• Announcements

    • UnderDawg

      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About lars@knup.de

  • Rank
  1. And here it is in action: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3bsrxs_jour6-macif-f-gabart-p-bidegorry-transat-jacques-vabre-2015_sport
  2. First video IMHO showing their shiny new foil in action! Note at 0:22 how they are routing a sheet or the traveller inside the cabin, probably to dump it in case of big gusts / squalls. The current MOD70 emergency mechanism seems more sophistcated. There is a recent video with Paul Larson explaning the mechanism on the MOD70 Concise10. What else to prevent a capsize do they might have installed on the new Macif?
  3. First video IMHO showing their shiny new foil in action!
  4. This is unreal. The last post from on board clearly belongs to the "famous last words" category - thankfully just for the boat, Alex and Guillermo are safe and sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9LvVKuWpb4
  5. The multis. For me the main reason to visit le havre. I just can't get enough of them. Le Havre was the first opportunity to see the new Macif and "Sodebo ultime" boats. Also, I had never seen PdB and Actual (the former sodebo) before. Though Macif and Sodebo are quite similar in size, the latter looks bigger and solid (in contrast to it's modern successor. Somehow you get used to these giant boats, especially if you have ever seen the largest of them all (now spindrift 2). Compared to SP2,which is somewhat out-of-this-world, they all look neat and tiny. Otherwise it is the same old vs new (foil, or nor foil) battle like in the IMOCA class. Here is a close-up of the macif t-rudder and foil. What might be the reason to only build one? Do they really ran out of time, or are they so unsure if the thing is effective, that they want to test ride a single one, kinda like gitana did with their modified MOD70? Isn't it even more dangerous to go without (tendency to pitchpole) ? and here again, in contrast to the conventional curved daggerboard of sodebo: The cocpit of macif looks very futuristic and optimised for short handed usage. I wonder what the height under that roof is and if a tall guy (say > 1.90 m) could stand upright. Given the size of french multihull pros, probably not a part of the design brief ;-) The multi 50 class seemed not very vibrant. No new boats. Only one of them had straight daggerboards, the others none at all. Is there some class rule limiting the development of these boats? Lot's of history and heros (boats and sailors). Kinda OT, but for me the reason to go, not so much the race by itself. - Actual (former Sodebo) and Thomas Coeville: Did two attempts to smash the single handed Jule Verne record ... he wanted it so much. Here is the epic video of his almost capsize. The RdR desaster. If anyone deserves to win this race, then Thomas. - Pascal Bidégorry - Still holds the Transatlantic and 24H Record with BP5, but still has not rounded cape horn while racing. This time he teams up with a winner. Who is going to make it? Macif currently in 1st ....
  6. Nicolas and Ryan from adoptunskipper where the last of the IMOCA fleet to dock out. I'm quite sure Ryan was the only sailor wearing flip flops that morning ;-) Too bad for them to miss the real barefoot sailing conditions ahead of the fleet right now.
  7. More pics from Le Havre (before it's too late). My airbnb host failed to hand write a 64 character long wifi code, and myself failed to notice the free wifi inside the le havre docks mall :-o otherwise I could have posted them in time. Who is this? Okay, okay, way too easy, given the context. But still ...
  8. it is as it is today. This boat has to pull the chestnuts out of the fire for the 2015 IMOCAs. Will they make it, or break it? Quite a burden for Armel and Erwan. One observation from Le Havre - They seemed to be the best prepared and most professional team, almost clinical, cold. Everybody was doing some last minute preps except Team Banque Pop. The boat was well jacketed, waiting for the things to come.
  9. SCNR. let me google that for you. enjoy :-)
  10. Yup, I guess that in this attrition we should talk about the "2015 Imocas" and not the "moustache" boats. I guess this text from the TJV website is the english translation: Jean Pierre Dick, skipper of StMichel-Virbac (IMOCA) "We’re taking a detour on our way to Brazil. There were gale force winds in the night. 30 knots, so quite a lot of wind. We had reduced the sail with three reefs and the small jib, the G3. I went out and checked the structure of the mast in the night. Everything was fine, but then I noticed some structural elements were beginning to break. We took the decision to put the brakes on. We’ll be putting into Madeira. To avoid damaging the boat, the sail is being used as a counterweight. We’re feeling really down. It had to happen to us. Clearly there is a structural problem with the boat (we can see that by looking at the other competitors). We don’t really know what to do. We’re in talks with the designers. The hull has been weakened with all the impact, so there is definitely a problem. You can push the boat, you fly, but on the other hand, there is the harsh reality, when we see competitors retiring. We can see there is a potential problem. I’m telling you I’ve got my foot on the brake. We’re going to try to understand what’s happened, carry out repairs and set off again. It’s really spoilt the enjoyment, but we’re used to taking this sort of thing.”
  11. Back to the race... These two are doing particularly well given a decent boat. Initiatives-Coeur is currently in fifth position, some 180 nm DTL. I really like the two, especially since Sam's video blog from her first Vendee and of course the VOR. Remember Tanguy's legendary "Smoke On The Water"performance :-) Good to the them competitive. From what I saw in Le Havre Initiatives-Coeur was by far the sponsor with the most activation - red team jackets everywhere between the watching crowds.
  12. more details + scary pics: http://www.jpdick.com/fr/actualites/escale-technique-dans-l-archipel-de-madere.html
  13. Seeing your pictures I tried to remember how it has been at the 2012 Stopover and browsed my foto library. I cannot remember one of the big multis to showcase their superior speed or posing around the race course, flying the main hull as reported here in the forums. They were out on the water, but simply cruising with reduced sail and contributed to the very special atmosphere of the race day / leg start. Groupama 3 had any right to cruise along the race course cheering their mates on the VO70 - The pic shows them using the open space between the shore and the smaller spectator boats / race controll boats. The other pic shows trimaran Sodebo amongst the other spectator boats - motoring or anchored - to watch the in-port race start. IIRC BP V (know SP 2) has been following the leg start, but they avoided the in-shore race course / and pre start area all together. SP2 should have not entered the pre start / race course area in the first place.
  14. From a pure sailing fan/enthusiast point of view the Lorient Stopover is IMHO the most compelling event location possible here in Europe. Three years ago I have been there and the place just rocked. It took me 24 hours of driving from western Germany. Back then, it was the nearest Stopover for me, this time around Scheveningen/The Hague is just four hours away. If I had the time to go right now, I would favour Lorient again. In 2012, I was thrilled by BPV's successful Jules Verne Trophy attempt. Have you ever seen a racing trimaran in the scale of a BP V or Groupama 3? Just plain Wahnsinn! The Vendee 2012/2013 was just around the corner and lot's of the latest IMOCA designs lined up next to the VOR fleet. Not to mention the historic Pen Duick yachts, modified Orma 60, Multi50 trimarans, Class 40, Mini650's. By chance I saw one boat of the MOD70 fleet, Veolia, over in Port Louis. And yes, compared to the MOD70, the Volvo fleet looked lame;-) I guess it is not different this time around. I would love to see the Groupama AC45, the latest IMOCA's on foils or even the first of the new Ultime class (Macif ?) of giant maxi trimarans... And yes, the VO65 too;-) In 2012 the VOR was relatively unknown to the french public. I picked up a student hitchhiker from before Paris all the way to Brittany. I was invited to his parents home for lunch. Of course they where curious where I was going to. They had never heard of the the volvo ocean race before, but of course they did knew the vendee globe and all the other famous french offshore events. Probably this time around the VOR is far better known, not least because of Franck Cammas victory in 2012. I envy all of you currently there. Enjoy and have fun!