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Old 08-02-2011, 16:59   #1
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I'm 65 and Sail the World

Blog updated, Just crossed Great Australian Bight, east to west, check out our photos and words.....
"A Wandering Wake"

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Old 08-02-2011, 17:54   #2
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welcome,nice blog.
question ;do you use a preventer on the boom while running down wind?
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Short answer, always

We never sail without rigging the preventer, unless close-hauled. Firstly accidental gybes break gear and hurt people. Secondly, our three point mainsheet doesn't always give the best shape to our mainsail. A combination downhaul/preventer takes care of both.
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please post on the thread"main sheet ripped out my steering pedestal" for the benifit of others on using a preventer,seems like people who sail arm chairs cant see the point of rigging a preventer.

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please post on the thread"main sheet ripped out my steering pedestal" for the benifit of others on using a preventer,seems like people who sail arm chairs cant see the point of rigging a preventer.

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G'Day Atoll,

Arm chair preventer?? Mebbe a net to catch the beer can when it falls off the arm??

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We never sail without rigging the preventer, unless close-hauled. Firstly accidental gybes break gear and hurt people. Secondly, our three point mainsheet doesn't always give the best shape to our mainsail. A combination downhaul/preventer takes care of both.
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saw your blog which i thought was very salty,obviously very experianced,unlike some of us,ive only got 100 000 and jim a paltry 150 000,so we are just learning to do it correctly.... thanks for the input and sorry for dropping you in it

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Re: I'm 65 and Sail the World

Wow, now I'm 66 and have just sailed back across the Great Southern Ocean ( west to east ) from Albany Western Australia to Portland in Victoria. Alas, a wet windy, destructive sail I'd rather forget, at least it was fast - too fast for comfort. Blew out the furler a bit, torn loose a few mainsail hanks, even ripped off a bit of our timber toe rail. Worst of all, had to stay below the whole way - cept for a couple hours while the depression passed overhead.
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well done! pleased you made it safe with only minor damage can be a very rough trip with no hidey holes.

know a few sailors in their 70's and 80's still doing transats,in fact,just spent an enjoyable evening with the catamaran designer,james wharram and his partner hanneke who are planning on taking their 63ft cat up to russia next year!!!
i think james is 78!! keep active,keep moving
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well done! pleased you made it safe with only minor damage can be a very rough trip with no hidey holes.
james wharram -i think james is 78!! keep active,keep moving
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wharram is a legend. So many of his designs sailing he sea. Love to spend an evening with him. We have two friends, hippy-types, sail his 21 Tiki to Indo and back every year to surf. they live outside on the tramp...
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Jude, Jack you inspire.
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Do you have email or some place a person can make a more private comment? Thanks
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Re: I'm 65 and Sail the World

Well, things are decidedly better since landing in Portland Victoria after crossing the Great Aussie Bight. Wonderful week drying out with several meals at pubs and cafes, met a wonderful writer and DVD maker who took us around the countryside, then had a whiz bang speedy crossing of Bass Straits to King Island where it got even better. Old friends from a few years ago lent us a car and the weather turned clear and hot. Wohoo! Picnics and beach walks, visits to old historic wrecks and a few meals at our friends place ended when we took them off for a few days of cruising. Presently at Three Hummocks Island, NW corner of Tasmania. A bit chilly, but beaut scenery - lots of laughs, and not bad fishing either. Had a tour of Three Hummocks Island by the resident resort managers, great folk told us all the history and spicy stories. Looks like Tuesday afternoon we'll make an overnight hop to Launceston on the Tamar River. We'll soon update our blog with pictures
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