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  1. Almost to shore in Capetown, Mex is right, she has it sorted.
  2. I think with Conrad's finish that made this VG edition have the most finishers ever. Also, the rate of failure was lower than in the past, even with some retirement being less than required, as discussed in this (long) thread. Could the OD elements (keel and rig) be helping here?
  3. Good to see the old Funnel Web sailing in top form again. Thanks for posting about it. Like others, I was not familiar with this sort of down under record, interesting challenge. It seems to be a bit late in the year to be setting out? Nice of Forss to make another tracker for this one.
  4. The first time Nandor completed the Vendee, he finished in 128 days and the winner (Gautier) did the lap in 110 days. So he has bested his first time, in 1992-93, by around 35 days, a pretty substantial margin. In 2000-01, this time would have been second, ahead of Ellen MacArthur. From that perspective, he's definitely winning.
  5. Crazy record, 3.3 nm left
  6. They're routing closer to land to achieve better sea state, allowing them to go faster. I don't think Joyon even wants to go that fast but to do otherwise would mean falling off the low and losing half a day, which isn't acceptable when they *can* speed up and stay with it. They may be faster going north from the equator than they were start to the equator, when they pick their window, quite unusual. Some will say luck, but there's a really fast boat and really good sailors. I'm glad Clean is putting the effort on the front page, but Joyon remains virtually unknown in the English speaking world.
  7. Agree with LeoV, very unusual. It is often said that West is best for the doldrums but that doesn't mean west of Recife. It's looking pretty slow ahead to get North, even if the boat remains fast, extending the time to the equator crossing by some margin. With negative VMG, for the last 7 hours since the jibes started, IDEC has made no progress to the finish, with distance to finish back at the 3485 it was before the first jibe. They continue to travel over 20 knots though
  8. Yes, thanks to Laurent and Fralo for working together! It is particularly good for me to read in French, then get Laurent's translation to fill in the gaps. Excellent. Im sure I'm not the only one in that position. Thanks. This South Atlantic is turning out pretty well for Joyon and crew! It seems the short mast, light option continues to prove itself, at least with this group of talent sailing.
  9. It does keep going Bilan jour 16 - distance en 24h : 856 mn - moyenne : 35.67 nds - reste : 13 455 mn - avance : 180.70 mn Bilan jour 17 - distance en 24h : 803.90 mn - moyenne : 33.50 nds - reste : 12 809 mn - avance : 446.60 mn Bilan jour 18 - distance en 24h : 716.70 mn - moyenne : 29.86 nds - reste : 12 146.40 mn - avance : 725.40 mn Bilan jour 19 - distance en 24h : 816.90 mn - moyenne : 34.04 nds - reste : 11 433 mn - avance : 1 059.60 mn Bilan jour 20 - distance en 24h : 801.50 mn - moyenne : 33.40 nds - reste : 10 793.30 mn - avance : 1 028.40 mn That's 8 days over 800 miles, out of 9 days in the Southern Ocean. BPV had one day over 800 in its record run, not sure about the Spindrift 2 attempts (yes, the same boat but lighter)? IDEC Sport was obligated to sail that fast to stay with the low. The current transition only required 800 mile days rather than 870s, but it too will close out shortly. Is it just luck, or can we say IDEC is faster? Nice "mouette" on the gybe(s) (five is straight out - unless they need to chase the low). Back to VMG sailing so "avance" will rise again. I hope they can miss all the ice without the gybe fest that was Coville's entry into the south on his record run.
  10. Well, here's some things to say, while still in slack jawed awe. Most people did not believe the smaller boat would really be faster (me included, I "wanted to believe" like Fox Mulder but really didn't believe, like Agent Scully). But Joyon and crew have proven the skeptics wrong, they really are faster, and much faster, going lighter with a smaller mast and less crew. The sustained speeds indicate that they can ramp up to that level now that they have enough wind. Putting a 40 knt speed limit on his crew, he has even throttled back now. It appears the next low is stationary for a while, and the transition to it continues to look like small bump, need to up North 4-5 degrees, hurting VMG slightly, but it appears they will have sustained wind. And they are starting to pass VG boats now. Joyon said on a solo trip that stress is the harmony of a trimaran, or words to that effect, indicating that managing the stress on the boat is the central matter. I imagine that the boat has far less loading due to the lighter weight. That unlocks the speed without excessive danger of breaking. Will others try to follow this path, now proven? Will they have a choice if it is really faster? Could Peyron modify BPV in the same manner? or Guichard modify Spindrift 2?
  11. And it seems it's not possible to keep that front behind them all the time if the wind prediction on their site is correct, as that requires moving 13 degs longitude east in just 12 hours from 138 East into 151 east On days 13, 14 and 15, they crossed around 23 degrees of longitude in each 24 hours, or about a degree per hour for 72 hours. I agree it seems not possible to sail that fast, but they're doing it! It looks like the WSSRC record for the Indian Ocean crossing it coming right up, looking like it will be around 1.5 days ahead, with over 1,000 mile lead.
  12. my kind of site. Thanks +1, thanks. If IDEC continues its over 800 mile per day pace until Leeuwin, it looks like they may shave off nearly a day from the reference time for that mark, and it will be the first time (in both tries) that IDEC will have established an intermediate reference time. Go fast!
  13. If they stay in front of the low, it will soon be 'advance' rather than 'retard'
  14. The small crew is relentless. It is amazing to see such consistent speed, just some 5% off the 24 hour record, but for days. It sounds like the train they are riding will keep carrying them too.