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  1. moody frog

    IOR is dead for a reason

    Nope
  2. moody frog

    IOR is dead for a reason

    Yes on all points J.S, . I would just add that the big boats had rounded or were short of rounding the Fastnet when the real blow came in. Therefore Route to the East in a SW and NNW gale. Smaller boats were quite away from the Rock yet: just impossible upwind leg to the West ahead for a number of hours. In other words a split in the picture between the Class 0 to Two Ton group and the smaller II, III, IV, V group. I.M.H.O trying to hold on a not too different location, in the hope of resuming racing, did not help the smaller boats. P.S: I hated the wide and fat stern / Bow combination once the sea took sole command of the hull behaviour !
  3. moody frog

    Older well known IOR Boats

    Bernard Moureau is one to be remembered amongst the French racing owners. Multiple boats owner ( I remember a Belmore derivative, a Monk of Malham sistership, two hot half tonners, The flush-deck First 42, Diva, Espace du Desir, and others I've forgotten). he could be seen on many RORC starting lines or the odd Bermuda Race and, of course, Ton cups too.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Very good point ! Going back 45 years, in our small corner of the wood, pushed by what we had enjoyed with the Finot designs, we were all excited about light displacement wide planing hulls. at the same time a young local wannabe designer centered his design(s) around "dinghy" type rigs which he favored. it quickly became obvious that combining both moves was making 1+ 1 larger than 2. Most owners being reluctant (to say the least) and Finot refusing to let us fit one of his designs with a "dinghy rig" it took 3 years to get a boat cheaply built and brillantly prove that it did work. - Rule makers tried closing the "loophole" and taxed the transom. Fortunately the boat was plywood and the ugly work of a saw in its bottom corners saved the game
  5. moody frog

    THE IMOCA thread, single/double handed & TOR

    Maritime Authorities have now prohibited any form of sailing , French Med, Atlantic & Channel. Clear cut .
  6. moody frog

    The Transat CIC 2020

    Which does not look South enough for the "professionals" given the number of Imocas not entering but getting into the return race ............
  7. Second half of August sounds a bit too close to the Vendée start, I would think, they need time for a "refresh" before the race.
  8. Hmm, sounds as if the show ashore is what matters nowadays. Guess it goes with Mass participation being the criteria. How this mixes with being the Premier offshore race fuzzles in an old bugger's mind
  9. Err.... U.K proved long ago that they could do it, France may, but ... did not have to, yet.
  10. moody frog

    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    Hi Laser, I apologize for my lack of clarity, you certainly were not nasty, while I wanted to be ! Laurent very well explained what I wanted to hint.
  11. moody frog

    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    "the machine doesn't fly very well in 5 knots of wind." Sure ! but the Ushant to the line leg was damn slow. Would I be as nasty as I was when young, I would check other 5kn sections and their track at the finish ! I highly suspect a phone call from the politicians funding the race, ensuring their arrival show-off would be at the time it was
  12. moody frog

    Spindrift 2 2019 Jules Verne attempt

    "Yann Guichard and crew will cross the starting line of the Jules Verne Trophy at Ushant between 18:00 on Tuesday and 6:00 on Wednesday, in front of the Créac'h lighthouse (Ushant) to begin the 21,600 mile route " They should better keep a very good watch, might find some U.F.O coming in Dec 3rd 8pm Gitana 455 nm to go, speed 30kn , ETA from 23.10 on Tuesday. Amazing
  13. Makes sense ! But ... have not not tidal gates always been at the heart of true RORC racing ? Crossing from Wolf Rock to the west of Brittany, then racing West to East for Cherbourg could be really spicy :) :)
  14. Neither of those is 90° to the traffic -to please the traffic authorities enough,- I reckon a buoy North to Cherbourg CH1 which would be the western side of the Solent as in the Cherbourg race. .....We'll see