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Thanks for saying you'll still talk to me. I just got a lovely warm feeling in the nether regions. I hope you enjoyed Toukley. I gave it a real big think but a bit too far for me. In any event, I only just finished sorting out my new Mark 2 so I wasn't ready. My big job was winching the tramp mat on last weekend. Its not as tight as you guys recommend either.

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Congratulations Dr Peter on getting the Commodores position at Yarrawonga. How soon will have your 2011/2012 racing calander posted? Just to ensure we can pencil in your regattas into our program.

Cheers

Drifter Race Secretary, Wagga Wagga Sailing Club

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Thanks for saying you'll still talk to me. I just got a lovely warm feeling in the nether regions. I hope you enjoyed Toukley. I gave it a real big think but a bit too far for me. In any event, I only just finished sorting out my new Mark 2 so I wasn't ready. My big job was winching the tramp mat on last weekend. Its not as tight as you guys recommend either.

Peter

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Did you start lacing from the centre and work out or did you start from one side and work across. Working from the centre out gives a tighter tramp and a more even set in the material.

Phil

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Dr Pete

Did you start lacing from the centre and work out or did you start from one side and work across. Working from the centre out gives a tighter tramp and a more even set in the material.

Phil

From centre - outwards like you guys taught me. It seems tight front to back but less so side to side. It has some extra lacing down the centre but the pull is diagonal rather than perpendicular. Its not how I would do it.

Peter

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Don't worry Petey, you are not forgotten. Some even go as far as saying you are unforgettable.

At this stage the "Cat Get-Together" is up and running and is scheduled for the Sail Inland race at AWYC, the 12th and 13th of Novemeber. A certain Taipan sailor whom you would be familiar with is keen to pass on his knowledge, and an ex-A Class champion has also expressed a desire to be involved. For those out-of-towners we've got excellent camping facilities, and the Pizza Oven will be in full swing. I reckon we run it as a tune and test weekend, the first race of Sail Inland is scheduled for 3pm so plenty of time to run some windward/returns or 60deg triangles or whatever takes the fancy. You in Rod? Drifter? How about those Paper Tiger pilots of world renown, they would be most welcome to pass on some knowledge as well.

I've heard so many stories of Cat Weeks in the past, and seen some amazing photos of a full beach at AWYC, it would be great to revive a little of that. We've got 2 Mari's and a H14 for use if anyone can't get their boat to the venue, and I'll have both Hydra's there if anyone wants a crack at a dinosaur. Also 2 W14's. Looking forward to it.

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Hi guys,

The draft sailing program for Wagga Wagga Sailing Club has the cat "tune and test" weekend already pencilled in with no Championship events on, so we should get a few sailors travelling to AWSC for the 'tune and test' weekend. The info has also been sent to Griffith and Lake Cargellico and also the PT sailors who maybe able to enlighten us mortals on the finer art of cat sailing. I will be there for the weekend to enjoy the great sailing and hospitality that AWSC always puts on, looking forward to seeing how fast my old maricat can be made to go.

Cheers

Drifter

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There is plenty of space, power available and a short walk to toilets/showers, from memory it's $5 a night but that may be waived for the Sail Inland event.If you're nice to me I'll show you where the septic outlet is :) If tents aint your thing there is a caravan park with onsite cabins nearby (2 kays). Shouldn't have to book the club campgrounds, but drop me an email if you intend showing up so I can arrange for enough pizzas/beer/bacon and eggs.

the dot ransleys at bigpond dot com dot au.

I'll get the dates set in concrete at the upcoming comittee meeting and then I'll post it in regattas. We've got an excavator out at the club this week returning "Cat Bay" to it's former glory, sounds like we may need it. Hey Doc, was down in Yarra this week and it appears some bugger has stolen your lake! Weed again?

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Well done, Paul.

As is usual YYC will be turning up mob-handed for the inland. A lot of monomarans unfortunately - some even have lids. But there you have it.

So - just removing my YYC commodore hat for the moment and putting on my. "I want to get better at sailing my boardless cat," sailor's hat. How do we:

1. Decide upon workshop topics

2. Pick our workshop facilitators

3. Fit in with the AWYC schedule of events

As suggestions perhaps the topics might be:

1. On-land tuning

2. Starting

3. Tactics

4. The finish

I am not suggesting that our facilitators are experts in these topics but they are people able to facilitate the conversation - keep it moving - and ensure everyone gets a hearing - be it with questions or advice, or by looking after our experts. I am happy to take one of these sessions on - not as an expert sailor but as someone who goes to meetings and workshops as a part of my professional life.

Peter

Well done, Paul - I am emailing Kath the YYC club captain about this.

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I would be happy to run through the Maricat class rules and specifications.

I intend to bring both a Sloop and a Cat rigged boat.

I can also run through how to set up each type.

What gear seems to work, modifications and repairs.

How and where to get new and used parts.

While every type of cat is different, Gary Williams (who builds and sails Paper Tigers) from WWSC is one of the best cat sailors around.

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Dr Peter, suggestions for your topics, A, On the beach.1. Basic setup of platform, tight beam bolts, dolphin striker and tramp (diagonal cut) modify mast base for rake and (extra rotation, light crew only), new style traveller car, rudders, (rake, alignment and pull down/up system). 2. Mast, boom and sails setup. 3. Controls setup, main, jib, traveller, outhaul and downhaul. B, On beach explain, on water practise.1 Crew position for upwind, downwind and stronger conditions. 2. How to tack, cat rig, sloop and s/sloop. 3. Around the course. Starting, how, where, favouredend RULES. Upwind sailing, speed or height, laylines, RULES. Reaching, low in the gusts, high in the lulls, RULES. Downwind, straight line for cat rig (most conditions), best angle for sloop, RULES. Mark rounding tactics, RULES. Finishing, favoured end, Rules.

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I would be happy to run through the Maricat class rules and specifications.

I intend to bring both a Sloop and a Cat rigged boat.

I can also run through how to set up each type.

What gear seems to work, modifications and repairs.

How and where to get new and used parts.

While every type of cat is different, Gary Williams (who builds and sails Paper Tigers) from WWSC is one of the best cat sailors around.

I for one would be very happy to learn more about all of these areas.

Question: How do we promote the event to get others along?

Peter

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Question: How do we promote the event to get others along?

Peter

I'll get it up on the AWYC website, you get it up on the YYC website, if it's on the calendar then it'll appear on the YV website but it'd be good to get a "Front Page" spot there as well. maybe get in touch with Caroline at mysailing and see if we can get an article,(she's a Castle sailor!), also Sail World. Your teaching experience would be very much appreciated Petey, JD wants to get a "lesson plan" together, something this sparky has no idea about. If we can get Gary that'd be absolutely fantastic. All I wanna do is listen, learn and cook pizzas afterwards.

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Good Morning folks,

I have spoken to Garry on last Friday and he is interested in attending the weekend at AWYC. Maybe if you contacted him directly throught the WWSC website. At present he is very busy with work and home; Iam sure he will make all efforts to attend

Cheers

Drifter

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