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  1. t.rex

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Jeremie Beyou aboard Charal is making a good comeback. He restarted from les Sables d'Olonne 2700 nm behind the leaders. He had poor luck with the weather opportunities in the South Atlantic well into the Indian Ocean arriving at a maximum of 3900 nm behind. Right now he is 'only' 2600 nm back and looks to be in a good weather window compared to the leaders. Bull Power !
  2. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    ^^^^ FTFY
  3. t.rex

    A big project!

  4. t.rex

    A big project!

    Leo gives a pretty good pitch for these: Anybody using these ? Doesn't seem like a lot of space in his engine room for such a complicated kit..
  5. t.rex

    A big project!

    EPISODE 87. I can’t put it off any longer, a final decision has to be made about Tally ho’s engine! In this episode we start by looking back at the boat’s early Paraffin engines, and then go on to discuss some of the options for a new “power-plant”. Vintage or modern, new or used, diesel or electric or paraffin or... nuclear?! There are a lot of options, and each one has good and bad attributes, but in the end I come to a decision which I hope is going to give all the reliability and simplicity necessary at sea, but with an exciting twist!
  6. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    What's interesting today is the fast moving low, that Coville & company are riding in front of, is catching up to the low ahead. The high pressure ridge dividing the two lows is disappearing. I don't think we can say 'jump to' yet, in the sense that Sodebo crosses a HP ridge to get to the low ahead, but they might get unceremoniously dumped onto the next low anyway. Once there, they have the speed to move to the front. Who knows what happens when a low overtakes another low ? Sodebo has passed the second chase group in the VG (see arrow).
  7. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Holy smokes, Sodebo has caught up to the second chasing pack in the VG (see arrow) ! Let's hope that they can jump to the low to the east before the high pressure in front of them turns their current low southward. Calling Mr. Herman to a white courtesy telephone, Mr. Herman to a white courtesy telephone, please.
  8. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Sodebo going like a bat out of hell right now, 37 knots boatspeed in 16 knots of wind. They blew right by the third chasing group of the VG and are now roughly 200 nm ahead (see arrow). A question for Herman, any chance that the low pressure system they're riding in front of will catch up to the LP to the east?
  9. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    This ^^^^ 'Sorry, you cannot add any more reactions today.'
  10. t.rex

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I could be wrong but I think the class rules only allow one axis of movement and only 10? degrees. All of the boats with foils are using the pitch axis in the movement control. Your design is showing yaw movement which would have to be added to the pitch control, a whole new level of complexity (and not class legal). But it's good that you're thinking about it.
  11. t.rex

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Sodebo just picked off Charal (0900 position). Slight speed difference there. https://tropheejulesverne.sodebo.com/#cartographie https://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/tracking-map
  12. t.rex

    A big project!

    EPISODE 86. In this episode, we start to get the “hang” of the planking! The first quick job is to put the Stopwaters into the centreline seams - softwood dowels which will swell up and prevent water ingress. Then the first Angelique Garboard is hung, and is quickly followed by more Topside Planks and Broads. I do some ghetto-engineering to modify a rolling-bevel circular saw, which helps speed up cutting the planks out. The other guys get into the swing of riveting, with the help of a homemade “Dolly” (otherwise known as a “Bucking Iron”). We are still speeding up, but by the end of the first 2 weeks of planking we have 12 planks on the boat, which I’m pretty happy with!
  13. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Sodebo hauling the mail right now, boatspeed 33 knots in 17 knots of wind. Should be close for the equator record (4 days 20 hours). https://tropheejulesverne.sodebo.com/mediatheque/#cartographie
  14. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Tracker timestamp NOT aligned. Gitana http://www.gitana-team.com/fr/tracker.aspx Sodebo https://sodebo-voile.geovoile.com/tropheejulesverne/2020/tracker/ Where is forss when you really need him ?
  15. t.rex

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Calling Mr. forss to a white courtesy telephone. Mr. forss to a white courtesy telephone please.