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  1. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Glad there is closer to real time data (thank you)...it was strange, same with MACSF (slowed down a lot), but I will consider that these things happen when shoreside followers track with long (and spot) datapoints.. Next sched is too late for me so I guess I'll see what has happened tomorrow and hope Isabelle mashed the throttle again and is looking to pass the next boat (and Boris is speeding on).
  2. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I see that (edit...it is focus based) However, we could be looking at a complete electrical failure? The boat was not in serious conditions yet seeing such a sharp cut on data...When does one get worried. I figure the RO would be on top if this was a "thing". I like to think this is data till something is confirmed there is a problem.
  3. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    It would seem to be the concern for that course, based on wind would not be optimal for racing, but maybe it would be for taking pressure off the boat? You have JLC holding a steady course and Boris was kind of on that track then he makes a left turn, crossing behind JLC and maintaining the course. It seems..odd.
  4. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Indeed...had seen that after the last sched so.....It looks like the time stamps are adjusted for local (thoose same graphs stop just before 1600 my time....Forgot he was doing a live feed....hmmmm...
  5. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    here is a wonderful spirit who speaks not just her truth, but from what I sense the truth of what doing this is about. The shrinking and expanding of perception, of the world based mainly on the condition around one's self. In a way I envy her, I wish I could trade, for even a moment where she stands for it truly is ... She will finish back in the pack, but her way of telling this story, beautiful, but as to her spirit...first place in my book and this is a position that can be shared.
  6. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Checking in on the last sched I noticed that MACSF had dropped off the pace (from 18 to 12). I also noticed that Boris dropped speed as well compared with the other boats around. Could it be sail change and the tracker update caught them with their pants down? going back in time Isabelle had been maintaining a pretty steady rate as well Boris so hopefully a glitch or pinged at the wrong time. Both have been doing fantastic With Isabelle really hauling it in in the last couple of days. Just get a little nervous when you see that change of course and speed drop. Man I wish they'd give sooner updates...Guess we'll see in the next report.
  7. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    In regards to the race, Isabelle may soon pass Pedote...I'm sorry correction, she *has* passed Pedote and is still rolling along. Those 4 in front of her may start looking backwards and it is not a far distance to look. 7 boats all within 150 nm (front to back) and two of the non-foilers. My question to Herman would be, with boats in this reasonable proximity to each other, would the routing be roughly the same so we are looking at positions changing due to seamanship in the small things (sail shape, course, AP or hand steering) or do the polars of each boat impact the routing decisions and position. From a different angle, when does the skipper step away from routing and sail what the got? Isabelle seems to be a good spot to angle down towards the ice line and stay in better breeze.
  8. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I'll leave it with this, your words. This is not about boats "falling apart". It is about boats getting broken by unknown, external forces/objects. That's different. If a mast breaks, a keel drops off because of poor construction, a sail rips because the skipper held it on too long, shit happens. Same with a skipper who sails into a hole or makes a bad routing call, shit happens and that is part of racing. What I am talking about is like watching a car race, but randomly holes open in the track and swallows cars. Yes, these skippers (may) understand and yes they (may) be willing to accept the risk, but I've followed two VGs with foiling and this time the breaks have been greater impacting top sailors and sponsors. So, if sponsors want to take the chance, if skippers want to take the chance...there it is, but at some point attrition and random take downs will impact the essence of this race. At least for me. Fair winds.
  9. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    And here I thought it was suppose to be a sailboat race, not Death match 2020 or Mad Max: Water War Zone. I've said before that most folks like to watch a race, not episodes of Survivor. I can accept if something goes wrong or a skipper makes a bad decision and I even accept that this is extreme sailing, but taking boats out randomly, boats fans and sponsors want and expect to finish...maybe not so interesting. The topic of ROI has come up from time to time in both the VOR and VG threads and while sailing super fast is cool, losing a few million because of "something" in the water that damages or destroys a fragile, high performance, not cool. This is why you don't see F1's running the Baja and why Baja racing does not get the same level of money and interest. It is at least a consideration that the performance and fragility has started to exceed what the ocean dishes up. Not my call, but frustrated that three boats I followed are out. Almost afraid to be supporting Isabelle because I LOVE what she is doing right now.
  10. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Granted. But maybe they one more bullet point that seems to becoming more the issue: Not hitting things. Listen, I'm not arguing points. Been there, done that, been bitch slapped by Jack enough to learn. I just want/wanted to enjoy a race, comment now and then, and if/when a boat I support gets taken out by things under there control I'm okay. But it seems that more and more, high speeds and large things sticking out seems to not be working for when a race is determined by UFOs, living or inanimate, it is less a race of skill and more a survivalist event. Some people like blood and circuses, but I hazard this guess, more like the race. Not my problem to solve or really to defend. I step back and go back to the race, such as it is and hope not many more are taken out by "fans" throwing shit on the track. I'm off to sample mead tonight. Tomorrow I hope to see Isabelle chewing on another boat's stern and start giving some pressure to the front. Viva la MACSF.
  11. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Reasonable...but this is a race, no? Till just this afternoon a great race between two boats and *poof*...no race. Not because someone fucked up, something broke, but because of some random shit. It's like watching a car race and some fan throws an object in front of a car that was doing great. I don't have an answer right now...I am frustrated, because I have come to enjoy this race, not the carnage. However, if VG, VOR (Whatever?) or other high speed RTW events do not figure something out eventually sponsorship may dry up because after spending $$$$ the last thing they want to see is their boat limping to port, or sinking. So, they know its a problem, problems should be fixed so I'll be curious how they fix this one. In the mean time, there are still a few boats I'm focused on and one is still racing hard. I'm hoping she catches Pedote for I think she is starting to figure out how to do this thing.
  12. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I'll accept that statement on one level. When boats break because of bad design, when they break because of a weakness or just bad sailing then fine...carnage accepted. When they break because they are hitting shit at high speeds and they can't see what's ahead...why bother with an Ice limit then? At least they can see/hear them. here we have another boat impacted by the unseen; not design, not build, not seamanship.... I respect your views almost always, not so much this one. Racing high performance vessels in a garbage pit with what now seems to be a higher than 1% chance of failure is not something we can just say "deal with it" because this is costing a lot of money...and potential lives.
  13. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Honestly, this is starting to get old (sigh) Not a knock on the racers AT ALL, but dammit, how can you have a race when fucking holes open up in front of competitors they can't see until *BAM*. Glad to hear Sam's okay, but the moment these high performance boats are injured in key spots they are taken out of competitive racing, even if sound. Given how close those two were, tis fate alone that determined which got touched.
  14. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Hope Same yelled starboard (humor). Now THAT is a close race! There have been moments we like to call glitches, but as a data guy, it is hard to accept that on a reported schedule update her speed drops 10 kts right at the moment of recording. I also wonder if, given how close they are/were if they talked on the radio (I would if I knew a cross was coming). Time will tell and the RO or Team Davies will put something out so in the mean time... the race goes on.
  15. bucc5062

    Vendee Globe 2020

    At this point it seems reasonable to say that something is not 100% on Sam's boat. At last sched uldate they are side by side separated by only 16 nm and Isabelle has 4 kts on her. 14.9 for Sam vs 18.9 for Isabelle. If Sam is sailing a conservative race then this makes sense, but up till a week ago she had been holding with Burton. In the next sched I would see Isabelle drawing ahead and maybe setting sights on Pedote. Great sailing on her part, but would love to get a picture on Sam's situation for she's not one to back off (I remember her one VOR leg where SCA won and pushed hard in tough seas.)