TheDragon

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  1. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Gutted for Sam. She had to abandoned early her last time, and now headed slowly north. This just sucks.
  2. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    At the speeds these boats are going it could also be large sunfish or sharks that they are hitting, both solid enough to surely damage a foil or rudder at 20 knots. I don't see any way to avoid those.
  3. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Ouch, tall order to sail on port tack in strong winds with a hole on starboard, even canting the keel completely to port surely could not keep the water out? Hence the tiny jib only but still.
  4. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Not me, just wish VG would do that for all their videos on YouTube.
  5. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Got to like the Tillandasia
  6. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Burton is doing an astounding job of staying just in front of the low he is riding, doing 20 knots in 22 knots of wind. Might be able to ride it for quite a while and on a shorter course get a lot closer to Apivia. A real race here.
  7. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Good find. Like most, I have an old-fashioned horseshoe on a line on the pushpit. I recall Web Chiles joking about getting checked for one by the Coast Guard, as he was sailing solo and would have nobody to thow it to him. But it could be useful for rescuing someone else.
  8. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Anybody watching that had to be impressed!
  9. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Jack, I sure hope you are wrong about that PLB. I have an EPRIB attached to my boat outside on a hydrostatic release so it signals if the boat sinks, and one at the the companionway to take with me into the liferaft, but I also have a PLB in my lifejacket pocket that is always with me sailing or kitesurfing, and trust that the PLB will also be useful, not just for recovering my body!
  10. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    So now Dalin is in pretty rough conditions and sailing conservatively (14.3 knots in 34 knot winds earlier, now 17 in 31). Seems that there is no way these boats can go fast enough in these conditions to stay with the low, unlike the big JV boats.
  11. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Just a request to the barage of newbies posting in this thread. Please take some time to watch and listen, and read everything posted earlier before posting. There are folks on here, (not me), who have actual expertise or experience and whose judgement and words should not be dissed at first opportunity. Just as one example, anyone who has been here for enough time to pay attention knows that LeoV is not bullshitting.
  12. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Okay, so now we can happily speculate about how Kevin gets to Cape Town. My guess is Jean waits for Alex to pick him up. They will be in much calmer seas 24 hours from now, although such a transfer is obviously still risky. Somehow Jean, and Boris etc., will have to be compensated for their delay anyway.
  13. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    HOORAY! Who picked him up?
  14. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    And circling a region roughly 10 miles downwind from last PRB report, hopefully the general location of Kevin's liferaft.
  15. TheDragon

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Just wish Jack and the rest of you trying to argue fruitlessly with him could give it a break or take it elsewhere.