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  1. Zander

    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    Turning out to be one of the most interesting races to follow this year. Big thanks to all those who translate the french press releases on this forum!
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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    A nice one for the lovers of refits anf "franken boats". Hull is the old ESP 8 "Acciona" designed by Owen Clarke. Did not do particulary spectacular in the VG 2012-013, and capsized on day 84. She has had a new deck, "interior", etc. glued on the old hull by the current team. Foils will be added once the final route of the OR is announced. Interestingly, as Acciona she was the first IMOCA without a diesel onboard, beating Conrad Coleman to it.
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    dutch ac entry

    I hope they will make the cup, but I remain sceptical. There is not much money for sports in the country. IIRC the shirt sponsorship deal for Ajax football team –the biggest name in sport in the country- is around 10-12 million euro per year. Yes there are some very wealthy individuals, but in recent years they have not shown much enthusiasm for sponsoring sailing teams (you could count Pieter Heerema’s VG adventure if you want to be generous). I am not sure if Mean Machine is still around and otherwise I am struggling to think of a Dutch “grand-prix” level sailing team. Most large companies are shareholder owned, and I can’t imagine many CEOs willing to go to a shareholder meeting with the news that they will pour North of 50 million euro into an America’s cup campaign. I just do not see how you would convince the shareholders that this is better value than paying out dividends or buying back shares. Can only hope I am wrong, and that one of the wealthy investor types decides he or she owns a brand they want to promote to the global sailing audience….
  4. Zander

    Route du Rhum 2018

    If that was the last stand of the non-foiling ultimes, than what a glorious one it was.
  5. Zander

    New imoca boats

    Amazing machine. Can't wait for the next VG.
  6. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    No, don't feel cheated. It is possible to come up with hundereds of counter factuals about what could have happened, but didn't. Nine months of racing with plenty of incidents led to the final we saw, each had their chance and each had their good and bad luck. Three boats had a good chance of winning. All three had the option to go the route Dongfeng, TToP and Skallywag took, but out of the leading three only Dongfeng did. It turned out to be the winning move, but could so easily have looked like a misfired, desparate gamble if the breeze would have been an little stronger offshore or a little softer inshore... Thanks to all, especially the regulars, for providing such a great place to share my enthausiasm for the race.
  7. We can speculate here endlessly how the race can be made more attractive to new sponsors. I have some hope for the new management. They have put together several campaigns in the past, so they must be quite familiar with the thinking of sponsors and potential new sponsors that never came through at the end for whichever reason. I think they will also have access to quite a bit more marketing information than us. One thing in this threat that often strikes me is that in our dreamy minds we may conflate our own preferences and what sponsors would want. For example, I think going back to 4 long legs along the original route would make for a better event. It would be shorter overall and easier to follow for fans and new fans (and skip some lightwind/doldrum legs). However, I also expect that the stopovers add a lot of value to the sponsors. As far as boats, I am not a fan of combining the platform with the IMOCA. My personal blue-sky idea: -go for 65 feet again. -Strict OD – Build pretty solid (which would be a probem when competing short handed with the IMOCAs). -Foil assisted (But also keep the dagger boards, which is another reason for not going the IMOCA route). - Design for a more user friendly heel angle (With the foils the boat can be skinnier so less need for extreme heel angles.) - Find ways to protect the crew a bit better (also below decks) without covering the whole cockpit. -No autopilot -Similar crewsize.
  8. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    God, that was quite a finish to quite an edition of the race. Congrats Dongfeng! Feel really sorry for Mapfre and Brunel, so close... What will I do with my free time in the coming 3 years?
  9. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Dongfeng is on fire right now. How do I write that I am starting to fancy their chances without jinxing them???
  10. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    I can tell that I think it is going to be very close. But whether I fulfill the "knows what he is talking about" criterion?
  11. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Assuming this is the optimum angle for the Western boats they will have to make a fairly big gybe South still. Very rough estimate: 7 miles leg South. DTL Dongfeng: 7 miles. Speeds: similar.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Is my tracker off? As I measure it on the VOR 2d tracker Mapfre needs to clear the top of an exclusion zone and will then have a fairly miserable angle to the next mark. Dongfeng with about 7 miles more to sail (32 vs 25).
  13. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Race experts gree with you now... What a finish!
  14. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Unless the Westernpack really hits a gluestrip with no wind (which seems unlikely at ths point), I do not see Dongfeng getting back into this one.
  15. Zander

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Things looking grim for Dongfeng this morning. Though it seems that the DTF's in the table are not taking the exclusion zones into account. According to so rough measuring with the tracker ruler, the actual deficit seems more like 5-10 miles than 46. For Dongfeng, it will come down to how much the breeze drops for the boats further offshore and how much the breeze stays near shore. From around 13:00 - 14:00 you can expect some significant sea breeze along that coast if it is a light breeze day. Things look bad, but Df has a chance for glory still. Mapfre - Brunel is going to be pretty epic. We will see who is best in lighter conditions.