Sea Breeze 74

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  1. Sea Breeze 74

    AC36 CLASS RULE

    My 10 year old finally saved up enough dosh to buy this Lego Yacht he's had his eyes on for some time. Imagine my surprise when, after an hour or so pouring over the instructions and piecing it together, he emerged from his bedroom with this!
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    Teams?

    To be honest, I take your point, DF were the fastest boat round the world in elapsed time. But who was the actual fastest in speed? I can't remember, was there a logged maximum speed for the VOR? I do remember Brunel and Akzo trading blow for blow as they smashed the VOR 24hr record culminating in a staggering 602.51 nm run for Akzo. At the end of the day though, they didn't take home the silverware. Anyway, this has been a bit of a thread drift. I shall step back and wait for more AC news speculation
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    Teams?

    It was a meteorological and tactical decision. DF, to their credit, made the right choice and won. A few hours before the finish, MPF and BRL were smoking along and technically miles ahead of DF who was being written off by many commentators. The wind gods had their say and the rest is history ... but Brunel will not be remembered as slow.
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    Teams?

    Please define "easily" After 45,000nm, the Volvo came down to a three way tie on the last leg and was won by minutes after a coin-toss navigational decision. Doesn't sound like an "easy" win to me. If you want easy, look back at the AC35 finals. Some of the VOR legs had closer finishing times after thousands of miles ... not two laps of the bay
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    Teams?

    The London agreement was a disgrace to the AC. I don't believe signing in any way indicated a teams true preference - it was just a manipulative way of handcuffing them to the LE/RC dream and the antithesis of what the spirit of the cup should be. I loved watching the AC50's, but the tortuous road to racing in Bermuda was a blight in AC history.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    And only 24nm for her 24 hour run. This chain plate thing must be more serious than she's letting on.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Snapped tiller? Easy fix. Was duct tape, spectra, and cable ties around in 1968?
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    Teams?

    Seng Huang Lee has made it clear that the Scallywag team are closely following the progress of AC36 with the possibility of challenging in AC37. They are ramping up their campaign with the 100 footer and working on building a more professional team (hands up who'd like to see Witty in the AC? Now that would put the cat amongst the pigeons!). Anyway, it must be bloody hard to know when to dive in, especially with a new and unproven design rule. Early adopters could get burnt to the tune of $100M+ ... but leave it to round two and you might be permanently left behind.
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    How much chain?

    Hey Jack - funny to see you over here! TBH I need more info from my mate to answer most of the questions above. The boat has sailed from NZ to the Med with this chain and without an anchoring hitch (apart from pulling up half a reef in the Red Sea). Bottom line is that we have very good holding in the Bay of Islands and can anchor in suitable depths so 60m chain will be ample in the short term. We'll revisit this in few years when we take the beast offshore again!
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    50 years ago they were mostly so naive it hadn't occurred to them how dangerous it was. Ignorance is bliss. Before this race ends there will be many who wished they'd taken the blue pill.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I think that's correct. He lost his second/spare vane short of Australia and spent the rest of the race comfortably balancing the boat sheet to tiller with various sail combos. By the end he could sail any wind angle quite happily.
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    How much chain?

    Good point. This particular boat is a pain. We sailed it around the Med many years ago when owned by another family member. Someone had to run to the forward locker and flake the incoming chain otherwise it would pile up like dog shit and jam up in the bottom of the tube. Worst case scenario the shear pin would go and you'd be stuck driving round in circles with an anchor in mid water!
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    How much chain?

    Thanks for the replies, this pretty much sums up what I thought. Will also find out how big the anchor is although I know it been re-galvanised with the chain.
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    How much chain?

    Thanks for the reply - chain has just been re-galvanised and is in good nick. I believe there is an additional emergency nylon at the bitter end!
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    How much chain?

    A friend has recently taken possession of a Shannon 52 (53?) and it's a big, heavy bloody thing. He intends to cruise the next few years in NZ coastal waters and is asking if the current 60m of chain is enough. I gave him the x4 or 5 depth spiel but wondered in retrospect if a heavy boat like that should put down more? As neither of us have owned a large heavy cruiser before, this is new territory so looking for advise