May
10
After the trouble on the 25th, ‘The Toad’ needed to be put back together again. Of course the obvious initial solution would be to stick a piece of tape over the hole and keep sailing. However that solution would persist for some time until the boat was brought home....
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Apr
27
Saturday’s sailing was quite windy. I figured that it was going to be a great day to shake the last of the troubles out of the boat. With the help of Gary Todd I got the rudder pintels back on tight, after they had been working loose against a misaligned support at the back...
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Mar
29
On Saturday the 28th I wasn’t sailing as there were some cars driving around the lake. It transpires that I the Supersprint Otway & Ocean ride was this weekend. It was a very early start, with me needing to get down to Torquay by 7:00AM. I left home just after 5:00AM,...
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Mar
21
This is the first strong northerly we have had at the lake for some time, and it is the second time I have had a good long sail in the boat in decent breeze. In essence it was a good shakedown of the boat. First up a few things structurally need work: 1) The bolts on the rudder...
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Mar
14
A very wild day with the wind. We started with a north easterly breeze. For the first 45 minutes we were sailing in extremely light, flukey winds everything less than 5 knots. After that a number of storm clouds rolled in, shifting the breeze to the west and bringing an average...
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Mar
07
Boat setup on the Impulse is going well. Probably the only thing left to do is replace the hiking straps. Will look at ordering Zhik straps in the next couple of weeks. Area that needs the greatest work is my tacking. It is interfering with my upwind boat tactics. The focus on...
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Feb
22
First day out in the Impulse. It was blowing quite strongly and it was going to be a good test of the boat.  The start was fairly good, starting a few slots down from the committee boat end with a little speed and was with the front of the fleet for the first couple of tacks....
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Feb
16
Here is the GPS log of the racing on Feb 14th. I have used everytrail.com to show the details. The full trip details are available on the Every Trail website.  14th of Feb Race Widget powered by EveryTrail: GPS Geotagging
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Feb
14
Weather: 5~10 knots, a couple of stronger gusts, Southerly Breeze Course Notes: Port Course, 2 big laps, 4 smaller laps.  Start: Starting at course boat end, pin favoured, didn’t loose out to much except for the first 2 boats off the pin. End of the day the course boat is...
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Feb
11
Found the ultimate tool for retrieving ropes from booms/masts etc. This tool is a thin metal skewer with a hooked end at one end and a threaded end at the other, it is about 30cm long. The thread fits perfectly into smaller garden steaks made out of bamboo. For those that...
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