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  1. Lakrass

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Don't think we will see too much surprises in the picks. Top 3 will contain Beyou and Dalin for almost everyone, they have been so consistantly up front up to now, then a mix of Thomson, Tripon, Ruyant, Simon probably in that order of representation (my pick being Thomson, Beyou, Dalin). Still have doubts about reliability for L'occitane that will probably be up front until it has to retire. While they have plenty of potential, I don't see Ruyant and Simon keeping the rythm of the other 4 for sustained period of time. Now, I rince my cup from the coffee remains and put it back in its place. Don't buy too much in the above, my reading skills are still to be proven and more like morning daydreaming...
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    THE IMOCA thread, single/double handed & TOR

    Bit strange to see them sail with both foils out, windward foil in the water looks draggy at the end of video but probably not a sailing mode. It looks like they are just filming promotional images and making sure not to show the boat sailing at full potential (same for 3 and 2 months to go videos), not a single clip with the boat flying despite wind apparently strong enough and it's hard to believe HB won't be raised higher than that over the surface. After announcing leaving with 67 days of food, mind game is fully on for HB.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    In addition to yl75 points, worth noting: Pretty aggressive on the time expected with 67days of food (or is it just psychological game with competitors). AT will not be in the conference on Sept 17th as he doesn't want to observe quarantine on his way back. He will probably get a fine for that. Favorites are mainly Jérémie (Beyou), Charlie (Dalin) and Thomas (Ruyant). He doesn't discount others as Tripon, Simon or Troussel. The food part is probably what's the most revealing, record evolution is/would be as follow. It would be the second best amelioration both in absolute and %. 89-90 : 109d 96-97 : 105d (-4d, 4%) 00-01: 93d (-12d, 11%) 04-05: 87d (-6d, 6%) 08-09: 84d (-3d, 3%) 12-13: 78d (-6d, 7%) 16-17: 74d (-4d, 5%) 20-21: 67d (-7d, 9%)
  4. Lakrass

    Defi Azimut 2020

    ^Perfect avatar given the music of the video Funny the reaction of Isabelle at the end who doesn't know she is third. She says "Now, it's time to stop showing off" after crossing the line and raising her arms to the camera. The her crew says "Third isn't bad", then Isabelle doesn't believe him at first before realizing she is actually third and react like how she stole that... Nice sequence and good bank of pictures.
  5. Lakrass

    INEOS Team GB

    By this metric, Indonesia should fare better than Norway at winter Olympics! But they are just too lazy to really put an effort... The pool shouldn't be considered as the population or even the sailors in the country (targeting high perf sailing isn't the same as the Sunday outing), it's more about culture and traditions. Too bad Ineos isn't showing up as TNZ and AM, would be much better than thread drift and contribution from the barge spotting community (was funny for a while, but ENI:2330036 going around at 7,4 kts will be interesting the day it foils).
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    Defi Azimut 2020

    http://www.defi-azimut.net/fr/actualites/les-mots-des-skippers/armel-tripon-on-manque-de-reperes-pas-de-potentiel- Nice interview with Armel, quick manual translation of interesting bits - They didn't want to be different from the rest. Going scow was the plan all along and they were (positively) surprised nobody went that way. - Reaching and downwind is more favorable to scow and disadvantage upwind. Light wind is not favorable for the concept either. - Can't retract the foil as such but can set them out of the water in light air and in strong wind. They might want to avoid surfs at 25 - 30 kts, 17 - 20 might be enough. Comparison to multi where you can't navigate overpowered singlehanded. - Among those with a spinnaker onboard as Armel thinks it will be difficult to do without during the Vendee. Could help to gain 10-15 degrees on downwind. - Parallel with his brief time on multi and his win on RdR. Armel says he is lot less prepare on Imoca. He starts first to finish. - Have been too far in stripping weight and they lost the game. They have reinforce the whole boat after Arctic Vendee and installed sensors. During speed runs sensors were triggered but it's not a big issue on flat sea. It might be good indication on where to place the cursor in solo.
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    Defi Azimut 2020

    No, everyone hasn't missed the start. http://www.defi-azimut.net/fr/cartographie Tracker shows start at 12:00 French time, but it will be at 15:30 instead as announced here.
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    THE IMOCA thread, single/double handed & TOR

    Nice choice of picture to illustrate below article, kind of still picture shouting speed! https://www.sail-world.com/news/230626/How-will-they-set-the-(dis)-comfort-cursor Nothing really new or revolutionary in the article but it sums up pretty well the current state and challenges of the fleet. Some comments: - Interesting bit about flat sea vs wind speed, this will surely have an impact on polars and routing software. - Confirm that a boat that can go fast after a proper setup and skipper as passenger rather than continuously active will have a huge advantage. - Looks like those boats are more prone to skipper injuries, between les predictability of boat movements and bigger shocks, skipper protection has to be considered in the ergonomy. - Curious to see if we will notice "nitro boost" if a skipper decide to push hard for a couple of days or so to try and make a difference (or make up some lost ground). I guess we could have some yo-yo effect between boats like we had during Vendee Arctic (especially LinkedOut vs Charal/Apivia).
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    Team NYYC

    That's a strange sail shape, all the twist happening mid height. It also makes one wonder if the mast is still straight but it's just an illusion.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    I am not so sure for several reasons and I'll do the devil's advocate with following pros for constant curve: - Retractable in such way reduced part of the foil can be left in the water in nearly vertical position. It's not full surface immersed or nothing like Apivia. Can act as a daggerboard upwind. - Foils can be designed with reaching and downwind in mind only (should cover most of VG conditions). They could also have evolving profile on the length of the foil (ie. change of chord or camber), effectively having several optima by retracting/extending the foil to "select" which profile is immersed. - Foils clearance when retracted, low chance for any breakage in that position. Could also reduced immersion in rough seas/conditions. Overall better dammage prevention. - Natural ride adjustment, when the boat gets lower, bigger part of the foil is active raising the boat. When boat is low, lift decrease bringing back the boat to his equilibrium position (a bit like l'occitane during the start of Vendee Arctic which had impressive ride attitude, and speed). - All above might improve performance on cruising mode (skipper not actively trimming). It seemed it was some issue for Ruyant during Vendee arctic, boat very performant when he was active but significant drop when he was resting according to what he said at arrival. - Not linked to constant curve, but HB cockpit seems the most comfortable of the lot, and new gen foilers seem to be particularly uncomfortable boats. Might prove decisive on a 2 months race (time to stop referring to 3 months, at least for the front runner as they should be closer to 2 than 3). Disclaimer: I am not entirely convinced by all those points or how much each make a difference, and probably that similar lists could be made for any concept. There is no denying that previous HB was the reference of his generation and the team learned a lot from that boat that was used and put into this one, hard not to list AT among favorites despite lack of competition.
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    Team NYYC

    My thought as well, looking at them separately Te K looks to turn much faster but once in the same frame, it's not as obvious. Still think there is a slight advantage to the smaller boat but not as much as the impression they gave. Te K built up speed faster but it wasn't the cleanest from AM. Those boats looked great separately but even better to see them share the water... Big thanks to our own spies @mikenz2 and @weta27 Feel privileged to have these footage and first hand observation. Credit to both for staying as factual as possible!
  12. Lakrass

    Vendee Globe 2020

    In the same line, interesting to see who is registered or not: https://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/skippers. Is there any reason for Isabelle, Thomas and Kojiro to delay their registration? Any other skipper than Conrad at riks of not making it? Quite sad not to have him really, he was a nice skipper to follow last time around. The VG is always more enjoyable with some good content making skippers, as the guys in front usually don't want to spend time and disclose too much. Nice to follow both the race up front and the story behind.
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    Drheam cup 2020 start July 19

    https://drheam-cup.com/du-match-partout/ It doesn't matter much at this time, but here are the different courses for each class: - DRHEAM-CUP 1100: 750 miles course for ultime - DRHEAM-CUP 700: 615 miles course for Multi50 (including WP "Irish sea 1", but not Rochebonne), 550 miles for the others - DRHEAM-CUP 400: same course for all Not much shared on the official page, not much shared by the team, timid presence on Twitter at best... Let's hope for some after race content at least from the bigger teams.
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    Drheam cup 2020 start July 19

    Confirmed by the trace of Solidaires en peloton now. Sad that there are no IMOCA taking part, same course as Multi50, they were quite closely matched for TJV and given the weather and Class40 vs Multi2000, it would have been an interesting match. Impressed by the evolution of mono in recent years. That's sad. Latest videos were really promising, fast and stable. When is the next face to face between them?
  15. Lakrass

    Drheam cup 2020 start July 19

    Are Multi50 going for the same course as Ultimes? They are listed in (shortened) Cup700 but are very high for the next mark, difficult to think it's just wind angle. Haven't followed much of the race until now and while I like the concept of multi class race, it's pretty difficult to follow on the tracker (especially that tracker is not taking waypoints into account it seems).