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      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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    A little blog entry with some insights into where the mast came from for Vestas.. I thought it might be that mast after seeing the base but wasn't sure. http://www.quixote-expeditions.com/we-were-almost-so-cool-11th-hour-racing/
  2. 7 points
    pretty good catchup esp the weather reports here, and the pics in the other threads Morning gleanings: (machine trans) Tip and Shaft interview with Thomas Rouxel about his leg with TBRU. some tidbits about Bouwe skipper style in contrast to DFRT Charles, crew dynamics, obligatory "VO65 is wet", IMOCA 60 not strong enough for crews,, grumpy Cape (email!), John Fisher. most interesting: "Bouwe Bekking had announced clearly at the beginning that the sponsors were not happy and that it was necessary to perform on this stage." http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=auto&langpair=auto|en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fus12.campaign-archive.com%2F%3Fu%3D1e692787e2c4cc3370813fca1%26id%3D500355b15b
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    Here with pix: https://www.teamakzonobel.com/article/team-akzonobel-watch-leader-chris-nicholson-takes-stock-in-brazil Team AkzoNobel watch leader Chris Nicholson takes stock in Brazil April 10, 2018 There is little doubt that Leg 7 from New Zealand to Brazil was a major milestone for all seven teams competing in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. It is unlikely anyone came away completely unscathed from the 14,000-kilometer passage through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn that saw some of the most extreme weather and intense racing in the race’s history. Just 12 hours after he stepped ashore in Itajaí we sat down with team AkzoNobel’s Australian watch captain Chris Nicholson to get his unique perspective on the leg. All the teams faced huge adversities on the way to Brazil, but one terrible incident overshadowed everything else: the tragic loss of British sailor John Fisher from Sun Hung Kai Scallywag on Monday March 26. “For me the leg will not be remembered for the racing or the results, but for the loss of John Fisher,” Nicholson said. “In this sport you meet a few people who are the ones you go to when you need things sorted out. Fish was one of those – the sort of person you want with you, quite often because you think they are better than you. “Reliable and trustworthy – that’s how I would describe Fish’s character. You could see that within the Scallywag team he had a presence – not many people have that sort of ability to have an effect, an influence like that, but Fish was one of them. “It’s a terribly sad loss to his family and friends and the Scallywag team. I know he will be missed by everyone in the Volvo Ocean Race and the wider yacht racing community.” Casting his mind back to the Leg 7 dock out in Auckland Nicholson remembered a heightened sense of tension and anticipation on the pontoon as the seven crews said their goodbyes to friends and family. “On a personal level it was easier than normal because my family had gone home the day before – and that wasn’t an accident,” Nicholson recalled. “Maybe it sounds selfish, but for me it’s really difficult leaving the family on the dock, especially going into that leg when you know what’s on the line. “People have more anxiety around that leg and we see that it is justified. It’s easy at other times to say that these are the great legs and the sailors’ favourite legs, but then when it comes crunch time, when it’s time to step on the boat and go – that’s when it hits you.” The team AkzoNobel crew knew they were in for a tough opening 48-hours with strong headwinds forecast for the coastal section of the course across the Hauraki Gulf, around the top of the Coromandel Peninsula and out to East Cape – likely to be their last sight of solid ground until Cape Horn. “The first couple of days upwind were uncomfortable,” Nicholson said. “But number one, even to entertain thinking about doing this race, you need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. “The number of scrapes, bumps and bruises people take along the way and the fact that most of the time the weather is either too hot, or too wet and cold, means you are never right, you are never comfortable. “The boat was banging and bouncing us around, but we knew it was going to get worse than that, so we didn’t really worry too much about it. You can get used to that, but you know it’s only going to get worse on the Southern Ocean leg.” The team AkzoNobel Leg 7 crew was a mixture of experienced Volvo Ocean Race veterans like Nicholson – taking part in his sixth race around the world – and Simeon Tienpont, Jules Salter, Justin Ferris, Luke Molloy and Nicolai Sehested – with nine Volvo Ocean Race’s between them – and first timers Martine Grael, Emily Nagel and Brad Farrand. According to Nicholson the team’s preparation for Leg 7 hadn’t varied very much from the standard way the sailors prepared for any other leg: group weather and safety briefings along with each person being held accountable for their own areas of responsibility. “From my side of things, I didn’t do too much different in the group, but I did a lot more individual chats,” Nicholson remembered. “I think that’s important because everybody needs something different in regards to where their focus should be and what they need to sharpen up on or need praise for or criticism for. “When you think about what this race entails – and this leg in particular – it is quite remarkable. We take these individuals and shove them into the space of not much bigger than a normal bedroom for 21 days and then we work them and tire them to the bone and exhaust them, and then see how they get on. “It’s an unbelievable social experiment. I don’t know of any other sport that subjects people to this.” During the week the crew spent hurtling day and night through the mountainous seas of the Southern Ocean the sailors got virtually no respite from the extreme weather which included gigantic rolling waves and winds approaching 50 knots. “It was relentless – that’s the only word for it,” Nicholson said. “We never had a break and I very much doubt any team did. “I think I can remember one four or five-hour section of 17 knot winds. But even in 17 knots you are still getting hit by the occasional wave and still getting bounced around because the seaway is so messy. “The first respite we got was just around the Horn when we were able to take the pictures of us and that was just temporary because we were protected by Cape Horn in that fleeting moment. “Other than that, there just wasn’t a break or a spell where you could dry out a little or where you would eat an extra meal or two and get a bit more sleep. That just didn’t happen because it really was – as I say – absolutely relentless.” So strong were the Southern Ocean waves barrelling along the deck, that across the fleet there were multiple reports of helmsmen being washed off the wheel by the force of the water. These are commonly described as “firehose conditions” in the media, but Nicholson – who himself was dumped unceremoniously on his backside more than once – believes the term doesn’t do the scenario justice. “The thing is, it’s not a surprise,” he explained. “You see the wave coming and you have already yelled out to everyone “Bad wave, hang on!”. “So you know it’s coming, you hang on as hard as you can, and yet you still get washed off. “Picture yourself getting hit by the firehose and you have to hang on to the pole – chances are you will be able to hang on to the pole. So, it’s far stronger than the firehose. “I equate it to when I was a little kid at the beach and you get hit by a big dumping wave on the shore. That feeling where you have no control over your body, it’s the same as that. “You have to be clipped on short to the wheel, so when you get knocked off you are not far from it and you step back up again and away you go while the boat is still in a straight line.” Nicholson made his fifth rounding of Cape Horn on Friday March 30. As an aside – remarkably, only three of his previous times around were while racing, as one of them was during a training run. Despite being understandably delighted to become a five-time Cape Horner Nicholson said he got equal satisfaction from the achievement of the team’s first timers who he said could be justifiably proud after what he considered one of the toughest Southern Ocean crossings he could recall for several races. “I appreciate it more now than I ever did before and I appreciated seeing these guys and girls go round for the first time,” Nicholson said. “It was a tough leg – there has been other Southern Ocean legs where it never blew over 30 knots and so were relatively easy. But this was not that, this was a traditional full test of everyone.” The fact that the team spent their time in the Southern Ocean racing largely in winds that were gale force (officially 34 – 40 knots) and occasionally storm force (greater than 48 knots), makes Nicholson’s comment that the sailors had been “kicking themselves for missing a few wind shifts along the way” all the more remarkable. “It’s a testimony to how well all the crews were sailing the boats that where you normally would expect to catch up when you miss a shift by an hour or so, we didn’t and we were sailing the boat well,” he said, adding: “Again, that word relentless - it applied in all aspects of that leg.” There is a long established perceived wisdom that the key to success in the Southern Ocean comes from ‘knowing when to push and when to back off’. Nicholson, however, questions whether the concept of ‘backing off’ even exists, citing this chilling example as evidence: “In the middle of the night in one of the squalls I think I got the peak wind strength of 46 or 50 knots with the fractional zero headsail up,” he related. “I was the one that called for it [the headsail] to be furled [rolled away]. You could determine that as backing off, but I was fully on the limit there, so I would argue that we weren’t backing off, but actually still going fast as we could, because – at that point, in those conditions – the fastest way from A to B is by reducing sail. “In that regard we didn’t ever back off, we pushed as fast as we thought we could the whole time whilst keeping it safe.” Nicholson can tell instantly when a boat is being sailed beyond its limits or those of the crew. “It stands out as really obvious if you are abusing the boat or the skills that are on board there. You can instantly tell that the boat is uncomfortable and the people on board are anxious that we are out of control. “It happens in the blink of an eye but it’s really clear. You don’t let it get there and if it does get there you do something about it in a hurry,” he added. Shortly before rounding Cape Horn in fourth place the team AkzoNobel crew spotted the Spanish yacht Mapfre limping along with a badly shredded mainsail. Having gone through a similar experience themselves in the Southern Ocean on Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne, Nicholson said the crew took no pleasure from seeing their rivals in trouble. “You just know from experience that they have had a moment – an experience – to get to that point. Whatever it was, you know it hasn’t been good, because to do that level of damage means a significant incident has happened. “You know that it’s been a big night for them – especially coming into the Horn in the conditions we were in. That stuff shakes you up, it really does. Everyone gets back on the bike and goes again, but it still rattles you for quite a while. “I’m sure I will have a chat to Xabi [Fernandez, Mapfre skipper] down the line and compare war stories on it, but there is no pleasure in seeing someone else go through it because you know what it is like.” After Cape Horn team AkzoNobel’s weary sailors were rejuvenated – at least for a while – by the promise of warmer weather and waters ahead and the tantalising prospect of maybe reeling in one or more of the top three teams. The crew slowed temporarily at the request of race control after Vestas 11th Hour Racing was dismasted and Turn the Tide on Plastic reported rig damage, but soon after it was their turn to encounter technical problems, when significant water ingress from a broken keel plate under the boat that forced them to sail cautiously for the remainder of the leg. “All the boats had wear and tear from the Southern Ocean section and the really high boat speeds that we maintained for most of our time down there. That took its toll on boats and people.” “It was a pity because the section from the Horn up to Itajaí is usually full of opportunity and we were completely prepared for that and ready to push again,” Nicholson recalled. Back ashore and reflecting on the the team’s third place in Leg 7 which sees the team fourth in the overall standings, Nicholson said he believes the sailors should take a lot of positives from the performance but must also toughen their resolve over the final four legs of the race. “Third is fantastic and we got there through persistence and consistency,” he said. “The pleasing thing is we were fast. We were knocking out really fast skeds a lot of the time and we hadn’t proved that to ourselves or anyone else until this leg. “But we didn’t get some things right and the truth is we could have ended up fifth or sixth in this leg very, very easily if some other boats hadn’t got damaged. I’m not looking at this glass half empty, but I do think we need to keep it really in perspective and remember that we might not get comeback opportunities like that in future legs. “I do believe this team has got great potential, but we have just got to try and bring it all together. Everyone else is saying the same thing and it’s just whether we are going to be a team that does it or not.” What then should be the goal for the team between now and the finish at The Hague in the Netherlands in July – a podium place or a race victory? “With regards to the points and everything else that is going on, this is now such a complex race to predict,” Nicholson answered. “Podium is now a possibility, but there is also an equal chance for us to go the other way. “It’s all there for us and what we need to work out is whether we want to be a team that takes it on and strives for the win, or if we will end up a little mediocre and be content trying to be on the podium. Alternatively, we could get tired, drop our guard and fall out of contention. “The truth is that any of those things could happen and the final three months of this race are going to be fascinating.”
  4. 6 points
    Scallywag has reached the Magellan and reported some epic sailing.
  5. 5 points
    It has more sail up than the Vestas jury rig. And you can see how the Mapfre crew figured out how to fix their main.
  6. 3 points
    Nicho had gotten a lot of flack for his response to the grounding. I think redemption came when he took full responsibility for the accidental gybe that took out the mast track on 3. Back in good graces.
  7. 3 points
    As I understand, there's 3 pitfalls. 1) Taking out a loan secured by his house, and falsely stating the purpose of the loan. 2) Establishing a bank account for a company formed for the purpose of entering into an agreement to pay off the porn star, and stating another purpose for the company to the bank. 3) If the bank raised questions about the nature of the $130K payment, lying to them. There may be other instances of fraud he committed. Aside from the Stormy Daniels affair, there's other risks hesvulnerable to. He wasn't Trumps lawyer per se, he was Trumps 'fixer'. He made problems go away. He greased wheels. As Trumps right hand thug for many years, he was the one arranging bribes to NYC officials for zoning changes, borrowing money from 'mob' figures...any of the shady dealings associated with being a NYC real estate tycoon. He's got all that in his records....or he did. Now the US Attorney SDNY has that information. IMO, Stormy is just the tip of the iceberg.
  8. 3 points
    Excellent drift, one and all. I definitely planned my spring holiday right, we are off to Cuba on Wednesday, back just in time for the start of leg 8. I hope VS11 and Scallywag make it to the line. With any luck, I might go sailing while down there. Mostly likely on a Hobie cat but this vessel is way more interesting:
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  10. 2 points
    My guess is TM is hoping to find Berman once held open a door, allowing a Democrat to enter a building - thus demonstrating a bias and grounds for disqualification.
  11. 2 points
    fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son.
  12. 2 points
    Chunks of Irish Spring bar soap works as well as moth balls, without making the car smelling too bad, Used to put in the Minis and other summer use only cars over winter storage months.
  13. 2 points
    You would be too if you swapped places with him!
  14. 2 points
    True, their stories from deliveries have been hysterical. They are talented comedians, as well as sailors. However, this is not a trip for comedy.
  15. 2 points
    This is funny, haha. Didn't know that you are collecting crew for your VOR campaign I did not mean Nico's failure as such. Tthe moment it was clear that noone was hurt or worse, the Vestas grounding and the ongoings afterwards were the most interesting part of the race. I meant the sacking of Wouter and Nico accepting, if not actively pursuing (speculation!) it. Plus the respective statements, resp. the lack thereof. He did not keep the team together, which would be my idea of going through something like that. But, what do I know, not a lot, as I have no insight in the stuff that was going on behind the scenes. EDIT: Bold: Not 100% in my eyes, but yes, in a way.
  16. 2 points
    Ha! For me, it's *because* he failed there and in 2012, but didn't give up and came back. Even willing to accept the demotion this time. So, he goes onto my 'dream team' of grinders. Xabi, Vila, Greenhaulgh(s), Sophie,, Liz, Nicho. SiFi (after 2008 grounding) . . . still working on the list. Tamara? Not yet, but maybe. Others are "disqualified" by being too good looking, not having failed enough yet (Simeon, Charlie/Mark), or retired (Bouwe, Capey) Arguable, but i think you know what I mean.
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    Hi Folks! I was lucky enough to spend some time with Ben Rosenberg of Red Aerial Photography this weekend and get some drone footage from this Sunday! This is just a film made from it. I have nearly an hour of the stuff that with a couple voiceovers can yield some good learning tools. So amped! Technique notes: 1. Have a look at the priority on 'velocity first-heading second'. Upwinds and downwinds are founded on good speed-builds followed by progressive gains on heading and thus VMG. Out of tacks and gybes, revert to a reach until you have your speed back; then start to chip away towards the mark. So basically tack and gybe as little as possible. 2. Much sheeting, little steering. Keep your eyes on the puffs and your heel angle. The last minute or so of this video showcases that pretty clearly. While hiking is critical to going fast, it's more static than dynamic. You need to be prepared to decisively dump sheet and re-sheet to bleed heeling moment and maintain a healthy level of weather heel. Essentially, if you're dead level, you have no heel in the bank and the next puff will take you off the foils. 3. Sail a lot. I've been sitting behind a desk, pounding cheeseburgers, coffee and beer and not working out for seven months with one brief escape down to FLA for a week. BOY am I feeling it in the corners. Not so much on the straightaways, but I am definitely taking full advantage of the beamy hull on my gybes. More to come! DRC
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    "We’ve scraped our culture bare of ritual pathways to adulthood. There are lots of reasons for having clear-felled and burnt our own traditions since the 1960s, and some of them are very good reasons. But I’m not sure what we’ve replaced them with. We’ve left our young people to fend for themselves." ------------------ Most powerful observation of the article. That's what ritual has always been about.
  21. 2 points
    Not to mention the severely compromised margin of safety. People who love to shit on the 65s will be the same ones lamenting how the stranded IMOCA needs outside assistance because there isn't enough diesel to make water for the crew, power the electronics and motor to safety. Then the small crew adversely impacts women participation, development of future young sailors, and the event suffers some more. A bunch of unintended consequences by going to the IMOCAs.
  22. 2 points
    Even better - windy day and I have an audience for my singlehanded docking in a 15 knot crosswind The audience does not know the tide is so low I am dragging through the mud, so I power my way into the slip, shut down, and the boat magically stays centered while I calmly walk around tying up
  23. 2 points
    Dershowitz is full of crap. You cannot use atty client privilege to conceal a crime. Law enforcement has to jump through an extraordinary amount of hoops to breach it, but they can do it. Dershowitz knows that better than I do, he’s just saying that the jeans don’t make the ass look fat, to make a buck.
  24. 2 points
    KB - I'm probably the biggest gun nutter you'll find here. But I think your attitude of "shall not be infringed" as an absolute is not helpful to the discussion. Its not the end of the discussion nor should it be. Saying stuff like that is no less damaging than the gun grabberz who say - ALL guns should be confiscated. Or no civilian has a need for a gun. Its the extremist attitudes like those that have gotten us to this place. I agree that we need to enforce the existing laws. I've been saying that for years before you arrived. But I do also think there are some common sense tweaks to existing laws and maybe some new ones that could make a difference. For instance, the recent FIX NICS was a good step in the right direction. I'm also open to universal BGCs as long as they are not overly onerous and I think Domestic Violence Restraining Orders where guns can be confiscated (as long as there is a legal avenue for review to protect against capricious charges) are also sensible ideas. Extremism on both sides will only make the other side dig in more. That applies to both nutterz and grabberz. Just saying.
  25. 2 points
    I got the message, Wess.
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  27. 2 points
    very fkg cool, look at the surf starting at 1:04, they're going ballistic.
  28. 2 points
    They are already not too far shy of V11's current latitude and looks like a NW airstream rolling down the coast the next few days backing to a sturdy SW up the arse. It should be a quick delivery for them.
  29. 2 points
    Indeed, it came a little bit closer, but stayed well out of my way. Maybe 30 knots and a few gusts of 40 knots, and hardly any rain. The South-West and the island of Kadavu in the South must have gotten the full brunt of the cat 3 cyclone, with 100 knots gusts. I stayed on the lee side of rather flimsy dock with wooden connections that were moving about and cracking when it was high water, when there is about 1.50 meter water over the reef to windward. My cyclone mooring is close by, and I had a line on it to pull me off in case the dock would break up. Could have been scary with all the dock lines though. Stupid how one always forget that the grips are just averages, while one really has to deal with the gusts, in this case 30-40 % up. As far as anchors go, I replaced my old steel Delta with a modern concave one in alloy of nearly the same weight. More holding power for the same weight I reckoned.
  30. 2 points
    not sure what year this is, but the graphics are nice.
  31. 2 points
    Skippers awaiting sponsorship for their Box Rule 70.
  32. 2 points
    Nice rig. Flour sacks maybe? Love that main luff gusset. And if her skipper got his arse forward and consequently her stern stopped dragging, she'd probably go half a knot faster too!
  33. 2 points
    Actually Trevor, I don't like to argue. Most proa fans like to talk about them a lot. I don't even like doing that. I like even less to see to see false advertising and bullying. Do you like false advertising and bullying? I'm not proud of my display of distaste for Rob Denny, but I certainly won't take any of it back.
  34. 2 points
    Ha Ha just like here "T I C " = This is China SS
  35. 2 points
    Rosenstein had to sign off on this... no way a local FBI would raid the president’s lawyer without cover from on high. And this has nothing to do with Russia, so theoretically Sessions may have authorized it as well. By spreading the investigation of this apparent campaign finance felony to a local FBI branch, and necessarily involving magistrates and judges, the DOJ has considerable political cover for this latest escalation of attacks on Trump Inc. Firing Rosenstein and Sessions doesn’t reliably squelch the many persons involved with this raid. There would be plenty of witnesses to a cover up/obstruction effort. Keeping Mueller out of it is just plain smart, because it is political napalm and not part of his purview. Trumps lawyer will need a good lawyer, and he’s now grist for the governmental mill. Another Trump ally defanged and a new potential witness against him. And if anyone knows where the bodies are buried, it is Cohen. Trump has to be going nuts. A porn star may save America. Fiction sucks by comparison.
  36. 2 points
    I think his Graceland album was brilliant.
  37. 2 points
    g'night all. Safe watch, especially in Fiji
  38. 2 points
    MAGA.... My Attorney Got Arrested.
  39. 2 points
    For the Spanish Entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, There Was Only One Way to Win Fight or Flight By Jen Edney It's early on December 13, 2017. We’re somewhere in the Southern Ocean, between Cape Town and the big frozen continent at the bottom of Earth, three days into the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s been a full-tilt southerly blitz to the “Ice Gate,” a virtual boundary established by race organizers, a no-go zone to keep the fleet away from bergs and growlers. The boundary lies ahead, but to our west is a low-pressure system that will pack a punch. The smell of breakfast permeates the moist interior as the sailors who have just come off watch warm up and refuel with hot porridge. The conversation between skipper Xabi Fernández and navigator Juan Vila seems to carry more weight than usual. They weigh the pros and cons of their battle plan. There’s much to consider about the drag race to zone: how hard to push, the ramifications if something breaks, the strength of the storm, and how to get the most wind and stamina out of the crew. The safe, conservative approach is to hedge north, like some of the other teams are doing. The alternative is to press on toward the zone. The danger is, should something break and they need to run downwind, there’s no margin for error. Cross into the zone and get pegged with a penalty. But the rewards for those who dare to go deeper are tremendous. There’s more wind and more speed. Once there, however, the routing software plots a manic line of zigzags along the boundary. Later, up on deck, Fernández is at the helm and Sophie Ciszek is trimming when watch captain Pablo Arrarte climbs out of the companion and into the cockpit to break the news of what’s in store for the next few days. They’re about to do about 50 jibes. “Oh my God! 50?” Ciszek exclaims. “Don’t take your gear off for six days.” The mood intensifies as news of the plan spreads across the boat. There’s anticipation and an elevated priority of preparation. It will be hard living over the next few days, and soon, the gear stack is in order, the boat is bailed as best it can be, and the sailors are rested, eyes focused and filled with anticipation for what lies ahead. Vila’s words ring out from his dark nav station tucked underneath the companionway. “Jibing in five!” Fatigue is setting in and nerves are rattling, especially for those woken from deep sleep or interrupted from a good meal of ­freeze-dried stew. Part of the crew goes on deck, and the remainder stays below to move the gear stack. Initially, everything is orderly, nice and tidy, but after a dozen or so maneuvers, fatigue is setting in and nerves rattling, especially for those woken from deep sleep or interrupted from a good meal of freeze-dried lamb stew. That’s when the lightest bags develop wings and reach the other side of the boat without touching the cabin sole. The once-organized stack becomes a muddle of bags, inevitably with the daily food bag buried at the bottom. This entire tortuous pre-jibing stacking procedure can take up to 30 minutes, depending on sea state and wind conditions. It’s worse at night, when conditions seem to worsen and visibility is difficult. The bags also get heavier with every jibe. Water magically appears in the bilges seconds after it’s removed. It’s a full-time job to bail water before the jibe, which helps keep the stack — and the boat — as dry as possible. With gallons upon gallons of cold ­seawater washing across the deck, cascading into the cockpit from the hatch cover, it’s a game of luck to time unzipping the cover and dumping the bucket of bailed water out of the hatch. Failing to get the companionway hatch closed in time results in water pouring into the boat, and another hour or more of bailing. Too many jibes. Everyone’s lost count, but I can see determination in their eyes. They know what’s at stake. While there’s plenty of activity below, there’s much more happening on deck. Wave after wave crashes over the boat. One knocks Rob Greenhalgh clear off the helm, causing his inflatable PFD deploy. He’s OK, ­recovers quickly, and keeps full steam ahead until the end of his watch. As the jibing continues, we skirt along the ice gate. Air temperatures plummet, and even in the relative warmth of the interior, every breath is visible against survival suits swaying on the rack. Despite the insane pace and harsh conditions on deck, the interior is eerily quiet against the usual symphony of creaking carbon fiber, rushing water and moaning winches. Everyone below is asleep. Vila sleeps sitting up, his head swaying with the movement of the boat as he steals a power nap before the next jibe. I’m bundled up at the media station, in the last of my warm clothes, when there’s a tap on my shoulder. Louis ­Sinclair is asking me if I have a coffee mug he can use to make coffee for the crew on deck. It seems the rest of the mugs have perished in the sea. Hot chocolate coffees, or even cold chocolate bars, make a huge difference to morale, especially in conditions such as these. This one last-remaining coffee mug will become one of the most safely guarded items on the boat for the next 10 days. The crew fights hard through every jibe, snagging sleep wherever possible in places normally deemed unfit to sleep but pass as acceptable when exhaustion wins over adrenaline. Too many jibes. Everyone’s lost count, but I can see determination in their eyes. They know what’s at stake, and Dongfeng is in sight. https://www.sailingworld.com/for-spanish-entry-in-volvo-ocean-race-there-was-only-one-way-to-win
  40. 2 points
    Sorry Ozzies to bring this up again but.......
  41. 2 points
    Bice tweeting from the Boatyard!?? Their efforts could easily justify a full-time OBR, IMHO, especially when the racing teams are resting. Worked last edition. Here's the latest.
  42. 2 points
    I agree, as long they get to the start line for the next one there isn't a right or wrong. Of course proximity to help and land would affect your decision. If I broke down in the middle of the outback I would probably try to fix my car with twigs and drink my own piss to survive, if it happened in walmart parking lot I would probably call AAA.
  43. 2 points
    Was wondering the same thing about the threaded rod, hadn’t heard about the rice!!
  44. 2 points
    I've looked up thread since early this morning. I don't think my speculating reasons or scenarios would help. Should Charlie and Mark have stayed and sent other crew members off? I'm certain the contingencies were discussed among the crew and the decision made to best expedite the matter. The talk of the financial support for the team, could've weigh heavily with this decision. This appears to bare out - with the grassroot repairs with support from the local community - and not air transporting in a mast, rigging, appropriate sails and needed parts to fix the mechanical problems. Looks like Dana and Tony made the best of a tough situation in a remote location, where it's a hard scrabble for materials and resources.
  45. 2 points
    Had Vestas lost the mast around Nemo, for example, would they have been so quick to jettison all the rig and sails? Preserving hull integrity? Sea state didn't look that bad in the video. Or, had there been an Escouffier/Neti/Wardley type on board, might they have tried to salvage some of the rig and sails for a jury rig? Or, if the engine had given up 30 miles into a dash for Chile, would they have just waited for a rescue? Did being so close to the Falklands affect their decision? A salvaged jury rig might have put them much closer to Itajai by now. Certainly couldn't be any worse than what they came up with. Discuss.
  46. 2 points
    DRIFT Here is the Westsail mentioned in a Blog about the Volvo. https://interestingsailboats.blogspot.com/2018/03/vor-great-racing-at-horn.html And another crazy Pole circumnavigating via the Horn on a 22' https://interestingsailboats.blogspot.com/2018/04/circumnavigating-by-horn-on-maxus-22.html
  47. 2 points
    Renny, just found the Camper playlists. Right your are about the longitudinal. This is the driving vid:
  48. 2 points
    Depends how often you change the oil. Modern sails need regular and frequent oil changes
  49. 2 points
    When most people sailed small boats the sport was cool and people could identify with it. After all the emphasis became big boats and regattas like the America's Cup which only rich white guys participated in, the sport became uncool.
  50. 2 points
    Billy, I think you are the only F-1fan in the world that thinks the cars are too loud.....