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Old 28-12-2008, 06:04   #1
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And the Sydney Hobart winner is-----

A boat that ran its motor the whole way to Hobart, to power hydraulic winches and keels and stuff. Bit sad really
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Old 28-12-2008, 22:49   #2
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And there is all that prejudice about letting multihulls enter. I would have a little more acceptance of the exclusion if only human power or wind power was allowed to be used
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A boat that ran its motor the whole way to Hobart, to power hydraulic winches and keels and stuff. Bit sad really
Sad? It's bloody disgraceful!

Its a gay old race these days. 625 miles under engine. Sure its through some rough tough weather and sea, but dangeling your legs over the side of a boat for 2 or 3 days is not sailing its stupidity.
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I am bit like Robert Cataeran, they wont let multis enter based on "tradition", but have no problem with canting keels and motors on all the time etc.

Still I am reminded of what the Volvo designer [Juan Kouyoumdjian] said about the Boats - words to the effect that canting keel monos were just inefficient multis.

actual quote - From Sail magazine: "What is future of canting-ballast technology?" Juan Kouyoumdjian: "It depends on acceptance. I could argue that a canting-keel monohull is a very inefficient multihull. Imagine canting a keel to leeward and instead of ballast you have air. You would achieve the same increase in righting moment in a ligter solution and in fact you get a multihull. Our sailing community is divided, and choices are made on style or fashion; otherwise we'd all be sailing multihulls."
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I haven't followed the race closely - was the offending vessel the Line Honors winner Wild Oats XI, or the Handicap winner Quest?

I did read today that the only American entry, the Spencer 65 Ragtime under the stewardship of Newport Beach's Chris Welsh was:

- Winner of IRC 2
- First non-Australian boat to finish
- First wooden boat to finish
- Eighteenth boat to finish, and 11th overall in the IRC fleet
- Granted two hours redress for going to the aid of Georgia, a Farr 53

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only American entry, the Spencer 65 Ragtime :
- Winner of IRC 2
- First non-Australian boat to finish
- First wooden boat to finish
- Eighteenth boat to finish, and 11th overall in the IRC fleet
- Granted two hours redress for going to the aid of Georgia, a Farr 53

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If a boat can do all that why do others need a canting keel et al??????

Congrats to them! Certainly a marvellous race wih a good splash of seamanship to boot That crew should be happy and deservedly so (and drunk!).

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I didn't do the Syney - hobart, but I did get a ride (as mainsail trimmer) on quite a slick 44' Sayer in the King of the Derwent race... it was great ot be in amongst the fleet... We had a good tussle with a well known IOR 66' "pocket maxi", which was nostalgic...
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