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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    4 miles from shore, I hope the batteries on VDH's alarm clock are charged better than Alex T's in the Route du Rhum
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Speaking of graphics on the sat comms, watch the Iridium sat phone network in Low Earth Orbit, going over the poles, resulting in better overlapping coverage at high latitudes: This approach also eliminates the 1/4 second latency, since it is around 400 miles away rather than geostationary orbit at 22,000 miles.
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    Spindrift 2 Jules Verne 2018

    While we are looking at the boat, the garden shed does seem practical if not sexy. Speaking of which, after looking at the wreckage of Banque Populaire, the image of Spindrift here seems to put the forward cross beam much further forward, perhaps helping in ensure those bows won't fall off. Like the old Team Phillips from a couple decades ago that broke its bows, BP seemed to have long sections of unsupported bows, or maybe its just an illusion? Anyway, I hope Spindrift finds a weather window.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Thanks for the information Chay - it seems that Kopar should turn back to NZ. Hand steering won't get you to Chile very well. VDH is looking good, must be a relief to be heading north. And as for Randall Reeves, I'd much rather be on his old boat than any in the GG fleet!
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    With 400 miles to go to Cape Horn, VDH will probably have to ride out one more storm before he rounds the corner. I hope his repair lasts. At the very least, he is now in much more reasonable range to get to shore if it doesn't.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Riou must be damaged, surprised he has been slow, Elies is doing well. Meanwhile it looks like Alex may yet take the IMOCA record from Gabart under cover of darkness early tomorrow morning?
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Nice addition of Gabart 2014 to the tracker, looks like Alex is a bit off record pace
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Photo finish?
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    This must be a first? Never so clause
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    That's really fast to be heading 167 degrees - hey Alex that's going East - Guadalupe is West!
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Wow - I recall a paint job on IDEC where FJ just went down to the boat, in the water, and did the job himself, quite a contrast from the other programs.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Gabart and Joyon are "knitting" (FJ's term), not very good on the VMG
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    It seems like the RO likes to put a lot points on the map. If the justification for this point was for safety, it doesn't seem to be working.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    It does seem that these heavy slow boats are rolling more than the modern boats - even the likes of the Beneteau rescue bendy toy. Confirming what Moon writes, the Wikipedia writers say that the rolling and dis-masting record is now 4/4, which squares with my less than complete spectating: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Golden_Globe_Race It would be great to hear from someone who works on hull designs, who could give actual facts and figures beyond anecdote. Bob Perry listening? No rudder issues are listed as reasons for retirement, perhaps not that surprising with the protection offered by the big keel and the slow speeds.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    With six boats in the class, two new builds (2017) and Macif refit, I imagine record pace, less than a week. I haven't seen predictions from people with actual tools, routing, polars and the like - anybody? It is great that all these Ultimes have come together for this one, I look forward to seeing how the class flies on the ocean.