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General National 12 chat / Re: Salcombe week - who's planning to go?
« Last post by Gfinch on February 14, 2018, 08:15:20 PM »
We're off the week before to Norfolk Week! Already booked.
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General National 12 chat / Re: 2913 Sylvester
« Last post by Sylvester on February 14, 2018, 06:13:45 PM »
Yep that's what I thought! Had to look hard to check it was not a Q for Queen Mary. Previous names were, Double R. Katanga. Tom Cat and Compromise.!!
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General National 12 chat / Re: 2913 Sylvester
« Last post by James Aldis on February 14, 2018, 11:00:48 AM »
OMSC sounds like Olton Mere Sailing Club near Solihull West Midlands
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General National 12 chat / 2913 Sylvester
« Last post by Sylvester on February 13, 2018, 06:25:41 PM »
Finally going to put 2913 on the water after two years plus hanging from my garage roof.
Just wanted to know if anyone knows any history of the boat. All I know is it has evidence on the transom that it was sailed at OMSC. Many thanks Dave
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General National 12 chat / Re: Salcombe week - who's planning to go?
« Last post by Neal on February 13, 2018, 08:27:31 AM »
Team Lillywhite already booked :-)
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General National 12 chat / Salcombe week - who's planning to go?
« Last post by grazz on February 12, 2018, 10:28:36 PM »
With the evening's brightening up the Camm family are now planning Summer sailing holidays. Salcombe week Aug 5th-10th is high up our list (plus the kids list for the excellent beach time). Who else is planning on going?

Graham
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General National 12 chat / what plans
« Last post by angus on February 09, 2018, 09:41:18 PM »

I was half way through cooking breakfast with my day all planned out when there was a dull thud or a cu chunck and there lying on the door mat was a buff envelope.......could be this ......is it really...yes it was, after a couple of months of keeping my right foot above my right hip with nothing better to do than watch begin hunt (Well to be honest in January in mid Scotland !), now I was finally mobile again Ed's latest creation had landed on my door mat (Trendy or not we still have one....a door mat I mean.) Well breakfast burnt. coffee boiled dry.......or was it the other way about. Anyway all plans went out the window as I tucked into Ed's marvellous medicine for a broken leg a least it would have been if it had arrived a month or so earlier, but as I so often say at the start line and slightly less frequently at the finish line better late than never.
Anyway Ed thanks for another brilliant job. Pity you had to give so much space to that idiot who thinks spelling is a kind of flour and grammar is where the posh boys go to school, but your comments where great I had forgotten all about the wine and the iPod...
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General National 12 chat / Re: New Sails
« Last post by Johnm on February 08, 2018, 09:30:36 PM »
Get a mast ram David!
I had to do similar with my job halyard - which was then a bit of a surprise when I tried to use the old jib and realised that I could not throw the rig around in the same way.  Fortunately I realised before we launched....
See you soon
John
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General National 12 chat / Where to now?
« Last post by Jerry G on February 08, 2018, 09:09:01 PM »
Neil Kennedy's article in the Newsletter is very interesting and summarises the general decline in dinghy racing very well.  I think the trend has been downwards in most clubs and classes since about 1980.  However, some clubs seem to buck this trend: Brightlingsea Sailing Club (host of the 2016 Burton), for instance, still seems very active.  How do they do it?
Graham Ireland (RHYC) made an interesting comment a few years ago.  He pointed out that the clubs that had a good progression of junior members moving on to sail the "grown-up" boats had two-handed dinghies as their junior class (Brightlingsea had Mirrors, Waldringfield had Cadets) while the clubs that had Oppie, Topper etc struggled to retain their juniors when they grew out of the starter class.  We regularly sailed our Twelve at Brightlingsea's Pyefleet Week and noticed how the little ones started out crewing for more experienced kids then a year or two later they would be helming with a new child as crew while the original helm was crew or helm in one of the grown-up classes.  With single-hander starter classes most kids were not big enough to move on to Laser or Phantom etc and were not interested in crewing for an adult having always helmed.
I think its a great idea to boost the interest in the older Twelves, they are very good value for money (and if you need new sails get them second hand from the Burton winners!).  In 1979 I bought a Proctor IX to introduce my 7 year old son to crewing (I now crew for him on his 25ft cruiser/racer!).  Later my wife and I had a lot of fun racing a Design 8 specially when the Gill series started and had an "Admirals Cup" division - so we weren't going to open meetings just to make up the numbers but had some real competition.
We only gave up Twelve sailing due to age and me needing a new hip.  Our 30ft catamaran is more suited to our loss of agility!
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General National 12 chat / Re: New Sails
« Last post by David Copse on February 08, 2018, 05:53:31 PM »
Hi John,

Yep, already gone taller and I don't have a mast ram. The longer luff already means I have to shorten the jib halyard, as I now run out of purchase before the rig is tensioned.

I think HD are planning on just trimming the leach to fit the lowers, but then I lose sail area  :(

I'll keep you informed of the outcome.

David
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