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2014 SSANZ SAS Series NZ Spars and Rigging 60 Race


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#21 B00B00

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 01:20 PM

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:18 PM

SSANZ NZ spars and rigging 60 report

We got a mint start, at the favoured pin (leeward) end of the line. The Entertainer who were just to windward powered up and quickly sailed over us, disappearing into the distance. Sadly for us this was the last we saw of them as they found another mode 2 sail reaching and were gone, this was a bad start to the day as we give them a lot of time on handicap. We held our 2nd place lane as far as browns Island where the Grunt Machine slowly snuck past. Watching these 2 boats sail away was hard as there was simply nothing we could do, not even with me hiking as hard as I could. Lacking waterline length but with a high handicap is not really what you want in a race which is 90% tight 2 sail reaching so we were in damage control mode. We knew a podium result was unachievable so were just trying to it in and not bleed too many points.
The rest of the reach to the bottom end was relatively uneventful other than some dolphins and loud music(had to be loud to drown out Damons Singing...).
The breeze had slowly built to be about 15kts and swung aft ever so slightly as we got further down. Entertainer was so far ahead we couldn’t even see them, Grunt Machine was not too far ahead and the rest of the fleet including the Y88s were tucked nicely behind.
We hoisted early and had a tight spinnaker reach briefly before clearing the point then squared aft down the channel.
Chucked a few gybes in on puffs and shifts and made nice gains back on Grunt Machine and put plenty of time on the No Worries who were not far behind. We knew there would be plenty of tide running against us in the firth of thames so wanted to be on the inside at kauri point where there is less tide and possibly even a back eddy. We had decided to run the gennaker along the coast so setup for a gybe peel from spinnaker to gennaker which worked out well. We managed to sneak back ahead of Grunt Machine on this leg and passed a few Farr 1020s who were out in plenty of tide. This was a great fun leg with speeds between 8-12kts and some nice little surfs. I was glad we got to test out the new reaching gennaker that I had spent so many late nights in the loft finishing! It was a glamour but sadly only featured for about 15 minutes..
We had pushed hard and managed to round Waiheke for the long leg home in 2nd spot behind The Entertainer who was long gone at this stage. The leg home was going to be a real punishing as the wind had built even more to 15-20kts and the angle just cracked sheets was our worst possible. Sure enough it didn’t take long for a string of Ross 930s to use their extra 4 ft of waterline to advantage and Grunt Machine quickly passed us and sailed away. We could see No Worries and Wild Oats steadily gaining behind but not much we could do. We managed to hold them off and rounded Motutapu in 3rd spot on the water. A quick peel to the #2 jib for the beat home in the lee of Motutapu and they were right there behind us. We didn’t hold much hope of holding anyone else off and thought it was going to turn real ugly for us. We did the long board first almost all the way to the bays, tacked over and laid up to Tamaki yacht club for one last tack into the finish. A few others had gained but we had managed to dig it in and hold off No Worries who was breathing down our neck for the whole beat to take a well earned 3rd on Line. As expected our handicap results didn’t stack up and we got a disappointing 6th on handicap.
We were happy with how we sailed, it was a flawless race from us and there was absolutely nothing more we could have done. Conditions were against us but we limited the damage by working hard and not getting down about it. Well done to The Entertainer, they just did an horizon job on the fleet and also Grunt Machine who sailed well and had battled with us for most of the race.
BIG thanks to Tom Coote for lending SSANZ his cruising catamaran as a start boat and to the volunteers who spent a huge amount of time out there starting and finishing us.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:35 PM

I just remembered hearing a port/stbd over the radio - what was the story there?
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:36 PM

What happened to Heaven and Hell, we crossed tacks with them and they looked to have it in the bag, then came back a few minutes later and were well behind with Sailor Moon comfortably in front. Bum Tack?

We ended up neck and neck with them on the line, they pipped us by a second. I'm not sure if the finish boat took our prod in account or not ;-) Just kidding they did a super tack underneath.


I was on Sweeny Todd. We caught right up to HnH on the finish line. There were heaps of short lifts and knocks with good gains to be made :thumbup: Those who just banged a corner seemed to miss out.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:24 PM

I just remembered hearing a port/stbd over the radio - what was the story there?


Apparently an elliot with a prod decided to to a spot of jousting with a big grader
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:41 PM

And it wasn't Spearhead...
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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:16 PM

It’s been good to get back out on the water after a bit of a break sailing on other boats. The first race went OK but some of our decision making left a bit to be desired and we were disappointed with the result. Since the last race I have completed some mast mods to get rid of some of the ropes and bungee that was floating around in runners and checks. We now rely on a sleeve and masthead back stays only with the mast being stiff enough to control the forestay. It all seemed to work well giving much better control over the top of the rig.
We got a reasonable start, finding the MB and sticking behind them as close as we could although slightly behind and to weather. The 930s all rolled passed by Browns Is and we got to the bottom end amongst the tail-enders in the 88 fleet. Could still see the MB so OK for us. Kite hoist was good although the main inverts when its fully eased which is a nuisance, and slow. Nice run down the channel although the boats that gybed more did better. Interesting watching the Squid getting a squirt on down the eastern side of the channel only to hit the putty. A big lurch, a bit of a wriggle and they were off again. Our big error coming out of the channel was delaying the gybe and getting caught in the tide. Dropped the kite and got back into it. The blade and main were plenty on the leg back to Matutapu and we managed to drag back some of the boats that had passed us at Kauri Point. Had a good close race with Unitec II all of the way around and just kept ahead of them at the finish by 1 minute. All in all we felt pretty happy and are looking forward to the last race. A special thanks to the SSANZ team for arranging another great series.
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Posted 15 August 2014 - 08:34 AM

I see another protest is up on the SSANZ site, this time for starting between the boat and the inner distance marker.


Protest dismissed
Due to IDM not remaining in correct position.
Full findings will be on the SSANZ site in due course

There will also be an amendment to the SI in relation to rule 8.2
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Posted 15 August 2014 - 09:03 AM

I see another protest is up on the SSANZ site, this time for starting between the boat and the inner distance marker.


Protest dismissed
Due to IDM not remaining in correct position.
Full findings will be on the SSANZ site in due course

There will also be an amendment to the SI in relation to rule 8.2


That is interesting. It seemed pretty cut and dried from reading the protest.

I look forward to the findings.
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Posted 18 August 2014 - 07:02 PM

Rafferty Rules ssanz 60

Great day out. I was missing a crew so thank to Damien off Wild Oats for coming along.
Off the marina at 615am for the motor down to town. (Jeez you townies have it easy getting to the boat in the light). Polished off a thermos of coffee and a bacon and egg roll while the sun was coming up - it was looking like a magic day.
Found my crew and thanks to the live sail die guys on a rib who did the crew transfer.
Got a reasonable start chasing a few boats out to Motuihi, and got a good hoist behind Motuihi.
It was all looking roses, dropping boats behind and catching boats in front, warm sun, cold beer it just doesn't get much better than this.

Hoping we could still hold our masthead kite after the aha's was a vain hope. It looked ok for a while but after falling over a couple of times we decided that the fractional zero was going to be a better weapon. Man I love roller furlers. The fractional zero was an ancient laminate number 1 off faster coyote which I cut down to fit half way out our prod, it puled like a school boy and we managed to pull away from more boats. 4th or 5th around navy boat we got rid of the zero and settled in for a hard beat. This is our least liked point of sail. we headed for north shore to get out of the tide and the chop hammered us and she just lacked power upwind 2 up. slowly most of the heavier boats caught us I guess I should have stayed more in the tide. we ended up popping a reef in near the finish as we were being blown a bit flat by a couple of 20k bullets. The one redeeming feature for us on the beat was the dolphins
Then off to drop damien at the wharf and head home. at least gulf harbour was down hill and the dolphins dropped by to say goodnight on sunset. .
Overall an awesome day with not such a great result for us.
Thanks to ssanz for running it. I wasn't expecting the handicaps to be adjusted throughout the series so that was a surprise . I guess everyone has to have crack at winning.
Thanks to ginge for the pics.

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