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Chris Cope Posted - 14 December 2005 : 2:36:57 PM
This morning I was in the position of giving professional counciling to that Endeavour hardened sailor, Rod the "Dog Catcher" Childs.
Now Rods' dog catching days are past & he has been married for just over ten years. His problem is that he is continually having trouble being allowed out by SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED to go & play boats.
Its' a terrible dillema to be in. He is trying to work out how to go out on the Dentists sailing day Regatta with Ian. My advise was to go back to the days of when we were at school, truentcey is the obvious solution. Verse up the work staff & just dissappear and go sailing.
What SWMBO does not know cannot harm.
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Chris Cope Posted - 25 January 2018 : 01:22:30 AM
Has anyone seen Skipper Childs? Yes our Rodney is missing in action somewhere in South America. He was last heard of rounding Cape Horn and heading up the west coast of southern Chili in the Fiords, dont-ya-know?
He was scheduled to climb Marchupitchu looking for Incas but seems to have lost his way and course.
He is scheduled to return on the 28th of this month and will miss the race on the 28th at North Harbour. This is not a problem with the winning crew from the Swamp all keen to go.
Skipper Childs where are you????
Chris Cope Posted - 06 April 2017 : 04:17:28 AM
News aboard the Hagar has been very quiet this season past with Ian about to retire leaving only myself in the land of the workers and paying taxes. But Ian will still be doing work on a few old clients.
Rod is busy working on the Hagar and the Club and has drawn up plans for a Winter Series of races. He plans to have one race per month from May to August on the last Sunday of each month. We look to have at least five starters at this stage. Andy is a difficult man to catch as he is mostly away traveling overseas, playing golf, bush walking etc.
We are planing to finish painting the topsides and then the upper hull this winter if we can find the time.
Chris Cope Posted - 09 December 2015 : 10:04:48 AM
Well hello Eccles,

We thought that you had given up on us and had gone to greener pastures. There is not much news, we are all getting older and both Andy Eaton & Ian Taylor, two of the four owners of the Hagar will not be sailing in the coming nationals at Drummoyne. So Rod & I are looking to recruit some new blood in the the forms of our two sons and their mates. The Hagar underwent some major modifications and fixes over the past winter and we are still not happy with her sailing performance. We need new rags. dontyaknow?
Last weekend Rod & I took the Hagar into the shallow backwaters of North Harbour and moored her in a shallow and sandy bottomed spot where we conducted our first dives using the new Hookah Diving Gear. It was all good if not a bit tiring and wet-suits are an encumbrance. We removed all the fishing lines about the prop and shaft as well as giving the bottom a wipe over to remove the slime. The only bit of weed was above the rudder and there was no coral.
Sailing at North Harbour has been awesome this season with all of the finishes being very close. We sacked the handicapper changed the system back to the old Olympic style. We now have the fleet finishing with in two minutes on the line.
4Seasons Posted - 01 December 2015 : 1:12:24 PM
HEY HEY HEY.i bet you all thought\that i had sailed over the edge!!!!not so i am doing my best to pay for my specialists new benz .... while i slum it in my little Corolla.I miss 4 seasons like u wouldn't believe ,i hoe to get a look at drumoyne TALK TO ME EH
Chris Cope Posted - 12 November 2015 : 03:52:17 AM
Skipper Child's has again been shanghaied by his SWMBO'beyed and is now aboard an ocean liner sailing the China Sea with his misses and her friends. We have been corresponding via email and he reports that he is as bored as and demanding to know all the race result details from last weekends race at North Harbour. He is away for about five weeks and will miss at least two races. The other two Hagar shareholders are also missing and I have no idea where they are. We have been sailing with a scratch crew and managed to again beat Stewart on the Dumeresq by 15 seconds last Sunday.
Good to see that the Endeavour Nationals are to be held at Drummoyne and hopefully we will see a few more E30's and E27's for this regatta. Remembering that the waters of Drummoyne are more inland and likely the conditions will be a lot lighter than on the coast.
We will not be racing with Manly YC in their Friday night twilighters as they put the price up to $350.00 for the series and we will December 2015 to February 2016 be conducting our own twilighter races out of North Harbour, free for Members of North Harbour and about $50.00 for non-members. These races will be on Thursday evenings, I think?

Chris Cope Posted - 23 September 2015 : 2:48:00 PM
This Thursday sees "Skipper-Childs" retiring from his work with the Federal Government. Rod was in charge of mail and records at a small military establishment near the big cemetery in Western Sydney.

It was his 65th birthday a week ago. Now while Rodney thinks he will have more time to go sailing, his SWMBO'd has decided differing plans for the hopeful skipper-childs, doesn't she know!

To start with he has been shanghaied to take SWMBO'd to a nieces wedding this coming weekend. Some women have no consideration at all, dontweknow? They know it was a sailing weekend!

We most likely will not race as I have pinched a nerve in my back and am struggling just to get out of bed in the mornings. And yes I have to loose 15 kilos.

Chris Cope Posted - 11 August 2015 : 04:50:54 AM
Thank you for that information Pat. I was expecting the boys at Botany Bay to hi-jack the Nationals again, and while the sailing at Botany Bay would be better it is always a good thing to share the venue around to give the class good exposure and perhaps holding the nationals at Drummoyne will flush out more mooring minders.
tallships Posted - 03 August 2015 : 4:44:58 PM
I read from the latest Afloat (August) that the 2016 Nationals will be held at Drummoyne in January.
Chris Cope Posted - 02 August 2015 : 12:25:40 PM
With the peak of winter now over the Hagar crew are scattered with Andy trooping around Australia with his wife and Ian missing this weekend. That left Rod and myself to organize the North Harbour Sailing Club's annual working bee. This big event was held yesterday and the weather was "special". We had a big role-up of membership and with Rod playing the co-coordinator we had a number of teams working around the Club as well as on the Clubs' rescue tender motor boat. At the end of the day there was a significant amount of tasks achieved. My job was to replace any rotten timber boards in the south and western walls of the club house. There were teams painting the inside of the club room, a team painting the outside walls following my work, a team which gurnied and then polished the club boat. A team who laid additional new concrete steps to access of the club. Later in the day the interior decorator team positioned and installed the old and new Club Honor Boards. The new boards update the list of past Club Champions which go back to 1948 when the club was formed. We now have a new board honoring those whom won National and World Championships. Big Tom ran the lunchtime BBQ and everyone were well satisfied. We had one female who is a new member who painted the outside of the club, supplied muffin cakes and finished off cleaning the kitchen.

It was a most successful Club Working Bee and we now have the Annual General Meeting to held in a few weeks.

Rod has the Hagar booked in with Middle Harbour for her annual slipping weekend and we have some weekends to finish off other jobs which include the painting of the decks as well as sanding and varnishing the inside timber work.

Looking forward to the season of 2015-2016. And where will the next 2016 Nationals to be held?

Chris Cope Posted - 29 April 2014 : 05:13:07 AM
Well sailing at the North Harbour SC has now finished for this season past and we are beginning to organize Prize Giving functions as well as embark on a major maintenance program for the Hagar. With the 50th Endeavour Yacht championships to be conducted we are keen to have the old girl looking good.
Rod has already procured the paint to completely sand off and repaint all the top works as well as the non-skid areas. At this time we will also be re-placing the old crazed four cabin windows. We will also spot sand the mast and boom where the paint is blistering, prime and re-paint it where needed. A number of sheets and control lines are to be replaced and some of the instruments may also be replaced.
The hull sides will either be spot re-painted or the full hull may we done when she is up on the hard-stand in July/August this year.

In other sailing, Old Pete and I will be again sailing aboard the 42 foot Jarken, the Marloo in the Ransa Winter Wednesday series which starts on Wednesday the 7th of May. We are also sailing in the CYC Winter Series which started this last Sunday.
Chris Cope Posted - 31 March 2014 : 12:44:10 PM
Yesterday was I believe the second last race of the North Harbour SC season. It was a light south easterly and it was a reasonably quick and easy race as the wind filled into about 12 knots during the second half of the race. It favored the second division and the slower boats. We finished fourth over the line and would have been second fastest with the 30 foot sports boat not quite catching us. A nice gentle race and we hand another newbie aboard. We seem to be training more new sailors than ever before. Rod was back at the helm, he was suffering more from sailing withdrawal rather than from the affects of his recent op.
Our flock of retiree sailors have been busy over the past few weeks with a lot of work having been completed in the past two weeks on the Club which is looking good.
No other news.
Chris Cope Posted - 16 March 2014 : 5:11:11 PM

Just got home from NHSC and what a fine afternoon of race on Sydney Harbour. A really good storm went through and all bar the Hagar scampered home to the safety of their moorings and the NHSC bar and BBQ.
After the front went through we were practically the only yacht with sails still up on the Harbour. We were the last left standing in our fleet and finished without incidence with Andy handing out hot coffee and biscuits from the sumptuous offerings of the Hagar bar and bistro as we ran down the harbour under main and number three jib. Rod is not allowed to sail on account of his fabulous hernia and was worried about us just sailing three up.
Spoke with Johnno about the Nats and got the gen on our Club Bully's antics at Botany Bay. Normal belligerence which we have to put up with every other week. In our last altercation I told him that if he puts his boom in my face again I will cut his sheets. He is all huff and puff and should not be taken seriously. Just protest him for unsportsmanlike like behavior, dontyuknow?
Chris Cope Posted - 15 March 2014 : 4:38:52 PM
Well I finally got home from my second daughters wedding in Lankowie in Malaysia and no we were not on the missing flight but were very close. The resort hotel in which we stayed for the wedding portion of our trip was on the Anderman Sea up close to the Thailand border on the western side of Malaysia.
We had a great time and I completed my fatherly duties. It was my fourth time down the matrimonial isle. I have bragging rights, having the rare distinction of having given away my mother-in-law many years ago. Get you heads around that one!
I got home on Tuesday this week to find Rod has gone into hospital to have is longtime hernia fixed. He was lucky to have sailed the Nationals and will be out of action again for some weeks to come.
Rod tells me that he sailed the last two races with a crew of two inexperienced ring-ins. Andy, Ian, Pete and myself were all missing in action. However next year will be different as I will be back aboard and no doubt most of the others as well. Although Old Pete is still recovering from his injuries aboard the 42 foot Jarken, Marloo with a broken sternum and three ribs also broken.
I was also informed that our Club Bully (CB) was in fine form at the Nationals aboard a rented E26. Colin it seems is reported to have had words with CB. The CB is less tolerant than most of some of the questionable tactics employed by the old boys at Botany Bay.
Were there any raft-ups on BB this year?

Chris Cope Posted - 16 September 2013 : 5:30:28 PM
There is no real news to report with the boys from North Harbour keen for another season of racing at North Harbour. Each weekend there is a bunch of men at the local green shed doing "boat-things", don't-we-know.
At our recent Club AGM there were no surprises with all the old incumbents re-elected. This means that Rod is the bag-man and I remain President. Our Flag officers are merely flag wavers.
Has anyone heard from Eric? It has been very quiet of late and I'm wondering if is is locked in one of the Gosford Club Lockers, do-we-know?
And does anyone have any idea of the dates for the Nationals for next year? I have a few bodies who are trying to organize holidays and work.
Chris Cope Posted - 19 August 2013 : 3:50:51 PM
Well this coming sailing season is shaping up to be bigger than we have ever seen for our yacht divisions. There are at least three new yachts which will be racing with us at North Harbour.
Next Sunday sees us holding the 64th Annual AGM for the Club and I cannot see any changes of note to the current board.
The following Sunday sees us sailing in the Amateurs Yacht Club offshore race from Sydney to Lion Island and return. It is a good race and in the past few years it has been held mainly in Westerlies which can be strong which makes for fast and exciting reaching.
Chris Cope Posted - 31 July 2013 : 11:50:32 AM
And suddenly, nothing happened, but mind you, it happened suddenly! Dontyouknow?

We have not been sailing for the past three weeks. This is due to the owner/skipper being overseas at Monte Carlo at an international ballroom dancing championship with his lady.
He should be back this weekend and we should resume the Wednesday RANCA racing on Wednesdays. We may also be racing in a short Sunday series out of the CYC.
I found out from a mate of mine that their yacht, the Goat, a Sydney 38 won the complete regatta.

On the weekend of the 10th & 11th of August the Hagar goes up on the slips in Middle Harbour and Rod with myself will be giving her the usual winter scrub and anti-fowl painting of the bottom and wax-polishing the sides. We will most likely not get as much done this time because Andy & Ian are away.
Chris Cope Posted - 15 July 2013 : 11:55:24 AM
Yesterday saw Old Pete & myself compete in the last of the CYC's winter series of races aboard the Marloo. It was a Lady's Day Race and the points score had already been decided the previous week and we finished fourth overall. It was a very light series of races and most of the races saw light and drifter conditions out of the west.
We now have three weeks off as the skipper and his lady are off ballroom dancing in Monte Carlo.
So I'll be at home finishing decks around the home and installing a new sliding door in our bedroom which opens onto the pool deck.
Later in August we will be slipping the Hagar in preparation for the 2013-2014 sailing season.
On Saturday we had a second day of working bee down at our Sailing Club with a big turn-out of workers and we laid a new set of joists and a new deck after the demolition of the old timber deck. The new decking material in sheets of molded fiberglass. We have only to finish the front timber facing plate and rubbing strips to complete the operation.
Chris Cope Posted - 29 June 2013 : 7:30:50 PM
Well today Rod & myself called off going out to Hagar due to the inclement weather. It is many years since I recall seeing so much rain. The gardens and lawns at our home are awash and the rain is predicted to continue into early next week.
So much for the eminent weather grue Tim Flanner's prediction that the rivers of Australia would not run and that Warrahgamba dam would never fill or overflow again?
We should take the snake charmer and nail him to the Dam spillway! Dontweknow?
Chris Cope Posted - 24 June 2013 : 03:52:56 AM
There was very little to report from the Hagar boys over the past couple of weeks. Two of our owners are overseas and Rod is recovering from a hernia operation which was a result of last years first operation. The paperwork for the name change and new Constitution for our Club have been posted off to the Government authorities and so we await the results from all the work.
On Saturday afternoon Rod & I went out to the Hagar and topped up the fuel before taker her for a little motor around North Harbour. We try and take her for a motor every week or so just to clean the prop and make shore the batteries are charged and all is OK. She went well starting first time and seemed to go through the water well, but dose have a lot of slime and some growth about the rudder.
Yesterday I sailed aboard the Marloo in the CYC Winter race on Sydney Harbour. In light conditions we came a commendable third. The weather people were wrong, yet again with only rain at the finish and not the gale force conditions predicted. Any serious weather will most likely be in the next two days and nights when the king tides come at night.
Chris Cope Posted - 10 June 2013 : 05:26:22 AM
Yesterday saw another light northerly come in very late in the Sydney CYC race on Sydney Harbour. It was a very depleted fleet due to the Long Weekend and most yachties were away. We aboard the old Marloo had a light crew and only one competitor and after they went the wrong way on the work going up the harbour they spat the dummy and retired. In the Sydney 38 fleet there was only the one starter and likewise all of the other classes had hardly any competition.
At home we conducted out extraordinary General Meeting for our Club at North Harbour on Saturday afternoon and in an historical first we changed the Club Constitution seeing eight out of the ten Registered Boat Owners who attended the meeting unanimously voting for the change and adoption of the new Constitution as well as the Club becoming a Limited Liability Entity. With this change we will register the Club under the NSW Regulations and steam ahead to obtain an aquatic racing license and explore the options and Grants available to have a wharf or jetty built off our club.

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