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General National 12 chat / Re: N12 Calendar
« on: November 28, 2009, 12:58:36 PM »
Jeremy, mine arrived today, worth waiting for.  Duncan

Boats / Re: N3414 Sabre Tooth
« on: November 03, 2009, 05:32:19 PM »
Now at Castle Semple SC, Renfrewshire - N12 establishing the natural pecking order 8)

General National 12 chat / Re: Who is this?
« on: September 08, 2009, 07:19:50 PM »
Please let me out, I promise never to blame you for my bad results     :B 

General National 12 chat / Re: One for the girls
« on: July 07, 2009, 01:00:52 PM »
Wonder what that poor Oppie thought ?   Caption competion ?

General National 12 chat / Re: Southport 24 hour race 19th/20th September
« on: February 23, 2009, 03:19:51 PM »
Ah yes, late 80's I think, windy enough to sail up wind with jib alone, back stays rigged, tacking up the down wind side to find our jib pole in the dark (we did too) - these were the days 

Boats / Re: N3024 Smiling Tiger
« on: February 13, 2009, 02:41:06 PM »
I sold the boat in the autumn to a young lad in Largs, who was very enthusiastic about sailing Smile.  Duncan

General National 12 chat / Re: Fastest 12 in Newcastle???
« on: November 25, 2008, 03:30:55 PM »
If anyone has to buy a strop, watch you don't get sold one for a braked trailer as they are much lighter and designed to snap once the brake is pulled on, reason being the "caravan" will stop and you don't want it unhitched & following you.  Unbraked trailer strops should not brake & keep said object behind you.
Simplist way to watch the boat is to buy the lowest sports car you can find & you will always see any trailer behind you.  Also makes people look 8).   Duncan   

General National 12 chat / Re: Smallest car for towing
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:25:34 PM »
As I see it the problem with probably most small cars & a 12 is the width, or lack of, in the car.  The lack of length will be useful for that shortish gap, but then you will be well used to judging distances, just remember not to claim "starboard" or "water", the chances are the other driver won't respond fast enough ! 
Watch the mast at the front, traffic wardens don't appreciate the mast passing their heads when you (stop?) infront of them.  Best to tow in a convertible, the front of the mast is so low it is about a nasty height & they definitely don't like that.
I use my old convertible TR6 for towing & don't notice the boat until I look in the mirror.  But then with a "6" you don't bother with the mirror, you've passed them anyway.  As the "6" is only about 4 1/2 feet wide you learn to judge overtaking widths, length isn't important - at that speed distance is all relative (I think that's Einstein).   Duncan

General National 12 chat / Re: Is this fair?
« on: August 30, 2008, 08:32:16 PM »

General National 12 chat / Re: Is this fair?
« on: August 28, 2008, 11:38:54 AM »
Sorry Angus, meant to ask why you didn't pass them to windward, did you think he would luff you ?  :'(   Duncan

General National 12 chat / Re: Is this fair?
« on: August 28, 2008, 11:32:47 AM »
Well we called starboard on one that size (lost our marbles I think :P) & it did give way to us ;D.  The 10 plus crew on the windward rail also gave us a wave, but a small one so that their boss didn't see it :K).  I was in a GP14 though so we looked a bit tougher, I was't, as still have difficulty moving which is why I can't fit in the N12 at present.  Great weekend & didn't even see the bottom of Angus' boat so dodn't know what his teeth look like.  Duncan

General National 12 chat / Re: New To the Class
« on: August 25, 2008, 01:23:57 PM »
Greg, I've sent you an e-mail as well, Duncan

General National 12 chat / Re: They're Talking About Us Again!
« on: July 03, 2008, 04:37:57 PM »
I only got my 12 last year after 20 years in big boats, bought it because it was more interesting to sail than some other classes.  I am the only 12 in the club so it can be lonely, though others are starting to talk about it & want to sail it to see what it is like.  They have a healthy respect for it (30 yr old Tiger) as it does so well in light winds & scares most in the windy stuff.  Personally I prefer a centreboard due to depth problems (less damage).  I have taken a couple of good teenagers out as crews & they are impressed by it.  I agree with Dave & Broz, a good fleet at club level is essential.  I would probably not be able to afford a new boat so any changes would take a while to filter down to me.  Duncan

General National 12 chat / Re: Scottish Championships, Annandale SC
« on: April 28, 2008, 05:00:42 PM »
Will see you all, though I will be at the front of a GP14 :o  - thats what you get when you say you can multitask !!   Won't the reels be in the dingy park with the boats as to add to the "interest"  ?  Duncan

General National 12 chat / Re: video clips
« on: December 24, 2007, 04:49:38 PM »
many thanks Luke, the most obvious place was overlooked   (stupid)

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