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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Didn't see this nice little In-Port promo yet, or maybe I missed it: HGC seems to be an IT/Broadband service provider, not featured on the VOR sponsor page. Anyone seen a crew list yet?
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    And zero news in it either, but you never know if gCaptain may follow up on it. Their John Konrad is a very thorough investigative journalist who did a good job on the US Navy fuck-ups. This case may be too small a fish for him, although Vestas is not. We'll see, BTW, I have it from a usually reliable source that the Commander of the US Pacific Command has proposed to award Mark Towill the China Service Medal, for his support to maintain the US hegemony in the China Sea in traditional fashion, without loss of US life this time. Publicity like gCaptain's below not good for Vestas either...
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    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Firstly, Mark got half-way, then failed and left. I've said it in the other thread, Vestas does not need the VOR money at all. Do you realize how big the wind energy business is, and that Vestas is the biggest player in it. They are a multi-billion company, just huge, big in China, big in the USA, big in Europe, India, almost everywhere. And they will not give up, I tell you. And the Schmidt Family's 11th Hour Foundation literary don't know what to do with their money, and Schmidt himself has got some spare cash as well. Big ego's too, and I must say a big heart as well because they do an immense amount of good work. They don't want to fail, and no need to. Only problem maybe legal or the team's mental state, with little moral support from the cold CEO's. And yes, the radio silence is becoming deafening. And of course a timely repair is not so easy, but where there's a will. there's a way.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Still trying to detect that theme, must be going blind.
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    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    I think you are mixing up the 2 threads despacito, and you seem to be a bit mixed up altogether. Never mind, you're not the only one, but carry on in the leg 4 thread please. This thread is still half virgin you know.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    You don't pay the lawyers there, do you? I think Akzo and Tienpont did.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Try this one: But my advice would be 2 crew in the top of the mast, better overview and safer in case of a collision. https://store.marinebeam.com/marinebeam-ultra-long-range-led-illuminator-flashlight/
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    ?
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    And who says you have to fly a boat over, from HK to AKL, or the old SCA from Lisbon to AKL ? You can probably sail either of them, or ship them by sea transport, all in time, I would think.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    The Company slogan for Vesta's anti-anti Windpower campaign is apparently "Will to win". (Anti Windpower post: Your slogan [presumably, Vestas’s motto] “will to win” should have been “will to kill.”) Oops...
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    If you have not been abused yet, then it will not take long for that to happen here.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    I would think that Vestas and the Schmidt Family Foundation have enough dosh laying around. The damage it would do if they stop would be far greater, for Vestas anyway.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Are you guys reading this Facebook link, from boomer's post? https://www.facebook.com/Vestas11thHourRacing/posts/1419829311477424 Are you pessimists? And you know very well that Vestas is not a company to give up. Charlie and Mark maybe, but I don't think so either.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Why? "At this time, we are still assessing all of our options to return to the race,"
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    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Nice chart webby, but it doesn't tell me anything, like which year it is. Did you pull this out of your ...developer trick box? Searching the NIWA site does give something about muttonbirds as result, google search nothing, picture search nothing. Got any link to this picture, please ??? BTW, you know that we work with scientific precision on SA, and always quote our sources, do you? If you give me the link, then I will give you a better site for current tropical cyclone anomaly predictions for the area in return, ok? And btw, the word cyclone has been mentioned 9 times in the previous leg threads, but not in the leg 6 thread yet, until now. This thread is still in a virginal state you know... PS. I do appreciate you getting up early to post, you must be bored now that virtual game is on standby.
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    VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Thanks for that bit of interesting thread drift Stief, but there are in fact several connections to the VOR, and believe it or not, to Vestas as well ! Go to the above link, http://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2018/New-course-set-for-ocean-observations , and watch the video (and look at all the interesting work that CSIRO do) . Then go to the Saildrone site, http://saildrone.com/ . That will keep you engaged for a while. Don't forget to click on the "our story" link, http://saildrone.com/our-story , and you'll see that this Richard Jenkins guy and the Greenbird team are the wind powered, land speed record holders ! Now, where is the connection to the VOR ? Well, this Richard Jenkins, as young and ambitious engineer, was rummaging for many years at Green Marine in Lymington, builders of many Whitbread and VOR boats, penniless and sleeping on peoples coaches. With only one dream, setting the World speed record for landsailing yachts. During those years he undoubtedly met the current CEO's of the VOR, the Smorgasbords, who managed several project there. I am sure he must also have had some great laughs with VOR all time legend Magnus Olsson, http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/legends/60_Magnus-Olsson.html , and many of the designers and crews as well. Looking further, you will find that both in the Greenbird and Saildrone development, a perhaps lesser know designer was involved, David Allan-Williams, who sailed in no less than four early Whitbread races. And also, and that guy pops up everywhere, Stan Honey as an Advisor and probably as their ultimate brainstormer. (Navigator on Amro I , 2005/6 VOR winner + too much to list). And now one more, and at this moment an important link, is that Saildrone got their start up funding through the Schmidt Family Foundation, the same foundation that owns the huge 11th Hour Project that own or sponsors 11th Hour Racing, the Race Partners of the VOR and main sponsor of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Well, to finish this off, I hope that Eric Schmidt, until recently the Executive Chairman of Alphabet/Google, and his wife Wendy Schmidt, will urge the VOR Smorgas CEO's, and Vestas' Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, to do the honorable thing, and settle with the Chinese fisherman's family and crew, pronto !!!
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Nah, not me. I've got a billion personnel at hand.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    When the big Akzo shitfight was going on, a well informed source said it was definitely not Tienpont's idea, but AkzoNobel's. And yes, VOR/Turner may have had something to do with, may have been part of the sponsorship deal actually. Nice way to get an 8th boat approved, and bad luck nobody took it. May have been part of Turner's downfall, perhaps.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    No need to google that methinks. The SCA boat has been fully part of the Boatyard's recycle program, in the expectation that there would be 8 entrants. Seems very unlikely that SCA would (still) own it.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Yeah, fully qualified for the beertent!
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    What's the problem Mad, I thought you knew something about boatbuilding? Put some pieces of cardboard over the hole with ductape, put it back in the water, no mast required for a motoring leg. Put a tent up on deck with a beer tap, Fiji Bitter of course, and it will be the best promotion Vestus could ever wish for. And 1 point + my respect back earned.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    If you are Dutch, you don't spend much !
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    TFY, maarten.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Straight Google Translate, sorry, no time to check for errors, right now. Vestas bit only. Voilesetvoiliers.com: What can you say about the tragic accident (*) between Vestas and this fishing boat 30 miles from the finish, who made a death? K.E .: It's terrible and hypertrist. I know this world well (his father Franck-Yves is a fisherman sailor in Saint-Malo, editor's note). This guy, he went fishing in the morning to live and did not choose to take a boat on the face! We had almost no information on the type of boat, its length. We just knew they were ten on board. The boats we crossed were rather big and wooden ... Voilesetvoiliers.com: We read in particular on social networks that he had been criticized Dongfeng not to divert to help the rescuers? KE: What I can say is that I was at the helm when we arrived at night in the bay with lights all over the land, with lots of shoals and so a lot of cargo ships at anchor, and many fishing boats can tow a trawl in beef (two trawlers tow a net between them, ed). There was Charles (Caudrelier, ed) and Franck (Cammas, nldr) at the chart table and at AIS, one guy on the wind on deck and one on levee, plus another one on board. relay information between the interior and the bridge, since we were out of intercom from Melbourne. We went starboard tack at 25 knots under a big gennaker and the three sails in front, and it sent copious with a wind more left than what the files said. There were boats everywhere and it was not easy. When we immediately heard from the VHF that Vestas had typed something - we had the chance to understand because we had on board a Chinese (Horace, editor's note) who translated into English - we immediately called the PC race of the Volvo to offer our help. A VO65 of 14.5 tons launched at more than 50 km / h, it is necessarily big damage. We were still in quarter mode and Daryl, one of the shift leaders, asked that we roll the gennaker to go on their position. Charles then climbed onto the bridge, and told us that he had just had the PC race and that we had to continue our route. Voilesetvoiliers.com: Strange on the part of the race management? K.E .: I do not have to judge. What is certain is that we wanted to go, that we had a Chinese on board to translate. What I can understand at one point is that the over-accident must also be avoided. There were fishing boats everywhere, rescuers ... Adding a monohull only equipped with torches to do research around was not necessarily a good idea. There is a PC race which is the job and we can not go against that. People who balance anything on social networks, who have nothing else to do with their party and say there was a port, the other starboard because they see a hole on a hull to from a photo, do not really know what happened. It's not so simple, these stories. And aboard Vestas, they are not tanches! ("cunts")
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Thoughts and condolences are easy to say, 16 words, have you considered actually doing something for them, Captain/project Director Mr. Mark Towill !!! Looks like you are only talking about your own team, guess what I think of your heart???