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  1. That was awesome to watch. (I still haven't seen the Leg 11 dock-in and interview videos; I'm gonna watch those next.) But in terms of the Raw Content ocean leg videos, the spreadsheet is (I think) finished. 1,354 videos described and tagged. Yay! :-)
  2. Are you freaking kidding me??!!
  3. Could be a tracker artifact. Those have happened before. Of course, so have exclusion zone violations and resulting penalties. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Yeah, that looks to me like they realized kind of late, started sailing low to clear it, decided that wasn’t good enough and did a quick gybe. With them being committed to the inside route at this point and the only two competitors who can hurt them going outside, a certain amount of conservatism seems called for.
  5. Is DF heading for an exclusion zone? If they mess up and get a penalty that's going to make things even more interesting.
  6. It's actually the J1 (note the hanks). See the previous Raw Content video from MAPFRE: Side note: I know all the sailors have been talking about how this leg is like a 3-day in-port race, with the midnight sun and the constant transitions and maneuvers. But I have to say: The OBRs haven't been getting much sleep either. They're uploading new videos pretty much *constantly*. And me with my promise to try to keep them tagged and described in real-time on this leg, I've been super busy. :-) Edit: Oh look. Another video to tag. AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!! Also: Can you believe this split? Such an amazing conclusion.
  7. I think Charles is asleep sitting up at the nav station at the beginning of this video:
  8. I think the fact that on all the boats no one has slept more than a few minutes is starting to take its toll. (Also, it was just a tricky set of maneuvers to pull off.) I know they're all tough seafaring professional men and women who can push it with caffeine and willpower, but I still feel like this leg is long enough that biology/neurology matters. They should be getting actual sleep. I think a team that does is going to have a big advantage going into the last part of the leg. Of course, if they're behind at that point because they took it too easy earlier on, having nice form on their end-of-leg maneuvers won't really mean much. Also, side note based on my just checking the tracker: ¡Vamos MAPFRE!
  9. How cool would it be if she came back with the same team? :-)
  10. Okay; spreadsheet tagging and describing are all caught up. One leg to go! I'm gonna try to stay on top of it so the descriptions are done in close to real-time for Leg 11.
  11. Are you kidding me?
  12. jbc

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    From the sched update. The every-six-hours email they get with each boat’s position includes windspeed, I think I remember hearing.
  13. jbc

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Eh, once you’re in different wind the distance isn’t necessarily indicative of how well they’re sailing. Can just be the wind gods messing with them. Also, once you’re off the back the risk-reward calculation favors high-risk maneuvers, which most of the time leave you even further back. It’s still the right call, though, strategy-wise.