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  1. jack_sparrow

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Thanks GBR. Not unexpected in terms of expected race attrition and for him while still at sea pounding to windward and feeling pretty low. Maybe a rethink when he pulls into the lee of Tenerife and sparks up?
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I have come to the conclusion Peche and Heede are just fucking with us and they gybe just after the update.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Thanks for heads up spyder. Very easy to critisise the RO for a lot of stuff, but having regard to his low rent budget for putting on this race, great example of trying to maintain fan engagement under the rules he wrote where not a lot of detail comes off the boats.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Yes he did and a move that resulted him rocketing to the front. He knew the area well from kite surfing and wasn't afraid of the lee effect.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I was thinking negative VMG. A Whitbread boat took that route one edition I forget who, and it worked out.. sort off. The St Helena high went MIA then I think.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    If in doubt take the wind tunnel through the middle. Would be funny if they all gybed at next update.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Slatts might slow giving some catch to those behind but not die. The current tracker positions Tuesday 0400 UTC (update due in about 1 1/2 hours) shows Peche and Heede favouring the left lane east of the Verdes and Slatts looking to go island hoping. Here is the wind speed and direction at their respective point at Wednesday midday and then and through to and beyond the weekend as shown on Tracker pic. Looks to me that Slatts though running steadily out of breeze, it stays steady from the NE and he is up and running sometime Thursday/Friday depending how far he gets south beyond this point in the middle of the Verdes. If he elects to side down the eastern side like the other two he won't be mush better of than the other two. The other two are driving up to the edge of the cliff as I type and will only be able to crawl around at the bottom with breeze coming from all over the shop until Friday at the earliest and then need to get out of there quick smart before the next wave of misery comes though late Sunday. A gybe before breakfast in less than 1 1/2 hours is their only hope of minimising the amount of blood and even then it may well be still flowing this time next week. Ouch.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Drank a lot of tea?
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Probably unrelated but maybe this teaser a fightback plan.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    ^^^^My understanding is in both cases so far parts wouldn't help. In Nabil's case one of a welded joint shitting itself. Short of carrying an entire spare/alloy welding gear, not too sure what they could do to plan for this other than when assessing model, condition and age and rebuilding/servicing accordingly. I haven't kept abreast of vanes for years but at the time very impressed with Aries in terms of engineering. You get what you pay for so priced today around USD$6k supply incl fixings. As that a significant budget item I imagine some may have inferior products and or units that have already done a lot of miles. Probably the item you should buy new and forget the dollars. I think vanes are like women,.. a in the eyes of the beholder thing. The top 3 have different choices noting Slatts has gone anglo Aries.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    harry shout yourself a Xmas present http://www.weems-plath.com/Mintaka.html or if you have 2k Raymarine gear and are Scottish http://www.yachtd.com/products/sensors.html They do tend to drift a bit re accuracy but great for keeping an eye on the trend log when one has dementia.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    He is going to pirate territory and a free sandblast. Bit of trivia. There is little or no final natural sand for building in the Cape Verdes. On the eastern side of the islands they mine sand which has been blown from the Sahara.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Peche is doomed if he doesn't gybe by lunch. I will be very surprised if he doesn't ..then again maybe he is crazy enough to tack most of the way to Cape Town. Will be a restart in the Verdes over the weekend with Suzie, Gregor and Are smiling.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Can sometimes lead to a door through Doldrums where east is least even though normally west is best.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    It may well be better to quickly push though through it and get to the other side and be first out. Providing fuel is not an issue he can also motor for a bit. Those further west could in fact be worse off. I have trouble aclimitising to 6/7 K BS and weather however.