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  1. staysail

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    He is doing it perfectly. Its called giving the kiss of death.
  2. staysail

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Could a presentation possibly be more boring and less informative? If he says nothing I guess it confirms he has nothing to say! Thanks for posting it Jack, and for the times of the "highlights".
  3. staysail

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    He sure looked as if he could do with a few hours uninterrupted kip, and I agree he has handled the whole affair with admirable modesty, respect for his competitors and sincere graciousness. Many other professional sportsmen could well take a lesson from him. When asked if he was planning to do the next RdR however he quite pointedly insisted that all efforts were directed towards the next VG. If his team were really going to do a Crewed Inoca RTW that would be a big project and would have to be considered in parallel with VG planning. I take it that he is not very serious about a crewed Imoca boat. No surprise for me.
  4. staysail

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    No mention of any Crewed RTW Imoca project from Alex T in his post RdR presser.
  5. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Interesting tracker this morning. I have been looking at how some of the Imoca restarts have been progressing and noticed that despite sailing at good speeds in the right general direction and with a good positive VMG, Romain Attanasio is getting further away from the destination! Oops! Just realized they are giving distance to current first in the race and not "the one who finished first"
  6. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Maybe you should stay with truck driving, which you do seem to be familiar with?
  7. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    To answer your question, I have no idea if they do drug testing. Are you suggesting those that don't fall asleep at an inconvenient time are on drugs? If so I think you are probably wrong. And since you want to be picky about my use of English I would suggest the following. A single handed ocean race is not a "goal", it is an event; nor is an ability to sail a boat to its potential a "goal" either, it is an "ability", and the two things are not mutually exclusive. In context of the thread (Route du Rhum) Alex's boat is probably the fastest in the race, the race is single-handed and the boat is primarily designed for single-handed sailing, and achieving a speed of over 38 knots and consistent periods of high speed sailing is good enough evidence for me that in the context of this kind of race, Alex can sail it to its potential well enough. To say that "racing offshore single-handed is first and foremost, a test of human endurance and stamina" may be your opinion to which of course you are entitled. I observe though, that in almost all single handed ocean races which are not one design, the winning boats tend to be the fastest, and that given a group of experienced expert skippers the "first and foremost" deciding factor in race results will be the speed capability of the skipper/boat combination. The speed capability of the boat and the sailing skill of the skipper, are thus the most important factors. Obviously "human endurance and stamina" is a necessary part of the skill of the skipper and is something which the majority of Imoca skippers possess. Being asleep at a bad time can certainly lose you the race as Alex demonstrated but being able to stay awake when necessary will not win you a race if you are a poor sailor and/or you have a boat which is not one of the faster ones.
  8. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Winning single handed ocean races isn't only about having a sponsor who will buy you the fastest boat and being able to sail it to its potential. There are also numerous other skills involved and safe management of fatigue is just one of the most obvious and important ones. The French really work at all these skills, educate themselves and share their learning at training centers where groups of sailors work together with expert coaching to develop their all-round abilities. I see no such equivalent center of expertise in the UK and think Alex , being UK based, has to be at a big disadvantage vis a vis the French in all other aspects other than the speed capability of his boat. The French are not good at this game by accident and there are good reasons why up and coming British sailors want to train in France. I should think Alex would be the first to say Paul well deserves his win.
  9. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Just proves Alex understands the game and has a bit more class than his team.
  10. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Class act by Alex. No one could have managed that better.
  11. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Rotten thing to happen at the end of such a race. Rulemakers have a lot to answer for when penalties for incidents like this one, an entirely predictable possibility, have not been considered in advance and there is no clear procedure to determine the magnitude of the penalty. If the jury can really decide between a penalty of a short time, like the hour or so the incident involved, and full disqualification, then the jury, not the competitors, are deciding the actual race result. Whatever the jury decides I guess the big majority of fans will disagree strongly, one way or another. Not a good happy result. I would have liked to see Alex win cleanly, but then when I think "How can you be the proud winner of a major sailing race if you sail your boat onto the rocks and have to motor off to avoid totally wrecking your boat?" I sure would not want to be in the shoes of the jury which has to decide this one! Of course Alex should retire gracefully and take the pressure off the jury but I very much doubt Hugo Boss would allow such a generous gesture.
  12. staysail

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Just arrived back in Lorient, minus one bow.
  13. staysail

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    You are on a different planet from mine. But even if one of your "underfunded campaigns" did enter with a 60 foot boat it will not conform to the present Imoca 60 rules. It will not be an Imoca 60 as presently defined. Imoca will have to re-write their rules before even a fully funded campaign can hire a naval architect to design their new boat. Face facts. This event simply will not happen in the manner envisaged or to the timescale envisaged by the new owners. Don't get me wrong. I love Imoca 60s and have sailed on a few. Simple truth is that under the present rules they are not suitable for doing what the race owner (and some Imoca people!) are saying and new rules and new boats is the only logical deduction. These new boats and also any existing Imocas modified to comply, will have to conform to new rules. If you have new rules it is a different boat. If you are going to have a new set of box rules for this crewed race why not start with a clean sheet?
  14. staysail

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    The other point about VOR style racing is it is quite important that boats arrive within a predictable time margin for the stopover. With the RdR that is not a priority. The leaders finished today. Many others are only just re-starting after repairs. In an RTW race it would have been game over on leg one!