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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:29 am 
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This years Watertribe North Carolina Challenge starts on Friday 07:30 Eastern Time. You can follow the race on the Watertribe Mapper:

http://www.watertribe.com/Events/ChallengeGMapper.aspx

Couple weeks ago I did part of the course with a Triac through the Harlowe Canal portion. This weekend's weather is suppose to be much milder. The lack of wind will be the bigger problem.



There will be six AI/TI competing. Boat Roster:

http://www.watertribe.com/Events/ShowRosters.aspx

Pull down North Carolina Challenge 2012

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:31 am 
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What will you be competing in this year - the Hobie or the Triak?

Never mind, I read it again and figured it out.

Good luck. This thing intrigues me. I'll be watching the progress as it happens.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:42 am 
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Good luck! Favorable winds and tight lines!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:20 am 
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Please keep us posted. I sail my TI off of Ocracoke from time to time, so I am interested in trying the NC Watertribe maybe next year or the year after. I might try circumnavigating Ocracoke first!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:18 am 
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What wind??? The outlook is not good. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Gale Force conditions. Instead I will spend all day Friday roasting in the sun.

Oriental has a camera that looks toward Cedar Island, on the Neusse River.

http://www.towndock.net/markercam

It takes a shot every 10 minutes. You can see the slide show for the last hour. We should be passing the far side of the river berween 1300-1500. Some of the bigger sails should show up on the horizon.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:06 pm 
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Thanks for the link. I have a question that may be a silly one. Where do you sleep when you do this race?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:42 pm 
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Good luck and fair winds, shame we don't have anything like this in aus. :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:14 am 
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Well, 6 hours into the NCC the Hobie Islands are completely dominating class 5. Dogs Life is 2nd following a TI. Behind him is another AI and then 2 more TI's.

It looks like there's very little wind so the mirage drives are probably giving them a good workout. Anyone wanting to follow along on the tracker
http://www.watertribe.com/Events/ChallengeGMapper.aspx
(Then click regenerate):

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:05 pm 
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jerinaldi,

The answer as to where do the contestants sleep seems to be - anywhere possible.

Those who are hellbent on winning may not sleep at all. They push straight through to the finish. Others will find a beach and put in for a few hours sleep and a meal and then push off again.

I get the feeling that for many it's not really about winning, it's about the challenge of finishing. Which in many ways is every bit as good as winning.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:20 am 
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Finally had the chance to finish my NCC Video:



No part 2. Second part of the trip was at night. Finished in less than 24 hours.

Again Class 5 top 2 winners were Hobie TI & AI. Do not ever want to pedal 100 miles again...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:04 pm 
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Nice video Paul. I noticed 2 stay lines attached from your mast to a bridle off both amas. Curious what you use that for. Also how do you get a blue cockpit on a dune body ?? This has me scratching my head.

Too bad no wind but congrats for being a top finisher in your class.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:11 pm 
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My aka joints are getting very loose. After over 1,000 miles on the boat the joints are loose causing the amas to drag in low winds. I use the stays to lift the amas 4-6 inches to reduce the drag. One problem is that I can not furl the sail when the stays are deployed.

The blue on the cockpit is foam that I have glued to the hull. After the EC I had black and blues all over my body. The foam provides some cushion...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:14 pm 
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Terrific video, Paul. I especially liked the music--perfect. Usually I mute the volume on most videos.

Thanks for the post.

Keith

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:07 am 
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DogsLife wrote:
My aka joints are getting very loose. After over 1,000 miles on the boat the joints are loose causing the amas to drag in low winds. I use the stays to lift the amas 4-6 inches to reduce the drag. One problem is that I can not furl the sail when the stays are deployed.

Is there any end to the problems with these ill-conceived slip-in joints?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:08 am 
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Please do not get me wrong. I like the new joints better that the old pin style. I think Hobie just needs to address the corrosion problem with the stainless rivets and tighten up the fit. This winter I will disassemble the joint and tighten up the parts.

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