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#BringTheCupHome... Oman... Hell yes...

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...first day highlights just watched and a good start, a 3rd, and then back to back wins... dominant!


....and the news has just come through that they also did well today despite the racing looking to be much closer

From the BAR web newsletter...

"The first race the team had a clean start but rounded first reach in sixth place, they fought their way through the pack to take second. The next race, the British team were one of three boats over the line, meaning another tough fight back, this time grabbing fourth in the final metres of the race.
The final double point race saw the team jump the start again, and this time the team were just able to claw their way back to third, right behind the America's Cup holders, Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) who were overtaken by Groupama Team France. It was enough to take the event by just two points from OTUSA, with Emirates Team New Zealand another four points back in third."

...superb. Well done, the boys!

Louis Vuitton America's Cup…

Job #13 - sail cover velcro replace - done..

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The plan worked a treat... all done and dusted inside of 45 minutes... one down and a whole load more to go... 


Dropped the idea of a rivet both sides as the pop rivet didn't have enough depth...


Drill through with a 4mm drill bit (I used one for metal not wood as the wood ones were too sharp and tore up the webbing), push the rivet through, slip the washer on on the reverse, squeeze the two sides together with a pair of pliers, and then crimp the rivet..  I found that if I didn't do the squeezing bit first, the rivet didn't sheer cleanly..


That'll do..  not the most exciting of posts, but hey, we get our jollies where we can...

Job #13 - sail cover velcro replace - I have a cunning plan...

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So - after 20 minutes I had managed to sew one side of one tape, and I had sore fingers, and I was scrabbling around for a thimble... "sod this for a game of soldiers", quoth I...

At that rate it would take me 8 hours to finish the sewing so a new plan was required, and then, like a bolt of lightning to the cerebellum I had an idea....

Bottom line, an order has gone in for 4mm aluminium pop rivets, and also 4mm aluminium pop rivet washers - brad awl to make the hole, washer, rivet, and washer on the other side, crimp and the job should be a good'un... stay tuned for the results of the experiment, but it should certainly be quicker....

Fledgling 12v electrical system... job #5

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Time to start thinking about job #5, installing some electrics.. been two years now and that's long enough - I feel the need to be able to press switches and see lights come on....

So basic requirements at this stage is nothing more than:
batteryisolator switchbus barswitch panel  ...working towards the following....

 1. Battery

So my good mate Giblets gifted me a battery when we exchanged the spondoolics for the new outboard the summer before last, and up until now it has been sat in my garage.

I have put it on an occasional charge, and it seems to hold that charge so I think it's good to go, and if push comes to shove I can always replace it...

Some basics - the battery dimensions are 13cm by 19cm by 24cm (W/L/H), and it is 40 amph's - so not huge, but suitable to my purposes at this stage..  most importantly it's a sealed unit so I can turn it over, even upside down, with impunity while getting it into position

It will be in a battery box, which will then be strapp…

Imogen lashes out...

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Imogen [clicky] passed by last night....


...and with just one casual flick of the tail (23:30 they think) completely and totally cr*pped on one of my fellow club members...  I'm absolutely gutted for him, she was his pride and joy...