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Freedom GBE last won the day on July 14 2019

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  1. "Interestingly, while the engine was running, the raw water flow out the exhaust went from a good heavy flow to a much lighter flow and hence why i checked the engine." Water must have backed up into your exhaust and into the piston chamber. Water wont compress. I would put money on the new head gasket.
  2. The number one is tied to a bridle near the back of the engine pod beam that we can adjust from side to side and up and down. The number two has a block on the main beam we don't bother adjust during a race,
  3. We spotted her on her usual dock yesterday. We were tying up next to her. Fear and panic at first. We called the Westhaven office and they came out and helped us. Westhaven staff are totally at ease around her and our fears were quickly put to rest. She is very docile on the dock. Just rolls from side to side and rolls away when you get close. She is scared of humans which is a good thing. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her up close and would like to see her stay. There are bigger sharks and Orca in our Harbour. The only difference is that they don't come on land and show of their size and teeth. Who in their right mind would shoot an Orca? Don't shoot Happy Teeth she is no different. She looks perfectly healthy.
  4. Freedom GBE

    Whoops!

    Aren't leaners supposed to be all luxury. How are you supposed to serve a cup of tea?
  5. Paid and sent the email. The email bounced back with an error message saying it did not arive at some of the recipients, Anyway we will be on the start. What radio channel is the committee going to use?
  6. Lubricate with chain oiil on all moving parts, most often on the main slides, hanks and center boards. It doesnt evaporate like CRC and doesnt dry out like grease.
  7. They should be pushing the boat over the design speed to see what would happen. The photos show the bow stayed above the water. Ploughing under is a slight exaggeration. I am surprised at how little it leaned over. Blowing my mind. I was expecting (hoping) the spreaders to hit the water when they crashed. The Rangi channel is an unpredictable area to sail, wind against tide, ferrys, ships, stinkpots, waves in all directions, sea breezes fighting the prevailing shifty SW and scattering of obstacles like kayaks, buoys and fishos. Haven't heard the term "The paddock" I like that name for that area.
  8. Freedom GBE

    apache cat

    Agreed. Except I always like what Erice says. You are very special Erice.
  9. Freedom GBE

    apache cat

    Nice. 7 hours and seventeen minutes in the CC, that is a fast cruiser.
  10. At 2 minutes 40 we zip across.
  11. Freedom made it in one piece. The old wooden GBE is now around 43 years old. We saw some good speed in the gusts. Reaching on choppy seas, angle of death, smacking into waves . We got in before dark. Well done to all the 8.5s especially Lucifer, driving it like they stole it. Good weekend all round.
  12. They reported 5+ meter waves. If it crashes through the hatch, I can imagine the force of the water and air inside the boat will be twice the height of the wave. Like the kinetic forces in the blow hole at Muriwai, it spews out water twice the height of the wave. That will pop any window. On some stormwater outfalls on the beach we construct air releases to stop our heavy cast iron covers from popping. Might be worth having hinge type hatches closed on a mechanical fuse and a spring to let air out but not let water in.
  13. We left Fiji on a fastish cruising cat a few days earlyer than Essence. The forecast on Predict wind when we left Fiji was moderate westerlies for the last few days of our trip. The forecast changed about three days in to our trip, we got light easterlies all the way instead. We still had a dream ride down. We could see this storm on the predict wind maps when were about half way, from memory it was following about 400 miles behind us. Essence had possibly left Fiji already when the forecast changed. Then hoping to go around the east of the storm. Waves could have slowed them down.
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