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About QB2

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  • Biography sailed maricats. QB2 and now AO4.4
  • Location Queensland, Brisbane northern suburbs
  • Interests sailing, photography, reading,
  • Occupation Journalist/PR
  • Class of Catamaran AO4.4

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  • Gender Male
  • Location North Brisbane
  • Interests Cat sailing, sailing event promotion, state,national worldwide and web.

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  1. Only a week to go until Winterbash on 29 and 30 July.. Go to Humpybong yacht Club website http://hyc.net.au/ for further info .. Water temp is 20C so pretty inviting still for winter time .. three races next Saturday and a marathon from Woody point to Sandgate and Scarborough and return depending on conditions.. Excellent conditions tipped by weather sites. Race attracted 60 entrants last year and hoping for a larger catamaran and dinghy fleet this year. Senior and Junior divisions held on separate courses  Camping available outside the clubhouse or accommodation on Redcliffe peninsula.. 
  2. Humpybong Yacht Club, Woody Point, Brisbane hosts the Queensland A Class championships from 5-7 May 2017. Twenty to thirty A class are expected to attend including Matt Homan, Brad Collett, Andrew Landenberger, Andrew Chaney, Peter Bradbury. Camping is available on the foreshore/carpark  at Humpybong for sailors and their families. Further info at hyc.net.au
  3. In case it hasn 't been notified already, The annual Belvedere Humpybash regatta at Humpybong yacht club is on this Saturday and Sunday if you are interested go to the hyc.net.au to get registration info . Participants are able to camp for the weekend in front of the clubhouse or access a wide range of local accommodation
  4. 2016 Cobra National Titles

    Mooloolaba yacht club has 24/7 security fenced and open areas to the north and south of the club looking from the road .. you will be able to leave your cat rigged there. MSC will stage the event apparently but use MYC facilities which are first rate and the club is a large complex with numerous meeting rooms, dining , bars etc. For racing you sail out through the boat harbour into the ocean off mooloolaba so you will have decent easterly ocean swells to contend with as well as more tidal impact than in port phillip bay. Sunshine coast Hobie sailors race there so cat regattas are routine. . There is heaps of local accomodation from caravan parks to high rise units within walking distance to the club. The only bugbear is traffic and parking outside the yacht club in holiday periods but you shouldn't have a problem getting in and out from the club carpark
  5. 28-30 psi is about average as you want some give and not rock hard pressures
  6. fitted with a maricat mast this thing would fly
  7. Towing cats

    not good.. hope Mr Day is okay ..
  8. cat righting

    think about getting or making a righting bag you can fill to give you more leverege. Tie it off to the righting rope or upper shroud wire and lean out with the bag held out on your back. Standing on the bow should get the cat into the wind and at that wind strength the main should have helped with lift. Thats the theory . There is also making a righting pole, have a look at catsailor.com for some of the ones the yanks have where they put a pole into the lower centreboard slot and walk out on the pole which has ropes to the front and rear beams to hold it steady . After uprighting the pole tucks away back under the tramp.. If you are ,like me , feeling your age, might be time to go to an A class, or 14 footer lighter weight.class
  9. Social Hobie Sailing SEQ

    where are you off to in the near future?
  10. Story here :   www.goodalldesign.com.au/Catamaran/       Effective immediately AHPC/Goodall Sails will be trading as Goodall Design. Customers can expect the same great commitment to high performance and helpful service as before, but now all under a single clean new brand. "Even though we refer to this as a “new” brand, it is more a return to the roots of where we originated.” Says Brett Goodall Greg began designing and redesigning boats from the age of 17 when he built his first moth, from there it was into mosquitos, a relatively closed design class and then into the free world of A-class in 1978. “Goodall Design, with the new logo, is much more representative of whom we are and the values we embody” says Greg Goodall The new branding comes off the back of a very long and detailed investigation into the Goodall business, in which the core values of the business where distinguished. “There were a number of breakdowns where the old branding just did not work” says Brett. “Essentially it didn’t reflect the technical precision that customers have come to love from our products and we were looking for something to better reflect our core values” says Brett. The Goodall Design product line will be branded with highly visual branding and the tops of all sails will now be sporting the “Flying G” logo.
  11. Calypso 16 Hinged Step

    Tie your downhaul to the mast step, tramp rope or dolphin striker to prevent nasty surprises in mast kick up as you only have to worry where the tip is going to land.
  12. I've looked at the association page and been interested in what is happening with the class, will be keeping an eye on the fleet in SEQ.
  13. From about what sail number did Taipans start to be built in fibreglass and not ply?
  14. The rubber bands used in clothes dryers are really great as rudder tiedowns
  15. I used to sail Maricats so either it or the Windrush are excellent first cats to learn on.  I am not sure about parts supply for Hydra these days.  Either of the 14 footers are terrific cats to learn how to sail, very forgiving and tough. if you drive on very rough roads put pads under the hulls and rollers to spread the load and prevent hull damage. check ebay or your local library for sailing books.  if you have access to a lake that size ask around there will be a local who sails there already. Your best way of learning is to pick a day with light to mid range winds and just go. Wear lifejackets and take a paddle if the wind is very light .  There are cat sailing books on ebay and amazon and there is massive amounts of sailing info online if you do a google search. There is also a Maricat website for tuning info if you decide to buy it   Just check the cats for soft spots in the fibreglass, obvious cracks in gelcoat and beams and splits in the trampoline,  if you think the boat is in dodgy condition walk away and learn what to look for before you buy one. things like ensuring all the rigging is in good nick and especially the dolphin striker cable as it it breaks you can easily break a front beam  and they are expensive to replace.