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    RIP Bruce Askew

    Thats a beaut read, thanks Grant. Interesting to read his view on the forecast for the 1951 Lyttleton Race, and his actions to turn back at Baring head in calm conditions, based on a bad feeling, that's quite a sixth sense. Or maybe just experience some of us haven't got. And wish we did.
  2. Yes "A bit nippy" to put it blimin mildly waikiore:) I lived in the starting point of Port Townsend for some time back in the 80s. A beaut spot actually. The old Everglades challenge looked an interesting race of this type, in a slightly more sane climate. A good write up here http://www.bandbyachtdesigns.com/evergl ... llenge.htm
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    Dinghy Gear...

    yes agreed boots are important for these dinghies, they help grip the hiking strap to which reduces foot/ankle fatigue. you are probably sorted by now hopefully, but if you want to sail the laser much, I highly recommend some decent hiking shorts like these with built in battens http://www.nzsailing.net/rooster-3-4-hi ... 49166.html or these which take pads http://www.nzsailing.net/rooster-pro-hi ... 49167.html but at least get the pads (for $35) to stick inside your existing wet suit (they work ok with any wet suit really you don't have to buy the hiking shorts above for the pad
  4. great to see Scott Leith still on the pace at the worlds level and winning his division by a good margin. Edmund Tam nearly got there but ran a close third in his div. Andrew Dellabarca had some good results to. Robert Blakey was on the pace too but it is hard to beat 8 bullets by Mark Bethwaite. Crikey I hope I am still racing dinghies at 68! Hope your Dad enjoyed it, it must be quite a regatta to take part in.
  5. awesome Phil, and agreed, she's well worth the amount of work involved. Easy for me to say of course as it is not my arms on the ends of the longboard
  6. nice one Phil, the board looks excellent. but on the list of crap jobs involved in doing up neglected boats, that one sounds fairly high up there . I trust you were lying in the cold winter mud to really get the most out of it.
  7. :) oh yeah I forgot about the toilet. I am still fighting off the mental image actually. disturbing. altho the crisp, barely used racing sails helped with the recovery process a bit....
  8. agree with the sentiment AC. When I looked at this boat in Kawerau, it didnt have much water sitting in it yet, but it did have a leaking front hatch and the front squabs were soaked. The owner was in Aussie, and I could not walk away without rigging up an old tarp I found in his backyard over the leaking front hatch. It just seemed criminal to walk away and let the water keep coming in (it was pouring down during my visit) I didnt pick up everything Phil did in my viewing, but did recall the mast and sails seemed very good indeed and it seemed a very sound boat in general despite
  9. nice one Philstar congrats on the new boat! I seriously considered this one as well, despite needing a good tidy up, it did not seem to have had a lot of hard use in general.
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    Marine oddities

    yes altho quirky looking, she has a fair bit of character to me.
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    Marine oddities

    thanks for the link. that is a 'keeper'. and agreed that is a brilliant trip and quite a write up.
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    Trailer Yacht

    nice looking designs those Dudley Dix boats Panic. I presume 'Panic Knot' is your creation on the photos page. http://www.dixdesign.com/26didi-sailing.htm Looks awesome. I like the sound of a modern light displacement design like these... What do you reckon she cost to build?
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