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RACING 05 DEC 2018

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

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 ()

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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FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

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

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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RACING 21 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 26, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments ()

For those of you who didn't notice, this was NOT a good day for sailing.

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This race, one of the legs for the Focus Championship, has been put back to Wednesday, 28 NOV 2018.

FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted by Terry Smith on November 18, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments ()

Don't forget Wednesday 21 NOV 2018 and Saturday 24 NOV 2018 are the FOCUS Championship days.

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Come and watch some one design racing with these grreat little boats.

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RATING ALERT

Posted by Terry Smith on November 18, 2018 at 4:55 PM Comments comments ()

Thanks to a gentle enquiry fron Peter White, I realised that I did not do new Correction Factors for the A Class yachts after the racing on 06 OCT 2018.

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As a result of that day's racing we have quite a crowd vying for gun sailor of the A Class boats.

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New results were not calculated from the State Championship because, as stated in the race report, we had no-one to record times. Hence the State Titles recorded Line Honours onlly.

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RACING 17 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 18, 2018 at 6:15 AM Comments comments ()

The penultimate Sternchaser for 2018. Breezes fair to fickle. Weather fine. We didn't have to get the rescue boat - only just.

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We had a good mix of boats and experience for our last but one for 2018.

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Congratulations to Bob Tuohy who came in to take the day by one point with his 10 Rater. I believe that he was grumbling about his handicap early in the day but all came together at the end. Well sailed Bob.

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John Lykke brought his Marblehead in on silver, just beating out third place by one point.

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There was a three way cat fight for the bronze. David Draper (Focus newcomer) came out on bottom by virtue of only scoring one first place while the other two scored a pair each. Geoff Smith (Marblehead newcomer) kicked Bob Watson's (Marblehead oldtimer) fingers off of the climb onto the podium by scoring one second place to Bob's none.

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Well done Geoff Smith. A bit inconsistent, but you got there.

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Well done Bob Watson. We realise that your sailing style was linguistically cramped by the presence of Bob Dare's young'uns. Tough toenails.

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Well done David Draper. Fairly consistent results through the day.

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Brian Pennifold's A Class missed out on the cat fight by two points. Close one Brian.

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Bob Dare didn't have a real good day. He only just beat Graham Alcock who only sailed in six of the ten races. I tried hard for you Bob, but I couldn't quite get you up there.

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Graham Alcock - what a man! When David Draper's Focus decided to chuck the towel in, Graham sacrificed his chances by handing off his boat to David. The things you do for the kids, eh?

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Thanks for an entertaining day, guys.

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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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