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01-01-2012 07:40 AM
tdw Well kiddies, its time to unstick this tired old thread and let it pass into the mist.

The HCW was something of a somewhat weird Twilight Zonish high from the year now past. That, a new Womboat and fun filled adventures with my sweetheart Wombet while again hanging out here and there with the various reprobates from forums far and wide.

I do hope you all had a fine time celebrating the incoming NewYear but for now and to paraphrase good old Banjo Patterson ... "The Wombats gone a Sailing, and we don't know where he are".

Later.

Wombat, TD. Esq.

11-06-2011 05:23 PM
tdw
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Sudden Malware warnings and at the same time suddenly this character shows up... hmmmmmmmmmmm.....
Suspicious indeed. Coincidence ? I think not.

Ban the bugger ? Lets shall.

As for taking the Bent on as crew ? Waddayareckon ? Us left leanings nutters have got to stick together.
11-04-2011 07:04 PM
Faster
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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
You took BENTSAILOR with you? Jaysus... life in your own hands kinda stuff...

Brian

Sudden Malware warnings and at the same time suddenly this character shows up... hmmmmmmmmmmm.....
11-04-2011 06:37 PM
Cruisingdad You took BENTSAILOR with you? Jaysus... life in your own hands kinda stuff...

Brian
10-28-2011 12:26 AM
tdw
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Originally Posted by BentSailor View Post
Probably correct - though I've been told this weekend is going to suck. And yet looking at the forecast, still not as badly as it did when we were out
No weekend will ever equal those conditions Bent. Even sailors who crewed in the '98 Hobart agree with that. Those old timers who watched from the shore shivered in their boots and vowed that we stand tall amongst the greats and it was worst of all where we were. The other boats got off lightly.
10-28-2011 12:06 AM
BentSailor Probably correct - though I've been told this weekend is going to suck. And yet looking at the forecast, still not as badly as it did when we were out
10-27-2011 11:29 PM
tdw What would be interesting would be to keep a log of weekend conditions on the lake from say now until end November. I betcha that even on wet weekends it would be less unpleasant than our weekend.
10-27-2011 09:53 PM
BentSailor
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Another deknickered sister cries mercy ....
You'd think they'd learn by now to just plug their ears when I'm around

On HCW moving to later in the year, I am personally surprised they arranged it for the the time they did. It's not like the conditions at the time of year are terribly surprising and, let's face it, the more amenable to conditions for less hardcore racers - the more of them are likely to turn up and take part (helping to raise more money).

The only thing that comes to mind is wanting to get the bigger names (i.e. afore mentioned olympic sailors) to turn up and that, later in our sailing season, they are more likely to already be engaged elsewhere. Personally, not that big a deal for me, but I can see how that might affect the organiser's thinking.

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Racing for 24 hours in closed waters, constantly tacking, constantly changing sails and constantly having to watch for sand bars, all in driving rain is not to be recommended.
It just needed to be repeated. We raced in conditions almost as bad earlier in the week in dinghies (national titles were being held in Wangi Wangi on the lake - we even used the HCW marker for some of the later races); but the thing is we weren't doing it for anywhere near as long (and most of us were in wetsuits as well - something not really applicable for a 24hr event).

I can imagine doing those conditions (& worse) in order to make a crossing or port, provided you cannot wait for a better weather window. Like alot of things in life, you tough out the bad bits to get the good. I'm just not a guy who gets a big enough thrill from the race to counter those conditions time & again.

As I said, if we had the same crew next year and the Womboat wanted me - I'd do it in a heartbeat. But I'd be doing it for friends and for the cause - as for the sailing, I'll take that trip with tdw a couple of weeks later over it any day
10-27-2011 06:54 PM
tdw
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Originally Posted by BentSailor View Post
Wow, just imagine what that would look like if I WASN'T trying to be brief!
Another deknickered sister cries mercy ....

One of the questions being raised about the HCW is whether it should be moved to a warmer time of year. Late September, early October is an unsettled time of year for us. Winter has passed but is still spritely enough to give Spring a decent kick in the gonads. To boot, the winter wind pattern has not gone away completely nor has summer's set in. Racing for 24 hours in closed waters, constantly tacking, constantly changing sails and constantly having to watch for sand bars, all in driving rain is not to be recommended.

Last year I didn't do the race but crewed on a delivery up to the lake. It was bloody freezing. This year the delivery up was much the same though ameliorated somewhat by Kooka's protected cockpit, particularly when in cruising mode. During the race we were somewhat more exposed.

Now were we to be doing the race in ,say, November or December it would be warm(ish) throughout the night and the breeze would probably be more consistent. NSW coastal as we head into summer becomes prevailing nor easter with the occasional southerly change. You can usually see the southerly coming from quite some distance and be prepared for it, so while they can be a challenge when they first hit they are usually not a long term trial. The Nor Easterlies are dead reliable. They come in from mid morrning, build through the afternoon and into the evening then die in the arse around midnight. Not such a bad thing for a 24 hour race.

So there you go. Smack, I confess you could not pay me enough money to do a Hobart either the East or West coaster but in warm water and warm air? Hey, Hamilton Island does not sound too shabby.

(There are two Hobart races. The famous one from Sydney down the east coast and the west coaster from Melbourne. In bad weather either would be torture.)
10-27-2011 06:25 AM
BentSailor Wow, just imagine what that would look like if I WASN'T trying to be brief!
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