Well this one is certainly different for me. Who would of thought I would be using pinks and purples? Not me, and to be perfectly honest, the colours are still not for me (asides from the occasionally blue). And so I've decided to give this quilt to a local based (New Zealand) charity... however there is a problem (and I shamefully admit this), that is I don't really know of any local charities...
Without googling any, can anyone recommend one to me?
|Asortment of fabrics with a couple of Kaffe Fasset #'s|
Nasty weather today, and unfortunately the photo's don't do the quilt justice (iPad takes great photos in natural sunlight, but very poor otherwise, especially at night). I might put up some more photos on the weekend if the weather improves.
This will [likely] be my last quilt before Taiwan... only one more week to go... Garmin Virb ordered... all I need to figure out now is how I am going to blog & post video footage from Taiwan???
|Quilting + Ada = Trouble (and she knows it!)|
I can't believe what has unfolded over the last week and a bit.
One word comes to mind - Heartbreaking
And now, I'm left eating my own words...
I stated in my last post that Emirates Team New Zealand would clean sweep Oracle Team USA. In my opinion ETNZ still had that opportunity, however hindsight is a killer and that window of opportunity appears to have all but closed. With some divine intervention [at ETNZ's expense], Oracle have somehow managed to stay in this competition long enough to develop/improve their boat speed & crew work to compete with ETNZ. In hindsight, the key moment in Oracle's campaign may have been the moment they tactically played their postponement card on a day of racing in which ETNZ looked completely dominant. Remember that from Race 11 and with the scoreline at 8-1, ETNZ only needed one more win to take home the Auld Mug.
Defining moments in the regatta? There are plenty, but for me there are two moments which stand out for me. Why? As I said earlier, hindsight is a killer... for me these moments have been overlooked and have come back to bite ETNZ in the backside. Today's race 18 is a perfect example of this...
- Day 2, race 4 of the regatta. ETNZ clearly has superior boat speed & crew work and with port-side advantage at the start, we should of won the start & the race. In hindsight, this race reveals a weakness in ETNZ - the afterguard. As we move into the latter half of the regatta, the weakness continues to unravel. ETNZ consistently give up port-side advantage by trailing at the first mark. ETNZ continue to make poor decisions during the race, allowing splits to happen despite being in the lead and requiring only one more race to win the Cup. This affects our ability to defend a lead (which is strange as [with these catamarans] the leading boat will always throw dirty air onto the trailing boat, whether it is upwind or downwind) Too often the afterguard have allowed Oracle to create a split and sail their own.
- Race 8. ETNZ leading Oracle and looking strong with the top mark approaching. Quick decision, ETNZ performs a lee-bow tack in an attempt to throw dirty wind onto Oracle. Hydraulic failure and the boat nearly capsizes. Fortunately we save the boat but lose the race. The issue for me is not the near-capsize. The issue for me is the lee-bow tack. In my opinion a lee-bow tack will fail 99% of the time [in these specific catamarans due to their high performance]. The manoeuvre is high risk and requires pin point precision to avoid the trailing boat rolling past. In this particular situation Oracle were cruising at ~25 knots, whilst ETNZ were at <15 knots through the tack - that is a massive speed difference. Had the capsize not happened, then all Oracle need to do (as Jimmy Spithill said following the race) was to dip below ETNZ, get the hook on them and force them into a down-speed tack. So we come to today's race . ETNZ finally win the start and lead at the first mark and things look incredibly positive. However ETNZ allow a split to happen at the bottom mark and then decide to throw a lee-bow tack in. It is not performed to pin-point precision and Oracle roll ETNZ with superior boat speed. With Oracle now in complete control, the force ETNZ out to the boundary line and into their dirty wind. ETNZ are forced to tack three times in a short space of time and with no speed... race over.
Music by Shiban, 'Reason Dies'
|Finally, with the frisbee|