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The sounds of disc sanders, electric drills, hammers, saws and paint drying have been drifting through the Darwin boat yards. Amongst boats, rolls of sandpaper and empty drink cans, sailors gather to discuss tactics and the financial drain of boat owning. The start of the sailing season must be here again. In fact, it has aheady started. It is good to see boats moored in front of the sailing club again. It is good to see the usual boats on the water, and it is good to sec a few new ones as well. During the wet season t reak, maintenance & repairs of the tactor and the rescue boats has been done. D, E, O & MD buoys have been repaired, strengthened and repainted. D & E buoys have new large metal flags with reflective tape. E buoy will have a pcrmanent solar powered strobe. The topper trollcys have had ncw bushes installed and a host of othe! repairs, maintenance and improvcments have been done to our equipment. Thanks Donny. A new race handicapping and recording program (Topyacht) has been evaluated and purchascd. Topyacht has been set up in the Tower and demonstrations for the Tower Ladies has been undertaken. All division handicappers have vrcF. eQ&fi0wRE been contacted to arrange a training/familiarization session- Thanks Peter and Sue Chilman. The computer systems in the Tower have been upgraded and modems will soon be installed. This will facilitate the electronic transfer of results to the DSC website and to the media. Thanks Michael Tiernan. CYANT requested that Satellite Phones be an acceptable alternative for HF Radio for the Round the lslands Race. The Race Committee resolved that this will be favourably considered if such a provision is sanctioned by the AYF. Thc AYF advised us that a Sat phone is a good back up but there has been no move to substitute it for HF radio. As a result of this advice from AYF, the Race Committee resolved that Sat Phones cannot be used as a substiftlte for HF radio in the Round the Islands Race. The MANTA AGM and signon was succcssful with about 50 people signing on. Some information is on the Club web site. NI,ANTA Srudent membership for $10 is availablc. A disclaimer will be required flom hirers of Madcats acccpting responsibility for their own pcrsonal safety. The personal insurance availablc through AFY membership will be mcntioncd. Thc I)rudee race is to be held on the Ambon weekend 1k .!.a* xq eooo p ge z and will be sponsorcd by Dundee Lodge. CYANT is anxious to keep the Ambon name alive and would like to sponsor something remembering Ambon. We may look at an "Ambon Trophy" in addition to Dundee Lodge's sponsorship. The video camera has been purchased and has already been used to show us just how we really look on the water. Videos will be shown at each presentation. That about sums it up tbr now. Remember the crcw board if you are looking for you are looking for crew or boats to crew on. See you on thc water. Craig Waters
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