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  1. second for Hurricane, good, thorough, friendly and professional
  2. Entries here, obviously still quite early but definitely true numbers have been declining https://topyacht.com.au/db/kb/entrants_display.php?EventID=1276
  3. Hi people Forecasts are looking pretty good this year, at least moderate from the north and possibly a touch strong early but should ease a little as the evening goes on. Possibility of a little rain but nothing too serious and a fairly good chance of nothing at all. Numbers are down a bit this year with a small number of quicker boats so I've elected to run a single course. Course, approximately 9.5nm: From the start rounding Bean Rock Buoy to port, Rough Rock buoy to port, Orakei Buoy to starboard, Resolution Buoy to starboard, Bayswater Buoy to port finishing in a we
  4. A brief note people that, owing to a prior commitment, I'm unlikely to be able to allocate start times on Wednesday, the day of the race. Please enter as soon as possible
  5. From what I recall, S.I. amendment to lock down centreboards became fairly standard in NZ after Astrotraveller (Lightning 7.5) had a moderately serious roll one breezy squaddy winter series race in the late 80s.
  6. The VG is truly one of a kind, always enjoy following it and this year has all the indicators of being a classic, even by VG standards. Must put some thoughts together, however for those interested, a slightly modified version of the rankings splitting boats into groups based on the VG for which they were originally built. 2008 was apparently a vintage year for boats. vgd.xlsx
  7. Piedys definitely in there at the moment with class racing with fleets of 6-12 out of Milford and larger groups doing SSANZ and Auckland Regatta. Elliott 5.9s also very strong and have been for years but it's a different magnitude of serious. Expect most club racers would look pretty ordinary if they put themselves in that group. Have also heard Reactors do a bit of racing run at association level pretty much under almost everyone's radar but regular fleets of half a dozen or so. If south of Auckland, accepted there is anything between the bombays and Antarctica, can't go past
  8. I disagree Fish. It is not a humanitarian issue as they claim, it's a fiscal issue. They can get off their boats if they consider the risk of cyclones too high. That they don't want to lose their boats I completely understand, that this is a humanitarian issue New Zealand is somehow responsible for dealing with is politely, a stretch. It's a cost issue and in the overall scheme of people being financially hurt by CV19, one that's quite a long way down on my sympathy list. And 4000km between NZ and Aus, really, did NZ or Aus move sometime while I had my back turned? The
  9. Interesting but wow, talk about not being able to see outside your own pond. Very US centric and curious in that quite a few of the US designers mentioned were, at least in my opinion, pretty ordinary, whilst some I've got plenty of time for (RP, Andrews for example) weren't mentioned. I guess though if they were, it'd kind of defeat the argument that was being made. As to the bit about not been able to mention recent designers, that's pretty much flat out ignorance, plenty of good people still doing design, just not very many in the states. As to the production build boats not hav
  10. Don't want to correct you Wheels but those truly in the know, well their decision is more, shall I use a hammer or go straight for the axe?
  11. What would be the bigger insult BooBoo/Cam, adding or subtracting 10 mins to HL start time?
  12. Very quick note people if any boat wants to change the course they're doing, we can't promise a good start time but we are receptive to requests.
  13. Been out of the water for a while so I expect this will be the new, much anticipated Farr 1020 Super Sport
  14. A few new boats, as below 7.6nm course : 17:59 Crocodile 17:59 Serene 17:59 Sweathog 18:04 Bondi Tram 18:05 Flashwave 18:05 Hot Gossip II 18:06 Duty Free 18:06 Cool Change 18:07 Legless 18:07 Young Magic 18:07 Panama Jack 18:07 Sailor Moon 18:07 Elliphunk 18:09 Ovlov Marine 18:10 Carpe Diem 18:11 Hawkeye II 18:11 Hard Labour 18:12 Fast Company 18:13 Enigma I 18:13 Team Sex 18:13 Chain Reaction 18:14 Fun-n-Games 18:14 Waka 18:15 Atomic 18:16 Pretty Woman 18:16 Motorboat II 11.6nm course : 17:45 Transformer 17:45 Atamai 17:47 Black Pearl 17:47 Extreme 17:48 Force Eleven 17:59 Knee Deep II 18
  15. Hi people Forecast is something of a concern this year, MetService is calling the breeze to drop in the evening whilst the PredictWind models have it dropping only slightly but still definite wind warning country well into the evening. To cover the possibility that it will still be strong into the evening and given some boats may have people new to sailing, I've elected to make courses very simple this year. I've also chosen to make the finish line a transit from the tower through the ODM meaning you can finish outside the ODM if you wish. Keep in mind people, as always, it's the skippers
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