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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Yes indeed, set all the waypoint in the autopilot and woke up not far from Scheveningen. And you know, nothing goes to weather like a 747 ! Will try to make up for my absence here with Live reports and gossip on the spot.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    They have a YB (yellow brick) tracker on board and you can download the app here: http://yb.tl/volvolegends2018 They don't have to do the Norwegian and Danish detour, and should be in Scheveningen before their younger sisters. There is also a Farcebook page, with pictures of all the boats: https://m.facebook.com/legendsrace2018/ Actually it's not really a Legends race as there are hardly any legends on the boats. Its more a charter fleet where people pay for the experience and to show off to their friends. Nevertheless nice to see the old Whitbread and Volvo boats, but better call it a Heritage Parade. Oh well.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Can't believe it either, Herman. Today"s press release is still talking about a 700 nm course, and all the spectator boats are set for a Sunday arrival. Half of Holland and Friesland will be in Scheveningen on Sunday, to cheer for Bouwe and Brunel, the new Conny and Flyer they hope. On Monday they have to go back to work, so Sunday it's got to be !
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    Finish VOR The Hague information

    Exactly Mambo, and 5 days before the fininish the information is still rather vague. And the organizers don't reply to emails, phone calls or SMS. Rumours are that those tightwad cloggies are not gone have a Legends Bar. My grandpa is not going to like that one bit, and I am worried he will smash up the Sailors Terrace !
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    Finish VOR The Hague information

    Bump. Whats up with this thread, wrong title? "Scheveningen Shitfight" seems more appropriate...
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    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Dunno either, what has sailing to do with all that. All I heard in Newport was that Brown Uni was for the Mafia kids, and thinking of it, those two have something Italian in them, isn't it? Full disclosure: I myself went to both MIT and then Harvard, honestly! All in one afternoon, on my bicycle, from Boston Harbor.
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    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Didn't you know? "It is a waypoint for the Volvo Ocean Race." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_Island_(Western_Australia)
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    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Just wondering how many so called "Legends" will actually race in that "Legends Race" ? Or will it be just the boats crewed by whoever likes to pay to pretend to be one? Also noticed in the article: "The leg was also notable for the absence of Dutch navigator Marcel van Trieste, who on hearing news of his mother's death, had jumped overboard to be picked up by a RIB as the boat rounded Eclipse Island, near to the coast of Australia." Always thought that if you go on a RTW Race, that you do the Race, and forget about family matters, however "triest" (sad) that may be...
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Ok, just another offshore race somewhere, and no wind whatsoever but plenty of tide. We are drifting nicely with the tide towards the next mark, a turning mark, and a bloody big red lightship with a permanent foghorn powered by the swell. But fuck it, after hearing that boooooh grunting horn for several hours already, the tide is up and we stop just short of the lightship, we "kedge" with every line and sheet we can find, and wait with our fingers in our ears, for almost 6 hours. Finally the tide takes us around the boooohing lightship, but wait, fuckit, now the tide is against us again, for 6 more hours of boooooh. That's yacht racing you know, bit of bad luck, harden the fuck up, or get on a bigger boat and get round it with 6 hours of tide and have 6 more hours of tide all the way to the finish.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Maybe time to change your own bulb for an LED (multi colored with dimming function and MOB strobe).
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Where were all these canons on Fort Adams? Victory for the Spanish Armada, well done Mapfre!
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Brunel only one with pos. VMG ! (of the 4 leaders).
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Dongshang gone too?
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    1.5 to go at 3kn = 1/2/ hour = how many beers Surfsailor ?
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Not as long as Brunel is holding out... And where is my beer..., no my wine meanwhile.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Gggggideon, a bit boring too...
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    With his wife in the back, Live Show coming up soon.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    The Show is starting now!
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    There is also a rock at Brenton Point, how do I know... fucking retard navigator!
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    They are not at home, last time I checked the maid was alone, almost...
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Oops, Brunel lost steerage!
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Brunel going Pom Pom too, the wrong way?
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Am actually drinking Dutch Breda Beer, best deal in cans here. Next one got to be something stronger, Jenever can tell.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    6.30 PM here, perfect timing, am into my 3rd Bitter already. Would prefer a daylight finish though, with a helicopter in the air, and the sound/reporters turned off. Just checked the raw feed, nothing recent. Why can't they show more of the incredible tension on board?
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Anyone 55 and over can root for Brunel. Dutch or Aussy's count double, Frysians triple. French , Chinese and Shangdong can down vote.