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  1. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Seeing as that was his stated intent, he seems to being doing pretty good so far. He's had posted speeds over 6kts at times so while he is not pushing as hard, he is still sailing well. If he makes it pass the Horn and up past Uruguay I could see him able to finish the race (short of a freak storm). He navigated down the Atlantic very well where Mark had struggled and though he may have more upwind sailing, as Jack pointed out he could adjust course to keep less pressure on the mast. The fact that he made the decision to continue tells me that he feels his rig can make it all the way and that he could still win this....thing. In the next group, Susie has a chance to pad some miles on Kopar and still is slowly reeling Uku in. Now its a drag race along the exclusion zone and it looks like she's got reasonable weather for a few days.
  2. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    It seems heed's repair is working well. Checking in (you know there is a race out there ;-) ) I see him pushing 6.3 kts. What was surprising was seeing Slats over 7 though maybe the tracker caught him in one of those surfing planing moments y'all spent a page and a half on. It was an informative discussion overall. Susie (The British) has been slowly eating away at Uku, went from 450 miles distance to @ 325 miles in the past day or so. However I see Kopar has been eating slightly into Susie's lead so it could get interesting in about a week if nothing happens to the boats. I'm pondering how much of a lead does VDH need once he rounds the Cape to hold Slats back? Mark has been churning out the miles and cutting some into Heede's lead (@1400 miles now).
  3. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Was that a fin keeled boat dropping in the water @ 2:12... and here I was given the view that they didn't exist back in 1968, according to the RO of the GGR. Gotta, love that super 8 video quality (rolls eye). Back then I can understand, but in the 21st century it will be painful to watch, if they even bother given there was digital tech aboard.
  4. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Man, gone for a day and not a comment? Susie's trucking at 6 kts and gained slight distance on Kopar, eaten a little more into Uku...What she may be eating will not be enjoyable sine she lost some burners 9for now) Heede's text message was sounding like he's stalled, but the tracker shows him at 6 kts which tells me he's happy with his rig at the moment.
  5. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Looks like Susie's going to get a nice boost around NZ in the next few days. She's added some miles on Kopar and if she can up her game a bit, could run down Uku over time for it seems she ate into his lead a bit as well. (hell, just trying to find something exciting in this "race").
  6. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    He is putting on a master class in how to make beautiful music with a box and cat gut for strings. I wouldn't be surprised if he figured a way to set up adjustable back stays to help support in line pressures so he could fly a chute (gybing would be much more work) and figuring out how to tighten the side shrouds, added extra support with line and block and tackle to help support lateral forces. Maybe he was able to reposition the bolt though the (tear?) would still now be a weak point on the tube. When he makes it to France is when we'll know unless there is a fly by as he rounds the Cape. My hope is that once he gets the feel for what the rig can take he will push a little more in flatter conditions, back off when the seas are less predictable and keep that 24 distance up in the 120s. That video of Slats in a storm showed me just how rolly these boats seem to be and that has to wear on a rig over time.
  7. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I ponder his safe mode might still be swift enough to keep him in the lead for some time. It might take a week to see what his average speed is in varying conditions and from there see if Slats can catch and pass. I admire his decision for it seems in keeping with his spirit. Of course if he didn't have the stupid ass chi-chester rule, then a stop at a port where he could perhaps weld plates over the damage, reset the bolt and tang set up and maybe have been off inside 24 hours.
  8. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Dutch Reformed PK. I think I could handle it. Gotta hand it to the sailors for being tight-lipped about GoproGate. Wonder if there was a little 'Family' pressure put on them like 'Hey, youz wanna talks about usin' de fancy camera? Youz wants to go talks wid da fish ,huh...good onez, right?" Then this... WTF does that mean....free to use. Sooooo, the GoPro costs them something to use? Why have a 1 hour GGR documentary in super 8 when you are going to have a 2 part documentary using the GoPros? As I remember, super 8 didn't have sound though I found this... So we have the potential of watching a film with not so great video imagery (checking google) or one made with modern digital resolution and sound. Gosh...what a choice. I thought the original intent of just having throwback recording media was dumb since issues of power and resolution and storage aside, waterproof was not a strong point back then. Now we come to find that, no, they have modern equipment to record events (though what events?). Kind of makes the whole throwback thing ridiculous.
  9. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    All the proper ridicule aside, I think the best news is that Heede can carry on once he completes repairs...whatever they may be since it may take some time to ever get the real shit on this issue. Fortunate he's got a lull to do what he needs to do and then get on quick. Susie's arc was interesting, but she really has a head of steam last update. Perhaps she's got her head back in the game. Why does not the RO just abolish Chi-Chester since he seems so quick to take people out of it and just play his random hours game instead. "What, you talked on a Sat phone to figure how to use the GoPRo...ummmm...1 hour penalty". "What, you used the Sat Phone to get information on how to fix a 10 gal a min leak from a fitting...20 hours and you must sail backwards for 1 day". The only two left to worry about for stopping and barnacles I don't think have any concern about how much growth is under the water. Still, one should try slipping and then argue to take hours over Chi-Chester...just for fun.
  10. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Man, if Susie doesn't turn south soon she may wind up hitting NZ. She's adding miles that Kopar can gain on. Then again she's been heading close to due east for 119 miles...maybe she's setting up for a deeper run to the mark?...it seems a strange course at the moment given the conditions.
  11. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    You are correct.....i stand corrected on that, though the rest happened. It is a different race, but more to the point a banged up boat in bad conditions made it into the channels and eventually to Ushuaia. I thought it an option and I'm accepting wisdom from Demi-Gods.
  12. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    No. 2015 Dong Feng snapped a mast 240 NM west of Cape Horn. The sailed/motored to Ushuaia where a mast swap was made from a cruising boat. Dong Feng was then sailed by a work crew up to itiaji, not rounding the Cape. I also am aware of the Vestas snap and yes I was aware they went to the falklands, that was this last race.
  13. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    As I said, I defer to your expertise. Clearly I've not been there and I can only go on one example, though it too was a boat with a damaged rig. What I find interesting is that his choices of stopping points have airports so the option of flying in a "team" to help, admitting the break is serious to warrant such help (or coordinate local help), or it certainly makes getting off the boat and home easier. Otherwise, self repair can be done anywhere. We shall see in a lot of days from now.
  14. bucc5062

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    There was a cruising boat there that had a mast at @ the height needed to get by to get to Itiaji. They borrowed it. The support team scrambled to get there asap since they were on a clock to get to the finish line in time to replace a mast at Itiaji. There had been talk of putting replacement mast(s) along the route and the Cape was one option, but no one did it.