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Keeping the Ladies in service
While it is certainly preferable, and a much better use
of resources, to keep the Ladies in service (Afloat Sep’17), the
prospect is not good under the current decision makers.
There is, however, another option for a worthwhile home
for at least one of them.
The National Maritime Museum to the best of my knowledge
has no significant exhibits, and certainly not a vessel, to remind
us, and indeed generations to come, of the role water transport
played in the development of Sydney.
From the first days of European settlement, water transport
was the chief method of getting to and from, what was then the
colonial capital, Parramatta.
While new wharves are being built today it is possible to
see the remains of numerous wharves all over the harbour and
its tributaries, indications of just how extensive the ferry network
was. Yet none have made it to the National Maritime Museum.
On the other hand, Ena has. Are visitors to the museum with
its limited resources, whether from Sydney or beyond, going to
relate more to a rich boy’s toy, or the vessels which have carried
hundreds of thousands passengers all around the harbour for
work and pleasure for over 40 years?
David Stewar t,
Stephen Barton (Afloat Sept’17) is perfectly entitled to prefer
foiling cats to conventional yachts for the America’s Cup, but not
to support his opinion with misinformation.
He claims that there is not much difference between today’s
wing-sailed multi-hulls and the 12 metres and old AC classers
because, in both, “ for the most part”, it was just the skipper and
tactician doing all the important work while the crew “were in
rabbit holes, grinding away”.
Mr Barton has clearly never sailed on a 12 metre. Here’s a
short list of the tasks that have to be performed by a 12-metre
crew sailing upwind:
Trim mainsheet, adjust traveller, adjust backstay, trim
runners, adjust boom vang, trim genoa, adjust main outhaul,
luff tension, Cunningham, genoa luff tension, adjust leech lines,
adjust car positions, trim main topping lift (in light winds).
To this, add the following when setting a spinnaker:
Get the spinnaker on deck, attach sheets and braces, attach
spinnaker pole to mast, attach topping lift and downhaul, fix
butt to mast, raise pole, haul spinnaker halyard, trim sheets and
braces, adjust pole height, lower and secure genoa, adjust vang.
And this for the gybe, of which there will be many:
Fire tack at beak, run windward sheet and brace, dip pole
with topping lift into bow, secure new sheet and brace at beak,
raise pole with topping lift, trim new sheet and brace.
Meanwhile, these tasks also have to be completed at the
back of the boat through each gybe:
Adjust traveller, haul in mainsheet, ease windward
runner, swing boom though, take up new windward runner, trim
mainsheet, adjust traveller.
Then, at the bottom mark:
Raise genoa, fire spinnaker at beak, run sheets and braces,
lower spinnaker halyard, gather spinnaker on the drop, lower
and stow pole, detach sheets and braces, trim genoa, trim main,
adjust vang, pack spinnaker.
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