mdeh

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  1. Just curious? Do the Western group know where the Easterners are now?
  2. Looks like that delay by TB to gybe earlier has just payed off?
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    For those not up to speed in Dutch... and I understand it so-so, the one thing she said was that when the accidental gybe happened, she was on deck, on the coffee grinder, tethered in. Fish had untethered a very short time before the gybe to try and examine some potential damage of the FR0. The gybe put the boat 90 degrees on it's side, with the sails in the water. She did not see Fish go overboard, but heard the call "Man Overboard", and then saw him in the water. It was difficult to even get to him at this early phase, as the person trying to grab him was tethered in. She also described the search and the huge waves and wind, and the difficulty in trying to find him... I'll have to leave it to another person to translate all and more fully.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Best sign at a march, recently.....
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    In the last few days, I have been pondering about this.. must mean I have too much time on my hands. Volvo, are renown for safety... or that is certainly the persona they try and project. And.. not unsuccessfully, I would have to say. So here is my somewhat serious question. In view of this really tough leg , with both loss of life and equipment issues, added to the loss of life on a previous leg, is there some "bean counter" at Volvo saying ... "This is really not good for our image". Could they contemplate a time-out in Itajai, using a reason of improving safety?
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    If you enlarge , you see "76". So maybe this... Ronald Reagan?? https://goo.gl/images/tGufC3
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Sadly, this is true.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    According to our all knowledgeable administration, it's either from Wakanda or that nation in Southern Africa, Nambia.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Not sure how much this played a role, but having a major refit, following a massive collision, in record time, might have introduced some engineering issues that showed up later??
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Not me.... but the people that stuck their necks out... were.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Well, Fiji... in that case... I’m with you 100%. Were it not for those tough minded, independent thinking Frisians I would not be here. I’m sure you know of what I speak, if not, contact me privately.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    So they do pay attention to some things we care/bitch about!!!! as to the escort for Scally," if indeed correct, ? Boat has more damage than we have been told? ( The Jack Nicholson VOR approach) ? Take the crew off for debriefing? Not sure who has jurisdiction for those waters... methinks Aus/NZ... but an unnatural death probably has some legal sequelae... never mind the psychological.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Sometimes I do get the feeling that's the way we are treated.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Update 8:30 p.m. EDT: Tiangong-1 may have already reentered, or it may be approaching the Pacific coast of South America. If the spacecraft is still flying, it should cross over Chile and then Argentina soon, possibly to be spotted in the sky.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Oh God ... if I were Vestas, and with their luck, I'd stay put until that thing was safely down!! :-)
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Is it just a coincidence, or is it a sign from God that the "newly designed" helmsman protective enclosure has been delivered for installation? See #3110.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Indeed....I can confirm that. In 2003 we started our Antarctic trip here...having been flown in on a charter. Then, on the "Little Red Ship".... to South Georgia. In fact, ... little trivia... it **sank** on its next trip!! Never did understand that. AFAIR, we were docked on the "mainland", not here.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Everyone, is, I believe, devastated by this tragedy. When all is analyzed in the end ( and I hope it will be ), my guess is that it will not be "one thing" that caused it. I am just recovering from the Vestas incident, which, I thought the VOR seemed to handle it poorly. But... there is another aspect that I have not seen discussed. I recall the thrill and excitement of the last VOR when it was touch and go whether there would be helicopter coverage at the Horn. The VOR certainly hyped the event, ( and they should have) and when we got those images, it was , well, pretty much sublime. I am equally enthralled by the drone coverage. Seeing those images ( which I think we are now taking for granted) has added a dimension to the race that seems to be unequalled to any previous coverage. The OBRs have done stellar reporting... with hype not so long ago, as to which OBR would be the first to do a fly through.. and when It happened, thrilling again. Watching Chinese Gybes, watching as DF? launched off a wave ... what could be more riveting? When the VOR demand us to watch everything, I do! When they capriciously remove it.. I feel angry Yes there is a point to this. Do we as consumers, activists, sports lovers need to accept some responsibility too? If there was no audience for this risky endeavor, would it even happen? Is the cost of life really worth us seeing and experiencing these boats " At the extreme?". I don't really have an answer, but I think it ought to be part of the debate.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    The fact that this thread is still going, and the fact that Vestas is still a topic of discussion, means something! Now, I'm not sure **exactly** what this means, but it probably means different things to different constituencies. To *one* of those constituencies, the pen-pushers at Vestas and those that write the checks, it might well mean that the risk is not worth the reward. To others, like the VOR, we can't tell because they seem to have snuck off to another planet. But, those pen-pushers and financial supporters, are surely paying really close attention. Just my 2cw.
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    VOR Management MIA maybe Dead?

    I have mentioned this before, but I think it might be relevant here now. My wife and I were in Phoenix for Thanks Giving, and were in some cafe and started chatting with a total stranger who happened to work for SCA. When I mentioned the boat SCA his immediate reaction was that their sponsorship had been a complete waste of time and money. He was genuinely stunned to hear that SCA had developed quite a following. As far as he was concerned, the right decision to not be involved with Team SCA had been made. So, what it tells me, is that VOR management is dealing with sponsors who take a very different view of the race than we do. Who knows why the change of management occurred at VOR, but it this person I spoke to is any reflection of the corporate view of the race, then their attitudes might be more understandable. What this bodes for the future of the VOR is difficult to see. On it's current course and trajectory... maybe not too rosy? The Vestas incident is certainly not going to help.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Wading into this, with the impassioned feelings on both sides , is fraught with danger.... I know. Yes... there should be no speculation ( one view) but how do you stop it? Well, here is one way NOT to do it. Forbid anyone from speaking about it, when up to this point, your entire MO was getting as much publicity as possible, using all the crews to give dock-side interviews etc etc. The VOR is the poster-child for how you screw things up.... not appreciating that this cuts across both legal and publicity arenas. The longer the VOR hides from the public, the stronger the conviction that they have something to hide. (You could release the videos from the boat , for example.) Stop listening to the lawyers. So, what does the NTSB do as it is investigating an accident. They do not speculate. But, they do appreciated the public's right to know, in a timely fashion.. So, they hold press conferences, and as soon as they find some relevant fact, they release that. No speculation, just the facts. But, given the VOR management's track record, I doubt anything will change. Go ahead, prove me wrong. Hold a press conference and just let it out. It's going to come out anyhow... but not in way you are going to be able to control, or like.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Hi SS Nice editorial.... thanks. May I suggest 2 things that the VOR could do better. 1) Have a protocol ready in event something like this happens... get out IN FRONT OF the story. I know the "speculation" issue... but one has to admit, with the combined knowledge on this board, those speculators got pretty damned close to the truth.. and quite quickly. It was probably not the intention of the VOR to come across as if they were hiding something, but that's the way it appeared. We live in an "instant" world today, which they promote by the way, so you cannot have it both ways. 2) Create some type of "Blue ribbon"( or whatever you want to call it) commission..... to examine in detail, provide a report, ( a CREDIBLE ONE.. not some BS to obfuscate the truth) and come up with suggestions to at least make a good faith effort to try and prevent this from happening again.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Serious question. Is the crew being detained/questioned by the HK authorities?
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Could not have put it better myself.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Firstly, let it be said, I don't think there is anyone that I have seen that is not pretty devastated by the death of a seaman... irrespective of whether he/she be a crew member of one of the VOR boats , anyone else. Yes... the crew would be more familiar .... but I think it stops there. What is remarkable to me though, is the issue of speculation. Clearly, there are some strong views about this, but what cannot be denied, is the "common knowledge" on SA and the closeness this speculation turned out to reality. In fact, it was SA that first drew attention to an issue with Vestas.