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  • #9939

    @Steve Collins wrote:

    Any reports/news/gossip from the West Oxfordshire SC open meeting on 9/10 April?

    To answer my own question, I note that Martin Collen won the event in a Mark IV! See: http://www.wosc.org.uk/Results2011 and click on ‘Wayfarer Open’.

    #10045
    Liam
    Member

    Dear all
    I intend to be at Shoreham this weekend, sadly I cannot race as I have a major problem with one ankle…can’t get any shoes on let alone put it through toe straps! Bloody nuisance because I retrieved ‘Nimbus’ from our club ready for the journey and did so during the first rainstorm for months!.

    I look forward to catching up with everyone, especially those who won’t be coming to Ireland.
    Regards
    Liam

    #10046

    Son Peter and I are going down to Shoreham on Friday to join in the training session with Ian Porter and staying on for the champs.

    See you there.

    Steve

    #10048
    bigal
    Member

    Why do you need to use toe-straps Liam – you’ve got Sue on board !!

    #10051

    Check out the front page of the website for update on the situation re the open meeting this weekend 18-19 June

    #10052

    RACING IS ABANDONED AT SHOREHAM FOR TODAY ONLY. THREE BACK TO BACK RACES WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (Sun 19 June). FIRST START 11:OO HOURS

    Steve

    #10055

    Sadly, racing at Shoreham on Sunday was also abandoned (see Michael McKechnie’s report on the front page of the website).

    This did give the assembled crews a chance to look at the ‘doofer’ on the front of Alan Chaplain’s boat. I looked this term up when i got home: “A Doofer can be anything. When you can’t think of the name of an object or item just replace the unknown name with doofer and hey presto.”

    I’ll leave Al to explain what it does.

    In the meantime, I am looking for ‘sheet catcher’ to go on the front of my boat to replace the viagra impregnated bungy recommended by Brian Lamb. I am told that it is illegal, as it projects too far in front of the boat.

    I am told that it is possible to create a more professional looking sheet catcher by bending an old burgee into shape. Can anyone advise me on design/dimensions?

    Steve

    #10056
    Swiebertje
    Participant

    From the class rules:

    16. PROJECTIONS BEYOND HULL SKIN

    The only permitted projections shall be –
    (a) Bow fitting. Maximum projection beyond stem 75 (3”)
    (b) Spinnaker sheet retaining hooks. One, maximum projection from stem 77 (3”). Spinnaker sheet reaching hooks not extending outboard beyond the outer edge of the gunwale rubbing strake.

    #10057
    Colin Parkstone
    Participant

    Steve, Ian has got them and they are good ones!
    I have wanted two for ages for me and another at Parkstone.
    Its just getting them out of him as he hates the post office at Emsworth and I cant get to his yard in person ???
    CP 🙁

    #10058
    bigal
    Member

    ‘ Describe a ‘doofer ‘ – should be a degree question !

    Mine was fitted as a bit of fun and is a piece of plastic tubing one and a half inches in diameter and 18″ long fastened to the foredeck by a single screw just behind the shute and pulled back towards the shroud by a control line fed back to a cleat near the mast-gate . The shroud end of the tube then has a piece of shock cord led under tension to the stem . When spi -down time comes Philip releases the control line and the piece of tubing flicks out and together with the shock-cord and the control-line forms a triangular platform onto which the leeward sheet can fall .Once the spi is in the shute the plastic tubing is pulled back on to the deck .

    The spectators at the week-end noted that the ‘ doofer ‘ does not extend beyond the most forward part of the hull skin nor does it jut out beyond the widest part of the skin and i think the general view was that it was legal because of those two features .

    I await a reply from the Netherlands and Parkstone who will together propose a rule amendment calling for a ban on ‘doofers ‘
    but do the Dutch have a word for it ??

    PS This is not meant to be a serious topic !!

    #10059
    Colin Parkstone
    Participant

    If we past a rule on Doofers in the fleet, we would be short of 50% 0f the helms in the races!!!!
    Ps, I take very little seriously on this topic also!
    😉
    As for a Dutch word for it, I bet it has something to do with eel’s ???

    #10060
    Swiebertje
    Participant

    @bigal wrote:

    ‘I await a reply from the Netherlands and Parkstone who will together propose a rule amendment calling for a ban on ‘doofers ‘ but do the Dutch have a word for it ??

    Dunno, I call mine “copper wire”. I prefer the green/yellow variety because it will prevent sea sickness as well.

    ‘Doofer’ in Dutch: Koperdraadjeomdespinnakerschootoptevangennahetbinnenhalenvandespinnaker”. Try that on a scrabble board!

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