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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.
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    Towing with a rental truck?

    It's not just about property insurance, it's also about liability. I am told that a trailer can be deemed causal in event of an accident. And if it is not covered, you are on your own. Enterprise was terrific for this previously in Canada. Awesome trucks. As of last summer - not happening, even for repeat customers. Here it is U Haul at your own risk.
  17. Third thumbs up from experience. Phil and team will do it right and if there is an issue you can trust that it will be taken care of.
  18. On the northern sides of the Great Lakes, rental companies are cracking down on truck rentals for towing. Corporate doesn't like it. Your private vehicle insurance provider won't like it either. You basically do this uninsured. If it can be shown that the trailer and/or its load had any causality or fault in an accident scenario that damages the tow vehicle or has any liability to others, you are exposed personally. I've been reduced from primo new 3/4 ton 4X crew cabs from the best rental companies to U Haul single cabs, and towing at my own risk. Hasn't stopped me yet though. I am towing large RIBS, but relatively light and small - single axle.
  19. Echo that, Laurent and JB -- thank you. I am about to head up to the VG movie to watch it again. Good for re-firing french language synapses. Also enjoyed Ken Read's interview so thanks for posting that Jack.
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    Homemade Split Pea Soup Question

    I must try a shank version then. Send me a bowl? Until I do try it, I stand behind my smocked hock suggestion. Yes to the bay and caramelized veg with lots lots of garlic. Use brandy to deglaze, save the fresh thyme for 15 mins before serving, eat with Bordeaux, then finish the brandy (Armagnac is my fave). Re the pressure cooker - that's awesome for risotto too in case you haven't tried it. Easier than stirring and stocking for a few hours, and almost as good. Much easier onboard if you have the fuel.
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    Homemade Split Pea Soup Question

    Smoked pork hock. Look up a Quebecois yellow pea soup recipe. If you can get the hock, good crusty bread (baguette) and butter, you are good for a number of days. The peas are the least of it. Great idea to make this now.
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    ski season 2020

    This morning I changed my mind and bailed on Banff for this week. Norquay closed today after I made that decision (so was not a factor) but it appears Sunshine and Lake Louise are still operating. The hotel (with Pursuit booking services) was awesome and offered a full refund even though I canceled less than their required 48hrs notice . WestJet was good and provided a full refund 14 hours before departure time. An hour on hold with them was less than expected. Air Canada offered credit only, expiring end of this year. The lift ticket folks wouldn't refund us either but gave credit through 2021. I was most sad about having to tell my son we were out. Once he understood that I was committed to doing this trip with him in the future (next year), he understood the full picture and felt comfortable/trusting with it. If you're in a similar situation, give the kids something to look forward to. Tough time for them right now.
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    ski season 2020

    I think we'll continue with current plans - domestic flight to Calgary and midweek skiing around Banff. Will keep you all posted if any useful insights surface from our experience.
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    ski season 2020

    Source said there are no COVID cases locally (in Banff). We have no symptoms personally. Mountains are still open. Airports should be less populated than usual. Rent a car rather than use the bus and shuttle systems (which had been an attractive selling point - super cool to be able to do a ski trip without a car, btw, and you can do that with a flight into Calgary). The economy needs some spending. But the overarching priority is collective wellbeing. So, gotta make a call pretty soon.
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    ski season 2020

    I spoke with someone in Banff just now. Business as usual, although "quieter," she said. Should I go or should I stay now...