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  1. Laurent

    NY to SFO the hard way

    Does not look good. I hope he is OK and the boat is (more or less) OK...
  2. Laurent

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    From the talking in the last video, it is apparently either the shaft or the bottome bearing area or both, on the starboard rudder that is damaged. So no way for them to repair that at sea. Therefore the decision.
  3. Laurent

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Right. And there is no better way to get a seasoned old in the tooth ocean yacht than to go out there and sail those oceans. I do not have the numbers, but I know it has been posted somewhere; the number of attempts to beat the JV record vs. the number of successes just show the difficulty of the task. It should be, unfortunately, or fortunately, considered normal to try, and fail.
  4. Laurent

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Next jibe should be about south of Cape of Good Hope, right? Then maybe one long starboard tack to go really south, and then another gibe to pass South of Kerguelen Islands? Obviously, that depends on the ice limit they give themselves to stay safe. Four days from now, IDEC would have been in the South of Kerguelen Islands. My wild ass guestimate is that they can match that, with the lead they currently have...
  5. Laurent

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Ça décoiffe…
  6. Laurent

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    My BAD !! I tried to initialize Trophée Jules Verne... but bad choice of letters since it is already taken...
  7. Laurent

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Regarding Yannick Bestaven, it is even more than just "some damage". Apparently, he did a massive nose dive at Cape Horn; the whole front of the boat burried in the water and he lost his pullpit and his furlers. His exact words: " Je n’ai plus de balcon, plus d’enrouleur et il y a certaines voiles dont je ne peux plus me servir. " "I no longer have a pullpit or a furler and there are some specific sails I can no longer use". So he tried to repair as much as possible, but there are some light wind sails that he no longer can use. Therefore his difficulty to maintain the same pace as the competition in the South East Trade Winds...
  8. Laurent

    Motorbikes you dream owning someday anarchy

    VéloSolex. 7 millions built. Produced over more than 40 years. The single cylinder engine, gas tank and drive is all on top of the front wheel. The drive is some kind of rubber wheel spinning against the front tire. Needless to say that you lose all traction on a wet road and a wet tire... I have been told that a well tuned one could tap 40 km/hr... There is no starter. You pedal first and once under way, you shift the black handle with the round know forward to bring the drive wheel in contact with the tire and kick-start the engine. If I remember well, you have to pull it back before you stop, or you will stall... The round puck on the side of the front wheel mudflap is the muffler. First motorized vehicle I ever "drove". My uncle had one. You could ride one at 14 years old, without a license. Dangerous as shit first time you try it. The whole weight on top of the front wheel makes the whole bike dive in the turns; you better get used to it fast...
  9. Laurent

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Of course you need luck in the weather to break the record. No doubt about that. But as said by others, you create your luck. With the current forecast capabilities, they are all looking at not only how long to get to the equator, but which low pressure system to latch on in the South Atlantic. Do they know before they cross the start line how fast that South Atlantic low pressure system will travel across the Indian Ocean? Most probably not. But, while in the South Atlantic, recognizing the situation and knowing to maintain pedal to the metal for 10 days without breaking anything, without stuffing it and losing precious hours that make you lose the cold front, this is not luck. So stating that the record was 90% luck is just plain stupid.
  10. Laurent

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Great shot! Thank you. OK, now I will play the dumb one and ask the question that everybody else knows how to answer... except me. How do you overlay the picture and the tracks of the IMOCAs? I can see the infra red picture as above. I can see the tracks on the Vendée Globe website, but not both together. Please enlighten me. Thank you!
  11. Laurent

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Uh-Oh... Strange trajectory for Yannck Bestaven; I thought he was out of the Doldrums, maybe not. Otherwise, is something wrong?
  12. Laurent

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Actually he is not funny, he is hilarious! The crew on IDEC was: Francis Joyon, Sébastien Audigane, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex Pella and Clément Surtel Their respective palmares: Francis Joyon:ès Too long to list here... Sébastien Audigane:ébastien_Audigane Trophy Jules Vernes holder: TWICE North Atlantic crossing holder: TWICE Record holder of 24 hours run: TWICE Bernard Stamm:ès Trophy Jules Vernes holder: TWICE North Atlantic crossing record holder IMOCA Champion: TWICE North Atlantic Crossing single handed Record holder Around Alone Winner Barcelona World Race Winner Shall I continue??? So sure, experience has almost nothing to do with their successful TJV record...
  13. Laurent

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I think he meant this; in four days time.
  14. Laurent

    Vendee Globe 2020

    You need to see his latest video... Depending on your mindset or take on it, you may either conclude that he is a poet, or that he lost his marbles and he is tripping bad... IMHO, the jury is still out... Just for everybody to appreciate, my transcript, in French, below, and then my best attempt to translation (not easy to translate poetry) Même les gransd fonds qui terrorisent, Les nuits profondes où t’agonises, Où même tes espoirs cicatrisent Et que ton cerveau joue la traîtrise… Si comme moi tu es écorché vif, Va te mesurer aux profondeurs Sur ton canot, promis tu kiffes, L’heure de ton voyage intérieur. La routine, c’est un pied dans la tombe, Alors va mouiller tes tongues ! T’as des rêves jusqu’au bout de ta quille, Ouvre donc tes écoutilles ! Tu partiras presque sans rien, Pour faire que le truc soit plus humain. Trois océans à boire cul sec Et tous ces rêves contre un seul mec. Tu sais que tu peux tout péter, Que ton canot peut abdiquer, Être dévasté de solitude, D’avoir barrer dix nuits sans lune. Tes émotions sur toute la gamme L’adrénaline pour seule lumière, En tête-à-tête avec ton âme, Ce bateau, c’est ta régulière. Ecoute à l’oreille ta grand-voile chanceler un matin d’été Et rigole des heures sans sommeil, parce qu’enfin tu as pigé, Que trouver est ta raison, Que le voyage est ta maison. Ton testament sur l’horizon, Tu t’es posé les bonnes questions. Dans le regard de milliers de visages Qui tous t’attendent sur le rivage. Tu découvres un monde de terriens, Qui soudain ne te dit plus rien. Et tu repenses au temps jadis, Qui vit le périple d’Ulysse. Dix années durant sur la mer, Si loin des siens et de sa terre. Combien te fut réparatrice Cette solitude divinatrice ! Car on voulait que tu t’accomplisses, Loin de tes frères, tes complices. Et pour éviter ton naufrage Et subsister dans ce long voyage, Tu auras compté sur ton courage, Pour seul et unique équipage. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Even in the deep waters that terrorize, In the dark nights where you agonize, Where even your hopes are mending; And your brain is betraying... If like me you feel skinned alive, Measure yourself against the deep seas. In your boat, I swear, you will love The time of your inner journey. The routine, it's one foot in the grave, So get your feet wet! You have dreams all the way to the tip of your keel; Open your hatches! You will leave with almost nothing, To make the thing more human. Three oceans to drink bottom up, And all your dreams agains only one guy. You know you can break everything, That your boat can abdicate, Being devastated of solitude, For steering ten moonless nights. Your emotions all over the range, Adrénaline as your only light, Face to face with your soul, This boat, she is your regular one. Listen to your mainsail staggerring in a summer morning, And laugh of the sleepless hours, because finally you got it. That the search is your purpose, That the journey is your house. Your testament on the horizon, You asked yourself all the right questions. In the eyes of thousands of faces, All waiting for you on the shore, You discover a world of landlubbers, Which suddenly doesn't talk to you anymore. And you think of old times, Which saw the journey of Odysseus. Ten years on the seas, So far from his people, from his land. How mending has been, This divine solitude! So you could become yourself, Far from your brothers, from your accomplices. And to avoid your shipwreck, And survive this long journey, You will have relied on your courage, As your sole crew.
  15. Laurent

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Yep, last restart most likely...