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Hey Colin

Welcome to the board!

I'm slumming it over at Brighton sailing other peoples boats and attempting to learn this sailing gig.

Unfortunately the skip had an incident with a fixed object and the mast is in for repairs however given the weather last Saturady open fire and Guinness was a much better option.

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I have been to Brighton a few times, and I wouldn't call it a place to 'slum', far too pleasant!

Those dreaded fixed objects are a b1tch, hope the stick is repairable. I bought my yacht after it lost its old mast and it took a lot of time and $ to replace - still it can be a chance to upgrade if finances allow.

Thanks for the welcome Ken.
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Actually, if you're racing with Royal Vic you have to get well acquainted with them dreaded fixed objects...

They're called channel piles and without a doubt they'll be marks of the course!

A part of life, I'm afraid.
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Those dreaded channel markers have caught quite a few yachts each year. They are only half a mast high and painted black and yellow! Yes, they are usually used as marks for courses, Nothing like a fixed tall marker to stop people trying to pinch too hard for the line!
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I hope this doesn't sound like sacriledge, but I'm finding in the Classic races that I enjoy the St Kilda courses far more than our own.

Two reasons:
a) They're set out in the bay a little more (more room to move)
b) There isn't a channel marker in sight!

..now if only we can convince Mr LeRoy to set courses that cross the channels rather than run up the guts of them.. ..but I digress: Port Phillip is a great place to sail!!
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Cameron, I think we actually discussed this once before, but the idea of being able to sail on those great big long tacks across PPB really has appeal. People always blather on about how great Sydney Harbour is but I tell you after you spend all day tacking back and forth one yearnsfor the wide open spaces.

Fine for those moored close to the heads and able to get outside quickly but not so good for us poor sods west of the coathanger.
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I think we have, TD.. and you're welcome to come down here for a spin on the Bay any time!!

If you did, you'd be stuck for choice now: either us in our new barge, or the old Hartley, Cool's 25-footer, Melburnian's Catalina in Geelong, etc. etc...

The Melbourne Cup Regatta should be quite something this year!
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