Roleur

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  1. Roleur

    ORC Missed Opportunity?

    According to the guidance from ORC that would be basically impossible. It clearly states that any data that is not measured is assumed to be the fastest option for that design. It says it another way. Not providing a measurement shall never provide a rating advantage. Said one more way. Two identical boats. One goes ORC International with full measurements and one goes ORC Club with only sail measurements. The Club boat will rate faster than the International. Sounds like a pure rating error/mistake.
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    ORC Missed Opportunity?

    Another real world example: PHRF vs. ORC Club. Two well established PHRF boats J/120 and J/109. PHRF Delta - 9 secs/mile for our J/120 with a small headsail (Code 3 in PHRF NW), 18 seconds/mile for a J/120 with a carbon rig, code 5 main, and code 4 jib (3 secs/mile for each change). ORC Club - 24 secs/mile for our J/120 vs. a local J/109. Both club ratings. 32 secs/mile for another J/120 with bigger sails and carbon rig. So a 14/15 sec/mile difference between the ratings. That's a big difference for two well established fleets in the area and I haven't heard anyone grumbling about the relative PHRF ratings around here. FWIW, I found getting an ORC Club certificate pretty easy. Submit boat design and sail measurements. Pay fee. Would certainly be more difficult for a custom boat.
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    Transpac 2019

    Look no further than Pac Cup 2016. Didn’t you do that one?
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Agreed. The Pogo 30 seems to firmly a fun machine, not a race machine.
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    West Coast Sleds?

    I didn’t see Blue Ruby in Roche last weekend. Coruba still looks amazing though. Someone is going to get a sweetheart boat one of these days. Neptune’s Car is still being actively raced. You are thinking of his other boat, the maxi Obsession, that is used for day charters out of Elliot Bay. Cassiopiea tried to remove its keel up in Alaska right after a major refit. I saw the owner at Betts’ talking about the needed repairs a little over a year ago. Not sure if the repairs have progressed since then.
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    West Coast Sleds?

    Did Blue Ruby become Westerly, or did more than one SC70 have that jet fighter style companionway slider?
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    Dogpatch 26 Moonshine

    Sitting on a trailer in RYC I believe. The owner has a real job and I believe he raced on the Melges 32 in Pac Cup 2016. Not sure about 2018. Met him at a non-sailing related conference earlier in the year.
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    Dobroth MORC 30

    35k right after Pac Cup 2014.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Have to feel for Mike on Dragon and the other boats around him. They've been out there 5 days and have been getting their teeth kicked in for the majority of the time. Can't be fun and has to be getting old and they still have several days before it gets warmer, calmer, and more aft of beam.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Dragon's going north slowly.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    If I were Alex I would aim basically right at the intercept point for SMA & PRB. He's got the faster boat. All he needs to do is get to the Tradewinds with the other 2 boats and then let boat speed take care of the rest. No need to be clever. Earlier, when he went north, he was leading, and had to choose, before it was obvious what the competition was going to do. Not now.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Looks like 8 out of 20 IMOCA's have retired. Hard to argue they are more reliable than the Ultime's.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Boris Hermann in 3rd...
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Who is the 3rd IMOCA?
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    PRB used to have an open transom more like HB. Now more like Charal. Curious.
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    48v solar system.

    I don't disagree with you, but you made two assumptions in your argument that aren't always the case. Placing panels close together or far apart. With smaller panels you have the option of placing them farther apart to take advantage of reduced shading. Each case is different regarding how that will go. On one of my boats, I had two small panels on opposite sides of the boat, rather than one panel on one side, or in the middle. In that case, I'm confident that on average the effects of shading were reduced with my setup. On my other boat, the best location is right in the middle over the dodger, so I have one panel. Wouldn't make sense to split that up to smaller panels. So, it depends... Also, it seems unlikely that if a 50w panel has one bypass diode that the same brand 100W panel would have 3. I'm pretty sure I know which panels the OP is looking at (SunPower, or a knockoff), but I don't know how many bypass diodes are in the 50W or 100W versions. Do you? I know SunPower's larger 360W residential panels have 3 diodes. Seems unlikely the 100W flexi at a fraction of the price also has 3. My first recommendation was actually a single Midnite KID controller.
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    48v solar system.

    I was wrong. I didn’t realize their boost option went up to 48V. I still like the KID because it has adjustable set points and can output up to 30A versus 8A from the Genasun boost. You could have multiple boost controllers for the price of a KID, though. Having one controller per panel is more efficient than just one controller. Having more small panels is more efficient than fewer large panels, but practicality and convenience should be factored in if the panels aren’t permanently mounted. 4 50’s will be more efficient than 2 100’s, unless you have zero shading, which is hard to do on a sailboat. Also, with a boost controller or KID, you don’t have to wire the panels in series and you can have any number of panels. You don’t have to have 48V output from the panels. These controllers take care of that.
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    48v solar system.

    You are on the right track. 4 x 12V panels connected to a Midnite KID charge controller would work. The KID can output at the correct voltage set points for a 48V battery bank. The set points are adjustable. I’ve looked into and this and I don’t believe Genasun, which I like a lot, has something that works for this application.
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    New imoca boats

    Just one, right after the start of VG 2012, while leading. Yann Elies raced that boat with a new keel in 2016. In the 2012 VG a carbon keel and a steel keel also broke off. Just wasn’t a good year for keels. Hence the one-design steel keels now.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    This is definitely my favorite. My first singlehanded race. Ripping across the Straits of Georgia in a nice northerly.
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    Figaro solo

    You know she is a Frenchwoman that immigrated to the US, right? That isn’t a coincidence, by the way.
  22. Not quite true. A J/122 that won Vic Maui left Hawaii several days ago headed for Fiji. They had to high tail it south to get below Lane, but they definitely felt the effects.
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    Transpac 2019

    Replay of a historical battle between Kialoa V and Atalanta? I don’t know the history, but I suspect those two went head to head many years ago? Am I right?
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    Pac Cup 2018

    Who would have thought a J/92 could correct out over Sweet Okole and P&D? Impressive sailing that. That SE'ly header in the last 2 days was just the ticket they needed to keep from having to sail VMG angles.
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    Pac Cup 2018

    Interesting development in Class C. Sweet Okole has a healthy lead, but they've gotten a massive header and are now overstood in big breeze. Can they hold the kite to the finish? Right now they aren't even close. If they have to douse and head up, can they keep up the speed to hold off Zaff and P&D? Zaff has to loving the header with their asym.