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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. 13 points
    If anyone wants to play with more weather layers then: https://gis.ee/vor/
  2. 11 points
    I will preface this with the fact that I think there is no way in hell these women should have gone to sea, and their manic incoherent story smells of a scam. But there is something comforting about Sailing Anarchy, a predictable response.. Two unprepared dudes get lost at sea, yeah bad luck or stupidity. Two unprepared women get lost at sea = "that chick was slutty on land and they lived off eating pussy at sea." As if that has any bearing on or relation to the situation. Next time a couple of idiot guys need rescuing I am pasting this forum with sexual slanders and theories on how they lived on dick, and will consider it fair play.
  3. 10 points
    OK, if you guys check your profiles under "Notifications" now you can turn off Notifications about up and down votes so that annoying shit will stop. You may now shower me with likes.
  4. 8 points
    There’s a real, alive human being in that photo and it’s not for you to make fun about in this way. I doubt that you would be able to look her in the eyes and tell her how you decided to use her pain to make a point. Now please, if you’ve been away for a while and want to say something about the race, please update yourself before you post. It will make your life so much easier. Just browse through the last page or something, it doesn’t take very long
  5. 8 points
    First of all there isn’t a female team in this race. I don’t think turn the tide would appreciate you calling them that, since they are mixed 50/50. Second, yes you are free to say stupid things you know nothing about.
  6. 8 points
    Here we go again. You really don't know or understand anything and you don't learn from your past stupidity. Last time you said that, you went to sleep and woke up with Dongfeng in the lead, unable to understand what had happened. I am not sure what the basis of your assertion really is, but if you are looking at the last 6 hours r so, did you notice they have been sailing in different wind than the others? There are a lot of clueless people on here (maybe myself included ), but you make everybody look like world class sailors by comparison.
  7. 8 points
    Mate some empathy and understanding about that crew is required. Like if you were the one in that crowd who was the junior bookkeeper who for the last 30 years has been working for a engineering company in Leeds that make the small bolt that goes at the bottom of bicycle front forks. The company since 1926 has been unsucessfully trying to secure a contract to make the other bolt for the other side of the fork. Then on Xmas day last your wife left you for your brother who polishes those bolts. So after the marital split you get very depressed and start reading newspapers on account she ended up with the sole family Smartphone. By extension you start absorbing all the advertisements in the local rag, including ones about Ukranian super models who are turned on by British men with no job and no prospects. To cut to the chase you throw every dollar you have left in the piggy bank towards going Clippering. In a lonely state you pretend to wave upon leaving Mother England but there is no one to wave back and ultimately you end up on a rocky shore in the middle of the night in some god fuck country. The same country where your forebears thought the Boars there were life threatening enough to go to war with them even though your own Queen was their cousin. All you can think about when getting off the boat is the images from David Attenborough specials you watched with the ex wife on your 8" TV in your shoebox sized apartment in Leeds about killer animals in this place that can bite a man's dick off at ten paces. Your cold and frightened. You are then suddenly transported and sitting in the confines of a warm room drinking tea and being offered scones and for the first time in your life people fussing over you. You see your own face on local TV. You then start to believe your famous and that will lead to you thinking your first blow job, without having to wear a condom and from someone half your age who doesn't keep reminding you to put the rubbish bin out on Tuesday's, is just around the corner. bdu no wonder their all looking pretty happy mate. Sir RKJ is a fuckin genius, the Clipper Race is the gift which keeps on giving, no matter the calamity.
  8. 7 points
    schakel488 said: The Napalm girl is still actual as well. So stop whining. Yes Schakel,,, that's over the top,,, take it down! I saw an interview of 'napalm girl' a couple of years ago,, in fact here it is! How about you listen to the interview,, meet the real human, and try to humanize yourself a bit!? I'd suggest there is no drama in sailboat racing compared to war.
  9. 7 points
    Swinging dicks on the start line. Sounds like a tune. ”Swing yer dicks me lads. Swing them to and fro. For we’re off to to see a maiden, In the great ‘ol Southern O.”
  10. 7 points
    Feel free to move over to these forums. No fuck off and stop obsessing about your own person, people are here for the race, not you.
  11. 7 points
  12. 7 points
    I will help settle this argument using mathematics, not emotion. Rig Height: V65 30m. RC Class 0.6m. Distance: 12nm or 22,000m. Olympic Pool Width 25m. Correction: 22,000/30 = 734. 25/0.6 = 42 Comparative Correction: 734/42 = 17 Pool Correction: 25m × 17 = 436m or 0.24nm So surely Aliguist you can appreciate more than anyone that there is going to be some pressure difference over a hypothetical pool width of 0.24nm, surely. Crikey the diving board alone in a standard pool introduces some pretty interesting wind shear down that 100m long track.
  13. 7 points
    Are you competing in the ""stating the bleeding obvious" olympics?
  14. 6 points
    Short lay over in Lisbon so why not. The basics: This one is a 7,000 nm run south, starting from Lisbon on 5 November, and going from the coast of Portugal to Cape Town at the southern tip of the mighty African continent. It’s a classic north to south Atlantic run, passing through multiple Climate Zones. Err... what’s a climate zone? The earth’s oceanic climate features distinct bands, lying horizontally and looping the globe, running out from the Equator to the Poles in a mirror image. When they race from north to south, the fleet is constantly crossing from one band of climate to another – the trick is finding the right entry and exit points for each transition, a moment when conditions can radically change and gains and losses can be spectacular. What are the challenges? Subtropical High Pressure Zone (Horse Latitudes): Let’s not be so negative, a challenge is also an opportunity, and there are many opportunities to make gains on this leg. The first is a little thing called the Azores High – a Sub-Tropical High Pressure Zone named after the island chain. This is the first climate zone the fleet will encounter, sitting around 30-38 degrees, these are huge areas of stable, semi-static high pressure. Also called the Horse Latitudes, so named because the light winds associated with these areas of high pressure slowed up the old sailing ships so much that they would run out of water and be forced to throw the dying horses overboard. Or so they say. Trade Winds: The Azores High also determines the position of the second oceanic climate zone, the Trade Winds. These are moderate to strong winds that blow consistently towards the equator from the north-east in the northern hemisphere, and the south-east in the southern hemisphere. So there are two belts of trade winds that girdle the globe, each blowing from a Sub-Tropical High Pressure Zone towards the equator. Depending on the position of the Azores High, the fleet could pick up the Trade Winds off the start in Lisbon and ride them all the way south – fast, fun sailing in glorious conditions. But if the high pressure is sitting over Lisbon, the fleet will find themselves struggling for speed in the light winds. In this case the race will be on to reach the Trade Winds first – slow, stressful and no fun at all, unless you’re winning. Island Chains: The Canary Islands and the Cape Verde Islands both lie in the way as they head south – these are both volcanic, high pieces of land, and they can impact the strength and direction of the wind for hundreds of miles. And that means lots of overtaking opportunities. The Doldrums (ITCZ): South of the trade winds lie the Doldrums, or intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a region of low pressure that envelopes the earth’s oceans roughly at the equator. It occurs because warm, moist air rises (relative to cold air), and there’s plenty of that in the tropics. The Doldrums are famous for thunderstorms, light winds, rain and sudden unexpected gusts – all-in-all a nail-bitingly high level of unpredictability. Incidentally, for the weather nerds, it’s the cooler air from the north and south of the Doldrums that is sucked in to replace this rising air, and this helps form the north-easterly Trade Winds of the northern hemisphere, and the south-easterly Trade Winds of the southern hemisphere. A good Doldrums crossing can win this leg, and a bad one can lose it for you. So this will be a tense time. The key is picking the thinnest point to cross and usually that’s more to the west, so the boats will head that way until they pick their spot, and then turn south to go for it. Legend has it – and the legends run deep on this one, back to the days of clipper ships – that the sweet spot is around 27-28W, but anything between 25W and 30W can work. St Helena High: The thing about the climate zones is that they are mirrored north to south about the Equator. So the Azores High has a mirror sister sitting in the South Atlantic, sometimes called the St Helena High for the island. High Pressure means light wind and so it blocks the direct route to Cape Town. The teams will probably go to the west of the centre of the high, and try to work their way down this side. It’s almost always quicker to head south, around the centre of the high, to get into the final climate zone, which we’ll call the Westerly Storm Track. The Southern Ocean and the Westerly Storm Track: In the Westerly Storm Track, storms and low pressure systems swirl west-to-east around the globe. They circulate the Arctic in the north and the Antarctic in the south, always moving west to east. The strategy is always to get clear of the Sub-Tropical High Pressure, and into the Storm Track, find a low pressure system moving east and ride with it. It will accelerate a boat east across the South Atlantic, often taking them into the Southern Ocean, and sometimes take them right into Table Bay. First to become a rider of the storm will usually win it. Lots of opportunities, must have meant some big winners? Oh yes, in 1997-98 race- newbie Paul Cayard and his navigator Mark Rudiger boldly split from the fleet to lead EF Language south from Fernando de Noronha. The move got them into the Westerly Storm Track first, they picked up a ride and it gave them a lead that they never relinquished, going on to win the race. Sweet.
  15. 6 points
    So we know I went in 11/12 Today I'm thinking of the person who's turn it was to be in the harness when this gentleman went over. They would have been cold & exhausted too, they then had pretty much 36 mins of organised chaos before they had to walk down the freeboard (part of the MOB safety training) and retrieve him. They would have been through the most physically & emotionally draining experience of their life, which will stay with them. I hope they were taken great care of once they were back on board, stripped, warmed & rested, & in the presence of those who understood what they just went through.
  16. 6 points
    Never underestimate the amount of free time Da-Woody has. I give zero fucks about fake internet points. If it was my bank balance, different story.
  17. 6 points
    Will you lot stop quoting him...please. I have him on ignore, and then you lot shove his ill informed, dumb as fuck, posts under my nose.
  18. 6 points
    In reference to post 176 by GauchoGreg the French version of the interview on Transat Jacques Vabre web site is much more complete, so here is a translation... About close racing Thomas Rouxel, co-skipper of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild « It was stressing, but it was great! We had close racing with Sodebo. It still is double handed multihull racing; so the level of adrenalin is pretty high. I am still surfing on that high, but I know that it is going to go down. It was an intense race. Clearly, racing less than 50 miles away from your competitor, it is great fun. You are always tweaking the sails. It is very stimulating. » Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ « When we left Le Havre, we said it would be a mano a mano fight. From the very first night, we figured out that it was going to be really hot... We saw them over pass us, upwind from us; I can tell you that the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild sailing at 40 knots, it's really beautiful. Off Guernesey, they really impressed us because the way they sailed meant "we are here!". They gained a bit on us in this phase of the race. » Sébastien Josse, skipper ofMaxi Edmond de Rothschild « Hats off about the strategy by Thomas and Jean-Luc offshore the Azores Islands. They protected the West side, this is the turning point. We could have followed, or do many other things to counter this attack. But arriving in Bahia with the boat in one piece, and staying in close racing all along, it is already pretty good. We are competitors, obviously we would have preferred to be 2 hours ahead of them rather than 2 hours behind! » Jean-Luc Nélias, co-skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ « It is a mechanical sport. You have to push, push, push. And the guy next to you is doing the same thing. It is like the mountains stage in the Tour de France, you never know when the leader is going to attack. We spent our time looking behind us, wondering when they would come back. It is hard to manage on a tactical point of view. Do you protect your position, or do you attack? We decided to attack because the boat is strong and reliable. We followed the straightest possible tracks. We did not leave a crumb on the table. But he (Sebastien Josse) did not slow down. The night of the start, near Guernesey, it was incredible, you really had to hang on, not to get kicked out of the boat. And right there, they over passed us. They were going really strong. » Foils issues on Maxi Edmond de Rothschild NDLR : Before going through the cold front, the port foil failed, and then getting close to Cabo Verde Islands, the starboard foil failed... Sébastien Josse « The exit of the Bay of Biscay was not super easy, and we got our fair share of daily surprises. We got some issues on the foils that prevented us from flying. It was a bit of a handicap. It is a composite issue; we will have to look into that more in details. I do not know the root cause yet. The foils are not as solid as they used to. They are more flexible than they should be. On the last part of the race, it is where we should have had our highest speed. It was frustrating, because we could have exploited the boat potential to its fullest. We could have been really, really fast... We were not attacking at the end. We stayed a little more offshore to have a bit more wind. Sodebo took an option near the shore. We were limiting ourselves to a given speed to stay in control of the boat; because of our foil problems. At some point, you have to be realistic. 100 miles from the finish line, and 70 miles behind, the probability to overpass them is nearly nill, unless they have a really big problem... But arriving in Bahia is really a big deal for our team. If we had been only 10 miles behind, the mindset would have been different. » Thomas Coville « After the long downwind leg, after going through the front, we felt something strange was going on. They furled their gennaker during the night and they created some lateral separation. So then we went more Westward and we overpass them. We thought "Maybe they want to play it safe". We did not know. Until this morning, we gave it everything. Last night, at 100 miles from the finish, we felt they were giving up. It was an exhilarating moment. The only thing we could see in their track, was their maneuvers. Them, I do not think they could see ours because we worked a lot for that, to have a very straighten track. I have never pushed the boat so much single handed, especially on reaching. Jean-Luc was super comfortable on reaching; I did not have my limit at that level.» Jean-Luc Nélias « Nothing had come through (of Edmond de Rothschild problems???? but we would have done it the same way anyway. Anything could happen until the end.» A victory, and a beautiful second place in the Class Ultim… Thomas Coville « It is a beautiful victory, because it shows that we can do other things that break records, we also know how to win races. It is a great story, we did not leave much behind. When you look at the state of the boat today, after the crossing we did, it is the result of an enormous amount of work. All the teams have greatly improved. When you look at what they did with Edmond de Rothschild, in two months time, to bring the boat to Bahia, clearly we are going to hear again about this boat... What is really tricky, in our mechanical sports, you have to be at the right time, at the right place, in the right shape. To wind the TJV, first you have to be at the start, but at the right level of technical preparedness at the right time. The whole competition has raised the bar. » Sébastien Josse « At the end of the day, it is satisfying. The boat was put in the water in July last year. We did not have much time to prepare it and train. It is multihull racing. You are always at very high speed, stressed and super focused. For sure, you appreciate the finish line... Finishing a few hours behind, it is a bit unnerving, but is is only the start of the story for this boat. The boat has a huge potential. » Jean-Luc Nélias « It is great to win a Transat Jacques Vabre ! It is not easy, you have to fight. 8 days ago, we were all in Le Havre, and now, we are on another continent, in another hemisphere. One day you are at Cabo Verde Islands, the following day you are in the Doldrums. The day before yesterday we were in the Doldrums, and last night we were sailing among Brazilian fishermen. They could not figure out that 48 hours earlier, we were in Cabo Verde Islands! We leave Le Havre with the full moon. Each night the moon is in a different place in the sky; we are sailing at the scale of the planet ».
  19. 6 points
    I need to get out more. Maybe I’ll buy a fleabag boat and find myself a mute, borderline retarded boyfriend. Then reinforce it with 12 tons of ferro cement. Install a deep fryer oil-burning Diesel engine. Load it with 2 llamas, 1800 snickers bars, and a grand piano. Paint a portrait of Herve Villechaize on the main. Get myself towed to the Chukchi Sea, where I’ll dance naked on the bow to the SOS beat of Morse Code, flagging-down passing zeppelins. Film at 11.
  20. 6 points
    We keep those locked in the cupboard and out of reach so you don't hurt yourself.
  21. 6 points
    Well, it uses real weather data so it's pretty realistic and fun, and you can discuss with other players right here in this forum. But of course if you choose to continue being the village idiot here it's your choice. I'm just trying to help.
  22. 6 points
    Have you considered playing the VOR game? It must be perfect for you. That way, you'd be occupied with the routing and could test your own ideas. And a couple of other benefits but let's not be rude.
  23. 6 points
  24. 6 points
    Wow. Closest I got to a classic like that was a bondo/no primer Kombi. I think we must be brothers. Had shit brakes and ended up in my girlfriend's parents swimming pool. They were very cool about that other than the six people in it being in danger of drowning including their daughter and a neice. I was still invited around for Sunday dinner though..good sign of a lucky life unfolding I thought at the time.
  25. 6 points
    Look at my ranking thanks to my bi-sexual pennyless brain dead stalker, southern do you honestly think I now give a fuck about thread drift and getting pissed on about online manners from those that sit in silence and don't come to the rescue. They could be next you know, smug bastards. Anyway a big yeek about your Apache girl knife thing...sounds sort of exciting though.. except if she had caught you you would be now typing in squeaky font. You say 356 so I'm hoping you mean Chevy not one of those classic Porches that uber wealthy hairdressers drive. Actually southern the Apache aka Jeep..then the 356 ?? I'm detecting a pattern here. Anyway your query..slip fees..fuck off..the boat lived at the bottom of the garden on a 100' slip. Her greasy lawyer claimed that was then a chatel...I only got the Opti by accident because it was on top of my truck when I departed and I didn't notice until 5000 mile later. Anyway better fly before my stalker gets upset and hits me into double ton figures. He prefers I only write lots of short posts, helps with his batting average. PS no sooner than I finished writing he hit me. His winky must be swelling to huge proportions now.. like visible. His socks will come in shortly to try and finish me off.
  26. 6 points
    Well rest assured princess sandy, I haven't added either way to your fascination with your number of likes. Now how are you going producing those imaginary pm's you claim I sent you? You know, the ones where I sexually harassed you? Good lord I just read your latest post! Did you watch 'happy days' when you were younger? Do you recall an episode with the Fonz water sking?
  27. 6 points
    I'm not done with the descriptions, but I've made a start. See: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WVwCp5qwKKfOeAnyFJyDjAIINpPhrj_FQC20DJ7StW8/edit?usp=sharing
  28. 5 points
    It has been confirmed, Ben Ainslie will not be allowed to drive these
  29. 5 points
    Sorry, if you have to ask that question you have no real idea, not only why people do the Clipper Race or indeed why so many people actually sail offshore. We all know the risks and manage them and, frankly, Clipper manage those risks extremely well BUT accidents happen. That doesn't make them any less tragic but big seas, a bouncing foredeck and before you know it...... And it doesn't "keep happening"! If it was commonplace it wouldn't make the BBC News or MSN News page! Sad loss just the same and a reminder to us weekend warriors, at whatever level we play our sport or even just potter around the swatchways that the sea, when she is in the mood, shows no mercy. Sail on Simon - fair winds. SS
  30. 5 points
    Translation of the radio talk that you can find here (all in French, of course...) " I just realized that it is the first time I spend so much time on this boat. We are starting to get into a routine. I am starting to take care of her, just like I did on the Vendée Globe, with the IMOCA. You actually start to build a relationship, an intimacy. It is her and you, and nobody else around. It is something that never happens when sailing with a crew, or even solo for short races; you do not have enough time then to build up this relationship. Wind slowed down, I did a small check of the boat this morning. I do not talk to the boat yet, but it is going to come... The link with the boat is getting stronger: this is also one of the reasons I do this type of sailing. There is one thing I have no regrets about, it is the deck layout and the protected cockpit. I had some doubts or some questions during the construction of the boat, but right after the first sailing trials, I realized how good it is. When you look at the top speeds we reach, and the sailing conditions, it is just a must. I feel safe in the cockpit and it is very important, to be able to sail really fast. You don't see me much in foul weather gear, but I still wear it sometimes, but then I do not get the camera out. But actually the complete foul weather gear, I have not worn it often... For exemple, the day of the 24 hr record, or even the day before, because it was still going really fast, and the temperature was still warm, I was in boxer shorts and Crocs, at 35 or 40 knots.... You are going super fast, and you get up from your bunk, and trim in a sheet, all of that done bare foot; you do not need to protect yourself anymore than that. Actually, you have to protect yourself from the motion of the boat. It doesn't seem much but actually, when you do not wear much, the shocks and bumps can hurt more; you have to be careful. But you are protected, and even if you think about the worse case scenario, a capsize, you know that you are in an enclosed space, and it is really re-assuring. Right now, I am going across a ridge, so a windless zone, between the low pressure system that pushed me all the way to Cape of Good Hope, and the next low pressure system which is this depression coming from Madagascar. So right now, not much wind, about 10 knots, downwind, and I just jibed 3 minutes ago, before the call. I am smack in the middle of the ridge. So the wind is going to pick up again, and potentially getting pretty strong, in the coming hours. "
  31. 5 points
  32. 5 points
    ...as far as the OD aspect goes,, the VO65's are beyond compare. As far as I've seen in Laser, and even Finns and 49ers,,, the VO boats are a high degree more OD than ANY of those. I've had 49er equiptment passed down from the McKees at their prime,,, --every-- piece of equipment had been weighed and marked to the gram. This is done in VO to a great extent, but for opposite reason than the 49er, who were capitalizing on a variation in weight for each 'OD' piece of equipment. An 'OD' laser fleet has a wide range of ages and builders, with many variables to capitalize on. If a laser sailor isn't flex testing spars for example, they are nowhere near being a top-fleet sailor, period. Finn hulls have always been box-rule. In the 80's there was one primary mast design,, and one primary sail design,, but manufacturing variables called for sailors to get a few of each,, and a saying was coined... ''it's total luck to get a fast combination,,,total genius to realize it,, and stop searching''. In finns nowadays,, there are many many different sails and masts to choose from,,, the mind boggles on how that saying still applies! The VO 65's,, they are incredible at just how OD they are., and to pit these crews against each other in the way they have, it too boggles the mind. I dare say this might be a first and last time that sailors might willingly enter an arena where their skills are put sooo directly to task.
  33. 5 points
    I haven't really decided what it means-the only thing I'm real clear on is that this system allows, even encourages, the modern version of a lynch mob. 90% of total votes by just 7 people is an injustice and that pisses me off. If it can happen to me-it could happen to anybody. It could also be that people genuinely don't like you. Seven accounts downvote stalking you is pretty high, I mean I've got a LOT of people that hate me here and I only attracted Da-Woody as a downvote stalker. Keep in mind this was before the votes were made public too; it seems these people don't care that they are seen doing what they are doing. You will recall that I fielded Reports from users for years. I've never seriously interacted with you in any threads that I recall...but I have dealt with a LOT of reports about you and had to clean up the messes. If memory serves you've also been given a few extended breaks from here. So I've known of you by reputation, and I've seen some of your worst posts. Seeing you get downvoted heavily doesn't surprise me at all given the sentiments I've had expressed over the years via people howling to get rid of you.
  34. 5 points
    I don’t need to know anything about you to say that it’s stupid to evaluate a situation you’re not in. I’m judging what you say, I don’t give shit about who you are.
  35. 5 points
    I usually try to be civil about most things, but, seriously, this is all getting me down. The clutter is making the forum painful. Can everyone just put Mr A4E on ignore and get back to the race. I just have.
  36. 5 points
    Kind of you to say Herman, but these are professional racers. I would not expect any different from these women. They are equal to the men and equally indifferent to their appearance on board. Just as it should be in my humble opinion.
  37. 5 points
    WTF? I have refrained from commenting on the last few weeks of silliness. But seriously, these words makes no sense. They sound like the mutterings of someone who has read a couple of fictional books involving sailing and is regurgitating odd words that they they think have something to do with the subject, but don't understand enough to put the words into a sentence in a manner that has meaning. Your average kid learning to sail will know more than to utter such nonsense after their second one hour lesson.
  38. 5 points
  39. 5 points
    Do us a favour , give yourself a fuckin uppercut .
  40. 5 points
    Upright now with mast intact. All ok.
  41. 5 points
    You really don't sail, do you. 12nm and you think the conditions would be the same? You really are stupid. To start with, why does the race tracker on the Volvo site show a wind speed difference between Dongfeng and Vestas of 5.6 knots and a different angle. They are only 12nm apart, so according to you they should be in the same wind. Simply, you are clueless.
  42. 5 points
    Converting the positions from excel to a gpx format and importing into openCPN is +/- 5 mins. Downloading the GRIB and loading into OpenCPN +/- 5 mins Downloading the NOAA chart 2 mins + analysis 5 mins Routing itself is fastest, +/- 1 minute per boat. I do have a heavy duty workhorse PC build for me with custom specs though. If tomorrow morning the distance is large enough between boats, I'll do routings for the whole fleet to see what comes up.
  43. 5 points
    You'll be in big trouble for outing GOD!!!
  44. 5 points
    Thats good..got to over -200. I have a troll up my arse ...I think he is hell bent on hitting -6000. I have been baiting him which really gets him cranked. Funny bit is there is one or more troll busters in same time zone driving him insane by up voting me.
  45. 5 points
    Seems my little troll doesn't sleep. Mr Idiot there is a multitude of threads I have posted on that you can down vote me on. Wise up and get cracking between your solo acts of self satisfaction. Up votes that cancel you out must really annoy the fuck out of you.
  46. 5 points
    Fufmeister a very valid question. LFP has been on the marine highway now for around 8+ years. The variety of sailboat applications with LFP and a traditional auxilliary engine (with and without renewable charge sources) in this period is extremely broad from RTW race boats to performance expedition cruisers. The link between those two usage extremes is having larger than basic loads and or they tend to be both fossil fuel tankage and or renewable energy poor with regard to their application and power requirements. There is also a plethora of uses in the middle, including some one-offs, a list too large to note here. I have experience with a sampling. The words "Lead is Dead" seems to eminate from those who have taken the plunge and in some cases keep plunging in. I am unaware of one failure to date with a properly engineered and operated system. That failure excludes things that the operator can/could correct, if prepared accordingly such as replacing a faulty cell board if it is not a sealed battery pack. That failure rate includes proper DIY builds to the best of my knowledge. The above knowledge is spread over more than one continent as remarkably it is a very tight community on both the professional installer and user side. That said I don't have a mortgage on knowledge of LFP failures. I am aware of instances where modifications have been made to and operator failure associated some big name vendor products, and in even earlier days of LFP some mistakes, now corrected by those vendors. That is the good news. The bad news is instances of LFP failure IMHO are going to increase dramatically in the Marine & RV world shortly, if not already happening. Going LFP requires a holistic approach that considers usuage opportunities and constraints being measured against charging opportunities and actual loads. Then you have to operate it in accord with specifications. To not do that you are potentially wasting your money. So you don't have to be Einstein to see that unscrupulous vendors marketing LFP as a "drop-in" replacement to LA chemistry is something which is going to end in tears. The number of on-line vendors in this category in particular has exploded in the last 2 years, particularly in the US. Their Q&A promises make TQA's misguided musings on LFP above to be one of a expert. The closest analogy to back up my pessimistic opinion about LFP is what happened to GEL battery chemistry some 40 years ago. It was marketed in exactly the same "drop-in" way to replacing flooded LA. The net result being voltage sensitive is they died by the truckload giving GEL a bad name. The net result is they fell out of favour and became very expensive through lack of demand compared to other SLA chemisties like AGM and Calcium derivatives. GEL to this day is still probably top of the pile of all LA chemistries, with only the advent of the carbon foam Firefly (with it's partial charge no capacity loss characteristics) to knock it off that LA top perch. However it won't while it continues to have supply reliability problems and only offers a single size format, and therefore won't get the acceptance and market penetration it deserves. The cure to exterminating these "drop-in" get rich pricks is one of adopting the same approach that wiped out the Buffalo herds of the American mid west to get rid of the pesky Indian problem. That is the Winchester is now in the form of the ABYC Standards for lithium batteries in marine craft . It has been known these dodgy LFP offerings have been on the ABYC's hit list for quite a while now, yet those Standards are yet to be released. I don't quite understand that delay. Some might think the ABYC Standards are US centric so how is that going to stop their spread outside the US? The answer is simple. Most countries standards have regard to ABYC Standards either directly or indirectly. The reason is they are bloody good, work, are practical and are reasonable. This is largely on account of US industry professionals who volunteer their time to guide their drafting. Hats off to them. Therefore adoption for LFP instalations standards will spread worldwide like wildfire and with the marine insurance industry right on top of that, if not already. Once those ABYC Standards for LFP kick in, Buffalo will be off the menu once and for all.
  47. 5 points
    Good morning petal, how is the head this morning? I see you are your usual little ray of sunshine today. What exactly are you ranting about? If you want to discuss your conspiracy theory then PM randumb, (you know how that PM thing works don't you sweetie?) You see your rating is so low because no one likes you. Get it? there is no conspiracy, no collusion, just everyone coming to the same conclusion independently. Miserable, winging, paranoid old fuckwits like you are, oddly enough, despised, not liked. So why don't you do yourself and everyone else a favor and fuck off somewhere else.
  48. 5 points
    That is one big bottle of gin.
  49. 5 points
    Woger well give me a + vote pwease...I'm tiwing of my douchebag status. I gave you won.
  50. 5 points
    Woman or man it doesn't matter. A 14yr old girl sailed around the world solo. There are plenty of examples of accomplished female sailors and even more examples of stupid male sailors. These two are just idiots, or simply concocting a story...who knows. The fact that they're women has nothing to do with it. Idiocracy affects both sexes equally. It's a human condition.