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    Posted: 16 May 19 at 3:58pm
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The beauty of a wiggle extension is it's simplicity. Using a pully system will introduce slack and be more things to go wrong.
I bet someone with a crank handle told the guy who introduced an electric starter motor something like that.
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The beauty of a wiggle extension is it's simplicity. Using a pully system will introduce slack and be more things to go wrong.
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Originally posted by mozzy

Yeah, it's super annoying. Especially on start lines and they're very prone to breaking if a leeward boat sits it's racks on them. 
Quite a few boats in the fleet are unused to them and sail in late at the start tight to leeward, forgetting that when you head up to keep clear not only will your transom need room to swing toward them, but also the extension will too on top of that. 
On the other hand, it means there's no main-sheet in the middle which is one less thing to get snagged on in tacks and gybes. Plus it means you're much less restricted in where your weight is in manoeuvres . For instance the crew doesn't have to go forward between main and kicker and can keep their weight a little further back in hoists and drops, with more space for their arms flailing. Plus it's easier for the helm to keep their weight forward in light wind tacks.  


When I was researching systems for another of my diversions, a single hander kite boat, I came across a joystick affair that was used for i think a sailability craft, I'm sure it was from RS, but it was a central mounted vertical stick connected obviously to the tiller via a pulley system, I thought then it would be a great modification to do away with long tiller extensions at the back of the boat, two shorter systems could work or even a foot operated device which was what I was looking for.
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Yes that's how we do it. Sometimes hard to tell if two boats are on opposite sides of the beat though but, usually, easily resolved in the bar  Thumbs Up
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No finish line for us. 90 mins after the first start there is a finishing sound signal. Safety boat loosely tracks the leader for the last 10 mins and quickly whizzes back through the fleet and radios positions to the race officer. Any confusion or mixups sorted in the bar afterwards.
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Yup that's how we finish, it may be tricky for any boats on a beat when the gun goes (or running assymetrics if you do W/L courses) but we manage.
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We don't have a finish line as such, race run to the Hour, who ever is in front is winner, no times taken or second third place etc.
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Our 'race team' (usually WaGs) have no trouble running pursuit races, they get a spreadsheet with the start times and just log the boats across the line. The finish is down to the sailors themselves but, as it's low key, it's never troublesome.
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Not rocket science, really? A well written set of instructions and a crib sheet of start times and it could be done by a 10 year old. I know this, as it is the age rupertson started running them.
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