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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. Bummed I'm missing Spin Cup for the first time in 10 years. Was supposedly doing it on a friend's SC50 and when that fell through last minutish did not have enough time to get the crew logistics in place to do it in my boat :-( Reminded me of why I usually do my own thing on my own boat...
  2. I'm not sure if I understand exactly what you want but if I want to have cover anywhere but in the eye loop and use a brummel I do something similar to what is shown here: or here:
  3. A "turbo" 1D35 with a sprit. There are a couple in the great lakes with the mod.-
  4. Garmin InReach
  5. If you want to splice it into an endless loop with a consistent diameter throughout then I'd give a try to the Marlow Furler 50 line in either 8mm or 10mm depending on your preference.
  6. A long thread already exists about this boat, please refer to: http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=176213&hl=infinity It will be easier for others to find relevant info about the boat if we keep it contained in a single thread.
  7. This whole thread is stupid. It is true that a few high budget programs can afford to cover costs for everything and everybody be it local or traveling at 100% for either amateurs or pros and that is great and all good for the owner and his lucky crew, but that is not the reality for most racing boats anywhere. The reality is that while your average boat owner already pays for insurance, slip, running and sail costs for his boat, he mostly covers sandwiches and a few drinks for the normal yearly races and that loyal crew will help with some boat work when they can. For extremely expensive things like say a Transpac, crew will be typically asked to chip-in to help make the program possible. What IS killing yacht racing is the expectation that every owner is a rich fuck that can cover the cost of everything including your ugly corner ho's. If you want to see more success across all kinds of racing then don't be such a cheap fuck and either offer to pay for part of the cost of a regatta or if you are broke then offer your time to defray the costs. If all crew did that, many more boats would be available. The problem is that the expectation has been created that all sailboat (read 'yacht') owners are rich and that therefore for some reason they should carry the costs of everything...
  8. I've used the IridiumGo on a couple of races to Hawaii, given the slow speeds it takes a lot of patience and time. It sort of works and the unlimited data plans are certainly cheap but it is temperamental and requires a good external antenna setup. In the end, given the hassles and dropped connections I decided I don't like it. I loaned it to a friend for the PacCup and when he gave it back to me he told me the crew had nicknamed it the IridiumNO! Your mileage might vary
  9. Hi Herman, I made ALC 5% faster than AT while on port for the text part of the time prediction I posted. Expedition doesn't support assymetric polars so I had to split the route into starboard/port sections and then sum up the two. The picture I posted however is simpler with ALC being 105% faster throughout. My other experiments just looked too messy.
  10. It's almost time for the crucial tack towards SDO. Latest optimal routes for the leaders using GFS/ECMWF/TideTech GRIBs has ALC tacking sometime between 12:00-15:00UTC and AT tacking sometime later between 16:00-18:00UTC. Sadly for AT latest predictions have him finisht 6-7:30 hours adrift of ALC. Also ran routings for the GFS/ECMWF ensemble predictions but no model has AT overhauling ALC before the finish barring some damage or other calamity to ALC which I don't wish for him given the masterful way he has sailed this race. Attaching picture of route and stats showing ALC getting to his tack point at 12:00 per the ECMWF model
  11. Sorry guys for going radio silent on ya all, but been busy with work and Holiday preparations. Thanks to all that diligently keep posting news from every possible source and so make it easier to keep up with this race. Gutted for Meilhat/SMA! Did people not predict it would be the foilers who wouldn't make it around the course? And yet, here we have all competitive non-foilers out of the picture and only a hybrid (JB's Master Cock) left at the head of the fleet to compete with the new foilers. What a race! So much more interesting than the previous VOR. Anyway, back to this race, will try to post something a bit more informative soon with my usual stats, but yes, as Herman says, AT has finally gotten a bit of a break on the weather as things look pretty complicated for ALC to CH and then for a bit after that up to the Falkland Islands. Not that great for AT either but comparatively speaking... I've run routing on the GFS, GFS ensemble and ECMWF past CH and to the latitude of the Falkland Islands and it looks like AT will be anywhere from 1d to 1d-16h behing ALC by the time they get to the Falklands. But the situation is definitely very complicated and fluid for ALC after CH with no good options so a potential opportunity for AT to catch up quite a bit. Reminds me of the VOR a couple of editions ago, where Telefonica put in for a bit of a pit stop in Tierra del Fuego and almost caught poor Kenny on Puma farther up the course even after being close to two(?) days behind... Somebody more diligent than me I'm sure can dig up the actual stats but it was a matter of minutes for Puma even though Telefonica was WAY behind... Still, while wishing no ill will or damages to ALC, which has been sailing a hell of a race, I must admit, I'm still, in my heart of hearts, rooting for AT, so a bit of an equalizer from the weather gods would not feel too unfair to me...
  12. I found where I picked up that he lost his backstay: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/17317/thomas-ruyant-everything-has-been-made-secure Maybe this is some translation issue but it looks like both backstays are in place. I think he meant that because the boat was essentially folding in half, the forestay/backstay tension was pulling the boat apart and so both backstay/forestay were going limp which means essentially no support for the mast in the fore/aft axis.
  13. Hi Alpha, My 2 cents. I'm very happy with your weather routing posts, much appreciated. The details regarding the calculated routings in the bottom left corner are a bit hard to decipher though (low resolution pic). The excel with TWA/TWS is impressive, but the question I'd have as skipper: what's in it for me? How can I translate that info into routing decisions? I presume the projected sailplan for the suggested optimal route can be derived from that. Also, a lot of info is displayed, so what is your conclusion/advice to the skipper? Posting that advice here too will get you more understanding/feedback from the less-polars oriented SA's in this thread. Otherwise, just give them your sisters phone number Hi Herman, Appreciate your comments and also your previous posts with routing info. You have now given me homework regarding unsuspected weather routing capabilities of other SW programs that I was not aware of. Regarding sharing routing information for the VG in particular, I've found it hard to decide what to post so it's somewhat interesting to the thread followers and yet fits within the restrictions of the platform (size of attachments, etc). Also, this race in particular has interesting challenges that are atypical to my usual race such as not having "proper" polar info, no sail chart, no boat measured TWS/TWA/MSLP/Wave data in the position report, which makes it very hard to correct the polar, as well as figure out if weather prediction is accurate, etc. That makes giving informed guesses as to current and future performance/behavior of the boats, somewhat risky, or at least less scientific than I'd like, in a public forum so I've resorted to presenting pure uninterpreted "data" hoping people can come to their own conclusions as to what it might mean and to the limitations given all presumably known uncertainties in the inputs, including lack of support by the VG organisation. But you make a good point, I think I've been a little gun shy and in the future I'll try to at least offer some interpretation to the basic data that has validity in spite of the unknowns due to the various avoidable (VG org specific issues mostly due to sparse data) and unavoidable (Weather uncertainties) factors.
  14. I too try to provide it. Don't have the fancy Excel colouring though! Appreciate you posting it here. Thanks, appreciate the feedback. I guess what I'm after is ideas for how to format the data to increase its usefulness or ideas for what data to add again to increase usefulness given our dock side spectating for this race. An obvious one for this race, although highly atypical would be % port/stb. That is something that would normally have little value but given AT/HB's handicap is interesting for this race. Hard to make use of as all routing programs assume symmetrical performance so there is no such thing as port/stb polars. Has to be painfully done manually if necessary. For a normal real race, assuming you were crew on these boats, either before or during the race, what else would you ask me for? Or how would you change the presentation? What would you add, what would you remove? Obvious candidates are wave data. Wave angle, wave height? Also, obviously before the race, we would run a bazillion routes based on statistical data to plan the possible sail configuration, figure out bounds on duration, etc. Then as things get closer, a week or so out, we would be discussing which sails might be left at the dock, which would make it onboard. Then during the race it would be what to expect during your coming x hour shift based on current data. Anyway, hope you all get the idea and can get into the groove of what you'd like to see if you were onboard now.
  15. Excellent, easy, my type of crew, just keep you fed, throw you the occasional Milkyway and done. But for the more demanding crew, pre-race and during race, what sort of information do you consider useful and look for from your Nav?