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  1. nkb

    Transat Jacques Vabre

    They kept the arms of an ORMA60 and pretty much all the rest is new.
  2. nkb

    VOR 2017-18

    Would Would a Figaro not be too small and too slow? Why a full foiling multi? The MOD70 were/are simple to sail and fast without being full foiling. But without canting keels, the need to pull the boat must be much reduced? Do much more of the routine maintenance afloat. exactly
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    VOR 2017-18

    This quote struck me as odd. I think the number of hulls definitely defines the race event in every way as multis redefined the AC in every way. I'm a little surprised to read that he would dismiss an overwhelming majority in favor for monohulls. A key marketing misstep? We want monohulls! No you don't. You want speed over everything else. Yet even there, he hedged... This is not a one and done RTW. They stop, they race in confined areas so the idea of going multi, because "We have the technology" would also diminish the in-port experience. ACs, 32s, and other multi foilers may be nimble, but I cannot see making a 60-70 ft tri that may be great for long sprints in the SO, be enjoyable to watch as they try to avoid each other and minimize tacks. Foiling 65s would make more sense since the foils could be retracted for in-port racing, yet extend once the boats past the rounding mark for the next leg (if the boats are not close). At the moment I am hoping they are truly able to field 8 boats for that will make it a great contest all around. In 2011 they launched the MOD70 and in October of that year they did their first inshore event called the Krys Match, just outside of La Trinite Sur Mer. It was spectacular. In some races the boats were crossing the start line at 25 knots and with each race they had 3 sponsor guests onboard! (sorry commentary is in French) 3 days of racing and at least three races per day. As for berthing, its not that big of a deal. The 70ft MOD were 55ft wide. These boats are very light and easy to dock side-to on a floating dock. Or, in La Trinite (a very small town in Brittany) they have a T dock solution with tri's stern-to on each side of the T. La Trinité is à sailing town and makes quite a living from racers so is set up to berth plenty of multihull/ part of the ORMA fleet was based there once I think. Setting up a race village with a temporary boatyard and dock for 8 15 metre wide multis in somewhere like Sydney would be a major issue if public acceess and proximity to transport, food etc were also a priority - and I'm sure those aspects would be on commercial grounds. Somewhat easier for 6 metre wide monos. I'd reckon this is a factor in many potential stopover locations - plenty have berthing and dockyard space but it's not typically located in areas that are public-friendly. Disagree. I'd say the boats are a lot more simple and no need to haul at each stop. The tris all sit in the water at La Trinite.
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    VOR 2017-18

    This quote struck me as odd. I think the number of hulls definitely defines the race event in every way as multis redefined the AC in every way. I'm a little surprised to read that he would dismiss an overwhelming majority in favor for monohulls. A key marketing misstep? We want monohulls! No you don't. You want speed over everything else. Yet even there, he hedged... This is not a one and done RTW. They stop, they race in confined areas so the idea of going multi, because "We have the technology" would also diminish the in-port experience. ACs, 32s, and other multi foilers may be nimble, but I cannot see making a 60-70 ft tri that may be great for long sprints in the SO, be enjoyable to watch as they try to avoid each other and minimize tacks. Foiling 65s would make more sense since the foils could be retracted for in-port racing, yet extend once the boats past the rounding mark for the next leg (if the boats are not close). At the moment I am hoping they are truly able to field 8 boats for that will make it a great contest all around. In 2011 they launched the MOD70 and in October of that year they did their first inshore event called the Krys Match, just outside of La Trinite Sur Mer. It was spectacular. In some races the boats were crossing the start line at 25 knots and with each race they had 3 sponsor guests onboard! (sorry commentary is in French) 3 days of racing and at least three races per day. As for berthing, its not that big of a deal. The 70ft MOD were 55ft wide. These boats are very light and easy to dock side-to on a floating dock. Or, in La Trinite (a very small town in Brittany) they have a T dock solution with tri's stern-to on each side of the T.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Proven that he can get a boat on to the start of the VG pretty much single-handedly. Proven that he can get said boat to the finish against all kinds of serve problems- and of course most interesting to me because otherwise I would neither care in the first place nor remember his name in a months or so: Proven that he can communicate. all. the. time. Oh, there was something else: He can also race. Which is much more than others did. If Conrad wants to continue it's pretty much the point at which he has to decide if he wants to build his own company or of he wants to sign on with someone else. There is only so much he can do with his two containers in the shadow of the BP shed. Another 4 years of that, still tapping into personal resources? I don't think so. The good thing is that he should have options in all directions. Actual options, not just of the take it or leave it variety. There are arguments in all directions. Controlling your own destiny vs. tapping into existing knowledge/infrastructure is one of the usual ones. Right now without the rig being just the driver, stepping of the boat saying to the team "See ya all at the start of the TJV." should sound very nice. Had Boss enough of their limey and will they hand the contract to the friwi instead? I don't think so. Could ATR sign on another skipper, for another sponsor. Maybe. If the company wants to continue beyond Alex they need to find someone. And while Conrad is very close to the French he is much much more in the English world than just about any of them. And then there are also the french teams. Why not sign someone who did both EN and FR media very well, and broaden the hunt to more international sponsors than usual. Or companies that have significant presence outside FR. With Safran gone how about Airbus to throw out a name. A french speaking skipper is pretty useless to that kind of company. (Interesting that most of them can suddenly speak English once the VG is over. Still wondering if official VG media is to be blamed for that.) Communication is what sets him apart from the others. That is what makes him interesting to me. And that is why I hope to hear more from him in the future. Even if there is slightly less drama. Airbus sponsors the AC, they're part of Oracle etc. (oh the irony). And you have to understand that ALL of these big companies have been hammered time again by all these French skippers over the years for various forms of sponsorship. Being a skipper that speaks French and English is a plus but an IMOCA campaign is still an extremely tough sell in France and overseas.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    HB is a unknown quantity to the French and that scares them. Most of the French boats trained out of Brest and Port Le Foret to get the bay weather systems and seas , HB did not? I still do not no why ? but it looks like its about to pay off if HB can finish and that is the hard one to do. Time will tell. The french boats train out of france, where they and their sponsors are from, and HB sails out of GB where his team is, and spends a good amount of time each year with a boat in Germany, where his sponsor is. HB had 2 boats for quite a while, a race boat and a promotional boat, but sold them all before/while building the new one, so he took the new boat to Germany on at least one occasion I know of. First of all HB does not train in Port Le Foret because he is not invited. The offshore school in Port Le Foret is invite only, so much so that not even all the french teams are invited. They train for boat speed, sail handling, and tactics/routing not really for the local weather. HB is faster on some points of sail and that is a fact, because it was designed that way. HB chose to optimize one point of sail and the other teams decided some where in-between. For example his mast is the farthest aft, the J2 attaches very low on the mast and his foils have the most lateral plan, unlike all others that have a large vertical portion. All this means great downwind and reaching performance but we will see that when they have to sail upwind HB will suffer compared to all the other boats. Life is full of compromises... I'm sure that should Alex and HB wish to join the guys sailing/training in PLF they would welcome him with open arms. At the same time, Alex has his own schedule and training program. Keeping his dynamic boat and foil design hidden from the competition might have also given him the edge with the guys; being the 'unknown element'.
  7. nkb

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Stopped for a coffee on our drive down to Spain this morning, first thing on the TV news was an update on the VG.
  8. nkb

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    He arrived last night. He'll show up later today (thursday)
  9. nkb

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    The queue to get down onto that dock is about 300m long and about 45 minutes to an hour wait from morning til night. Thankfully the race village is also fun to walk though, loads of interactive stuff for all ages including TWO IMOCA (in different places) to see on land. One is the old Aviva and the other was Aquitaine Innovations.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    There are a couple of large boats going out selling individual spots for about 200 euros. Fast running out though.
  11. nkb

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Banque Populaire 8 just sold to Louis Burton (Bureau Vallee) for a VG2020 campaign starting next year. Lucky Louis! Now Armel, don't break it.
  12. nkb

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Race director Denis Horeau fired/quit last night (depends who you ask) and replaced by Jacques Cares.
  13. nkb

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    DIdn't see that slot #14 is open. That's great news for Enda and hopefully confirmation that he's in.
  14. nkb

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    The article in French, and the NOR state that there are 27 places for skippers who have signed up (accepted in order of application and completion of all the qualification requirements) and Enda does not have one of those spots. However he is on the waiting list, even if he's qualified and has the money, it does get him the place. Its possible that one (or more) of the 27 that are on the skippers list will not be able to make it to the start, most likely for lack of money and their place will go to whoever is on the waiting list; i.e Enda, Conrad or Kojiro Shirashi. But that won't be confirmed until September 30th.