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#31 Boatworks

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 05:01 PM

Not too many reports this time it seems so here's our report from Provincial Cowboy - Ross 40 Longhaul 1.

A much better forecast for the 60 miler. Could do without another day of rain - the 50 was pretty wet. Quite a few improvements made to the boat since the first race = we are almost through the "must do's" but there's still a long list of "nice to have"s to work through.

Andy spent much of the week in bed with the nasty flu that has been hanging around - and once you catch it never seems to quite go away. By Thursday he thought he was pretty marginal to sail so I made some calls to some of our regulars find a back-up crew. It's amazing how many people actually have a life, were not waiting by the hone, and/or had already made plans for a weekend more than 2 days out - visiting parents, newborn babies etc etc. Most inconvenient. Anyway, thanks to Carl Syman who was on standby but not required in the end.

Quite nicely set for the start but then we had an issue with the sock on the gennaker. Bugger, 30 seconds late crossing the line. Still, better than Race 1. Almost immediately the breeze filled and knocked us which we figured was going to cause a problem with clearing the Illiomama Pole, which marking some rocks we very nearly had a previous relationship with a few years back so were very aware of. Pretty Boy Floyd had a similar problem down to leeward and there were probably others. After trying to work higher (for too long) we decided to shed the gennaker as it became clear we weren't going to make it. Bugger.

Getting the sail socked up proved to be another drama and so between that and a couple of mini round-ups we lost quite a bit of ground on the fleet here. Once we got rid of the gennaker and were back to reaching under number 2, Andy was knackered and needed a breather. The leaders had shot away and we were to leeward of Marshall Law providing them a great photo opportunity. We stayed that way down through the Waiheke Channel - didn't make any inroads at all it seemed. Most chose the inshore track which we chose to stay a bit further offshore. Not much in it until the inshore group got a nice breeze out of Onetangi and pulled ahead - it never seemed to quite get to us, a couple of hundred metres out. Another lesson for next time!

At Kauri Point we were almost 5 minutes behind a bunch including Craig on Marshall, Fineline and Spearhead with another group a similar distance ahead of them it seemed. The breeze went a bit funky around the corner with the current kicking up a big chop to punch into and some gusts from ahead and behind. We set up with plenty of twist and got the boat going nicely, getting a bit of height on the bunch ahead and then coming forward on them really quickly. Out into the solid breeze, we rolled over Marshall Law, FIneline and a couple of others. We came up to Bizarre who was in high mode and since we were on a knock we tacked toward the west - the boat felt pretty good in the solid breeze and when we came back to cross the bunch a few minutes later we had made a nice gain. Up ahead we could see a few boats and despite not doing anything too flash we seemed to reel them in towards the top - especially Marilyn and Gale Force who seemed to get tangled up in a precarious position close to the Shag Rock shore. Marilyn was last seen heading back to Auckland. Urban Cowboy crossed just ahead but we lost ground tacking away to staywell clear of the reef.

Nearing Shag we had once again discussed which downwind sail and went for the FRO due to the angle and what we thought might build to stronger breeze - sadly another wrong call as the breeze actually seemed to have eased a bit and we only rarely got powered up on the leg down to Gannet. Watched Phil come past in Wild Oats looking good. All the time we could see what looked like strong breeze lines up ahead so held off changing but it never amounted to much so we eventually lost heaps on the boats ahead like Urban Cowboy which quickly slipped away under a gennaker. Galeforce came back up to us looking nicely powered up.

After Gannet we changed from the FRO back to the number 2 for the 17 mile reach to Navy Buoy. We slowly pulled away from the boats behind and the guys ahead seemed to stretch a bit too - perhaps the wind backing and a bit of tide assistance elongating the fleet. So it was a bit boring without any company to pace ourselves against.

It was the same story for the 7 miles back to Haystack, a long beam reach and no company. We rounded Haystack about 13 minutes behind a bunch including Zealous, sistership Urban Cowboy and Whitebait and a few minutes in front of a bunch including our other sistership Marshall Law.

Then a long beat back up to Rangitoto Light. Pretty happy with the pace here - the rig and mainsail looked a lot better than we have seen it before and we seemed to have good speed. We headed straight up on port tack to try to maximise the tide boost into the Rangitoto channel. However up ahead the boats who tacked closer into the Rangitoto shore looked higher so maybe a bad call. But the boats behind us like the Marshall who tacked in seemed to lose.

As the breeze slowly eased the boat seemed to get going really well but again without anyone around us it was hard to know how we were going. A couple of large production boats appeared just ahead and we went past them pretty quickly but not sure what fleet they were in.

Nearing North Head we had to tack a couple more time to wait for a small container ship to come up the channel. A bit annoying but not too costly, just a couple of extra tacks.

Up to the finish line in a rapidly dropping breeze, lovely sail in with flat water with the tide pretty much on the turn. Thank you SSANZ.

After 3 attempts since buying the boat we managed to finish a race! And with nothing broken. 95% of the race went well but other 5% - mainly mistakes with sail selection - cost plenty. Using sails for the first time when you're not sure of optimum angles is not really a good plan. So there is plenty of potential to unlock.

Thanks to Rich Hulston for the rig tune on Friday morning, and Bushy at Norths for the main recut - it all looks 100% better as a result.

We have a lot to learn about sailing the boat, especially 2 up, but really happy with it and enjoying learning a new game.

p.s. Thanks to Craig on Marshall for the photos - sorry we didn't repay the favour.

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#32 smithy09

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:15 AM

Nice write up Simon. I will try and do one for the Marshall in the next few days. Been a bit hectic with a trip up to Russia straight after the Race.. You had the old girl going very well. The slide through at Kauri point was really nice as was the tack straight over afterwards. You gained heaps on that shift! Didn't realise you got so close to Urban up there. Good to see. Nice race for you guys in an unproven boat!! :clap: :clap: :clap: One day we will have 3 Ross 40s together... Coastal?? :D
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:59 AM

OK Boatworks I'll take your challenge and yep .. been busy.

Have been taking a few lessons watching BOOBOO's videography.

Here is War Machine's story ...

Make sure you select at least 720p option in the settings (gear wheel symbol on bottom right) and full screen for decent resolution when viewing or you won't be able to read my too fast and oh so funny captions .....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea2_6-MNJWg

and this is a screen shot video of the PredictWind tracker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfPU3sg4EIE

Need to get more boats using it .. makes for an interesting debrief.

Drag the scroll bar to fast forward. The source of the footage is here http://forecast.pred...king/race/ssanz
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 01:30 PM

trailed the boat down from Waipu on Friday and rigged her up at Bucks stuck her in the water decided not to do rummy so just fiddled with boat.
The breeze looked promising on Saturday morning a little S/W slowly freshening all the way to start.
Set up for genniker start change to code 0 then to genoa as wind freshened and backed S.
Excellent start boat end and a good reach to Motuhie. Set genniker with a twist but sorted it.
Good run to Waiheke breeze a bit soft and aft and we were worried about being caught from behind but once clear of waiheke and some more breeze we were off again. A few nose dives into waves ahead but all good.
Jibe at Aahas and carried Genniker all the way to navy some pretty good speeds and nose dives.
Rounded Navy bout 20mins ahead carried no1 genoa full main toward Long Bay being slightly headed as we neared the shore. Tacked on a knock and for a while were laying Rangi light.
Bad sea way and we needed more power only a few times were we overpowered. Knocked so tacked back to shore, the now forecast showed a swing to the SSW. More knocks as we got inshore so tacked to lay right to Bean Rock a couple more tacks to cross the line with a gun.
For a couple off old guys in the smallest boat which you have to work not bad. The boat is so stiff we didn't have to use the cant, may be take keel off all together.
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 06:49 PM

OK Boatworks I'll take your challenge and yep .. been busy.

Have been taking a few lessons watching BOOBOO's videography.

Here is War Machine's story ...

Make sure you select at least 720p option in the settings (gear wheel symbol on bottom right) and full screen for decent resolution when viewing or you won't be able to read my too fast and oh so funny captions .....


and this is a screen shot video of the PredictWind tracker.

Need to get more boats using it .. makes for an interesting debrief.

Drag the scroll bar to fast forward. The source of the footage is here http://forecast.pred...king/race/ssanz


Very nicely done guys. Agree re more using the tracker. We have figured out a good holder up near a cabin window to maintain coverage and we leave the phone plugged in to 12v all day. Worked well.
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 01:40 PM

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


Any update on this? I still can't see the decision on the website...
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 04:49 PM

The protest panel sends it through to Cameron and then he posts it on the website.
One of these steps hasn't happened yet, not sure which but I'm sure it will happen.
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:08 PM

Current sailing instructions:
8.2 The starting line will be a line from the signal mast of the SSANZ Committee boat and Northern Leading Buoy. Signals will be made from the boat. A yellow triangular SSANZ Safety at Sea buoy may be laid as an inner distance mark up to 30 metres from the start boat. Boats shall not pass between the SSANZ Safety at Sea buoy and the start boat.
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Posted 31 August 2014 - 07:12 AM

Protest decision attached below and Sailing Instruction Amendment on the SSANZ website

http://ssanz.co.nz/d... ... aepeng.pdf
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