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  1. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    just do the washing up. works for errant nail varnish as well.
  2. Snowden

    Help me spec a new rig

    It is some kind of epoxy, you torque it while it is setting to record the alignment. Here is another gratuitous photo I found of Raptor / Aztec, the 1996 Mills 30 CHS. They have a symmetric pole STL bowsprit but otherwise would love to achieve something similar:
  3. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    how does this translate in the @jack_sparrow vendee skipper's dictionary?
  4. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    The IMOCA icons are about 60 NM LOA on the default zoom setting
  5. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    5 hours away at 14 knots. I think I slept less than that last night
  6. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    UFO damage yes, I agree - damage from spending too long in the 'red zone', no.
  7. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    This race has more lead changes and close racing than the average F1 Grand Prix or any AC race involving INEOS
  8. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    M. Tripon is about 30 NM from crossing his own track from the way down, he took a significantly more westerly route having been in different weather to the leaders.
  9. Snowden

    Help me spec a new rig

    Pretty much. This is JW Creations' shed in HYS, their lift is rated for two tons so we rolled the boat (2.7 tons) in on its trailer and lifted it off the keel (1.04 tons) When I went clambering over it the other week it seemed very stable. Tim at Race Yacht Services gets his second shout out of the thread for bravery!
  10. Snowden

    Help me spec a new rig

    I assume you refer to this sort of system (pic from Selden)? Have used similar things doing foredeck work on other boats, it's a neat setup. Would want to confirm that it would be OK for code zero loads but otherwise makes a lot of sense.
  11. Snowden

    Help me spec a new rig

    Thanks for the pics and the memories. As you say, a great fun boat! I've had her since mid-2018 and have been experimenting and learning all that time. Last year we made some progress getting in the groove upwind, I think swapping the furling headsail for hanks and inhaulers and a new main with more roach has helped a lot there. We also gave up using the DH IRC certificate with the J3 instead of J2 as the lack of power in anything sub about 12 knots was painful. My biggest challenge is finding the VMG angles in lighter conditions downwind and resisting my temptation to stare at electronics.
  12. Snowden

    Help me spec a new rig

    I am glad to see some independent verification of that number! We got to 16.3 2H on the bloody freezing Cervantes trophy back in 2019, again with A3 up... must try harder.
  13. Snowden

    Help me spec a new rig

    I hope so! I wonder if the J/88 experience is driving what seems like conservatism on the forestay height. Shipping stuff across the border into 'Global Britain' is increasingly painful post-Brexit so the fact that Selden make the carbon rigs in Gosport is a bit of a draw. Probably going to delete the 2:1 halyard and go for a 1x masthead and 1x frac halyard keeping my 2:1 sprit end tackline for the FR0. Seems like a lot of string at the top of the mast for a boat this size otherwise and realistically I am not going to mouse it every time I'm not using it.
  14. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    yeah but the tortoise (Hare) had a spare rudder
  15. Snowden

    Vendee Globe 2020

    In the UK we have the tortoise and the hare. Too confusing for allegories in this case.