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  1. staysail

    New imoca boats

    Charal sure looks very quick in the site video, but you can play back the race with the cartography and it looks as if Charal was never placed better than 2nd and was doing very much the same speeds as the other foilers, and was placed 7th, and 3rd for most of the time before he retired, close to the southernmost Azimut 1 turning mark, so maybe Charal is not an order of magnitude faster than the others? Of those that finished, on a straight line drag race it looks as if the quickest boat/skipper partnerships are PRB, then UCAR, but for the overall picture Initiatives Coeur actually led the race for the longest time/biggest distance by far. Took the lead in the 247 mile race with 198 miles to go and shared it with SMA it until Vincent overtook her with 35 miles left on the drag race back in.
  2. staysail

    New imoca boats

    Google translation not too bad.....and very interesting words from the podium skippers, Vincent Riou (PRB), winner of the Azimut Challenge: "After conditions of medium and light, the return was very tonic. Since this morning, it turbine! All of this has been very much involved, as always with 24-hour formats that have the specificity of preventing us from sleeping. I'm very happy, I really like to come on the Azimut Challenge to train for the fall season, it's always a good "warm up". I had not yet sailed with the new configuration boat in the breeze and that is done! I am also very happy with the work and research that has been done by the architects and the team to set up the foils. The boat is extremely fast, it has never been so comfortable in speed, even if we still have small stalls to do. It has changed in its operation but the benchmarks remain the same, the tips are always in the same place and I find my marks. Today, it's a nine-year-old old lady who is renewing herself in a third complete version. It was not designed to "foil", but if we go sparingly, we see that it works. Sam (Davies) sailed well in the light of the night and had to drive back. And I was not idle, but at these speeds there, with a nice peak at 29.5 knots speedo, we quickly get back to miles! " Samantha Davies (2nd on Initiatives-Coeur): .... less than 7 minutes after Vincent "The start was complicated for me but I caught up well after! I've been investigating the miles since the beginning of the year and the workouts have paid off. I master my boat, I find the right settings, the good feelings and so I can focus on the strategy. I came first at Waypoint "Azimut 2" (positioned 70 miles off the tip of Brittany, NDR), I was so happy! I knew that Vincent (Riou) would go a little faster on the last long reaching edge. But it took me a long time to catch up and I kept a little hope. He attacked more than me, he was smoother and that is clearly what made the difference. I played it safer, I did not want to take too much risk but as the wind came back strong, it still went very fast! This 2nd place at the Azimut Challenge is a great result, I am very proud because the level was really high. With the team, we are in a good dynamic. On the other hand, I am completely burnt, I only slept 15 minutes during this race ... " Yann Eli├Ęs (3rd on UCAR-StMichel): "I started the race well. We saw that Charal was very fast on the first reaching edge but unfortunately he had to turn around quickly. SMA and Initiatives-Coeur took the lead in the night when we were sailing upwind. I had a little more trouble in the light weather but I expected it. The final reaching edge was wild, wet. PRB was 1 knot faster than me on this portion. Its foils are large and powerful at this pace. By cons I was a little faster than Sam. I'm satisfied with my race, I found a good compromise between physical challenge and strategic choices. I sailed simply, without putting myself in the red physically. These sustained conditions put things back in the sense that we spent all summer in shorts / t-shirts. We are no longer used to pulling waxes and fleeces. It remains a month before the Route du Rhum to 'eat' and really acclimatize. " Reading between the lines, all these foiling boats are very fast, but keeping up at the front is both a physical and a strategic effort which is quite challenging when the skipper is alone and operating on such a dynamic platform! Pretty hard for us more normal sailor to imagine the conditions.
  3. staysail

    New imoca boats

    nearly midnight here in Biscay, and not a lot of wind. Charal abandons (autopilot issues? wonder what went wrong?) and Sam in the lead. We have a regatta on our boat tomorrow and must get some sleep!
  4. staysail

    Figaro solo

    Cecile still in 2nd and three girls in the top ten this morning. Great to see this in a Solitaire race leg where there are only 5 girls among the 36 competitors.
  5. staysail

    Figaro solo

    Go Cecile, in 2nd place! ... but which tack will be best in the end? Personally I would favour those heading for Ribadeo right now, but I hope to be proved wrong!
  6. staysail

    Figaro solo

    Having just downloaded a grib file for the Bay, this looks like a very tricky leg. I guess sailing upwind in 5 knots of breeze and less is easier than dead downwind in the same, but it will be a long route to Saint Gilles. I am happy to see some girls Justine, Cecile and Sophie quite well placed at the moment.
  7. staysail

    Figaro solo

    There can be some very quaint winds around the entrance of the Ria de Muros, due to the surrounding mountains, but it isn't what you would normally think of as a river. Wide open water.
  8. staysail

    Figaro solo

    I suspect, having checked some wind reports for the area, that the wind temporarily dropped almost to zero, and went dead astern for some in the fleet, and turning to port was done simply to keep way on the boats. S Simon did the same thing at the same time but did not sail as far in towards the coast.
  9. staysail

    Figaro solo

    If you read my post (which you quoted twice!) again and carefully you will see I said "good on her..." which I meant. I admire anyone who can get to a start line in a Solitaire race and get round the course especially one as hard as the one we are talking about. Anyone who can get there and actually do it deserves to be there as far as I am concerned. I am not any kind of pro and never said or implied that I am. I have sailed with the Figaro fleet (but not competed in a Figaro race), so I do know a little about how difficult it is. Nothing you say can change the fact that today's Figaro races in France are unlikely to be won by a sailor who is not at the very top of the game. If that means "elite" in your book I will not argue, but racing in France including the Figaro Solitaire is anything but an "elitist" sport, and its the very opposite of sad.
  10. staysail

    Figaro solo

    Sailing and sailboat racing may be dying where you come from but the opposite is true in France. The Figaro racing is regarded very positively here in France by professionals and amateurs alike. Nothing sad about sailing here. Maybe you should visit and see for yourself. Quite why France seems to be such a good place for all types of sailing and at all levels is curious. Personally I would put it down to a non-elitist, everyone welcome, attitude, particularly on the Atlantic and Channel coasts. The harbour management people also seem welcoming and genuinely interested in boats and sailing people, and in folk enjoying themselves. Germany and Sweden in my experience, also seem particularly "sailor friendly". The situation in the parts of the UK where I have sailed over many years has deteriorated with most yacht harbours which used to be friendly, now really only interested in how much money they can take from you, and how much they can restrict your freedom. Opportunities exist for top level sailors in France, and for anyone to become a top level sailor if they have the talent. Its places which cannot support racing like the Figaro Solitaire which are the sad ones.
  11. staysail

    Figaro solo

    Yes, good on her for getting round the course, which even for the Solitaire, was a hard one. It must be the most difficult competitive sailing in the world and it takes a special kind of sailor even to stay with the top 20 in a leg. Any mishap, any dose of bad luck, even for them, and a good leg result is almost impossible. Also the Fig2s are mostly quite old now and the boats, sails and rigs are not exactly identical. I don't see anything sad about the fact that the Solitaire is so difficult that "a regular guy" has little chance. It has been that way for years. It is an experts event and unless you are professional you will never have the time and opportunity to be able to train enough if you have to hold down a regular job. Same as for any other professional sport.
  12. staysail

    Figaro solo

    The race website says, Google translated, " After having gone to get a buoy of relief in front of Deauville, they will start for a first Channel. The 90 miles required to reach Owers East of the Isle of Wight will be the real mouthing of the race. In this zone of high traffic where freighters rub shoulders with fishing and pleasure boats, the first night at sea will keep the sailors in a state of extreme concentration. And this cohabitation should not make them forget to heal their course in the approach of English ratings at the risk of letting go the most accurate. This first delicate passage past, navigators will head to the tip Sainte Catherine south of the Isle of Wight. The riders will then have free choice in their strategy: sailing closer to the white English coast to reduce the effects of the current or hope for a stronger wind a little further offshore." ... so I am surprised to see they can choose to go through the Solent, north round the IOW, and not round St Catherines Pt. More interesting to have the choice.
  13. staysail

    Figaro solo

    15 and a half kts in the middle of the Channel with no foils! Who needs a Figaro 3?
  14. staysail

    Figaro solo

    For me the most interesting and technically difficult race of the year starts today, 13.00 local time. Stage 1 of the Solitaire; Le Havre, Owers, St Catherines Point, Wolf Rock, Portsall, Round Guernsey and Sark, to Finish at St Brieuc. For those that know sailing in and around the English Channel, not exactly a simple one, and there are spring tides, 30 foot range around the east of Guernsey. https://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/the_race#course
  15. staysail

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Well SS, I have to admire your enthusiasm for the event, but seriously "if it ain't broke don't fix it"? Nothing I have read anywhere about a next event, boats, management,dates, route, is at all credible. At present I really cannot believe the race can or will go ahead with any boats vaguely resembling an Imoca, (and the 65's yet again!!). I have yet to hear of any high profile sailor who plans to enter. If I wanted to enter I would not at the moment have any idea what or when I would be entering, or what with, or who would own it. It all just looks like a waste of time and effort even to consider it. And I should think CC has had enough by now and will be wanting to have a bit more fun now and you are right about him being "marketable" so he will not be short of more exciting opportunities. Seems to me that something does need to be fixed or it's not going to happen again any time soon.