Sapphire Girl

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  1. Sapphire Girl

    Women of the VOR in the New York Times

    The problem is a grassroots one. There are plenty of keen women sailors. It is a lot better now than back in the 70s and 80s, but down at club racing level, male boat owners would rather have a strong male novice than a highly competent female sailor. For a woman sailor to get a ride, she must be a wife/girlfriend/daughter of the owner and he makes the rule that she is included. There are now classes where class rules insist on at least 1 woman on board. There are a lot more exceptions these days, but it is still extremely difficult for women to get on a boat. The solution: buy your own boat. As more women get into high paying jobs, more are able to follow this route. By not having the opportunity to get onto top racing boats, women sailors need to reinvent the wheel in terms of learning skills and tricks of the trade. On big boats men are also not strong enough. That is why there are big winches and lots of purchases in systems. Work smarter not harder. I don’t think women will be given opportunities without rules.
  2. Sapphire Girl

    Clipper wreck report

    They would have sailed past the lighthouse and the village but would not yet have Cape Point lighthouse in sight. That coastline is National Park so would be dark. But a glance at a chart would show it is there - it’s Africa! They had been changing course towards the coast for more than an hour.
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    Clipper wreck report

    From the beach side. Slangkop lighthouse can be seen on the extreme left. A village with lights on the right. Within cell coverage.
  4. Sapphire Girl

    Clipper wreck report

    They were still well within cell range
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    Clipper wreck report

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    Clipper wreck report

    They shouldn’t have got so close to the Coast in the first place.
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    Clipper wreck report

    https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/grounding-and-loss-of-commercially-operated-yacht-cv24
  8. Sapphire Girl

    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    220th 664.5nm 1d 15h 05m 42s Thanks all especially scorers. Normally only do VOR but will continue doing the odd race to chase VSR points
  9. Sapphire Girl

    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Time for BMT - blink and you lose 1000 places
  10. Sapphire Girl

    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Be careful scraping shores on programming as we are in high latitudes which creates distortions
  11. Sapphire Girl

    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Another close finish with minor errors being punished badly. Well done all! 502 1446.0 nm 4d 1h 13 m 3s Thank you scorers!
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Front guys showing there is a gap
  13. Sapphire Girl

    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    We’re going to see who has balls trying to go through gaps that may or may not be there. Obviously I don’t!
  14. Sapphire Girl

    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Sorry Gybe Turkey I didn’t have you on my radar but you were also in that tight mix. Well done!
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    206th 2944.7 7d 21h 26m 53s