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    Cameron got a reaction from Dtwo in New Auckland Bylaws - have your say   
    12 knots is probably the worst possible speed they could choose for generating wake... most big launches are trying to get over the hump and plane at this speed so generate the biggest waves. 18knots at least lets them plane and the wakes actually reduce.
    Personally I think the inner harbour (North head in) is crap for racing, big tide, heavy traffic, shitty wind from the buildings etc. I'm actually in favour of P.O.A extending wharfs and hopefully the forces the yacht clubs to start and finish racing at Orakei. The improved quality of racing would more than make up for the 30 min motor (positive side effect is it gives fridge time to cool the drinks!)
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    Cameron got a reaction from harrytom in New Auckland Bylaws - have your say   
    12 knots is probably the worst possible speed they could choose for generating wake... most big launches are trying to get over the hump and plane at this speed so generate the biggest waves. 18knots at least lets them plane and the wakes actually reduce.
    Personally I think the inner harbour (North head in) is crap for racing, big tide, heavy traffic, shitty wind from the buildings etc. I'm actually in favour of P.O.A extending wharfs and hopefully the forces the yacht clubs to start and finish racing at Orakei. The improved quality of racing would more than make up for the 30 min motor (positive side effect is it gives fridge time to cool the drinks!)
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    Cameron got a reaction from Tamure in Enduro   
    I think SSANZ made a great call in dropping Ponui as a rounding mark.
    Yes it is doable but is it smart?
    SSANZ likes to set challenges and will often race in more breeze than other organisations... but the issue with the passage south of Ponui is there is no ability for skippers to take a safer option ie wide rounding...  and puts the boats into a must do situation with limited searoom if they are to complete the race. 
    Other races like RNZ / RNI you have the option to stay well away from rocks/islands letting the skipper/crew on how much searoom they require or are comfortable with.
    Well done SSANZ 
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    Cameron got a reaction from CarpeDiem in Enduro   
    I think SSANZ made a great call in dropping Ponui as a rounding mark.
    Yes it is doable but is it smart?
    SSANZ likes to set challenges and will often race in more breeze than other organisations... but the issue with the passage south of Ponui is there is no ability for skippers to take a safer option ie wide rounding...  and puts the boats into a must do situation with limited searoom if they are to complete the race. 
    Other races like RNZ / RNI you have the option to stay well away from rocks/islands letting the skipper/crew on how much searoom they require or are comfortable with.
    Well done SSANZ 
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    Cameron got a reaction from windmill in Opinions on folding/feathering propeller   
    Got this prop available...  Off a Volvo D1-20 motor and sail drive on a Farr 1020...Genuine Volvo prop... ph 021 2267662 

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    Cameron got a reaction from ex Elly in Elliphunk sunk   
    An interesting detail that certainly contributed to likelihood of a collision occurring on the startline such as the one that sunk Elliphunk is major line bias.
    I realise that rum races are meant to be fun and not taken as seriously and that using permanent marks and start tower dramatically reduces the resource required by a club to run a race. It is also "part of the challenge" but it undoubtedly also increases the risk.
    Why? Because rather than the fleet spreading right along the startline, they will all congregate at one end. For this particular start, on starboard close hauled a yacht would only be doing a little better than sailing along the line... as such many started on port with some possibly not even thinking that a few boats would still consider starting on starboard with such a heading. Late dips, congestion, and a risk of another boat being forced to tack (by other starboard tackers) cutting off your escape route are likely.
    I suspect with rum racing the "fixed" startline won't change and you just need to think more about the possibilities...
    However the following day for the RNZYS winter series the startline was between Te Kouma and a laid mark yet they pretty much replicated the rum race start of the day before in regards to angle and bias. To me this is absolutely crazy! If your going to bother to actually set a line at least try and make it a fair one. The tendency is to set the line square to the course... pretty much straight across the harbour. This inevitably creates a favoured end. Instead the race committee should angle the line to balance this with the objective being that there are valid reasons to start at any position along the line and potentially win the start. This will spread the fleet along the line and also result in more boats being "in the hunt" right of the start. It also reduces the chances of OCS, and recalls.
    It's by no means just the RNZYS that is guilty of biased starts, virtually every club does it. This video below is a classic. Everybody wanted the windward end for a reaching start and it was carnage! SSANZ was lucky that there were no serious collisions. Some blame the sailors, and there is undoubtably some dumb stuff going on... but would this situation have happened if there was 20 deg more bias put into the other end of the line? I doubt it... well at least would be massively reduced. Same argument applies with class racing... if you get numerous general recalls generally the fleet is blamed for misbehaving. However I would put money on it that a large percentage of the time it's caused by a startline with too much bias. The other option is the line is fair but the course significantly favours one side, hence all the boats want to start at one end. The race committees challenge then is to put in enough deliberate bias to the line to tempt the fleet to spread right along the line.
    So what's my point... Essentially Race Management can have a massive impact on risks of collision at the start. If they are going to "set" a startline as opposed to using permeant marks etc then they should at least try to make the start a fair one. Just setting a line and thinking it's up to the sailors to sort it out I believe is a little irresponsible. The more serious the event and the greater the  number of competitors the more important this becomes.
     
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    Cameron got a reaction from DaveNoy in Elliphunk sunk   
    An interesting detail that certainly contributed to likelihood of a collision occurring on the startline such as the one that sunk Elliphunk is major line bias.
    I realise that rum races are meant to be fun and not taken as seriously and that using permanent marks and start tower dramatically reduces the resource required by a club to run a race. It is also "part of the challenge" but it undoubtedly also increases the risk.
    Why? Because rather than the fleet spreading right along the startline, they will all congregate at one end. For this particular start, on starboard close hauled a yacht would only be doing a little better than sailing along the line... as such many started on port with some possibly not even thinking that a few boats would still consider starting on starboard with such a heading. Late dips, congestion, and a risk of another boat being forced to tack (by other starboard tackers) cutting off your escape route are likely.
    I suspect with rum racing the "fixed" startline won't change and you just need to think more about the possibilities...
    However the following day for the RNZYS winter series the startline was between Te Kouma and a laid mark yet they pretty much replicated the rum race start of the day before in regards to angle and bias. To me this is absolutely crazy! If your going to bother to actually set a line at least try and make it a fair one. The tendency is to set the line square to the course... pretty much straight across the harbour. This inevitably creates a favoured end. Instead the race committee should angle the line to balance this with the objective being that there are valid reasons to start at any position along the line and potentially win the start. This will spread the fleet along the line and also result in more boats being "in the hunt" right of the start. It also reduces the chances of OCS, and recalls.
    It's by no means just the RNZYS that is guilty of biased starts, virtually every club does it. This video below is a classic. Everybody wanted the windward end for a reaching start and it was carnage! SSANZ was lucky that there were no serious collisions. Some blame the sailors, and there is undoubtably some dumb stuff going on... but would this situation have happened if there was 20 deg more bias put into the other end of the line? I doubt it... well at least would be massively reduced. Same argument applies with class racing... if you get numerous general recalls generally the fleet is blamed for misbehaving. However I would put money on it that a large percentage of the time it's caused by a startline with too much bias. The other option is the line is fair but the course significantly favours one side, hence all the boats want to start at one end. The race committees challenge then is to put in enough deliberate bias to the line to tempt the fleet to spread right along the line.
    So what's my point... Essentially Race Management can have a massive impact on risks of collision at the start. If they are going to "set" a startline as opposed to using permeant marks etc then they should at least try to make the start a fair one. Just setting a line and thinking it's up to the sailors to sort it out I believe is a little irresponsible. The more serious the event and the greater the  number of competitors the more important this becomes.
     
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    Cameron got a reaction from Theseus in Elliphunk sunk   
    An interesting detail that certainly contributed to likelihood of a collision occurring on the startline such as the one that sunk Elliphunk is major line bias.
    I realise that rum races are meant to be fun and not taken as seriously and that using permanent marks and start tower dramatically reduces the resource required by a club to run a race. It is also "part of the challenge" but it undoubtedly also increases the risk.
    Why? Because rather than the fleet spreading right along the startline, they will all congregate at one end. For this particular start, on starboard close hauled a yacht would only be doing a little better than sailing along the line... as such many started on port with some possibly not even thinking that a few boats would still consider starting on starboard with such a heading. Late dips, congestion, and a risk of another boat being forced to tack (by other starboard tackers) cutting off your escape route are likely.
    I suspect with rum racing the "fixed" startline won't change and you just need to think more about the possibilities...
    However the following day for the RNZYS winter series the startline was between Te Kouma and a laid mark yet they pretty much replicated the rum race start of the day before in regards to angle and bias. To me this is absolutely crazy! If your going to bother to actually set a line at least try and make it a fair one. The tendency is to set the line square to the course... pretty much straight across the harbour. This inevitably creates a favoured end. Instead the race committee should angle the line to balance this with the objective being that there are valid reasons to start at any position along the line and potentially win the start. This will spread the fleet along the line and also result in more boats being "in the hunt" right of the start. It also reduces the chances of OCS, and recalls.
    It's by no means just the RNZYS that is guilty of biased starts, virtually every club does it. This video below is a classic. Everybody wanted the windward end for a reaching start and it was carnage! SSANZ was lucky that there were no serious collisions. Some blame the sailors, and there is undoubtably some dumb stuff going on... but would this situation have happened if there was 20 deg more bias put into the other end of the line? I doubt it... well at least would be massively reduced. Same argument applies with class racing... if you get numerous general recalls generally the fleet is blamed for misbehaving. However I would put money on it that a large percentage of the time it's caused by a startline with too much bias. The other option is the line is fair but the course significantly favours one side, hence all the boats want to start at one end. The race committees challenge then is to put in enough deliberate bias to the line to tempt the fleet to spread right along the line.
    So what's my point... Essentially Race Management can have a massive impact on risks of collision at the start. If they are going to "set" a startline as opposed to using permeant marks etc then they should at least try to make the start a fair one. Just setting a line and thinking it's up to the sailors to sort it out I believe is a little irresponsible. The more serious the event and the greater the  number of competitors the more important this becomes.
     
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    Cameron got a reaction from ex Elly in SSANZ 2020 Lewmar Triple Series   
    Interesting... My understanding from the above is the startline is between the Orange flag and Northern Leading Racing Buoy. The SSANZ buoy's only purpose being to split the divisions into Alpha and Bravo depending on which side they are to pass. I would ask for clarification at the briefing as this creates a few interesting scenarios...
    1.) Best option for SSANZ but unlikely as very difficult to achieve...   The Orange Flag, SSANZ Buoy and Northern Leading Racing Buoy are in perfect alignment. No drama! Perfect!
    2.) Worst option for SSANZ (In my opinion)...   The SSANZ Buoy is forward of the line between the Orange Flag and Northern Leading Buoy. This could lead to numerous boats at the SSANZ Buoy ends of their respective lines being behind the SSANZ Buoy but over the startline, competitors will be confused and grumpy if DSQ'd
    3.) Likely option...  The SSANZ Buoy is behind the line between the Orange Flag and Northern Leading Buoy. This will encourage competitors to stay back behind the start but gives a few options that can be exploited by the sharper sailors. Potentially could sail past the SSANZ Buoy by boat lengths yet still be behind the start line. Could also potentially pass the SSANZ buoy on the correct side and then sail into the other part of the start (alpha to bravo or vice versa) although you would need to ensure you didn't infringe on other competitors in the process.
    Alternatively my understanding as above could be completely wrong and the the lines are Orange Flag and SSANZ Buoy and SSANZ Buoy and Northern Leading Racing Buoy. In which case SSANZ will not be able to judge boats OCS on Startline Bravo from the Committee boat unless all 3 points along the startline are perfectly aligned therefore OCS calls will have to be made from a RIB at the Northern Leading Racing Buoy end...
    Anyway I'm no longer involved in SSANZ and don't know what their intention or interpretation is... but highly recommend you seek clarification at the briefing if you intend maximising any advantage you can gain at the start!
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    Cameron got a reaction from ex Elly in Ovlov charges...   
    If anyone has a Volvo D1-13, D1-20, D1-30 apparently it's not uncommon to get a small oil leak from the throttle input shaft.
    Ovlov will quote north of $1k to fix and insist on taking the whole front of the motor apart to remove timing cover.
    I saw them and showed them schematics about an easier way that meant only undoing 1 nut and 4 bolts but when the mechanic went to the boat and after inspecting he said it couldn't be done without removing the timing cover.
    At this point I told them I would do the jib myself! I have successfully completed the job in the way I always thought possible in a fraction of the time quoted by Ovlov.
     




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    Cameron got a reaction from Sabre in Ovlov charges...   
    If anyone has a Volvo D1-13, D1-20, D1-30 apparently it's not uncommon to get a small oil leak from the throttle input shaft.
    Ovlov will quote north of $1k to fix and insist on taking the whole front of the motor apart to remove timing cover.
    I saw them and showed them schematics about an easier way that meant only undoing 1 nut and 4 bolts but when the mechanic went to the boat and after inspecting he said it couldn't be done without removing the timing cover.
    At this point I told them I would do the jib myself! I have successfully completed the job in the way I always thought possible in a fraction of the time quoted by Ovlov.
     




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    Cameron got a reaction from jim s in Ovlov charges...   
    If anyone has a Volvo D1-13, D1-20, D1-30 apparently it's not uncommon to get a small oil leak from the throttle input shaft.
    Ovlov will quote north of $1k to fix and insist on taking the whole front of the motor apart to remove timing cover.
    I saw them and showed them schematics about an easier way that meant only undoing 1 nut and 4 bolts but when the mechanic went to the boat and after inspecting he said it couldn't be done without removing the timing cover.
    At this point I told them I would do the jib myself! I have successfully completed the job in the way I always thought possible in a fraction of the time quoted by Ovlov.
     




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    Cameron got a reaction from Steve Pope in Ovlov charges...   
    If anyone has a Volvo D1-13, D1-20, D1-30 apparently it's not uncommon to get a small oil leak from the throttle input shaft.
    Ovlov will quote north of $1k to fix and insist on taking the whole front of the motor apart to remove timing cover.
    I saw them and showed them schematics about an easier way that meant only undoing 1 nut and 4 bolts but when the mechanic went to the boat and after inspecting he said it couldn't be done without removing the timing cover.
    At this point I told them I would do the jib myself! I have successfully completed the job in the way I always thought possible in a fraction of the time quoted by Ovlov.
     




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    Cameron got a reaction from Fish in Ovlov charges...   
    If anyone has a Volvo D1-13, D1-20, D1-30 apparently it's not uncommon to get a small oil leak from the throttle input shaft.
    Ovlov will quote north of $1k to fix and insist on taking the whole front of the motor apart to remove timing cover.
    I saw them and showed them schematics about an easier way that meant only undoing 1 nut and 4 bolts but when the mechanic went to the boat and after inspecting he said it couldn't be done without removing the timing cover.
    At this point I told them I would do the jib myself! I have successfully completed the job in the way I always thought possible in a fraction of the time quoted by Ovlov.
     




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    Cameron got a reaction from Rehabilitated in Sprint Dinghy - What can you tell me about this?   
    I disagree... Easier to sail than a P.  Never had to get in over the transom or had issues avoiding a roll over. I had one to play with early on in my sailing career. Dad loved it when the ""P" mum's and dads got upset about this kid in another sort of boat passing their little Johnny. At that stage I have no doubt that "little Johnny" was the better sailor (a couple of years more experienced)... but the Sprint was faster. 
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    Cameron got a reaction from Fish in SSANZ 2020 Round North Island Race   
    Really??? Can we see photographic evidence???
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    Cameron got a reaction from harrytom in Jesse James - $1 reserve   
    Keeping it simple. I want the boat for my winning bid. The owners wife won’t honour it as she wants more. I have had a legal opinion to say the winning auction bid is/was valid. I’m reserving my right to exercise my legal options.
    I have reported the relisting to trademe.
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    Cameron got a reaction from zk-cessnaguy in Jesse James - $1 reserve   
    Keeping it simple. I want the boat for my winning bid. The owners wife won’t honour it as she wants more. I have had a legal opinion to say the winning auction bid is/was valid. I’m reserving my right to exercise my legal options.
    I have reported the relisting to trademe.
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    Cameron got a reaction from Fish in Jesse James - $1 reserve   
    Keeping it simple. I want the boat for my winning bid. The owners wife won’t honour it as she wants more. I have had a legal opinion to say the winning auction bid is/was valid. I’m reserving my right to exercise my legal options.
    I have reported the relisting to trademe.
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