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Browsing Archive: October, 2011

A new Mirror on the block:

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, October 24, 2011, In : Sailing 
This is Simon, proud owner of an all bells and whistles Mirror which was once Mustard Yellow. Behind is my Laser and the lake. There was more wind later. A perfect day for sailing.
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How I lost my handicap....

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, October 24, 2011, In : Sailing 

Log 29.8.10 I was sailing this morning - big wind, little me, full Laser rig. Capsizing more than sailing actually. When I came in to the clubhouse all drippy Colin asked to 'have a word'. I got the mop and was standing there drying up my own puddle and he strips me or my remaining personal handicap! "You've helmed 5 more races than anyone else this season and you're still doing too well with your 10% intermediate experience bonus. Take it as a compliment." So, no more wins expected this year...


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Harpsichord Plectra

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, October 20, 2011, In : Harpsichords 
I've spent several days fitting plectra into jacks - the little pluckers that twang the strings. Each one has to be cut to length and then thinned on the underside to make it pluck exactly as loudly as all the others. It drives me nuts! Far better to sit and write about it instead!
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Mirror Magic, Merlin Rockets, Lasers....boats galore!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, In : Sailing 

Since joining Shearwater in 2010 I've sailed in about a dozen different classes of dinghy. Starting with the Mirrors, there are five or more in regular use, everything from my ancient tub to Simon's newly refurbished beast with all the racing adjustments to be found on a new Laser. Interesting. The only time that Bill has ever capsized in his Mirror is when I crewed for him, so think first before you invite me to crew for you!

Then there are the club's Comets, a GP14 (this sexy name stands for...

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