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  1. 22 points
    Hardly hollow, they sailed within the rules, WOXI didn't. If WOXI had NOT been protested THEIR's would have been the hollow AND undeserved victory. I really don't get the concept that winning by breaking the rules is cool and that winning by exercising your rights under the rules is not cool? No wonder our sport is not booming. SS
  2. 19 points
    We don't normally comment here, although we like to see what you think: The routing software doesn't have an 'I don't want to break my boat feature', so we just put in that dummy zone to illustrate a possible less risky route to the North. The guys can go where they want, providing they stay out of the ice exclusion zone. I hope you are enjoying the Race Phil
  3. 18 points
    We're not the important constituency right now. The MOB, the family, his teammates, the other boats. If delaying us finding out the outcome by even one minute means they can devote that minute to SAR coordination and increase his chances of being found then I'll take not finding out for a year.
  4. 18 points
    Sure, there are some nice safe-for-special-widdle-snowflakes sailing web sites. On some of them, you can get decent advice from some real sailors, and of course the carefully vetted comments of armchair admirals. But if you actually read this thread for content, you'll find that you've already gotten some real advice Here on Sailing Anarchy, you get guys who have sailed around the world, guys who have sailed in world championships, sailmakers, delivery skippers. naval architects, guys who daysail/race around buoys at their home club; and there are a armchair sailors mixed in but they tend to out themselves with not knowing stuff that real sailors know. You get somebody posting a picture "I found this old Polaroid in a drawer from summer vacation in the early 1970s, what kind of boat is that" and not only will a dozen guys know what kind of boat it is, the guy who was sailing that boat that day chimes in. To quote on of the greatest SA'ers, "this isn't Sailing Nicey-Nice." It's a tough environment for bullshitters. It's a tough environment for thin-skinned wanna-bees. It's often funny as shit though. Your nigger comment was not funny. If you actually want to learn, swallow some pride and pull up a chair. If not, go fuck yourself. If you ever actually sail offshore, you'll find that the sea is less forgiving than we are. FB- Doug
  5. 18 points
  6. 17 points
    Brian has been well respected at times, and had participated in the Whitbread, managed teams, and organised races. However he has become increasingly bitter as he has become less relevant. He threatened to sue, maybe he is still trying to, his business partner from the GOC. As far as I can tell that has gone nowhere. The book he wrote about having the race stolen from him seems to have gone the same way. He is evenly balanced, having a chip on both shoulders, and seems to find verification in spouting mistimed, ill informed, badly researched, and badly written, drivel in an attempt to stay relevant. He knows full well that with a case like this there will be an official enquiry. No doubt he will try and get involved with that as he desperately clings to the yachting industry. As others have pointed out he uses his articles to show that he still counts by saying 'told you so', despite the fact that he often contradicts himself. The fact that he has used the death of a colleague, and friend, as a way of continuing his clutch on the sailing industry is frankly disgusting, and maybe slightly unhinged.
  7. 16 points
    WHICH CANDLE FOR WOMEN HAS DAWN LIT? Anyone who believes the Scallywag fiasco can be properly dealt with as a Rule 69 infraction in its current form and with no major consequences in my opinion are living in la-la-land. Very simply Dawn Riley has now moved the goal posts for matters that Rule 69 was intended to capture. In simplistic terms it was cheating on the race course and fights in the Club carpark etc where, from a public perspective, that sort of conduct brought the sport into disrepute. The definition of conduct in Rule 69 has now been watered down to capture a wider range of unspecified activities and therefore penalties. It is not drafted nor was it invisaged it would govern interpersonal workplace conduct. Dawn has fired the first salvo towards having Rule 69 cover "gender equality and mutual respect" out on the race course, and in this case putting aside the existance of video, outside the sight and knowledge of the public who are thousands of miles away. This is now irrefutabley an issue of workplace conduct where professional crews are concerned, no matter what coloured glasses you put on. Now generally speaking proceedings relating to workplace conduct in most western countries involve laws and regulations as well as policies at the place of employ. These enshrine the rights of those involved and amoungst other things, prescribe the various levels of misconduct to give guidance to determining procedual outcomes, whether they be for employees, employers and those governing judicial or tribunal systems in place. What we have now is two professional sailors having to defend their conduct in the workplace and therefore their livelehood by a system that didn't exist when they stepped on board and one that has no regulatory framework to provide any guideance on how they should have acted, are judged and treated. Any thoughts that this absence of a formal framework doesn't let anyone automaticaly off the hook, is pure fantasy. The absence of the OBR being captured by these proceedings, and a RO employee responsible for capturing, editing and uploading media material into the public domain, independent of the team, is worrying. Many posters have made the comment these people are professionals and should act accordingly which is fair comment. What is missing is everyone is forgetting that these professionals are now being asked to step on board to their workplace and for their conduct to be judged accordingly, but leaving ashore all the mechanisms and procedures that govern and decide that conduct when working ashore. That is madness to the extreme by any objective assessment. For the most part this thread and the FP meanderings of Handcock have been disecting a piece of video and framing their views accordingly. It might suprise some but I haven't even watched it. I haven't watched any of Scallywags uploads, didn't see why this was any different as Witts style is not my cup of tea. Having said that, I'm a supporter if nothing else of Witt because here is an Australian who has put together a team, albeit under a different flag. No-one else from Oz has been able to do that in this event in over 50 years since it started, which the more you think about it, is now beyond weird. As you have gathered my interest has been about the ramifications of what Dawn Riley has done. Interestingly she was at the Yacht Racing Forum in Denmark the weekend before last, and around the time she pushed the 69er button. I would be interested if any wise heads there, which there were many, would have expressed reservations about her intended actions? My view is she should have prosecuted her agenda of mutual respect and gender equality direct with VOR the moment they announced a mixed crew format. That could have then seen the implemention of a simple and transparent policy framework that all of the stakeholders were happy with. She then could of injected WS and other RO's over time with the same winning formula. The net result would have been everyone from crews to sponsors would have had a clear understanding of what was expected and the ramifications attached to breeching those workplace policy(s). Those enforcing it and adjudicating breaches would have a prescribed framework to judge the severity of any misconduct and to determine a punitive response. It is reasonable to assume with such a policy framework in place, this fiasco would never have occured. The sad fact is Dawn didn't do this but chose to throw a grenade mid race at a targeted event to create maximum impact and where one key individual involved placed a target on his back for all to see, well before the race started. I have been reluctant to broach the question to date, but was that grenade directed at also maximising her personel exposure over and above looking to improve gender equality and respect? I have difficulty believing otherwise in the absence of any explanation behind her actions. This is particularly in light of the work she has put into this sphere of endeavour and the standing afforded her public position, yet doing nothing about it in terms of this event beforehand. I believe the outcome of tomorrow's WAS Jury Hearing cannot be anything other than Witt and Hayles being exonerated with maybe a warning. Anything other than that, not only would it be grossly inequitable to be judged on non-existent workplace conduct criteria, but those judging them likewise have nothing at their disposal or within their spheres of expertise to be even judging them in the first place. Irrespective whether World Sailing close this loophole of Rule 69 suddenly being bastardised to govern workplace conduct or not, RO's will have to. The genie has been let out of the bottle and unfortunately it won't occur in a measured and collaborative way, but now be a policy framework stitched together on the run. If they don't do this Sponsors won't touch a mixed gender event where their employees and in turn even themselves are placed at risk. Thinking professional sailors will think twice about signing up for a mixed gender event without an appropriate mechanism to afford them protection in their place of employ. It won't stop at just professional events but spread to amateur world as how can you seperate the two anymore where the overarching rules of the sport govern both professionals and amateurs equally and alike. It is this arena which should be of most concern as it is the nursery for all sailors male and female. Improving the opportunities for women sailors have enough roadblocks as it is. They need another one that is hastily constructed and erected, without proper consultation like a hole in the head. I realise my views may not be supported by some knee jerkers, but if they think it through like Dawn Riley should have, then my hope is they see more pain than joy emanating from this unfortunate episode. Finally a quick look wearing the hat of the owner of Team Scallywag. Looking at the makeup of the WS Jury deciding what is effectively a gender equality and mutual respect issue in the workplace and see that it is a seven (7) person panel comprising solely sailing rule experts, with one (1) women, I would be looking on with dismay and like anyone, no matter which side of Dawn's fence they sit. This adjudication response is absurd. If WS doesn't get it, if the RO doesn't get it, then how are owners and sponsors who put up the money and sailors who participate supposed to understand what those that govern don't understand? If I was Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai & Co my response would be to make it known in Cape Town, Lisbon and Gothenburg and for the reasons I have outlined above, that anything other than a slap on the wrist and an undertaking from the RO to put in place procedures that I as an owner and my people can understand and rely upon; "then we are leaving here on the first plane Friday and reserving my rights to recover every dollar outlayed towards this Micky Mouse event". So to conclude has Dawn lit the brightly glowing candle for "gender equality and respect"? Or is it the smokey spluttering one of "polarisation and paranoia"? To make that judgement we will probably have to keep an eye on the "Riley Musto Index", or sales volumes over time for womens offshore gear. The Sparrow.
  8. 15 points
    Suggestions: Don't quote the troll. You will be quickly dealt with by Jack and/or Mad. Try to read what was written above thread before posting. Not doing so is called a Schackel. Direct all VOR related factual questions to Stief and all technical questions to Francis Vaughn. Try to sync with Jack's posting cycle. Earlier the better. Especially avoid contact at the end of a 24 hour binge. Also, avoid making lustful comments about Sophie. Use the quote tool to highlight text rather than quoting the whole, sometimes large posts. Some live in remote regions of the world with no running water or bandwidth. Give the newbies a fair shake (unless they are complete douche bags). We need more locals and boots on the ground. When posting drunk, give a heads up please. Shit fights are inevitable. The Ignore Button is your friend. Start a new thread when a topic takes a life of it's own. Some topics are frowned upon including " how wet the boats are" and Brian Handoncock. Oh, and Sophie. Some members are off limits including: Stief, Norbowgirl, Potter, Elisa, Rennmaus, JBC, Shanghai Sailor, Forss for all their much appreciated contributions. The rest can fend for themselves including myself 'who is gonna get shite for writing all this in the first place.
  9. 15 points
    From Scally FB courtesy ForrestDoggy Scallywags never give up! When you’re feeling the pain And you’re sick of the game But you’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright You pick yourself up and dust yourself down Cos it’s the carrying on that’s hard. Scallwags will continue!! Our delivery crew have arrived and we are now in a race against the clock to make the start in Brazil for the next leg. We are all hurt but we are not out!! Scallywags never ever give up!! We will make the start we will look after each other we will finish the race and do the best job we can for all Scallywags in John’s memory and honor. On behalf of all the team I would like to thank all our supporters for all the messages of support it has helped us enormously in this difficult time. Witty
  10. 15 points
    I built and sold Optimists for 20 years. They are simultaneously the best and worst boats in the world. On the good side, they are absolutely the best boat to sit 5 year olds inside and start them on the journey of going out and coming back. Unlike so many other boat, the Opitimist seems to like children. It takes care of them lie a good dog. The first thing a kid does is sit down in the back corner and pull the stick towards him. This starts a circle of tubes and tacks and some panic in our youngster, but unlike almost every other boat, it doesn't llead to an immediate capsize with the boat on top. This is due to four things, the low rig, the short daggerboard and the wide hard- chine of the bottom and generous freeboard. I don't know how much actual study Clark Mills did for this design, or whether he just thought it up around the optimal use of plywood, but he got it spot on. As the boat heels, there is enough buoyancy in the sides and chimes to pick the daggerboard almost clear of the water without the gunwales going under and the boat swamping. The boat skids to leeward instead of capsizing, and the rig is low enough to not compound the problem. So our lovely child gets a little spooked, and has stop screaming long enough to learn that you hold the stick in the middle when you want to go straight. Lesson One. All the little knots are also good for learning about taking care of your boat. Do it wrong, and it matters, but not enough to kill you. Then some brain box says we ought to race the little fuckers and everything goes to shit. Out nice little adventures turns into dodgeball and the most aggressive bully's win. The kids that will aim their boats anywhere and yell at others to get out of the way or they will hit them and throw them out of the race. Perversely, we tell these bully's that they are great sailors and give them trophies. The Moms and Dads in the rest of the fleet, who probably really like sailing and really want their kids to like it to, do what all parents do. They don't call the winners dickheads, but tell their kids to keep at it and try harder. They back this up by looking for coaches who can help their child compete, and they make sure that their child has all the tools and is not being disadvantaged because of something they did or didn't buy. They are told all sorts of crap.... Langes are lighter in the ends....McLaughlin uses uncrimped knitted fabric for better torsional stiffness.... you have to have 7000 series aluminum masts....our new sail is so much faster. The coaches are all former bullies, so you can guess what happens, by 12 years old most of the kids have been convinced that they suck at sailing. By this age they have also become convinced that they suck at soccer, baseball, tennis, swimming, rugby, basketball and indoor lacrosse. They fear they will suck at everything in life, and they haven't even reached puberty and dealt with pimples. Is it any wonder they don't stick around? The parents are exhausted and feel like they have been raped. The promise never to buy their kid another boat. If they continue to sail, they can use the Club 420s, or crew on someone else's yacht. They can feel OK because they know enough about sailing to talk to a sailing boss, or go for a day sail on a clients yacht without calling a sail a sheet. My kids all sailed used of rejected boats with left over sails and equipment. In part this was driven by my reluctance to have the "Sons of Vanguard" sailing around in pristine equipment and either being perceived as entitled pricks or actually acting like entitled pricks. We only raced on Narragansett Bay and avoided the whole traveling bit. I relented when the North Americans were going to be held on the Bay, and bought them "standard" equipment. Their results were better sailing new boats than sailing the beaters, so after all, equipment helps. In the US we are obsessed with prodigy. We want to be the first ones to see a great one. As part of our outsourcing of parenting to dozens of service providers ( like coaches, music and dance instructors, academic enrichment etc) we inevitably hope that our kids show up at the top of something. Sailing is one sport where you don't have to be great at it when you are 8 to be very good at it when you are 30. So the very competive nature of the Optimist class actually works in opposition to the goal of building the sport of competitive sailing. I couldn't do anything about it then, and I don't think we could do anything about it now. I like the approach that Nevin Sayre has charted with the BIC open. I don't think much of the boat design, but the unregatta that emphasizes skill building and fun seems like a healthy alternative. SHC
  11. 15 points
    Forgive me if I'm repeating, I only went back a couple of pages & people were busy measuring themselves so I gave up.
  12. 15 points
    Hm. I should write an article about how dangerous the wet boats are and how we now will talk about wether men are up for these conditions....
  13. 15 points
    There really are some stupid subjective, ingnorantly written or emotionally charged comments here. OK -Time to put this to bed... 1. The incident - A poorly executed leebow? Hesitation during a cross? Hesitation in a slam dunk? Poor on board comms between the after guard? Who knows? Who cares? We've all been there. People make mistakes. Get over it. 2 The rules - Rule 13, simple. Only Rules 13, 14 and rule 16.1 are considered. The jury concluded that LDVC did not change course, so 16.1 can be ruled out. LDVC acted to avoid contact, and there was no collision, so rule 14 out.They concluded that LDVC had to take action to avoid while WOXI was tacking. That's all. No point in discussing rule 10 now. That expired when WOXI passed HTW. No point in discussing rule 15. That only occurs after WOXI reached close-hauled. No point in discussing 16.2. At no time was WOXI sailing to pass astern of LDVC. 3. Not taking a penalty - That is the right of any boat. If they believe that they did not break a rule, or were not sure because it was close (and judging by this discussion it was), then they have a right to take their chances in the protest room. This does not represent poor sportsmanship or even foolishness. It is in the rules for them to do. Both parties (including WOXI agree that it was close, with WOXI crew proposing a 50/50 situation). If they knew they had broken a rule, then yes, we could question sportsmanship. In this case, no. Move along. In reflection, they may have misjudged how close it was, and kick themselves for that. We may all have acted differently. It probably was a poor risk/reward judgement. However, at the time, her decision to continue was justified and within the rules and principals of sportsmanship, since they thought they had not broken a rule, or were not convinced enough to take a penalty at the time. Her right to make that call. 4 The Protest - Nothing wrong with LDVC's decision to take this to the room. It is a fundimental principal of all competitors to enforce the rules. That's all she did. Not doing that is possibly more destructive to the sport. Furthermore, if you believe in the rules and that they are a part of the sport, then you should fully support her decision to go ahead (for whatever motives - win, principals, morals, sponsor pressure, etc...) with the protest. Both boats agreed to be bound by the rules; those rules include the protest and penalty procedure. 5. The Time Penalty - Of course it needs to be more than 5 minutes in order to be a penalty! Duh! The penalty must be in line with the penalty system of the event. In the SIs for this event specify penalties ranging from 5 minutes minimum to DSQ. In between those extremes are 20% for not submitting a declaration, 30% for an offshore breach of Part 2 and OCS, 40% as maximum time penalty, and then DSQ for the most heinous of crimes. It stands to reason that the time penalty for an inshore breach of Part 2 should be somewhere between not submitting a declaration on time, and the offshore Part 2. So 20-30% of position in her division. That's what the jury did. Her time penalty worsened her IRC Div 0 position by about 20-30% of all the IRC Div 0 boats. Discretionary Penalties (DPs) are becoming more popular. There is even a new scoring code for it. The principal suggests that not all rule breaches are the same. That seems sensible. Good practice is still being developed. If DP is to be used, Race Organisers and Juries need to have a clear penalty structure for DPs, which is fair and well known. Many events already have one, which they publish to competitors. In this S2H, the SIs were a little ambiguous. Maybe more structure and guidance could be given on the penalty system. 6. Winning in the room - WTF? No one has won in the room. The incident took place on the water in this case. Those who think that this is sea-lawyering or 'winning in the room' are normally the ones who either don't know all the rules or don't fully respect the rules. If they did, they would know that in this sport, there is no way to resolve some on-the-water conflicts, other than going to the room. They would know that the rules are designed to give competitors the chance to exonerate OR to have the decision reached by an independent panel. They would know that not enforcing the rules (including the 'Oh, forget about it!' approach) is not good for the sport. 7. WOXI's Elapsed Time - Her RACE Elapsed Time is the time she took in this 'event/race/competition'. In this race it was 01:09:15:24. That is 33 minutes behind LDVC. There is NO OTHER elapsed time. End Of. 8. Race Record - Read it carefully...the 'RACE' record. That is a record set during an edition of Sydney to Hobart Race. The race record is only held by a boat who has sailed the course correctly, and complied with the rules or taken penalties under the rules for any breaches made during the race. WOXI did not break any race record this year. Unlucky. LDVC did. 9. 'The Fastest Crossing Between Sydney and Hobart' - If someone wants to go and make a seperate unrelated trophy for 'The Fastest Crossing Between Sydney and Hobart', then go ahead and give it to WOXI! Well done her. See how long it lasts though, before people abuse that trophy's lack of moderation. The organised S2H race event is the moderator of that record for a reason. It sets bounds within we can be comfortable that a boat has acheived that feat fairly and measurably. In which case WOXI did not gain any known record. 10. The messages this sends to kids and non-sailors - That sailing is a complex sport. That even the best make mistakes. That if you break a rule you may (and should) be penalised. That even long races can be so close that a single penalty can make the difference between winning and losing. 11. WOXI attitude after the decision? - Whatever! Of course they will be disappointed! They thought they were right! Someone always goes away dissatisfied after a hearing. Moral win? Fine; let them enjoy the fact that they sailed very fast, if that is what they want to measure their success by. Let's face it, they did sail fast and well. Just from the 'race' point of view they did not beat LDVC (see #7). Nothing in that interview suggested WOXI were not accepting the decision. That's about it. Well done to LDVC. Well done to Ichi Ban and all the others who won divisions, got on the podium or achieved a personal best.
  14. 15 points
    There are 2 audio files within 24 hours. The link above is for the second one. The first one is the emotional one and is here. This is just after he passed Cape Horn, and this is the one you can feel he has teary eyes. Still in French. So as a bonus, here is a script of both. The first one: François Gabart speaking: 00:00 "It's François, on the trimaran MACIF. It is 3:30 PM... 2:30 PM. I passed Cape Horn longitude about 2 hours ago. It's a little bit hard to... I have a hard time to realize it actually. I have a hard time to talk, and to talk about it, to make a video about it, because it is overwhelming... I have a hard time to realize it. It is just a line on the computer screen. I did not see the rock. It is far up North. It is a little bit unreal." 00:40 "I will not hide to you that I am happy; very happy. Never would I have even dreamed to arrive at Cape Horn with this time... Everything is possible. You should never refrain your craziest dreams, because sometimes, they become real! It would be a pity!" 01:00 "So when I passed the line, it was funny because the wind was going down; I was set up with one reef and J2, so I had to shake a reef. So I passed the Cape Horn line, I turned on the music full blast in the cockpit and I started my maneuver to shake the reef.... It was great. At the beginning, I was all pumped up with the music; it was magic. But actually, I could not finish the maneuver without crying" 01:45 "I finished the maneuver.... crying... It was so good.... It is such a relief to be here. It was great... It was completely surreal. That's why I was thinking I was dreaming: I had sunny sky! So I finish the maneuver; I take a pause. I get out to take a bit of fresh air. It has been a long time since I could get out of the boat like this. It is the first time I have full main for the past 15 days. It is the first time in a long time that I can keep the doors of the cockpit open to take advantage of the weather outside." 02:20 "And I had an albatross show! Let me tell you! It was.... I had ten albatrosses following the boat. It was.... I felt that... That's where I told myself... It is greater that the rational and Cartesian within me... They were there...." 02:45 "It is funny how you feel that you are changing worlds... Even if I do not see land, even if I am still on port tack, you still feel you are getting closer to civilization. I do not see the Rock, but I am in the wind shadow of South America. And in the winds coming from there... well, I am not going to say that I can feel land, because it is not true, but you can still feel that you are sheltered by something." 03:22 "You are changing oceans, you are starting a new episode. It's funny how you get closer to humanity. Half an hour after passing Cape Horn, I heard someone on VHF. I do not know exactly where, but still ! I have not had someone on VHF for the past 3 weeks. And now, I am going to cross a boat coming back from Antarctica! He is heading 350. It is crazy, because we could have been 15 miles apart, but actually, we are on a collision route! In 15 minutes, I am going to sail by another boat; and it feels good! You are felling closer to civilization." 04:15 "So now, the Atlantic Ocean seems rather favorable. It is going to be rough, but fast. At least for the first 2 or 3 days. It's excellent news, but I will have to be careful. In these strong winds, it is going to be fast, but well.... I am rather happy; it is better than no wind! It will be fast, with some heavy seas. I will have to take care of the boat, trying to make it surf smoothly... If all goes well, I should arrive in 2 or 3 days at the northern end of Argentina and there will be a transition zone to manage." 04:59 Alarm beeping... cleat snapping... 05:00 "we have 17 degrees of heel, I just sheeted out a bit.. Sooo... after that some transition zone offshore Brazil... where I hope that everything will be for the best so I can get to warmer latitudes, towards the Equator". The Second one: 00:00 "The emotions I have since the start of the RTW are just extraordinary and very intense. With fatigue and time passing by, they surface more easily. The emotions while passing the Cape Horn, I got a lot of them, just like sailing through out the Southern Ocean; it is beautiful, it is life; it is coming out of your guts. This is also why I come here, these very intense pieces of life." 00:30 "I do not know how to explain it; for sure the current performance is part of it, it helps; if I were 10 days behind the record, it would not be the same thing. But actually, the relief of leaving the Southern Ocean would have been even stronger in that case. I am very proud of what I have done so far, but there is also a sense of relief, a sense of release, and hope as well, because once you pass Cape Horn, you look up North, and you know that you have never been so close to the finish line. All of that makes unique moments." 01:05 "What I see ahead is pretty good: some strong wind for about 36 hours, which will allow me to go fast in a NNE direction, in an area where it is not always easy to go fast. If you look at Thomas' record or even previous ones, sometimes this zone is pretty locked up... So I am lucky to be fast for the next 36 hours. I will have to be careful though; the wind is already strong, and the sea state is not so good. It is not long swells like in the Southern Ocean, but more like South of Australia, deep and short; boat breaking. I will have to continue going fast, but still preserve the boat and the body. That's the game plan." 01:50 "Then I will sail East of a high pressure system, it will be the first ridge to sail through. A no wind zone at about the latitude of Northern Argentina. I have to go through this zone to catch up the Trade Winds. It will be a bit unsteady first, but more or less an East and then South East wind that will allow me to go all the way to the Equator." 02:15 "I knew very well when I start this record attempt that I would be all alone in the deep southern ocean. Once there, you have no other option than make the boat go fast. I was wondering while going South in the Atlantic Ocean, or even in some places at the beginning of the Indian ocean, when you are not too far from some islands that could be a rescue point, how I would behave once in the Pacific Ocean. And as time passes by, you show to yourself and to your boat, you evolve, you do not completely realize the distances, the remoteness, even if you do not do the same things in the same way in the South Pacific, when you are more than 1000 miles from any external assistance. You are careful, you are twice as cautious, you do not try something that you would potentially try in the bay of Port-la-Forêt, where if something breaks, it is not immediately serious for yourself... I know that in these areas, if I have some serious breakage, it can very quickly turn sour. You keep that in mind and you are more careful. At the same time, you try not to linger too much in this area... and you try to go as fast as possible with the flow! It is the approach I had..."
  15. 15 points
    If anyone wants to play with more weather layers then: https://gis.ee/vor/
  16. 14 points
    Vestas Some pics. New rig, as I said; stumpy, and a couple of Stanley regulars. Photos from a Facebook post by Robin C. Goodwin.
  17. 14 points
    I will begin by quoting Peter Finch from the movie Network, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Take anymore of what? Simple. Mr Brian Hancock. I will put aside the appalling timing of his article and the extreme hurt he has caused to not just those close to John Fisher but the wider sailing community. I will put aside his insinuation that the crews search and rescue mission ended prematualy. I will put aside his entire viewpoint being founded solely on speculation that Mr Fisher was washed overboard, whereas it came to light yesterday, courtesy of a statement from the Scallywag team, that Mr Fisher was in fact not "washed off" the vessel, but "knocked off" by the boom. However what I won't put aside is that he keeps packaging in a guilded framework of self promotion that the sailing community should sit up and have regard for what he has to say. The experience to back this up conveinantly ignores the fact that he has never stepped foot on a VO65 and his last Southern Ocean racing outing was 30 years ago in the maxi leadmine "Fazi" that needed a snorkle. Unfortunately some of you support his utterences, such as the VO65 being "a death trap waiting to happen", and that "the management team at VOR are complicit in the death of John Fisher". So if you are one of Hancock's new deciples maybe you should also give thought to his viewpoint that tethers and Personal Floation Devices (PFD's) and by extension, intergral strobe lights and Personel Locator Beacons (PLB's) etc are detrimental to safety at sea!! That can't be right I can hear you saying, our new messiah on safety doesn't believe that. Well in his own words. "This time it’s about the use of life harnesses. Yup as you might imagine I am not really big on them. I think that they give sailors a false sense of security. I have always been a “one hand for the task, one hand for the boat” kind of guy. Knowing that you are not clipped on heightens your awareness. Makes you super sensitive to your surroundings". "Seriously, it’s time we all started to think for ourselves again. What has happened to us? Why do we all just follow along like a bunch of sheep? It’s not just pfd’s, it’s everything". It seems Hancock draws his inspiration on shipboard safety from a brother who lives in the bush in Botswana and never carries a gun even though it’s wildest Africa. His logic is you carry a gun you get careless. You know that you have a gun there to bail you out if you get in trouble. It seems without a gun and in sailings case, without a PFD and tether, your senses are heightened according to Hancock. He claims you are then very aware of your surroundings and you never take chances, relying on your senses to become honed and heightened. Maybe when his brother confronts a lion he goes about talking it to death with gobblygook like his sailing sibling? If Hancock was advocating the message "stay on board otherwise your potentially dead", no one would disagree. However to go on and effectively say if your dead why bother doning a tether and PFD in the first place because "awareness" without that gear provides greater protection! That is loonyspeak. I will leave it to you to decide where Hancock's views lie in the ongoing discussions, evolution and actions by the world sailing community to improve safety in our sport. My thinking is his views belong in a piece of his anatomy used when sitting down. References http://sailinganarchy.com/2018/03/27/extreme-anger/ http://sailinganarchy.com/2015/10/25/youre-pathetic/ http://sailinganarchy.com/2016/09/16/death-threat-anyone/ Fazi..note low freeboard and deck layout from an era that Hancock considers a safety benchmark and superior to the modern VO65.
  18. 14 points
    extreme sadness It’s been a seriously tough few days for the 65 sailors and 7 OBR’s ripping through the Southern Ocean right now in the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s cold, wet and rough (it goes without saying) but unless you have experienced it personally, it’s hard to portray the extra edge that competition gives this already tough environment. As much as we all look forward to getting ‘down south’ there isn’t one person out there who isn’t counting the hours until it’s done. That said, as tough as it has been for the fleet in general, nothing will compare to the torment that John Fisher’s family will have endured and the sadness and guilt that all his fellow crew members will be dealing with right now. We have lost a friend, but they have lost a husband, a father and a crewmate. I have spent much of the last year working alongside John, clocking up thousands of miles together, whilst battling through good and bad times both on and off the water, and he was the most supportive, amiable and steadfast friend and colleague you could wish for. Through thick and thin he propped us all up with his unwavering optimism and professionalism. Everybody’s personal story around their decision to compete in these events is different but watching him live out his dream took me back twenty-five years to when I did my first race and it saddens me beyond belief, that I won’t be able to shake his hand at the end of it. This is not the last time I will pay my respects, but for now ‘Fish’, I salute you and all you stood for, thank you for everything you did for us all and know that you will live long in all our memories …….. These situations are surrounded by emotion and most of it is natural and totally understandable, but it struck me upon reading an article on Sailing Anarchy (extreme anger) that the further removed you are from the situation, the less right you have to express it, especially when it’s not grief or sadness. Anger is the reserve of his wife, children and close family and the rest of us owe it to them to show our respect and then politely take a back seat. The very last thing I want is a ‘war of words’ but to quote the author I too “have earned the right to have an opinion” and when the time is right and in the right circumstances I will express mine. There is a huge number of unknowns around this incident, and when the crew complete the, not insignificant, task of getting themselves ashore with their minds still in one piece there will be the appropriate de-briefs and eventually we can all learn what happened and collectively make the process of ocean racing safer. This process has been going on for decades and, especially in recent years, the progress made in the overall safety of the event is considerable, despite the boats being quicker and more spectacular. I respect the author for his time at sea, much of which was in way riskier boats than we have now and before the extensive training, equipment and monitoring of the current race but I don’t think it’s right to apportion blame at this early stage especially without more detail. I strongly disagree that the boats themselves, the designers of those boats, or those that organize the race have avoided responsibility or done anything that puts sailors lives at risk. Aspects can be improved of course, but the implication that the boats are too dangerous is unfounded and the idea that anyone is complicit in John’s death is offensive to a great many of us that trust in those same boats, people and procedures when we put to sea. None of us are stupid and if the situation was as described we would be negligent in our duties to our families and that is simply not the case. The sport itself is inherently dangerous, we all acknowledge that, but we do so knowing that the equipment, procedures and, most importantly, our team mates mitigate that risk to an acceptable level and as competitors we all make a conscious decision to leave the dock. I can never quite explain why I do what I do and indeed the last 24 hours have made me think even more about those motives, but I do know that if the risk was somehow completely removed then the attraction would be gone. There will be some that don’t agree, and they are entitled to their opinions; there will be some that disagree with my view on the safety of these boats and I respect them too, but please let’s not express polarizing views on potential causes in the wake of a man’s death without being in full possession of the facts. I am not trying to push the opposite view or promote debate, and don’t particularly concern myself with the future of the but am keen that we draw proper conclusions based on evidence. There have been fatalities at sea over the course of this race, and each one is tragic and devastating in equal measure. If you look the VOR / Whitbread race four competitors lost their lives in the earlier races with three in the first race 1973 and one in 1989. Four more events and fifteen years passed until Hans Horrevoets was sadly lost approaching the UK in 2006 and now we face another tragedy twelve years on. I am not happy with that safety record and one life lost is one too many but until the right people can make the right decisions based on the facts it’s simply pointless to try and suppose what would have saved his life. The implication that it’s getting more dangerous is not supported in evidence. The deeper question is ‘why’ we choose to compete rather than how. We could have safer boats, safer routes and many other protections but at some point, it simply wouldn’t be worth doing. I don’t for a moment underestimate the significance of this tragedy and it’s truthfully shaken me to my core but it’s important to recognize that no-one is being forced to go out there and we all do it with a deep and well understood acceptance of the risk. I am not angry, I am deeply saddened, and I feel desperately sorry for his loved ones to whom I offer my sincere condolences Steve Hayles
  19. 14 points
    I spent a bit of time having a look at the Hong Hong Marine Accident Investigation and Shipping Security Policy Branch site. They provide access to reports and statistics of accidents here. Since they investigate accidents of all HK registered vessels there are accidents outside HK waters as well. But most seem to be HK waters accidents. Like accident investigations elsewhere, they don't lay blame, and act to find facts, contributory factors, and make recommendations. Apportion of blame is for courts. It seems that most incidents do not make it to court. In general one would expect that the public prosecutor would need to be satisfied that there was a good chance criminal negligence was involved in order to lay charges, or that another party wanted to take civil action for damages. If either of these happened the MAISSPB report might come into play, although this is not a given. Some countries disallow reports being used in actions. I don't know about HK. Reports of incidents seem to take about a year to complete. Looking at a few collisions between fishing vessels and other vessels the conclusions from the investigation are pretty repetitive. Mostly they conclude that both boats failed to keep adequate lookout and thus breached the COLREGS. In most respects this is hard to duck. The investigations look at the situation and conclude that no matter what the circumstances (which might include a storm, rain, fog) both boats should have adapted to the conditions and the accident should have been avoidable. For instance, from The collision between the Hong Kong registered vessel “Shin Chun” and the Taiwanese fishing vessel on the approaching road of Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 29 February 2016 The investigation found that the main contributory factors of the accident were the failure of both vessels to maintain a proper look-out in compliance with the requirements of rule 5 of COLREGS (Look-out). Consequently, both vessels did not realize the imminent risk of collision before the collision. The fishing vessel, being the give-way vessel in a cross situation, did not take any action to avoid the collision. The container vessel, being the stand-on vessel in a crossing situation, did not take her own action to avoid collision in an ample time while the give-way vessel did not take proper avoiding action. Or this report, where a fishing vessel hit a smaller pleasure craft with loss of life. Most reports have a very similar tone and conclusions. Mostly I think this gives us a clue about what the investigation's conclusions will look like.
  20. 14 points
    This whole mess sucks. I fully respect the crew of Vestas, in this iteration and as Alvimedica they have proven themselves as totally competent and responsible seafarers. Thousands of miles without incident, when others were capsizing, running aground, breaking shit, dropping sails overboard and getting injured, Enright and Towhill competed and arrived without drama or needing repairs. I would not jump to the conclusion that they are negligent bozos, in fact of all the crews in this race, I would assume the opposite. This must have been an extraordinary situation. The damage to Vestas 11th Hour Racing was not trivial, yet they remained on station and assisted in the rescue. That's a pretty big hole in the bow of a boat and hanging around for several hours with a seaway running takes some courage. A bad situation, but I think Mark and the boys acquitted themselves with honor, which is the best you can hope for. The Chinese captain was probably completely baffled by a sailing vessel closing on him at 18 to 20 knots, probably from an unexpected direction. Most of the traffic around busy ports is in outbound and inbound lanes and is comparatively slow moving. This provides a great deal of predictability. A racing sailboat will come from a different angle and will change heading randomly ( at least to a non sailing observer.). A Volvo 65 is more like a flying saucer than any boat he has probably ever seen, it closed on him faster than he could believe and ran right over him. If he had gear out, his maneuverability was probably limited. "Here I am fishing where I usually fish, the way I usually fish. I'm just trying to do my fucking job and this space ship shows up out of nowhere , runs right the fuck over us, sinks my boat and kills one of my crew. What the fuck?" Hindsight is 20:20. But some of this could have been thought through. What value does an after midnight in port finish provide? During daylight it would be nice, but at 0dark30? My thought is that you should " finish racing" at the point where ships take on pilots, and have the race boats proceed to the dock under port control. You could require that they arrive in the order of their rank so all the spectacle is preserved...... but you don't have sportsmen competing where others are just going about their day : which is kind of like playing a football game in a crowded mall at Christmas time. SHC
  21. 14 points
    Seriously. Not like Comanche surprised them with a protest when they got to Hobart. That flag went up in Sydney immediately after. Don't blame Spithill for being desperate to win. Blame your afterguard for being stupid twice AND arrogant. Spithill had no way of knowing if Comanche or WOXI would finish first when he protested. And it didn't matter. Break the rules, do your turns. Doesn't matter if you finish first, last or in between.
  22. 14 points
    So with the smoke starting to clear I thought it appropriate to reveal our feelings with regard to the above Rule 69 hand grenade we were willing to pull the pin on pending a IJ outcome. That outcome is to hand now with WOXI being stripped of its title. This was a Plan B in the event the IJ didn't rule accordingly commensurate with the protest and in a open and transparent manner. Further to the above we decided to capture more reciepants of a 3rd party Rule 69 Protest. World Sailing by their own amendments widened our standing, so we took advantage of it to include every party including Australian Sailing, the CYCA, the Jury and Team WOXI itself. The latter made us nervous but not enough to leave them out. On account of tomorrow being the last working day before the last boat finished and being time barred, drafts of all documents were complete. That was a big undertaking alone. The actual outcome now renders our Plan B to history, but our feelings aren't what you think. Our first reaction was not one of euphoria with the IJ ruling, but one of feeling great sadness for the WOXI team and their individuals. Their investment and commitment over years to the sport with results many just pray for, including this race (maybe their last) where they had the fastest boat on the course have, by their own hand been now blown up. I for one was very impressed WOXI used an ability to drive at times up 10 degrees deeper than Comanche and that covered for things like sail damage etc. So all we are left now is to dwell upon our motivation for being ready to drop a Rule 69 grenade on world sailing and what may transpire after pulling the pin. To be frank we were scared knowing after pulling the pin, we appreciated we had no control over anything after doing that. That aside we know our motivation for being willing to drop a grenade is intact and now strengthened by the IJ's ruling I think. Hypotheticaly two kids will trundle their respective Optis down the ramp this weekend. One will be a Club shitter with maybe a socio/economically challenged family supporting their kid to follow his sailing dream. The other will have the newest gear, the kid will be wearing sunglasses that cost more than a African nations GDP and his boat lives at home in a humidifier container. His helicopter father BTW drives the RO insane when he is not overseas on a business trip with his secretary in tow. After today's decision the disadvantaged kid simply looks at the TV news about the S2H and says Dad; "It doesn't matter how much money one has, how powerful they think they are, the rules are the rules aren't they?" Dad sipping on a beer simply says "Yep". Today's decision to strip WOXI advanced sailing far more than many think.
  23. 14 points
    Did my best. Not allowed to stream anything with "moving images" at all once the exclusion zone is in place which is why I can only do audio. Merry Christmas all - will put all the interviews up individually today.
  24. 13 points
    I can honestly say I have no knowledge of the crew being detained. Likely the authorities will want statements as someone has died but which authorities? The boat was not in HK waters but Guangdong waters. I hope those who read what I write realise I will never pillory anyone unnecessarily and will not write either to deliberately disadvantage someone who doesn't deserve it nor kick someone when they are down. If I sometimes know something that I have been requested not po pass on or make public then I will respect those sources - ALWAYS. Sorry guys In this case it doesn't really matter who is culpable, Vestas 11th Hour Racing have been involved in an incident where someone has died. These guys are not medics, first responders or soldiers, it is not an everyday occurrence for them. They will clearly be exhausted and in shock and I believe they should be given some space. Anyway, said my piece. SS
  25. 13 points
    SO, from my perspective, I am gutted they stopped at the transition zone. Brunel had the MHO, TTTOP the J0, VestasJ0, Scally MHO, Akzo MHO. Mapfre adn DFRT were out in front with the J0, though DFRT took a long time to choose to go to that. Brunel pushed high whenever possible and got in to be the closest to the shore. Akzo did the opposite trying to get separation to get through to leeward. When the fleet got to the new breeze there had been a few auto-gybes. All teams did well to keep their boats rolling, but Brunel, TTTOP and Vestas did the best being the most inshore. They reached the new breeze as they left Camps Bay, Brunel first into it and to windward, then Mapfre, Vestas and TTTOP all together, DFRT and Scally a little further back. They all kept the J2 up and went straight to that. Within 5 minutes Brunel and TTTOP were reefed, at which point I had to turn around and head home...with a quick stop to watch a couple of Southern Right Whales! 30 ft from the RIB. Akzo going to leeward lost out massively getting to the new breeze and were easily two miles behind as the leaders fetched across Haut Bay. Amazing stopover, now time for a flight back to the snow.