Grinning Ape

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  1. Grinning Ape

    BIRW J/Boat Results ??

    Credit where credit is due - The J/121's have had some great wins lately. Once they are in their element offshore, the boat has picked up some good silverware in a number of races. Well done.
  2. Grinning Ape

    BIRW J/Boat Results ??

    Gotta ask - Looking through the final results of BIRW, the late model J/Boats had their asses handed to them. I've no idea of conditions over the full course of the event. ORC2 saw all J/121's at the bottom of the pile, beaten by: 1. Ker 11.5 2. J/122 3. J/122 4. X-41 The 121's were often beaten on the water as well on corrected. Even the longer race was marginal. What's gone wrong there? PHRF2 saw the stacked J/99 easily behind: 1. Farr 30 2. Farr 30 3. Carrera 280 Both of these must be 20 year old designs. Not ragging on these boats, just trying to understand if there were contributing factors.
  3. Grinning Ape

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Despite the controversy, it was a great race on many levels. Close results across almost every division with not much greater than 60mins separating any 1st and 2nd placing. Not to mention the strong results by WOX and Grace O’Malley, putting 2 female skippers in the top 10 overall, with obviously WOX being an all female crew. The sport is alive and well. Alas, if only WOXI, BJ and RC knew the rules and how to conduct themselves accordingly, the sport would be better for it.
  4. Grinning Ape

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    He’d better brush up on his definitions. If it goes to the PC, it’s not looking good on the defence front. Flippant, throw away comments in the public domain are costly. RYA Race Management Guide 2017–2020: 1.4. TERMINOLOGY ‘Shall’ - mandatory action ‘Will’ - intended action ‘Should’ - best endeavours ‘May’ - optional action
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Looks like the 2nd start line was quite animated.
  6. Grinning Ape

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    I can't believe no one has posted this yet - "The one the front fell off?"
  7. Grinning Ape

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Gutted for her. Susie is unharmed at least. No other option but to hang tight and wait for a rescue.....from someone. She's close to Point Nemo. Only a few degrees out. What a cl@sterf@ck this "race" has developed into.
  8. Grinning Ape

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    That's some bucket list world tour they have planned. Good on them for having a crack at the highest levels of ocean racing.
  9. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Here's your boat back. I guess there are not many elegant methods to secure then tow a 100ft trimaran that's upside down, back through a sea state across a notoriously difficult ocean. An expensive exercise for zero outcome. The insurance guys will reconsider that approach next time. Quite frankly, I'm surprised if they will get coverage at all. However, everything has a price.
  10. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    A class act. Well done AT.
  11. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Geez he must be giving his shore team some heart palpitations.
  12. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    There's no denying that he was the 1st IMOCA to Guadeloupe though!
  13. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    It's an interesting one for the Jury. I have not found the RdR SSI's yet. However, the first question asked must be: "Did AT gain an unfair advantage through the use of his engine?" a) Absolutely, or he'd be still on the rocks of a lee shore. b) Poor navigation and not keeping a proper watch is not the fault of his competitors, nor a valid excuse. Adhering to those principles are all part of the game, regardless of sleep deprivation issues, which every solo skipper faces. c) He used his engine for safety reasons. However, it's also the skipper's responsibility to ensure the sea safety of the vessel when under sail, which includes not running aground. d) The following screen shot shows he approx gained 3.3nm his favour by motoring if making the assumption that the point he turned back upwind to the NE was when he raised sails again and turned off his engine propulsion. He would have a much stronger case for exoneration if he followed in his course by reversing it under power and re-setting sails on the original course. A tough one, at night, clearly disoriented and at panic stations while desperate to create some separation from land. I'm an AT fan. He's great for the sport and a charismatic spokesperson for sailing, especially in the English speaking world. I'd love to see him win but I also think there are grounds for him to honourably retire. What a Clusterf@ck! Keep going Alex. Get HB across the line in good time and safely. Worry about the fallout later.
  14. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Phew! Back on track.....sort of. What an epic yarn this will be.
  15. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Whoops! He's having another crack at going aground. C'mon Alex hard to starboard!