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Old 08 January 2008, 09:59   #51
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His lovely boat was let down a tad by the lifting keel arrangement, I thought.
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Old 08 January 2008, 10:45   #52
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I watched this at xmas, i figured it was really good on the basis that it was a real program about something real, not all this x factors boll***cks we usually get.

One thing i did notice (being a boater), is i was over critical of certain items

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1) how did he/they ground the boat with the plotter and depth equipment
2) VHF method
3) life jackets whilst on the tender
4) racing and not knowing where they were going

i hope they do more. 3 men on codders rib for example
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Old 08 January 2008, 10:53   #53
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I watched this at xmas, i figured it was really good on the basis that it was a real program about something real, not all this x factors boll***cks we usually get.

One thing i did notice (being a boater), is i was over critical of certain items

e.g

1) how did he/they ground the boat with the plotter and depth equipment
2) VHF method
3) life jackets whilst on the tender
4) racing and not knowing where they were going

i hope they do more. 3 men on codders rib for example
Yes I am quite sure the maiden voyage from Guernsey would have been interesting for a start - especially the recovery when my mate's father decided to get out of the Discovery without putting the handbrake on........

His latest stunt is filling up his diesel Mundano with petrol(I haven't honestly he said) and then asking me to tow him using a cheap and nasty bar - to make matters worse he had lost the steel pins and replaced them with bent woodscrews - guess what - they sheared off after 25 yds!!! GRRR!!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes I forget that I have been around boats since I was 2 - I asked another mate of mine to pass me the boat hook as we were approaching the pontoon and he passed me the anchor.............
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Old 08 January 2008, 11:07   #54
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4) racing and not knowing where they were going
You are having a laugh aren't you? I reckon half of every fleet I've ever raced in hasn't got a clue where it's going and just relies on following the leader! Especially in the Solent where the legs are relatively short and you are unlikely to have a "proper" navigator! Most people will use a co-opted member of the crew to simply monitor the VHF (chance of first error!), write it down (2nd chance for error!), try to get it in the plotter IF there is one and if they have time (3rd and biggest chance for error), then halfway up the first beat remember that they have left the piece of paper in their damp pocket/under a sailbag below/in the heads and then try and remember the mark and the rounding off the top of their heads (4th chance!), repeat this for approximately two hours and you've got a typical race boat!
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You are having a laugh aren't you? I reckon half of every fleet I've ever raced in hasn't got a clue where it's going and just relies on following the leader! Especially in the Solent where the legs are relatively short and you are unlikely to have a "proper" navigator! Most people will use a co-opted member of the crew to simply monitor the VHF (chance of first error!), write it down (2nd chance for error!), try to get it in the plotter IF there is one and if they have time (3rd and biggest chance for error), then halfway up the first beat remember that they have left the piece of paper in their damp pocket/under a sailbag below/in the heads and then try and remember the mark and the rounding off the top of their heads (4th chance!), repeat this for approximately two hours and you've got a typical race boat!
How true!
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oh how true

I know this never happens to Jim! It reminds me.............must start loking for a new navigator now for this season!
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I know this never happens to Jim!
Jim the Poole Harbour pilot that hit the Bramble Bank (along with Lawrie Smith!) ahead of the starting sequence of one of the Rolex Commodores Cup races in 2006?
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Like i say, its easy watching it on the TV and pointing out errors.
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