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    Loïck Peyron

    He starts by saying that he won last time because of fresh eggs from his hens ... and showing his collection of compressed trophies. He likes to walk to the boat to work on the preparations and does not have a team to help because he likes to do it and the feeling of being autonomous. He won't be using a GPS, and likes the imprecision, not knowing where he exactly is, that is only possible in a slow boat. And he likes paper charts. (The costume sextant is nice BTW) Back in the studio they point out that never the less they are sure that he will be as fast as possible and will try to break the record settled by the sister-ship 40 years ago. And that he will have time to read, something he has not been able to really do in the last races.
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    Loïck Peyron

    Loïck Peyron on a TV show explaining how he is enjoying a back-to-origins approach with Happy for this Route du Rhum.
  3. Quite close all the time, RdR will be interesting !
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    Barcelona World Race 2018/2019

    All claims by the Spanish government about the independence movement being bad for the economy have been proven false. Knowing their methods, some kind of pressure or just cutting promised support is very likely; if the continuity was already difficult, it wouldn't take much to shut it. I can dig out references to this claims (Catalan economy not being adversely affected and foul play by Spanish government), but not to actual interference with the BWR thought.
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    Team Actual west-ward tour

    Back to Team Actual: No hope to recover the trimaran, but Actual is firmly engaged to participate in the December 2019 Ultim race.
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    Spindrift 2 Jules Verne 2017

    After Gabart record this must be frustrating !
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    Macif / Gabart / Jules Verne 2017-18

    But he found a bride in the meantime
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    Team Actual west-ward tour

    Rebuild, maybe not, but the floats, and the hull maybe could have some use.
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    Macif / Gabart / Jules Verne 2017-18

    42 was indeed the answer. Amazing to make it in his first try.
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    Actual Ultim actually lost

    Coville also did many great things. It's not cursed at all.
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    bi-directional Proa

    Small coral atolls have wood shortage too. "The Ninigo islanders have to make their canoes completely out of driftwood, logs sent swirling down the rivers of the mainland 200 miles away then carried by the wind and tides to the islands." "Do you make many was?" Jim asks. "No. I have to wait for the right type of driftwood to wash up on the beach." "How often does one come?" "About every two years. Sometimes longer. So I wait." Update 2013 9 September 4.html
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    bi-directional Proa

    No crowded waters did help too with that choice, I would think.
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    bi-directional Proa

    My favourite too In some places it was the other way around: a twisted rope in the centre keeping all the wooden bits together. There are more, almost every conceivable way, in
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    bi-directional Proa

    On tensegrity: Partially, yes, but you want a log, not a string, to be the lower part of the structure, so no pure tensegrity structure to connect the ama to the vaka if the connection must be out of the water. Actually, the marshallesse system substitutes the tetrahedron with a rope under tension There are other examples from traditional pacific lashing systems:
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    Team Actual west-ward tour

    Joyon capsized once at the start of a North Atlantic record attempt, but he didn't have any problems with the boat that I remember. I know of no reason to blame the accident of Guo Chuan on the boat. Coville did 2 round the world record attempts, each one in about 2 months, slower than Joyon but actually faster over real distance sailed. He bumped against things and almost capsized at the start of one of those. Material fatigue or wear over the years do seem quite plausible to me.