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    Offshore sailing / racing reading list

    The published version of the book has some 40,000 more words on a bunch of additional topics that are not covered in the free version, is professionally edited, etc. Certainly worth a couple of sawbucks. And look on Amazon for "My Brother Chuck".
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race Check out chapter 2, "The Mental Challenge" including emotions & crying, stress & coping, hallucinations, psychological breakdown, etc.
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    Offshore sailing / racing reading list

    The best technical book on how to singlehanded sail : Singlehanded Sailing: Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics. Available on Amazon.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    So they have to find a 3' big yellow bouy, using only a sextant and the sky is overcast. Will they even find the island?
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    From the PacCup: While Devanneaux and co-skipper Matthieu Damerval may be the quickest boat on the course, they're certainly not having an easy go of it with reports of the boat being very wet inside and constantly needing to be pumped out with the bilge pumps, due to steady water ingress from the daggerboard trunks which house each of the revolutionary boat's lifting hydrofoils. Not a good thing for singlehanders to look after. Especially since the trunks are so high up on the hull.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    So now I see the PacCup has got the boat racing in a class of boats of similar size, but with a handicap rating that is in the range of the 70' boats. I guess we'll just have to wait until after the race to see how it actually performs. A sample size of 1, but at least it has good, experiences sailors. Does anyone know how the PacCup handicap ratings are determined?
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    I see in the Pac Cup they've got the 33 foot long Figaro 3 racing in the division with 68 and 70 foot boats. They're not looking for too much, are they. Boat Name Boat Type Skipper Rage Wylie 70 (custom) David Raney Westerly Santa Cruz 70 Stuart Dahlgren Runaway Andrews 70 Hector Velarde A Fond Le Girafon* Beneteau F3 Charles Devanneaux Blue Riptide 41 Michael Schoendorf Pyewacket Andrews 68 Roy Disney Prospector Mills 68 Shelter Isl TrnsAtlant Prtnrs
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    The skipper, Charles Devanneaux, is a major Beneteau dealer in California. He has some pull I'd guess.
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    Is this the Figaro III? The PacCup entry for the boat. I wonder what the handicap rating is?
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    Got in a bit of trouble.

    Luckyramu: Welcome to sailing and the extra-fantastic world of singlehanding. As a first step, you can download a completely free book on singlehanded sailing right here: Have fun. It sounds like you are on the right track. You are simply going through some of the same, albeit terrifying, experiences that every singlehander has at some point in their career. They never end; they just move further out on the extreme scale.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    Keep in mind that the foils perform two distinct functions. First is the righting moment, as you described. But the second is to replace traditional dagger boards. Dagger boards (like those on the IMOCA 60s) have the effect of twisting the boat into the wind. So you no longer crab sideways like a traditional sailboat, but sail straight through the water "like a dart". For my singlehanded tips book I interviewed Merfyn Owen (Owen Clark Designs) about this he explained that the skipper does not just point the boat higher and higher. But rather they ease the jib slightly to increase speed. The best way to understand this is to draw a jib alone. On a second sheet of paper, draw the hull: Lay the hull on top of the jib, with the meeting point at the bow. Put a tack through both sheets of paper at the bow. Now, imagine that the daggerboard has been dropped. The hull points up farther, (swing the hull drawing counter-clockwise) but the jib stays in the same position. It can be seen that the jib sheet can be eased for the new position of the hull. So we have two effects from the daggerboard: reduced hull drag through the water and eased sheets for a faster point of sail. “Now you’re smokin’!” I asked if the skipper could not simply tighten the sheets and point even higher. Merfyn replied that this would quickly lead to the inefficiencies of pinching. The boats were designed to be fastest at the optimum upwind point of sail, and not to be pinched beyond that. “It’s strictly a VMG [velocity made good] thing.” The better way to depower these boats is to twist off the top of the sails. With the huge square top mainsail easing the main sheet even a tiny amount will shed a huge amount of wind at the top.
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    Solo Tasman Yacht Challenge 2018

    Funny that they hold this at the same time as the Melbourne Osaka Cup, double handed race. Splitting the Oz shorthanded sailing market.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    The new Yachting World magazine has a review this month. Several different reviewers gave it good marks. I'm still waiting before I give an opinion. Lots on the boat that I am questioning.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    "It looks like a snake, the bow moving away at every wave?" My first thought as well. Is that "yaw" movement? I remain unconvinced. I want to see a real comparison of what those foils do beating upwind.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    I'm surprised that they are in full production already. I'd have thought they would have had months of prototype testing by racing skippers and publicly available reports prior to full production. But it seems like they are moving full steam ahead based on the design drawings only. I still have lots of questions about the design, right now the head bonkers is my largest concern.