Haji

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  1. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Ugh, what a mess. But he made a working jury rig!
  2. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Listening to the press conference now.... Even through the French to English translation, Jeans's words assessing his race are magic. He's able to show that he sees the beauty in what he has done.
  3. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    We did not realize he had such structural issues. Amazing that he kept all that intense stress to himself. "If I have to finish in the liferaft I at least want it to be warm"... hilarious, but dead serious.
  4. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    If anyone wrote this story, it would be considered completely over the top. You can't make this stuff up.
  5. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Jean, Vincent, Kevin, Bernard...that's some serious sailing talent there right now.
  6. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    JLC looks exhausted. Finally. Takes a whole RTW race to wear him out.
  7. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    No kidding.
  8. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Yeah, I was bummed to missed Yannick crossing the line, however the coverage of his trip down the channel more than made up for it. It was really rough at the time he came ripping in, so it would have been great to see but really hard to cover.
  9. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Bravo Damien
  10. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    As bad as it is, could have been much worse. So glad he finished.
  11. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    That's a tough award to win in this race. A lot of competition.
  12. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I think Yannick has definitely earned a free chicken dinner.
  13. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Talk about picking a lay line from far out. Yannick has really nailed it
  14. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Yannick is fully sending it right now. I'll bet he's even pulled up his hydro generators...;-)
  15. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Too rough to try and sit in one spot. Better to keep moving.
  16. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    What a race. And not over yet, by a long way.
  17. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Boris should be gybing soon...by the next update @ 1530?
  18. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    A number of years ago (can't remember exactly when) I was visiting Walter Greene's obscure little boatyard here in Maine (I can't remember exactly why), but there was this skinny guy working on an odd, small, skinny monohull. Being a skinny boat fan (remember Ocean Planet?) I got into discussion with the guy, who appeared around 40yrs old. Slowly it dawn on me that it was none other than Mike Birch. I think he was over 70 even then. I also realized that if Mike's project was taking place in France, the place would be crawling with admirers, volunteers, and probably press/media, documenting every move the old master made. While in Maine, he and Walter could work away in complete obscurity. Another memory, a few years earlier: While in Les Sables in 2004, preparing madly for the 04/05 race, VG Director Denis Horeau pulled me aside... He asked "Bruce, so you came from Maine?" I said yes, I prepared there for over a year, after the Around Alone, before departing to France. He then asked "So do you know Walter Greene??" I said that only knew of him, because at the time (2004)I had yet to meet Walter. Denis then described, in great admiration, how Walter was a hero to him and many other French sailors, and that Walter was largely responsible for the multihull revolution that the French eventually took over. He said that at least once he had made the pilgrimage to Walter's shop after having finished a race in NY or Boston. He said it "was like Mecca" to him. We often forget that there ARE sailing legends here...Dodge Morgan, Walter Greene, Mike Planet, the list goes on. It was really something to get the perspective from the French side, from Denis. I want to get his book.
  19. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Great stuff...it's about time a US corp realized that the VG is an unmatchable platform. I was unbelievably lucky to get so much support from individuals across the US, which allowed me to pull off finishing. However to be competitive, a US program needs to start with a lot of lead time. Jumping in at the last minute could strike PR gold a la Pip, but it takes a lot of prep to have a shot at the podium. Yes, we do need some younger US prospects. I may not be too old physically, however have been out of the game far too long. To get up to speed on all the new tech, the new boat hull & sail configs, routing & software, and to gain the cumulated sea miles, for 2024 there needs to be some US prospects training on viable boats very soon. Otherwise...it will be a mid-pack finish like me & Rich. No one comes out of nowhere in this game!
  20. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I'm actually rather worried for the leaders. They're probably the most sleep deprived people on the planet right now. And they're in intense sailing conditions with challenging tactical options, approaching one of the most busy commercial shipping area on earth. Add in a considerable amount of fishing boats who may or may not be using AIS. What could go wrong, you ask? Anyhow, thinking back, I guess I was lucky to finish on my own.
  21. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I don't think anyone could have written up a more nail-biting scenario than what's brewing now.
  22. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Interesting.
  23. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Not 100% sure about this...I hope there's nothing wrong.
  24. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Can you pm me your email?
  25. Haji

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Whoops, just saw this, sorry for the delay. I hadn't seen that set of reports (or had forgotten them), so thanks for the link! Looks like a very good compressed version of all the legs on one page. Someday I need to put all of my reports from the 02/03 AA into a book. Too much of a memory wormhole for me to read that page entirely right now...too busy watching the current suspenseful event! But I won't be able to resist at some point soon.