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Temerity’s 2011 Schedule

I  got the 2011 YRA Master Calendar in the mail the other day and have been looking at what races to do for this season.    Temerity will  focus on the OYRA and SSS seasons, plus single ocean events (as much as I can manage, given constraints of time off from work and Char’s interest level, presumed low) the Spinnaker Cup, Coastal Cup, SSS  Long Pac, and Windjammers.   The SSS races are doublehanded (or singlehanded), the rest fully crewed.

Want to crew?  Drop an email to temeritycrew (at) downtothesea.org.

Don’t forget, if you do two races you get a rockin’ cool Temerity Racing ProFit technical long sleeve shirt!

Click here for Temerity’s schedule

Secret Men’s Business 3.5 wins Sydney to Hobart

Doyle Sails Australia would like to congratulate the owner and crew of Secret Men’s Business 3.5 on their victory in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race winning the coveted Tattersall Cup for overall first place.

This year’s race was owner Geoff Boettcher’s 22nd tilt at the trophy and his many years of perseverance have finally paid off.

In the year running up to the race Secret Men’s Business 3.5 has been working with the team at Doyle Sails to produce a race winning inventory of sails capable of beating the rest of the fleet and robust enough to win one of the toughest races of its kind.

The inventory included Stratis carbon/ twaron mainsails and headsails built from Doyle’s Stratis custom laminate at our plant in Auckland. The sails were designed by Doyle’s in-house design team led by Richard Bouzaid and finished at the Doyle’s Australia and New Zealand lofts. Downwind sails were to our newly evolved designs.

Secret Men’s Business has been enjoying more than its share of victories in recent months preceding this victory with a win in the IRC division of the Premiere’s Cup in South Australia as well as line honours in the Haystack Island Race.

These are basically the same top-of-the-line sails that Temerity now has (well, the main, anyway).    Good company to be in!

Temerity as seen on Google Maps

Hey look, there she is!

Mermaid bumpers


No, not that kind.   Available from West Marine, of all places.

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Temerity‘s Winter Rigging Makeover

Last week we picked up Temerity from the rigger’s, and I’m very pleased with all the new gear.   Annika and I took her out yesterday to test all the new kit.   First, our new Doyle Stratis main looks great!  The rest of the photo captions beneath their respective photos.

Very busy here at the mast base.   All the mast base blocks and hardware were replaced and rebedded, and all the halyards are new high-tech line.  The main halyard is doubled to make a two-part purchase for easy raising and to reduce static line tension.    The deck organizers (horizontal blocks) are also new, as is all the vang tackle and line.   The old outhaul and reefing tackle was replaced with a single outhaul with a multipart purchase in the boom, and two separate reefing lines led to clutches, and new sheaves at the end of the boom.   The end result is that everything runs much more easily, and one can control the rig better as effort is not being expended in overcoming all the friction in the system.


Detail of new vang tackle.    Unlike the old vang setup, this one actually works, and can be used to shape the main.  OMFG!  That portlight still looks like crap though.  But at least it doesn’t leak.

New starboard clutch bank.   Labels are on order.


New mainsheet and traveller setup.  The traveller car is a Harken windward sheeting unit with greater purchase than the old setup, and should be easier to trim with.  The track is new.   The new high-tech sheet  is a doubled system, replacing the old coarse/fine (6:1 and 24:1) with a simpler one where when both sheets are pulled it is 4:1 and when a single one is pulled it is 8:1.   The sheet itself is a spliced as a continuous loop.

Custom lazyjack system made up of spectra and grommets.   It has a single line retrieval/tension adjustment.  We are still getting used to how to used it effectively, as the main is still hard to flake as it is still very new and stiff.

Annika adjusts the lazyjacks.

Back home with the main on the boom.   The new main luff is on slugs for easier short-handed management.    Previously we just used the luff rope and rolled the main to store it on the boom, which was kind of a big job for one person, especially in the wind.

A few other things:

  • Genoa, checkstay, and jib tracks removed, cored and rebedded
  • New traveller track cored and installed with deck re-inforcement
  • Runner clutches removed
  • Minor gelcoat repairs
  • Permanent stand-up blocks for afterguys installed

There is not much left from my original plan since I bought Temerity a little over two years ago.    The headsail inventory needs to be addressed,  we blew up a spinnaker and probably should get another one.   I’ve had the #1 genny re-cut and it doesn’t look bad, but the #3 is pretty tired.    The electronics are mostly in place and talking to each other as they should, with the exception of radar, which I might put off for quite some time.

If you are wondering about cost, Annika told me about a friend of hers whose dad had bought her a Mini Cooper for her birthday.    I told her that I was fixing up her yacht instead.

So, 2011 season, here we come!

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