JonRowe

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    Sailing, Sailing, and er Sailing. Oh alright and mountain biking.

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  1. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    No foils are manually controlled under the rules, and the axis of movement very limited. Stored power is only allowed in specific applications, for a servo for rudder yaw (the autopilot) and for the keel ram.
  2. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Pretty detailed account from Kevin on the lunchtime live:
  3. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Teared up watching the video from Kevin and Jean, thank you Neptune for releasing Kevin to the waiting arms of King Cam! Very grateful Jean was able to rescue Kevin safely.
  4. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Translation of:
  5. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I think you can see JLC and PRB here: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:14.6/centery:-39.6/zoom:7
  6. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Oh shit! Not Mr Fixit!
  7. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I agree, the French are wonderful people and generally happy to help; I'm trying to learn French as part of my mini campaign, but it is not easy for me, and it is not easy for many other native english speakers and the highly technically aspect of sailing makes it harder. I simply understand why people are trying to "reinvent the wheel" they envy the French scene and wish to have their own scenes in their own countries that are as good.
  8. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Having experienced both, it's exactly like that and why France produces the best solo and double handed offshore sailors around, and why Aussies make such good high performance sailors. It comes down, in part, to the language barrier.
  9. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Nor do I, but its not an official body, its just some people interested in lobbying the respective anglaise MNAs (at least from my perspective).
  10. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Thats not to say, I hasten to add, there isn't solo/double handed racing in the UK, Australia, US and NZ. Just that its not organised by the relevant MNAs, unlike France where it is.
  11. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Surely that depends on wether the French community wants to join? The French have FFVoile who actually organise things for solo and double handed competitors, they don't need Offshore Doubles. The RYA, Australian Sailing, and I presume US Sailing and the Kiwi MNA (? willing to be corrected on the last two) don't.
  12. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    On the offshore doubles thing, I think its just an anglaised attempt to have some co-hesion for training etc. UK/AU/NZ/America don't have a national authority approval solo/double championship already...
  13. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Not being funny, I totally understand that sometimes its necessary to for safety to dump things like rigs, foils, etc in the ocean (and hey its probably better than it being in the atmosphere) but carbon fibre will still degrade and chafe into micro particles in the ocean...
  14. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Not aiming this at you specifically Laurent, but this gets dragged out against Alex all the time, the French skippers love to mention "he doesn't come and train with us, so he's a bit of an outlier" which sounds very much like they want him to come to Lorient and bring his toys with him, which they wouldn't do if they didn't respect him as a sailor and team. People then jump on this to say Alex hasn't trained enough, which isn't necessarily the case, Alex hasn't trained in public, he has been out a lot locally, and off out into the Atlantic, theres just no media fanfare around it because he starts and finishes in Gosport.... Social media was full of shots of the boat creeping in and out of Gosport and even Plymouth during the work up for the boat, but far less footage of it sailing because nobody followed it. Yes he could go and compare himself against the French by being part of a training group, or participate in the run up publicity stunts like the Azimut challenge, but that would either mean decamping a lot of the boat team to France (and Alex supports quite a few local nippers etc) or having to deliver the boat across the channel and around the corner each and every time they go sailing, which is irrelevant to their goal of winning the Vendée, Alex does do the ocean masters series, the big races, this years absence from the Vendée Artique was exceptional due to the rebuild of the boat, and the time being better suited for training than racing. Rant over, back to the race, do we think the lower group of foilers are going to catch the higher "le cam lead" group?
  15. JonRowe

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I make no judgement, the video just shows him cutting into the foil without a line on the tip, he might have recovered it? It doesn't show it if he did.