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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Me too Ease...but luck would have it I invented the Question Mark then and have never worked since.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    And one of his biggest "Blue Poles" The National Gallery of Australia purchased Blue Poles in 1973 for A$1.3M. To put that $1.3M into context the gallery director was not able to authorise purchase, so the acquisition had to be approved by the Prime Minister of Australia at the time. Sort of like we need to buy a bunch of new navy ships urgently as we are being invaded type national budgeting fuck the expense type decision. Pollock's Blue Poles now currently can't be valued and one of the most highly and coverted paintings on planet earth and sitting beside the Mona Lisa in the Louvre as being unobtainable. Australian taxpayers got a good deal there.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Kandinsky superb..a Russian then went to France. Died around WW2. I think USA art lovers embraced him before anyone else which is at odds coming from those who worship the BigMac and have elected a philandering fuckwit as a President.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Wiig looks good now like even Tomy and others courtesy of compression/placement with only 1/6 of the runway to Hobart under their belt to date. All the way around my guess a leader of the next bunch but behind the 3 defacto pros.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Renny I found you a pic to go with that quite remarkable Omega watch story you posted..aka look at his left wrist. I think RKJ left sans beard then never took it off after coming home in 1969 worried no one would notice who he was at the pub, even sporting a Knighthood. He talks in that piece of not his watch but a Chronometer providing accurate time for celestial navigation. The following pic is of a unit that some will have exactly that same unit on board now. That then brings me back to the first pic showing RKJ's radio gear and which was wiped out in a knockdown in the SO to the extent no one knew where he was until he got into the upper Atlantic by a sighting, including Crowhurst, which after Tetley's Piver Tri shat itself and sank and then Moitessier went loopy, all lead to Crowhurst going really loopy. RKJ's shit radio installation contributed to that Crowhurst catastrofuck. How so you may ask? In those days a SSB/HF Transciever was one unit, still had valves not transistor circuit board construction etc and suseptible to moisture. While you can see with cabinet overhangs RKJ was cognisant of that. However like all Nav stations locations still to this day, located right beside the Companionway. It was doomed to fail before he left. That said Moitessier's low budget affair didn't include any radio shit. That then brings me to today and the SSB/HF gear they have on board and in a small boat the Nav Station is close to the Companionway. The difference today is the Transciever (the brains) and Head Unit (the dials/buttons) are seperated. This allows the Transciever to be located in a more secure location, hopefully isolated from the effects of moisture etc, let alone water egress in a knockdown situation as RKJ experienced, and which these competitors by the law of averages being in the SO early in the season, some will experience. However SSB/HF units are all not treated equal depending on your boats country of origin, its subsequent international call sign and operator licencing demands. In short national communication authorities deem what is approved and not approved. World wide the USA and a minority of countries which follow their standards are the odd man out compared to Euro standards. Using the world's largest high end marine manufacturer of SSB/HF units, ICOM (Japanese) and their top of the range unit, albeit DSC (GPS) enabled which feature these competors can't use. The 3rd photo is a USA ICOM 802 certified unit. However the Transciever part is not IP rated and contains a fan to suck in salt air to keep it cool. On the other hand a Euro approved 801e unit, with exactly the same hardware as the 802 has the Transciever part contained within in a IP rated enclosure with a heat sink requiring no fan unit (pic 4). This 801e unit costs around 1/3 more than its US approved 802 cousin. I'm hoping competitors in this race cottoned on to things like this when outfitting their boats. If not and they went USA approved cheap, their SSB/HF platform is really not much better than RKJ's 50 years previous in a comparitive sence. You started it Renny with a watch, I somehow then then went radio.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    First in at Hobart, Peche 21 October a Sunday so a crowd on hand...and he will look fucked...and the RO will be eating Crow in terms of his implied prediction being Heede. Man mountain Slatts will be up Peche's clacker. Heede #3.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    This race is a crawl over honey..drift is good :-)
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Them cathedrals all date around the 1500's. Dali died in the late 1980's.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    ^^^^ Harry if you have a second brain cell to call upon you are one ahead of me. I'm a bit of a Salvador Dali fan and art of the Surrealism and Eccentric kind. The above sail/bridge is not one of his. As I'm into thread drift and maybe part and parcel with this slow race thread, two of my favourite ocean series Dali's are..the guy was off his rocker.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Yes in sailing it is very easy to miss the big picture.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Note these include Southern Ocean speeds, less provisions/tankage so boats lighter etc so averages higher than to date. Distance left to be sailed is obviously pretty approximate. Leaders say 11,500 nm left ÷ 5.5k Av = 87 days or say last week of October. Tailenders say 11, 800 nm ÷ 4.5k Av = 109 days or say mid November. Oh and that is this year.. 2018.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I don't know spiders had arses
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Even Moitessier might have gone left too early to get around the high, though maybe it was well north for him? He didn't need a routing program to tell him a jig east to clear the ITCZ was all good. Going into the SO in Nov would have been nicer compared to when these guys are going to hit there earlier.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    The second most westerly will be in their handbooks (and very close to Moitessier's logged route) once they get out of the glue...the interesting bit will be watching those that pull the trigger too early getting around the high versus those that push on just a bit further south before turning left.
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    Dodger or no?

    Well actually it was blame. A properly designed dodger from the wheel you look over it, not through it. Your bad experience with a shit designed dodger is not very helpful.
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    Women of the VOR in the New York Times

    I forgot it is a Royal ....contact my manager Harry M and leave a message.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Airmass Composite taken an hour ago at 2000 UTC Friday with Peche & Slats approx positions marked. You can see Slatts might be running into even softer stuff up front and Peche might have a alley developing beside the coast to tip toe down before putting the tiller down to go west. Despite what the tracker may say Slatts is well in front. This is reinforced by him sailing 80 more miles than Peche since the beginning of the week. If Peche continues to follow the coast there is going to be a very large amount of lateral seperation develop between the two whereby this might be the closest they get to each other for a while.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Thanks laser. I will now go get that tattooed on my arm. If it says something other than "I have a plan and I'm not here to fuck spiders" and I end up in hospital or prison or both, I will come looking for you .
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Extract from VetV on the lonelyness factor per auto translate. "It's a personal challenge, a great adventure," said one Antoine Clousot, full of frankness . "You have no idea, even reading the book of Moitessier and those of other sailors alone, what it is to be alone. They talk about the sea and the environment, but they do not talk about what's going on inside. " Also victim of regulatory problems, a weld having "let go" according to him, the Palestinian skipper, who had for a moment mentioned his intention to release, finally made the decision, Wednesday, July 18, to make all towards Tenerife. "But I will not continue. The wind and waves in the teeth ... Sailing is more enjoyable with friends. " "I was not ready for this experience." The rules of this old-fashioned race forbidding any radio contact with the land, except for a weekly communication with the race committee, is this loneliness also that Ertan Beskardes had badly experienced, specifying by radio the 6 July, announcing his abandonment: "Do not talk with my family regularly to share my daily experiences has unfortunately made this experience empty of joy and happiness. These feelings have worsened until nothing else is left to speak to them. " "I was not ready for this experience and this decision was the hardest I've ever made in my life. I like sailing alone but I felt really alone without contact "added this unfortunate competitor on July 6 before mooring the next day at La Corunna where his wife had joined him on July 8. For the sake of elegance, Don Mc Intyre had not visited this Spanish port and Caroline Violot refrained from "adding the slightest comment to this decision" . Here again, the ghost of Donald Crowhurst hovers in the mind of this organizer, as probably in that of the founding father. "In any decision, it takes courage," she said again, respectfully. "All the more courage, no doubt, that their preparation was long. Of course in a corner of our head, there is the tragic story of Donald Crowhurst. So ? Then fools, no doubt, would laugh at these solitary victims of their loneliness. We, no. http://www.voilesetvoiliers.com/course-regate/le-fantome-de-crowhurst-rode-sur-la-golden-globe-race/#.W1HZF1pAOYs.twitter
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I don't know what to make of that. They have 2 X YB3's (one spare) so one must be working to send that text message which seems for weekly satphone call has tried unsuccessfuly calling three times, and questioning if satphone is broken?
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Good read Renny. Thanks. My father had one of those Rolex's that interestingly he got in Suez just before the Six Day War in 1967 whereas RKJ got his in Kuwait in 1961. He lent it to me for a dingy race however the bracelet was too big for my wrist and I dropped it in the drink. He wasn't a happy chappy.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Latest update: Susie and Gregor also sucked left. What is it with these people. Wiig after his dumb fuck lee park up is out and going. Up front moving best they can in light and variable, that won't change for days. Peche with the plan to keep us guessing ..Slattts looking good. Heede in the middle. The big news is Commander Tomy has gybed south and stopped hallucinating thinking he had a crew and his Vane was Florence Arthaud wearing a white swimsuit and taking him to Cuba. Mrs Tomy will be glad that dream is over and he is back on track.
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    Women of the VOR in the New York Times

    Hoppy posting a picture of a pumpkin is more weird.
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    Women of the VOR in the New York Times

    LB I would have thought your post more relevant that instead of playing the sexist card to critisise the Club is why was her address restricted to just 21 year old members only like yourself and no one else? Or is it simply recent <21 yo members of both sexes are either non existent, so none one of them would have turned up, or if in abundance are treated as nobody in that joint? I'm confused as to your complaint being sexist based. Can't see that. Seems to me that complaint should be one of full member inclusion being denied, full stop. Instead it was simply based on how long one has been a member to recieving an invitation to hear her speak, irrespective of being a sailing member and denied accordingly an invitation. A very strange place your club.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Leo your word etc is the key to watching Peche. Every competitor has access to the same public access voice HF forecasts. Yet you look at Peche being prepared to sail more miles and punch the corners just as he is doing right now more than anyone else using effectively the same forecasts. Why has he done this? Does he interperate that information differently and for better or worse than everyone else? My guess is he is drawing upon more weather information than other competitors using the same voice/Ham network than others could have but don't and he set this up long before leaving le Sables. Afterall the secret to going fast in a RTW race is "weather and platform". Doesn't matter what sort race it is and whether you are in Jules Verne record breaking multi like he has done or in a slug like he is now on. Firstly platform. I think the closest anyone anyone to him is Heede for preparing their boat around the opportunities and constraints of the SI's and their own capability. The first three pics below is from Peche's Rustler being launched in December 2017 when he was still chasing a major sponsor. No one went this far, short of Tomy building a Suhile replica in wood epoxy. Peche having done everything to a weight reduction he could and being penalised by the RO by having to carry an extra underpins his platform approach. More power storage down low he must regret that penalty :-) Secondly the weather. We won't know this until early next year after Peche gets back to le Sables, but my guess is not better/worse interpretation of public access weather available to everyone like Radio Monaco, but more weather SSB/HF voice weather data available than anyone else went looking for. He spent a lot of time setting this up as constrained by the SI's using the HAM network where he can only have access to official but in his case more local forecasts. For example his easterly route of the Verdes that has many perplexed. The Verdes has half a dozen active HAM operators. There are two in particular one down by the harbour with a substantial antenna above his house (pic below) the other a Russian guy with literally a HF superstation on top of Monte Verde who is the world guru of Ham operators. See last two pics below. My guess is Peche has tapped into this HAM network to avail himself of legitimate local forecasting and not just relying upon High Seas forecasts via public access HF like Monaco Radio and others that everyone else is largely relying upon. By the way I have no inside information in this regard and only started to think about it from my own post above today being; And then Chay chimined in upthread with; Peche launched his boat last December with no sponsor and adorned with a "I need money" message (see pics 1 - 3 below) and then spent a lot of time proving it up before the start. He put on hold a successful marine hardware business in another country (Aust) for two years to do this escapade. He finally walked out of PRB with a sponsor cheque, probably the biggest in this fleet. I don't know the French launguage equivalent for it but my guess is when the PRB money guy asked, "Why should we give you money Philippe?", Peche simply said.. "I have a plan and I'm not here to fuck spiders". Weather info and no desire to fuck spiders is the secret to winning this race/crawl is my guess.