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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    G'day all! Sorry to miss all this VOR excitement, been catching up on many good posts and checked the tracker for the first time in this leg this afternoon Just arrived on the French island of Futuna after a 250nm passage from Fiji in never more 10 knots of wind, much like the the Volvo earlier in this leg. And dragging along a heavy duty Singer sewing machine that has seen 2 Whitbreads, as well as a Lirakus ball sqeezer, personal strobe lights, and tons of sailcloth etc. did not help either. Neither did all the barnacles on the bottom of the keel. We also had our own fight with one big cloud that managed to sail around us, we called that a karma cloud, see picture by our 16 yr old Fijian OBR: The return trip looks like much of the same light weather, so the Live tracker is waisted on me for a little longer. Anyway, kudos to the VOR for that much anticipated move. See you soon, FB.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Yes, he seems more into wishy-car-washy affairs,lately, LOL. But I posted my last shout-out right after he made a short comment in the forum, he must have been around at that time.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Glad Herman is back, sure. Nice work Volodia, yes indeed. But nice work Clean, you must be joking! The Clean Creep totally ignored my shout-outs here in the forum, and apparently only reacted now because it was Volodia who did the shouting. And don't expect that the posts will be reinstated, because that will show how ridiculously this whole sorry affair was.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    What's up? Carnival?
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Not only a shame, it's a sham !
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    Next VOR on IMOCAs?

    Did you notice that Jason Carrington is building Ran, in what must be part of the old Green Marine building. Way back Jason did his apprenticeship with Green Marine in Lymington, then took off on a delivery to Puerto Montt, going round the Horn from East to West, because he wanted to get into the Whitbread and proof himself. He certainly did and got onto Fortuna, 2 years later. That didn't go well as Fortuna lost their mast and Lawrie Smith jumped ship. After that he sailed on Silk Cut, Assa Abloy, and Ericsson, quite a Whitbread and Volvo career. He then went on to build manage several Volvo build projects, Assa and Azzam iirc. Good to see this tough but very likable guy do well.
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    Next VOR on IMOCAs?

    Thanks Stief, must learn how to do that, but first catching a few more hours of sleep.
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    Next VOR on IMOCAs?

    Wiki entry in French on this Chiorri guy, who seems to be still with OC Events. Maybe not quite complete, but informative nevertheless. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Chiorri Stief, do you have an easy way to link it to a translation, again? And thanks everybody for the excellent and very civil discussions in this thread. Would like to contribute, but cannot quite get my head around it at the moment. The problem is a very complex one, and one can only hope there will be a good solution. Whatever, cooperation between VOR and IMOCA in one way or another seems to be essential.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    A while ago I walked on the deck of a nearly 50 yo Ecume de Mer (Finot's 1st design, winner quarter ton) and I nearly got seasick. So with a bit of luck you get 30 more years out of your deck, probably more than enough for you... Did you take a core sample of yourself yet?
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Sorry, had my doubts and am obviously not paying attention myself. And maybe have been randomly brainwashed. Proper double Shackle indeed, and will now open a Broken Shackle (Aus convict wine).
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Sorry SC, that's a little disrespectful, after you posted a lot of good stuff. But the remark was really meant for the Leg 7 drift fest.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Been unable to catch up much after the cyclone, due to internet outage, kids staying home from school, and a long whinging (Leg 7) forum, funny sometimes, but scrolled past most of it, sorry... Just noticed a worthwhile Vestas tweet that I can't find here, hard to believe but possible as nobody is really paying attention. https://twitter.com/Vestas11thHour Oops, maybe I posted in the wrong thread, but doesn't really seem to matter much.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Times must indeed have changed, cause when I was there, and have been there more than was good for me, such a proper sailboat like this was not allowed. Forest, you are probably already there, but otherwise I would have one good advice for you, don't bring your wife or girlfriend. If you did, then beware of serious distractions and temptations. Have fun, and try to get out of the resort and meet some real Cubans, they are wonderful people. I know, somewhat conflicting advice, go for it,
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    http://www.anchorright.com.au/products/sarca-excel-alloy-anchor Supplied by: http://www.chainsropesandanchors.co.nz/contact-us/ Not given it all that many tests, but when I did it worked. Well constructed, but the shaft corroded badly on my very early production model, and would expect them to have solved that.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Indeed, it came a little bit closer, but stayed well out of my way. Maybe 30 knots and a few gusts of 40 knots, and hardly any rain. The South-West and the island of Kadavu in the South must have gotten the full brunt of the cat 3 cyclone, with 100 knots gusts. I stayed on the lee side of rather flimsy dock with wooden connections that were moving about and cracking when it was high water, when there is about 1.50 meter water over the reef to windward. My cyclone mooring is close by, and I had a line on it to pull me off in case the dock would break up. Could have been scary with all the dock lines though. Stupid how one always forget that the grips are just averages, while one really has to deal with the gusts, in this case 30-40 % up. As far as anchors go, I replaced my old steel Delta with a modern concave one in alloy of nearly the same weight. More holding power for the same weight I reckoned.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Personally, I find that very disturbing. Don't want to miss any waffles.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Done, cheers !
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    It seems to be blowing 40 knots at the finish, and oh no, Mapfre ripped it's main again. Are they now gone be able to finish? They already repaired that main, they must have some practice doing that.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Believe the Live is on, but maybe not very alive... https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/live.html
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Seeing 2 bottles now, good on you. And very few fans around indeed, hope there will be a bit Live soon!
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Stief, were u seeing double ?
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Oops, I've now almost forgotten what we were talking about, but believe you had plenty of that Snus in your country too. That has probably been replaced by much better stuff, nowadays...
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    True, most of the cruising Gerry's here blame me and my kids for everything. But I have a big 240V fan, blowing that nastiness out of my way. Cyclone Winston 2 years ago was an unforgettable experience, I can tell you, but once was enough. Biggest danger are the abandoned boats that are badly tied up, or simply on unreliable moorings. Watching this one for sure, but it's looking good so far. Just a strange wobble back to Vanuatu, and then this way again is what worries me. It's path after the wobble would seem hard to predict, but the models have become surprisingly good, as could be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean last year.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    I was still very young, but remember that very well, because my grandpa got a call from Skip if he would like to join them, the day before the Russian skipper hang himself. Skip must have known something that the poor guy didn't know for sure himself, or at least not on which tree. True story, but in reality a very very sad one, and I don't think anybody knew exactly why. Anyway, grandpa had already declined because he was still suffering from PTSOSD, and only liked bananas to eat, and not to sail on. Could well be that he then called his mate Braindead, who of course saw the great potential of the innovative underwater design, or it could be the other way round, that Hanknob got off in Punta, after unsuccessfully trying to hang himself too. Very sad.