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  1. bistros

    Help the Ed find the new "Anarchy"

    That's quite a Public Address system on the foremast. Guess he likes to keep his bowmen in line.
  2. bistros

    Puffy Conditions

    Go downwind to St. Catharines? Drive three hours to Kingston and get out of the concrete jungle? Head west to Port Credit? There's is not a lot you can do if you stay south of downtown in those conditions. The skyscraper canyons and acceleration zones off the Toronto lakeshore can be really ugly in a north wind.
  3. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    By the uniforms isn't that the Australian Navy?
  4. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    I think the M32 could win, but I wouldn’t want to discount Randy and crew’s stamina as just as important. Hardware is less than half the game. Software being unbreakable is a major component as well.
  5. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    For many reasons this has been a frustrating year for many followers but we should not lose the spirit and intent of this contest in the desire to make this better reality TV. It isn't about those of us who aren't on that stretch of water. Everyone entering this contest does so for their own reasons - and for most it isn't because they are doing so for the $10,000 US with a nail through it. Most recognize the enormity of the challenge and the respect of their peers (you know, the people on the course racing with them) as the reward. I think that castigating one racer (without directly naming him) is poor sport. He's doing exactly what most of us respect the most - setting a plan, executing that plan and doing so safely, responsibly and with great seamanship and skill. Please get your facts straight - the G32 is not self righting - it involves doing a lot of intricate steps in the right order by a conscious and well trained sailor to recover. It's his life and property at risk - and if he doesn't want to sail while asleep ignoring the many existential threats, respect his choices. Winning the race for Russell Brown was never his goal - and you should respect that. This race isn't about multihulls versus monos, it isn't about single handers versus crewed campaigns, and it isn't about creating drama for tracker junkies. Russell's version of a win at the R2AK is safely arriving at Ketchikan, improving on his single handed course record and most importantly getting to cruise back to Port Townsend with his wife and business partner as their chosen annual vacation together.
  6. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    Looks like FF_SLAG and Wild Card are fixing to have a drag race to Bella Bella. They'll see each other about 3nm out from the checkpoint.
  7. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    The old Sydney Harbour 18 footers were rumoured to throw excess crew overboard once they weren't needed to balance the boat before they got all "ruley" and one design. Bermuda fitted dinghies also jettison unneeded rail meat. It is a historical tradition of sorts in highly overcanvassed small boats. I think those venues were a little more friendly to those swimming than the BC coastline.
  8. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    A rope from the M32 rudder post to their bow. Either that or the ladies on the bicycle seats at the stern of the Melges 32 are trying for a SCOTW picture.
  9. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    What's up with Ptarmigan? Looks like they may be heading for the barn.
  10. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    IIRC, it was current pushing PT Watercraft outside that involuntarily caused his route change to outside. It's hard watching all this and we have access to a lot more info than the people on the course do. With the NW wind appearing to stabilize a little, perhaps we'll see less random results. I know PT Watercraft really likes the G32 going upwind. He should see Blue Flash by now - it looks like there is only 2-3 km separation.
  11. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    Perhaps the boat name is apropos ... a ptarmigan is an arctic/alpine grouse isotope and they are pretty erratic when they fly. It's weird when you are walking on the northern tundra and they explode from the ground unseen when you get too close.
  12. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    I agree Rob. Perhaps part of Russell's calculus is that the crewed boats can't operate 24/7 forever in a low wind - high human propulsion race. It is not a question of if rather when they will run their resources dry. Russell's big effort in preparation this year was to engage Rick Willoughby to help him increase efficiency and performance of his propellor drive unit - by all reports he's done just that. He's incorporated a lot of the things we talked about last year in the post mortem - shaft drive, belts etc. Experience may come into play as well. Russell has safely done this route during the race on Incognito and also cruising on Jzerro. I'm not certain of people making "big" mistakes, but I do think the big multihulls and weapons like the M32 just don't have the same advantages in lighter winds. All those bodies are heavy and moving the big hulls is a lot of work when the wind is non-existent. It'll be interesting to watch.
  13. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    My rough calcs make it about 8 hours to run down Wild Card in a straight line tail chase if Incognito is making double Wild Card's 3.5 nm/h, given a 28 nm starting advantage. Since there is no such thing as straight lines, and conditions may vary for both, I'd guess longer.
  14. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    Looks like PT Watercraft may be moving south now.
  15. bistros

    R2AK 2018

    Just took a peek at AIS traffic - Ptarmigan and Wild Card are both reporting. Didn't see anything for FF_SLAG or Incognito. Doubt Russell would even consider it - he's an analog guy that isn't comfortable in the digital world. In one of Jim Brown's stories about Russell, Jim was surprised that Russell had caved to convention and bought a handheld VHF while sailing the Atlantic from Bermuda to Long Island Sound in Kauri. Solar was getting much cheaper (before impending Trump Tariff Wars) so power isn't the problem it once was. I'm certainly frustrated with the timeliness and questionable accuracy of the SPOT system in use. How tough would it be to implement a countdown real time interrupt-driven program to restart the damned things? The code isn't rocket science to write. People's lives are involved here (and not just tracker junkies).