Grinning Ape

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

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

    Route du Rhum 2018

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

    Route du Rhum 2018

    There's no denying that he was the 1st IMOCA to Guadeloupe though!
  7. 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.
  8. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

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

    Route du Rhum 2018

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

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Given the course and trajectory into the island, i.e. no deviation at all, best guess is that he's fallen asleep at the wheel with no proximity alarm set for land (only AIS alarms). Put the head down for 15mins and not long after he's on the rocks doing 20kts, which let's not forget is covering the distance to horizon roughly 4 times per hour. Easy to happen in a sleep deprived and exhausted state.
  11. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Whatever the reason or the outcome, it will make another great story. The Alex Thompson PR machine will get some mileage out of this for sure. Maybe he stopped for a full length keel walk to mast head dive mid-race with multiple camera angles required on a lee shore?
  12. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Some seriously strange course changes from Alex now. This doesn't look good.
  13. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    I hope he gets it fixed. It would be great to see him continue and test the boat's potential. However, going into the weather pattern that is forecast with compromised helm ability would be a brave decision.
  14. Grinning Ape

    Route du Rhum 2018

    That's a U-Turn. He's heading for home port. Project still in development.
  15. Grinning Ape

    Bente 39 splashed

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