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About Roleur

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    Van Isle 360, Pacific Cup, Bermuda 1-2
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  1. Roleur

    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    The sprit is 4', so seems like 36.6'
  2. Roleur

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I think the point is what if he loses by less than 5 hours.
  3. Roleur

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I'm a little puzzled by Burton's track since crossing the equator. He is leading and obviously fast, but he has basically taken a flyer. Whatever happened to covering? Why take the risk? He has to sweating bullets right now that he made the right call, but it didn't have to be that way.
  4. We rigged a drogue for our J/120 for Pac Cup 2014 and the inspector had us demonstrate using the drogue. We passed his test! That said, we added an SOS rudder before we departed for Hawaii and now we have a cassette e-rudder. The issue with the drogue was that it had to overcome the existing rudder and a J/120 has a not small rudder. I felt like it would have worked better if the main rudder were gone. We did have the attachment points of the drogue midships so the stern was free to rotate. Seems like you could modify that location to allow the stern to rotate, but not too much. I think the biggest challenge with a drogue is that it would be really hard to keep it going shorthanded. We did Pac Cup 2016 on Schumacher 28 with a cassette e-rudder. The e-rudder was almost as big as the original rudder. It wouldn't have been perfect, but we could have kept racing with that e-rudder. To test it, we sailed off the dock at RYC out into the channel, sailed around, back to RYC and back to the dock. Not much different than the real thing.
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    Am I missing something? For starting, is there no way to add the GPS offset from the bow? If there is, bugger me, if I can figure it out.
  6. Roleur

    Vendee Globe 2020

    California buyer? Or?
  7. Roleur

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Did you survey Blast or another J/111? I know several buyers up here looking for J/111's, but there aren't many for sale right now.
  8. Roleur

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Louis Burton for win... That's my call. Wasn't he first across the start line (over early)? Dude is in a rush to get to the finish.
  9. Roleur

    PNW Offshore is on (modified)

    Well you did solve one issue of having it right after Race to the Straits which always made the logistics and time commitment difficult. How about a DH division?
  10. Roleur

    PNW Offshore is on (modified)

    Hmmm.... You are right. Not mentioned on the CYCS website though. It is listed a 2-day event. Another Race to the Straits?
  11. Roleur

    PNW Offshore is on (modified)

    June suddenly got very crowded with races, particularly multi-day races. Who has time to work? We now have the WA360, PNW Offshore, Pt. Roberts Race, Salish 200, Round Orcas, and Race Week all within a 3 week period. And I'm hearing a US replacement for Swiftsure is in the works as well.
  12. Roleur

    WS OSR Cat 1 - MOB Equipment

    Just looked to make sure I wasn't dreaming, but neither the US Sailing Offshore Regs, nor the Pacific Cup PCER require two lifebouys with drogue, light, and whistle. They both substitute one of those equipped lifebuoys with a throwable device.
  13. Roleur

    Double handed options in US for under $100k

    This the Figaro 3 that raced to Hawaii in 2018, yes?
  14. Not saying the weather is always like this, but Dark Star did the Salish 200, 200nm from PT around the San Juans, down to Tacoma, and back to PT, in June in only 36 hours. Double that for the distance and the slower going south of Tacoma and you get 3 days. Cut their boat speed in half and you get 6 days.
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    I'm told there is something ambitious in the works for OffshoreDoubles from talented people in the industry with a history of success. No idea on the timing. Perhaps it is on hold awaiting the final review from the IOC?