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  1. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Given that at the moment he's pointed a bit more south, it may be he's just good at interpreting patterns of the systems. Next day or so that light area moves north and he stays back on the same lat. He's not allowed routing, but a good weather forecast is not out of the question. It's still a good guess at that time. Slats and the gang behind look like their in the boiling pot for a bit. That cannot be a comfortable ride. Looks like Susie and the Back Pack are going to get rolled again with light winds in a couple of days.
  2. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    From a linked article: It seems she hit a mental wall at some point coming down the Atlantic. For a while she had been sailing strong, leading the 2nd pack in moments, at least hanging in there, but the ITZ sucked some of that out, then she had at least one equipment issue and after that she never really got her groove back. She just sailed from hole to hole. Don's statement is slightly cryptic, but I take it that she's backed off, not mentally in the game. Barring something serious I feel she can finish this race, but she'll get passed again soon. She did listen to someone on this list for at least she is heading east again :-)
  3. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I see windyty is back...thank goodness, because predictive jsut made the screen look a mess. I'm leaning a bit with Jack and LC on the interest part though not so much because the loss of Phillip and Are, but the presentation as a whole. It was also painful to watch these boat take almost two weeks to get down to or past Cape Town after Heede. I swear if Susie could find a hole, she'd sail into it. Still, there are races within, like Uku, Gregor and Tomy, Tapoi and Istvan and will they/can they pass Susie? I'm still cheering her on, it is a long race, but perhaps less experience is showing. The next thirty or so days will be just watching systems roll over the boats and how they handle them, hoping there are no more equipment failures or upsets, and checking in here for the great tidbits on ocean sailing, old school.
  4. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Man, Are is wasting no time getting him and his boat back home. Those Norwegian Search and Rescue guys are good! If it's the RO punching position numbers into the tracker he might want to do a little reviewing before he hits enter.
  5. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    So, wind from behind, waves from behind, but current running almost perpendicular (and fairly strong) + not steering = not a good place to be. he sounded good (sound quality made it hard to get it all). 375+ miles on engine? Good that he's got calming conditions to get to Cape Town. Outside thought, his masted snapped and if he was bare poled either the force or speed of the mast going under had to be tremendous. Or, could he have had the smallest reef in the main 9or he was hove-to) and that bit of sail was too much drag (force) on the mast?
  6. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Between the two I would feel hove-to gives a little more stability with the counter balance of the backwinded jib against the hard over tiller/wheel. I found this youtube video of a sailing vessel ahull and it looks like it could get more broadside to the waves. I've done hove-to (in smaller boats) and once I got things set, we kept fairly pointed into the wind/waves without much turning down. The video is fairly intense in movement (A little above my pay grade for experience I'll admit)
  7. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Damn!!! Damn damn. At least he seems okay, thank goodness. Is this the kind of carnage we may see more of in the next two months? Gregor is down close to him so I wonder if he's having the same conditions.
  8. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Well that sucks, and maybe no real weather break for over a day. I realyl hope he can fix this thing can get back to his race again, because he was doing very well.
  9. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Jack? Gosh...who'd a thunk it?
  10. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    t to Cape Town. He has now been scrubbed before even getting to Cape Town on the basis he didn't accept that time penalty to reinstate to racing but would decide in Cape Town. There is not even consistency between these rules made up on the go. In this we are 100% on the same page.
  11. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I get that, but since I'm not coming at this with eons of ocean sailing experience, but with decades of just sailing, the interest angle is obviously different. I'd miss you and Jack's input for you really give great insight to this level and style of sailing and racing. I rather doubt the RO will fix his cock up approach to running/ruling this thing so I guess even in that, there is drama to unfold. In the end, just as I see it, there are twelve crazy ass sailors doing something I dreamed and read about most my life. To not follow them, to not cheer them on is unthinkable and thankfully, I'm not that cynical for I see the poetry in their efforts, almost more so than the VG or VOR. That's me in this thing and while Jack can bust my ass for my SWAGs, it don't matter, cause I'm still gonna watch and cheer. Are takes the lead before the drop....prove me wrong ;-)
  12. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Maybe...and it is a moot point now since he's out either way. His sat call is his sat call....I said he had lots of time to ponder what he was going to do. If you take the "report" at face value, he knowingly was breaking the rules trying to set up stuff before he got into CT. If he did that he was, at one level, pretty much saying 'Do it Don, I don't give a fuck'...So Don did. In no way do I agree with the RO/jury decision, but having been in moments where it is push on vs why? i might initially say "let's do it" only later to re-think and discover, why bother. Anyway, it's a moot point. looking down the road I got Are pulling within a day of Heede by two weeks. Takers?
  13. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I'm sorry, do I know you? There is this great sailboat race going on. Gosh, I hope you follow it. btw, you know anything about sailing for that would really help folks understand what is happening ()
  14. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Well...maybe...but applying the non-displacement (re: default) thought to how these boats will sail has not proven to be all that accurate (and yes, I know the routing software is factoring in velocity). I think there will be more...um...movement as the systems wash over this fleet and since they cannot follow the wind down below (what 40 now? or is it still 42?) they could chase it up, leaders could sail into a hole as a system swings south allowing trailing boats opportunities to compress. Sleep deprived skippers may sail past the line (oh know's, big bad RO will punish them) and there is still the potential for breakage. In two...no wait (hmmm@ 150 nm) okay, two weeks let's see if we don't see some things happening. One example Are Wiig who has had to play catch up twice and has slowly pulled in the leaders. Gregor went from goat to hero as well while Susie did dumpster dive, but seems to be now crawling back out. Prediction... Are and Gregor will continue to close the gap on Slats. if her boat holds together, Susie will get back up to Uku. Two weeks!
  15. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I learn at the feet of the Masters here.