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  1. 6 points
    On the French version of the web site, there is an interview of Francis Joyon's routeur, Christian Dumard, who shares that responsibility with Gwénolé Gahinet (Gwénolé is himself an accomplished offshore sailor, he was part of the crew on IDEC when they won the Jules Verne Trophy and is the son of another famous French sailor in the 70's and 80's, Gilles Gahinet). A few interesting points raised during the interview: Have you been surprised by the performance by Francis Joyon? We started right of the bat at 100% of the polar performance of the boat... then he increased to 105% and he finished at 110%. We were above the polars we had for the crewed configuration for the Jules Verne Trophy. Francis was always above those polars. You cannot find 30 minutes where he is slower. He was pedal to the metal, the whole time! His route is not very different from the one by Gabart... We were not trying to control MACIF; we thought Francois would be faster than us in the Trade Winds. There was no tactical control, even if the boats ended up with a similar trajectory. There were several options, but only one was reasonable, with regards to the level of risk and the probability of breakage. Francis was adamant to never go over the limit. It is like on the rally-raid Paris-Dakar; on a nice track, the cars can go 200 km/hr, but on a rough track, you have to slow down. It is the same thing here. Tell us about the end of the race... Very quickly, we realized that MACIF was slower than its polars. We saw that we could believe in a victory. When we arrived on the island, we were 1hr15m behind. We put together a team of weather reporters, with 2 boats: one following Francis, and one close to the finish line. We were also in touch with some fishermen who started to give us some information, and also with a Guadeloupean motorcycle rider (???!!!) who is a good sailor. He gave us some very accurate data on the weather conditions on the lee-side of the island. In the last stretch of the around the island course, the wind is very fickle. Before getting to Vieux-Fort, we told Francis to stick to the shore as much as he could. He went very-very close... He told us he could hear people talking on the shore!!! He must have been at 70 feet from the shore at some point. Behind (the island?), he was closed hauled, because the wind could have eased. He had to be very careful afterwards, but that is were everything unraveled .
  2. 3 points
    The author gets on the right track by noting that actual conservatives left the GOP long ago, then jumps right off of the track by saying that they fell for the con. “Conservative” and “Republican” are very different things in 2018. AOC makes Republican heads explode, which we have heard is Presidential. As long as she represents the people who voted her into office instead of what the democRAT party and/or big capital $ays for her to do, especially when those interests conflict, she’s fine by me.
  3. 2 points
    Yes, I have spotted it: the guy on the rail wearing dark socks with shorts. The only thing worse would be if he were also wearing leather sandals.
  4. 2 points
    Light airs, leeward float foil flying. Missed moment to get fast foiling shot in earlier medium strength breeze, too busy; but will try harder next time. Need someone in another boat. Have added a vertical strut between the two foils - which has stopped flexing of main lower foil tip. Also had to beef up the interior of the beam/clamp positions plus adding an angled strut from main hull to shroud/beam staying position. Have same setup on my other boats but thought I could get away with not having struts on the smaller boat - but was wrong. Slowly getting the Frog sorted. Boat is fast by the way. As it should be for a 7 metre/150kgs boat?
  5. 2 points
    Here's one sailing. We're rounding an island into an opposing wind/tide sloppy section. Pressed a bit with full jib and the 1st reef in about 20-25 kn on the beam. Spot the mistake?
  6. 2 points
    Sail, I personally dont care if we're staring at a piece of wood floating past, thanks for the pics. Some sick addiction makes all pics of boats and the water addictive. Silent Maid, I thought you said Silent Mad, which somehow appealed to me a lot!
  7. 2 points
    This is a problem worldwide; old boats, large and small, change hands, again and again, each time the new owners have great plans but not much in the way of resources. The boats deteriorate. We see smaller boats selling in California for a few thousand dollars and some bozo buys it and says to his friends, " Hey, I got this boat, lets sail to Mexico." They get here, find out it's hot, boat work isn't much fun, and their girl friends want to know when they are coming home. They leave it anchored somewhere and fly back. Why not, they've got nothing invested in it. And a good old boat becomes a derelict and a problem for someone else when it goes adrift. Take the bigger boats, a grand old maxi, for example. Yeah, I know, dinosaurs, but they are beautiful under sail, awesome really. I love them. And the equipment that they have simply cannot be bought anymore. And, not much market for these boats outside of Arlie Beach, so the price drops. Now along comes some guy with a couple hundred grand and good intentions and he buys an old maxi. Oh yeah it takes 20 people to sail it. And the broken bits are outrageous to fix. So the boat sits, and deteriorates. And how can we as a society, afford to do this? How can we take an object which represents so much human endeavor to design and build, including all the tech bits and equipment, countless hours of effort, and just throw it away. I have to shake my head. I don't know the solution to this, but it makes me sad to see grand old boats go to waste and eventually become wrecks.
  8. 2 points
    Nola, thanks for the follow up on the ghost boat. I had a couple of unwanted rescue efforts out of New Orleans, one of which had a 'happy ending' as well. This story reminds me a a time that I was out sailing with a girl on a Hobie Cat on Lake Pontchartrain on a hot summer day. We were well out in the lake with few boats in sight and there was very little wind. The girl had bought the boat a couple of months earlier from the Hobie dealer for whom I worked. Part of my duties there were to give new buyers an intro on how to trailer, rig, launch and even sail their new boats. This girl was a quick learner and very enthusiastic (in more ways than one...) and she had asked me to come out and check up on some of her newly installed equipment to the boat. She had packed a great picnic lunch with wine and further appetite enhancers and we had a great lunch. I commented that her picnic basket/cooler was a great addition to the boats functionality and she smiled and told me that was just the tip of the iceberg. She pointed out a nylon backbackers string hammock that was strung between the mast base under the trampoline back to the little SS bracket on the aft beam which is the tie off for the traveller line. We had let me mainsheet off during lunch and the boat was barely drifting along so I flipped over the main beam into the warm water and crawled into the hammock. She sheeted in and got the boat moving once again and it was a great way to cool off on that hot muggy day. Next thing I know is I hear the hiking stick flip up and over the rear beam into the water and then the girl pulls off her suit and dives over the front and soon wiggles her way into the hammock with me! My trunks were soon off and poked up through the tramp lacings and I was introduced to her new nautical skills. The light winds and calm waters permitted such antics with little or no attention to the boat which was happy to reach along just fast enough to keep steerageway. Well the connection of this story to the unintended rescue which was the original subject of this thread is that it wasn't long until we hear a motorboat approaching and then slowing down with excited voices taking measures to intercepting the abandoned HobieCat 16, which has its trampoline raised about 6 inches off the hull decks by little pylons. That let us watch the approach of the fishermen through that gap without us being seen or our antics in the hammock. I started to reach out and wave them off with a yell but my skipper told me to keep quiet and lets see how this rescue/salvage ended. She waited until one guy from the fishing boat was about to step aboard with a towline and then rolled out butt naked from under the trampoline yelling, 'Jeez, can't a girl get laid out on the lake without a bunch on Perverts showing up?' That job had some fine perks...
  9. 2 points
    Quite impressive Damien Seguin (born with only one hand, and who has several paralympics medals) :
  10. 1 point
    The Olympic gold medalist is whining after every tack, "the headstay is sagging, you gotta get the runner tighter." On the next tack I give the runner all I got. The headstay pulls out of the mast, the jib falls in the water, the boom hits the deck, and the mast bends precariously backwards. "Is that tight enough Robbie?" I ask. "F**k, we're screwed," he says. "We're gonna be more screwed in a moment unless you turn downwind," says I.
  11. 1 point
    The USA. A country I enjoyed being in and extolled all that was good and did my best to break down the stereotypes 20 years. Now it’s just a another country I’d prefer not to visit unless it was for work and even then, I’d have to seriously consider it. Its a great shame.
  12. 1 point
    No such thing as a free lunch. You get what you pay for. Any other good sayings?
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  14. 1 point
    Thread Drift: Did anyone happen to read the part of this article dealing with sexually abusive priests? It's really disturbing.
  15. 1 point
    You're welcome. You can only admire wine for so long, at some point it will die and that isn't good. I keep the empties of the special bottles to admire (OK, I admit it, to show off a little too), when I look at my 'trophy shelf', I remember the experience. I often thank my friend for sharing his wonderful wines and his response is that's what wine is for, to share the experience. Wine is good for a lot of things, it's not just for breakfast!
  16. 1 point
    It is looking more and more like the Gropenfuhrer and his kakistocracy have stalled out the Booming Obama Economy. It is November and stocks are struggling to remain near January levels.
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  18. 1 point
    Yup, I was seriously cold down in the south! I'll have to bring an electric space heater next time, or just heated clothing!
  19. 1 point
    A slip of the tongue like that can make a thread go on for years here.
  20. 1 point
    A country with 14,500 kilometres of coastline and 1.5 billion people has to have a few sailors floating around right!
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  22. 1 point
    Guess it wasn't built fjord tough. Glad all are ok.
  23. 1 point
    While it is mostly known that Vela Sailing is the current VX Evo distributor for the Americas, little has been said and posted so far. Boats are in production and there is a formal announcement coming soon. In the meantime, I personally haven't even posted anything as I am currently BOATLESS!! Yep, unbelievable, but I sold my last VX Evo back in summer and all demos boats, used boats etc, are in use. We have a container of six boats arriving in mid December and here are the shots from the factory (Ovington Boats): Stay tuned!
  24. 1 point
    I don't want to make it look like I'm disagreeing with anything else you said - but this bit - you're giving the old testament WAY more credit than it deserves. It translates more accurately as "don't murder", than "don't kill". And it's not the first rule. It's the 6th. First there's 4 rules about stroking God's ego, then the one about honoring your parents, THEN the one about murdering.
  25. 1 point
    Some questions will be answered here: