Friday, November 27, 2009

VicSuper YMCA 2009 Murray Marathon Relay Teams.

Team Murray Princess – Inland Outriggers.

Crew 1. Geelong-Patto Flyers

Steve Vegh
Maggie Vegh
Lisa Clarke
Kerry Miers
Janine Shaw
John Shaw (The Hammer)

Crew 2. Team Turbo

Brad Hunter (Grunter)
Jane McMullen
Jeff Watson
Yvonne Stansfield (Stansy)
Troy Clymo
Pat Schram

Crew 3. Legends

Dennis Scammell
Tony Kewish
William (Bill) Dunn
Bevan Florence
Norm Braine
Shane Scammell

Crew 4. Team Phillips

Tim Phillips
Peter Phillips
Mark Oman (Sharky)
Ruth Phillips
Anna Phillips
Narelle Hunter (Mrs Grunter)

Team Dhunglang Madhang-Inland Outriggers

The Kids

Shantelle Keech
Peta Clark
Hayden Larcombe
Fedor Balabanov
Adrian Rose
Amy Foster
Katina Hawken (Kat)
Alexis Hawken (Lexy)
Dylan Guascoine
Kate Phillips (Little Kate)
Joshua Hanson (Josh)
Ashley Bell (Ash)
Nicole Calleja
Brayden Serpell
Maddie McCormack-Hall (Mad dog)

The Coppers

Simon Overland (aka The Chief)
Bernadette Cowley (Bull dog)
Rod Pell (P!@#$)
Anthony Kavanagh (Kav)

The Paddlesteamer Captain, the teacher and the elder

Peter Garfield
Kate Gready (Big Kate)
Rick Ronnan

The Parents

Judi Clark
Jenny Larcombe
Don Larcombe
Roz Keech
Irena Balabanova (The Russian)
Sonja Scammell

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Outrigger Connection Folding Mirage.

I can’t say it’s not a Mirage because it is, it’s a folding Mirage! With the legality issues of OC6 trailers here in Australia a hot topic at the moment Peter and I put our heads together to see what we could come up with.
With our previous experience in 2 & 3 piece Mirage construction for export we saw that a two piece Mirage would solve the overhang problem, but we wanted to go one step further and make it easy for clubs to put the canoe together and rig it.
Why not just hinge the join so the rear piece can fold up and sit on top of the forward section for safe storage and transportation? So that’s exactly what we did. Clarkie from the Inland Outriggers wanted a new 2 piece Mirage so I pitched the idea to him and he said go for it. And here it is Hot out of the mould, Clarkie’s new folding Mirage!
To add strength to the hinges Pete inserted 2 large stainless steel plates into the iako spreaders, the stainless steel hinges are then screwed into these plates. There is no load on the hinges when the canoe is rigged and the rear section is bolted into position, nor when the canoe is folded and strapped down for transport. The only time the hinges are under load is when the canoe is being folded. Once on the ground the canoe can easily be unfolded and bolted together by 2 people in 5 mins.
When folded and placed on a shorter trailer (Clarkies building one) we’ve calculated the distance from the tow ball to the rear of the trailer will be about 9.6m. The canoes will need to be transported on the trailer the right way up though.
Clarkie will be taking delivery of his folding Mirage in early December and heading down to the National Titles at Coffs Harbour with it in tow so if you’re there make sure to check it out.
Peter and I hope that this could be one solution to the trailer legality issues facing clubs, let me know what you think?