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    A water sports helmet saved me a trip in an ambulance today, and possibly a long stay in hospital. Not a real fan of the Helmet I adopted the lid. Working towards the lay line for the top mark I was able to get a little above a F18. He was busy gardening and removing weed from his daggers. As we entered more pressure close to the sand bank the F18 pulled ahead. I dipped lower to pick up speed and sacrifice some advantage. The F18 was going to call to tack as we were running out of water depth. (we were both port tack) As I was on the F16 I knew I could run a little closer to the bank. Thus avoiding a possible tack as the lay line is a near thing. The F18 tacked and I dipped lower to run behind, you know, that close thing where you just avoid the stern and the rudders. But the F18 touched bottom and absolutely stopped, I dipped further staring at the stern and boards I drove lower. Out on the wire I skimmed over the stern of the F18. Then smash I collided with the boom. Never saw it coming as I was so intent on avoiding the boat. The boom hit me just at the start of the helmet, just between the eye socket and temple. There was enough force from contact with the boom that the edge of the helmet pushed in and I was bleeding from a gash about 8-10cm long. There's a mark on the side of the helmet and today (the following day) my jaw hurts and I still have a decent egg on the side of my head- people at work literally stop and asked "What happened to you?" The bruising is coming out and it hurts to chew. Without a helmet I would have sustained some serious injuries and may have been knocked out. None of us are great swimmers when we’re unconscious ever. There’s nothing wrong with a helmet. Just sayin'
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    Can any cat lover be adle to give me information on the kitty cat. Any information would be of great help.
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    The 36th Nacra nationals is to be held at Wangi Wangi on Lake Macquarie. Between the 29th December 2014 to 4th of January 2015. A large fleet is expected in all classes and will feature the first nationals for the Olympic Nacra 17. Lake Macquarie provides flat protected water and plenty to do for the whole family. There are camping spots near the club we recommend you book early as it is the peak summer holiday period. More information is provided on the flyer attached. Hope to see you there.!!
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    Well the conditions were a little challenging but some awesome close racing at all levels. Thanks Phil for organizing it, Great job! Congrats to Rob Fowler, Darcy Wilson and David Young on their class wins. Mark
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    I've been informed by the assoc member who is getting our new website up that it is only a few weeks away, it will be structured so as the assoc can update it ourselves, rather than the old model which required a web designer to make any changes to the site, with charges levied to do so. A big vote of thanks to Mick for taking on this project. Phil
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    FOR SALE: Arrow #1706 'The Snot Rocket'. In excellent condition and ready to race. Kawasaki green in colour. Comes with; 2 jibs (one near new), 1 brand new square top main with centre sheeting euro trax big trolley wheels, excellent road trailer with plenty of room. Located north Brisbane, sailed out of Humpybong YC. Reason for selling is upgrading to a bigger boat out grown this one! $5,500 contact Shane on 0402104888 for pictures etc.
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    Thanks for that Mark Yes I am now the president, "hooray for me". It was not really something that I wanted (read I did not want it at all), but I accepted as I feel that all members should have a run on the committee to share the load, and so I accepted. If anyone is not happy with how I perform please let me know and I'll be sure to nominate them for President next year. On the subject of yardsticks, let me say that we had an AGM on Sunday morning that was supposed to start at 8am, there was hardly anyone there, so we postponed it to 8.30 am to allow for latecomers, the yardstick item was brought up in general business and it went to a show of hands as to accept it or not, as I recall it was clearly for acceptance by all sailors and owners grp and foam. If members don't turn up to the AGM, how can they have their say. If I didn't vote in the recent Federal election am I entitled now to complain about the outcome seeing as I was not concerned enough about it on ballot day? Mick did put it out to all concerned previously on facebook and here that we would have discussion on possible changes to the class, re trap for juniors in cat, spinnakers, diamond stays on the mast etc, so there was a warning that this kind of stuff would be discussed. Phil
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    Some cobra's just have a ratchet pulley on the lee ward side and a cleat next to the side stay on the windward side. I have even seen the cleat integarted into the side stay. That might not work with a jib the size of a 5.8
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    Hard one to answer, I will look back through my trophies.
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    On Saturday we attempted the longest end to end freshwater race in the southern hemisphere, the Goolwa to Meningie. After a painful light upwind stretch for nearly 4 hours the wind shifted behind us to about 20 knots and we flew downwind to catch up with the leading A classes and Taipans. From there the wind was all over the place and more than I was willing to put myself and my crew through. Maybe next year we can finish. I didn't get much footage, but here's a bit
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    Any other 5.0m Maris interested because I will rebuild mine in time would like someone to race against. will be there sailing regardless bring on November
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    Number 1 for me is always a beanie, then booties, then I think about the rest or the gear. If your head and your feet are warm, there's a chance the rest will be too.
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    Hi guys, As mentioned in the other response, Formula Sailcraft has rudders and centreboards, as does Larry Fay at Australian Fibreglass Products. You can find contact details on the Paper Tiger website at www.papertigercatamaran.org However, they sell new ones only, so are quite expensive. If you are after second-hand ones, there may be some around, depending on the type you have (for a direct replacement) or the type you want (if you are looking to upgrade). You can put wanted ads on the website or we can include wanted ads in the Australian PT newsletter. Let me know soon if you want to place an ad in the newsletter (free), as we are publishing the next one shortly. You do need to determine the type/style you have. I suggest reading this article from the PT site, as it will explain this in detail: http://www.papertigercatamaran.org/images/media/centreboard-development.pdf Can you let me know the Boat Name and Sail Number of the boats you have so that I can ensure our records are kept up to date please? And feel free to ask any other questions you may have about the class. We're here to help! David Stumbles Secretary Paper Tiger Catamaran International Association M: +61 (0)400 476 449 E: ptcia@papertigercatamaran.org W: www.papertigercatamaran.org
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    If you are sailing "Cat" rigged (Mainsail only) then tension is not an issue, enough to keep the mast in the step, when you add the jib you should have enough tension so that the luff wire can not be deflected more than 25/30 mm between fingers and thumb.
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    cool i found guy i used via sign outside his house he is a very multi skilled type about 70yold from canada and spent 50 years on and around boats knows more than i ever will must find him again he is a bit grump though
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    The easiest way to get back onto your cat, is via the bow, just push down on the bow and slide you overweight, old, exhausted body on, without having to lift yourself out of the water.
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    Cant wait for that one, muck around in the light morning wind down the Goolwa channel and blast the last 40km to the narrows around the turning mark to Milang on the sea breeze then the celebrations on shore live music etc. No one does it like Milang
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    Hi there Kurt I have one... I am in Canberra. Anything in particular you are looking for? I am thinking of selling, if you give me a call I could give you some details Thanks Cam
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    As a director of Port Kembla Sailing Club and fellow 14ft Cat sailor you will be missed Mick. Not wishing to offend anyone but unfortunately it appears this forum is starting to resemble Facebook!!
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    I'm gonna try and tee up a sail on Morton the weekend of the 27th 28th of April EDIT: My band got booked for that weekend so this weekend might not work GRRRRRRR Unsure whether a camp is on the cards though. Depends on others interest. If anyone is interested we can work out a group
  23. 1 point
    The a-hole has relisted them so be warned people. http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/pialba/sail-boats/caper-cats-fast-and-fun/1013229624 BTW I did turn to the dark side....... got a Mirror dinghy on the weekend, my 4 year old is over the moon. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1156[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1157[/ATTACH]
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    Has everyone checked out the new VYC ratings yet. Interesting and a handicappers nightmare. Be a few A classes up for sale with people chasing older ones. Nacra 16 squares are taking a large hit for the new square tops even though they appear to be no faster at the moment. Arrows may be in the same boat. Adding a spinnaker is going to hurt. How handicappers police A classes I don't know with 3 variations and numerous versions of each variation. Nacra 5.8, Taipan cat and Hobie 16 have had a bit of a win
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    Hi All, Yes i am in the middle of making a new mould for the cobra centerboards, i have a few laying around, i should be able to find an old one that can get you going Do you know what you currently have? timber or fiberglass? Thanks Robert Nixon,