• 09 Nov 2014 09:50
    Reply # 3146168 on 644008

    Two years and one day Redwing finally crossed the bar today, It was brief but it felt so good. For too short a time she was pointed North with a full sail and a pristine horizon.

  • 03 Nov 2014 01:42
    Reply # 3139255 on 644008

    Next Saturday is the 2nd anniversary of the launch, it would be good if it was the day.:)

    Graham anything is possible but I think it will be January or Feb before I get up there.

  • 02 Nov 2014 23:15
    Reply # 3139203 on 644008

    Hi Gary, it has been a windy year, hasn't it.  I sailed from Mooloolaba up to Magnetic Island and am now in Gladstone, heading south to Sydney, hopefully, for the summer.  I should be in Moreton bay for a couple of weeks or so early to mid December.  I'll depart from Southport mid to late December for Sydney.  If you do make it up to Moreton Bay by then it would be good to cross tacks.  Cheers, Graham

  • 02 Nov 2014 02:34
    Reply # 3138886 on 644008

    It's been blowing anywhere between 20 and 30+ knots here for weeks. Redwing is ready for her first outing on the briny, she even has a shiny new Plastimo compass but alas the weather won't play nice.:(

    The commitments of life have put a damper on visions of Moreton Bay this year and so I have set my sights on early in the new year. Wet season floods, cyclonic winds and the variables of life permitting. I am however determined to get out over the bar for a turn around Cook Island when the wind eases up a bit.

  • 29 Sep 2014 00:38
    Reply # 3111169 on 644008

    Good to hear! Very good indeed. Hope you will have a wonderful time and write and write for all of our entertainment!

  • 28 Sep 2014 10:37
    Reply # 3110890 on 644008

    It's amazing what a bit of spare cash will do. I'm finally planing my first little voyage. Late November will weather permitting see Redwing leave the river and head north to Moreton Bay.

  • 03 Aug 2014 10:54
    Reply # 3062629 on 644008

    I heard today there were photos of Redwing on Facebook, so I've put one in my gallery and as you can see I've changed my avatar. Running proud with one reef in.

  • 29 Jul 2014 11:21
    Reply # 3056407 on 644008

    It's got me thinking about the best to get the best out of the rig. So I've started a new thread in the Tech Forum to discuss technique.

  • 29 Jul 2014 05:19
    Reply # 3056305 on 644008
    Deleted user

    What would have been fun would be to reef a panel or two while blasting along. The junk does that easily, impresses the natives too. We don't mind a bit of weather because the tiller can be lashed,  if it's a long tack. Also with cambered sails, the drive doesn't change much with different sheeting angles. Sounds like you have a fast boat, your deep fin keel probably does the trick. 

  • 29 Jul 2014 04:11
    Reply # 3056282 on 644008

    I have wondered about that Annie. I did read somewhere that JRs should be sailed more upright. I could have eased the sheet and I think I will try that next time. I am also thinking of a stainless steel arch over the cockpit to stop the sheet scything the cockpit during a gybe. I had read that JR sails weathercock during a gybe and lose a lot of the force on the way across but I have yet to experience it. The arch would double up as a support for a cockpit awning. I think I better read up on how to sail it now that it's built.

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