Potter

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  1. Bullshit. The prestige of those trophies mean that the best sailors are competing for them. Yes, they also need the biggest budgets, but an above average sailor with a bigger budget would not have won the last Volvo...or even got around; an above average sailor with a big budget and 3 years training would not have won the AC, and an above average sailor with the biggest budget would not win the Vendee, or the Route du Rhum. The sailors competing in those competitions are seriously frigging good at what they do...which is why the teams with the biggest budgets employ them...
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Just about to head off on the delivery back to Sydney with WOX. Having competed with the TP52 Celestial. What a great race for my first Sydney to Hobart. We sailed well, but made a few tactical errors, and blew an A4 on the first night. Luckily we had chosen to take a spare in our selection, but it was obviously our 'second'. We managed to beat all the other TP52s on corrected, and i am not sure we could ask much more than that. Definitely a good year to be in the 60+ft range. Excellent choice by @Couta. Well done! I am reliably informed I have not really done the race... As the conditions were not true 'Hobart Race' conditions... There does seem to be an infatuation with the number of times you have races... So hopefully I will be back. I will be offshore in the next few hours so wishing you all a happy New Year... You bunch of c*nts! (I have been learning the local language).
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    Brexit, WTF

    You are ignoring the bit where he pointed out that the referendum was supposed to be advisory only... And that is one of the reasons for a low turnout.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    So I am on Celestial for the race, and looking forward to a really cracking take between the two. My bets for overall? Somewhere between Teasing Machine or Ichi Ban. Current routing has us arriving 4 hrs after the missus, on WOX. About 50 is hrs.
  5. Those two are the same company now. The conglomerate is slowly closing down any project they dont like, so don't expect them to get involved any time soon. They put a €1 bid in at the time of the 'sale' but that is as far as their interest goes.
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    Teams?

    Craig has been pretty close with Phillip Sohman and also with the Ningbo province, both of whom have put small amounts into sailing in the past.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Who is organising the Naval Group charter/team? Just asking out of interest, as I put a bid in for the work, but being Northern Hemisphere based they (sensibly) did not pick us.
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    New imoca boats

    Especially as it will be his tenth (?) boat...
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Better than leaving it out there at least.
  10. VOR, Figaro and other Offshore Races definitely have drug testing by WADA. More to the point, having worked in VG and VOR teams I have never heard ofany sort of performance enhancing programmes. The people (especially RMB) who stated that they think the lows would outweigh the highs are correct, as far as i am concerned. I dont personally know of any drug that keeps the user on a performance high continuously for a week with no down sides... But then I have never bothered to look into it. There are still more gains to be found from having the right autopilot and polars imho. Additionally, if I am proved wrong and there is a program, then they should be banned from sailing forever.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    I think it is more a case of giving each crew member a title for the benefit of the press, who always ask. Pretty sure Dee is not just going to be doing the paperwork all the way to Hobart. Stacey started putting this campaign together during the last VOR. Those on here who have put something like this together know how much time and energy it takes, so props to her for getting it done. Many try and do not even get to the start line! I think I am right in saying that most of the crew prefer mixed teams, but all are friends and want to do the race. So why not?
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Not a fan off the all female thing, or the boat?
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    The danger is crying wolf. The more false starts the slower the response to a real alert. Auto switches are not reliable enough yet.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Pretty sure they would receive a harsh penalty. Brian Thompson received a 6 hr penalty for his shore crew departing the boat 1 minute later than allowed.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Well, I am looking forward to losing my Hobart virginity this year. Have done a number of Fastnets(5) and Middle Sea Races(2), and a Newport-Bermuda, I don't think people hold the S2H in any higher regard than the others with regards to racing, but they certainly do with regards to conditions. The last MSR I did had proper boat breaking conditions, but I guess the big difference is that there is always a safe haven in close reach. A few of the Fastnets have had gnarly conditions, but nothing horrendous; the N-B was tedious, but I have been across the Gulf Stream in totally different conditions that meant we were just protecting the boat and crew. To me, it is still an iconic event, and I do understand the arguments around qualification. Perhaps if you have completed before (same boat, no significant changes, say 50% of the crew) you should get a pass on qualifying? Certainly I feel that entries should be encouraged and helped, but don't want to see a return to all and sundry setting out and putting the Rescue Services at risk. By the way, do you have something similar to the RNLI in Oz? Or a full time employed service? Planning never to need, but genuinely curious.
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    Offshore racing at the Olympics 2024

    Not as far as I am aware, the only class I know about for 100% is the GC32, and they have no contract with the builder that allows for a payment to WS.
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    Offshore racing at the Olympics 2024

    The L30 was one of a number of boats put forward when WS put it out to tender for an Offshore World Championship, when there was not going to be an Olympic event. The tender was public knowledge. Since then it has been in Aarhus for the World Championships and Lorient during the YRF. It has been test sailed by sailors such as Charles Caudrelier, Eric Peron, Abby Ehler, Cecille Legatte, Torben Grael, Conrad Humphreys and others. They have fed back a few changes, but generally feel it is a boat that fits the job asked of it. More to the point the manufacturer is willing to be involved. I have to say that Sailing Illustrated is an appalling attempt at journalism. It has such an axe to grind against the management of World Sailing that it blatantly fits the facts to suits its needs. It is full of inuendo and half truths, and Tom Ehman keeps stealing info from other sites and claiming them as 'you heard it here first', he has been called out for taking from these forums before now! Now, I don't understand the machinations or requirements for choosing a Class for the Olympics, but as a separate event I think an Offshore Worlds in One Design could be quite cool.
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    New imoca boats

    A friend (yachting journo) posted something on Facefuck.
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    New imoca boats

    Sounds like Koji is getting a new IMOCA as well. Not sure he will be competitive, but great to see new boats from outside of France.
  20. Do you not think that was covered in other parts of the forum? Whilst I agree that it was a bit of a brush over of the race, I also think that part was specifically covered with the publication of the investigation, and he still ran over time... I wonder if they basically said, 'that bit is covered talk about the rest of it'?
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    New imoca boats

    Don't forget what Acciona achieved before Conrad. His keel falling off on the way back to the finish means he did not finish, but it was a big step forward.
  22. Because, day to day, they are slow and uncomfortable by comparison to the 70s. Yes, they beat the race 24hr record; but no one actually thought that was possible, and it required immaculate conditions including strong current. Also, the 65s don't actually 'feel' very nice to drive and trim. The feedback is not as nice as on the 70s, 52s or maxis, which most of the VOR sailors race on. At the start of the last VOR the teams were crying out for more interesting yachts to race... By the end they would mostly have been happy to go again on the 65s. They still don't like the boats but they loved the racing.
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    New imoca boats

    Yeah, I knew one pair had failed. Thanks for the info.
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    New imoca boats

    I think the VG foils were Mk2, not sure what they are using now. Heard somewhere that Mk1 barely made it past a few hours Sailing... Can't remember where I heard that, so could be complete bollocks