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Stu Beltz - Invincible in Tasmania (Blog #2)

November 21, 2014

The RYCT 67th TasPorts Maria Island Race 2014 was another excellent opportunity for the Audere Team to further prepare and fine tune in preparation for the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart.   With an evening start, the conditions were again variable along the course, with good pressure and lumpy seas for the night time rounding of Tasman Island – always an exhilarating experience!! The return leg was greeted by a strong sou wester, with steep seas – it would have paid to be 15Nm further along the course!!   The fleet circumnavigated the picturesque and historical Maria Island to starboard. Through the Mercury Passage then outside and off shore. Maria Island is truly an amazing place, in early history the...

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Gaby Carr - Sunshine, beer and no wind

November 21, 2014

  Joining the crew of Red Rocks for twilight racing this week and with the balance of sunshine, beer & wind, swinging firmly in the direction of beer and sunshine, the RBYC twilight fleet put in a solid session of floating & socialising!   Some early breeze & enthusiasm got everyone around the first mark, but the wind dropped out completely leaving the course looking like a sunset parking lot!   With a couple of newcomers on board it certainly made their introduction to the sport a pleasant one, if not a fast one. I’m sure it’s the sunny Wednesday’s that hook us all in to sailing & Melbourne turned on a beauty! Sure the race was abandoned due to...

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