Retired Sailor

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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    I agree it was messy, but perhaps immediately after they rounded the mark itself, not before it. I originally thought it was a premature unfurl, but if you look carefully, the unfurl was arguably beautifully timed , because they were wide of the port mark and need to bear away to reach to the mark and further bear away to the proper course, all on starboard. What went wrong was that the windward sheet got taken on not the leeward sheet as they bore away to the same course (starboard) as all the previous boats Akzo and Mapfre. Then again, maybe they had planned to go round the starboard mark but the unfurl happened, so quickly cancel that plan and go for the port mark, now the wrong winches are loaded or wrongly cross connected to the grinders. Even more messy.
  2. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Glad you enjoyed the silence, I only come here to get information lacking elsewhere. As for the mast failure, I'd hoped for a more insightful comment than yours which, though true, was not profound. Glad Scally's nearly there.
  3. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    One last comment before Leg 7 officially ends with Scally's arrival. It's a shame that after life with all the boats throughout the leg, and the damage and personal 'stuff' (John Fisher's tragic loss excluded) that occurred, we still don't have a worthwhile video on VOR website or VOR YouTube that actually shows us all (or most of) the things the Boatyard fixed that didn't necessarily get covered during the leg. Plus more coverage of crews ashore in Itajai. Particularly, I'd like to see some explanation for Vestas11thHour rig failure, i.e. a problem like Dee had, but not seen in time, or something else. Maybe nobody knows or isn't saying. Mapfre and Akzonobel did a good job of documenting their overcoming of issues with live video, possibly provided by OBRs.
  4. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Fine, all I'm saying is more please, particularly for in-port commentary. As for the Daily Show, I'd like to see her or anyone else replace Niall, he twitters too much (not the social media kind). Give me Conrad anytime.
  5. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Totally agree. I believe that Annie deserved better treatment, although I agree with Jack that the 'fit' is important. Nevertheless, I at least hope that the RO sees fit to have Annie back on board to be the primary commentator at the in-ports. Her comments were insightful and dearly missed in Auckland. Maybe also have her on a Daily Show. She brings so much vitality to the job.
  6. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Many thanks for posting. The franken rig actually looks quite efficient, considering what they had available. And colour coordinated too! Well done guys.
  7. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Well it didn't "kinda worked" because the reality is that Bouwe got to the Horn first because he stopped using the ice gate zone, instead sailing early for the coast gybing twice to get around and never looked back. Well only to cover Donger on the approach to Itajai.
  8. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Hopefully, with three guys not doing much a lot of the time (only two reportedly driving and trimming V11) they've managed to do more than twiddle their thumbs, although lack of spare parts, running rigging etc. might limit what they could do. Just hope no core problems for V11 or Scally when they arrive. As Scally has been full on sailing all the time, maybe not much time to service.
  9. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Fingers crossed that the Boatyard doesn't find core shear in Vestas or Scallwag when they arrive. Servicing the boat and getting it back in the water might take on a whole new dimension, even if it hasn't already.
  10. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Interesting that the shearing occurred close to a bulkhead. I don't know anything about carbon fiber construction, but the problem of bulkhead stiffness relative to adjacent cored laminate strength was solved a long time ago in glass fiber construction. Maybe if Francis is still reading this thread, he can provide comment?
  11. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    My apologies for using you as an intermediary, but I don't know on which forum benin is posting. Please enlighten? I second DA's thanks to benin.
  12. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Totally agree, but it's frustrating not having the tracker. Hi thengling, any chance belin can give a couple of updates over the next few days?
  13. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    You didn't miss it and thanks for posting. And for any remaining macho males out there who don't believe in women on racing boats, it's important to note that Liz went up the mast and fixed the spreader, including tool machining to fit, all with a damaged arm. Also despite the disappointment of the Auckland approach on Leg 6, that didn't stop Dee and crew fighting hard on Leg7. Like Mapfre they couldn't do much about the high pressure system that closed the door.
  14. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Simply disappointed, not grumbling, but thanks to Southern Cross for the post above, and apologies to all, especially to the team themselves. I hadn't realized that it was a video, I thought it was just the still from their Facebook page. Pity it still doesn't show up on their website.
  15. Retired Sailor

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    All the organizational skills in the world won't help if the boat doesn't make it to Itajai in time to get all the organized bits in place to start Leg 8. Assuming what Francis said about communication capability on the Falklands is correct, I think the right split would have been Mark fly out and Charlie stay. They need a boat captain like Liz and several others on other boats (Mapfre for one).