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    North Germany
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    Sailing DN on hard water and all sorts of boats on soft water

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  1. Manfred

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Great interview, great sportsman.
  2. Manfred

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Been there, done that, but take a breath and put yourself into AT´s situation. What a stressful situation. First thing to get the boat of the rocks. Totally exhausted. I think he made some good decisions, maybe half asleep, got some luck, did the right thing and kept on going. He will not have taken total control over mind and body before finishing and I think he just kept going on. Did I see the boat a bit low in the water in the vids ? (thanks for the contributors of the direct link) My feelings are with Alex at this moment and I do hope that the jury is out there and takes a wise decision. Whatever it will be, AT, the HB team and we followers have to swallow it.
  3. Manfred

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Just a BIG thank you to everyone contributing here and especially to this anarchist who are putting in the "right" direct links! Much appreciated.
  4. Manfred

    FP - the biggest loser

    Thanks Brian for bringing up those memories. We might have met... on Chris Bouzaids 53´ footer out on the AC waters, of course way out because the "Coasties" pushed the few spectator boats far off the action. I was out with him some of the days. I remember a day preparing chicken sandwiches for the Hood team being on board to watch the races. But I do not remember how it happened to "get on board" the boat of your great boss and his wife. Nevertheless I had to travel in between the ´83 AC races to the Chicago maritime tradeshow. Nearly missed the comeback of AUS II but could manage to get back for the final and watched it in Newport in a Cafe on TV. Great "blimp" coverage. And DC in tears during the press conference. I kept all the newspaper and magazine coverage for years. Have visited other AC events after that and still being a fan after all those years. By the way, always great to read your column and for the upcoming holiday I take the FAZISI book with me (the joint venture) to read. I had read the DRUM book before. Great yachting history in which you played your part.
  5. Manfred

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Interesting conversation on the soundcloud. Decision helped by „influencers“ looking at the matter from different angles. Appreciate all all the contributions here and being a happy reader without all those „disturbances“, found in the VOR FORUMS.
  6. Manfred

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    To get to know him and Cousot a little better:
  7. Manfred

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Warning: off topic. I came across a good book about Kandinskys "spouse", the also known artist, Gabriele Münter, during a holiday. Very interesting story written by Mary Besson. Here is a little extract from the book: ""As they paint together on the Bavarian mountainside, young Gabriele (Ella) Münter falls in love with her married teacher, Wassily Kandinsky. While their illicit love faces the disapproval of early 20th century European society, the two artists forge a partnership that will offer the world its first taste of Abstract Expressionism"". And Jack ,whilst I am on it and still think you wrote "Omega" instead of "Rolex" in thread 928 on purpose, Bavaria and Munich, where Kandinsky lived for a long time and taught "abstract painting", this part of the EU is in Germany. Gabriele Münters art work is also to be seen in museums in the USA.
  8. Manfred

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Thanks Jack for bringing up those memories about „Flo“. Never met her but always admired her. What a tragic death. Many thanks to all the contributors here in this great GGR forum.
  9. Manfred

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    What else can I add to this very true statement. Was not able to see the finish or read about since this morning and have read 4 pages back to get all the excitement without knowing before who won. Thanks ALL for contributing and making this the best place to follow with expert knowledges. Of course many thanks for the VOR organisation for doing such a great job. Outstanding coverage! Will be back in Alicante for the next one. In my eyes they could use these exciting boats again. Bye for now.
  10. Manfred

    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    What a day yesterday! During breakfast BRU was behind by a mere 0,8nm. Coming back to the screen late afternoon she was leading by 0,8nm. Videos came up here about the lead change, thanks to the contributors! And after that the live coverage in HD quality on the big screen. It cannot get any better. Thanks to the VOR organisation and to all the contributors here. I am hooked from start to finish of the Race.
  11. Manfred

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Autsch, another problem on the Submarine? Going only 18.6 against the 27 something on Akzo... ;-)) OK, one degree higher and 4 kn faster now... Must be a driver moment.
  12. Manfred

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    It is sad to see how TTOP is being reeled in. They would need another killer helmsman or woman. Strategically they are doing great.
  13. Manfred

    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Thanks for the beautiful shot, though it hurts to see them upright...