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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:22 am 
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45 Knots?

Please tie down the boats!

See you all on Thursday

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Always concerning when the start boat is an Ark (look at the weather picture and you'd never know Australia is in a drought).

Remember the motto for every championship "It's never normally like this"

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I see the weather has improved a little today: 16 deg C and 30 kts.
Hope it warms up by Thursday.
Must be that NA weather you guys have brought with you.
We will bring some Sydney weather down with us.

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From cold & snowy New England, it looks like I'm not missing too much warm up time. The weather looks clear for my departure. If all goes as planned, I will see you all Thursday afternoon.

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Just got in, a little windy this afternoon but a nice looking day - reports look better for the rest of the week.
great to see a lot of IC's and DC's in the boatpark.

Merry Christmas everyone

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Weather report is looking much better for the rest of the week: http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDV10460.txt

We've got some Garlic Prawns and Schnapper ready for Christmas Lunch, then we'll mosey down to the club for a float - I'll get pictures for thos of you who chose snow over sun this Christmas.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from McCrae,

10-15knots tuning day:

It was a bit of a chilly Christmas Morning here (though I guess as most of the overseas competitors came from where it’s been snowing, cold is a relative term), but it turned into a glorious day with some nice 10-15 knots.
US Sailors Steve (DC), Willy (DC) and David Clarke (DC) hit the water with Alistair Warren (DC), Hayden Virtue (IC – must have been good on the water as our measurer missed our arranged measuring time), Mike Shreeve (IC) and Rob Patterson (DC) for some tuning. Del Olson (DC) and a few others were building/assembling boats on the grassy area in front of the club.
There is a great vibe around the Canoe sailors at the moment, with DC’s being the main focus of conversation:
• The support they’ve gained in a short time?
• When the rule changes will become official?
• Who will win?

Being among the main points of discussion. The support they’ve gained in such a short space of time is a testament to the sailors who have gotten involved in the Box Rule Development Canoe (DC), and how the concept of reverting the IC back to its developmental roots has captured the imaginations of sailors.
The rule changes will be discussed at the World Championships, which leaves us as to who will win?
If you had to pick three names, I guess the three would be Steve Clarke, Oliver Moore and Phil Robin – though everyone one agrees that we’re so early in these boats development that the series win is open to anyone. Steve has a long history in IC’s and several World Championships in IC’s, he has also been a main driving force behind the DC promotion. Oliver proved he can be very quick in the IC in 2005, and again at the Australian Nationals sailing Phil Stevensons DC. Phil Robin is another very accomplished sailor who has a ‘pedigree’ DC, but has spent little time on the water. The preparation time may be a deciding factor in the DC’s, with the boats all very early on their development curve and many counting their time on water in minutes not hours.

The International Canoes (IC’s) will compete for the World Championships, and we’ve seen less IC’s on the water this early – however Hayden and Mike are putting in some early water work. Hayden comes into the 2008 Worlds as Australian Champion and is sure to be among the front runners. Other front runners that spring to mind are Colin Newman and Simon Allan from the UK as well as Australians Tim Wilson and Seth Dunbar. I’m sure we’ll have a better idea after the pre-worlds regatta as to who is ‘on the pace’.

No Asymmetric Spinnaker Canoes (AC) around yet, and with it shaping up to be a four boat race I would not be surprised if the AC ambassadors decide to leave the kites on the shore and sail as IC’s.

So that’s a quick view from the beach on Christmas Day at McCrae. Tomorrow is when we expect a lot of the competitors to turn up, and the last day before racing starts.

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Merry Christmas to all in OZ,

‘Really looking forward to the daily reports. Please keep ‘em coming.

BTW: Christmas Day here in Scotland: Sunny day, but minus five degrees C with a wind chill factor of minus -8 degrees C.

Best wishes to all,

Ian McP
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Boxing Day

5-7 knots tuning day (but a beautiful 28 degree day):
A few more Australians have turned up, and infront of the club is full of half rigged boats - it's 10 past 3 and most are still waiting to see if the breeze fills in.
A number of us sat in the club to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and for those that understand the game, the cricket has been on in the background.
The pre-worlds kicks off tomorrow along with filming of an IC Promotional DVD, however light winds and high temperatures have been forecast for the next few days.

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Pre - Worlds Heat 1

5-10 knots variable:

Well I've been generous and posted all the results so everyone can see the times, but today was a lesson in listening to the briefingand remembering to sign on and off!!!

Chris Maas handed out a lesson overall, and Hayden stamped his authority over the IC's in the light conditions.
Those DC's are quick in the light airs! It's a hot day, I can't be bothered writing much so I'm off to the bar.

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28th December (Race 3)

10-15 fading out

The promised 20 knot northerlies didn't happen, and so the boats ar on the beach hoping for a sea breeze this afternoon. Hayden once again beat the fleet, though a few boats missed the early start (including me, who is reluctantly shorebound doing World organiser duties).

A lot more people have arrived and the boat park is nice and fullof IC's, AC's and those sexy DC's. Chris Maas's boat wins the award for 'sailing porn' (because art is black and white) - I want one for Christmas, but I have to wait a whole year now!

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We stuck around until 1700 for the breeze to fill in on the 28th so we could get a second race, but no joy. Hopefully more breeze today, then it's registration and measuring tomorrow and Invitation race on the 31st in a balmy 41 degrees (thats well over a hundred for you people who are still banging the rocks together).
On the sailing front, it looks like 3/4 AC's will race as AC's with one joining the Worlds fleet as an IC. Chris Maas has offered me a sail of his boat (obviously he never heard what happened when I borrowed AUS25 off Geoff), so I am really looking forward to that.

More to come, please remember my boat is for sale! :D

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Well the pre-worlds has been run and won, and today it's measuring/registration and epoxy day!
Why epoxy? Well yesterday it blew hard, official records show 25 knots, however as one of the 5 starters of Heat 5 (Tobias, Steve C, John Robson, Phil Stevenson) I will bank that it was 30 plus in gusts. And a little tricky sailing upwind with the swell.
Although many chose not to race, a lot of boats were still caught in the front, with a lot of us being towed in (including me, backwards, as I blew the front hatchcover off and filled up - my boat passes the buoyancy test!).

Steve Clark took out the pre-worlds regatta in his DC with junior Australian Alex Kalin the first IC home.

Well done to those guys, now we have the invitation race tomorrow and the serious stuff kicks off next year!

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Images from the Worlds, many more to come.

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Invitation Race 31 Dec 07

10-12 knots East

DON"T GO LEFT!!!

Don't go left was the motto of the day, it spelt no wind out there yet most of us gave it a go.
The top DC's were through the top IC's by the top mark, but thanks to the frontrunners not being able to find the wing mark the fleet compressed again for the 2nd upwind leg. Bill Beaver led the IC's for most of the race, however he retired from the race as he had admitted he infringed the rules (our first contender for the Mr Nice Guy award). Colin Brown opened up a lead of 3 minutes over Roger Regitz who crossed the line less than a minute ahead of Hayden (who came back from going left on the first beat).
In the DC's Chris Maas took a 3 minute lead over Phil Stevenson and Alistair Warren. Alistair was leading from the start, but was hindered by not being able to find the wing mark on the first lap.
The AC's had a long race, and with Tobias dropping out it left Peter McLaren and John Robson to duke it out. Peter had an early lead, but John was there at the finish with a 15 minute lead.

So now it's the official opening (still waiting on TNT to deliver the ICF Flag) and the New Years Eve party.
Happy New Year and chat to you all in 2008.

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