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  1. Potter

    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.
  6. 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.
  8. 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
  11. There is normally a technical program, and a wider sport of Sailing program. It generally works, but sometimes you just have to choose. I have gone to a few and always found them useful... but I have always been in a program or company where someone else pays for the ticket, though I have had to sing for my supper on a couple of occasions.
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    New imoca boats

    Not that shit, Mich Desj lost wind data to his pilot 5 days into his Vendee Globe win...
  13. Not sure that one has finished playing out yet.
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    Figaro solo

    I believe he is, didn't JLC manage another competitor in his last VG? Whether he is actively managing or his company is, I dont know.
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    Figaro solo

    Yep. He has the same PRB, but with foils added, though I understand he has had to be conservative on the foils because of structure and widtg.
  16. 65s are in the next race, so doubt there will be any rapid buyers. Condition of sale would include being made available for the next edition. With the right venues and enough teams they don't need the title sponsor...they can pare down to being a sailing race rather than a corporate monster. Though that is not normally the Atlant model.
  17. I am merely commenting that this is the result of stuff that Red Bull Media House were producing during the last race. It is not part of a new deal or new direction, but the conclusion of what was agreed prior to the last edition. That does not mean that there is no future deal, just that this is not something new. I probably was not very clear before.
  18. Red Bull media house were putting stuff out back in 2016/17, so I think this is more the end of that contract than anything else.
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    Team NYYC

    Surely that is at least an improvement on the numbers from Oracle USA?
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    shit show (front page)

    Could that not be compared to the way in which, following on from San Francisco, there has been a flurry of activity in foiling multis? GC32s, Phantoms, ETF, F101 etc. The majority of sailors in these classes are not pros, though obviously some are.
  21. Ummm, that is a VO70 (movistar?), and the clip at that point is not from this last race, or even the one before that... That said, the with boats getting faster there will no doubt be more consideration for crew protection, but water over the deck was not a factor in Fish' death. So whilst your argument is understood, you still don't seem to be able to back it up properly.
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    New imoca boats

    Someone said 5 or 6 earlier this year. They were correcting me, as I had only heard of 3, so it sounds as though it is still healthy. Not sure how many are actually in build at the moment.
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    Figaro solo

    Hahaha!
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    Figaro solo

    Whilst some posters have merely been stating the truth, and actually being supportive. Simon has decided that anyone mentioning Natalie in nothing other than glowing praise is not being supportive enough. Facts do not appear important to him.
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    Figaro solo

    What is the dick attitude? He is merely stating the truth. As for your assertion that an event like the Figaro is why sailing is dying. Absolute crap. The Solitaire does more to attract people to sailing than any other event in 30ish fters. Your statement just shows you know norhing about sailing in this region.