Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Commence launch sequence...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Race Report 19-11-2011 by John Cole

Ahh my first race report:

A beautiful day greated the 12's fleet on saturday, the forecast predicted a glorious 2nd rig out of the north east. 5 12's and one chubby were on the lawn plus 3 18's. We were also treated to a new 12 on the water, a laidback fella who introduced himself as Brendan! Skinny and Tristan were absent (not cool!), Tristan was working (fair enough) and Skinny was appently getting a manicure, getting a waxing for his lady-parts and then doing some antique shopping (nothing "man" about a manicure). Terry and wayne sailing for the first time this season got rigged first then sat down with some sports drinks and planned there attack for the afternoon.

Sailing out I think we all came to realise that we may have chosen the wrong rig, big may have been order of the day.

Race 1: Started in marginal conditions, the boatformally known as ASM, fat controller and squid went left. Squid tacked "early" whilst ASM and fat controller kept going left. We identified a top mark but it was the 18 mark, I can't say what was said on the boat when the right top mark was realised but it wasn't, well, nice. Around the top mark was Squid followed by Fat Controller and ASM. I believe terry was around next followed by the chubby and richard bringing up the rear after missing the start? Squid went on top score a well deserved first place followed by ASM after getting ahead on the run of Fat Controller in 3rd. The battle for the minor places was intense, with (correct me if I'm wrong) terry and wayne followed by richard just sneaking ahead of the chubby (that would have been interesting).

Race 2: Well the breeze didn't kick in as predicted and turned out to be as popular as a ginger-headed step kid (yeah I know, but it was funny the first time I heard it). A good clean start with everyone favouring the boat end (cept the new guy Brendan and his rockstar crew, they went home after the first race). I have to admit I'm loving the shotgun starts, sounds way better than the horn even if they do fire it a few seconds late. Everyone started going left as thats where the breeze was all day, lot of chop out there too. ASM took an early lead, squid tacked off about halfway up (bad move brother) that left terry and ASM heading left till the layline. Around the top mark was ASM followed by terry (whooooo) then squid, ghetto sled and the chubby. Finsh results were ASM, Squid and Terry, the rest of the race was about as spectacular as listening to skinny talk about the latest fashion kids are wearing and therefore not worth reporting. It was good to get a win finally, mr spies is rather pleasant when we get a win.

Ride of the day as usual was the ride back in, squid took a tumble in the channel and decided they couldn't finish on that note and went for another blast around the bay as the breeze looked like it filled in a bit.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


The sled, the tuggers and the squid are heading south for some state of origin racing. 3/4 December on the Harbour. Bring it!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

East Side Wins!

Saturdays race report: 8 knots, big rig. PB Towing proves that Eastsiide is the best. Twice.  Ali G best sums up a pretty complicated two races for the four remaining boats!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wazzup Warwick

Took a week off "normal" racing to venture 2 hours West in search of fresh water. Leslie Dam just west of Warwick is home to the Warwick Sailing Club, a quaint little club on the edge of a big freshwater, cola-coloured dam. When we arrived there, about 8knots was flicking around from the SE to NE. The classic 10ft skiffs with their ridiculously large sail area were kicking around the course nicely. We were told the breeze would fill about 3pm, so big rigs were in for at least the first race. Start was in 3 knots and it dropped from there. Tristan and skip Cassie lead the first 2 marks, but were then overtaken by the Ghetto with fill-in crew Don Smith. A bit of time was spent going in backwards circles, but we got a ride or 2 with the kite up. Ghetto managed to beat 3 18s home, then the 2nd race was called off.
At 4pm the wind filled and Tristan, Cassie and I 'stole' an 18 and took it for a spin in about 10kts. After a nerve wrecking bearaway at the rock infested beach (first time i've steered an 18), the kite went up and we were off. 3 String up and down the lake for about 45mins. Not sure why the other 18s didn't come out as they'd left their boats rigged ready for a midnight 'sail'.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Here's an automaton I've designed to suck knowledge of 12' skiff hull design from people's heads.  Hopefully it hands me the answers soon-