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  1. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    AKZO reporting speed issues
  2. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Itajaî was a success--maybe even the best they had yet. Can't find the current footfalls, but they were predicting more than 250,000 IRC. Best part? No IJ brouhaha noticed, BoatYard spoke up more, and the message about teams helping each other came through convincingly. Newport did well last time, so should be able to continue (expectation inflation aside). Gotta run. ketchup tomorrow.
  3. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    I recall your efforts, but assumed that Herman's thanks to Clean were genuine, and Clean intervened when volodia got through to him. Clean's been away on a new job lawyering, Jack's tip, so doesn't surprise me if Clean didn't have time to follow up on the thread. As for old posts, they are in Herman's count, so figured the forum software is still tabulating. Might just be awaiting a mod to check some box to get them back, but as you say, expectations often disappointing.
  4. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Interesting Live. Have to rewatch for details about Sophie though. Torben and Martine (Brazilian announcer on arrival called her "Teeny"?) worth a watch, and the teaser about Bice re sails should be good. Thanks, Boomer.
  5. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Right and light and shifty
  6. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Herman--so glad you're back. Followed your tweets for routing updates since Hitch is busy with the Pacific. Nice work, Clean and Volodia. Herman, any idea if your old posts will be reinstated too?
  7. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    FWIW, the sat comm people think they might be at a key "Pivot in Time" from the blog about the SATELLITE 2018 Conference posted here https://www.inmarsat.com/blog/satellite-2018-taking-advantage-of-a-pivot-in-time-for-the-u-s-government-and-industry/
  8. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    (Aside: Weird coincidences. Tomorrow Shakespeare's birthday and my son has his 30th. No time for the race--gotta sneak peek here while getting the projects done in time )
  9. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Quite a few Vendee hopefuls who have had or are getting a leg up partly thanks to the VOR. 2 or more race experts, quite a few of the crews, and I don't know how many more in the boatyard and other jobs/ roles. No wonder 90% of the IMOCA skippers approved of continuing talks. More than 10 this edition?
  10. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Good point about weed being a common problem, Jack. Will watch for cunning solutions to deweeding (in addition to drivers sailing around the patches). Despo, if you happen across some good links to Jack B's writing, much appreciated. Will try follow up on the tips above, but the todo list is getting too long. Like the people who appreciate drone skills, good writers really grab my attention. One of the unexpected treats when following the race.
  11. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Well, when I saw you had posted links --LINKS! -- to the noticeboard and more, that's when I thought the world as I knew it had flipped. Good reminder about Turkey and N Korea, though. Good that General Anarchy has taken up those discussions. Re this leg though, surprised more teams didn't emphasize the sargasso problem as much as TTOP did. Have yet to find a better write up than Conrad's "motivated velcro" piece. Jack Bouttell proved he is a contender and could well challenge Conrad for the best writing about this leg.
  12. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    True that. Need a break from following Venezuelan inflation, Syrian air strikes, Amnesty campaigns, trade deal negotiations, Intellectual Property battles, Satellite protocol cooperation, personal and global efforts with plastic problem, etc. Real world problems. Gotta love this place for putting it all in perspective and the comic relief.
  13. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Good stuff--will take a few days to catchup on all the good links and posts. Re impossible-to-predict-game: any order likely this leg. Guessing this order: MAPF (main, grinders, lighter, and worked out light air sailing last part of last leg, but their edge is mostly speed and their evolutions speed in transitions) TBRU. Age and cunning combined with youth and brilliance should give the the edge as we saw last leg and in the in-port. AKZO. Teamwork and experience coming together should give them the little extra in the transitions DFRT. Good all around. VS11 Home port, but back foot. TTOP. Gelling as a team, speed still developing. Podium in Europe SHKS. They've already 'won'. Bathroom break over. Cheers
  14. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Quite a few of the sailors are wearing armbands (or the like).
  15. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Thanks for those playlists, Renny. Confidence in their competitiveness really comes through in the TTOP interviews (even with the trans turned on) . Didn't know about Carolijn Brouwer's Portuguese connection.
  16. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Bice's mainsail details. AKZo and MAPF to use their new sails for Leg 8
  17. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Can't believe that MAPFRE, the company, runs a square -rigged container ship!
  18. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    As Sally says, good comeback DFRT. And TTOP will be pleased: their crew work, well, worked.
  19. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Nice crew work MAPF. Not too tired, obviously.
  20. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Hmmm. Looks like the VOR will also be running the Virtual Eye tracker https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/racing-inport.html and on twitter https://twitter.com/i/events/938084651230380032
  21. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Snoop the dog predicted a podium of VS11, AKZO,, and MAPF. That was before dope day 4/20.
  22. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    No link yet, but AKZO dock interview in the meantime. Nicho: 'stay out of trouble to get top three position.
  23. Banque Populaire IX

    Some news from Tip and Shaft's efforts to get more info, including some worries by the organizer of the RdR. gtrans http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=auto&langpair=auto|en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fus12.campaign-archive.com%2F%3Fu%3D1e692787e2c4cc3370813fca1%26id%3Db7674be3e7%26e%3D3854e9c80a original version https://mailchi.mp/tipandshaft.com/tip-shaft-109-yvon-breton-cyclisme-et-voile-trs-complmentaires-le-mercato-des-designers-de-lac36-482585?e=3854e9c80a
  24. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Yeah. He talked about how AKZO had problems at the beginning, and now they've sorted things out, so the implication that it is karma time for other teams. Not a particularly 'deep' thought, rather just a somewhat understandable off-hand comment in context I found the comment about "consistency will be the key from here on in " to be interesting. Ian Walker pod racing strategy, maybe.
  25. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    "we're going to see some teams blow up . . . " he says.