Bob Tuohy won the Fleet Corrected Time with a fairly clear lead. Pity about the Correction Factor.

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Yaaaay, Geoff Smith placed second in the Fleet. Well done Geoff. You beat Tony White by one point!! Well done to the two of you.

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Big OOPS by me. I just noticed that Peter White and grant MurrayMurray tied for fifth place and Grant actually won on count-back. The results below need to be mentally corrected as I can't be bothered with all of the hassle of going back and changing the pictures on PhotoBucket.

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Bob Dare, Brian Pennifold and Mr Squiggle rounded out the fleet.

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And so to the New Correction factors. We have a new gun sailor.......Tony White has brought the A Class back to the top of the board. The last person to do this was Steve Arthur. Tony's new Correction Factor at the end of the day was 1.02. Everybody had their Factor divided by 1.02 to bring our top boat back to the 1,00. This managed to sneak a couple of sailors down one Division on the Stern Chaser. Well done Tony. Just wait for the next Stern Chaser if you're willing to run the A Class in it.

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The other biggish jump was Bob Tuohy whose10 Rater is only 0.01 behind Tony.

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Thanks all for a good and entertaining day.

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DON SMITH

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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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RACING 15 DEC 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on January 14, 2019 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I suppose I had better catch up on my homework.

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This was our last stern chaser of the year. If I recall rightly, the wind was light and dropped out causing a cancellation of races after Race 7.

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David 'You can't beat the handicapper' Martin was going to pull out after Race 6 but decided to go for one more. David was ahead at the end of Race 6. If Grant Murray had won Race 7, he would have won the day on count-back. Congratulations, however, to David on his win.

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Well done also to Grant Murray on a well-fought second place.

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Brian Pennifold kept the A Class flag flying with a close third place.

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John Lykke was just pipped by Brian. So close.

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Bob Dare put in a good day with his Marblehead and wasn't that far back from the leaders.

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Then came the peleton.

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Geoff Smith led the peloton on count-back.

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Graham Alcock was placed second in the peloton.

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Bob ##$@?!!! Watson should have sailed at least one more race and he would have beaten the peloton.

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Bob Tuohy tailed up the peloton.

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David Draper sailed the safety boat.

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Good fun. Funny to spectate.

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RACING 05 DEC 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on December 5, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

What a beautiful day to build sand castles! We even had a 4 year plus one day old to christen the sand pit. After digging around with an old tree branch and a stainless steel cup and then seeing the baby swallows he decided that he wanted to come out again. Hook 'em young before they get into computer games.

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We had the usual Foci plus a couple of ring-ins. Congtatulations to Graham Alcock on his narrow Line Honours win.

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A big well done to Bob Dare who, despite scoring as many firsts as Graham, finished in second place. Were it not for a couple of tactical errors close to the finish line, Bob could have knocked Graham down a spot. As usual Bob saved his worst for last. Probably losing concentration while anticipating his chiro visit.

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Bob Tuohy once again proved that there is many a fine tune played on an old fiddle by rounding out the podium, two points behind Bob Dare.

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Graham Edwards started off with a roar and, despite the appearance of the Line Honours score-line, sailed well through the day.

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Adriaan Sakko had his moments. Unfortunately the breeze did not favour his boat on the day.

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David Hyde sailed a couple of races and then dropped back to the spectator mode. Nothing wrong with that. Whatever floats your boat.

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At the dam, I think I said that Bob Dare had won the Corrected Time. However, it turned out that I had incorrectly given him two discards. While the sand was being delivered I was unable to get times for the first two races. Hence the Corrected Time was only scored over Races 3 to 9 which only allowed for one discard.

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Ta Da!! Well done Graham Edwards. A just reward for your improvement over the year.

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To Bob Dare............Ya, Boo, Sucks. You should have gone for the extra race.  Second on Line Honours AND Corrected Time. Too bad Bob, but a great result.

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Bob Tuohy also did a double by placing third on both finishes.

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Graham Alcock just scraped in ahead of Adriaan Sakko.

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Again, David Hyde provided the commentary.

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So, how did all of this affect the Correction Factors?

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Graham Alcock, being the gun sailor for the day, stayed exactly where he was.

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Bob Dare shifted from 0.81 up to 0.91.

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Graham Edwards was the big mover by shifting from .68 to 0.84.

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Bob Tuohy sailed exactly to his Factor with respect to Graham Alcock and stayed right on his 0.89

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Adriann Sakko is now rated at 0.83 which looks a bit high but that is how the numbers panned out. Future races will refine this.

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David Hyde didn't sail enough races to get re-rated.

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It is Marblehead/10 Rater on Saturday. I may not be there as I've got a grandson's birthday party to go to at some stage of the day. Whoopee!

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05 DEC 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on December 4, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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 (0)

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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FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 26, 2018 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

SATURDAY 24 NOV 2018

A small, but determined, crew turned out for this, the first leg of the Focus Championship, after racing was blown out on the 21st. Conditions were fine with all of the subtle variations that are possible at times on the dam.

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Congratulations to Bob Dare who best handled the conditions for a very solid win. He got a bit tired towards the end and slipped in a couple of seconds and then he had to go off for his afternoon nap. He still did enough to take the day. If he went for his nap one race earlier things would have been very close.

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Well done to David Draper who started off a bit unsteadily but improved through the day. It's a bit harder without Graham's driving hand up the back of your jumper. Well sailed nevertheless.

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Geoff Smith just plain had a shit day. We all get these occasionally. Still, you made it onto the podium. 

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Congratulations to David Draper on winning the Corrected Time. It's a pity about your new Correction Factor.

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Well done Bob Dare who just scraped in ahead of Geoff Smith

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If Bob Dare can win the Line Honours on Wednesday he will automatically take out Line Honours Champion, Focus, 2018. If someone else takes it out there will be a one-on-one at some stage to determine the winner.

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Graham Alcock will be sailing his boat on Wednesday and so David Draper will not have a boat. David and whoever wins the Corrected Time on Wednesday will have a one-on-one, on Corrected Time, to determine the final result.

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As a result of Saturday's results, David Draper, who was on a Correction Factor of 0.65 has jumped up to 0.73.

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WEDNESDAY 28 NOV 2018

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I don't know what it is with the Foci guys, but they seem to enjoy threesomes. A different trio from the Saturday competitors.

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Congratulations to Bob Watson on completing a whole day without breaking anything winning Line Honours. An almost perfect copy book that was cleaned up on discards. Well done.

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Graham Alcock sat on Bob's hammer waiting to pounce. He just left it a bit late. Too bad Graham, but well sailed.

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Roy Shelton rounded out the podium with a reasonable performance from a boat that he was basically sailing cold being as how he is new to the class and had not had a chance to do even any basic tuning. He was also hampered with a winch that would not run out far enough for down-wind work. Nice sailing anyway Roy.

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On Corrected Time, Roy Shelton and Graham Alcock tied and the count-back had to go down to second places before Roy came out ahead. Well done Roy, tough toe-nails Graham.

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Bob Watson just managed to get onto the podium.

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It is now up to the two Bobs (Dare and Watson) to agree on a date for a shoot-out for Line Honours. Don't take too long about it please.

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Similarly, David Draper and Roy Shelton will have to come up with a date to decide the Corrected Time winner. With only 0.02 between them it should be an interesting day.

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Just another thing to note - Graham Alcock's Correction Factor has jumped from 0.83 up to 0.92. I'm sorry Graham, I won't fiddle with your rig again.

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