Good fun sailing in the Lincoln Crowne 12 Foot Skiff NSW Championship, Heat 4, conducted by the Lane Cove 12 Foot Sailing Skiff Club.
Luckily got the little rig on to introduce Adrienne to my style of 12 foot skiff sailing. She looked a little bit like I was hogging all the toys, not even giving her the mainsheet going into the tacks and I was not sure she believed me when I said she should stay on the wire all the time, spinnaker sets, drops, always. A nice start and first work set us up well for my strategic plan, which I suggested later in the race, a very loose cover on the other skiff she sails. Humbug was pretty crowded. The finish was almost pretty busy. Just lost out to Skoll in the last little bit and somehow picked up Vantage Real Estate at the last moment.
Thanks to the Queensland 12 footer sailors who came down with Tank Girl (sporting Allwood Sails) and Ghetto Sled for the race and out for dinner and a good chat afterwards.
And in the race results, Garde, Gemmell Sails and Lincoln Crowne, took the scratch placings. And Hey Charger, CST Composites and www.skiff.org.au the handicap placings. More details on the race results sheet.
Plenty of 12 footer mainsheets and a spinnaker sheet sold in the last week. Must be right in the middle of the Lincoln Crowne & Company State Titles.
Brad being nice and tapering one mainsheet for his Dad on Vantage Real Estate just in time for his old one to blow a cover so he can make a new mainsheet for Garde. Nick is looking after his Dad well by getting me to do the splicing and Ian is doing his own float rope spinnaker sheets for The Movement.
Two are made using the new LIROS DynaSoft and one stuck with a traditional taper splice in double braid (LIROS Magic Pro).
See the new Macita Moth hydrofoil designed by David Lister and Luka Damic.
David and Luka designed the Macita main foil to specifically suit the Mach2 Moth and bolt straight onto the existing vertical. Their aim was to produce an alternative foil that offers a number of new design features while being stronger and stiffer than anything else on the market. They also wanted to manufacture the foils locally, in Australia, to exceed the high standards already set by the leading class builders.
Must be 505 sailing time. Just sent some Warwick Ham made SPINNO pole ends to Airlie Beach, a 505 arrived last night a new mainsheet and bridle and hopefully my last SPINNO dual pole launcher goes on someones new mast this week.
505 spinnaker pole ends.
Just need to sell a few more of my stock CST Composites 505 spinnaker poles and then I will be able to buy some new toys.
Malcolm Page will be talking tonight at the Manly 16′ Skiff Club about preparation for skiff sailors and little tips that he thinks will have the biggest impact on the broad fleet.
Chris Kameen, Manly Skiff Club and the Sydney Sailing School are organising the event. See more info at http://www.sydneysailingschool.com.au/2013/09/03/double-olympic-gold-medalist-malcolm-page-shares-his-thoughts/
Very impressive afternoon at Jonathon’s book launch at the Harold Park Hotel.
Jonathon’s K Benton’s first book A Wicked Kind of Dark.
Hopefully plenty of people enjoy the read and he is a hit in the young adult fiction genre.
A Wicked Kind of Dark is published by Odyssybooks.
A taste of the cruising life today.
My parents just sailed Blinder into Sydney Harbour. 4 day trip from the Gold Coast. Ready to watch the 18 footers Giltinan Championships.
Anchored for breakfast at Store Beach.
Subzero Video’s Three Strings for a take on the Auckland 18 foot skiffs at at http://vimeo.com/58419639
Nice ride on the TKM 18 with Will Phillips and Darren McKavanaugh. Cracked 24.8 knots before the top spreader cracked off and we retired from the race.
Thanks to Will for flying up from Geelong for the weekend and as usual, Darren, for asking the question.
Spreader is back on the mast ready for another fast ride today.