Sep 25

For anyone who has not sailed San Francisco Bay it should be pointed out that dealing50-americas-cup-34-steven-lapkin
with the conditions there is more than a bit challenging, not only can you get currents of up to 3 – 5 knots, but it is the way the Flood and the Ebb tides change at the crossover and it’s not unusual to find it’s still 3 knots flood in the middle and the ebb is already well under way on the shore. The speed of the boats does not make this any easier, the teams now have to think and make decisions at 3 times the speed as they used to – what we are actually watching is a race where the track (the Bay) is constantly shifting but can’t be seen, the power (the wind) is also constantly fluctuating, and can’t be seen, and yet you have to somehow sail as fast as you can while simultaneously trying to sail the shortest course possible, and keep ahead of the other boat. Even with all the computer power being brought to bear, it’s the Skipper and the Tactical team that have to work together to make these calls – not forgetting the boat is stuffed full of International and Olympic winners who might have a bit to say at the post mortem of each race?

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Dec 09

So although the rain was coming down heavy in Sydney last Saturday morning I was out with the missus looking in hardware stores checking on the details of a potential Kitchen renovation – and at one of the hardware stores I spied one of the regular “Tradies” Calendars being given away by the hardware store.

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