Chimp

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  1. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    IMOCA 24 hr record: 536.81nm VO65 24 hr record: 550.82nm Go figure!
  2. Chimp

    Is this the Figaro III?

    And it gets around the DSS patent. Any hole in the hull, whether near the static waterline or higher up is an issue, so I don't buy that one myself. It seems that many designers are trying to avoid paying the patent at any cost. Everyone wants to have thought of it first!
  3. Chimp

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    As an adventure I love the VG, but sport. Top three spaced over 1200nm, I struggle to stay interested. Awaiting the hate mail!!
  4. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    Tubes generally fail because a fitting has failed. It is rare that the carbon fails through fatigue. Now fatigue of a rigging fitting, normally a metal one, that is more common.
  5. Chimp

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Seb looks like he is constantly shitting himself!!
  6. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    Clean, It was asked back in 2003, 2008 and 2012. Same answer each time: having 6 to 8 70X60 platforms makes venues and timing very difficult. Remember that if the boats are a lot faster then the eitre get around the world too quickly and arrive in Newport in the winter, or leave Alicante in the winter, or they spend too long ta the dock and that is the biggest cost. I also find the conclusions on cost of a multi hard to believe. How can an item that takes 20,000 man hours more to build and uses 1.5 times as much carbon in three times as much tooling cost about the same?
  7. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    Quick quiz questions for you all: 1. How many MOD70s could you fit in the harbour in Cape Town? 2. Where would you put them when you got them out of the water? I know Cape Town isn't the only option, but it is just an example.
  8. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    It is possible to modify the boats individual AIS units and delete certain AIS codes I believe. As such it would be possible to leave the boats visible to the outside world but invisible to eachother on AIS.
  9. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    In the 2008-9 race there was a leg from Qingdoa to Rio which was the longest in the race's history. No reason they can't do something similar again. And I am sure the sailors will cope with being paid a shed load to eat FD food for 40 days. Might be a nice incentive for alternative energy.
  10. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    The other issue now is that there is little incentive for teams to activate until much closer to the start of the race. In the past you had to design and build your boat, so you had to start by now. With the VO65s you don't need to get started until the middle of next year. I wouldn't expect sponsors that may have already decided to go ahead to tell us about it yet. There is no reason and it will only increase their costs. Better to concentrate on getting all sorted out behind the scenes at this stage. Also, as the VO65s are going to get a refit/upgrade later this year there is not much benefot from crew training now in the existing boats. better to wait until you knwo the route and the sail package first.
  11. Chimp

    Is this the Figaro III?

    Fixed keel and use DSS to increase RM, so a light bulb and therefore light all up weight.Only one extra appendage.
  12. Chimp

    Is this the Figaro III?

    Why the moustache foils though? They are only on the IMOCAs because the rule only allows 5 appendages. Given freedom they wouldn't be a first choice.
  13. Chimp

    New imoca boats

    Schakel, How about "One Way Back" makes the paint job simple to alter. And when he starts heading back up the Atlantic he could put a white sticker over the "e" and change it to "On Way Back"
  14. Chimp

    VOR 2017-18

    I wouldn't be surprised if the new CEO comes from outside of the sport. As long as the race management team is in place the CEO position is about talking to the money men, not about sailing skill.
  15. Chimp

    New imoca boats

    Sorry Shakel, don't they go back up the Atlantic and back in to Sable?