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  1. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Ahhh... Yes. Missing the bus sucks.
  2. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Daaaaaaaaaaamn! Il Mostro is in Holland, MI??
  3. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    West still looks outstanding from my perspective. What am I missing?
  4. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Bwa-hah-hah-hah... But you guys will have vengeance soon. I was extending because I was sailing into an increasing breeze. Now I'm squashed up against this pressure ridge in 12-14 kts of wind and the guys near Toppen will never see less than 14. I think you'll be gaining on me for the next two days, and there's nothing I can do about it. I just have to wait for the system to overtake us so that the pack will start tailing off the back of it while I have the meaty part. If I can hold onto a lead until then, I can start stretching the rubber band back out. Much easier said than done.
  5. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Better to singlehand. Then the beer is all for you and you don't have to deal with that jackass bowman.
  6. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Westerners are starting to come up the leaderboard. Check out bebert64 for example. It'll be a while before those of us in the far West get to the leaderboard, but we might finally see the African Coast huggers drop off the top tonight. Although once boats like bebert64 hit 4 kts, I suppose the African group may hold them off until the far West folks make the final charge.
  7. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    Interesting that we have two images now of boats repairing winches. That's just in what they're sharing with the world. I tend to think that would imply several more winch issues have occurred that simply didn't make it into the photo uploads for any of a variety of reasons. Am I wrong to think it's weird to be seeing that high a failure rate on those winches? I know they've had some high loads and heavy use already, but you'd think the expectation should be that all winches should be able to survive whole legs and then be serviced between legs. Every time I see an image of one open, I cringe at the thought of a wave crashing in, or of a bearing popping overboard.
  8. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Looks like when the prior forecast resulted in Zezo recommending our group gybe, and most of us went with that, you opted out... and the latest one is concurring with the prior one. I don't think it'll kill you, though. You'll be in less breeze, but when you finally gybe, you should have a pretty nice angle.
  9. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    If you zoom in more on their area, the should all pop up. I think only the "leader" (presently technically Akzo) shows up when you zoom out.
  10. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    I'm doing about a 3-hour jog West to get into more pressue, and then will be on the final run to Cape Town. Before my gybe, Marcusbelgicus was on my line about 6.5 nm dead ahead. Very good chance he's the overall leader. Raketa was on the same line also, about 4 nm ahead of me. La_Semillante is also in the same area, ahead of me by a narrow margin. So I'm no better than 4th even if I cross HKG. It's a safe bet there are others. It's unlikely that Marcus would have 6 nm on me without several other boats having smaller margins on me... but I can hope. No way to know until we overtake the East guys, which is still several days away. The good news is that all three of those boats are well known boats who are among the best in the world (they aren't all at the top of the world rankings, but that's because they don't do every race... when they show up, they're all highly competitive). So it's reasonable to believe there may not be very many ahead of me (and HKG). As for the Far West guys... TBD. I think the last 36 hours have been cruel to you, and I'm hoping to be on your line to the finish with a nice lead in another day or two, but it's hard to be confident until it happens (or doesn't).
  11. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    True. Marcus is kicking my ass. I'm hoping he doesn't have a pack of friends.
  12. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Latest wind forecast update has me plotting to not actually gybe until about a day from now. Previous forecast had me short-gybing a few times in the next 24 hours to stay in more pressure. Tricky decision. Hopefully the next forecast update will make the decision more clear. HKG looks fantastic. Wouldn't shock me as if he emerges as the overall leader in a week if he keeps this up.
  13. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    The move East by Akzo reminds me of hopeless breakaways in the Tour de France. Here's my point... If they hold an Easterly position, because of the way the tracker waypoints work, they'll be listed at the top of the leaderboard for a few days even if they have no chance at winning. That puts their sponsor's name at the top of the leaderboard for a few days. My understanding of the TdF is that this is precisely why those guys go on those hopeless breakaways. (I'm not talking about the TdF stages where the breakaway has a chance... I'm talking about the stages where everyone knows they don't have a chance). Yes, there's a chance something abnormal could happen and they could pull off the miracle stage win, but usually, it's to put your sponsor's name on camera for several hours. So I'm wondering... Does Akzo's navigator really think there's a chance of that move working? Is he trying to gain some leverage that could, with some luck, produce gains? Or is this just a TdF breakaway style attention grab for the sponsor (NTTAWWT)? One might say... it must be a real effort... if they just wanted days atop the leaderboard, they'd have stayed much further East a long time ago (like the guys who have been leading the virtual race since Day 1). But I don't think anyone would do that even if it was a sponsor attention grab. There would be too much risk of finishing several days behind the fleet, which would have too much negative impact. Whereas a little move like this can get days of "leading" without that kind of risk.
  14. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    I'm still 5 hours from hitting TWA 130... :-) Although I have a few gybes in my future, so I can't be confident I'll cross you when heading SW.
  15. VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Good find. Taberly is just ahead of Toppen, and I'm not aware of anyone doing better over there. If I can cross Taberly, I'll be pretty happy, even if Marcus winds up ahead of me. We seem to both be doing pretty well, but it's going to be really hard to have confidence until we pass Mialo and the others on the current Top 50 leaderboard... which might still take a week. I'm still pretty confident we'll beat those guys by 2-3 days or more, but I'm not confident about being ahead of them before the final 700 nm of the race or so.