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    Vendee Globe 2020

    My my, such great story lines. Old vs new boats, EN vs FR at the front, F vs M, and on and on. Loving this race, yet feeling sad for JB (Charal). @Laurent, thanks for linking to the French Daily a few pages ago. Hoping I can keep finding them here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pdv_hgDx7oTT3kJAMnd5A . Us in Canada want both versions (country and western :), yet Google doesn't know that yet. I love Kito's description of HB as a "war machine". Andi is good but I like Helene's hosting a lot - worth watching for anglos like me. Much more to come. I thank the IMOCA world and VG for this solace and source of sanity this winter. So glad you made the race happen.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    Anyone have the link to the French Daily Live recording? I can't seem to find it, even on the VG homepage. EDIT: for 13 Nov.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    nhc.noaa.gov: Good assessment of Theta from 0300gmt Nov 13 (Discussion) for ease of access. 121 WTNT45 KNHC 130252 TCDAT5 Tropical Storm Theta Discussion Number 13 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL302020 300 AM GMT Fri Nov 13 2020 The structure of Theta has been waxing and waning today with moderate convection attempting to wrap around the center, though the coldest cloud tops have been decaying before wrapping fully around. Earlier, there was a 2222 UTC partial ASCAT-B pass that showed peak winds of 40-45 kt on the south side of Theta. However the highest winds from this instrument the previous two nights were in the southwest quadrant and it is estimated that higher winds may still exist in this quadrant of Theta. For this reason, the latest intensity estimate is only adjusted downward to 50 kt for this advisory. Theta continues to track east at 090/12 kt as the system remains steered by flow along the north side of a mid-level ridge. This ridge is forecast to gradually weaken over the next 24-36 h and Theta is forecast to bend to the east-southeast as the cyclone becomes more influenced by mid-level northerly flow associated with an upstream ridge building to the northwest. After 36 h, Theta is expected to slow down significantly as it becomes a shallow cyclone in light low-level flow. Finally, low-level southerly flow ahead of a mid-latitude cyclone is forecast to steer Theta's remnant low northeastward by the end of the forecast. The track guidance this cycle has shifted a bit southward for the first part of the forecast, and the official NHC track forecast has been adjusted slightly further south, close to the reliable ICVN consensus. Thus far, Theta has been struggling to produce deep convection that has successfully wrapped around its center. While Vertical Wind Shear is forecast to decrease per ECMWF-SHIPS guidance over the next 12-24 h, it remains to be seen if the current degree of instability is enough for Theta to take advantage of the more conducive wind environment. Thereafter, Vertical Wind Shear increases sharply from the north, importing a much more stable environment over Theta. For now, the latest NHC intensity forecast maintains the current 50 kt intensity over the next 24 h with weakening forecasted thereafter, in general agreement with the latest intensity guidance. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 13/0300Z 31.7N 26.0W 50 KT 60 MPH 12H 13/1200Z 31.7N 24.2W 50 KT 60 MPH 24H 14/0000Z 31.4N 22.1W 50 KT 60 MPH 36H 14/1200Z 31.0N 20.4W 45 KT 50 MPH 48H 15/0000Z 30.8N 19.2W 40 KT 45 MPH 60H 15/1200Z 30.8N 18.6W 30 KT 35 MPH 72H 16/0000Z 31.2N 18.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW 96H 17/0000Z 34.3N 18.2W 25 KT 30 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW 120H 18/0000Z...DISSIPATED https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT5+shtml/130252.shtml
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    Definitely worth a listen. In Episode 1 Alex says his foils won't break (knock on wood) and that he wants a RdR redo in 2022.
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    2020 MAURIPRO Virtual Boat Show

    Thanks, Juan and team, for bringing this enriching content to us all. Really well done. Us Canucks would love to have simple access to your online shop. Lots of us up here would love to be your clients.
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    Benefits of a solid vang in light air

    Now that I think of it, I have seen older boats with a mini block fixed to the backstay through which the topping lift runs to keep it aft and out of the way of the roach. B dock, the point is to keep some twist and open leach in the main in light air, rather than choking flow due solely to the weight of the boom. Like in really light air. You need weight to leeward too to make this work at all. Sounds like you don't have this issue to deal with so I am envious! Ah ha... I now see SF Bay as your location so totally irrelevant at least in the summer. Aquatic paradise!
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    Benefits of a solid vang in light air

    I don't have much experience using topping lifts but would imagine they interfere with the roach profile of the main -- worse than the backstay issues discussed elsewhere unless you ease it right off in a light-air tack or gybe. Would love to know if that is incorrect.
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    Benefits of a solid vang in light air

    A vang system that can push the boom up is vital in light air. I have an over-speced one on the 30 and love it in all conditions. Yes it's heavy, but the weight is relatively low in the boat. Worth it to me. I also built in some extra purchase power on the control line. So much easier than the standard vang on a 109, for example.
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    Phil's Foils/CCI

    My instinct is insurance + Peter in Whitby for the hull + Phil and team in Ottawa for the rudder. Thoughts and best wishes to the injured as most important. This isn't a contact support. Take care out there please.
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    J/88 top batten hooking on backstay

    I have North 3Di on the J30 and the original batten was a problem in sub 6 kts in every tack or gybe. Switched to a softer batten (without taper however) and problem solved. Easy fix. Try that first.
  11. Nice photo despite the outcome. I see green. When there is green in the cloud it gets nasty quick. A useful tell.
  12. Thanks for the story WHK. Glad all made it out safely. You may want to check your mast where it is hidden within the partners. We put a big crack in the forward edge of a 109 spar in a similar situation - we think. The crack wasn't noticed until the rig was pulled at the end of the season but pretty sure that's what did it. One difference between your situation and ours is that we still had the big kite up when the storm suddenly hit, so perhaps even more flogging and rig pumping. Rig was was written off and replaced. Fingers crossed yours came out okay.
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    CORK Kingston 1972 Video

    That's gold. Thanks for posting o30. I hadn't seen this. I enjoyed some the best (and worst) sailing of my life there in the eighties out of Portsmouth and still go to help out. -120 boats on the same line for the same start sequence (before gold and silver fleets were invented). Fuck that was fun. -Olympic triangle courses. I miss those reaching legs. -Line squalls, watching the J/24 fleet upwind of us get flattened, then going as fast as I ever have in a sailboat over flat water (for the 2 minutes that lasted) -Forgetting to put the stern plug in, missing a race -T-boning another boat because crew missed the trap hook on the tack to duck the boat next to us. Hole in the bow on the last day. Regatta over. -The 1976 van with the best stereo system in the harbour. The van was totally unreliable. The stereo always worked. -The parties. Let's just leave it at that. Others got stories?
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    Significant Other Participation

    A little coaching, teaching, time and patience can make it work brilliantly. With some reciprocity (give-back), of course. I wouldn't be sailing at all this year otherwise. Winning a race with the spouse you taught to sail is an awesome feeling. Add a couple of offspring to that cocktail and it's even sweeter.
  15. Need a fix too! Can't wait. Credit properly due to RS for the FP piece, please. Thanks Ronnie.