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  1. 9 points
    Love these ....wow...that is some time history in those pictures....thanks Kojiro
  2. 6 points
    Sure if you say so.
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  5. 4 points
    From AM facebook page
  6. 4 points
    A beautiful symbol and a good thing done: Armel crossed the equator last night, Tuesday, January 19, after a little over 72 days alone at sea. The skipper of L'Occitane in Provence is on the attack, with the great morale that characterizes him for the last part of this extraordinary race. "I've still got 9 to 10 days at sea, which would make us a place at The Sables-d'Olonne on January 29th or 30th," Armel said this morning, in the confident skipper's good voice... and aware of having made a nice move, the last five days. "I got very close" "I got very close to Maxime Sorel (V and B-Mayenne, 10And), you'd have to do the math, but I've taken a lot of miles back, I think." We've done the math. And, indeed, this Wednesday morning Armel is less than 200 miles from the famous Top 10 dreamed before the start the 33 skippers of this ninth edition of the Vendée Globe. L'Occitane in Provence points to 185 miles from Maxime Sorel, up from 560 miles five days ago on January 15th! "I'm not going to sell the bear's skin, it's not a foregone conclusion, but if there's an opportunity to come back I'll obviously try it, there's still 3200 miles to go. We'll see, the priority is now to complete this round the world. » A favorable black pot: "I don't have to complain..." The other good news of the day, in addition to the passage of the equator and the rapprochement to the tenth place, is that the pot to the black (the zone of intertropical convergence that often alternates between great calms very penalizing and violent grains) is rather favorable for L'Occitane in Provence. "I have windier conditions than the weather predicted, so I don't have to complain! There I have 18 knots of wind. I thought it was going to be a painful passage, but it was actually pretty quick. I took something like 300 miles from Maxime Sorel (365 miles, even). I never stopped. I've been in the wind all the time, at least 11 knots for a few hours, and I don't think I'm going to stop now. I'll be really out of the black pot on Wednesday night. Besides, I'm starting to get the sea of the northeast wind: it's the next transition that I'm going to look for. Then we'll have three days up close... Behind Armel's playful voice, you can hear the sea banging violently against the hull of L'Occitane in Provence. "The sea is chaotic, it's beating! He confirms. "It's hot at the equator, but it's wet and I can't put my nose in the window because it gets a lot wet. I have three days left to navigate close by, before finding the wind carrying. Then, the situation seems quite nice: we should have a large edge straight before recovering the southern edge of the depressions to go up to Spain. But we're not there yet." Videos of the edge "Don't worry about me" For the time being it is necessary to hold, to measure the effort well until the finish so as not to break. On the food side, Armel is reassuring: he controls his rationing. "You don't have to worry about me. I have enough to make me another breakfast and a hot meal in the evening. It is only for lunch that I ration myself by contenting myself with cereal bars. So no worries, it will go like that until the finish. Morale is excellent, everything is fine on board!" The boat? "No problem on the structure side is nickel: we live well together the boat and me. Like everyone else I do little things every day like replacing a butt (stringing) or putting a patch back on a sail, but it's normal wear after 73 days at sea around the world. Seventy-three days, I don't even realize what it means, I've never spent more than 25 at sea! We're going to complete this round-the-world trip in 83 days, something like that. It's quite an adventure all the same... » We have received the organization's latest health protocol for arrivals to the Sables d'Olonne. The village will be closed to the public. Each Team will have a limited number of accreditations to access and a PCR test of less than 72 hours will be required to enter.
  7. 4 points
    Well, to be honest with you, in the summer we have one other creature here that is much, much deadlier than anything else on the water, and truly nasty: Powerboaters.
  8. 4 points
    America's cup trickle down.
  9. 3 points
    We have started our cracker time of year for inshore racing, a couple of days we did a 39km race around the bay at Robe, cats, dinghy’s and trailer sailers having a great time. Here’s a video In five days time we race from Milang to Goolwa at the end of the Murray river across the big lake, 49km of racing with between 100 and 200 trailerable boats. Then a couple of weeks later we do the longest race in Aus for inshore boats, 70km from Goolwa to Meningie across the two big lakes at the end of the Murray River. No covid in our state so we are sailing, giving each other shit on the water and getting pissed together, regardless the type of boat. Including the power boats that do the start, safety etc
  10. 3 points
    The repairs look well under control technical skills and spares aren't an issue so rather than being a harbinger of doom why not wish them all the best the event needs Amway back.
  11. 3 points
    Sorry, deserting my post again ... Just back from down-country, will try for a pic tomorrow, if they go out.
  12. 3 points
    ^ Painting out the graffiti? Didn't it say, "Make America Great Again", or some such madman ramblings.
  13. 3 points
    Am not that big a fan of how ‘military’ the ceremony pageantry was but overall it was a very decently-done inauguration and several spoke (and some sang) beautifully. Go USA!
  14. 3 points
    The thing I like about SailGP, besides having 50 knot foilers, is that although it's one design they are continuously developing the class.
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    Love the blue crocs, and her comfortable movement around the boat sans harness, facilitated by benign conditions. She is wonderfully upbeat, I hope she gets home without difficulties.
  16. 3 points
    Just found this: seems to fit with your post (some hints of teams briefing migration maps as part of their race strategy, OSCAR, pingers, and reporting)
  17. 3 points
    First, to put in question the idea that taking time to rescue could be pulled back is very wrong thinking. Base as it seems, it is, in a race, part of the incentive to assist above and beyond the humanitarian aspect of rescue. This is not just cruisers sailing about, but people with purpose and I have no question when asked, those sailors needing to assist should not be punished. Next, these sailors altered course, in the case of JCL searched, stopped, not once but twice, throwing them off the similar WX systems enjoyed or suffered by the leaders yet..yet, they were able to pull back up to the leaders so it is possible they could have been doing even better then where they are now. WX is WX. Should Yannick be given a pass because he sailed into a hole and lost first...by a lot. There should not be any discussion. the RC awarded the times, the sailors all, understood the ramifications of getting that time and had many many days to stay ahead of those times. At the moment it seems they may fail. What it tells me is that the three that did their duty to help a fellow racer have raced an exceptional race and if they don't physically come in first, but win the podium, they deserve it as equal to having crossed first second and third. Consider that JLC, in a non-foiling boat has been able to maintain close enough contact after 20,000 miles to even make this a consideration. We should not even dare to negate that effort.
  18. 3 points
    Ryan, you've got the Bay Area Multihull Association keeping the light on for you here in San Francisco. You will not have a bar tab in this town! Sail safe, sail smart, and Jzerro will make you a record-breaker. Godspeed, good man.
  19. 2 points
    You want airbus to build it??
  20. 2 points
    They're all rubbing the butts against the wall!! WTF do you think they're doing??
  21. 2 points
    That, and there’s a full schedule of racing that includes almost any top foiling-sailor you can name. It’s like the ACWS series from the past two Cups but taken up even another notch. Good for the sport!
  22. 2 points
    Thank the Gods. My daughters can finally grow up in an era where the term American is how we remembered it, where it is not a dirty word and a mantle to wear with pride. Congratulations to you Yanks, we're all chuffed to bits for you. But if I could ask a small favour.....please don't ever do that again.
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    In theory, pedaling is a lot more efficient than rowing. I don't think this is true in practice, especially in R2AK conditions. In 2019 we (Narwhal) had two sliding seat rowing stations and two pedal drives. They both propelled the boat to approximately the same speed at approximately the same level of effort. Personally I much preferred the rowing stations because it felt like my whole body was working, not just my legs. However, our pedal drives were "recumbent" which made them great for steering the boat but not so great for knee strain. In the cold drizzly conditions where you're pedaling (whether R2AK or past Vashon in June...), getting your entire body to move and work just felt so much better than sitting still in the cold and spinning your feet for an hour. I feel like both of our propulsion systems were about as efficient as possible. Both were designed by engineers (not me). Our rowing station designer (and crew) made adjustable outriggers to compensate for different sea states and rower heights, and our pedal drive designer (also crew) used derailleurs, which gave us effectively 3 gears to avoid strain. (He also built a jet-powered bike which we elected not to use for R2AK). Both systems were still working fine at the end of the race, although if I were going to do it again I would have tried to made the structure that held the pedal drives themselves smaller and lighter. We were not a light boat, for many reasons, and you start to think about what you could have left behind after a couple of hours pedaling or rowing.
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    American politics will then be composed of a center/right party, a hard right party and a lunatic fringe right wing party. An embarrassment of riches.
  25. 2 points
    Funny that you bring up 'lift from the tunnel'. My first tri was a Norm Cross 42R stretched to 46'. The forward and aft akas (crossbeams) had an airfoil shape with the twist that the nearly flat side (actually part of the deck) was on top hence the airfoil shapes created downforce! Norm was an aeronautical engineer and that feature didn't happen by accident. He preached the benefit of these inverted airfoil shapes to help the boat stay level and in the water and I can attest that they were effective in that role. He got a lot of flack for that theory as well as his 'constant cross sectional' hull area of curves which formed a 'wasp waist' in the main hull where the fin non ballast keel was attached. Not a 'dillet' exactly but during Hurricane Hugo in Culebra the down force and stalling action of the foiled akas saved my butt for sure. Out of 10 multihulls anchored in the Bahia Honda (which until then had the reputation of being the best hurricane refuge in the Caribbean) my tri was the only one still upright the next morning. A huge Piver that had been converted to a dive boat with heavy compressors and dozens of scuba tanks ripped out of the mangroves when the 200+MPH winds flipped it over the transoms and that beast flew about 300 yards and well into the mangroves on the downwind side of the creek. Went right over a 35' ketch and took out the mainmast but cleared the mizzen. The skipper of that boat swore that an aircraft had hit his rig and insisted that a crashed plane would be found. Lots of laughs at the bar on that story but he finally got a machete and waded into the mangroves and found the tri not an airplane right where he had said! I have to admit my tri would do wheelies in the big gusts and dance around on the transoms and I did cut one overloaded anchor line away from my precarious perch on the bow when I thought the boat would go over backwards. But you could feel when the angle of attack reached the stall point and the 'lift relief' feature would kick and and suck the boat back down level hard, too hard at times... When we finally got phones back up on the island, I phoned Norm up in San Diego to share my wild ride and affirm his somewhat ridiculed design choices only to speak with his recently widowed wife. She was grateful for my call and told me that she felt that Norm must have been in sailors Valhalla protecting me that night. I could not agree more!

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