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  1. Jambalaya

    J92S sort

    Enjoy the boat. My first boat was a 92 GBR9212R, it did the 1994 Scottish series with Kevin Sproul (then at Hyde). Of all the boats I’ve owned I’d say £ for lbs it was the most versatile and fun. Had a good look at 92S Wizard late last year but owners syndicate didn’t come together sadly.
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    Sad sad news

    Sad and shocking news indeed. Many touching comments on the Key Yachting FB page.
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    Brexit, WTF

    Leo the UK under a Conservative Govt joined the EEC to break free of the (hard left) state control of prior Labour Govts which had indeed left the country in a bad place economically. For the vast majority of UK population it has always been about the “Common Market”, upon joining in 1973 and in the subsequent 1975 Referendum the people were told repeatedly it was only an economic project, not political. This (from a Dutch cartoonist btw) sums up my view The ERG are the Tories who are respecting the 2017 Manifesto upon which the party stood and they were elected.
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    J105 light winds

    fucket European OD is with masthead kites around 90-95 sqm from memory, the boats have different rigs than the US built boats. I think there is no longer any 105 class racing in UK or France. We had a reasonable amount from 2004-2010 wanderlust with number 3 you need to sail the boat pretty free and certainly not point until you are moving. In my experience of owning one for 5 years the 105 is a world of pain in less than 6 knots in mixed irc fleets. Those are simply not the conditions for the boat. A J80 or 92 will overtake you on the water. If you have a overlapping jib then you can try and race with that but UK owners under IRC found they never won in any conditions whereas with just the number 3 you can win in medium and heavier air. Boat suits passage racing better than W/L in mixed fleets with symmetrical boats under IRC
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    Sun Fast 3600

    JL thanks for the updates, very interesting reading. Well done of course on the race. I think the French boats who do transatlantic events like the Trans Quadra spend a lot of time sorting & preping (as you’d expect).i wonder if you can piggy back on some of that. I know from my own limited experiences that really sorting a “factory” boattKes a lot of time and thought
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    Sun Fast 3600

    3600 and 3200 the boat of choice for offshore double and single handers in UK and a lot of France. JPK’s very good too but nowhere near as popular. Error from me in 2010 buying a used 109 instead of a new 3200 (3600 not yet released, JPK too expensive). Part of my decsion was “build quality” having had J92 and 105 from new but that was a poor choice. If you want a good all rounder the Sunfast is an excellent choice certainly under IRC. They have many many sea miles inc transatlantics to their credit
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    Just another complaint about Mr. Clean

    Best of luck to him. First met him at 2005 M24 Worlds before he started writing much for SA (in fact I think it was his regatta piece which got the ball rolling for contributing to SA “full time”) then a few times more at Garda for Melges 20 and Vendee Globe start. Good guy would happily invite him to stay and read anything he wanted to post (doesn’t mean you have to agree does it ?). Was sorry not to make it down to most recent VG start and a chnace to have another dinner with him and Bruce Fair winds mate
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    As posted above they DID have an EPIRB. I wonder if they even knew what it was ? I called them idiots for not bing prepared (e.g. having an EPIRB) but it turns out they did have one. They are off the charts stupid.
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Idiots. Saw a quote somewhere that a spreader had broken so they “could not sail”, nonsense with a small amount of effort they could set up a jury rig. Also quite how anyone these days would set off on a 2000 mile ocean passage without an EPIRB is beyond me. No battery powered handheld gps either ?
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Congratulations to Armel, thoroughly deserved after being 2nd twice. Masterclass of single handed sailing and all the way up the Atlantic without his J1. Likewise to Alex, a very strong performance both breaking 2012's record time. For me Alex has finally dispelled his "wild boat breaking" reputation. Regarding Armel's remarks about Alex I thought he was pretty straight and generous without being false. He made a joke a gew days ago to the Marine National plane saying in responce to "do you have a message for Alex" he said "Please stay behind me" pretty funny. Likewise when he arrived he was impressed how Alex kept pressing to the end. I listened to all the coverage in French, it was live on BFMTV for a few hours.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Happy Christmas everyone. Shana Tova for Hanukkah. Waiting to see Alex's rounding video, Armel's was picture perfect
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Going back a bit ... containers are worth nothing, contents are insured. From what I understand its chepaer to have your container on the outside / higher up as it's known to be more likely to be lost. The shipping companies really dont give a shit. As above unkess they are heavily fined or made to carry far fewer containers this will just keep happening. Chapeau to Thomas, thats a stunning effort.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Getting to the dock is safer than the risk of being in a raft and keeps the rescue services safe. There is also the cost savings. I imagine the hull may not be repairable but he's saved the kit, rig, keel etc. They build nice hulls in NZ too
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Laurent great news. What an effort A word on Armel. In my view he is the class act in a very high quality field. He has come up through the very tough Figaro ranks and established himself as the man to beat in this Vendee. As it stands he is dominating the race to the point it's not looking like a contest. Who really cares if it's 2 videos or 3 ? Not me. It's a sailing race not a video contest.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    I doubt you'd see what they hit even if hand steering or react fast enough