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  1. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Yeah this is what was happening and it makes sense. Once the red 'great circle' line in zezo gets close to the south pole it gets itself turned around and says 'go west to get to your destination faster', because technically that's the fastest way. There's good wind projected below Australia, but it's too close to the South Pole and too far out to project properly in zezo right now. Thanks for the advice.
  2. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Your group is definitely the strongest right now. I'm down around 44S,30W with a group that was the leaders until you guys came down, they're around 400th place now in the equator leg. You guy's have gained at least 24hrs. on us since the equator though, slow for us passing by Brazil. We are set up right in front of this system that's about to blow down 50S for the next few days though so hopefully that stays strong and slingshots us to good weather south of Leeuwin. By the by, I can't seem to route much further than that for some reason in zezo. It either wants to find a route the wrong way around the world or just doesn't route anything if I set the destination out more than 200ish hours. Any tips to trick it into making it do what I want or do I have to wait until heading East makes more sense to zezo than heading west?
  3. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Congrats on the soon VG finish, I've still got a ways to go on that one. I crossed the equator in the JVT in 850th closely shadowing the leader group. However a large contingent set off with the IRL Maxi Edmond de Rothschild behind us and they are the lead group now. Everyone looks to be set up nicely to catch a strong breeze SE. It's nice to be sailing something with a little more speed after slogging through that Tara race.
  4. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Anyone else on the Jules Verne Trophy course? The South Atlantic/Indian looks like it's going to be a really fast run coming up. Projected to have 30+ kn sailing for days and days.
  5. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Yeah, I had the same 'ah ha' moment very early in running south. The map is in Mercator Projection (as most are) so it distorts the actual distances on both sides of the equation. Longitudes look the same at different lats., but they have different distances moving away from the equator. Conversely lons. look longer heading further N/S of the equator, but they are essentially the same distances running straight down them. Definitely need to keep that in the back of your mind.
  6. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    I'm having this problem on the Jules Verne course right now. I'm just north of the Canaries in a really nice system running south and zezo keeps flipping between taking the more traditional route SW towards Brazil and hugging the African coast for a bit and then dropping south. I think I'm going with traditional wisdom and stay away from the African route for now since it's not showing an absurd difference right now.
  7. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Ha, forget about you guys, I'm pissing my pants looking in the rear view mirror. Just trying not bungle it up and let the gaggle of 100k boats behind me that just past the Falklands catch up. Which means I'll probably overthink it and bungle it up.
  8. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    @Flaming If you haven't started the Jules Verne it looks like a nice window to get to the equator in under a week if the weather forecast holds up. I just happened to take a look at it yesterday evening and just went for it since the weather looked so good getting south.
  9. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    That separation started at the ice line "hump" below Leeuwin with a huge dead spot and then shift that had us behind sitting and then gybing the ice limit while you guys had 20+ kn dead straight sailing. We were the last of the original group to catch the SE swing towards CoGH, which shut out everyone behind us. Anyone behind the leaders by about 18 hrs were dead in the water at the Leeuwin ice limit, regardless of sails. Since then our group has stretched out over 1000+ miles between the guys with and without the full pack I think, but none of us gaining or losing so much as a couple hundred places over the last two weeks. @x2sea and I were pretty close for a while after that until there were a few days of reaching and foil weather, then he took a good line and I got shut out by another dead spot (and couple trips south of the ice limit :). My heavy sails have kept me in my group, but I can tell when we get C0 and foil weather for a day or two I'm dropping places. At this point I'm just hoping I don't make a mistake and let the group I left in my wake all the way back at CoGH catch back up.
  10. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Thread veer, but I just took a gander at the Sidney to Hobart wind predictions and it looks like a pretty nice system rolling through. Too bad they aren't running the actual race this year.
  11. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Unfortunately I think my luck's going to run out. If I was about 150NM further east I'd be comfortable but I'm losing wind and angle rapidly over the next 12 hours and won't be able to bang it on a straight easterly heading in time to catch good wind. You probably had enough of a head start to pull it off days ago when we split, but the smart money was getting away from this awful weather south like you did I think. Seems you picked the best route out of us three a few days ago and caught the last good puff before it all went to shit. None of us have really gained or lost too much in terms of placing in the general classification so I guess the fleet around us spread out about the same as we did. I'm just hoping there isn't a big group north of me that's gonna pop up ahead when I get caught by this dead air in about 48 hours.
  12. PB2207

    Docking. When it all goes wrong.

    Wavy Boats has a great channel on YouTube as well. He usually posts videos on the shit show that is Haulover inlet but this one's an all timer at Boynton inlet.
  13. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Seems the point nemo circle was a little further than it showed by a few miles on mobile/tablet compared to PC (at least according to the pissed off Frenchies on VRs online board). Looks like Matt Johnson was one of the few leaders that went to the actual circle shown. Protest !/s.
  14. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    You have to physically go over the red line. Railroad sleepers on our side of the red line are still good, just playing with fire if you're on a TWA heading.
  15. PB2207

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    Should have changed his name to GrosJohnson.