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Chook last won the day on May 19

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About Chook

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    malfunctioning oracle
  • Birthday 12/15/1959

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    Esperance Western Australia
  • Interests
    I fly radio controlled helicopters, planes and gliders.
    I have a private pilot licence.
    I kite buggy
    I design, build and race land yachts.
    I work at the local Agricultural College part time (3 days a week) and also work from home from 8.00am till 12 knots.

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  1. Chook

    Easy buggy backrest

    Neatly done Andy. Looks real professionally finished off with its cover.
  2. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Hey a huge thankyou to Bernie in Yeppoon for sorting out the return of my kite gear. Cheers mate. AUS $126.00 is the cheapest It's ever been to post one way so well done Bernie. Is it ok for you to hang onto the other parcel/bar till next Easter Bernie? If not please give me a yell. I always post my box a month ahead to allow for any delays and it includes spares etc, ready for our annual months pilgrimage over Easter in Yeppoon. Then the world turned to shit and the wheels fell off with Covid 19. Boy have I missed catching up with everyone and the beaches. It's left a big hole in my yearly planning. I unpacked it straight away (when my wife picked it up from the post office today) and have put everything safely away. I try hard to keep the weight down to less than 20kgs. Included was my 19m2 ELF, 15m2 and my 7m2 R1's, all my 666 armour, Shin pads, Helmet, gloves, 2 white sports pressure T-shirts, 2 bars, spare lines, 3 soft kite dry bags, Peter lynn buggy dry bag (that I bought home to repair last year) , my kite repair kit with sticky-back ripstop in 6 colours, spare bridles, fids needles and speed-systems etc, full set of wheel and steering head bearings, grease, pliers and 2 pairs of sunnies. All fits into this box. The box is behind the orange R1. I enclose the contents within a double black "wheely bin" liner to protect it against moisture. This cardboard box has now been across Australia 16 times and there and back to New Zealand for the "Moose meet". I think most of the Christmas stamps have now fallen off the stickytape covering. The post office uses up all of the previous Chrissy stamps on my box to get rid of them. Anyway is was with a sad heart I put my gear back unused. But the positive thing is I'm in fantastic health. Take care gang and keep safe. Catch you next year. (Yes I've already booked the unit for a month.) Chook
  3. Chook

    Best way to attach a big flag

    I use #3 with a spar. The angle of the flag still does change slightly with wind speed but I can live with this small amount. Took a bit of fiddling to get it right as the "pull angle" is different the further up the lifter line you go.
  4. Chook

    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    That's Bull's buggy.
  5. Chook

    Thinking of you all!

    Thanks Andy. I still have a bit to do to the sail as you can see there are a few wrinkles where I've flattened out the top 4 panels (tapered them in at the leech "trailing edge" along the batten pockets and restitched) so the top of the sail doesn't twist off as much but still has a slight belly at the 1/4 cord point when fully sheeted in at high speed. Got to take the luff pocket in a bit over winter and smooth out these wrinkles. It's a 7m2 sail and goes well. At 80kmh I can now throw out the sheet rope and it just sits there feathered with the wind. No shaking at all. Slowly getting there. Yesterday was a bit lighter wind and my adjustments on my 8.2m sail worked pretty well (65.7kmh) but needs more trailing edge tension. Unpicking the 5th batten today and I'll take it in another 12 mm at the back. (3rd time on this batten pocket but it's looking much better) All a good learning curve to get more stability at speed. I really enjoy tuning them to match the stiffer mast. Cheers.
  6. Chook

    Thinking of you all!

    Yeh sad to see. We have an emergency campground here the shire is servicing for those stranded with the lockdown of our shire. Police road blocks on all roads. Went past the campground yesterday when returning from our farm and the group were on the oval playing rugby together. All good here with no cases so far in around Esperance. I'm social distancing at our local Pink Lake. Getting out a bit too in great winds most afternoons for a quick run. Stay safe my friends and catch you after this mess is all done and dusted. Gunna be quite some time I'd say. Take care.
  7. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Travel for us is classed as non essential movement so totally grounded in WA.
  8. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    I was so excited and counting down the days and now I'm snookered as of yesterday. Bloody virus has thrown a spanner in the works and grounded all non essential movement in West Australia. In other words for me no flights. So I'm resigned to having to wait for Easter next year. Bugger.
  9. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Sounds like a plan Kevin. I've already paid a deposit for a cabin in Kingston SE from the 16th Jan till the 27th. 😉
  10. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Well that's one way to pissed on from a great height after both your efforts!! I will miss your good cheer and coaching. The entry wont look the same without Linda's touch.
  11. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Ah that's a shame Bob. Take care mate.
  12. Chook

    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    Kite Buggy - low use excellent condition $365 Main Beach QLD https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/main-beach/other-sports-fitness/kite-buggy-low-use-excellent-condition/1242672116
  13. Wow is this year really getting a wriggle on? Counting down the days now till we get to Yeppoon for the annual get together. Easter is the full moon so that equals big tides. The beach is wide anyway but this means extra room to play The tidal creek across the beach is usually a non event this time of the year because of this. I fly into Rockhampton on the 26th March and leave on the 28th of April based at Driftwood right on the beach in Todd Ave. I posted my kites, helmet and armour last Wednesday so it's there ready for when I arrive. (Cheers Bernie for your help in this regard, your a champion ) So guys who else can make it this year.
  14. Chook

    Video Les Hemmes

    So much fun guys.
  15. Chook

    Vmax and 6m Peak 2

    That sounds like a very fair price John.