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#41 Steve Pope

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 01:49 PM

Slight thread drift but I finished my Jordan Series Drogue today.  Final stage was packing it into the launching bag, which clips on at the back of the boat.  I'm happy with how it came out.

 

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Great job, I wish mine (made many years ago ) packed down that small, using 3 strand 16mm it overflows a 25L bucket and needs to be set up early. Very difficult to do once things start to turn pear shaped.


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#42 Island Time

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 02:40 PM

Imo the deployment system is almost as important as the device itself. If it's not easy to use, it will likely get out off, rather than used early...
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Posted 19 October 2019 - 05:50 PM

For you experienced cruisers (Matt , BP ? ) what have you found to be a good wind direction when  returning from Noumea ?

 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:01 PM

Northerly! But that does not happen often. You want to approach NZ on the back side of a high, and use the NE  to come in. Otherwise, you normally leave in a SE (Trade) and drop to the W a bit, hoping to pick up a NW on the approach of a low for the last couple of hundred miles. Lows are risky though, at this time of year they can be significantly stronger than predicted. 

 

If you end up with the wind abeam, you have done well.


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:13 PM

Thanks, looks like it is predominately in the W sector for the next few days.


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#46 BOIGuy

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:27 PM

Found this interesting read on the subject

 

https://www.facebook...2984?__tn__=K-R

 

There was one I thought I saved but can't find it, a step by step on when to leave and when to make your decisions on route, thought it was by Bob McDavitt, the article below is similar but not as detailed, maybe someone else knows the one I'm thinking about.

 

https://www.noonsite...-pacific-to-nz/


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#47 RushMan

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 12:40 PM

Thread drift alert....

Knowing how to balance the helm is a great tool, especially when the auto pilot is not playing the game.

A couple of years ago I did a delivery of an old wooden clunker from Batemans Bay to Wollongong

The wind was just off the nose for the second part of the trip from Ulladulla. The skipper had jumped off with the other two crew and had been replaced by the skippers nephew who had fished a bit offshore but had never sailed.

12 hours after leaving Ulladulla we were only just past Jervois Bay, the nephew was feeling a little better and was able to stand his watch.

During the time alone on deck I had managed to find the perfect sail/rudder trim. With the main sheeted out just a little bit, the rudder just angled to leeward the boat settled into a path that kept us reasonably straight. As the Genoa filled it pushed the bow down, then the main would fill and push the bow up, when the sails started luffing the rudder would bear the boat away... And repeat
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 03:07 PM

For you experienced cruisers (Matt , BP ? ) what have you found to be a good wind direction when  returning from Noumea ?
 
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Really hard to get this trip nice both ends at this time of year
I’ve always tried to get the front to pass across NZ when you are off Norfolk so your coming in on the back of it or halfway between it and the next one.
This will probably mean the first two days on the wind or motoring if your lucky.
One trip I did we motored or motorsaied the whole way, never turned the engine off from Noumea to Opua
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Posted 21 October 2019 - 07:15 AM

If you happened to be watching the weather over the last week a lot of boats left 3 or 4 days ago. Opua/NZ is about to see 20 boats plus arriving over the next few days.
As Matt said , they sucked up the SE for a day dropping SW or west, motored in the middle by the looks and are riding that low pressure in now. I mean what's left of the low, the SW.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 09:52 PM

If you happened to be watching the weather over the last week a lot of boats left 3 or 4 days ago. Opua/NZ is about to see 20 boats plus arriving over the next few days.
As Matt said , they sucked up the SE for a day dropping SW or west, motored in the middle by the looks and are riding that low pressure in now. I mean what's left of the low, the SW.

yes, we were one of them, left Noumea last Wed 16th, headed out on a SE course which gradually turned south and died. Motored for 3 days in flat clam, wind came in 10.00 Monday 21st, picked up to WSW 15-20, gusting 25 in the afternoon and overnight. Yacht was like a horse heading for its home paddock, sailing fast. North Cape 6.00am, and tied up at Opua 7.00pm today Tuesday 22nd. We knew we were racing the front coming thru tonite. Had good weather advice from Bruce Buckley (Australia). Predictwind's models were all low on wind strength. A very good passage.

The bulk of the ICNZ fleet did not leave Noumea until Saturday, some are going slow, otherwise anchored at Norfolk Is waiting for the front to go through and the seas to abate 


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