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    Kingston SE, South Australia
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    Nacra 5.8, Mozzy,Arrow,Arafura cadet,Windrush 14

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  1. madboutcats

    Goolwa to Meningie distance race 17/11/2018

    Notice of race http://www.users.on.net/~meningiesc/GM Notice of Race.pdf
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    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.
  3. 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
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    Taipan 5.7 Catamaran

    Boat is sold
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    Taipan 5.7 Catamaran

    G'day I'm selling my Taipan 5.7 it's a good fast boat with a couple of scratches, it's sail number 134, has good stiff mast, great condition Goodall big head sail and jib, no leach flutter on either boat is tuned so that it is quiet with only a bit of helm. It doesn't have spinnaker kit but does come with a self tacker track if you want to get the smaller jib, it also has a conventional bridle for normal jib and the extended bridle for spinnaker. Boat is available with beach rollers for $4900 or with trailer and twin sail box's for $5800. This boat is ready to race and was last raced in June 2018, if you want boat only I can deliver as far as Forster Wildcat or Brisbane in late September or if you want it with the trailer I can drive it a few hundred Km your way.
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    Rigging question: Nacra 4.5

    G'day Clance, sounds like the halyard would go around the pulley, back up through the thimble, then tied off on the bridle, that gives you four to one tension and should be more than enough. Ross at Brisbane Catamaran Centre designed that cat and would answer any questions you may have
  7. Don't know the timing of your trip but have you thought of timing your trip with sailing at clubs and regattas on the way, I'm planning Wildcat at start of October, Mission Beach regatta including sailing around Dunk Island, 22nd October, Lake Coothabarra in early Nov, with a couple of places in between
  8. Great Lakes Sailing Club near Forster, can camp and sail there, I travel from South Aus to there each year in October for Wildcat, big lake on one side of the road and sea with whales on the other side, very picturesque
  9. Only 11 days until the start of the epic Goolwa to Meningie race from the end of the Murray river across the lower lakes of the Murray system in South Australia. Racing starts in Goolwa, from 8am for monohulls with cats starting at 11am, we race up the Goolwa channel, across the top of Lake Alexandrina, through the creek called the Narrows to Lake Albert and across lake Albert to finish at Meningie. This is the most adventurous off the beach race in Australia, at about 70km long its also the longest. The lower lakes throw up some serious chop to test your stamina and plenty of wind once the sea breeze settles in, for that reason would be single handed skippers must be experienced and wear helmets, all competitors must wear a high vis top, a torch and whistle as these lakes are up to 20km wide and would take some searching. For people thinking of doing this race for the first time, there are some definite things to avoid, I'm happy to point out the strategy to stay out of trouble and where not to get too close to shore. This part of the river and the lower lakes are about as full of water as they ever get and the carp numbers for some reason are also very low. So if your an experienced, adventurous sailor, looking for a full on race, that doesn't need to have a rescue boat within sight at all times come and have a crack at this fantastic race. Here's a video from a few years ago, the race doesn't always start with wind like this but every race I've done has ended with wind like this https://youtu.be/eamfqNzcF08
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    Worn rudder gudgeons.

    To make long drill bits you can weld rod onto the end of your drill bit, I've done it before and the only tricky bit is keeping it straight or you can get a metal working shop to do it
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    Replacing hull inspection o ring

    Not sure what you mean, if your inspection ports have an O ring for the hatch you would buy it from the manufacturer but if you are sealing a new one to the hull, I prefer sikaflex but it doesn't stick to silicone so need to clean the previous silicon off thoroughly or just use silicone
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    Yet another newbie advice thread

    Another good 14 foot boat is the Arrow, they have hulls that are flat on the bottom, very high buoyancy, when I did my first Lake Eyre Regatta I sailed an Arrow two up in some of the races at about 160kg and it handled it ok. It's a good idea before you sail whatever boat you buy to get the tips to depowering it
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    NACRA 2017/18 National's

    Thanks for making it so easy, took only a few minutes to email the entry and pay online
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    Yet another newbie advice thread

    Welcome to cat sailing, there aren't many Nacra's sailing there but that doesn't stop you sailing one yourself, I am quite often the only Nacra sailing where I sail, a boat that would fit your bill with a big fleet near you is the Taipan 4.9, you can sail that one or two up, you won't get a fibreglass one for $5000 but there is a ex national champion timber one in very good order on Gum Tree, it was been repainted light grey, with good sails etc. The mozzies not a bad option it is more weight sensitive good luck with your search
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    New to the Nacra game

    It would be easier if we could see what you have, so if you took photos and posted them on here we would soon be able to tell you where things go
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