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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Clipper in Cost to upgrade a keel   
    Of course it is! You guys know your boat very well and know how to sail her fast in all conditions!
     
    you deserved your result in the RNI and hopefully over the coming years we can get to know Kick as good as you.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from harrytom in Yanmar engine stop pull cable   
    I check engine regularly as i do all servicing etc so no issue there, caught a loose bolt on our trip back from barrier.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from erice in Round White Island 2019   
    Kicks Race report for the RAYC White Island Race.
     
    So Friday morning started at 7am leaving the dock for our trip down from Whangaparaoa to the start line off Devonport. All was going well until i noticed the instruments were displaying 11.7 volts.... that didn’t seem right so started investigating and we were getting no charge from the Alternator. After a bit of investigation and having a look back at my notes from when we pulled the engine out turns out we have 2 blue wires in the loom and i had put the wrong one on the alternator ???? so allgood we are now charging but have very flat batteries which is not ideal so alot of engine hours were ahead to boost the batteries up.
     
    Start time comes along and have decided on the small masthead kite was the best choice so off we go hoist the kite and immediately the boat keeps digging the bow in and wiping out, after a while we ended up with a big twist so was time to get it down and decision was made to go to A3, up it went along with the snuffer line ???? so far not so good. Down comes the A3 secure the snuffer line and un twist the tack and up we go again with a better result and finally we are off sitting all but last so we now had some ground to make up with both 1050’s in the distance.
     
    Once we got past Browns we started pushing and the boat still didnt feel right, decided to reef and finally the boat lifted up and felt normal again, with no previous experience sailing with a square top main we now have alot of appreciation around how powerful it was and reefing was now a big part of modeing the boat correctly. Next was the new backstays were stretching so we had to quickly rig up a back up purchase onto the leeward winch before we lost the top of the rig. Amongst all this excitement we have lost the wind wand off the top of the rig which causes even more grief later in the race.
     
    We are now settled in starting pull in a few boats and clawed back Sniper 1 of the other 1050’s hitting a top speed of 18.6 knots heading for Channel Island. Snuffed the A3 and gybed over heading for the outside of the Mercs and the all the instruments shut down ????, turns out the wire broke on the wind gear and shorted out the system. Kept pushing hard back onto full main sitting on the edge of control at times and looked a bit like the Motorboat videos with alot of water over the decks not as constant tho. In behind the mercs it calmed down so went and sorted the fuses in the instruments and isolated the wind gear but unable to get the auto pilot going again, alot of hand steering was ahead of us!
     
    As dark came we dropped the A3 and the plan was to go to the FRO but the furler had been put in a very safe place and for the life of me couldn’t find it so settled on the #2 down to White Island which felt good but when Gale Force showed back up on AIS they had put 8 mile on us so big loss there but had put about 5 Mile on Sniper. Rounded white Island somewhere around 1-2am? Memory a bit vague but did see the volcano under the moonlight and smelt the Sulphur, would really like to see in daylight one day!
     
    Settled in upwind double reefed and #2, very hard to know how we were going with no wind gear so had to sail by feel the whole way back to Channel island, we stayed out wide waiting for it to clock North which never came and when we came back inside cuvier Sniper crossed only Meters in front but we pushed into the land and when we came out we crossed back in front just as the breeze was shutting down and the turn of the tide approaching. Not managing to get to Channel before the tide turned we started heading back out to sea at about 1 knot. About 5 hours later we finally got around and started heading for home with Sniper just inside us.
     
    As the Breeze started filling we went onto the A2 which carried us all the way to the finish with the company of Dolphins and a blue sunny sky opening up a lead of a couple of minutes to Sniper and the Mighty C U Later Yachting hunting us down. Finishing at 10.50 am Sunday morning.
     
    Good work to Ken and Sam on the Gale Force Racing for showing us how it is done!
     
    All in all was a great shake down after our refit but probably a bit optimistic taking on a 320nm race 1 week after re launching the boat and it really showed we had a few bugs to iron out and new sails we need to learn plus a rig tune would go a long way to our windward performance.
     
    Thanks to all the volunteers from Royal Akarana Yacht Club for putting this race together????, Kick will be back for another lap!
     
    Next up is #rni2020
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Jon in Round White Island 2019   
    Kicks Race report for the RAYC White Island Race.
     
    So Friday morning started at 7am leaving the dock for our trip down from Whangaparaoa to the start line off Devonport. All was going well until i noticed the instruments were displaying 11.7 volts.... that didn’t seem right so started investigating and we were getting no charge from the Alternator. After a bit of investigation and having a look back at my notes from when we pulled the engine out turns out we have 2 blue wires in the loom and i had put the wrong one on the alternator ???? so allgood we are now charging but have very flat batteries which is not ideal so alot of engine hours were ahead to boost the batteries up.
     
    Start time comes along and have decided on the small masthead kite was the best choice so off we go hoist the kite and immediately the boat keeps digging the bow in and wiping out, after a while we ended up with a big twist so was time to get it down and decision was made to go to A3, up it went along with the snuffer line ???? so far not so good. Down comes the A3 secure the snuffer line and un twist the tack and up we go again with a better result and finally we are off sitting all but last so we now had some ground to make up with both 1050’s in the distance.
     
    Once we got past Browns we started pushing and the boat still didnt feel right, decided to reef and finally the boat lifted up and felt normal again, with no previous experience sailing with a square top main we now have alot of appreciation around how powerful it was and reefing was now a big part of modeing the boat correctly. Next was the new backstays were stretching so we had to quickly rig up a back up purchase onto the leeward winch before we lost the top of the rig. Amongst all this excitement we have lost the wind wand off the top of the rig which causes even more grief later in the race.
     
    We are now settled in starting pull in a few boats and clawed back Sniper 1 of the other 1050’s hitting a top speed of 18.6 knots heading for Channel Island. Snuffed the A3 and gybed over heading for the outside of the Mercs and the all the instruments shut down ????, turns out the wire broke on the wind gear and shorted out the system. Kept pushing hard back onto full main sitting on the edge of control at times and looked a bit like the Motorboat videos with alot of water over the decks not as constant tho. In behind the mercs it calmed down so went and sorted the fuses in the instruments and isolated the wind gear but unable to get the auto pilot going again, alot of hand steering was ahead of us!
     
    As dark came we dropped the A3 and the plan was to go to the FRO but the furler had been put in a very safe place and for the life of me couldn’t find it so settled on the #2 down to White Island which felt good but when Gale Force showed back up on AIS they had put 8 mile on us so big loss there but had put about 5 Mile on Sniper. Rounded white Island somewhere around 1-2am? Memory a bit vague but did see the volcano under the moonlight and smelt the Sulphur, would really like to see in daylight one day!
     
    Settled in upwind double reefed and #2, very hard to know how we were going with no wind gear so had to sail by feel the whole way back to Channel island, we stayed out wide waiting for it to clock North which never came and when we came back inside cuvier Sniper crossed only Meters in front but we pushed into the land and when we came out we crossed back in front just as the breeze was shutting down and the turn of the tide approaching. Not managing to get to Channel before the tide turned we started heading back out to sea at about 1 knot. About 5 hours later we finally got around and started heading for home with Sniper just inside us.
     
    As the Breeze started filling we went onto the A2 which carried us all the way to the finish with the company of Dolphins and a blue sunny sky opening up a lead of a couple of minutes to Sniper and the Mighty C U Later Yachting hunting us down. Finishing at 10.50 am Sunday morning.
     
    Good work to Ken and Sam on the Gale Force Racing for showing us how it is done!
     
    All in all was a great shake down after our refit but probably a bit optimistic taking on a 320nm race 1 week after re launching the boat and it really showed we had a few bugs to iron out and new sails we need to learn plus a rig tune would go a long way to our windward performance.
     
    Thanks to all the volunteers from Royal Akarana Yacht Club for putting this race together????, Kick will be back for another lap!
     
    Next up is #rni2020
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from ex Elly in Round White Island 2019   
    Kicks Race report for the RAYC White Island Race.
     
    So Friday morning started at 7am leaving the dock for our trip down from Whangaparaoa to the start line off Devonport. All was going well until i noticed the instruments were displaying 11.7 volts.... that didn’t seem right so started investigating and we were getting no charge from the Alternator. After a bit of investigation and having a look back at my notes from when we pulled the engine out turns out we have 2 blue wires in the loom and i had put the wrong one on the alternator ???? so allgood we are now charging but have very flat batteries which is not ideal so alot of engine hours were ahead to boost the batteries up.
     
    Start time comes along and have decided on the small masthead kite was the best choice so off we go hoist the kite and immediately the boat keeps digging the bow in and wiping out, after a while we ended up with a big twist so was time to get it down and decision was made to go to A3, up it went along with the snuffer line ???? so far not so good. Down comes the A3 secure the snuffer line and un twist the tack and up we go again with a better result and finally we are off sitting all but last so we now had some ground to make up with both 1050’s in the distance.
     
    Once we got past Browns we started pushing and the boat still didnt feel right, decided to reef and finally the boat lifted up and felt normal again, with no previous experience sailing with a square top main we now have alot of appreciation around how powerful it was and reefing was now a big part of modeing the boat correctly. Next was the new backstays were stretching so we had to quickly rig up a back up purchase onto the leeward winch before we lost the top of the rig. Amongst all this excitement we have lost the wind wand off the top of the rig which causes even more grief later in the race.
     
    We are now settled in starting pull in a few boats and clawed back Sniper 1 of the other 1050’s hitting a top speed of 18.6 knots heading for Channel Island. Snuffed the A3 and gybed over heading for the outside of the Mercs and the all the instruments shut down ????, turns out the wire broke on the wind gear and shorted out the system. Kept pushing hard back onto full main sitting on the edge of control at times and looked a bit like the Motorboat videos with alot of water over the decks not as constant tho. In behind the mercs it calmed down so went and sorted the fuses in the instruments and isolated the wind gear but unable to get the auto pilot going again, alot of hand steering was ahead of us!
     
    As dark came we dropped the A3 and the plan was to go to the FRO but the furler had been put in a very safe place and for the life of me couldn’t find it so settled on the #2 down to White Island which felt good but when Gale Force showed back up on AIS they had put 8 mile on us so big loss there but had put about 5 Mile on Sniper. Rounded white Island somewhere around 1-2am? Memory a bit vague but did see the volcano under the moonlight and smelt the Sulphur, would really like to see in daylight one day!
     
    Settled in upwind double reefed and #2, very hard to know how we were going with no wind gear so had to sail by feel the whole way back to Channel island, we stayed out wide waiting for it to clock North which never came and when we came back inside cuvier Sniper crossed only Meters in front but we pushed into the land and when we came out we crossed back in front just as the breeze was shutting down and the turn of the tide approaching. Not managing to get to Channel before the tide turned we started heading back out to sea at about 1 knot. About 5 hours later we finally got around and started heading for home with Sniper just inside us.
     
    As the Breeze started filling we went onto the A2 which carried us all the way to the finish with the company of Dolphins and a blue sunny sky opening up a lead of a couple of minutes to Sniper and the Mighty C U Later Yachting hunting us down. Finishing at 10.50 am Sunday morning.
     
    Good work to Ken and Sam on the Gale Force Racing for showing us how it is done!
     
    All in all was a great shake down after our refit but probably a bit optimistic taking on a 320nm race 1 week after re launching the boat and it really showed we had a few bugs to iron out and new sails we need to learn plus a rig tune would go a long way to our windward performance.
     
    Thanks to all the volunteers from Royal Akarana Yacht Club for putting this race together????, Kick will be back for another lap!
     
    Next up is #rni2020
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from NZTiger in Round White Island 2019   
    Kicks Race report for the RAYC White Island Race.
     
    So Friday morning started at 7am leaving the dock for our trip down from Whangaparaoa to the start line off Devonport. All was going well until i noticed the instruments were displaying 11.7 volts.... that didn’t seem right so started investigating and we were getting no charge from the Alternator. After a bit of investigation and having a look back at my notes from when we pulled the engine out turns out we have 2 blue wires in the loom and i had put the wrong one on the alternator ???? so allgood we are now charging but have very flat batteries which is not ideal so alot of engine hours were ahead to boost the batteries up.
     
    Start time comes along and have decided on the small masthead kite was the best choice so off we go hoist the kite and immediately the boat keeps digging the bow in and wiping out, after a while we ended up with a big twist so was time to get it down and decision was made to go to A3, up it went along with the snuffer line ???? so far not so good. Down comes the A3 secure the snuffer line and un twist the tack and up we go again with a better result and finally we are off sitting all but last so we now had some ground to make up with both 1050’s in the distance.
     
    Once we got past Browns we started pushing and the boat still didnt feel right, decided to reef and finally the boat lifted up and felt normal again, with no previous experience sailing with a square top main we now have alot of appreciation around how powerful it was and reefing was now a big part of modeing the boat correctly. Next was the new backstays were stretching so we had to quickly rig up a back up purchase onto the leeward winch before we lost the top of the rig. Amongst all this excitement we have lost the wind wand off the top of the rig which causes even more grief later in the race.
     
    We are now settled in starting pull in a few boats and clawed back Sniper 1 of the other 1050’s hitting a top speed of 18.6 knots heading for Channel Island. Snuffed the A3 and gybed over heading for the outside of the Mercs and the all the instruments shut down ????, turns out the wire broke on the wind gear and shorted out the system. Kept pushing hard back onto full main sitting on the edge of control at times and looked a bit like the Motorboat videos with alot of water over the decks not as constant tho. In behind the mercs it calmed down so went and sorted the fuses in the instruments and isolated the wind gear but unable to get the auto pilot going again, alot of hand steering was ahead of us!
     
    As dark came we dropped the A3 and the plan was to go to the FRO but the furler had been put in a very safe place and for the life of me couldn’t find it so settled on the #2 down to White Island which felt good but when Gale Force showed back up on AIS they had put 8 mile on us so big loss there but had put about 5 Mile on Sniper. Rounded white Island somewhere around 1-2am? Memory a bit vague but did see the volcano under the moonlight and smelt the Sulphur, would really like to see in daylight one day!
     
    Settled in upwind double reefed and #2, very hard to know how we were going with no wind gear so had to sail by feel the whole way back to Channel island, we stayed out wide waiting for it to clock North which never came and when we came back inside cuvier Sniper crossed only Meters in front but we pushed into the land and when we came out we crossed back in front just as the breeze was shutting down and the turn of the tide approaching. Not managing to get to Channel before the tide turned we started heading back out to sea at about 1 knot. About 5 hours later we finally got around and started heading for home with Sniper just inside us.
     
    As the Breeze started filling we went onto the A2 which carried us all the way to the finish with the company of Dolphins and a blue sunny sky opening up a lead of a couple of minutes to Sniper and the Mighty C U Later Yachting hunting us down. Finishing at 10.50 am Sunday morning.
     
    Good work to Ken and Sam on the Gale Force Racing for showing us how it is done!
     
    All in all was a great shake down after our refit but probably a bit optimistic taking on a 320nm race 1 week after re launching the boat and it really showed we had a few bugs to iron out and new sails we need to learn plus a rig tune would go a long way to our windward performance.
     
    Thanks to all the volunteers from Royal Akarana Yacht Club for putting this race together????, Kick will be back for another lap!
     
    Next up is #rni2020
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Island Time in Round White Island 2019   
    Kicks Race report for the RAYC White Island Race.
     
    So Friday morning started at 7am leaving the dock for our trip down from Whangaparaoa to the start line off Devonport. All was going well until i noticed the instruments were displaying 11.7 volts.... that didn’t seem right so started investigating and we were getting no charge from the Alternator. After a bit of investigation and having a look back at my notes from when we pulled the engine out turns out we have 2 blue wires in the loom and i had put the wrong one on the alternator ???? so allgood we are now charging but have very flat batteries which is not ideal so alot of engine hours were ahead to boost the batteries up.
     
    Start time comes along and have decided on the small masthead kite was the best choice so off we go hoist the kite and immediately the boat keeps digging the bow in and wiping out, after a while we ended up with a big twist so was time to get it down and decision was made to go to A3, up it went along with the snuffer line ???? so far not so good. Down comes the A3 secure the snuffer line and un twist the tack and up we go again with a better result and finally we are off sitting all but last so we now had some ground to make up with both 1050’s in the distance.
     
    Once we got past Browns we started pushing and the boat still didnt feel right, decided to reef and finally the boat lifted up and felt normal again, with no previous experience sailing with a square top main we now have alot of appreciation around how powerful it was and reefing was now a big part of modeing the boat correctly. Next was the new backstays were stretching so we had to quickly rig up a back up purchase onto the leeward winch before we lost the top of the rig. Amongst all this excitement we have lost the wind wand off the top of the rig which causes even more grief later in the race.
     
    We are now settled in starting pull in a few boats and clawed back Sniper 1 of the other 1050’s hitting a top speed of 18.6 knots heading for Channel Island. Snuffed the A3 and gybed over heading for the outside of the Mercs and the all the instruments shut down ????, turns out the wire broke on the wind gear and shorted out the system. Kept pushing hard back onto full main sitting on the edge of control at times and looked a bit like the Motorboat videos with alot of water over the decks not as constant tho. In behind the mercs it calmed down so went and sorted the fuses in the instruments and isolated the wind gear but unable to get the auto pilot going again, alot of hand steering was ahead of us!
     
    As dark came we dropped the A3 and the plan was to go to the FRO but the furler had been put in a very safe place and for the life of me couldn’t find it so settled on the #2 down to White Island which felt good but when Gale Force showed back up on AIS they had put 8 mile on us so big loss there but had put about 5 Mile on Sniper. Rounded white Island somewhere around 1-2am? Memory a bit vague but did see the volcano under the moonlight and smelt the Sulphur, would really like to see in daylight one day!
     
    Settled in upwind double reefed and #2, very hard to know how we were going with no wind gear so had to sail by feel the whole way back to Channel island, we stayed out wide waiting for it to clock North which never came and when we came back inside cuvier Sniper crossed only Meters in front but we pushed into the land and when we came out we crossed back in front just as the breeze was shutting down and the turn of the tide approaching. Not managing to get to Channel before the tide turned we started heading back out to sea at about 1 knot. About 5 hours later we finally got around and started heading for home with Sniper just inside us.
     
    As the Breeze started filling we went onto the A2 which carried us all the way to the finish with the company of Dolphins and a blue sunny sky opening up a lead of a couple of minutes to Sniper and the Mighty C U Later Yachting hunting us down. Finishing at 10.50 am Sunday morning.
     
    Good work to Ken and Sam on the Gale Force Racing for showing us how it is done!
     
    All in all was a great shake down after our refit but probably a bit optimistic taking on a 320nm race 1 week after re launching the boat and it really showed we had a few bugs to iron out and new sails we need to learn plus a rig tune would go a long way to our windward performance.
     
    Thanks to all the volunteers from Royal Akarana Yacht Club for putting this race together????, Kick will be back for another lap!
     
    Next up is #rni2020
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Sabre in Round White Island 2019   
    Kicks Race report for the RAYC White Island Race.
     
    So Friday morning started at 7am leaving the dock for our trip down from Whangaparaoa to the start line off Devonport. All was going well until i noticed the instruments were displaying 11.7 volts.... that didn’t seem right so started investigating and we were getting no charge from the Alternator. After a bit of investigation and having a look back at my notes from when we pulled the engine out turns out we have 2 blue wires in the loom and i had put the wrong one on the alternator ???? so allgood we are now charging but have very flat batteries which is not ideal so alot of engine hours were ahead to boost the batteries up.
     
    Start time comes along and have decided on the small masthead kite was the best choice so off we go hoist the kite and immediately the boat keeps digging the bow in and wiping out, after a while we ended up with a big twist so was time to get it down and decision was made to go to A3, up it went along with the snuffer line ???? so far not so good. Down comes the A3 secure the snuffer line and un twist the tack and up we go again with a better result and finally we are off sitting all but last so we now had some ground to make up with both 1050’s in the distance.
     
    Once we got past Browns we started pushing and the boat still didnt feel right, decided to reef and finally the boat lifted up and felt normal again, with no previous experience sailing with a square top main we now have alot of appreciation around how powerful it was and reefing was now a big part of modeing the boat correctly. Next was the new backstays were stretching so we had to quickly rig up a back up purchase onto the leeward winch before we lost the top of the rig. Amongst all this excitement we have lost the wind wand off the top of the rig which causes even more grief later in the race.
     
    We are now settled in starting pull in a few boats and clawed back Sniper 1 of the other 1050’s hitting a top speed of 18.6 knots heading for Channel Island. Snuffed the A3 and gybed over heading for the outside of the Mercs and the all the instruments shut down ????, turns out the wire broke on the wind gear and shorted out the system. Kept pushing hard back onto full main sitting on the edge of control at times and looked a bit like the Motorboat videos with alot of water over the decks not as constant tho. In behind the mercs it calmed down so went and sorted the fuses in the instruments and isolated the wind gear but unable to get the auto pilot going again, alot of hand steering was ahead of us!
     
    As dark came we dropped the A3 and the plan was to go to the FRO but the furler had been put in a very safe place and for the life of me couldn’t find it so settled on the #2 down to White Island which felt good but when Gale Force showed back up on AIS they had put 8 mile on us so big loss there but had put about 5 Mile on Sniper. Rounded white Island somewhere around 1-2am? Memory a bit vague but did see the volcano under the moonlight and smelt the Sulphur, would really like to see in daylight one day!
     
    Settled in upwind double reefed and #2, very hard to know how we were going with no wind gear so had to sail by feel the whole way back to Channel island, we stayed out wide waiting for it to clock North which never came and when we came back inside cuvier Sniper crossed only Meters in front but we pushed into the land and when we came out we crossed back in front just as the breeze was shutting down and the turn of the tide approaching. Not managing to get to Channel before the tide turned we started heading back out to sea at about 1 knot. About 5 hours later we finally got around and started heading for home with Sniper just inside us.
     
    As the Breeze started filling we went onto the A2 which carried us all the way to the finish with the company of Dolphins and a blue sunny sky opening up a lead of a couple of minutes to Sniper and the Mighty C U Later Yachting hunting us down. Finishing at 10.50 am Sunday morning.
     
    Good work to Ken and Sam on the Gale Force Racing for showing us how it is done!
     
    All in all was a great shake down after our refit but probably a bit optimistic taking on a 320nm race 1 week after re launching the boat and it really showed we had a few bugs to iron out and new sails we need to learn plus a rig tune would go a long way to our windward performance.
     
    Thanks to all the volunteers from Royal Akarana Yacht Club for putting this race together????, Kick will be back for another lap!
     
    Next up is #rni2020
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Fish in Round White Island 2019   
    Kicks Race report for the RAYC White Island Race.
     
    So Friday morning started at 7am leaving the dock for our trip down from Whangaparaoa to the start line off Devonport. All was going well until i noticed the instruments were displaying 11.7 volts.... that didn’t seem right so started investigating and we were getting no charge from the Alternator. After a bit of investigation and having a look back at my notes from when we pulled the engine out turns out we have 2 blue wires in the loom and i had put the wrong one on the alternator ???? so allgood we are now charging but have very flat batteries which is not ideal so alot of engine hours were ahead to boost the batteries up.
     
    Start time comes along and have decided on the small masthead kite was the best choice so off we go hoist the kite and immediately the boat keeps digging the bow in and wiping out, after a while we ended up with a big twist so was time to get it down and decision was made to go to A3, up it went along with the snuffer line ???? so far not so good. Down comes the A3 secure the snuffer line and un twist the tack and up we go again with a better result and finally we are off sitting all but last so we now had some ground to make up with both 1050’s in the distance.
     
    Once we got past Browns we started pushing and the boat still didnt feel right, decided to reef and finally the boat lifted up and felt normal again, with no previous experience sailing with a square top main we now have alot of appreciation around how powerful it was and reefing was now a big part of modeing the boat correctly. Next was the new backstays were stretching so we had to quickly rig up a back up purchase onto the leeward winch before we lost the top of the rig. Amongst all this excitement we have lost the wind wand off the top of the rig which causes even more grief later in the race.
     
    We are now settled in starting pull in a few boats and clawed back Sniper 1 of the other 1050’s hitting a top speed of 18.6 knots heading for Channel Island. Snuffed the A3 and gybed over heading for the outside of the Mercs and the all the instruments shut down ????, turns out the wire broke on the wind gear and shorted out the system. Kept pushing hard back onto full main sitting on the edge of control at times and looked a bit like the Motorboat videos with alot of water over the decks not as constant tho. In behind the mercs it calmed down so went and sorted the fuses in the instruments and isolated the wind gear but unable to get the auto pilot going again, alot of hand steering was ahead of us!
     
    As dark came we dropped the A3 and the plan was to go to the FRO but the furler had been put in a very safe place and for the life of me couldn’t find it so settled on the #2 down to White Island which felt good but when Gale Force showed back up on AIS they had put 8 mile on us so big loss there but had put about 5 Mile on Sniper. Rounded white Island somewhere around 1-2am? Memory a bit vague but did see the volcano under the moonlight and smelt the Sulphur, would really like to see in daylight one day!
     
    Settled in upwind double reefed and #2, very hard to know how we were going with no wind gear so had to sail by feel the whole way back to Channel island, we stayed out wide waiting for it to clock North which never came and when we came back inside cuvier Sniper crossed only Meters in front but we pushed into the land and when we came out we crossed back in front just as the breeze was shutting down and the turn of the tide approaching. Not managing to get to Channel before the tide turned we started heading back out to sea at about 1 knot. About 5 hours later we finally got around and started heading for home with Sniper just inside us.
     
    As the Breeze started filling we went onto the A2 which carried us all the way to the finish with the company of Dolphins and a blue sunny sky opening up a lead of a couple of minutes to Sniper and the Mighty C U Later Yachting hunting us down. Finishing at 10.50 am Sunday morning.
     
    Good work to Ken and Sam on the Gale Force Racing for showing us how it is done!
     
    All in all was a great shake down after our refit but probably a bit optimistic taking on a 320nm race 1 week after re launching the boat and it really showed we had a few bugs to iron out and new sails we need to learn plus a rig tune would go a long way to our windward performance.
     
    Thanks to all the volunteers from Royal Akarana Yacht Club for putting this race together????, Kick will be back for another lap!
     
    Next up is #rni2020
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from harrytom in Temporary mooring wanted - Weiti/Whangaparaoa   
    I wouldnt be doing that, my parents and others have their boats on certified pile moorings up river and it makes them most nervous when people do that.
     
    Have seen a few boats that try that and have dragged into the mud banks and then sink, also my previous boat was moored up there and got damaged by a boat dragging in a storm, not nice when you are on the receiving end of someones bad decision.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from erice in Lifting Engine with Boom   
    Attach a halyard to the boom where you are lifting the engine from.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from L00seM00se in Non Skid deck   
    It’s not cheap, to give you an idea a 2100 Stabicraft costs $1500 and that’s at my cost and we do big volumes of the ultralon products.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from smithy09 in Where are the youth?   
    If i had that attitude i wouldnt own a boat because yes it is to expensive.
     
    That is another issue, people are getting lazy and don't want to put the extra work in to make something achievable/affordable.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from jim s in Where are the youth?   
    I feel that i sit in the youth Catagory being in my late twenties , i have done the dinghy scene, RNZYS youth scheme an etchell worlds and 420's.
     
    When i was in the opti's and P's it was very easy to get demotivated when competitors parents updated their kids sails every season upgrading to carbon masts and foils etc. while i still produced some very good results it was always hard competing against someone elses deep back pocket. I see that as one area where the youth can loose interest at a very early stage.
     
    I was very fortunate my family had a few keelers in my childhood which we went away as a family most weekends cruising through summer and raced as a family through winter, i did a ssanz 100 miler when i was 15 with my dad on Outlaw a davidson 41 which i still have memories of until today.
     
    I got side tracked in my late teens and started building and racing cars as thats what all my friends were doing and guess it was peer pressure. One day i decided i was buying a boat when i was 23 sold the car bought a boat and came up with enough money for a deposit on a house.
     
    Neither the boat or house was in very good shape and over the last 6 years have turned my boat and house into something valuable.
     
    We have just recently purchased Kick an Elliott 1050 which you could say was out of our budget but we have just kept pushing the boundaries.
     
    I am very greatful to my parents for creating great memories in boating both racing and cruising and also the support from my dinghy racing right upto today with our latest purchase.
     
    I think it all comes down to what experiences you have had as a kid and that is what made me come back to yachting.
     
    Now im hooked and would go racing or cruising every weekend if i could, i now have 2 kids and will try to make the boating as enjoyable and fun for them in the hope they will keep the boating in the family!
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from harrytom in Where are the youth?   
    I feel that i sit in the youth Catagory being in my late twenties , i have done the dinghy scene, RNZYS youth scheme an etchell worlds and 420's.
     
    When i was in the opti's and P's it was very easy to get demotivated when competitors parents updated their kids sails every season upgrading to carbon masts and foils etc. while i still produced some very good results it was always hard competing against someone elses deep back pocket. I see that as one area where the youth can loose interest at a very early stage.
     
    I was very fortunate my family had a few keelers in my childhood which we went away as a family most weekends cruising through summer and raced as a family through winter, i did a ssanz 100 miler when i was 15 with my dad on Outlaw a davidson 41 which i still have memories of until today.
     
    I got side tracked in my late teens and started building and racing cars as thats what all my friends were doing and guess it was peer pressure. One day i decided i was buying a boat when i was 23 sold the car bought a boat and came up with enough money for a deposit on a house.
     
    Neither the boat or house was in very good shape and over the last 6 years have turned my boat and house into something valuable.
     
    We have just recently purchased Kick an Elliott 1050 which you could say was out of our budget but we have just kept pushing the boundaries.
     
    I am very greatful to my parents for creating great memories in boating both racing and cruising and also the support from my dinghy racing right upto today with our latest purchase.
     
    I think it all comes down to what experiences you have had as a kid and that is what made me come back to yachting.
     
    Now im hooked and would go racing or cruising every weekend if i could, i now have 2 kids and will try to make the boating as enjoyable and fun for them in the hope they will keep the boating in the family!
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Tamure in Where are the youth?   
    I feel that i sit in the youth Catagory being in my late twenties , i have done the dinghy scene, RNZYS youth scheme an etchell worlds and 420's.
     
    When i was in the opti's and P's it was very easy to get demotivated when competitors parents updated their kids sails every season upgrading to carbon masts and foils etc. while i still produced some very good results it was always hard competing against someone elses deep back pocket. I see that as one area where the youth can loose interest at a very early stage.
     
    I was very fortunate my family had a few keelers in my childhood which we went away as a family most weekends cruising through summer and raced as a family through winter, i did a ssanz 100 miler when i was 15 with my dad on Outlaw a davidson 41 which i still have memories of until today.
     
    I got side tracked in my late teens and started building and racing cars as thats what all my friends were doing and guess it was peer pressure. One day i decided i was buying a boat when i was 23 sold the car bought a boat and came up with enough money for a deposit on a house.
     
    Neither the boat or house was in very good shape and over the last 6 years have turned my boat and house into something valuable.
     
    We have just recently purchased Kick an Elliott 1050 which you could say was out of our budget but we have just kept pushing the boundaries.
     
    I am very greatful to my parents for creating great memories in boating both racing and cruising and also the support from my dinghy racing right upto today with our latest purchase.
     
    I think it all comes down to what experiences you have had as a kid and that is what made me come back to yachting.
     
    Now im hooked and would go racing or cruising every weekend if i could, i now have 2 kids and will try to make the boating as enjoyable and fun for them in the hope they will keep the boating in the family!
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from ex Elly in Where are the youth?   
    I feel that i sit in the youth Catagory being in my late twenties , i have done the dinghy scene, RNZYS youth scheme an etchell worlds and 420's.
     
    When i was in the opti's and P's it was very easy to get demotivated when competitors parents updated their kids sails every season upgrading to carbon masts and foils etc. while i still produced some very good results it was always hard competing against someone elses deep back pocket. I see that as one area where the youth can loose interest at a very early stage.
     
    I was very fortunate my family had a few keelers in my childhood which we went away as a family most weekends cruising through summer and raced as a family through winter, i did a ssanz 100 miler when i was 15 with my dad on Outlaw a davidson 41 which i still have memories of until today.
     
    I got side tracked in my late teens and started building and racing cars as thats what all my friends were doing and guess it was peer pressure. One day i decided i was buying a boat when i was 23 sold the car bought a boat and came up with enough money for a deposit on a house.
     
    Neither the boat or house was in very good shape and over the last 6 years have turned my boat and house into something valuable.
     
    We have just recently purchased Kick an Elliott 1050 which you could say was out of our budget but we have just kept pushing the boundaries.
     
    I am very greatful to my parents for creating great memories in boating both racing and cruising and also the support from my dinghy racing right upto today with our latest purchase.
     
    I think it all comes down to what experiences you have had as a kid and that is what made me come back to yachting.
     
    Now im hooked and would go racing or cruising every weekend if i could, i now have 2 kids and will try to make the boating as enjoyable and fun for them in the hope they will keep the boating in the family!
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from erice in Cat Flipped, Bean Rk Race   
    Just been towed into Gul Harbour, now sitting on the work berth.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Clipper in Safety at Sea Triple Series --SSANZ   
    Meister will be in for race 2&3 as the new boat will be mid Tasman for race 1
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from MarkMT in Elliott 1050 Kick is coming home to NZ!   
    Hi Mark
     
    aussie prices do seem a bit cheaper than NZ but you have to factor shipping/delivery costs plus gst so that does add a big chunk on and of cours the exchange is going the wrong way currently
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from bazzathemammoth in Jetstream racing mods   
    I can talk to the guy who built mine amd see if he is interested. We have the laser cutters just up the road from him who could cut all the frames and then he can weld it all together.
     
    I have all the cut files for the fin. I can also get some fairing boards to help with the fairing.
     
    My thought is unless you have the ability to spray paint yourself vinyl wrapping would be alot cheaper. Spray painting is a bit of an art and will giver you a better finish but for alot more coin?
     
    I dont believe you will get a good finish with an airless spray gun? I could be wroung but that is what i heard.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Island Time in SSANZ 50   
    Check out the video of Meister yachting from the weekend.
     
    Thanks to the SSANZ organisers, awesome series and we will be back.
     
     

     
    Meister Yachting
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    Kick Ass reacted to Changed in SSANZ 50   
    Thanks to all the organisers. Was a day when we did the short-haul on the Crikey Dick. 2002 I think. Much quicker around these days. Great competition and I like the way Saturday's courses got the majority of competitors back before dark. Another great series. Congratulations to the boys on the Miester. The work and planning paid. Congratulations.
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    Kick Ass got a reaction from ex Elly in SSANZ 100   
    A Small video taken from Meister last Weekend.
     
    Didn't have the camera on when the carnage happened. We managed to blow out the masthead and fractional kite and also snapping the pole in half =/.
     
    Hope you enjoy it.
     

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    Kick Ass got a reaction from Variant in SSANZ 100   
    A Small video taken from Meister last Weekend.
     
    Didn't have the camera on when the carnage happened. We managed to blow out the masthead and fractional kite and also snapping the pole in half =/.
     
    Hope you enjoy it.
     

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