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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Mini Transat 2017

  2. Why was TNZ faster ?

    Interesting bit on the trade-offs of the NZ design: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11882769
  3. Tasars - differences old and new boats

    That's exactly what I was looking for (down to the wire measurements!). Thanks a lot Richard.
  4. Tasars - differences old and new boats

    Thanks a lot. So the Mylar sails could be used on an old boat without changes in spars and fittings, right? I was wondering because I saw pictures of older boats with Dacron sails with a jib-furler and I read about improvements to the stay adjusters etc. Seeing it's such a light and simple boat, you wonder why it did not take off like the Laser..
  5. Tried tasar.org and tasar.org.uk and couldn't find an answer to: are there considerable differences between older and newer boats except the Mylar Seils (and wear)? Has the hull shape been altered? What are differences in fittings etc? I am considering an older boat, possibly 80ies, and wonder if new sails would make it competitive?
  6. Narcissist in Chief Does it Again

    He may have simply meant to say that he considers the German trade surplus in German-US trade a serious - bad - problem for the US, examplified by German manufacturer's car sales in the U.S. Or something in that direction. Leaving aside his astounding ignorance of the fact that BMWs, Mercedes and Volkswagens are assembled in the US in large numbers and that they probably have U.S. share holders profiting from their sales, it's quite funny to hear this kind of superficial view of the exploitation of the possiblies of capitalism and free trade from a U.S. president. U.S. administrations have advocated uninhibited international investments and trade - which, in view of the relative economic potentials, meant enabling further U.S. investments and trade in/with other countries - for decades. Remember the negotiations for an Unilateral Agreement on Investments in the 90ies and recently for TTIP? Hm. He could probably agree with Attac and many European right and left wing radicals on this issue.
  7. Not judging on the poor fellows in that boat and trying to be a smartass, just wanted to throw in that in some breeze most race boats can be sailed close hauled, if slowly, and make headway against the wind with the main raised only a bit, a third up the mast or even less, and by trimming it holding on to the leech with your bare hands. If the halyard is jammed/broken or whatever, you can help yourself with a line tossed over the spreaders. Not pretty, but it works.
  8. Vendee Globe 2016?

    That title is still held by Ives Parlier (2000/01 Edition).
  9. When does a boat become a yacht?

    Nowadays, a boat usually matures to a yacht at the age of ten. Rarely is a boat born as a yacht anymore. The few that still are can be recognized by large overhangs on both ends, a wooden cabin, tiller and seats and coiled ropes on deck. Some develop prematurely though and can grow seat cushions in the cockpit and brass applications in the cabin as early as during their second or third season. Others suffer from arrested development and are actually sailed and raced until old age as empty carcasses. In rare cases boats never reach the yacht stage at all, their respective owners being immune to the cruising and boozing life style for reasons unknown. So basically, the question can only be answered for an individual boat.
  10. Vendee Globe 2016?

    Cut him some slack. He was under a lot of pressure, might have become the eternal 2nd, with la grande nation watching and all, because the S Atlantic weather played it to the incredibly tough guy in a (multiply) wounded boat behind him. No wonder he cracked when the reporter mentioned stress. Great guy. What a race, especially the last part up the Atlantic.
  11. Vendee Globe 2016?

    They way I read it the damaged foil was up and violently slammed down - 'bâbord est violemment descendu' - upon the deceleration of the boat in the trough of the wave. The top of the foil and the lowering mechanism were damaged, prolly when they were pushed down into the slot by the foils own weight. Not sure why he yibed. Maybe he hoped to get the thing unstuck by the pressure on the foil?
  12. Looking for sextant info

    Ask the manufacturer? http://www.fpm.de/index.php?c=1&s=kontaktanfahrt English should be fine.
  13. Vendee Globe 2016?

    Merci beaucoup, Leo. That was quick!
  14. Vendee Globe 2016?

    VG 2016/17 might look a lot like this: The top ten boats seem to have different sweet spots (PRB in lighter air, foilers in 15 - 25, above 25 ?). We might also see different approaches re tactics since the foilers like hotter angles. Incidently, seeing there is a lager audience in this thread, does anyone here know where to obtain a copy of this doc film on the VG 1992/93: Parole de solitaires Documentaire de Jean-François Coste (1995-50mn) Production : Ellipse ?
  15. Gunboat 68

    Disruptive Journalism.