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  2. Warm and windy on my day off, so I declared the sailing season open today. Turned out a good day to demonstrate why it's wise to sail off a lee shore, especially when sailing solo in an isolated place like Lake Burrumbeet (near Ballarat). I pioneered a novel way to sail downwind, catching some wind in a billow of mainsail leech while dragging the mast along in the water beside the boat. Hmmm. That's not where the mast is supposed to go. Turns out, although I've been paranoid about checking the state of the plates under the side stay saddles... I haven't taken much notice of the bolts themselves. New and interesting ways for a 30+ year old Mari to fail in service. Derigged when I got to shore, and only had a short tow through the reeds to get back to the boatramp. GPS says I was out for a total of 0.5 miles. Including the wade back to the trailer. Maybe we can open the season properly another day. Once I get some new saddle bolts.
  3. Last week
  4. 2018 Maricat State Titles will be held at Speer point on the weekend of 20th and 21st of October all Maricat's welcome. Notice of race can be found on their facebook page.
  5. RC

    Is this a Hawke surfcat?

    Thanks for that info Old School. So it looks like the Hawke was released 5 years before the windrush..... interesting. ?
  6. Earlier
  7. madboutcats

    Goolwa to Meningie distance race 17/11/2018

    Notice of race http://www.users.on.net/~meningiesc/GM Notice of Race.pdf
  8. madboutcats

    Goolwa to Meningie distance race 17/11/2018

    There is an awesome meal served at the Meningie Sailing Club on Saturday night if you'd like to stay for presentation and a few drinks as well. We will be reading out all competors place gettings after presentation. There is also a great meal available at the very hospitable GRYC on Friday night before the race and Twilight sailing as well for those that are arriving early.
  9. The longest off the beach distance race and last true adventure race you can do in Aus is on Saturday the 17th of November 2018. This race starts at the new location of Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club (GRYC) with trailer sailers starting between 8am to 10pm followed by Off the beach cats at 11am. From GRYC boats race up the last leg of the Murray River, across the top of Lake Alexandrina ( normally where the most epic tales are born ), on to the creek called the Narrows, down this creek into Lake Albert and across Lake Albert to Meningie. The course is about 70km, sometimes this race starts at a blistering pace and ends even bigger, other times it starts heartbreakingly light to then hit mid 20kts across Lake Albert. Just competing in this race is awesome, we have a hot fleet coming together again this year and it has been won by all sorts of cats in the last 50 years, so far we have entered, a Marstrom 20, Tornado's, F18's, Nacra's, Taipans and A classes. It's a cheap race to enter, the logistics of getting back to your car and trailer in this passage race are typically inconvenient but if you book early the club can help with your logistics. Minimum size boat is 4.2 metres, skippers need to meet the skill level required of being spread over 100 square kilometres of water with half a dozen rescue boats, helmets are mandatory for single handed and recommended for all, everyone must have high vis top, whistle, torch etc, if you loose your boat at Point Sturt you may drift 30km till you hit shore so all racers are stand too boats if needed. Whilst the race is not to be taken lightly it is great fun and if you haven't done it before the members of Meningie Sailing Club will give you a run down on obstacles and strategy we look forward to seeing you there
  10. amended the above as per leons advice
  11. QB2

    Mari Pitchpole practice

    Conditions went from perfect 10-14 knots to 17 and up in the space of fifteen minutes and bramble bay at Woody Point quickly gets a short, vicious chop especially wind against tide and we had the mari and lots of laserrs falling over in a heap before heading to shore.. Yes Zane should have eased sails but didn't touch a rope and bored it in .
  12. Marathon in Humpy bash. I don't think so.
  13. darcy1945

    Mari Pitchpole practice

    Weight, to far forward, not enough mast rake, and, the jib will put you in on a reach, unless you continually play it to control the leeward bow. Most Mari sailors pack the jib away at 15/20 kts.
  14. Sailor Zane Bradbury repeatedly went down the mine at a recent Humpybong yacht club race day .. No attempt to release the mainsheet or jib.. just this huge grin on his face.. Apparently he doesn't bruise.. unlike the rest of us.. I would love a Mari to take him on when the seabreeze kicks in, Moreton and Bramble Bay get a vicious chop and the A class, Nacras and Lasers pack up and go home.,
  15. Humpybash regatta is on at Humpybong Yacht Club, Woody Point, 20 & 21 October. Around 80 craft are expected to attend with a large contingent of youth sailors and their families attending. Three races held on the Saturday and again on Sunday. Humpybash is among one of the last regattas before the Australian A class nationals and the worlds at Hervey Bay in November HYC runs the youth and senior racing on separate courses. There is camping available at the club and plenty of other accommodation at Redcliffe.
  16. Wallerawang will be holding their annual regatta on the 10th and 11th of November 2018. Come along for a friendly but competitive regatta, free camping at the beautiful Lake Wallace, the club will be providing a BBQ lunch. We have a range of classes, the majority being large cats with over 6 Nacra 5.8's and Tiapan 5.7's. We also have T4.9's and smaller cats that often attend. For more info contact Seb on Wallerawangsailingclub@outlook.com Cheers Seb Notice of Race 2018.docx
  17. 2013 Nacra 4.5 Sports This thing has barely been used , everything maintained fastidiously Cat hauler trailer w/10 months rego Ready to go sailing now Dry hulls Cat covers boat and rudder covers Minimal use and always stored under cover. Location: Gold Coast 0410188006
  18. eragon

    Alpha Omega 4.4

    Great condition boat with many extras and spares main add on gumtree ph 0423309580 for more details
  19. darcy1945

    14' cat parts, Windy, Mari

    V/good 2nd hand tramp and most other Mari parts, (Very good mainsails), some H14 and Windy parts still
  20. Boats sold, still have most parts available.
  21. G'day all, I've picked up a calypso 16 recently which is my first boat. Does anyone still sail these in SEQ much? I tried to join the facebook group for calypso cats but it disappeared. Would be keen to go for a sail with some more experienced people and maybe pick up some solid tips.
  22. darcy1945

    Wanted, H14 tramp

    Prefer Turbo tramp, but, cat rig tramp will do. Darcy 02 43591729
  23. darcy1945

    H14 Trampoline Wanted

    Tramp req, suit H14, prefer Turbo, but cat rig tramp will do. 02 43591729 Darcy.
  24. darcy1945

    Hobie 14 parts

    Do you have a trap to suit H14 ?
  25. SOLD!!!! I have for sale a brand new ONE PIECE trampoline for sale. It is to suit a Maricat 4.3. It has NEVER been fitted to a boat. I purchased it some time ago, for it to be picked up last week, when my wife was on the mainland. However, when I purchased it, I still had a Maricat, but I since sold my Maricat, as I have had to get out of Catamaran sailing and go back to dinghies due to health issues. Anyhow, it is a trampoline made by a person on the Central Coast, who no longer is making them for maricat sailors, nor anyone. It is in very good condition as you would expect for a new trampoline, however there is just one small flaw in the material in one spot where the weave has a twist in it, making it appear as if it has a small hole, but that is not the case. Anyhow, it owes me $200, and that is what I would want back for it. If you want to negotiate price, then I am more than HAPPY to accept more than $200 ........LOL!!!! Postage would be $18.00 to anywhere within Australia, with Australia Post tracking number. If you are interested, then please message me or phone me on 0490 026843. Cheers now David.
  26. darcy1945

    Jib

    Give me a call 02 43591729
  27. psenior

    Jib

    Hello all, I am wondering if anyone might have a reasonably priced jib available. Cheers' Paul
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