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Graham Elliott

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  1. After each days sailing give everything a good hose down. When you get home after the event wash everything again, even take a patch off and give the inside of the hull a swill. Take most attention to goose neck, booms and masts. Somebody else will probably tell you to coat everything in corrosion x or similar, probably a good idea but not 100% sure. You will enjoy the sailing, good bunch with a few ex pats.
  2. Not at all Terry, will keep you updated.
  3. Many thanks Wayne but I think I have it sorted now. For others thinking a boat at the other end of a country is out of range, use the forum, I have had 3 very kind people offering to help me out.
  4. I need an IOM and rigs picking up from Sails etc and taking to the RG TT race at Bournville (11th June) if anyone could help me out it would be much appreciated..
  5. Come sail an RG65 and see how fast they move, pound for pound the fastest class. They need pretty much the same length course as an IOM believe it or not. Yes, the wind did not play ball on the video so Peter had to set the windward buoy away from the controlling bank, much like Castle Semple this year or Gosport when it comes from the creek but it was not an eyesight test, just looks like that on Terry's videos. Anyway, well done Frank.
  6. Not ideal but I can pick it up and get it to Eastbourne when I travel down for the RG65 Nationals in the middle of May.
  7. The flush deck ones were mainly if not all moulded by Ken Robert's (Martin's Father), they were chop strand and gel coat.
  8. Depends on the 'older' design and more importantly if the rigs were correct, updated foils, on weight? Quite recently a Red Wine design won a ranking race with a decent helm, this boat was then 'given away' to someone else and performed excellently at last years Fleetwood Nationals. Yes, most of the top guys will sail the faster more recent designs but when you get to the top that extra couple of percent on boat speed is what is needed.
  9. Put your name down on the waiting list and carry on sailing the Arion to it's full potential. Look at the resale value of any boat you may be able to purchase and also how often they bring out a new design that lowers the value of the older design they manufactured. Also keep your eye out for a decent 2nd hand top design, you have to move quick with these as they do get snapped up. Good luck.
  10. Well done John and Damian, great to see new designs, makes it all exciting for everyone. See you at Lincoln next Friday for round 1 of the TT? 20 boats already entered.
  11. Not sure any class has a COG, Malcolm, Gavin, Steve, Nick and myself tried for over 12 months to become the IOM COG but in the end we did not reach the standards the MYA wanted, even though they never actually told us the standards involved. Vane group have an umbrella COG but that's it I think. No volunteers, battle to get clubs to run the larger entry races for IOM, measurers running to the hills, future MYA council meetings held in telephone box with room to spare. Alarm bells ringing for me, anyone else feel like this? MYA numbers may of increased but only being propped up by non adopted classes with these class's not wanting to go anywhere near.
  12. Age, Covid and computerisation are very small factors regarding me as a measurer. Main factors are, spending a day at a weekend in a classroom where the relevance of the content is a small percentage of what I am required to undertake as a MYA measurer, if not at the weekend, I have to use annual leave. It also does not sit well with me that members annual fees are used to pay for something that does not effect them one bit, countless club members that enjoy the sport for what it is and have no intention of ever getting there boat measured or sail in a class that is self measured.
  13. Cheers Larry, £47 per annum sounds quite high for an individual volunteer measurer to pay to measure somebody else's sails. Costs me nothing at the moment and never charged a penny, though Jen Hand did kindly donate me some Guinness last year for measuring a suit of IOMsails which was gratefully accepted and drunk. Think I may give this one a miss and just measure away until the deadline is reached and I can no longer measure without a licence.
  14. I am presuming, RYA measurers have to be affiliated to the RYA? No idea of this cost but I also presume this will be an annual payment? Does the MYA pay this cost or is it down to each measurer to pay this then have the embarrassment of charging to measure each boat? Can someone on council at least have the courtesy to respond please, at this rate we will be lucky to have a dozen measurers in operation throughout the country once the deadline kicks in.
  15. I have just received my email from Graham Bantock (MYA tech secretary) regarding the need to participate on the RYA sail measurement course. Few questions. 1. Is this now a classroom course? I thought we were looking into an online course dedicated to model yachts? 2. If any current measures do not participate on the course, what time restraint is there before they are excluded from being a measure? 3. The course is just a sail measurement course and does not include hull measurement? 4. What financial package does the measurer receive for participation on the classroom course?
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