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Jon Stubbs

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Vipers in Australian Sports Boat Championship
« on: December 21, 2013, 02:30:26 AM »
Two weeks from now, and we have seven vipers and 13 other different sports boats in the Australian Sportsboat Championships off Fremantle.
Hopefully it's like today - hitting over 20k

Jim Sears

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Re: Vipers in Australian Sports Boat Championship
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 03:09:07 PM »
sounds great!  Please, if the Doctor is in, stick a GoPro on the end of your boom so you can share some footage!

Tim Reger

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Re: Vipers in Australian Sports Boat Championship
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 06:22:43 PM »
Well the doctor was in yesterday, steadily building to 25 plus knots plus for the 30 mile passage race.
We rounded the top mark just about to hoist the kite with 6 miles of down hill blasting to go and the tiller goes all floppy.
The bottom rudder pintle had sheared so it was sails down and motor home slowly rather dejectedly. Back at the ramp John Parkes had snapped a spreader arm under kite but the rig stayed up so he was able to limp over the line and home. Luckily for us both Rod had spare parts so we will be back on the water for the remaining six heats. 25 knots forecast again today.
Has anyone else had this failure? With the sorts of loads imposed by the angled rudder the aluminium bracket doesn't seem up to the job. I will investigate stainless options which may well need to be custom made.
Anyway results are on the Asba website -
Also a Facebook page with other stuff -
Vipers are doing well in the mixed fleet racing under SMS.